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Meeting Minutes from November - December 8, 2014

January 4, 2015 by bclinard  
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A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2014, 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 CITY CLERK BECKY CLINARD.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA to approve the regular meeting minutes from October 6, 2014 meeting. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, YBORRA, FINLEY. PASS: RIVARA. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY YBORRA to approve the bills as presented for payment: Affordable Waste, $750.00; Altec Industries, $252.50; Autozone, $83.23; Michael Bland, $176.23; Bob’s Business, Inc., $34.13; Thomas Bowie, $175.96; City of Peru, $10.00; Comcast, $84.89; Communications Revolving Fund, $636.15; Connecting Point, $147.00; Daley’s Super Service, $104.95; De’Vine Floral, $48.73; Envision, $238.00; Fastenal Company, $15.29; Feece Oil Co., $2,274.50; Fletcher-Reinhardt, $2,090.00; Grainco FS, $40.13; Halm’s Auto Parts, $734.46; Mary E. Hancock, $80.55; Veronica Hill, $23.11; Hygienic Institute, $355.55; Hy-Vee, $147.76; IVAC, $5,307.00; Ideal Environmental, $10,525.00; IL Fiber Resources, $1,500.00; IL Fire & Police Commissioners, $375.00; John Pohar & Sons, $80.00; John Senica Jr. Hardware, $490.47; Kittilson’s Garage, $447.31; Knoblauch Advertising, $371.50; Koolmaster, Inc., $230.59; LaSalle Office Supply, $295.61; Menards, $264.10; Motorola, $119.73; Dollar General, $22.37; NewsTribune, $250.85; Oscar’s Automotive, $301.13; Overhead Door Co., $33.00; Patten Industries, $1,308.23; Perona, Peterlin & Andreoni, $2,304.92; Revere Electric, $280.87; Alice Shan, $179.83; Smith’s Sales & Service, $18.00; Gerald Stubbins, $9.23; Lacey Steele, $10.69; Stevens Service Center, $34.00; Universal Inc., $80.00; Richard Viccich, $48.72; Witmer Public Safety Group, $348.97; Apple Press, $283.00; Call One, $1,993.40; Comcast Cable, $67.90; Cosgrove Distributors, $100.74; First Impression, $809.05; Gallagher Materials, Inc., $2,376.90; IMEA, $232,443.70; Illinois Prosecutor Services, $50.00; Jacob & Klein, Ltd., $14,405.50; Terry Kamnikar, $206.00; LaSalle Office Supply, $153.95; Municipal Code Corporation, $650.00; Positive Promotions, $220.91; Smith’s Sales & Service, 27.00; Springfield Electric Supply, $155.22; TEST, Inc., $80.00; Universal, Inc., $932.81; USA Bluebook, $622.77; Airgas USA, $97.10; Becky Clinard, $166.56; Communications Revolving Fund, $300.00; Efficient Billing Systems, $737.76; Emergency Medical Products, $436.00; Illini State Bank – VISA, $1,700.13; Illinois Valley Food & Deli, $19.50; Jack’s Gas & Service, $44.00; Andy Kamnikar, $315.71; James Knoblauch, $151.05; Mautino Distributing, $12.00; Menards, $76.60; Tom Porter, $593.53;p T& R Electric, $3,350.00. TOTAL $297,008.59. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

There was no comment from the public at this time.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve Ordinance No. 873-102014, which modifies the terms of employment, including the wage structure, for the Oglesby Police Chief and Assistant Chief of Police. AYES: PORTER, YBORRA, RIVARA, FINLEY. NAY: DANEKAS. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to grant a request from the LP Foundation to hold a tag day on Saturday, April 18, 2015, from 8 a.m. to noon. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY RIVARA, to reject the lone bid received for the demolition of the Walnut Street building. The bid was not opened on the advice of Andy Washelesky, AEA. Washelesky said that contractors had told him that the city might do better if they waited until next spring and possibly grouped it with another demolition project. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY YBORRA to place on file bids for a transformer for Wire Mesh. Commissioner Rivara told the council that he believed this was needed to end the flickering lights on the west end. Rivara called the problem “the ongoing nightmare” and said that they may need Cattani to pull the old transformer and set the new one. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

Commissioner Reports:

Danekas asked for a special meeting on Monday, October 27, to discuss the sales tax referendum.

Rivara voiced his concerns about having the ability to provide reliable electric service to the community, noting the need “to have the equipment” to do the job. He also said the city needed to put money away to improve infrastructure.

Yborra said the water department would be flushing hydrants the week of October 27th.

Mayor Finley reported on the recent Harvest Fest activities and thanked everyone for attending or helping out. He noted that the Scramble raised $436 for the Shop with a Cop program and that the pub crawl had also raised money for the Make a Wish Foundation. Finley estimated that at least 250 kids and their parents participated.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY PORTER to adjourn at 7:18 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

Becky Clinard, City Clerk

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

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

ABSENT: COMMISSIONER YBORRA

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

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the bills as presented: Humana Insurance, $24,825.27; A.S.K. Enterprises, $934.85; Aquatic Control, $1,254.20; AT&T, $25.81; Brownstown Electric, $1,302.00; Comcast Cable, $197.18; Connecting Point, $840.50; Cosgrove, $183.20; Dever & Sons, $420.93; Cathie Edens, $254.63; Efficient Billing Systems, $1,813.34; Emergency Medical Products, $161.64; Envision Healthcare, $357.00; Fastenal Co., $4.50; Feece Oil, $868.11; Global Emergency Products, $1,235.68; Grainco FS, $4.35; Grosenbach’s Auto, $78.00; Halm’s Auto Parts, $121.68; Hennepin Food Mart, $176.41; Hygienic Institute, $355.55; Il Association of Chiefs, $110.00; Il Department of Agriculture, $15.00; IMEA, $182,780.02; Illini State Bank/VISA, $362.61; Illinois Valley Cellular, $586.39; Illinois Valley Excavating, $495.00; IV Food & Deli, $69.04; Jack’s Gas & Service, $22.00; John Senica Jr., $382.45; Kittilson’s Garage, $46.53; LaSalle Office Supply, $156.99; Locker Room, $75.00; Martin Equipment, $333.72; Menards, $147.49; MES Global, $342.00; Midwest Mailing & Shipping, $113.89; Monroe Truck Equipment, $121.98; Jose Mora-Nieto, $29.48; Morton Salt, $15,651.30; Morton Industries, $90.68; Dollar General, $107.22; News Tribune, $1,153.20; Novak Veterinary Hospital, $141.67; Oglesby Elks, $100.00; Oglesby Municipal Band, $4,885.00; Orkin Pest Control, $164.55; Oscar’s, $729.98; Perona, Peterlin, Andreoni, $1,373.38; Quad City Electric, $736.00; Republic Services – Allied Waste, $18,618.50; Revere Electric, $276.53; Rush Power Systems, $991.50; Smith’s Sales & Service, $218.00; St. Margaret’s Hospital, $194.00; St. Margaret’s Health, $86.00; Stevens Service Center, $34.00; Stop Tech, $106.24; Stryker Sales, $5,966.00; TEST, Inc., $80.00; USA Bluebook, $1,628.47; WLPO, WAJK, $300.00. TOTAL $275,563.33. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

There was no comment from the public at this time on agenda items.

Pat Noto then gave a presentation on the FY2014 audit. Noto noted that the practices and financial records (the audit trail) were good. He said the city “always seemed to be ‘cash short,’” requiring the city to prioritize spending. He also pointed to the recently passed sales tax increase as a way to lessen the strain on the general fund. Commissioner Danekas pointed out that the city has lost $4.6 million in EAV in two years – a “big reason every day is a struggle.” Attorney Andreoni said that falling home values have been a problem for other municipalities as well. Danekas also said that the large percentage of senior homeowners hurts Oglesby as well as those taxpayers “fall off the tax rolls.” Senior citizens can have their EAV “frozen” when they turn 65.

Commissioner Rivara asked about the city’s practice of “co-mingling” accounts, saying Oglesby has a “unique accounting system.” Noto explained that co-mingling of monies in one checking account is not uncommon, and, is, in fact, the “norm.” With there being no more questions for Noto, A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER, to place the FY2014 audit on file. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to place the TIF agreement with Loves’ Travel Stops on file. The agreement calls for 62% of the increment generated by the new travel center to be paid to Love’s for the remainder of the TIF to cover eligible costs. The city had asked Love’s to “pave roads and clean out ditches” said Mayor Finley and this agreement will reimburse them for the cost of those improvements. When Rivara questioned the higher-than-usual percentage, Danekas explained it by saying “if they weren’t out there, we’d get zero. With this, we get 38%.” Finley also explained that the TIF is set to expire soon and the higher percentage is necessary so that the costs the city agreed to share are paid for.

AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

Commissioner Rivara then asked the council for permission to close the burn pile at the Electric Shop, noting that it had become a dumping ground for “contractors and residents.” Commissioner Porter said he didn’t think it was necessary for the council to vote on the closure. Rivara asked for assistance from the police department in monitoring the site and prosecuting anyone caught dumping on the site. Police Chief Jim Knoblauch asked if chain link fence or wire would be put up to stop vehicles from entering the area. Rivara told him that it would be.

Rivara then asked the council to set up a working meeting for the purpose of discussing city finances. Rivara wants to discuss revenues, expenditures, rates and gaming. Rivara wants to address those customers who are “cherry-picking” water and sewer services and not electrical. He also said that he thought it was necessary to “develop and plan and guidelines for the expansion of gaming in the city. I don’t want to see gaming on every corner of Oglesby,” Rivara said. It was agreed that the council would meet Tuesday, Nov. 25, at 5:15 p.m.

No one in the audience chose to speak at this time.

Commissioners’ and Mayor Reports:

Commissioner Danekas said the city was switching health insurance carriers and that a meeting would be held 3 p.m. November 26, 2014, with employees to discuss the changes. It was agreed that the meeting would be posted at city hall in case the mayor or commissioners wished to attend.

Commissioner Porter commented on the recent e-waste recycling event, saying that if anyone had attended or driven by, they could “clearly see” that the company hired to run the event was “overwhelmed.” He said that in the future, he would limit the drop off to Oglesby residents only and that he hoped the original vendor, ATR, was available.

A MOTION WAS MADE AT 7:30 P.M. BY PORTER AND SECONDED BY DANEKAS to enter into executive session for the purpose of discussing compensation and collective bargaining negotiations. AYES; DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED

A MOTION WAS MADE AT 8:26 PM TO RESUME THE REGULAR MEETING BY PORTER, SECONDED BY DANEKAS. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to adjourn at 8:27 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, DECEMBER 1, 2014, 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 CITY CLERK BECKY CLINARD.

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

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the special meeting minutes from November 25, 2014 meeting. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. PASS: YBORRA. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to approve the bills as presented: United States Post Office, $770.50; City of Oglesby, $55.13; A.S.K. Enterprises, $2,208.45; Apple Press, $284.00; ASCAP, $332.88; Baldin’s Garage, $5,043.49; BHMG Engineers, $1,790.00; Bill Walsh Automotive Group, $3,187.35; Brian Billard, $15,613.21; Cintas, $70.43; Comcast, $137.85; Community Revolving Fund, $636.46; Compass Minerals, $2,142.58; Complete Integration & Service, $633.00; Connecting Point, $256.00; Daley’s Super Service, $57.09; Dever & Sons, $101.02; Double D Express, $25.88; Double M Trucking, $100.00; Dresbach Distributing, $60.90; Katherine Elvin, $5,043.66; Emergency Medical Products, $910.19; Fastenal Co,pany, $364.07; Feece Oil Co., $1.961.76; Fleet Services, $3,679.55; Flink Snow Plows, $84.90; Foster Coach Sales, $947.23; Fulmers Towing, $150.00; Halm’s Auto Parts, $35.96; Hawkins, Inc., $1.175.50; HD supply, $893.70; Heartland Bank & Trust, $719,437.50; Hy-Vee, $193.92; Il Dept. of Ag., $15.00; IL Municipal League, $425.00; Il Public Risk Fund, $5,920.00; IVCH, $64.15; Illini State Bank, Police Credit Card, $25.90; Illinois State Police, $15.00; King Tire, $525.50; Kittilson’s Garage, $2,465.81; Kramarsic Law Offices, $150.00; Benjamin Kuntz, $124.07; Landcomp Landfill, $318.33; LaSalle Office Supply, $68.92; Mautino Distributing, $12.00; Menards, $1,190.23; Mertel Gravel, $150.50; Morton Salt, INc., $5,337.80; Motorola, $119.73; Dollar General, $41.69; Noto & Associates, $16,500.00; Overhead Door, $267.00; Peru Auto Electric, $35.00; Quesse Moving & Storage, $646.90; Radar Man, $190.00; Rathe & Woodward, $14,270.92; SBK Inc., $31,207.40; Spring Valley Ford, $428.78; Springfield Electric Supply, $196.68; St. Margaret’s Health, $242.00; Sunrise Supply, $77.97; TEST, Inc., $20.00; United States Postal, $552.55; Universal, $133.11; Venturelli’s, $2,817.68; Richard Vicich, $32.48; Western Aggregates, $162.05; TOTAL: 854,356.55. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

There was no comment from the public at this time on agenda items.

Attorney Andreoni had not had time to prepare the ordinance form of the 2014-15 tax levy, so A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to table the tax levy until Monday, Dec. 8 at 5:30 p.m. when the council will hold a special meeting. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA to place on file an ordinance authorizing an enterprise zone in the Illinois Valley. Andreoni explained that this zone was already in place and the motion was to extend the life of the zone pending state approval. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to place on file an ordinance authorizing the entry into an intergovernmental agreement for the IV Enterprise Zone. AYES; DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA to place on file an intergovernmental agreement for the regional dispatch center. Commissioner Porter apologized for the council receiving the agreement too late to “give it proper attention.” But noted that there was some “urgency” in approving the agreement in a “timely manner.” Porter had requested a clarification in the wording of the agreement to include the commissioner of health and safety as one of the Oglesby representatives. AYES; DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY PORTER to accept the TIF agreement with Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, Inc. The details of the agreement were discussed at the last meeting. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY YBORRA to place on file the labor agreement with IBEW Local 150. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

There were no public comments.

Commissioners’ and Mayor Reports:

Commissioner Rivara told the council the numbers had been finalized by the IMEA and that the city would be getting a check for $103,690.00. This represents the amount that Ameren overcharged the city. Rivara, who had said before that the money would be refunded to the city’s electric customers, said that that scenario presented a “nightmare.” He said he felt there was “no way to come back and do it” so he proposed using the money to purchase a new material handler (truck) for the department.

Mayor Finley told the council there would be a special meeting Monday, Dec. 8 at 5:30 at City Hall.

A MOTION WAS MADE AT 7:15 P.M. BY PORTER AND SECONDED BY DANEKAS to enter into executive session for the purpose of discussing compensation and collective bargaining negotiations. Before the vote could be taken, Commissioner Rivara questioned why the council was going into executive session to discuss a letter from the Ambulance Board regarding the director’s salary that (Commissioner Porter) had insisted be read in the public portion of a previous meeting. Porter said that all other salary discussions have taken place in executive session, and questioned why Rivara would “make an exception for the ambulance director.” AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, YBORRA, FINLEY. PASS: RIVARA. MOTION CARRIED

A MOTION WAS MADE AT 8:22 PM TO RESUME THE REGULAR MEETING BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to adjourn at 8:23 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, DECEMBER 8, 2014, 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.

ABSENT: COMMISSIONER YBORRA

There was no public comment on agenda items.

Mayor Finley then explained that Agenda items 5 & 13 were the same, so 5 would be skipped.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to approve Ordinance No. 875-120814, which authorizes an enterprise zone in the Illinois Valley and authorizes the city to enter into an intergovernmental agreement with the participating communities. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to accept Ordinance No. 876-120814, which authorizes the city to enter into an intergovernmental agreement for a regional dispatch center. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to accept Ordinance No. 877-120814, the labor agreement with IBEW Local 150. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to place on file Ordinance No. 879-121514, which amends the recently passed salary ordinance for the chief and assistant chief of police. Andreoni explained that the previous ordinance had used the wrong starting wage and this simply corrected that mistake. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to place on file Ordinance No. 883-121514, the FY2014-15 tax levy. Andreoni explained that the levy increase was less than 5%, meaning no public hearing would have to be held. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to place on file Ordinance No. 880-121514, which abates the taxes on the 2013 Bond. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to place on file Ordinance No. 881-121514, which abates the taxes on the 2010A Bond. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to place on file Ordinance No. 882-121514, which abates the taxes on the 2010B Bond. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

Commissioner Rivara then asked about the stoplights at the Love’s intersection, noting that an accident was imminent there because of the backup of traffic. Mayor Finley said he would make a phone call to find out the status of getting the new lights out there.

Commissioner and Mayor’s Reports:

Danekas, Porter and Rivara had nothing to report.

Mayor Finley reminded residents of the holiday open house at the Dickinson House on Sunday, Dec. 21st.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to adjourn at 5:40 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk