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Minutes from the December 16, 2013, meeting

January 17, 2014 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Minutes

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2013, AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

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

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the regular meeting minutes from December 2, 2013, with one correction: the motion to place Ordinance No. 847-121613, was made by Danekas and seconded by Rivara. AYES: PORTER, DANEKAS, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the invoices submitted for payment: City of Oglesby, $250.00; Call One, $1,553.87; Beth Chambers, $80.00; Comcast, $119.85; Merte Gravel, $479.13; Stuart Tree Service, $2,385.00; United Rentals, $145.00; Mike Wrobleski, $42.50; ASK Enterprises, $2,421.50; AEA, Inc., $11,345.05; Affordable Waste, $18,999.50; AFLAC., $117.67; Ameren IP, $2,620.86; Arrow Sales, $78.00; Best Western, $204.57; Civic Systems, $413.41; Comcast, $88.84; Comm. Revolving Fund, $287.02; Connecting Point, $796.25; Cruz Concrete, $382.00; DJ Sickley, $136,640.82; Daley’s. $254.43; Gary Davis, $83.43; Delaney & Delaney, $634.35; Dever & Sons, $529.43; Double M Trucking, $90.00; DResbach Distributing, $183.70; Envision Healthcare, $240.00; Fastenal Co., $4.40; Flags USA, $203.00; Fleet Services, $4,222.74; Flink Snowplows, $143.98; Grainco, $66.96; Grosenbach’s, $440.47; Halm’s, $207.87; Heartland Bank, $602,312.50; Hygienic Institute, $355.58; IL Association of Chiefs, $145.00; Il Dept. of Public Health, $200.00; IL Municipal Electric Agency, $212,844.32; Il Public Risk Fund, $5,670.00; IL Valley Business Equipment, $70.00; IVCH, $14.10; IL Valley Fence and Pool, $9,200.00; Illini State Bank, $183.26; IL Valley Cellular, $569.76; IL Valley Excavating, $660.00; Jack’s Gas and Service, $64.64; Jim’s Repair, $106.37; John Pohar & Sons, $5,526.00; John Senica Jr. Hardware, $452.73; John’s Sales and Service, $7.45; Tonya Johnson, $176.78; Kittilson’s, $497.05; Kittilson’s Garage, $2,768.10; LaFarge, $646.74; LaSalle Office Supply, $153.69; Mautino Distributing, $12.00; McClure Engineering, $634.50; Menards, $1,082.52; Motorola, $1,845.00; Barry Niles, $132,988.49; North American Salt Co., $2,173.28; Perona, Peterlin, Andreoni, et al, $2,791.50; Quad City Electric, $811.10; Quill Corp., $849.50; Radar Man, $300.00; RAthe & Woodward, $14,896.14; Riverstone Group, $132.50; Root Beer Stand, $67.00; Seico, $540.00; Kristi Skinner, $46.86; Smith’s Sales & Service, $100.00; Sparkle Cleaners, $30.00; Spring Valley Ford, $86.46; Springfield Electric, $615.51; St. Margaret’s Hospital, $124.00; Stevens Service, $34.00; TEST, $80.00; Universal, Inc. $736.00; US Bank, $86,657.50; USA Bluebook, $1,727.75; Viking Chemical, $1,740.70; Water Products Co., $570.00; Richard Watts, $85.99. Total $1,282,068.72 AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor asked for comment from the public on agenda items. There were no comments.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to accept Ordinance No. 847-121613, the FY 2014 Levy. Commissioner Danekas went over the levy briefly, noting that the increase was less than 5 percent over last year’s levy. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to accept Ordinance No. 848-121613, which abates taxes for the 2013 Bonds. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to accept Ordinance No. 849-121613, which abates taxes for the 2010B Bonds. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to accept Ordinance No. 850-121613, which abates taxes for the 2010A Bonds. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to place on file Ordinance No. 851-121613, which renews the $700,000.00 line of credit with Illini State Bank. Before offering the second, Commissioner Porter questioned Commissioner Danekas about whether there were any intentions to “use it.” Danekas stated that at this time there were not plans to use the line of credit. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to enter into the Illinois Municipal Insurance Cooperative with A.J. Gallagher. Attorney Andreoni explained how the pool works, noting that it was very similar to the Illinois Municipal League Insurance, which the city has participated in in the past. Andreoni noted that the pool was much smaller and that the city should be able to “save a few dollars” on insurance. He explained that the pool was only for liability insurance at this point. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

Andreoni then reminded the council that it was important to get cost appraisals for the main buildings, because the insurance would only pay the value listed on the appraisal.

The Mayor then opened the floor to the public for comments on any subject. There was no comment from the audience.

Mayor and Commissioners’ Reports:

Commissioner Danekas said he wanted to talk to the persons who prepared the suggested levy for the police pension to “find someone who can explain why we need this kind of money.” Danekas questioned why the city needed to levy more than $300,000, citing nearby Spring Valley, which must levy only $151,000 for FY 2014. Discussion then ensued, with Police Chief Knoblauch saying that it was “nearly impossible” to compare city to city and noting that there could be a number of reasons the fund is underfunded at this time including when the pension fund was started and the lack of contributions made in prior years by previous councils. He also noted that the fund is limited in the types of funds that it can invest in, which cuts into any potential earnings. Danekas said he saw three possible solutions to the problem: 1.) Levy the full amount and let the burden fall on the taxpayer– which he did not want to do; 2.) borrow cheap money now and get it funded; 3.) lay off active fulltime members and go to a part time police force.

Commissioner Rivara wished everyone a Merry Christmas. He said his department is looking at bids for a new truck and rebuilding the line to the waste water treatment plant as well as bringing the 12KV line back over 39. He also said that Attorney Andreoni is working on a revised fee schedule which will address tampering with the meters and theft of service.

Commissioner Yborra said he agreed with Danekas about not raising taxes, but that he didn’t know what the solution was to funding the police pension. He said work on the waste water treatment plant continues and that he hoped the plant would be up and running in January.

Commisisoner Porter told about the recent “Shop with a Cop,” program which helped six families, including 14 children. The families were taken to Wal-mart and given the opportunity to shop for presents and food for Christmas dinner. Then, lunch was provided by the 4-Star restaurant. Porter called the program, “the best” he’s been associated with. Porter also said that he had just learned that Affordable Waste was sold to Republic Waste Service. He didn’t expect there to be any immediate changes, but would know more after meeting with representatives from the new company.

Mayor Finley announced that there were 16 applicants in the Oglesby Light Up the Night contest and thanked those responsible for the ice skating party on Sunday, Dec. 15 and the Santa Open House at the Dickinson House. He wished everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

THE COUNCIL adjourned at 7:37 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk