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Minutes from October 15, 2012, meeting

November 16, 2012 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Minutes

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2012, AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

PRESENT: COMMISSIONERS DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY, ATTORNEY JAMES ANDREONI, CITY CLERK BECKY CLINARD.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY YBORRA to approve the meeting minutes from October 1, 2012. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the working meeting minutes from October 1, 2012. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to approve the invoices to be paid as submitted: ASK Enterprises, $4,492.54; AEA Inc., $11,000.00; Affordable Waste, $19,944.00; AFLAC, $35.90; Ameren IP, $1,039.98; American Hospitals Publishing, $932.90; American Red Cross, $200.00; AT&T, $25.69; Baldin’s Garage, $386.59; BHMG Engineers, $12,880.00; BSN Sports, $121.65; Chamlin & Associates, $2,512.00; Dee Dee Clarner, $170.93; Comcast, $178.84; Daley’s Super Service, $47.38; Diane DeJong, $300.00; Double M Trucking, $436.88; Dresbach Distributing, $108.85; Cathie Edens, $739.79; Emergency Medical Products, $294.25; Leeann Entwistle, $463.72; Envision Healthcare, $256.00; Fletcher-Reinhardt, $590.00; Grosenbach’s, $580.36; Halm’s Auto Parts, $175.65; Holloway’s Portable Restrooms, $210.00; IMEA, $222,025.71; Illini State Bank, $4,284.07; Il Association of Sheriffs, $75.00; IV Cellular, $653.60; IV Food & Deli, $115.19; Jacob & Klein, $14,517.75; John Pohar & Sons, $2,441.00; John’s Sales and Service, $186.23; Robert Kuhar, $117.25; LaSalle Office Supply, $311.46; Lawn & Garden Center, $79.75; Martin Equipment, $3.74; Mautino Distributing, $12.00; Maze Lumber, $586.58; McClure Engineering, $13,760.80; Menards, $102.68; Mertel Gravel, $1,869.94; Christine Mertes, $245.14; Dollar General, $20.45; NCPERS, $64.00; NewsTribune, $234.41; Nextel Communications, $111.82; Novak Veterinary, $186.00; ODB Company, $99.77; Orkin Pest Control, $98.59; Perona, Peterlin, Andreoni, $2,630.00; Quentech, $48.75; Somonauk Water, $66.50; Staples, $144.74; Stevens Auto Center, $236.00; Universal Inc., $2,088.63; USA Bluebook, $1,773.21; Western Aggregate, $145.00; Witmer Public Safety Group, $285.84; WLPO, $588.00; TOTAL: $328,333.20 AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to table the FY2012 audit. Auditor Pat Noto was not present. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to accept Ordinance No. 813-101512, an intergovernmental agreement with the State of Illinois for the Local Debt Recovery Program. AYES: PORTER, DANEKAS, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY YBORRA to accept Ordinance No. 814-101512, a pole agreement with Comcast. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to place Ordinance No. 815, Electrical Rate Increase, with revisions, on file. Commissioner Rivara explained that the increase was necessary not only to be able to prepare for growth and emergencies, but to be able to continue shoring up the general fund. He noted that without the increase, the department’s reserves would be depleted in two years. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor then opened the floor to the public for comments:
Resident Todd Misener noted his concern that the increase (to $ .1077/kwh) would amount more than a 30 percent increase over the rate (.0828) residents were charged in April of 2012. Misener asked why the council couldn’t spread the increase out over a length of time, to lessen the impact on Oglesby residents. Commissioner Yborra pointed out that the current increase was only 16 percent more than what residents were paying now.
Resident Drew Merriman said that he felt the increase was “not making it attractive to move to Oglesby.” Merriman pointed to the number of homes for sale in Oglesby, saying he couldn’t remember a time when so many homes were on the market. Commissioner Danekas said he didn’t feel that “the city has caused that. The state has made itself very business-unfriendly, thus creating a lack of jobs.” Resident Sarah Cudlip also noted that one reason there may be a large number of homes on the market was because “people can’t get loans.”

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to reopen discussion on the FY2012 Audit after Pat Noto arrived. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

Noto noted that the audit format was identical to the format used the last three or four years. Noto said the audit trail was “good,” and that revenue exceeded expenses. He noted the city saw significant infrastructure improvements in FY2012 including work on the storm sewer separation project and McPhedran Park. “Every year is challenging,” he said.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY YBORRA to accept the FY2012 audit. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

Commissioners’/Mayor Reports
Commissioner Rivara announced a planned electric outage for homes south of Deerfield Estates on Friday (Oct. 19th) so that crews can reroute a power line. He also noted that his department would be trimming trees in the area near the water treatment plane to make way for new service. He also commented on the rate increase saying “Nobody likes to raise rates. I’m going to work hard to find ways to save money.”

Yborra – Announced that leaf vacuuming started today. He also pointed out that even with the increase, Oglesby’s electric rates would continue to be less than more than half of the other electrical providers in the state.

Porter – Said that the emergency services open house was very successful and thanked the community for their continued support. He noted that the electronic recycling event gathered more than 22,500 pounds and that he expected the city to host additional collections in the future.

Finley – Thanked Wally and Toni Marquardt for their work as the organizers of the weekly farmers market. The Marquardts have been involved with the market since its inception. He also thanked the local businesses who supported and participated in the Harvest Fest activities. He noted that The Frame Shop had moved further east on Walnut St. The Mayor reminded residents that the Halloween Parade was Saturday, Oct. 27, and that trick-or-treat was 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Halloween.

MOTION MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY YBORRA to adjourn at 7:27 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk