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Meeting: January 2, 2018

February 2, 2018 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Minutes

A REGULAR MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 2, 2018, AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

PRESENT: COMMISSIONERS CAREY, RIVARA, PORTER, MAYOR FINLEY, ATTORNEY EATTONI, CITY CLERK BECKY CLINARD AND CLERK IN TRAINING MERTES.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY CAREY to approve the regular meeting minutes from December 18, 2017. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY CAREY to approve the bills as presented. Oglesby Municipal Band, $1,995.00; USPS, $703.96; Ameren IP, $203.89; Brad Anderson, $75.00; Anixter, $140.00; Apple Press, $76.95; Arrow Sales and Service, $290.50; ASCAP, $348.00; Batteries and Things, $94.77; Benefit Planning Consultants, $452.00; BHMG Engineers, $292.89; Bob’s Business, $314.96; Comcast Business, $998.58; Connecting Point, $310.00; Cosgrove Distributors, $32.54; De Lage Landen Financial Services, $296.24; Emergency Medical Products, $276.53; Flink Snow Plows and Spreaders, $1,256.60; Foster Coach Sales, $107.65; Janette Glupczynski, $175.46; Grosenbach’s Auto Repair, $32.69; Brooke Hahn, $173.61; Hawkins Inc., $734.10; Health Care Service Corporation, $31,842.96; HyVee, $542.13; Il Department of Innovation and Technology, $692.20; Il Public Risk Fund, $5,732.00; Il Valley Excavating, $2,145.00; Impact Networking, $86.73; Itron, $761.75; Jack’s Gas and Service, $90.00; John Deere Financial, $120.90; John Senica Jr., $30.47; John’s Service and Sales,$3.99; Kendrick Pest Control, $105.00; King Tire, $1,204.50; Kittilson’s Garage, $1,594.38; Klein Thorpe and Jenkins, $1,632.00; Mautino Distributing, $12.50; Meade Law Office, $412.50; Menards, $304.53; Mertel Gravel, $142.35; NCPERS Group Life Ins., $48.00; Pomp’s Tire, $172.41; Revere Electric, $445.15; Dominic Rivara, $148.73; Schrock Repair, $1,840.13; Seico Inc., $1,930.50; Springfield Electric, $522.42; St. Margaret’s Health, $68.00; Standard Insurance-Life, $734.10; TEST, $96.00; Uline, $1,312.70; Universal Inc., $987.40; Water Products Company, $2,338.16; Rich Watts, $74.89; WEX Fleet Services, $3,018.56 TOTAL $70,574.96 AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY.

The Mayor opened the floor to comments from the public on agenda items only. There were none.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY CAREY to approve Ordinance No. 975-010218, Appointing Stacie Mertes City Clerk. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY

Outgoing City Clerk, Rebecca Clinard, swore incoming City Clerk Stacie Mertes in.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY CAREY to approve Ordinance No. 974-010218, Prohibiting Sexual Harassment. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY CAREY to place on file Ordinance No. 976-011518, Authorizing the hiring of an Economic Developer/Tourism Coordinator, Rebecca Clinard. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, FINLEY NAY: RIVARA

Commissioner Rivara had some concerns in reference to the tasks Becky would be performing. He said that you didn’t think some of the tasks should shift from the Clerk’s office to the Economic Developer. Mayor Finley said that the tasks are things that Becky is an expert in and that the current staff is still learning.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to ratify the transfer of the remaining funds from expiring TIF’s: II,III,IV into TIF I.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA to appoint at least one elected Oglesby Commissioner to join the negotiating committee for the IBEW Local 51 contract negotiations with the City of Oglesby. MOTION DIED DUE TO LACK OF SECOND

Commissioner Porter stated that he couldn’t support the motion because he felt that it was too late in the negotiations to have another person added, he said it wouldn’t be beneficial. Commissioner Carey said he agreed with Commissioner Porter and added that including another person would muddy the waters.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA to appoint an elected Oglesby Commissioner to negotiating committee. MOTION DIED DUE TO LACK OF SECOND

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA to require the negotiating committee to update the full City Council after each formal and informal meeting between the City of Oglesby and IBEW Local 51. MOTION DIED DUE TO LACK OF SECOND

Commissioner Porter said he didn’t think the negotiations committee should have to update after every meeting. He said he didn’t update the board after the Police negotiations and that is would be hurtful to the negotiation process.

The Mayor asked for comments from the public. Resident Dorothy Debosik asked if negotiations are open to the public. Mayor Finley said no and that Commissioner Rivara shouldn’t have discussed what was talked about in negotiations at this meeting and last meeting.

Commissioner and Mayor’s Reports:

Commissioner Rivara- nothing

Commissioner Carey said “best wishes to Becky and congrats on the 7 years as City Clerk.”

Commissioner Porter said “good job and thank you to Becky.” He said “You will do a great job in the new position.” He also said that numerous vehicles were in violation of the snowfall ordinances after the last snowfall. No tickets were given just warnings but from this point forward tickets will be given.

Mayor Finley wished best of luck to Robert Kuhar, whose official retirement date was today, and Shawn Harlow on his retirement from the City. He also thanked the city workers for their hard work with snow removal during the last snow fall and the fixing of water main breaks that occurred during this cold weather.

A MOTION WAS MADE PORTER, SECONDED BY CAREY TO ADJOURN (7:20 PM). AYES: PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY, ABSENT: CAREY. MEETING ADJOURNED.

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Stacie Mertes, City Clerk