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Minutes: July 1 - October 7, 2013

July 29, 2014 by bclinard  
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A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, JULY 1, 2013, AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

PRESENT: COMMISSIONERS DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY, ATTORNEY VINCE BROLLEY for JIM ANDREONI, CITY CLERK BECKY CLINARD.

ABSENT: COMMISSIONER YBORRA

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the regular meeting minutes from the June 17, 2013. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to approve the invoices to be paid as presented: Airone, $1,812.58; Airgas, USA, $76.23; Ameren IP, $25.57; American Red Cross, $200.00; Apple Press, $68.00; Autozone, $131.40; Call One, $1,525.71; Cargill, $29,403.55; City of Oglesby (Petty Cash), $483.05; Comcast, $3.00; Cosgrove Distributors, $1,068.90; Dresbach Distributing, $29.95; Cathie Edens, $79.54; Efficient Billing, $1,507.11; Emergency Medical Products, $303.30; Emling Canvas Products, $1,800.00; Envision Healthcare, $232.00; Kevin Ewbank, $171.63; Fastenal Co., $31.45; Ficek Electric, $110.00; GL Downs, $78.60; Grainco, $193.88; Grosenbach’s, $20.00; Holloway’s Portables, $345.00; IL Valley Community Hospital, $137.52; Illini State Bank – Police Credit Card, $180.74; Illinois Dept. of Central Management, $636.15; Itron Inc., $646.50; JP Cooke Co., $88.48; Jacob & Klein, Ltd., $6,137.79; Gail Keeling, $73.54; Sonia Konczak, $20.00; Mautino Distributing, $12.00; McConnaughay & Sons, $6,250.00; Taylor McLaughlin, $7.50; Menards, $611.20; Mertel Gravel, $366.00; Motorola, $517.87; Dollar General,$15.40; Alan Mussari, $223.75; NCICG, $1,105.08; Kimberly Nolan, $105.72; North American Salt Co., $2,128.09; Patten Industries, $41.07; Jason Phillips, $125.00; Pool, Leigh & Kopko, $97.50; Quad City Electric, $1,407.26; Ken Quick, $200.00; Quill Corporation, $1,219.80; Rental Pros, $779.87; Screenvision Direct, $368.00; Smith’s Sales & Service, $293.00; USA Bluebook, $657.37; Utility Equipment Co., $336.11 TOTAL $64,488.86. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, FINLEY. PASS: RIVARA (without explanation) MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor then asked for comment from the public on agenda items. There were no comments or questions from the audience pertaining to the agenda items.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to approve the LP Choral Department’s request to hold a tag day at the intersection of Walnut Street and Columbia Avenue on Saturday, August 3. It was noted by Commissioner Porter that the group had asked for permission to solicit at local businesses as well. Mayor Finley said that the council did not have the authority to grant such permission. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to adopt a resolution for the maintenance of streets and highways at a sum not to exceed $150,000.00. This is necessary to allot a portion of the Motor Fuel Tax monies to street projects. Commissioner Danekas noted that Commissioner Yborra is still considering which streets will be worked on. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to place on file a copy of the proposed ordinance authorizing the city to enter into an amendment and extension of the collective bargaining agreement between the city and the police union. Chief Jim Knoblauch said that the only change was a provision that the city would pay 100 percent of an officer’s dues at the YMCA if the officer passes a “power test.” The police union had agreed earlier to freeze wages and longevity for a year in order to avoid layoffs. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to accept with regret the resignation of Doug Kramarsic from the Police and Fire Board. Commissioner Porter asked that a letter be sent to Kramarsic thanking him for his service. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor then opened the floor for public comments:

Resident Vern Seimers suggested that the city get to work on the ruts created by the carnival. Mayor Finley assured Seimers that the issue had already been addressed and that a roller was to be at the site on Tuesday. Seimers also asked about the road markings on Route 251 and Richard Moyle Sr. Highway, saying that they were hard to see. The Mayor explained that those markings weren’t the city’s responsibility. Seimers then asked if Love’s would address the “pond” at the northwest end of their proposed site. The Mayor told Seimers that Love’s had addressed those issues at previous plan commission meetings.

Resident Drew Merriman then asked when the public could expect a full accounting of the Summer Fun Fest. Finley said that it would take a couple of weeks for all of the invoices to come in, but that, just like last year, there would be a report made available. Merriman then weighed in with his opinions on how the carnival should have set up given the condition of the rain-soaked grounds. Upon questioning by Finley, Merriman admitted that he had only driven by the site.

Mayor/Commissioner reports:

Commissioner Rivara told council members and the audience that since the electric rate increase had gone into effect, customers had reaped the benefits of lower rates. He also said that the rate increase was doing what it was designed to do, “pulling dollars in” to fund capital improvements. He again asked for a working meeting in late July to address changes needed in the ordinance that sets the rates and charges for work done by the electric department. He asked Commissioner Danekas if the council could expect a set of financials before they approve the next budget.

Commissioner Porter reminded residents that because of the July 4th holiday, Thursday trash pickup would be delayed by a day.

Mayor Finley updated the council on the Love’s Travel Center. Work is expected to begin next week and will take approximately six months to get up and running. Finley talked about Summer Fun Fest, thanking the many volunteers and sponsors who supported the event. He also commented on the “trickle down” effect to local businesses from the increased traffic in town and mentioned that he had received many positive comments from Illinois Valley residents. He reiterated that there would be a full report on the event in the next two-three weeks. He also announced that he was able to sign an agreement with the carnival for 2014, noting the dates would be June 26 through the 30th.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to adjourn at 7:17 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.


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Becky Clinard, City Clerk

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, JULY 15, 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, CITY CLERK BECKY CLINARD.



A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to approve the regular meeting minutes from July 1, 2013. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY YBORRA to approve the invoices to be paid as presented: A.S.K. Enterprises, $807.53; Affordable Waste, $19574.50; AFLAC, $35.90; Alan Environmental, $554.84; Apple Press, $359.00; Andi Bjer; United States Postal Syswtem, $aas, $600.00; Mary Boyer, $184.63; Brownlee Data Systems, $1,250.00; Bureau County Republican, $500.00; Carus Corp, $770.00; City of Oglesby, $53.48; Civic Systems, $2,582.00; Comcast, $191.79; Cosgrove Distrivutors, $926.88; Dever & Sons, $174.72; D’Vine Floral, $46.60; Double M Trucking, $292.50; DResbach Distributing, $401.30; Cathie Edens, $89.38; Emergency Medical Products, $572.86; Envision, $232.00; Euclid Beverage, $4,783.00; Ferguson Waterworks, $4,672.77; Fleet Services, $4,691.97; Foster Coach Sales, $111.61; GL Downs, Inc., $14.92; Robert Ghighi, $42.98; Graphic Electronics, $908.00; Halm’s, $79.93; Shawn Harlow, $64.27; Henry Schein, Inc., $652.00; Holloway’s Portables, $1,780.00; Hygienic Institute, $355.58; Hy-Vee, $55.11; Illinois Valley Business Equipment, $112.00; Illini State Bank (VISA), $2,160.54; Illinois EPA, $8,500.00; Illinois Valley Cellular, $569.76; Illinois Food and Deli, $96.81; Jacob & Klein, $19,716.88; John’s Sales and Service, $1,345.68; Karmarsic Law Offices, $150.00; LaFarge Aggregates, $360.63; LaSalle Office Supply, $350.03; Mautino Distributing, $36.00; Menards, $626.35; Mertel Gravel, $362.00; Midwest Testing, $1,800.00; Motorola, $54.26; Dollar General, $33.85; NCPERS, $64.00; News Tribune, $3,261.10; Orkin Pest Control, $236.70; Oscar’s, $615.71; Elizabeth Parcher, $91.23; Perona, Peterlin & Andreoni, $1,064.00; Quad City Electric, $937.96; Pete Ragazinky, $160.62; Dominic Rivara, $140.39; Smith’s Sales & Service, $367.75; Spring Valley Ford, $688.81; Staples, $175.68; Stevens Service Center, $389.00; Vicki Stoner, $95.00; Studstill Media, $1,700.00; Sunrise Supply, Test, Inc., $90.00; USPS, $204.00; Universal, $1,276.50; Vidacare, $124.34; Viking Chemical, $1,896.75; Jim Vohs, $98.88; Voss Signs, $170.00; Witmer Public Safety Group, ‘$124.97; WLPO/WAJK, $508.00; WZOE Radio, $122.00; Zoll Medical, $91.62; IMEA, $274,472.04. TOTAL $373,905.79. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, YBORRA, FINLEY. PASS: RIVARA (without explanation) MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor then asked for comment from the public on agenda items. There were no comments or questions from the audience pertaining to the agenda items.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA to approve Ordinance No. 837-071513, which extends and amends the agreement with the police union. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to place the FY 2013-14 Appropriations Ordinance on file. Attorney Andreoni noted that there were some typographical errors that required correcting on the current copy of the ordinance, but that the corrected ordinance would be available at City Hall tomorrow morning (July 16). There will be a special meeting on Monday, July 29th, at 6 p.m., proceeded by a public hearing at 5:45 p.m. the same day. The council will vote to adopt the ordinance at that time. Commissioner Danekas reitereated that the appropriations ordinance had “no correlation on how we budget or run the city.” AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY PORTER to seek bids for the replacement of a water line on Woodland Avenue. Commissioner Yborra said that there have been “numerous breaks” at Second and Woodland, noting that the line was “more clamps than anything else” at this point. The plan is to replace 350’ of 6” water line and replace a fire hydrant. Yborra expects the cost to come in at about $90,000 to $100,000. The bids would be opened Monday, August 5, 2013, at 10 a.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA, denying a solicitor’s license to Sigita Lukauskyte based on the inability to do a thorough background check. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor then opened the floor for public comments, there were none.

Mayor/Commissioner reports:

Commissioner Rivara said that he had a couple of projects that he was planning on putting out for bid (rebuild line to waste water treatment plant, redo Timberwood subdivision service line, taking 12KV line across Interstate 39 to feed the new grocery store.) Rivara said he would like to have everything done by the first of the year.

Commissioner Porter said that the police department had had several complaints recently about cars parking on the street in areas that made it difficult for others to exit or enter driveways. Porter advised residents to call the police department in those cases.

Mayor Finley reminded residents of the upcoming Central States Baseball Tournament. He also went over the preliminary expense and income figures for Summer Fun Fest. Once everything has been paid and posted, he will present a final report. He also explained the CDAP income survey recently sent to residents, noting that surveys were sent by “random pick,” and the importance of returning the survey. He finished by reminding residents that city dog tags are due and that the city was comparing records with LaSalle County to ensure that owners are complying with the city ordinance.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY YBORRA to adjourn at 7:22 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.


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Becky Clinard, City Clerk

A PUBLIC HEARING ON THE FY 2014 APPROPRIATIONS ORDINANCE FOR THE CITY OF OGLESBY WAS HELD ON MONDAY, JULY 29, 2013, AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 5:45 P.M.

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

Attorney Andreoni explained that state law requires that the city hold a public hearing before the Appropriations Ordinance is adopted by the city council. He also gave a brief synopsis of what an appropriations ordinance is and how it differs from a budget or actual spending by the city. The mayor then opened the floor to the audience for comments or questions. Resident Wanda Lent, who is also on the ambulance board, asked about the appropriations for the ambulance service and how it differed from the budget the ambulance board had proposed. Commissioner Danekas said that salaries were increased to more accurately reflect last year’s spending. Commissioner Rivara inquired whether every department was audited and Commissioner Danekas explained how an audit is performed for the city.

With no further comments or questions from the public, A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to adjourn at 5:57 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.


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Becky Clinard, City Clerk

A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, JULY 29, 2013, AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 6:00 P.M.

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

The mayor asked for comments or questions from the audience, there were none.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to adopt Ordinance No. 838-072913, FY 2014 Appropriations Ordinance. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

Mayor Finley then told the council that with the number of “things going on” in Oglesby and the recent inquiries by developers, he felt that the city website and the comprehensive plan needed to be updated. Finley cited the need for forms for various city permits, up-to-date city ordinances and other timely information on the website. Commissioner Porter agreed, saying that he updated information on the web when he could, but that he found the City’s Facebook page easier to use. Finley suggested that a live feed from the Facebook page be utilized on the website to share information. City Clerk Clinard said that it was her office’s responsibility to update the website, but that she didn’t have the time required to keep it updated. Clinard said that she didn’t feel that the city needed to invest in a new website design, but rather needed someone to go through and update the current information and some formatting. Finley also said that he felt the comprehensive plan could be updated by the plan commission. Attorney Andreoni said that it was indeed important to keep the comprehensive plan as “current as possible” because if a zoning issue arises, courts will often look to the comprehensive plan for guidance.

Commissioner Rivara then said that he was working on a revised fee schedule and some changes to the disconnect/reconnect policy for nonpays. He said he hoped to have a comprehensive plan in place in six weeks which would resolve the issues.

The Mayor then opened the floor for public comments, there were none.

Mayor/Commissioner reports:

Commissioner Danekas spoke briefly on an insurance coop that is in the process of forming. Seventeen communities of similar size have been approached by J.A. Gallagher (the city’s insurer) to form a co-op. Danekas said he would have Jessica from Gallagher come to a council meeting to explain the project.

Commissioner Rivara said that he is looking at trying to co-op resources for big-ticket items with other communities. He then talked about the three projects he is eyeing for this year: new service to the wastewater treatment plant; 12KV across I-39, and upgrading the service to Timberwood subdivision.

Commissioner Yborra reminded the council of the bid opening at 10 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 2, for the Woodland Avenue watermain and the Motor Fuel Tax projects.

Mayor Finley reminded residents of the upcoming Central States Baseball Tournament.

Andy Washelesky asked the council for direction concerning the fees for stormwater management handled by the new McPhedran Park reservoir. Washelesky was approached by the site engineer for the new supermarket asking about storm water options.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to adjourn at 6:35 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.


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Becky Clinard, City Clerk

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, AUGUST 5, 2013, AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

PRESENT: COMMISSIONERS DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY, ATTORNEY VINCE BROLLEY FOR ATTY. JIM ANDREONI, CITY CLERK BECKY CLINARD.



A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to approve the regular meeting minutes from July 15, 2013. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to approve the special meeting minutes from July 29, 2013. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to approve the invoices to be paid as presented with the exception of two invoices called into question by Commissioner Rivara (Cathie Edens reimbursement, $100.19): A.S.K. Enterprises, $25,778.82; AEA, Inc., $10,681.67; Airgas, Inc., R87.37; Alan Environmental, 820.57; Ameren IP, $25.07; Michelle Bar, $25.07; Batteries and Things, R66.20; BHMG Engineers, $4,295.91; Bob’s Business, $338.56; BSN Sports, $325.24; Call One, $1,541.96; Cargill Corp., R300.00; Carmel Music, $750.00; Chamlin & Associates, $336.00; City of Oglesby (transfer), $1,321.45; Civic Systems, $15,000.00; Comcast, $216.80; Comm. Revolving Fund, $2,407.00; Terry Corredato, $390.73; Cosgrove Distributors, $918.06; Creative Apparel, $1,561.36; James Cullinan, $800.00; Dixon Ottawa Communications, $226.50; Double M Trucking, $180.00; Dresbach Distributing, $491.26; Efficient Billing Systems, $530.15; Emergency Medical Products, $769.94; Diane Eutis, $228.99; Fastenal, $229.11; Feece Oil, $809.50; First Impression, $638.00; Fleet Services, $4,526.67; Andrea Fonger, $251.34; Foster Coach Sales, $60.20; Global Emergency Products, $613.04; Victor Gonzalez, $800.00; Grainco, $70.00; Grosenbach’s, $602.26; Halm’s, $146.62; Christina Hodges, $72.00; Holloway’s Portable Restrooms, $150.00; HyVee, Inc, $437.96; IDES, $2815.03; Illini State Bank, $65.91; Illinois Valley Cellular, $704.27; Inman Electric, $3,615.60; JP Cooke Co., $121.67; Matt Jaegle, $30.75; Edward Jarman III, $134.05; Joan’s Trophy, $47.34; John Pohar & Son, $6,015.53; Anna Johnson, $300.00; Dog Knoblauch, $800; James Knoblauch, $800; Kramarsic Law Offices, $150.00; Robert Kuhar, $123.54; LaFarge Associates, $151.16; LaSalle Office Supply, $57.79; James Mandujano, $800.00; Mike Margies, $800.00; Mautino Distributing, $18.00; Maze Lumber, $31.74; McClure Engineering, $2,642.90; Menards, $566.09; MJ Track Works, $650.00; Motorola, $112.87; Dollar General, $219.84; Lori Munson, $147.29; NCPERS, $32.00; NewsTribune, $402.50; North American Salt, $2,165.80; Oscar’s, $514.49; Mike Padilla, $800.00; Patten Industries, $810.28; PDC Laboratories, $200.00; Joscelyn Pohar, $197.49; Rebecca Ponder, $124.96; Riverstone Group, $401.29; Bernice Schibrowsky, $222.37; Screenvision Direct, $368.00; Rachel Sienkiewicz, $300.00; Springfield Electric Supply, $145.04; St. Margaret’s Health, $65.00; Stevens Service, $60.00; Robert Stone, $800.00; T&R Electric, $675.00; Jennifer Toner, $11.83; United Rentals, $225.59; USPS, $200.00; USA Bluebook, $421.16; Brett Valle, $800.00; Jenna Veith, $44.96; Water Products Co., $2,283.57; Jason West, $149.45; Aaron Whittington, $300.00. TOTAL $115,366.84. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, YBORRA, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor then asked for comment from the public on agenda items. There were no comments or questions from the audience pertaining to the agenda items.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY RIVARA to accept and place on file the Building Inspector’s 2nd Quarter report (12 permits, $41,100.00). AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to grant the LP Band’s request to sell candy door-to-door on Sept. 15, 2013, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to allow Starved Rock Runners to hold the 2013 Turkey Trot in Oglesby on Nov. 28th. The request asked that the police department assist and streets be closed as in past years. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to donate $500 to Chuck Reynolds for a car show to benefit Cops4Cancer. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to approve the request for a tag day for the Illinois Valley YMCA Dolphin Swim Team on Sept. 28, from 8 a.m. to noon. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. NAY: YBORRA. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor then talked about the need to update the comprehensive plan, noting that developers often visit the city website and check the comprehensive plan when checking out a possible location. Attorney Brolley also noted the need to update the plan regularly, noting that often in zoning issues, the judge often looks to the comprehensive plan “to capture the original intent”. Finley said he didn’t believe the city needed outside help updating the plan or to incur huge costs in doing so.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to refer the matter to the Plan Commission. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to accept and place on the 2013 Summer Fun Fest Financial Report and the 2014 Summer Fun Fest Budget. The 2013 festival showed a profit of $21,263.11; with a cumulative profit of $81,908.79 for 3 years. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA to appoint Todd Stachowiak to the Police and Fire Board. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY PORTER to place the bids for the Woodland Avenue Water Line Replacement on file. John Pohar & Sons was the apparent low bidder, with a bid of $97,177.30. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY PORTER to seek bids for the 2013 Motor Fuel Tax street resurfacing project. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA to approve Ordinance No. 839-080513, which clarifies the duties and responsibilities of the Oglesby Ambulance Board. Commissioner Porter said before the vote that Attorney Andreoni had suggested the previous ordinance be updated. AYES: PORTER, YBORRA. NAYS: DANEKAS, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION DENIED.

The Mayor then opened the floor for public comments.

A resident asked that a stop sign be placed at Magnal and First (on First heading east), noting that children congregate on the corner for the school bus. Resident Richard Vicich, who lives at 132 Magnal, said that he believed that there was a stop sign at one time on the corner. Commissioner Yborra said he would look into it, noting that it is possible that an ordinance already exists.

Another resident also asked about the number of people living in a two-bedroom home. Attorney Andreoni said that the city couldn’t limit the number of people living in a home.

Mayor/Commissioner reports:

Commissioner Yborra gave an update on the wastewater treatment plant.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to adjourn at 7:19 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.


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Becky Clinard, City Clerk

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, AUGUST 19, 2013, AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

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

ABSENT: COMMISSIONER PORTER



A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY YBORRA to approve the regular meeting minutes from August 5, 2013. AYES: DANEKAS, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the invoices submitted for payment: A.S.K. Enterprises, $2,720.00; AEA, Inc., $3,647.53; Affordable Waste, $19,299.50; AFLAC, $35.90; Airgas, $126.00; Ameren, $84.37; Brownstown Electric, $2,289.60; Comcast, $243.74; Dever & sons, 668.81; Dixon Ottaw Communications $459.26; Double M Trucking, $270.00; Emergency Medical Products, $205.14; Envision Healthcare, $232.00; Fastenal Co., $164.79; Feece Oil, $2,351.23; First Impression, $155.00; Foster Coach Sales, $10.39; Robert Ghighi, $128.37; Stephanie Hettel, $174.46; Hygienic Institute, $355.53; IVAC, $5,307.00; IMEA, $290,864.29; Il Valley Business Equipment, $363.00; IV Food & Deli, $47.92; In the Swim, $1,012.90; John Pohar & Sons, $1,129.50; Doug Knoblauch, $150.00; LaFarge Aggregates, $157.36; Landcomp Landfill, $1,554.51; LaSalle Office Supply, $124.97; Mautino Distributing, $12.00; Menards, $790.58; Mertel Gravel, $127.88; Midwest Mialing, $110.39; Municipal Code, $1,103.57; NewsTribune, $1,100.00; Novak Veterinary, $93.00; Patten Industries, $878.53; Perona, Peterlin, Adreoni, et al, $1,936.00; Quill Corp., $372.90; Ray O”herron, $172.43; Dominic Rivara, $140.39; Riverstone Group, $158.63; Nadette Rolando, $158.63; Screenvision, $368.00; Smith’s Sales & Service, $2,051.00; Staples Credit Plan, $60.13; T&R electri, $18,023.00; TEST, Inc., $80.00; USA Bluebook, $441.48 TOTAL $362,566.38. AYES: DANEKAS, YBORRA, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor then asked for comment from the public on agenda items. There were no comments or questions from the audience pertaining to the agenda items.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY RIVARA to accept the low bid for the Woodland Avenue Water Line Replacement. John Pohar & Sons was the low bidder, with a bid of $97,177.30. The engineer’s estimate for this project was $119,102.00. AYES: DANEKAS, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY RIVARA to place the bids for the 2013 Motor Fuel Tax street resurfacing project on file. The apparent low bidder was Universal Asphalt with a bid of $97,820.13. AYES: DANEKAS, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The council then heard from resident George Tunstall, who had asked for an exception to Ordinance No. 6.08.08. The ordinance limits the number of cats and dogs to three per household. Tunstall had provided the council with copies of letters from his neighbors and his veterinarian. Tunstall has 5 small dogs which he rescued. The dogs have health issues and he feels that he would not be able to rehome the dogs given their health issues. “I can’t imagine parting with them,” he said. Attorney Andreoni advised the council that there was not a way for the city to grant an extension — the city would have to change the ordinance to increase the number of pets allowed or create an appeal process. Police Chief Knoblauch was then asked by Commissioner Yborra if this had been an issue in the past and Knoblauch said that he had worked with a resident who had too many dogs about 14 months ago. While several members of the council acknowledged that it was a “hard situation,” they were hesitant to “open up a can of worms.”

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY YBORRA to grant permission to the Oglesby Firefighters Association to hold a color run on Sunday, Oct. 27th. AYES: DANEKAS, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Council then considered a request from Cindy Cadegiani and Diane Swords to hold Zumba classes at LeHigh Park and Dickinson House. Cadegiani and her husband, Nick, attended the meeting. Cindy told the council that Zumba was a popular exercise program. She and Swords are licensed instructors. They would charge a minimal fee to cover their costs. Attorney Andreoni said that city ordinances prohibit a person from holding “for-profit” activities on city property. He also discussed at length the city’s liability and potential risk by allowing the activity to be held on city property. After some discussion, it was determined that the pair should approach City Recreation Director Bob Ghighi to “work something out.”



The Mayor then opened the floor for public comments.

Sarah Cudlip weighed in on the multi-dog issue, saying that she was not in favor of allowing exceptions to the rule. She also asked that the city have the weeds cut near the bridge on Route 71. She was told that IDOT owned the property and was responsible for mowing there.

Vern Siemers complained about an overflowing dumpster on Walnut St.

Mayor/Commissioner reports:

Commissioner Rivara then talked about his 3 projects and his 3-year plan to get the work done.

Commissioner Yborra gave an update on the wastewater treatment plant.

The Mayor announced the opening of a True Value Hardware store by Pam and John Senica Jr. in the old Personality Frock Shoppe building. He also announced two Plan Commission meetings: September 4th and 25th at 6:30 p.m. at city hall. He also asked residents to not fish in McPhedran Park lake until at least next summer. Ken Clodfelter from the IDNR requested the fishing ban until the fish have had time to grow and the population can sustain itself.

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


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Becky Clinard, City Clerk

A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28, 2013, AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 5:30 P.M.

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

The Mayor opened the meeting by explaining that at the beginning of the year he had met with county officials to discuss the possibility of applying for a river access grant through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. He said at the time that he told them the city was unable to spend any money on the engineering necessary for the grant application or to have someone do the grant paperwork. Andy Washelesky, of AEA, Inc., and Vic Washelesky, of the county highway department, worked together to complete the grant application at no cost to the city. They delivered the paperwork to the Mayor on Monday, which made necessary the special meeting. The grant has to in Springfield on the first working day in September to be considered.

Andy Washelsky explained to the council that the cost of the river access was about $277,000, which includes his cost to do the actual design. He cautioned that that was a “ballpark” figure. Mayor Finley reminded the council that a lot of the dirt work had already been done during the mine reclamation by IDNR. Washelesky told the council that with the groundings from a couple of street projects slated to start, they city could claim about $50,000 of its share of the project by using the material for the base. The city could also save by installing the lighting, which Washelesky suggested would be $30,000 of the project costs. He noted that if the city received the maximum grant amount of $200,000, those two items would cover the city’s costs.

City Clerk Becky Clinard asked if the city had to wait to be reimbursed or if the funds were given upfront. Washelesky said he thought the funding was upfront. The council talked a little more about the grant application, noting that Ed Hand Highway would be closed for 18 months next year for bridge repairs. They felt that this could help the city’s chance to get the grant.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to apply for the river access grant. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

Commissioner Yborra then announced that he had worked with Washelesky to come up with a process and application form for the sidewalk program. The past program proved to be too costly for the city. This program is modeled after the one in Spring Valley. Residents will fill out the form. Once a city employee approves the application, the city will reimburse the resident for the concrete only for the public area of the sidewalk repairs.

City Attorney Andreoni said the city may need to prioritize requests and reminded the council of the city’s liability concerning sidewalks.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY YBORRA to adjourn at 5:48 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.


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Becky Clinard, City Clerk

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2013, AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

PRESENT: COMMISSIONERS DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY, ATTORNEY JAMES ANDREONI AND ASSISTANT CITY CLERK TERRY KAMNIKAR.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY YBORRA to approve the regular meeting minutes from August 19, 2013. AYES: DANEKAS, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. PRESENT: PORTER. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the special meeting minutes from August 26, 2013. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to make corrections to approved meeting minutes from August 5, 2013. Attorney James Andreoni was unable to attend the August 5, 2013, meeting and Attorney Vince Brolley filled in his absence. However, in the minutes it mentions Attorney James Andreoni making statements. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY YBORRA to approve the invoices submitted for payment: ASK Enterprises $2420.80; ACE Tire $125.00; Advantage Logistics $175786.04; AEA $2847.53; AFLAC $35.90; Air One Equipment $1398.58 (credit); Ameren IP $25.32; Apple Press $132.00; Carol Baima $46.64; Baldin’s Garage $1238.66; Nicholas Barrett $80.85; Batteries & Things $48.50; BC Tech Group $148.75; Bob’s Business $155.65; Brownstown Electric $3145.38; Call One $1538.22; Carus Corp. $3171.24; Cintas First Aid & Safety $46.84; City of Oglesby $99.28; Becky Clinard $135.83; Comcast Cable $54.95; Connecting Point $65.00; Daley’s Super Service $65.87; Paul Danekas $97.09; Dever & Sons Trucking $1024.61; Dixon Ottawa Comm $135.00; Megan Dose $65.25; Double M Trucking $945.00; Efficient Billing Systems $934.62; Emergency Medical Products $179.55; Fastenal Co. $167.23; Feece Oil $865.85; Ficek Electric $112.00; First Impression $100.00; Fleet Services $5137.77; G.L. Downs $232.03; Gallagher Materials $2625.48; Dianne Gorski $74.58; Roy Greening $44.40; Grosenbach’s Auto Repair $30.84; Charles Harloff $38.09; Holloway’s Portable Restrooms $240.00; IL Public Risk Fund $17332.00; IVCH $25.00; IVCC $32420.77; Illini State Bank-Visa $574.03; Inman Electric $1275.15; John’s Service & Sales $125.00; Terry Kamnikar $300.00; Kittilson’s Garage $3689.49; Kramarsic Law Offices $150.00; LaFarge Aggregates $148.18; Landcomp Landfill $3681.87; LP High School $79375.10; Leone’s $25.00; Holly Manahan $201.98; Mautino Distr. $24.00; Med Allowance Group $320.04; Menards $544.83; Mertel Gravel $975.38; News Tribune $105.00; North American Salt $2132.35; Oglesby Grade School #125 $138830.93; Lucas Palkert $192.85; Quad City Electric $1023.93; Rental Pros $681.00; Revere Electric $3787.12; Chuck Reynolds $500.00; Riverstone Group $117.31; Sib’s $9.50; Sisler Dairy Products $443.00; Spring Valley Ford $5720.78; Steven’s Service Center $70.00; Superior Lamp $380.73; TEST $80.00; Universal Inc. $743.40; USA Bluebook $4102.27; Utility Equipment $420.00; Vermeer Sales & Services $28.82; Water Products $4697.99. Total $508,319.86. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor asked for comment from the public on agenda items. There were no comments or questions from the audience pertaining to the agenda items.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY RIVARA to accept the low bid of $97,820.45 from Universal Asphalt for the 2013 Motor Fuel Tax Street Resurfacing Project. The engineer’s estimate for the project was $125,982.00. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY RIVARA to accept the low bid of $31,507.20 from Advanced Asphalt for the roadway improvements once the water line replacement is completed on Woodland Avenue from Walnut Street to Second Street. The engineer’s estimate for the project was $36,186.00. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY YBORRA to place on file the Pole Attachment Agreement between the City of Oglesby and Illinois Bell Company d/b/a AT&T Illinois (AT&T). AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY RIVARA to place on file the Intergovernmental Agreement between the City of Oglesby and Illinois Valley Community College District No. 513. This agreement refers to the 2014 IVCC Men’s Baseball Team and the use of Gandolfi Field. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA to place on file the Intergovernmental Agreement between the City of Oglesby and Illinois Valley Community College District No. 513. This agreement refers to police protection from the City of Oglesby for IVCC based on 20 hours per week. Reimbursement from IVCC is based on 1.5 times the hourly rate of said officer on duty. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to table going into executive session for the purpose of reviewing executive session minutes. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to table the release of approved executive session minutes. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor opened the floor for public comments.

Tony Dennett asked if another meeting was being held later in the week. The Mayor announced that there will be a meeting for the Plan Commission regarding the Comprehensive Plan for the city on September 4th and 25th at 6:30 p.m. Attorney Andreoni stated one of the benefits of updating the comprehensive plan would be if anyone would contest or challenge the city’s decision to zone or not rezone a specific area the courts would look at the city’s comprehensive plan to determine if the city’s decision was in accordance with the current comprehensive plan. The mayor announced that Ben Wilson of North Central Illinois Council of Government is helping with getting information to continue applying for CDAP grants. However, the city is trying to do most of the work in order to save roughly $20,000.

Mayor/Commissioner’s Reports

Commissioner Danekas reported that Linda Dose, an AFLAC representative will be meeting with the city employees September 4th at 8:00 a.m. to discuss “extended” insurance options. He also noted that stop light needs to be fixed at the intersection of Walnut and Lewis Avenue.

Commissioner Rivara updated the council on the Walnut Street lighting project and the Ameren right of way agreement. He said that he would take care of the stop light as well. Rivara questioned the expiration date of the agreement between the City and IVCC regarding police protection. Commissioner Porter replied that the union contract expires April 30, 2014, which would address the monetary reimbursement topic and the agreement has language to address any issues that may arise on a yearly review.

Commissioner Yborra gave an update on the wastewater treatment plant improvements. He mentioned that the fence on the wastewater treatment plant property is in dire need of replacement and that he is getting quotes. He also said he would miss the next council meeting because of vacation.

Commissioner Porter publically thanked the Oglesby Ambulance Associate for donating a cot and two refrigerators to be used in the ambulance to keep medications chilled. The donation was valued at $6,200.

Mayor Finley announced Oglesby Harvest Fest and Scramble will be October 5, with details to be released soon. CDAP grant applications are being handed out to customers as they come in to pay their city bills. The city needs 180 plus applications returned in order to qualify to apply for future CDAP grants. Also, the Mayor stated the Plan Commission will meet on September 4th and the public is encouraged to attend.

A MOTION WAS MADE DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to adjourn at 7:28 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

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Terry Kamnikar, Assistant City Clerk

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

PRESENT: COMMISSIONERS DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY, ATTORNEY VINCE BROLLEY AND CITY CLERK BECKY CLINARD.

ABSENT: COMMISSIONER YBORRA

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the regular meeting minutes from September 3, 2013. AYES: PORTER, DANEKAS, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to approve the invoices submitted for payment: A.S.K. Enterprises, $243.00; Affordable Waste, $18,899.50; Alan Environmental Products, $203.96; BC Tech Group, $187.50; BHMG Engineers, $5,261.29; Bio-

Tron, Inc. $445.00; Mike Brown, $39.95; Carmel Music, $1,750.00; Chamlin & Associates, $325.00; Comcast, $194.79; Community Revolving Fund, $636.15; Connecting Point, $555.00; D&M Landscaping, $950.00; DJ Sickley Construction, $111,195.90; Dresbach Distributing, $104.85; Emergency Medical Products, $448.85; Envision Healthcare, $240.00; Shari Grant, $34.73; Halm’s Auto Parts, $99.85; Holloway’s Portable Restrooms, $150.00; Huber Technology, $17,077.50; Hygienic Institute, $355.58; IV Net, $124.95; IL Municipal Electric Agency, $288,010.67; IV Cellular, $435.25; Inman Electric, $5,511.41; JP Cooke Co., $121.59; JW Ossola, Inc., $1,640.50; John’s Sales & Service, $527.99; Blair Kernohan, $118.06; Kittilson’s Garage, $1,703.65; Knoblauch Advertising, $275.00; LaFarge Aggregates, $1,001.04; LaSalle Office Supply, $81.98; Scott Leonard, $400.00; Mautino Distributing, $12.00; McClure Engineering, $338.30; Menards, $277.77; Mertel Gravel, $411.75; NCPERS, $64.00; NewsTribune, $130.00; NIMCA, $55.00; North American Salt Co., $2,138.32; Orkin Pest Control, $236.70; Perona, Peterlin, Andreoni, $2,832.00; Revere Electric, $1,444.77; Screenvision Direct, $368.00; Smith’s Sales & Service, $121.00; Spring Valley Supermarket, $53.56; Springfield Electric, $4,089.71; Staples, $313.12; State Surplus/LESO, $300.00; Thomas Templeton, $83.19; USA Bluebook, $446.92; Venturelli’s, $13712.95; Vermeer Sales & Service, $897.16; Viking Chemical Co., $1,895.20; Water Products Co., $4,093.89; Jennifer Zaniecki, $143.00. Total $493,808.80. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor asked for comment from the public on agenda items. There were no comments or questions from the audience pertaining to the agenda items.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to approve the pole agreement with AT&T. Rivara said the city hasn’t had a pole agreement with AT&T for more than 60 years. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the Intergovernmental Agreement between the City of Oglesby and Illinois Valley Community College District No. 513. This agreement refers to the 2014 IVCC Men’s Baseball Team and the use of Gandolfi Field. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to approve the Intergovernmental Agreement between the City of Oglesby and Illinois Valley Community College District No. 513. This agreement refers to 20 hours a week police protection from the City of Oglesby for IVCC. Reimbursement from IVCC is based on 1.5 times the hourly rate of said officer on duty. Commission Rivara questioned whether this agreement was “a positive agreement” that made the city “whole.” Commissioner Porter responded that “that’s what our attorney tells me.” AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to table the supplemental right-of-way agreement with Ameren. Rivara said that he wasn’t ready to bring the matter before the council. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve a resolution appropriating $45,000 in Motor Fuel Tax funds to the Richard Moyle Highway project which was completed 4 years ago. This amount represents the city’s share of the improvements. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to donate $200 to the Illinois Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to donate $200 to the LaSalle Peru Township High School Foundation. When discussing how much to donate, Porter said he didn’t believe the foundation “deserved more than we gave the Red Cross.” The council then agreed to $200. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to allow Holy Family School to hold a run/walk on October 5 with police assistance. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to go into executive session for the purpose of reviewing executive session minutes and “the appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of a specific employee” at 7:10 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, MAYOR FINLEY. NAY: RIVARA. MOTION CARRIED.

The council resumed the regular city council meeting at 7:42 p.m. with A MOTION BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to resume the regular meeting. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to release the executive session minutes from Dec. 17, 2012, to present. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to send city employee Mike Wrobleski a letter concerning his recent move to outside the 5 mile radius from city hall. Danekas then read the letter advising Wrobleski that he must reestablish residency within 30 days as is required by union contract. If Wrobleski fails to reestablish residency, he will be terminated. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, MAYOR FINLEY. NAY: RIVARA. MOTION CARRIED.

Mayor/Commissioner’s Reports

Commissioner Rivara asked for a working meeting to discuss the electric fee schedule and revising the reconnect/disconnect policy for city utilities. He also commented on the need to make owners of rental apartment buildings liable for their residents’ bills. He also wants to address the rates charged to out-of-city residents. Lastly, he inquired about the annual audit, which is currently in progress.

Mayor Finley talked about the upcoming Harvest Fest. He also said that updates to the website have begun. He then told the council about the repairs needed for pickup used by maintenance, which are estimated to be about $2,000 and asked the council’s opinion on whether the truck should be replaced or repaired.

Andy Washelesky, from AEA, Inc., told the council in Commissioner’s Yborra’s absence, that the paving on Porter Street and Alice Avenue should be completed next week.

A MOTION WAS MADE DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to adjourn at 7:52 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk

A WORKING MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2013, AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 5:30 P.M.

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

Commissioner Rivara started the meeting by noting that the city currently has 3 policies on employee residency: the contract with the IBEW allows employees to live within 5 miles; the police contract allows 15 miles and the unrepresented employees (ambulance, fire, appointed positions) have no such requirement. Rivara said he felt the city needed a “one realistic” approach and cautioned that he “couldn’t keep the lights on if everybody gets hard-headed and Mike Wrobleski is terminated.” Wrobleski, an employee with the electric department, has moved out of the area. The council voted earlier to send Wrobleski a letter giving him 30 days to come into compliance with the contract.

Commissioner Porter and Mayor Finley both responded that they felt that each union negotiated the terms of their respective contracts, and that the contract should be followed. “It’s what the employees agreed on,” said Finley. “They signed off on it and they voted on (it),” he said, “if they wanted 15 miles, they should have negotiated for it.”

Attorney Andreoni said that he was not aware of the situation until after it occurred, but that the city “was absolutely within its right” to terminate Wrobleski if he did not re-establish residency. He noted that the decision on how the matter was handled was a “political decision,” and not one for him to make. Andreoni said the city could choose whether or not to enforce the contract. He said he didn’t “like the second approach as much” and said it created problems. He said he would advise that if the city “wants to let him do this” the city should “absolutely act on the proposed language by the IBEW at the next council meeting.” If not, “he wouldn’t act on that, and the letter gave him his choices.”

Commissioner Danekas said his position was that “this is not a city problem. It’s a union problem.” “You can’t cherry pick which parts of the contract you’re going to follow,” Danekas said. The employee “needs to establish residency. If he can’t do it, put an ad in the paper to find additional help,” Danekas said.

Rivara said he still didn’t think “it was a big deal.” He said it was his understanding that the city has not enforced the rule in the past and that it “could be taken care of at the next negotiations.”

“I’m not sure anyone can say what happens at negotiation time,” said Porter.

Rivara said that finding a qualified employee would be difficult, noting the city’s pay was much less than surrounding municipalities. Oglesby’s “at the bottom of the pecking order,” he said. Rivara urged his fellow commissioners to “step up to the plate and do the right thing.”

Porter took offense to Rivara’s comment, saying that he felt he “believes everyone thinks they are doing the right thing.”

Rivara also reitereated that he felt that there should be one residency policy for all classes of employees. Finley asked Rivara if he knew what the police gave up in their last negotiations to get the 15-mile clause. Porter asked if it was fair to “just give it away now” when the police had negotiated for it.

Finley asked if the union was willing to open up the contract. Rivara said that he didn’t think the employees were willing to open up the contract and “start trading things,” but that they did want “to resolve this as equitably and as fast as possible.” When pressed by Porter and Finley, Rivara conceded that the resolution did not involve Wrobleski or the union giving up anything in return.

“This has been negotiated and it’s over,” said Danekas. “He needs to come in to compliance with the contract.”

Andreoni then told the council that determining what defines “residency” was the “next potential issue.” He told the council that determining residency was a “hotly debated” topic, but “at the minimum, the employee would have to be registered to vote at that address; have a drivers license with that address; have mail delivered at the address and be sleeping here a percentage of the time.” Andreoni asked for some time to research the issue.

Rivara then closed the discussion by saying that he felt he knew where the council stood and that “we’re going to enforce the contract to the letter.”

Rivara then moved on to the next item on the agenda, telling the council there needed to be changes made to Ordinance No. 794-020612, which sets fees for material and services provided by the electrical department. “We understood it when we wrote it, (the previous ordinance), but it didn’t turn out that way,” said Rivara. Rivara went over a list of changes and gave each commissioner a list of the proposed changes. There was no discussion. Rivara said his goal was to not burden Oglesby residents with the cost of providing service to new developments.

Rivara then said he would like to change the fees imposed upon residents who have had their electricity shut off for non-payment. Rather than a flat rate of $50 for the first shut-off, Rivara would like to charge the “loaded applicable rate.” When asked what that rate was, Rivara said he was not sure. Danekas said he believed it was close to $50. Rivara also envisions the rate increasing each year, as salaries increase. Rivara also talked of making rental building owners responsible for their tenants past due bills after 10 days and shutting off both electric AND water when a customer is past due. Porter said he felt it was unfair to talk about water when Commissioner Yborra was not at the meeting.

Rivara then talked about needed a “theft of service” ordinance, citing recent incidents involving a customer who reconnected their meter twice, damaging the meter in the process. “Why we should be losing money to this is beyond me,” he said. Police Chief Jim Knoblauch said the state’s attorney refused to press charges because the city had no proof who had reconnected the meter. Rivara said he would take “a stab at defining additional charges” for those who steal

Rivara then moved on to the need for a citywide purchasing policy. Finley asked him if other cities have similar policies. Rivara said he felt the city should have a policy in place that determines “where, how we purchase like items” to create a set of checks and balances. Porter said that a check and balance system was already in place, noting that each individual commissioner is responsible for the purchases made by their department. Danekas asked Rivara if other cities might be interested in purchasing poles and other supplies together. Rivara said there was some interest by Ladd, and that he was trying to work with other cities to get better deals.

The council then skipped to item #11 on the agenda to accommodate Attorney Jim Andreoni, who needed to leave. Porter explained that the proposed ordinance would expand the number of violations that could be settled for a reduced fee at city hall. Andreoni explained that the ordinance “seems to be working well” for the city. Porter echoed his sentiments, saying that the ordinance was “working very well.” Andreoni said that of a $150 fine, the city would only receive about $25 when the case went to the county and still have to pay his fees. This way, the city avoids attorney fees and collects $75 for each offense.

Discussion on increasing the water/sewer rates was postponed, noting Commissioner Yborra’s absence.

Rivara then asked the council to establish bi-monthly working meetings. “There’s only so many dollars in the pot,” he said and we’ve “got to get on the same page.”

“How the hell else are we going to know what’s going on, without talking about it,” he asked the council. He talked about his department’s needs. “My concern is where am I getting the money?” Both Finley and Danekas told Rivara to “get a price” so that they could “see what we need.”

“We’ve got to put some money back in infrastructure,” said Rivara, who said that for years the city has just spent the money the department has brought into the city. Finley told him to prepare a list of priorities and costs and bring them before the council. Porter said he wasn’t sure that a scheduled meeting was necessary, noting that no one who has requested a working meeting has been denied that opportunity, but that he was willing to try it for a few months.

Commissioner Updates:

Danekas: Told the council that the city clerk’s office would be getting new computers and a software update. Both the software and computers are outdated and no longer supported.

Finley: Updated the council on the 1992 pickup truck which needs about $2,000 in repairs. He also asked about offering the trees knocked down by the IDNR during the mine reclaimation work to persons needing firewood. City Streets Superintendent Bob Kuhar told the council that the idea was not really feasible as the trees had been pushed together by dozers and not really accessible. The mayor then asked the council if anyone was interested in participating the the LP and St. Bede homecoming parades. No one expressed an interest.

The Mayor then opened the floor to the public.

Vern Seimers said he agreed with having working meetings.

John Zulkowsky said he agreed that the Wrobleski matter was “handled wrong.” But that the city wouldn’t be able to get a journey lineman with 4 years training to replace Wrobleski if he was let go.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to adjourn the meeting at 6:45 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MEETING ADJOURNRED.

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk



A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 7, 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 YBORRA to approve the regular meeting minutes from September 16, 2013. AYES: PORTER, DANEKAS, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the working meeting minutes from September 23, 2013 with one correction. AYES: PORTER, DANEKAS, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to approve the invoices submitted for payment: A.S.K. Enterprises, $2,024.60; AEA, Inc., $10,095.04; Affordable Waste, $19,499.50; AFLAC, $117.67; Airgas USA, $81.77; Alan Environmental, $432.69; ALTEC Industries, $11,763.20; Bio-Tron, $152.56; Bjerkaas, Andi, $120.90; Brian Billard, $11,074.14; Brownstown Electric Supply, $580.00; Cleora Bruce, $43.32; Call One, $1,549.66; Carus Corporation, $1,701.24; Central Illinois Municipal Clerks, $30.00; City of Oglesby, Petty Cash, $46.35; Clinard, Becky, $282.26; Ameren IP, $120.86; American Red Cross, $200.00; Apple Press, $906.00; AWSS, Inc., $1,763.20; Comcast, $382.59; Connecting Point, $354.00; Cosgrove Distributors, $506.98; D&M Landscaping, $250.00; Dever & Sons Trucking, $1,041.20; De’Vine Floral Designs, $48.00; Double M Trucking, $90.00; Dresbach Distributing, $38.95; Efficient Billing Systems, $874.51; Katherine Elvin, $1,230.25; Emergency Medical Products, $780.33; Envision Healthcare, $240.00; Feece Oil, $3,895.55; Tierra Fisher, $171.23; Fleet Services, $3,237.46; Robert Fleming, $133.79; Friendly Farms, $1,300.00; Global Emergency Products, $320.70; Grainco FS, $590.98; Grant Grosenbach, $175.00; Halm’s Auto Parts, $332.23; Kayla Hawley, $51.39; Heartland Services, $486.79; Angela Heider, 182.84; Holloway’s Portables, $150.00; Hygienic Institute, $355.55; IVAC, $15.00; IAAF, $75.00; Illinois Valley Community College, $24,605.76; Illini State Bank – Police CC, $364.36; Illinois Prosecutor Services, $50.00; Illinois Valley Cellular, $569.76; Itron, Inc., $646.50; Jack’s Gas and Service, $66.00; Jeff Perry Buick, $267.29; Joan’s Trophy & Plaque, $82.85; Anna Johnson, $6.74; King Tire, $95.00; Kittilson’s $814.36; Knoblauch Advertising, $292.75; Kramarsic Law Offices, $150.00; Ladzinski Cement, $200.00; LaSalle Office Supply, $252.81; LP High School, $60,241.90; LP Foundation, $200.00; Casey MacKay, $600.00; Jean Martin, $1,230.25; Mautino Distributing, $12.00; Maze Lumber, $57.90; Menards, $597.84; Mertel Gravel, $461.63; Carol Jo Moore, $182.20; Motorola, $232.50; Dollar General, $78.00; NCICG, $1,500.00; NCPERS, $160.00; News Tribune, $171.50; North American Salt Co., $2,135.76; Oglesby Grade School, $105,873.99; Quad City Electric, $1,747.90; Eric Reishus, $1,230.25; Margaret Reishus, $615.13; Marlin Reishus, $615.13; Paul Reishus, $1,230.25; Revere Electric, $170.92; Dominic Rivara, $264.10; SBK, Inc., $29,835.01; Laurie Smudzinski, $200.06; Springfield Electric, $245.28; St. Margaret’s Hospital, $40.00; Standard Equipment, $200.01; Staples, $4.02; Stevens Service Center, $34.00; Studstill Media, $840.00; Sunrise Supply, $225.75; United Health Care, $139.92; USPS, $780.47; Universal, Inc., $944.40; USA Bluebook, $1,084.96; Water Products Co., $928.13; Aaron Whittington, $6.05; Wire Mesh Corp., $19,762.65; WLPO/WAJK Radio, $90.00; WTH Technology, $150.00. Total $346,428.58. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor asked for comment from the public on agenda items. There were no comments or questions from the audience pertaining to the agenda items.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY YBORRA to place on file a supplemental right of way agreement with Ameren. Attorney Andreoni asked the council if, because the agreement had to be held over for two weeks, if Ameren could begin working. No one voiced concern about Ameren beginning work before the agreement was made official. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA to expand the number of ordinance violations that can be settled at City Hall for a $75.00 fee. Both Commissioner Porter and Attorney Andreoni pointed out that the current ordinance is working well and that the move is saving the city in attorney fees and court costs. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to authorize the city to enter into a “memorandum of understanding” with IBEW 150 regarding the employee residency issue. Rivara, who prefaced his motion by saying that he had promised his department he would make the motion, said later in the meeting that he did not agree with making Mike Wrobleski ‘give up’ anything in return. “This is an example of how not to conduct business and treat your employees,” said Rivara. Commissioner Porter said he had only recently decided how to vote, saying his “aye” vote was based on the principle that commissioners have sole executive power over their departments and that “he had a hard time taking a hard stance” against Wrobleski when Rivara had given him permission to move out of the 5-mile radius required by the contract. Commissioner Danekas read from a prepared statement, stating his objections to making a change “for the benefit of one employee on the backs of the other employees” and cautioned what it could mean for those employees in the next negotiations. AYES: PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. NAY: DANEKAS. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY PORTER to approve a request by the LP High School Foundation to hold a tag day on Saturday, April 5, 2013, from 8 a.m. to noon. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor then opened the floor to public comment:

Tony Denett asked if it “really mattered where people live?” Commissioner Yborra said that an employee’s ability to respond quickly could be an issue. Rivara maintained that he was “not a believer in unrealistic residency.”

Vern Siemers asked if the council was going to “do something” about the perpetual garage sale at 410 Walnut Street. Attorney Andreoni said he didn’t believe there were any rules limiting garage sales, but could draft something if the council wished.

Mayor and Commissioners’ Reports:

Danekas said he would like to set up a committee to look at the possibility of developing approximately 5 acres west of McPhedran Park. He called for a meeting on Monday, Oct. 21, at 5:30 p.m. to gauge interest. Danekas said a community center and athletic fields could possibly bring people into the community and “fill up the hotels.”

Rivara asked about the status of the Vallero property. Andreoni told him that everything is done and that “the ball is in their court.” Rivara then again addressed the Wrobleski issue, saying that he felt the city could not have sustained its position in arbitration proceedings. He said the city was essentially “shaking down” Wrobleski because he was required to give up almost “$1,250.” He accused the city of “sitting on its hands” when the IVCC truck center was built. And Rivara said that after talking with Commissioner Porter that he (Rivara) was “wrong” about the “ambulance debacle.” He said “he doubted that he (Porter) would agree with where we he wants to go,” but that “to sit here and do nothing serves no purpose.”

Yborra reminded residents that leaf vacuuming would start on October 21 and go through Nov. 22. He asked residents to read the fliers carefully. He also announced that the Motor Fuel Tax project on Porter Street and Alice Avenue was complete. Workers will now focus on Woodland Avenue and replacing the force main. Andy Washelesky, of AEA, Inc., updated the council on the progress of the waste water treatment plant upgrade. He said the $187,000 screw press has been delivered and the digester lid has been removed.

Porter announced trick-or-treat hours will be 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Halloween night. He also questioned Andreoni if there was a process for authorizing a committee. Andreoni said that he didn’t believe there was, and noted that the committee would be required to report back to the council before any action was taken. Mayor Finley said that the committee was for gathering information only.

Mayor Finley announced the annual Halloween parade, which will be Saturday, Oct. 26th. Lineup is at 12:45 and the parade kicks off at 1 p.m. The parade will proceed from the corner of Spring and Walnut to the Dickinson House. He also gave a recap on the weekend’s Harvest Fest activities, saying that a little more than $500 was raised by the Scramble participants for Soldiers’ Angels.

A MOTION WAS MADE DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to adjourn at 7:47 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk