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Minutes from May 5, 2014 City Council Meeting

May 30, 2014 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Minutes

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, MAY 5, 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.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA to approve the regular meeting minutes from April 21, 2014. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to accept the bills as presented: Andi Bjerkaas, $280.00; Casey’s General Store, $100.29; Cathie Edens, $300.00; Dan Moore, $300.00; City of Oglesby (petty cash), $54.26; United States Postal Service, $710.70; Jim Cullinan, $800.00; Hugo Gonzalez, $800.00; Anna Johnson, $300.00; Doug Knoblauch, $800.00; Jim Knoblauch, $800.00; James Mandujano, $800.00; Mike Margis, $800.00; Mike Padilla, $800.00; Rachel Sienkiewicz, $300.00; Bob Stone, $800.00; Brett Valle, $800.00; Aaron Whittington, $300.00; ASK Enterprises, $1,066.26; AEA, Inc., $2,547.53; AFLAC, $117.67; Ameren IP, $8,595.65; BHMG Engineers, $2,101.20; Carus Corp., $1,043.66; Comcast, $80.40; Connecting Point, $1,484.40; Daley’s Super Service, $75.00; Dever & Sons, $520.70; Dresbach Distributing, $115.80; Cathie Edens, $51.18; Efficient Billing, $2,575.77; Emergency Medical Products, $935.87; Feece Oil, $2,383.03; Fleet Services, $3,957.14; Danny Foster, $653.50; Grainco FS, $68.10; Gary Halberg, $140.33; Halm’s Auto Parts, $216.94; Clifford Hess, $219.49; Holloway’s Portables, $115.00; Hy-Vee, $2.97; Ideal Environmental Engineering, $2,070.00; Il Dept. of Agriculture, $15.00; Il Public Risk Fund, $5,651.00; IMUA, $419.00; Inman Electric, $4,068.78; Jack’s Gas & Service, $22.00; Jacob & Klein, Ltd., $20,491.61; John Deere Financial, $108.31; John Senica Jr., $23.44; John’s Sales & Service, $93.76; Kittilson’s, $1,460.40; Michael Kulis, $324.55; LaSalle Office Supply, $360.08; MABAS Division 25, $200.00; Massie Jet-Vac, $600.00; Mautino Distributing, $18.00; Menards, $422.43; Mertel Gravel, $479.00; Motorola, $116.25; NCPERS, $96.00; Neopost, Inc., $96.00; Patten Industries, $232.78; Ray O’Herron, $470.40; Rental Pros, $68.00; Allied Waste, $1,063.00; Dominic Rivara, $142.41; Romeoville Fire Academy, $650.00; Seneca Fire Department, $1,270.00; SIB’s, $10.50; Spring Valley Fire, $1,692.52; Springfield Electric, $85.86; Stevens Service Center, $70.00; Kendra Theodospoulos, $241.08; Universal, Inc., $545.15; Viking Chemical, $3,162.92; Water Products, $1,059.68; Rich Watts, $69.51; John Zulkowsky, $300.00. TOTAL $87,970.36 AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor asked for comment from the public on agenda items.

Resident Gary Corless asked about the conflict of interest waiver. Jim Andreoni explained that his law firm is legal counsel for Kevin Fransen, and because his firm also represents the city, a waiver is necessary.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the conflict of interest waiver concerning Kevin Fransen. AYES; DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, but died for lack of a second to accept the bid for the electric department truck. Commissioner Porter questioned Commissioner Rivara about the matter, saying that his understanding was that the city was “going to hold off” on the purchase until the financial picture became more clear. Rivara said it was his understanding that he wanted to “make a decision up or down.” Mayor Finley and Commissioner Danekas both urged waiting until after the appropriations ordinance is completed. When pushed by Rivara for a timeframe, Danekas replied that the thought that by the “end of July, August – we should know whether to buy” the truck or not. The motion died for lack of a second. Andreoni explained that the item could be placed back on the agenda at any time.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to seek bids for the removal of asbestos at 211 E. Walnut St. using money received in the DCEO grant. Andreoni explained that he spoke with Mr. (Jerry) Wilson from Ideal Environmental Engineering, and that he was satisfied that their bid process met the requirements. He suggested that the city could advertise for bids in the local newspaper as well. AYES; DANEKAS, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. NAY: PORTER. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to seek bids for the demolition of the property at 211 E. Walnut St. using money from the DCEO grant. AYES: DANEKAS, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. NAY: PORTER. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA TO accept the appointments to various boards: Dorothy Debosik, Ken Ficek, Rich Greening, Steve Wasileski, Karen Watson to the Plan Commission with terms to expire April 30th, 2018; Don Shields to the Police Commission with a term to expire April 30, 2017; Ken Siensa to the Police Pension Board, with a term to expire April 30, 2016; Jim Ebner to the Zoning Board of Appeals with a term to expire April 30th, 2019; Wanda Lent to the Ambulance Board with a term to expire April 30, 2017. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

Attorney Andreoni then updated the Council on the Lucille Woods property. The city has a lien on the property for work done in 2010 to tear down the property because it was deemed unsafe. The property was recently purchased in a tax sale. Andreoni told the council that the city’s $16,000 lien would likely be eliminated by this action. Andreoni said that the only way to prevent losing the lien would be to pay the taxes on the property, but that “doesn’t really make sense.” Rivara summed it up by saying, “what you’re telling me, is that we’re SOL for $16,000.” Andreoni agreed, saying that he just wanted the Council to be aware that the “lien was in danger of being wiped out.”

The Mayor then opened the floor for public comment on any item:

Resident Gary Corless asked if the city had any programs (like neighboring Ottawa) to deal with ash trees. Greg Stein had questions about the asbestos in the property at 211 E. Walnut St. Finley offered to share the report with him. The mayor then fielded a question from Tony Dennett, who inquired about the grocery store. Finley told him that he believed they were still set for a late spring ground-breaking.

Commissioner Updates:

Commissioner Yborra told the Council that the city would once again offer sewer credits to those residents who fill up their pools. He said residents must call City Hall with the diameter of the pool and the depth. He then asked Andy Washelesky to update the council on the waste water treatment plant. He estimated the project to be about 80 percent completed and expected the project to be completed by July. He also said that he expected the FAU route (Walnut Street project) to be let in June or July, with work commencing in August. That schedule will work well in conjunction with the boat launch project, because the pavement will be used to form the road at the boat launch.

Mayor Finley reminded residents of the Mayor’s Baseball parade, set for Saturday, May 10 at 10 a.m.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to enter into executive session at 7:26 a.m. for the purpose of discussing “the appointment, employment, compensation, performance, or dismissal of specific employees” and “collective bargaining matters between the public body and its employees.” AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to re-enter regular session at 9:27 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to adjourn at 9:32 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk