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Monday, April 7, 2014 Minutes

May 2, 2014 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Minutes

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, APRIL 7, 2014, 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.

Mayor Finley asked for a moment of silence for former commissioner and county board member Al Piecha.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the regular meeting minutes from March 17, 2014. AYES: DANEKAS, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. PRESENT: PORTER. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY YBORRA to pay the invoices presented: Douglas Draper, $50.00; Ruppert Concrete, $650.00; McClure Engineering, $2,360.10; Ron Popurella, $175.00; Ben Sargent, $175.00; Derek Vicich, $175.00; Delaney & Delaney, $2,887.50; United States Postal Service, $742.90; City of Oglesby (petty cash) $92.60; AEA, Inc. $8,130.00; Airgas, $83.71; Alan Environmental Products, $1,454.11; Ameren IP,

$126.61; Apple Press, $162.00; Arrow Sales, $77.50; Autozone, $100.18; Barbeck Communications, $1,261.60; BHMG Engineers, $541.87; Bridgewell Resources, $6,641.00; BSN Sports, $116.88; Call One, $1,585.86; Carus, $1,043.46; Comcast, $296.18; Comm. Revolving Fund, $636.15; Connecting Point, $124.50; Dever & Sons, $506.17; De’Vine Floral, $39.00; Dixon Ottawa Communications, $686.18; Double M Trucking, $180.00; Dresbach Distributing, $239.35; Cathie Edens, $19.27; Emergency Medical Products, $1,142.12; Envision Healthcare, $6.00; Stephen Faletti, $85.84; Fastenal, $274.74; Feece Oil, $3,115.91; Ficek Electric, $270.00; Flags, USA, $441.00; Fleet Services, $3,871.81; GL Downs, $127.70; Gallagher Bassett Services, $2,100.00; Halm’s Auto Parts, $146.95; Henry Schein, $22.22; Holland Equipment, $20.64; Hygienic Institute, $355.58; IL Public Risk Fund, $8,558.00; IVCH, $72.00; Il Valley Crime Stoppers, $370.00; Il Valley Safety Service, $420.00; Il Valley Business Equipment, $70.00; ITRON, $672.93; Jack’s Gas & Service, $44.00; Joan’s Trophy & Plaque, $1,003.55; John Pihar & Sons, $2,213.50; John Senica Jr., $85.94; Amber Jordan, $48.04; Knoblauch Advertising, $1,450.00; LaSalle Office Supply, $87.72; Marilyn Lipka, $219.97; MABAS, $10.00; Mautino Distributing, $12.00; McClure Engineering, $530.95; Menards, $491.78; Mississippi Valley Pump, $1,207.00; Motorola, $116.25; NCPERS, $48.00; North American Salt, $2,077.79; Oglesby Grade School, $100.62; Reinaldo Orozco, $154.56; Perona, Peterlin, Andreoni, $1,200.00; Revere Electric, $581.40; Riverstone Group, R296.41; Romeoville Fire Academy, $450.00; Rush Power Systems, $2,720.00; John Slomczawski, $227.81; Smith’s Sales and Service, $80.00; SPIRAC, $1,325.00; Spring Valley Ford, $1,117.72; Springfield Electric Supply, $49.23;

St. Margaret’s, $43.00; Staples, $205.22; Sunrise Supply, $58.00; T & R Electric, $4,116.00; TEST, Inc., $170.00; Taser International, $40.75; Paula Thomas, $227.14; US Latex Products, $812.25; USA Bluebook, $429.81; Velodyne, $415.41; Viking Chemical, $2,191.33; Water Products, $4,668.95; Western Sand and Gravel, $354.00; Witmer Public Safety Group, $319.95; Zoll Medical Corporation $92.35 TOTAL $81,858.81 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 the farm lease agreement with Jack Mills. The previous two-year agreement had expired. Mills farms the land surrounding the emergency services building and keeps the grass mowed, explained Attorney Andreoni. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to again table discussion on the bid for the electric department truck. The motion was made after Commissioner Danekas asked for a special meeting to discuss city finances, noting that the upgrade to the waste water treatment plant was nearing completion and the city needed to assess what funds would be necessary to pay for the upgrade. Danekas also pointed to the fact that the city was currently negotiating contracts with both the police and city workers. He also suggested that the city need to look at an increase in sales tax. Commissioner Rivara said he didn’t have a problem delaying the vote again as long as “everybody understands why they need the dollars to get it done.” There appeared to be a consensus that Monday, April 29, at 5:30 would work for everyone. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY YBORRA to place an agreement with Ameren on file to purchase an electric distribution line. Rivara said the purchase was a “good business decision” by the city and noted that the price was set by the Illinois Commerce Commission. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA to authorize a mutual aid agreement with ILEAS. Police Chief Jim Knoblauch said that the current agreement was 10 years old and the members were being asked to re-up with “minor changes.” Knoblauch said that the agreement has come into play in towns like Utica and Streator (tornadoes) and Marseilles (flooding). AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to allow the Oglesby Ambulance Association to solicit door-to-door from May 1 through June 2 for their annual pork chop dinner and to waive the normal solicitor’s license fee. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

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

Greg Stein questioned if the city had considered buying a used materials handling truck instead of a new truck. Rivara said that material handlers “are hard to come by. This is a good truck – it’s just expensive.” Rivara had also said earlier in the meeting that the city should consider the truck an “investment for the next 12 to 15 years,” when justifying the purchase.

Vern Seimers thanked the police department for cleaning up the properties at 351 and 355 E. Walnut.

Mayor and Commissioners’ Reports:

Commissioner Rivara noted that the LED lights along Walnut St. were purchased through a grant with the IMEA and said that the new lights would reduce the operating cost by 40 percent. He also told the council that he had requested a copy of IVCC’s electric bills for the last year, and was going to “make a run” at them again.

Commissioner Yborra thanked those residents who had endured frozen water lines for their patience and recognizing that “it was at no time our (the city’s) fault.” Yborra said he had received phone calls from residents thanking him for waiving water and sewer fees for those whose lines were frozen and for those who provided water. He also reminded residents of the spring schedule for chipping and appliance pick up.

Commissioner Porter informed the council that he was in the process of negotiating with a firm to provide electronic waste pickup. Previously provided at no cost to the city, Porter said he is now finding that the recyclers are charging for their services. He hopes to have a firm date in place by the next council meeting. He also announced that yard waste will be picked up on the same day as garbage.


Mayor Finley reminded residents and the council that Love’s Travel Center would open on Thursday, April 10, at 6 a.m. He also said that he had spotted some activity on the future County Market site as well.

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

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk