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Minutes from the November 7, 2016, City Council Meeting

December 2, 2016 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Minutes

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2016, AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7 P.M.

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

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY CAREY to approve the minutes from the October 11, 2016, special meeting. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY CAREY to approve the minutes from the October 17, 2016, special meeting. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY CAREY to approve the invoices presented for payment: Advanced Asphalt, $52,793.69; AEA, $2,500.00; AFLAC, $35.90; Airgas USA, $3.30; Altec Industries, $169.34; Ameren IP, $183.42; Anixter, $93.06; Apple Press, $130.00; Arrow International, $125.03; Arrow Sales & Service, $60.00; ASK Enterprises, $2,872.00; Batteries & Things, $35.99; Benefit Planning Consultants, $247.90; BHMG Engineers, $99.90; Bound Tree Medical, $98.74; Call One, $2,823.53; Cintas First Aid & Safety, $31.67; CMS LESO, $300.00; Comcast Cable, $79.40; Complete Integration & Service, $1,820.62; Connecting Point; $332.38; De’Vine Floral Designs, $97.60; Cathie Edens, $41.88; Efficient Billing Systems, $899.59; Katherine Elvin, $1,061.58; Emergency Medical Products, $1,003.13; Fastenal, $163.09; Feece Oil, $1,626.64; Ficek Electric, $585.86; Foster Coach Sales, $358.53; Melissa Girton, $189.88; Grainger, $1,122.04; Kelly Graybill, $232.92; Halm’s Auto Parts, $715.54; Hawkins, $1,054.50; Health Alliance Medical Plans, $28,407.00; Holloway’s Portable Restroom, $75.00; Hopkins & Associates, $1,500.00; Il Department of Revenue, $113.57; Il Fire & Police Commissioners, $375.00; Il Public Risk Fund, $6,188.00; Il Valley Regional Dispatch, $18,946.68; Illini State Bank Visa-Police, $588.45; Illinois Valley Cellular, $775.27; Illinois Valley Food & Deli, $17.80; Inman Electric Co, $3,256.01; IVCH, $7.24; John Senica Jr., $276.83; Kendrick Pest Control, $105.00; King Tire, $80.00; Kittilson’s Garage, $488.90; Knoblauch Advertising, $978.64; LaSalle Office Supply, $121.25; Love’s Travel Center, $54,393.25; Martin Equipment of Il, $199.46; Jean Martin, $1,061.58; Mautino Distributing, $18.75; Menards, $517.92; Mertel Gravel, $675.94; MJ Track Works, $14,590.00; Motorola, $129.69; MTCO, $150.87; Municipal Code Corp., $900.00; Napa Auto Parts, $7.42; NCPERS Group Life Ins, $48.00; News Tribune, $2,565.50; Holly Ode, $249.37; Oglesby Municipal Band, $1,860.00; Oscar’s Automotive, $134.99; Patten Industries, $459.59; Perona, Peterlin, Andreoni & Brolley, $2,331.00; Pomp’s Tire, $325.89; Eric Reishus, $1,061.58; Margaret Reishus, $530.79; Marline Reishus, $530.79; Paul Reishus, $1,061.58; Republic Services, $18,618.50; Rescue Direct, $200.80; Rush Power Systems, $3,608.41; Jamie Schmitz, $300.00; Smith’s Sales & Service, $125.00; St. Margaret’s Hospital, $40.00; Staples Credit Plan, $140.30; Stevens Service Center, $235.25; Stryker Sales Corporation, $453.80; Studstill Media, $600.00; TEST, $96.00; Tonica Nurseries, $400.00; Universal Inc., $1,499.28; USA Bluebook, $3,758.06; Wex Fleet Services, $3,045.18; John White, $233.54; Wire Mesh Corporation, $21,754.67; Michael Wrobleski, $30.00; Frank Zeller, $55.27; Andi Bjerkaas, $74.44; Tom Porter, $184.99; Standard Insurance, $3,712.60 TOTAL $279,320.14 AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor opened the floor to the public for comments on agenda items, there were none.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY Carey to place FY16 Audit on file. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

Commissioner Rivara then asked Attorney Andreoni to explain the auditor’s recommendation that the city transfer funds from the proprietary funds to the general fund. Andreoni told the council that the city has been “borrowing” money from the other funds for years to cover the deficit in the General Fund. He explained that this is not unusual, but that the auditor suggested that the transfers be made permanent to clean up the financial statements and more accurately reflect the city’s financial condition. Commissioner Yborra said he felt it should be noted that the old auditor had never mentioned the need to make the transfers permanent.


A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY CAREY to transfer $1.2 million from the Electric Fund: $650,000 from the Sewer Fund; and $$65,000 from the Sanitation Fund for a total of $1,915,000, on the recommendation of the auditor, Joel Hopkins. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY CAREY to place on file Ordinance No. 936-110716, Prohibits the Possession of Cannabis and Drug Paraphernalia. Attorney Andreoni explained that the ordinance was necessary after the state decriminalized possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana. The ordinance will allow the city to charge persons with the offense. It will also enable those charged to take advantage of the city’s compromise $75 fine settlement. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CAREY, SECONDED BY PORTER to place Ordinance No. 937-110716, Approves Execution of a Meter Wireless Distribution Facilities License Agreement. Andreoni explained that Ameren had requested the agreement in order to place transmitters on the city’s electric poles. This agreement has been approved by Verbal Blakely, the city’s electrical engineer and John Zulkowsky, the Electric Department superintendent. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor then presented information on the renewal of the city’s health and ancillary insurances. A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY YBORRA to renew insurance coverage with Health Alliance and Standard Insurance companies. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY YBORRA, to renew the city’s general liability, cyber and workman’s comp insurances with the Illinois Municipal Insurance Cooperative. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

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

Tony Dennett asked if the leaf vacuuming would be extended another week or two since the leaves were just now beginning to fall. Commissioner Yborra said that he expected a lot of the leaves would fall in the next two weeks. Yborra did not anticipate the need to extend the service and noted that he was hesitant to extend the leaf vacuuming because it could overlap with snowplowing.

Tom Collins told the council he found the practice of collecting funds at the four quarters “a nuisance” and that “someone’s going to get hurt.” Collins said he was driving through town Saturday and almost hit two persons because they weren’t paying attention to oncoming traffic.

Commissioner and Mayor Reports:

Commissioner Rivara talked about closing fossil plants, the rule that requires 25 % renewable energy and a 6% reduction in Ameren charges. The good news, he said, is that IMEA will “keep rates low and be competitive.”

Commissioner Yborra said he agreed with Tom’s (Collins) observation about the tag days.

Commissioner Yborra warned residents that hydrant flushing would begin next week and that residents may experience low water pressure or discolored water afterwards.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA to enter into executive session to discuss “the purchase or lease of real property for the use of the public body” at 7:20 p.m. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA TO resume the regular meeting at 7:57 a.m. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MEETING RESUMED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA TO ADJOURN AT 7:58 P.M. AYES; CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MEETING ADJOURNED.

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk