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Minutes from the Monday, March 17, 2014 meeting

April 4, 2014 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Minutes

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, MARCH 17, 2014, AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

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

ABSENT: COMMISSIONERS YBORRA, PORTER

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to approve the regular meeting minutes from March 3, 2014. AYES: DANEKAS, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to pay the invoices presented: Maze Lumber, $54.74; Petty Cash, $123.50; AFLAC, $235.34; Carla Ballad, $130.77; BHMG Engineers, $1,977.19; Bio-Tron, Inc., $55.00; Brownstown Electric, $258.01; Cargil, Corp., $10,941.96; Chamlin & Assoc., $2,283.00; Comcast, $279.14; Community Revolving Fund, $636.15; DJ Sickley, $19,700.09; Daley’s Super Service, $28.00; Double M Trucking, $315.00; Doug Draper, $250.00; Dresbach Distributing, $87.90; Cathie Edens, $93.72; Efficient Billing, $1,068.29; Emergency Medical Products, $278.01; Envision Healthcare, $238.00; Firehouse Software, $220.00; Fleet Services, $4,601.16; Global Emergency Products, $936.77;p Grosenbach’s, $936.46; Halm’s, $1,269.54; HD Supply, $551.00; Huber Technology, $17,077.50; Hygienic Institute, 355.55; Hy-Vee, $55.51; IL Dept. of Public Health, $75.00; I.M.E.A., $209,141.63; IVCH, $303.74; IL Valley Business Equipment, $176.00; IV Cellular, $661.09; John Pohar & Son, $2,808.00; John Senica, Jr., $311.59; John’s Sales & Services, $9,663.31; Kittilson’s, $756.50; LaSalle Office Supply, $24.99; Mautino Distributing, $6.00; McClure Engineering, $2,360.10; Med Alliance, $318.04; Menards, $190.79; Elveta Milby, $238.44; Motorola, $436.25; NCPERS, $48.00; Orkin, $236.70; Oscar’s, $323.33; Patten Industries, $303.57; Perona, Peterlin, Andreoni, $1,613.00; Republic Services, $18,607.00; Revere Electric, $635.10; Dominic Rivara, $140.39; Romeoville Fire Academy, $325.00; Ruppert Concrete, $650.00; Smith’s Sales & Service, $44.00; Springfield Electric, $47.82; St. Margaret’s Health, $43.00; Staples Credit Plan, $276.91; Stevens Service Center, $52.00; United Rentals, $677.39; USA Bluebook, $39.24; Anthony Vercellone, $70.78; John Weidner, $208.99. TOTAL $316,225.49 AYES: DANEKAS, RIVARA, 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 table discussion on the bid for the electric department truck. The motion was made after Commissioner Danekas questioned whether the purchase was a “want” or a “need” and Mayor Finley questioned how the city could afford the truck at this time. Commissioner Rivara said that the truck was needed for “safe and effective’ line work and balked at the Mayor’s suggestion that the city wait to purchase the truck until a funding source could be identified. It was agreed that the matter be tabled in light of Commissioners Porter and Yborra’s absence. AYES: DANEKAS RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to place the farm lease agreement with Jack Mills on file. The previous agreement expired. Mills farms the land surrounding the emergency services building and keeps the grass mowed, explained Attorney Andreoni. AYES: DANEKAS, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to grant permission to the Oglesby Ambulance Association to hold a tag day on November 29, from 8 a.m. to noon. AYES: DANEKAS, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor then opened the floor to the public for comments on any subject.

Resident Susan Blanco told the council her home has been without water for more than a month. She noted that she had been very patient, but asked that the council address “why” it happened. She asked that the council locate the buffalo box and ensure that it is installed at the correct depth. Blanco also said that the city needed to raise the fire hydrant in her lawn, noting that it had settled.

Greg Stein commented on the LED lights the city has installed along Walnut Street, noting that he was interested in finding out how they were repaired so he could report back to a friend. Rivara told him that the blinking was a result of an “open neutral.”

Gary Corless updated the council on his efforts to restore water to his residence, noting that when he removed all the snow and ice from the shut off, he found ice in the shaft, which he believes resulted from the city opening up a hydrant uphill from his home. He told the city he was disappointed in the way the city had handled the situation, noting that Peru and Ottawa homes have restored water service for their customers.

Vern Seimers again voiced his complaints about the properties at 351 and 355 East Walnut. Chief Jim Knoblauch told Seimers that the owners had until tomorrow to pick up the trash or they would be ticketed, and would continue to be ticketed daily until the garbage was picked up.

Mayor and Commissioners’ Reports:

Commissioner Rivara told the council that he was aware of three street lights that are out: 108 Oakwood, Watson and E. Walnut St., and in front of Commissioner Porter’s house. Rivara said that there was an underground fault and that the problem couldn’t be fixed until the weather improves. Rivara also said that he had contacted state representatives and senators about a grant for his projects.

Mayor Finley told the council that he had met with investors who are looking into building a convention center in the Illinois Valley. He also thanked those residents who completed the CDAP grant survey.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to adjourn at 7:29 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk