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Minutes: March 3 - July 7, 2014

July 29, 2014 by bclinard  
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A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, MARCH 3, 2014, AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

PRESENT: COMMISSIONERS PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY, ATTORNEY GARY PETERLIN AND CITY CLERK BECKY CLINARD.

ABSENT: COMMISSIONER DANEKAS

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the regular meeting minutes from February 18, 2014. AYES: PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY YBORRA to pay the invoices presented: Illini State Bank, Police, $180.60; Midwest Mailing, $90.00; Comcast, $71.85; Katharine Blomquist, $98.59; Monroe Truck Equipment, $53.63; ASK Enterprises, $2,426.15; Airgas, Inc., $50.53; Ameren, $127.25; Brownstown Electric Supply, $174.00; Call One, $1,597.45; Dever & Sons, $525.48; Cathie Edens, $50.00; Katherine Elvin, $321.89; Emergency Medical Products, $751.71; Fastenal, $144.34; Feece Oil, $1,539.80; Foster Coach Sales, $260.00; Halm’s Auto Parts, $6.99; HD Supply, $360.00; IL Dept. of Agriculture, $20.00; IL Public Risk Fund, $5,651.00; IV Cellular, $569.76; IV Food & Deli, $129.47; John’s Sales & Service, $75.00; King Tire, $472.50; Kramarsic Law Offices, 150.00; LaSalle Office Supply, $81.49; Jean Martin, $321.89; Mautino Distributing, $18.00; McClure Engineering, $2,585.10; Maryann McGRath, $140.23; Menards, $582.13; North American Salt, $2,157.08; Overhead Door, $944.00; Patient Point Hospital Solutions, $981.75; Radar Man, $45.00; Eric Reishus, $321.89; Margaret Reishus, $160.94; Marlin Reishus, $160.94; Paul Reishus, $321.89; Republic Services, $18,607.00; Riverstone Group, $452.51; Ruppert Concrete, $650.00; SIBS, $15.50; Spring Valley Ford, $621.25; United Rentals, $962.70; United States Post Office, $220.00; US Bank, $500.00; USA Bluebook $579.19; James Vohs, $654.59; Water Products Co., $335.25. Total $47,777.11 AYES: 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 RIVARA, SECONDED BY YBORRA to place the lone bid for the truck for the electric department on file. Commissioner Rivara said that he knows he can get a low-interest loan to pay for the truck. He also said that he has been “knocking on doors for grants.” AYES: PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

Talk then turned to the state grant the city has received for tearing down dilapidated or abandoned buildings. The mayor handed out a list of buildings, asking the council for their thoughts. One property owner, Don Shields, is willing to donate his building at 211 E. Walnut St., to the city. The others are considered abandoned, but even then, Attorney Peterlin said, the city must initiate a title search, which could take months. Finley said that since Shields is willing to donate his building to the city, he felt that the city should proceed. Commissioner Porter expressed his concerns, noting that he thought “we would have a long list of people” expecting the city to tear down their dilapidated properties at the city’s cost. But Yborra and Finley countered that that building was why the city applied for the grant in the first place, and therefore, should be used to tear down the nuisance buiding. A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY RIVARA to move forward with the process of demolishing the building at 211 E. Walnut St. AYES: RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. NAYS: PORTER. MOTION CARRIED.

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

Resident Greg Stein spoke about the building at 211 E. Walnut, noting that he believed the owners of the building bought it in anticipation of being awarded a downtown revitalization grant to demolish the structure. When the previous council denied their request (because the grant was aimed at increasing the value of properties, not demolishing them) they were “stuck with a monster.”

Vern Seimers continued to keep the council informed on the condition of the property at 351-355 E. Walnut. Seimers said the trash is piling up again. Police Chief Knobluach told Seimers that the tenants were moving out and that he was monitoring the situation.

Resident Gary Corless then implored the city to do something about the frozen water line in front of his house. Corless said he has contacted nearby cities and has had a better response from those city officials than Oglesby’s. Corless said he “had lived his whole life here and was being treated like dirt.” Corless is in poor health and unable “to do anything” to resolve the problem himself. He has been without water since February 14. Corless shared photos of what he believed showed that actions by city employees caused his line to freeze.

Mayor and Commissioners’ Reports:

Commissioner Rivara told the council that the electrical projects would start in April. He said he hoped to secure outside funds for the projects. He also noted that he was talking with Ameren to buy the power line that feeds the substation and the Vallero property at the west end. The cost of the line is set by the ICC and is $6,588.27.

Commissioner Yborra then responded to the previous comments by Gary Corless. Yborra disputed that the city has been unresponsive to Corless, noting that he spent a good deal of time on the phone with Corless on Saturday, Feb. 15th. At that time, he said Corless blamed a previous road project engineer for striping two feet of dirt off the buffalo box. He also said that Corless admitted that he “probably should have let the water run” after the neighbors line froze, but didn’t. Yborra said Corless’ descriptions of the city employees who attempted to help the Blancos with their frozen line “went from nice to enept” in just a day. Yborra said he told Corless that the city was, along other communities in the area, researching possible solutions. “If I could find a way to free up the line, I’d do it,” said Yborra, who also noted that other communities are not having much success with the problem either. Yborra said that Oglesby did not have the resources to devote to unproven solutions. “If you can prove it (works), I’ll do it,” said Yborra. He called the unusually cold winter an “act of God” of which the city “has no control of it” and noted that it was probably going to get worse before it gets better. He reminded residents that prevention – letting a faucet trickle – was the best solution.

Commissioner Porter told residents that the Oglesby Fire Department has smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to give out to low-income or elderly residents. The OFD received the detectors via a grant from the Oglesby Elks. There is a limit of one per household and supply is limited. He also said that the firefighters will install the devices if necessary.

Mayor Finley said that response to the city’s offer of a free month of utilities for turning in the CDAP grant survey had had a good response. More than a 100 surveys were turned in on the first day after they were mailed in utility bills.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY YBORRA to adjourn at 7:32 p.m. AYES: PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk

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

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

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, APRIL 21, 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 RIVARA to approve the regular meeting minutes from April 7, 2014. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY YBORRA to pay the invoices presented: First Impression, $100.00; I.D.E.S., $432.11; Mark Ambrose, $300.00; Ameren IP, $102.13; Barbeck Communications, $2,035.98; BSN Sports, $551.26; Call One, $2,065.40; Cintas First Aid, $72.04; Comcast, $253.70; DJ Sickley, $182,928.60; D’Vine Floral, $46.00; Dixon Ottawa Communications, $1,261.00; Double M, $360.00; Dresbach Distributing, $207.26; Betty Ellis, $215.63; Emergency Medical Products, $199.84; Envision Healthcare, $199.84; Fastenal, $155.65; Grainco FS, $423.43; Grosenbach’s $1,955.68; Kortney Hamm, $30.79; HD Power Supply, $4,750.01; Hy-Vee, $97.13; I.M.E.A, $204,195.55; Il Valley Crimestoppers, $644.00; Illini State Bank – Police, $1,082.12; Illini State Bank – 402.64; Illinois Valley Cellular, $569.78; John Senica Jr., $374.66; John’s Sales & Service, $50.18; Dan Kasperski, $300.00; Janet Kotecki, $164.95; LaSalle Office Supply, $67.89; Mautino Distributing, $12.00; Menards, $220.75; Mertel Gravel, $447.69; Dollar General, $28.00; Neopost, $281.40; Overhead Door, $78.00; Pool, Leigh, Kopko, $97.50; Allied Waste, $18,813.50; Riverstone Group, $615.35; Ashley Ruiz, $241.74; Catherine Scordo, $144.17; SIB’S, $7.50; T&R Electric, $4.116.00; TEST, Inc., $80.00; Mia Torres-Gumuski, $166.25; Twitco Distributing, $66.80; Venturelli Appliance, $11,475.35

TOTAL $443,528.41 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 RIVARA, SECONDED BY YBORRA to accept Ordinance No. 861-042114, authorizing the purchase of a distribution line from Ameren. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to grant a request from the Oglesby Boys Baseball to hold a tag day on Saturday, April 26 from 8 a.m. to noon. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

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

Resident Wanda Lent asked what could be done about a home near hers that has had a pile of sticks and twigs on the curb for a long time. Commissioner Yborra told her that the city would be chipping limbs the week of May 5.

Commissioner Updates:

Commissioner Yborra reminded residents about the events scheduled for May: Chipping the week of May 5 and appliance pick-up the week of May 12. He also updated the council on the progress of the waste water treatment plant update, saying that the work was progressing. Yborra said that he thought that they might have to have the solids pumped out of the old facility, noting that there are a lot of “strange things that don’t agree with the pumps,” at the bottom of the beds.

Commissioner Porter reported on the search for someone to do e-waste recycling in the city. He said that the process had been “more problematic” than he had thought it would be. He hopes to make an announcement in two weeks with a date and time. He also announced that there was a change in the landscape waste pickup, that Allied would now be running a separate truck for the yard waste pickup on Wednesdays.

Mayor Finley reported that the CDAP survey was being submitted.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA to enter into executive session at 7:09 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 RIVARA to re-enter regular session at 8:22 p.m.. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

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

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk

A WORKING MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, APRIL 28, 2014, AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 5:30 P.M.

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

ABSENT: COMMISSIONER YBORRA

The Mayor opened the floor for comments on agenda items only.

Vern Seimers asked what the purpose of the executive session was. Mayor Finley read the agenda to him and told him that it was unlikely that any action would be taken, as Seimers questioned whether he should “stick around” or not.

Discussion then turned to the Love’s Travel Stop Tax Increment Financing. The City’s TIF attorneys, Jacob & Klein had prepared a preliminary proposal, showing Love’s eligible costs and the expected tax increment. Mayor Finley noted that Love’s had also agreed to do some additional work on behalf of the city and that the city had agreed to pay them for that work. Finley said he expected that to be another $40,000 to $50,000. Danekas suggested that the city follow its past practice of TIF reimbursement, as that had worked well in the past. But noted that they may mean that Love’s would not be fully reimbursed before the TIF expires. He then asked about the TIF’s expiration in 2023 and whether TIF 1 could be extended. Attorney Andreoni said that the council needed to differeniate between extending the life of the TIF or extending the TIF area. Andreoni said his understanding was that all taxing bodies would have to agree on the extension, and if the TIF was extended, the agreement would extend as well.

Mayor Finley then updated the council on the property at 211 E. Walnut St. Before the city can tear down the property, the asbestos must be abated. The engineer’s estimate to remove the asbestos is $37,000. Finley told the council that the firm that did the inspection would seek bids for removal, noting that there were no local contractors who perform the service. Commissioner Rivara noted his concern that “we follow the law,” concerning the bid process. Finley also said that he estimated that it would cost an additional $30,000 to tear down the building.

Finley then talked about the need to revamp the Design and Review Board, noting that the city needed to remove any “barriers to entry” for new businesses looking to move into the city. Attorney Andreoni said he would need to sit down with Ken Ficek, the chairman of the D&R board to determine how to combine the board’s responsibilities with either the Plan Commission or Zoning Board of Appeals. The goal, Andreoni said, would be to eliminate the number of meetings a developer has to attend.

Commissioner Porter asked the council if there was a problem with changing the way the fire department is paid. Firefighters are currently paid once a quarter, they would be paid once a month under the new proposal. No one voiced an objection to the monthly pay.

Commissioner Rivara then turned the discussion to city finances, noting that he hears Commissioner Danekas say all the time that the city “doesn’t have any funds.” Rivara said it was important that “if we make a purchase, we have to know how we’re going to pay” for it. “We need to do a better job – myself included.”

Commissioner Danekas said that the city had to figure out a way to increase revenues. He suggested that the city look at raising the sales tax rate a half percent, noting that the city’s rate is less than neighboring committees. Danekas estimated that the increase would generate about $150,000 in new money annually. Danekas said that would be akin to levying an additional 50 to 60 cents per $100 EVA. The sales tax increase would be a step in the right direction for keeping the levy stable. Commissioner Porter said he felt the increase would take “a big sales job.” Andreoni told the council that if they want the referendum to pass they must “educate the community” and suggested forming a committee – with local merchants on it – to get the word out. Andreoni told the council that they couldn’t “just put it on the ballot and expect goodwill to pass it.”

Rivara then asked about funding for his two electric projects, which the council approved the $350,000 bids for earlier in the year. Finley said that he did get a call that the city qualified to apply for a CDAP grant, but noted that – just as he had said when the bid was approved – that he “didn’t know where we can swing the half million.”

Rivara offered to take the other council members on a drive around town to show them his concerns and the need to have the issues corrected – “before it becomes a nightmare. We must upgrade the system to meet the load,” he said. Rivara asked for a “plan,” citing the “million dollars” in the electric fund. Danekas said that the city would be able to do the $350,000 project – but that the city “wasn’t set to go out and buy a $165,000 truck” just yet.

Commissioner Porter then updated the council on his attempts to schedule an electronic recycling event. He had proposals from three firms, but unlike last year, the companies were charging for their services. Porter was most comfortable with ATR’s proposal, which is the company that had held the recycling event the last two years. ATR will charge .15/pound for TVs and computer monitors. Past collections would have translated into a cost between $2,000 and $3,000. Porter said he didn’t feel right having Oglesby residents pay for other communities’ waste, so he proposed limiting the event to Oglesby residents only. Porter said he would have a police officer checking IDs the day of the event, which is set for June 21. Porter also said he contact the county about having one of the county’s pickups in Oglesby next year.

Rivara noted that residents have been illegally dumping used computer equipment at the electric department.

The Mayor then opened the floor to comments from the public.

Vern Seimers voiced his concerns about truck traffic at the Love’s Truck Stop. Finley told him that the city was looking at changing the signal configuration to address that concern. He also encouraged residents to take a ride with Dom (Rivara), to see the electric department’s concerns.

Commissioner Reports:

Andy Washelesky, of AEA, updated the council on behalf of Commissioner Yborra, on the waste water treatment plant upgrade. He also said that the IDOT project from Casey’s to Ed Hand Highway would start this summer, with the city’s cost estimated to be $272,000. He said that $54,000 of that has already been paid. And that the remainder would come from the Motor Fuel Tax Funds.

Porter asked about the possibility of purchasing new garbage cans for Walnut Street, noting that the city could use a second can at the Dollar General Store.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to go into executive session to discuss “the appointment, employment, compensation, performance, or dismissal of specific employees” and “collective bargaining matters between the public body and its employees” at 6:36 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to resume the regular city council meeting at 8:11 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to adjourn at 8:12 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk

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

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, MAY 19, 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 ASSISTANT CITY CLERK TERRY KAMNIKAR.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the regular meeting minutes from May 5, 2014. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to accept the bills as present: IL Liquor Control Commission $25.00; Ganz Greenhouse $278.70; Brad Anderson $7.27; John Yost $700; D.J. Sickley Construction $37126.80; AEA $8000.00; AFLAC $117.67; Ameren IP $100.46; Apple Press $258.00; Arrow Sales & Service $30.00; AT&T $25.79; Bob’s Business $31.93; Brownstown Electric Supply $1788.00; Comcast Cable $628.22; Comm Revolving Fund $648.03; Dresbach Distributing $93.85; Cathie Edens $16.73; Efficient Billing Systems $2694.00; Envision Healtchcare $238.00; Karen Ernat $4.00; Kevin Ewbank $80.00; Fastenal Company $180.17; Feece Oil $1101.80; First Impression $240.00; Flectcher-Reinhardt $707.42; Sherry Gordon $24.03; Grainco FS $95.25; Garrett Gruenwald $176.30; HD Supply Power Solutions $633.91; Hoover Mfg. $542.75; Hygienic Institute $355.55; IMEA $195617.30; IVCH $160.00; Illini State Bank-Police $37.96; Illini State Bank-Visa $496.88; Illinois Valley Cellular $1141.67; John Senica Jr. $584.21; John’s Service & Sales $83.38; Koolmaster $31.71; Kramarsic Law Offices $150.00; LaSalle County Public Recorder $180.00; LaSalle Office Supply $713.02; LaSalle State Bank $100.15; James Mandujano $450.00; Michael Margis $450.00; Mautino Distributing $12.00; McClure Engineering $1840.25; Menards $684.48; Mertel Gravel $1485.07; Midwest Mailing & Shipping $216.28; Mill Street Market $112.18; Dollar General $60.00; Municipal Codes $197.41; Roger Naas $106.07; NewsTribune $805.00; North American Salt $2137.47; North Central Illinois $1500.00; Oglesby Grade School #125 $2989.41; Orkin Pest Control $236.70; Oscar’s Automotive $613.14; P.F. Pettibone & Co. $308.90; Michael Padilla $450.00; Perona, Peterlin, Andreoni Law $1760.00; Pool Leigh & Kopko $1072.50; Republic Services – Allied Waste $18618.50; Smith’s Sales & Service $177.00; Staples Credit Plan $923.40; Stevens Service Center $69.00; Stewart Spreading $16000.00; Stop Tech $1778.00; Sunrise Supply $152.94; T&R Electric $8284.00; TEST, Inc $26.50; United Rentals $52.35; USa Bluebook $839.00; James Vohs $300.00; William Weaver $108.04. Total $319284.14 AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. NAYES: RIVARA. MOTION CARRIED.

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

No one from the public had a comment. However, at this time City Attorney Jim Andreoni stated that the City of Oglesby, Oglesby Ambulance Service and the Oglesby Ambulance Association has been named in a lawsuit. Attorney Andreoni stated that the City of Oglesby’s general liability insurance carrier will retain legal services for this lawsuit. But the legal services will only pertain to the City of Oglesby and the Oglesby Ambulance Department, not the Oglesby Ambulance Association.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to place on file an ordinance submitting a question to the Electors of the City of Oglesby Whether to Increase the Non Home Rule Municipal Retailer’s Occupation Tax by ½ percent. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

Commissioner Rivara questioned why he hasn’t received the city’s proposal that was submitted for the I.B.E.W. 51 negotiations. Also, Commissioner Rivara questioned if there were any updates regarding the I.B.E.W. 51 and the F.O.P. negotiations with the City. Attorney Andreoni stated that he has been directly involved with the I.B.E.W. 51 negotiations and that once the council enters executive session, more will be discussed regarding negotiations. Mayor Finley stated to Commissioner Rivara that an updated proposal for the I.B.E.W. 51 negotiations had been given to all council members.

The Mayor opened the floor to the public for comments on any subject. There were no comments.

Mayor and Commissioners’ Reports:

Commissioner Yborra thanked the city employees for working until the early morning hours on a water main break on Sunday, May 18th.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to enter into executive session at 7:10 p.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 YBORRA to re-enter regular session at 9:10 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA to adjourn at 9:12 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINELY. MOTION CARRIED.

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Terry Kamnikar, Assistant Clerk

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, JUNE 2, 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 May 19, 2014. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY YBORRA to accept the bills as presented: USPS, $763.14; ASK Enterprises, $4,869.45; AEA, Inc., R2,547.53; AFLAC, $117.67; Airgas, $92.68; Ameren IP, $3,546.87; Apple Press, $258.00; BHMG Engineers, $96.00; Bio-Tron, Inc. $138.00; Bob’s Business Inc., $524.55; BSN Sports, $82.17; Call One, $2,004.68; Carus Corp., $2,015.82; Cintas First Aid, $90.91; Community Revolving Fund, $636.15; Communications Direct, $73.86; Daley’s, $285.94; Double M Trucking, $112.50; Dresbach Distributing, $120.80; Emergency Medical Products, $571.40; Espindola, Xochitl, $206.28; Joe Farris, $225.92; Fastenal Co., $246.39; Ficek Electric, $219.00; First Impression, $2,350.25; Fleet Services, $3,871.46; Fletcher-Reinhardt, $295.00; Halm’s Auto Parts, $355.15; HD Supply, $280.00; Holloway’s Portable Restrooms, $75.00; Danica Holst, $204.37; IVAC, $15.00; IL Public Risk Fund, $5,651.00; Il Valley Business Equipment, $70.00; IMUA, $200.00; Annastachia Ingold, $230.06; Jacob & Klien, Ltd., $748.35; Aaron Jiles, $202.29; John Senica, Jr., $120.27; Key Outdoor Advertising, $1,210.00; Kinsella Roto-Rooter, $160.00; Kittilson’s, $836.82; Landcomp, $13,272.29; LaSalle Office Supply, $69.13; Leone’s, $294.76; Casey McKay, $600.00; Mautino Distributing, $12.00; Menards, $343.18; Motorola, $116.25; Roger Naas, $631.05; Orkin Pest Control, $236.70; Patten Industries, $263.26; Quad City Electric, $271.50; Allied Waste, $750.00; Dom Rivara, $250.04; Riverstone Group, $134.99; St. Margaret’s Hospital, $81.00; Stevens Service Center, $829.25; Stewart Spreading, $19,125.00; TEST, Inc., $80.00; United Rentals, $998.59; Universal, Inc., $958.06; USA Bluebook, $1,561.93; Utility Equipment, $-587.48; Katie Vaugh, $75.16; Vermeer Sales, $56.35; Water Products, $192.13; Witmer Public Safety, $94.47; Ashely Wren, $250.00. TOTAL $78,128.17 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 ordinance to increase the sales tax, asking if the increase would be permanent. Attorney Andreoni explained, that yes, it would. Andreoni also explained that until 2019 it can be used for any purpose.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY YBORRA to approve the ordinance authorizing the council to seek a .5% increase in local sales tax. AYES; DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY PORTER to donate $1,000 to a multi-modal feasibility for the area. The study, which was initiated by Streator, will cost, $329,000, and local communities have been asked to contribute to the cost. The results will be shared with the communities that donate. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION PASSED.

Commissioner Updates:

Commissioner Danekas said he wished to reiterate one point about the sales tax increase: that the increase in sales tax was not being pursued to lower property tax rates, rather, it was being pursued in an attempt to keep property tax rates where they are at. Danekas noted that the city’s tax rate went up 32 cents, but that most homeowners saw a decrease in their property tax bills this year because the value of their homes had declined. “That’s not good for the City of Oglesby or the taxpayers,” said Danekas.

Commissioner Rivara said that he is often “frustrated over city bills,” and asked that the council consider having a working meeting at least once a month to discuss: “how we spend money, where we’re going, and how to do projects.” He also advised residents that the electric line transfer between Ameren and the City would take place on Wednesday and that some customers may experience a short outage. He also said that work on the line to the waste water treatment plant would begin soon and that short outages were possible in the area.

Commissioner Yborra shared a letter from Ben Schweickert, a resident of Heritage Fields and the president of the homeowners association there. Schweickert said that residents are concerned about the maintenance of a private driveway and possible development that would further increase the homeowners association’s responsibility. He questioned whether when the city accepted the final plat, they became responsible for the driveway. Attorney Andreoni said he would have to look at the ordinances and see exactly what the city accepted. He explained that the city accepts a final plat, but then also accepts the streets after they are built and it is determined that they were built to the city’s specifications. Yborra noted that the “driveway” in question was not built to city specifications and was never intended to be a city street.

Yborra also asked Andy Washelesky to update the council on the waste water treatment plant. Washelesky said the plant is about 90 percent complete.

Commissioner Porter asked residents to check the info on the city’s Code Red and make sure it is up to date. Individuals that are hesitant to make the changes online are asked to call the police department.

Mayor Finley reminded residents to paint the town red, white and blue for Summer Fun Fest, which is June 26-29th.

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

Greg Stein told the council that he’d like to see a sidewalk built through the Heritage Fields property to the lake.

Wanda Lent asked about the feasibility study, which Andreoni explained would look at how to maximize transportation to enhance the region’s marketability to developers.

Sarah Cudlip asked about the news that County Market would not be building this year. Mayor Finley told her that the company still envisions building a store in Oglesby, just not this year.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to adjourn at 7:20 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, JUNE 16, 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 RIVARA to approve the regular meeting minutes from June 2, 2014. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to approve the working meeting minutes from April 28, 2014. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY YBORRA to accept the bills as presented: City of Oglesby Petty Cash, $122.03; USPS, $630.31; AEA, Inc., $8,000.00; Air One Equipment, $1,668.11; Andi Bjerkaas, $800.00; Civic Systems, Inc., $14,950.00; Comcast, $152.78; Connecting Point, $150.00; Cosgrove Distributors, $792.37; D&M Landscaping, $650.00; Daley’s Super Service, $78.75; Delaney & Delaney, $83.33; Dever & Sons, $517.79; Andi Dorsett, $183.49; Double M Trucking, $405.00; Dresbach Distributing, $175.75; Envision Healthcare, $238.00; Fastenal, $127.14; Flink Snow Plow, $-38.74; Fulmers, $150.00; Grainco FS, $484.04; Grosenbach’s, $20.00; HD Supply, $252.00; Heartland Bank, $142,637.50; Hygienic Institute, $355.55; Illinois Rural Water, $454.44; IVCH, $25.00; Illini State Bank VISA, $1240.20; Illinois Prosecutor Services, $100.00; IV Cellular, $160.18; Independent Service Co., $409.76; John Pohar & Son, $1,417.11; John Senica Jr., $253.72; John’s Sales & Service, $2,112.59; Larry Kirkman, $1,200.00; Knoblauch Advertising, $945.60; Tiffany Kundert, $85.39; LaSalle Office Supply, $-46.28; Edward Lewis, $198.49; Justin Lewis, $119.25; Jennifer Logan, $15.47; McClure Engineering, $1,289.50; Mertel Gravel, $2,721.94; Jessica Mora-Nieto, $164.72; Motion Industries, $31.95; NCPERS Group Life, $48.00; North American Salt Co., $2,125.53; Oglesby Hotel Group, $20,579.33; Oscar’s Automotive, $263.10; P&D Sign, $150.00; Perona, Peterlin, Andreoni, $2,680.00; Pool, Leigh, & Kopko, $507.50; Putnam Co. Painting, $4,765.00; Quad City Electric, $940.61; Allied Waste, $20,723.50; Riverstone Group, $747.55; Ruppert Concrete, $18,975.00; Sharon Schook, $122.84; Smith’s Sales & Service, $62.75; Spring Valley Ford, $651.00; Staples, $376.06; TEST Inc., $130.00; U-Line, $61.58; United Rentals, $27.00; Universal Inc., $451.31; USA Bluebook, $51.65; Vermeer Sales, $985.31; Viking Chemical, $1,302.95; Water Products Co., $15,758.00; Xylem, $1,781.00; Tonia Zens, $177.87 TOTAL $281,572.67 AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. NAY: RIVARA. MOTION CARRIED.

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

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the ORDINANCE amending Chapter 2.88, Design & Review Board, of Title 2, Administration and Personnel of the Oglesby City Code. The change, Mayor Finley explained, streamlined the process for new businesses seeking to move into Oglesby. AYES; DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY YBORRA to approve the Prevailing Wage Ordinance. The ordinance is required by state law and is approved annually. AYES: PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. NAY: DANEKAS. MOTION PASSED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to place on file an ordinance authorizing an agreement with Greg and Sally Gillan to purchase a parcel of land owned by the city. The land is located adjacent to the former A&B Welding, which the Gillans also purchased. The Gillans plan to expand the building to accommodate a new business. Commissioner Rivara asked about the legality of selling the land without a bidding process. Attorney Andreoni explained that the land could be sold for economic development without going through the bidding process. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION PASSED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY PORTER to place on file an engineering agreement with AEA, Inc., for the IDNR Boat Access grant. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION PASSED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY RIVARA to place on file an engineering agreement with AEA, Inc., for the building demolition grant. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION PASSED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY YBORRA, to grant permission to the LaSalle Peru Township High School band to solicit door-to-door on September 4, for their annual candy sale. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION PASSED.


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

Tony Dennett asked about Don Shields’ building on Walnut Street. Dennett referred to the building as the ‘horror’ building. He was told that the city was in the process of going out to bid to have the building torn down.

Greg Stein asked why Commissioner Rivera had voted ‘no’ on paying the bills. Rivara said he ‘would get to that in a minute.’ Stein also asked about other properties the city may be interested in tearing down and was told that the city had other buildings in mind, but nothing was definite at this point.

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Commissioner Rivara asked for a meeting once a month to discuss “how we’re going to pay the bills.”

Commissioner Yborra talked about the installation of some 14” water line stops out near Advantage Logistics. Before the work, if there was a problem with water, the entire west end had to be shut off to fix it. Andy Washelesky updated the council on the waste water treatment plant upgrade.

Mayor Finley reminded residents that dog tags were due by July 1 and that the city was hosting a vaccination clinic on Thursday (June 19) from 5 to 6:30 p.m. He also reminded residents that Summer Fun Fest was June 26 through the 29th and he encouraged residents to support our military men and women and veterans by decorating in red, white and blue.

Finley also said that the Park Board had decided to look into the expansion of McPhedren Park and was forming a committee to seek input and to raise funds for the expansion.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA AT 7:23 pm TO ENTER INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION for the purpose of discussing employee negotiations. AYES; DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA AT 7:55 pm TO RE- ENTER INTO REGULAR SESSION. AYES; DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to adjourn at 7:58 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, JULY 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 VINVE BROLLEY AND CITY CLERK BECKY CLINARD.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the regular meeting minutes from June 16, 2014. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to approve the bills as presented for payment: Illinois Valley Crime Prevention, $644.00; IDES, $447.35; Il Municipal Electric Agency, $230,514.18; First Impression, $1,036.75; United States Post Office, $118.22; United States Postal Service, $770.50; Culy Contracting, $18,400.00; Jacquelyn Guerreo, $186.25; Dana Henry, $67.63; Journal Star, $995.84; LaSalle Body and Fender, $210.00; Mike’s Pro Shop, $90.00; Kaity Twardoski, $68.75; Wild Style, $545.00; ASK Enterprises, $4,402.50; AEA Inc., $28,454.17; AFLAC, $117.67; Ambassador Enterprises, $2,000.00; Ameren IP, $3,543.36; Apple Press, $651.98; Archer Enterprises, $1,750.00;’ BHMG Engineers, $13,386.75; Bob’s Business Inc., $125.78; BSN Sports, $249.14; Sara Burgh, $136.54; Call One, $2,016.26; Carmel Music + Entertainment, $1,500.00; Chuck & Nina Caretto, $7,441.50; Carus Corp., $700.00; Michaela Cassel, $196.54; Chicago Boyz Acrobatic, $795.00; CMS Leso, $11.88; Comcast Cable, $139.39; Communications Revolving Loan Fund, $636.15; Connecting Point, $918.00; Cosgrove Distributors, $1,294.96; Creative Apparel, $523.82; D&M Road Scoring, $220.00; DJ Sickley, $33,380.09; Daley’s Super Service, $52.00; Mark Davis, $170.99; Dever & Sons, $521.74; De’Vine Floral, $41.28; Don Lewis, $4,000.00; Dresbach Distributing, $177.20; Cathie Edens, $14.17; Efficient Billing Systems, $2,475.52; Emergency Medical Products, $663.33Fastenal, $288.07; Feece Oil, $745.30; Flags USA, $183.00; Fleet Services, $4,603.00; Gallagher Materials, $2,396.28; Glory Days, $1,200.00; Grainco FS, $924.52; Graphic Electronics, $769.00; Grosenbach’s, $25.00; Lance Haack, $300.00; Halm’s Auto Parts, $355.82; Henry Schein, $433.98; Holloway’s Portables, $1,760.00; Il Dept. of Agriculture, $15.00; Il Public Risk Fund, $5,651.00; In The Swim, $1,979.98; Itron Inc., $377.72; J&M displays, $7,500.00; Joan’s Trophy & Plaque, $47.81; John Deere Financial, $108.74; John Pohar & Sons, $80.00; John Senica Jr. $733.20; John’s Sales & Service, $2,599.82; King tire, $2,296.00; Kinsella Roto-Tooter, $200.00; Klush Enterprises, $1,000.00; Karmarsic Law Offices, $150.00; LaFarge, $282.47;LaNDCOM Landfill, $283.71; LaSalle Office Supply, $942.34; Lance Lipinsky, $2500.00; Mautino Distributing, $18.00; McClure Engineering, $2,119.55; Menards, $1,330.91; Mertel Gravel Co., $2,140.58; Dollar General, $100.00; NCPERS, $48.00; North American Salt Co., $2,141.73; Rental Pros, $178.00; Rhythm Revolution, $1,400.00; Dominic Rivara, $142.41; Riverstone Group, $217.05; SEICO, Inc., $648.00; SIB’s, $18.00; Spring Valley Ford, $329.98; Staples, $192.33; Stewart Spreading, $21,822.00; Jackson Stone, $141.20; Studstill Media, $1,008.00; Sunrise Supply, $37.90; Taser International, $394.31; The Fortunate Sons, $1,200.00; The Glitter Fairies, $450.00; Traveling World of Reptiles, $500.00; United Rentals, $13.29; United States Postal, $770.50; USA Bluebook, $1,004.78; Utility Equipment Co., $783.46; Vidacare, $124.93; Viking Chemical Co., $1,850.09; Melissa Vitorrelli, 250.00; Water Products Company, $7,427.78; Zoll Medical, $92.41. TOTAL $453,255.33 AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. NAY: RIVARA. MOTION CARRIED.

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

Greg Stein noted his objections to the sale of the parking lot on Walnut Street to Greg & Sally Gillan. He said he felt the property should have been bid out, and that he suggested that the city only sell only a portion of the lot, leaving room for people who normally park there. He then expressed concerns about the width of Magnal Avenue and asked that the council consider making Magnal one way. Commissioner Tom Porter later responded to Stein’s concerns, saying that he understood the sale of property was a way to attract a new business into town, and therefore was not required to be bid out. He also said that he “wasn’t sure it’s the city’s responsibility to provide parking places for tenants.”

Wanda Lent asked if the council would be discussing the letter of recommendation from the Ambulance Board. Mayor Finley told her that the council would be placing the letter on file.

Gary Corless asked about the agenda, saying that it had not been posted on the city’s website and questioned whether this is a violation of the open meetings act. City Clerk Clinard answered, saying that the meeting notice was sent to newspaper, radio and posted at City Hall on Thursday, however the agenda was not posted to the website until Monday and when it was posted, it did not show up in the home page, but was available in the agenda section. Clinard said that when the error was discovered, it was fixed immediately.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY PORTER to approve Ordinance No. 859-070714, which authorizes the sale of real estate owned by the city to Greg and Sally Gillan for business expansion. AYES; DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY PORTER to accept an engineering agreement with AEA, Inc., for the IDNR Boat Access grant. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION PASSED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY RIVARA to accept an engineering agreement with AEA, Inc., for the building demolition grant. AYES: DANEKAS, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. NAY: PORTER. MOTION PASSED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve a Resolution to expend Motor Fuel Tax Funds in an amount not to exceed $160,000. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION PASSED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA TO place on file the FY15 Appropriations Ordinance. Commissioner Rivara asked if the city supplemented the Ambulance Department. Commissioner Danekas explained that the ambulance department operated at a $67,000 loss in FY14, but that that was down from the previous year’s $105,000. That, he said, was directly related to the increase in transfers. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA, to place on file a letter of recommendation from the Oglesby Ambulance Board regarding the director’s pay and other recommendations. The letter was read by Mayor Finley. Afterwards, Porter asked if there were any questions. Danekas said that the city was in the middle of negotiations with the police and city workers, and asked rhetorically “where do you draw the line,” noting the proposed increase was $10,000. Discussion ensued with members of the audience participating as well. Porter noted that it was not realistic to compare the director’s salary with surrounding directors because many of those are 40-hour a week administration positions. He noted that Director Cathie Edens is often scheduled to work as a member of the ambulance staff in addition to her director responsibilities. Board President Jim Ebner noted that Edens “keeps everything running with a schedule that looks like a patchwork quilt.” Commissioner Rivara asked about the creation of another IMRF eligible position, asking if those employees would then be eligible for employee health insurance under the Obamacare initiative.


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

Vern Siemers said that there were 15 tires 15 feet from his backyard. Police Chief Jim Knoblauch said he would send an officer out to check on it.

Richard Vicich said that in relation to agenda items 7 & 9, which he said were sold on “the QT”, he hoped the council wasn’t going to spend 50,000 to $60,000 on tearing down the Shields property and then sell it back to him for $2,500. He asked that the council members to publicly commit to not selling it back to the previous owner at a nominal cost. Commissioner Yborra said that he agreed.

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Danekas passed out the unaudited FY14 financials, and asked that each commissioner look them over and be prepared to discuss them at the next working meeting.


Rivara told the council that the transmission line rebuild project “couldn’t have waited any longer.” He also explained that the outages were necessary because of the line’s deteriorated condition. He then reiterated his plea to establish monthly working meetings “to update the council on projects; exchange ideas, change Oglesby’s form of accounting to be more transparent.”

Commissioner Yborra responded by saying that he had no problems with having a working meeting. “It’s real simple. I’ve heard about a working meeting for months … you want one, schedule one.” Porter said that the meeting should be called a special meeting versus a “working” meeting because the open meetings act does not recognize “working” meetings. He also questioned the need for a monthly meeting. Rivara then asked if there was a date available. Danekas suggested that the meeting be held after the second regular meeting of the month, so that the previous months’ financials would be available for scrutiny. It was agreed that there would be a working meeting on July 28th at 5:30 p.m.

Mayor Finley then thanked the community for supporting Summer Fun Fest, noting that preliminary figures show a $26,000 to $28,000 profit. He expects to have a final figure at the next council meeting.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA to adjourn at 7:34 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk