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Minutes from Oct. 20, 2014 to December 15, 2014

January 19, 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.

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk

A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2014, AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 5:15 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 appoint Gary Falassi to the Ambulance Board. Falassi replaces Rich Vollmer, who resigned in September. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to accept the bid of $25,168.00 for a new transformer for Wire Mesh. Commissioner Rivara said he had consulted with the engineers and he believed this would fix the problem. There was some discussion about a “solution” that was proposed several years ago, that apparently did not do the job. Rivara said that the city owed the residents on the west end a solution to their blinking lights. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to accept an IDOT resolution that would allow smaller companies without their own asphalt plants to bid on city projects. This was a recommendation by AEA engineer Andy Washelesky, who briefed the council before the vote in Commissioner Yborra’s absence. AYES: PORTER, DANEKAS, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The discussion then turned to the sales tax referendum, with Commissioner Danekas telling the council and audience that if the sales tax referendum did not pass, the city could possibly need to increase the levy by more than 5 percent. The 5 percent figure is noteworthy because a public hearing is required if the levy increase is 5 percent or more. Danekas noted that the city’s EAV had decreased by another $885,000.00 this year, so even if the levy didn’t go up, residents would still see an increase on their tax bills. Increasing the sales tax revenue by about $163,000 would lessen the burden on taxpayers, Danekas said. Danekas called the referendum a “barometer” of how the levy “is going to go.” He stressed several times the importance of the increase passing. Porter, Rivara and Finley all agreed that they hadn’t heard anything negative about the increase.

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

Greg Stein asked if the old Alliance Dental Building would be suitable for the recently announced regional 9-1-1 dispatch center. Porter called Stein’s suggestion “not the worse location,” but noted that the group was just in the beginning stages of assessing their needs for a building and equipment.

Tod Misener asked about the recent article in the newspaper concerning a settlement with Ameren and the city’s share of the settlement. He asked when the money would be available to the city and how much it would be. Rivara said he expected that the city would receive almost $100,000 over 4 months, but the details were yet to be announced as to when. Misener asked if the refund would be “passed along to the consumers.” Rivara said that that was his intention.

Wanda Lent asked what the balance in the “Rainy Day Fund” was. City Clerk Clinard said that the balance hadn’t changed since August, but that she believed it was near the $58,000 mark. Porter told Lent that he believed she was under the misunderstanding that the money in the account belonged to the ambulance. He clarified for her that the money had been set aside for the purchase of an ambulance and that now that the city had received a grant for a large portion of the cost of the ambulance, the money would be earmarked for another need. Danekas agreed with Porter’s explanation and noted that it would most likely be used for a truck for the electric department.

Commissioner Reports:

The commissioners and mayor urged residents to “get out and vote” for the sales tax increase.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to adjourn at 5:347 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, NOVEMBER 3, 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 October 20, 2014 meeting. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to approve the special meeting minutes from October 27, 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 for payment: Comcast, $126.90; City of Oglesby Petty Cash, $43.15; Itron, Inc. $377.72; United States Postal Service, $723.12; AEA, Inc., $750.00; AFLAC, $117.67; Altec Industries, $840.42; Ameren, $23.58; BHMG Engineers, $7,147.51; Comm. Revolving Fund, $878.18; Cookie Kingdon, $1,825.00; Connie Cordes-Saul, $12.49; Double M Trucking, $100.00; Econo Signs, $117.96; Emergency Medical Products, $633.99; Envision Helathcare, $56.00; Feece Oil Co., $701.83; First Response Custom Sewing, $66.15; Fleet Services, $3,206.77; Halm’s Auto Parts, $99.24; Hawkin’s Inc., $1,473.50; Holloway’s Portables, $125.00; Seth Holmes, $%168.49; Il Public Risk Fund, $5,651.00; IVCH, $102.39; Illinois State Police, $15.00; IVAR, $250.00; John’s Sales and Service, $500.00; Kustome Signals, Inc., $126.00; LaFarge Aggregates, $190.22; LaSalle Office Supply, $187.16; Massie Jet-Vac Service, $630.00; Mautino Distributing, $12.00; McClure Engineering, $175.25; Lyndsey McIntyre, $201.41; Menards, $1,080.73; Mississippi Valley Pump, $5,885.00; Motion Industries, $1,585.20; Motorola, $119.73; NCPERS, $48.00; Amber Nudig, $140.18; Oglesby Elks, $100.00; Pomp’s Tire, $385.92; Revere Electric, $946.40; Dominic Rivara, $264.49; Schemel-Tarrillion, Inc., $16425.00; Ski Sealcoating & Maintenance, $1,800.00; Spring Valley Ford, $800.99; Standard Equipment, $189.58; Staples Credit Plan, $90.59; Stop Tech, $106.24; Sunrise Supply, $42.19; Shirley Swartz, $207.25; Tarlton Corp, $24.00; The Peru Greenhouse, $2,850.00; Tonica Nurseries, $600.00; Vortex Technologies, $295.00; Mary Ann Washkowiak, $238.00; TOTAL $61,879.59. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

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

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY RIVARA to place the 3rd Quarter Building Inspector’s report on file. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, YBORRA, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to authorize Bernardi Securities to file annual disclosures on behalf of the city. Attorney Andreoni explained that Bernardi has filed the disclosures in the past at no cost to the city, but new regulations require an agreement on file. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor then opened the floor for public comment.

Harry Harlow, father of employee Shawn Harlow, asked if the council had voted on the decision to layoff his son. Mayor Finley explained that the move did not require a council vote and had been done for financial reasons.

Drew Merriman voiced his support for Harlow, calling him the “hardest working” city employee. He also noted his disappointment that the city had not formerly recognized the two Oglesby teens who made it to state in tennis. Merriman said it was a shame that the duo had to go elsewhere to practice because the courts in town are in such bad shape.

There were no comments from the mayor or commissioners.

A MOTION WAS MADE AT 7:10 P.M. BY DANEKAS AND SECONDED BY PORTER to enter into executive session for the purpose of discussing compensation and collective bargaining negotiations. AYES; DANEKAS, PORTER, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. PASS: RIVARA. MOTION CARRIED

A MOTION WAS MADE AT 7:56 TO RESUME THE REGULAR MEETING BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY YBORRA. AYES; DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA to adjourn at 7:59 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, 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 SPECIAL MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2014 AT 5:15 P.M. AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 5:15 P.M.

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

ABSENT: COMMISSIONER YBORRA

At this time Commissioner Rivara opened the meeting with his concerns regarding city finances. Commissioner Rivara stated that the city needs to either make cuts or increase income. Rivara stated that the Electric Fund cannot carry everyone like it has for the last 5-10 years. Rivara stated that there are too many “cherry-pickers” who benefit from the city’s cheap water and sewer rates. He believes the residents of Oglesby who have electric service should not have to “subsidize” the individuals who choose not to annex into the city or decline to purchase the city’s electric.

Commissioner Danekas stated when Buzzi was up and running at 100% the city still struggled. Before current council took office, the city had to transfer over a $1 million to the General Fund to make ends meet. Danekas stressed that the city has always struggled but has always found a way to make ends meet. The line of credit has been a great help. Do we need to raise rates? Yes, but who wants to initiate it? Sewer and water rates need to be increased but Danekas stated that is not his department. If someone wanted to submit a reasonable increase, he would support it.

Danekas announced that the city is changing insurance carriers beginning Dec. 1st. With the current provider the city’s increase would have been $36,000 for 2015. With the new provider the city will pay an increase of $12,000 for 2015.

The tax levy and the increased sales tax will help but it’s not the fix for the big picture. Danekas explained that the biggest cost to the city is labor. He stated that the assessed value for the city is down $4.6 million in the last 3 years. He posed this question, “How do we keep going to the citizens and asking them for more money when we turn around and give raises?” To cut costs the city has to either cut wages or start out-sourcing the work per department. Those are tough decisions and no one wants to tackle them.

In reply, Commissioner Rivara stated that the Electric Fund is helping pay majority of the bills. He would like to see a certain amount held for improvements, equipment and build reserves.

Regarding the labor issue, Commissioner Danekas stated that he has given it some thought of having the Clerk’s Office open for only 4 days a week with 6 hour days. Residents would have to adjust. Commissioner Rivara questioned his concerns about work being completed in a timely manner. Commissioner Danekas stated that change has to start somewhere.

At this time Commissioner Porter stated the Oglesby residents will have to adjust when the regional dispatch center opens. The current operation of the city’s police department is 24 hours a day and you are able to walk in at any time for service. However, in the near future, the current police department building will not be staffed 24/7. It will operate based on a day shift and staffed for administrative purposes only.

Commissioner Danekas offered to sit down with Commissioner Rivara and create a 5 year capital projects plan.

The next topic was the tax levy. Commissioner Danekas announced that the tax levy incentive for this year based on a 5% increase would be $741,100 which would be a tax rate of $2.67546. This reflects a .15 increase per $100 on tax bill. Certain funds can be levied with no maximum limit. These funds are IMRF, Police Pension, Audit, Liability Insurance, Band and Social Security.

Attorney Andreoni stated the levy needs to be on file for one week be it can be passed. The levy has to be filed with the County Clerk’s Office no later than Tuesday, December 30, 2014.

The next item on the agenda was rates. Commissioner Rivara stated that he was not going to raise electric rates. No one else had a comment.

Next topic was gaming which was addressed by Commissioner Rivara. He’s concerned about too many gaming sites opening within the city. Attorney Andreoni stated that the city could lower the amount of liquor licenses allowed to limit gaming sites. At this time there is one individual that has been given a liquor license to open a gaming site on E. Walnut Street. However, this gaming site has not opened yet. Commissioner Porter stated that he would support limiting liquor licenses so the council would have more control over gaming sites. Mayor Finley stated that he will contact the Liquor Commission department regarding revised rules and regulations for gaming sites.

Public Comments – None

Commissioners’ Reports and Mayor’s Report - None

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to adjourn at 6:05 p.m.

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

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Terry Kamnikar, Assistant 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

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2014, AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

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

ABSENT: COMMISSIONER DANEKAS

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the regular meeting minutes from December 1, 2014 meeting. AYES: PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the special meeting minutes from December 8, 2014 meeting. AYES: PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. ABSTAIN: YBORRA. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY YBORRA to approve the bills as presented Laura Houde, $175.96; AEA, Inc., $%3,050.00; AFLAC. $117.67; Ameren IP, $1.593.97; Apple Press, $578.00; Arthur J Gallagher, $69,064.00; Batteries & Things, $46.00; Comcast, $330.36; Efficient Billing Systems, $577.10; Envision Healthcare, $238.00; Flink Snow Plows & Spreaders, $38.74; Gasvoda & Associates, $1,136.48; Grosenbach’s, $299.34; Halm’s, $584.71; Laura Houde, 218.88; Hygienic Institute, $355.55; Ideal Environmental, $2,321.25; IL Municipal Electric Agency, $201,137.39; IL Valley Community Hospital, $25.00; Illini State Bank – Police CC, $398.96; Illinois Valley Cellular, $776.20; Illinois Valley Excavating, $330.00; Itron, Inc. $2,272.12; John Senica Jr., $1,170.46; Kendrick Pest Control, $140.00; Kittilson’s Commerical Power, $1,268.85; Kittilson’s Garage, $795.13; Robert Kuhar, $300.00; LaSalle Office Supply, $221.23; Briana Mancini, $131.69; Mautino Distributing, $36.00; McClure Engineering, $112.50; Menards, $302.01; Alexandra Mercer, $136.29; Midwest Testing, $1.000.00; Morton Salt, Inc., $14,657.77; Dollar General, $29.65; NCPERS Life Insurance, $48.00; Oriental Trading, $31.98; Orkin Pest Control, $73.71; Oscar’s Automotive, $394.54; Perona, Peterlin, Andreoni, $2,051.00; Revere Electric, $722.63; Secretary of State, $101.00; SEICO, Inc., $540.00; Nick Sell, $190.14; Springfield Electric Supply, $11,776.00; St. Margaret’s, $82.00; Staples, $104.79; Sunrise Supply, $30.24; TEST, $80.00; University of Illinois, $800.00; Vickers Consulting Service, $550.00; Water Products Company, $218.72. TOTAL: $323,410.09 AYES: PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor then opened the floor to the public for questions concerning agenda items. Tod Misener then quizzed the council on a “long-term plan” to reduce property taxes. Attorney Andreoni explained that $597,000 of the proposed levy was “employee salary generated expenses.” With that, Misener questioned why council members would choose to participate in IMRF, which is a cost to the city. Commissioner Yborra, pointed out that the commissioners’ salary — $150 a month — would generate less than $30 a month pension after 12 years of service, and questioned whether Misener had “any idea what we (commissioners) do.” Yborra then said that Misener shouldn’t be using city council meetings to campaign.

Resident Drew Merriman then questioned why Misener was allowed to speak longer than the 3-minute time limit.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve Ordinance No. 879-121514, which amends salaries for the chief and assistant chief of police. AYES: PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA to pass Ordinance No. 883-121514, the FY 2014-15 tax levy. AYES: PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA TO approve Ordinance No. 880-121514, which abates taxes on the 2013 Bond. AYES: PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

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

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

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY RIVARA to seek bids for the demolition of the property at 211 E. Walnut, formerly known as the Shields property. AYES: RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. NAY: PORTER. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA to place on file a letter from Tod Misener. AYES: PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

Commissioner Rivara then questioned why ambulance director Cathie Edens must “be available 24 hours.” Rivara suggested that the city hire an outside consultant to determine if the ambulance service is being run in the most efficient manner. Rivara said the city “has to be able to afford (the level of service)and fund it.” Rivara said the city needed to “get answers and closure to this issue.”

Commissioner Porter responded that the ambulance department “is not your (Rivara’s) department” and that he was “offended” by Rivara’s lack of confidence in him to run the department. Porter reminded Rivara that the Illinois Municipal Code gives him (Porter) control over the department.

Rivara said he felt an outside consultant would “come in and get some answers.” Porter responded that he was not in favor of bringing in an outside consultant and the discussion ended.

Rivara then talked about rising electric rates on the open market, but noted that city residents “
shouldn’t be seeing that type of increase” on their monthly bills.

The floor was then opened to the public:

Tony Dennett asked about the status of the grocery store. Finley told him that the site was not on County Market’s building list for 2015, but that they continue to say that they are still planning to build in Oglesby. Dennett also asked about Advantage Logistics, with Finley noting that the company was hiring recently.

Drew Merriman asked if the city should look at the way the City of LaSalle’s ambulance service is run, noting that “everything is going well.” He suggested that there would be a “big savings” to the city. Commissioner Porter told Merriman that he had previously looked at the service, and they “couldn’t come in and run the department as economically as our department.”

Tod Misener then asked if electrical rates “may be going up.” Rivara said that the “city should be able to hold its own” without raising rates. Misener then asked about the $104,000 Ameren refund and why it wasn’t being distributed to customers. Rivara explained that only a portion ($40,000) of the overcharge was passed onto customers and that it would be a “nightmare” to figure out how to distribute the refund fairly. When Misener noted that Peru was giving the refund to its customers, Rivara pointed out that “Peru has $14 million in reserves, The City of Oglesby has $0.”

Commissioners’ and Mayor Reports:

Commissioner Rivara told the council that his department “was just trying to keep the lights on,” noting the aging fleet of trucks his department has. He also told the council that, using a grant from the IMEA, street lights on Walnut Street “down to Ed Hand” highway were being replaced with energy efficient LED lights.

Commissioner Yborra reminded residents that they shouldn’t park on the roadways after 2 inches of snowfall.

Commissioner Porter spoke about the annual “shop with a cop” program for local families and said the department was still taking donations.

Mayor Finley reminded residents about the Santa Open House at the Dickinson House on Sunday from 3 to 6:30 p.m.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER AND SECONDED BY RIVARA to adjourn at 7:24 p.m. AYES: PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk