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February 19, 2013, Meeting Minutes

March 13, 2013 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Minutes

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2013, 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 PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA to approve the working meeting minutes from December 5, 2012, with one change: Commissioner Porter said he remembered Commissioner Danekas’s statement about resigning differently, and Commissioner Danekas agreed that he had said he was resigning effective April 1, 2013.  AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to approve the working meeting minutes from January 16, 2013. AYES:  DANEKAS, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY; PRESENT: PORTER, YBORRA. MOTION CARRIED.

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the regular meeting minutes from February 4, 2013. AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY.  PRESENT: YBORRA. MOTION CARRIED.

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the invoices to be paid as A.S.K. Enterprises, $358.90; Affordable Waste Systems, $19,644.00; AFLAC, $35.90; Ameren, $4,376.62; Arrow Sales and Services, $115.00; Bob’s Business, $426.92; Celebrations 150, $4,500.00; Central Region Senior Baseball, $2,500.00; City of Oglesby, $28,050.63; Comcast, $299.76; Daley’s, $180.00; Delaney’s, $412.16; David Derlein, $51.16; Double M Trucking, $180.00; Dresbach Distributing, $62.90; Emergency Medical Products, $209.88; Envision Healthcare, $256.00; Grainger, $27.99; Grosenbach’s, $50.84; Renee Hutchison, $32.94; Hygienic Institute, $355.58; ID Networks, $1,995.00; IL Dept. of Central Management, $576.50; IMEA, $213,940.57; Il Valley Business Equipment, $71.00; IVCH, $28.00; Illini State Bank, Police VISA, $24.68; Illinois Valley Cellular, $678.05; Kittilson’s, $555.92; Knoblauch Advertising, $799.00; LaSalle Office Supply, $59.37; Mason Accounting, $2,600.00; Mautino Distributing, $24.00; Menards, $248.48; Midwest Mailing and Shipping, $1,242.00; Dollar General, $65.74; Neopost, Inc. $296.40; Notary Public Assn, $119.85; Orkin Pest control, $358.93; Oscar’s, $187.95; P&D Sign co., $916.00; Mason Parker, $122.60; PDC Labs, $1,409.37; Pool, Leigh, Kopka, Inc. $22.50; Quill Corporation, $244.95; Revere Electric, $3,683.91; Katherine Smith, $92.09; Smith’s Sales and Service, $1,545.00; Somonauk Water, $76.00; St. Margaret’s Health Center, $281.00; Stevens Service Center, $210.00; Sunrise Supply, $58.10; Universal, Inc., $717.49; USA Bluebook, $243.22, McClure Engineering, $27,961.72. TOTAL:  $323,582.41 AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

The Mayor then asked for comment from the public on agenda items:

 

Gary Corless questioned why the agenda included the Stough Group’s request for a TIF agreement.  Corless stated his objections to residential TIF agreements, arguing that he found it “stupid” — when the city was raising his electric bill – to “give millionaires money.”

 

Wanda Lent asked about item No. 12, “city’s financial status and employee concessions/layoffs.”  She asked who was laid off and how it would affect city services. Commissioner Rivara answered, saying that he felt “one group of people (was) taking the pain.”  Mayor Finley said that 3 full time and the part time employees had been given notice of layoff.  When asked if the layoffs were permanent, Finley said he “couldn’t say … hoping not, but you never know.”

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to place on file and ordinance that increases license fees for establishments that sell alcoholic beverages.  Commissioner Porter said he was surprised there hadn’t been any previous discussion amongst the council members about an increase and that he felt it was “a bad time to raise fees.”  Finley explained that the increase was necessary to cover expenses, citing state law that requires fingerprinting and back ground checks.  Porter pointed out that that applied to only new licenses, not renewals and noted that they would be paying the increased fee on a yearly basis.  AYES: DANEKAS, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY.  NAYS:  PORTER. MOTION CARRIED.

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to table an ordinance that would increase shelter fees at Le High Park. Commissioner Porter asked why there hadn’t been any discussion about increasing the fees before this meeting or why the park board hadn’t submitted a letter recommending the increases.  Mayor Finley replied that the matter had been discussed at the working meeting which Commissioner Porter was unable to attend.  Porter pointed out that the minutes did not include details of any such discussion. Finley explained that the fee increase was necessary to cover costs of having someone clean-up on weekends.  AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

 

The council next heard from Jason Racine, Executive Vice President with Stough Group Senior Housing.  Racine said that he had requested the opportunity to speak before the council because he hadn’t been able to do that in January when the council declined to enter into a TIF agreement with the developers. Questions had been raised at the last meeting about the timing of the request, with it being noted that TIF agreements are usually made before construction begins. Racine explained that Stough Group’s housing complexes are built under the federal tax credit program and that the tax credit takes precedence.  He noted that SGI built a similar unit in Mendota at the same time as Oglesby, and they were just now negotiating with Mendota for a TIF agreement as well.  He presented the request, asking for 25 percent of the increment for five years, with the option to delay the first payment until December of 2015. 

 

Commissioner Rivara voiced his displeasure with Stough Group, saying that the city had to “eat” the costs of supplying power to the complex. Racine pointed out that the ordinance addressing those costs hadn’t been in place at the time the project was started and that if the ordinance had been, “we would have paid.”  Racine challenged Rivara to show where another developer had paid those fees.  When Rivara questioned him about the money paid to Ameren in another community, Racine said that yes, they did pay upfront, but once the buildings were complete, Ameren refunded the money. He also reminded Rivara that there was now “52 units paying you back for 100-plus years.”  There was no action taken on the matter.

 

MOTION MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to grant permission to the Oglesby Boys Baseball to hold a tag day, Saturday, April 27, from 8 a.m. to noon at Walnut Street and Columbia Avenue. Commissioner Porter pointed out that this was also the same day as the planned electronics recycling day, but he didn’t think that that would be a problem. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

 

Commissioner Rivara then asked where the city “was at” with employee concessions or layoffs.  Commissioner Porter pointed to item No. 14 on the agenda (executive session to discuss negotiations).  Rivara then moved on to the next item on the agenda, utility costs.  Rivara reiterated his previous contention that utility costs are “too high.”  He said that January’s electric and gas bills totaled about $15,000.  He asked each commissioner and city employees to come up with ways to save utility costs.

 

MOTION MADE BY PORTER AT 7:38 P.M., SECONDED BY YBORRA to go into executive session to discuss “collective negotiating matters between the public body and its employees.” AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

 

MOTION MADE BY PORTER AT 8:20 P.M., SECONDED BY YBORRA to resume the regular meeting. AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

 

Commissioner/Mayor Reports:

            Yborra told the council that the pump on deep Well No. 3 had gone out and that he expected the repairs to cost about $60,000.  “Just another day in the city,” said Yborra.

            Mayor Finley announced that the profit from the New Years Eve Fundraiser for Summer Fun Fest was $3,900.94.

 

MOTION MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to adjourn at 8:24 p.m.  AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

 

 

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk