110 E. Walnut Street, Oglesby, IL 61348 • 815-883-3389
110 E. Walnut Street, Oglesby, IL 61348 • 815-883-3389

Minutes: February 4, 2019

A REGULAR MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2019, AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

PRESENT: COMMISSIONERS RIVARA, PORTER, ZBOROWSKI, ARGUBRIGHT, MAYOR FINLEY, ATTORNEY ANDREONI AND CITY CLERK MERTES.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to approve the regular meeting minutes from January 21, 2019 and the January 22, 2019 Continued Meeting Minutes. AYES: PORTER, RIVARA, ZBOROWSKI, ARGUBRIGHT, FINLEY.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY ZBOROWSKI to approve the bills as presented AFLAC, $35.90; Ameren Ip, $35.42; Anixter Inc, $284.85; Apple Press, $158.90; ASK Enterprises, $598.00; Benefit Planning Consultants, $247.00; Complete Integration & Service, $937.50; Connecting Point, $493.75; Core & Main, $3,879.00; De Lange Landen Financial Services, $269.40; Economic Development Group, $1,570.36; Edens, Cathie, $5.13; Efficient Billing Systems, $2,531.99; Eichelkraut, Patty, $26.00; Electrical Resource Management, $1,7520.00; Emergency Meidcal Products, $2,049.40; Fastenal Company, $399.60; Feece Oil Co., $1,688.66; Ficek Electric, $618.00; Foster Coach Sales, $167,100.00; Halm’s Auto Parts, $181.54; Hawkins, $360.80; Health Care Service Corp., $36,674.25; Hy-Vee Inc, $107.93; ID Networks, $1,995.00; Il Dept of Public Health, $25.00; Il Public Risk Fund, $4,488.00; IL Valley Excavating, $1,558.75; Il Valley Regional Dispatch, $5,586.00; IVCH, $30.00; John Deere Financial, $129.98; John Senica Jr., $41.02; John’s Service & Sales, $1,888.55; Kenderick’s Pest Control Inc., %185.00; Kittilson’s Garage, $15,229.75; Klein, Thorpe, and Jenkins, $78.00; LaSalle Office Supply, $22.58; Launius Reporting Service, $1,491.85; MABAS, $600.00; Mauntino Distributing, $25.00; Menards, $503.78; Mississippi Valley Pump, $4,611.00; Motion Industries, $1,416.40; NCPERS Group Life, $16.00; Republic Services, $26,227.60; RK Graphics, $5,500.00; Smith’s Sales and Service, $752.00; Springfield Electric Supply, $1,183.50; St. Margaret’s, $68.00; Standard Insurance-Life, $697.62; Sterling Commercial Roofing, $8,240.00; Stryker, $20,700.00; T.E.S.T Inc, $16,542.33; Technology Management Revolving, $539.30; United Blower, $887.50; Verizon, $335.70; WEX Fleet Services, $2,532.60; Witmer Public Safety Group, $790.63; Wolseley Industrial, $131.58. TOTAL $347,055.40 AYES: PORTER, RIVARA, ZBOROWSKI, ARGUBRIGHT, 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 ZBOROWSKI TO APPROVE ORDINANCE 1052-020419, Ordinance Authorizing the Borrowing of up to $700,000 from Illini State Bank. AYES: PORTER, RIVARA, ZBOROWSKI, ARGUBRIGHT, FINLEY.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY ZBOROWSKI TO APPROVE ORDINANCE 1053-020419, Authorizing Disposal of Personal Property Owned by the City of Oglesby (the old fire truck). AYES: PORTER, RIVARA, ZBOROWSKI, ARGUBRIGHT, FINLEY.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT TO refer Speedway Special use Permit to the Plan Commission. AYES: PORTER, RIVARA, ZBOROWSKI, ARGUBRIGHT, FINLEY.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT TO refer Speedway Variance Requests to Zoning Board and Design Review Board. AYES: PORTER, RIVARA, ZBOROWSKI, ARGUBRIGHT, FINLEY.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY PORTER TO Special Use Permit Request for property at 331 Woodland Ave to the Plan Commission. AYES: PORTER, RIVARA, ZBOROWSKI, ARGUBRIGHT, FINLEY.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT TO APPROVE Sponsorship of $2,500 to Central State Tournament and allow the use of the baseball fields July 19-July 24, 2019. AYES: PORTER, RIVARA, ZBOROWSKI, ARGUBRIGHT, FINLEY.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT TO APPROVE the Raffle License Application for Pete Everson Benefit on Feb 23, 2019. AYES: PORTER, RIVARA, ZBOROWSKI, ARGUBRIGHT, FINLEY.

The Mayor asked for comments from the public. There was none.

Commissioners and Mayor’s Report:
Rivara- Commissioner Rivara said that there was a passionate discussion at the last meeting about the solar farm. He said that sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. He said he just didn’t understand why the city turned its back on a $1.3 million investment into the city.
Argubright- None
Zborowski- None
Porter- None
Mayor Finley- Mayor read a thank you note the City received from a resident. It said Thank you for notifying everyone via Code Red that City Hall would be a warming station. She went on to thank the City for allowing her sister and brother in law to use City Hall as a warm shelter when their heat wasn’t working. Mayor said the residents were brought in at 3am by the Police Department and that Becky stayed with them till City Hall opened for business. Mayor then thanked Gary Peterlin, Shug Grosenbach and CABO for hosting the Roger Brooks Presentation. He thanked Shug and Austin from NCICG for doing the Senica Square presentation for the IDNR. He announced that today we were notified that we were awarded the $400,000 grant we applied for from the IDNR. He said with the help of this grant that we can move forward with making this 8 year vision a reality. He said he is excited about investing into the downtown with grant money, TIF funds, and private funding. The notice stated that $28 million was given for funding and that $400,000 was the max available per city. He said that he hopes it will help develop our downtown.
A MOTION TO ADJOURN WAS MADE AT 7:15 pm by ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY PORTER. AYES: PORTER, RIVARA, ZBOROWSKI, ARGUBRIGHT, FINLEY.

Stacie Mertes, City Clerk

Agenda: February 19, 2019 Meeting

CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2019 @ 7:00 P.M.
TO BE CONDUCTED AT: THE CITY ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDING
110 E. WALNUT STREET, OGLESBY, ILLINOIS

1. Opening of Meeting
2. Roll Call
3. Pledge of Allegiance
4. Approve Minutes from the February 4,2019, Regular Meeting
5. Approve Bills as Presented for Payment
6. Public Comment on Agenda Items only
7. Motion to approve a Family Medical Leave Act request for Chief Knoblauch to allow him the time he needs to attend to his family’s medical issues
8. Motion to retain the law firm of Klein, Thorpe, and Jenkins as labor counsel to defend the city regarding the Fraternal Order of Police grievance challenging the schedule adjustments to accommodate FMLA for Chief Knoblauch
9. Public Comment
10. Commissioners’ Reports
11. Mayor’s Report
12. Adjournment

Posted this 15th day of February, 2019

Stacie Mertes, City Clerk

Hearing Notice: February 27, 2109

 

NOTICE OF HEARING

 

A public hearing before the Plan Commission of the City of Oglesby will be held on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at the City Council Chambers of the Oglesby City Hall, 110 E. Walnut Street, Oglesby, Illinois 61348 to consider the following applications:
No. 1 – Application of Speedway LLC for property located at 1000 W. Walnut Street requesting a special use to allow a convenience store with auto and commercial fueling at this location.  The legal description of the property where the special use is requested is as follows:

 

Part of the North 120 acres of the Northeast Quarter of Section 34, Township 33 North, Range 1 East of the Third Principal Meridian, LaSalle County, Illinois, being more particularly described as follows:

commencing at a brass marker found at the Northeast corner of said Northeast Quarter; thence South 00 degrees 21 minutes 37 seconds West along the East line of said Northeast Quarter a distance of 122.02 feet to a point; thence North 89 degrees 38 minutes 23 seconds West a distance of 44.98 feet to an iron pipe found on the West Right-of-Way line of East 4th Road, being the point of beginning; thence South 00 degrees 21 minutes 37 seconds West along the West Right-of Way line of East 4th Road a distance of 733.74 feet to an iron pin set; thence North 89 degrees 38 minutes 23 seconds West a distance of 496.12 feet to an iron pin set; thence North 00 degrees 21 minutes 37 seconds East parallel with the West Right-of-Way line of East 4th Road and the East line of said Northeast Quarter a distance of 804.22 feet to an iron pin set on the South Right-of-Way line of County Highway 23; thence South 89 degrees 42 minutes 18 seconds East along the South Right-of-Way line of County Highway 23 a distance 268.06 feet to an iron pipe found; thence South 84 degrees 34 minutes 00 seconds East along the South Right-of-Way line of County Highway 23 a distance of 178.78 feet to an iron pipe found; thence South 41 degrees 54 minutes 57 seconds East a distance of 74.30 feet (74.11 feet recorded) to the point of beginning; Containing 9.08 acres.

 

 

No. 2 – Application of Steven L. Bryant and Dawn M. Gleissner for property located at 331 North Woodland Avenue, Oglesby, Illinois for a special use conversion of a single-family dwelling into a two-family dwelling. The legal description of the property where the special use is requested is as follows:

 

Lot 12 in Block 14 in Assessor’s Plat of a portion of Section 25 in Township 33 North, Range 1, East of the Third Principal Meridian, situated in the City of Oglesby, except coal and minerals and the right to mine, dig and remove the same; situated in the County of LaSalle, in the State of Illinois.

 

The above applications are open to inspection at the office of the Oglesby City Clerk, 110 East Walnut Street, Oglesby, Illinois 61348.  Persons wishing to appear at such hearing may do so in person or by attorney or other representative.

 

Communications in writing in relation to the applications may be filed with the Oglesby City Clerk’s office for presentation to the Oglesby Plan Commission, or communications in writing in relation to the application may be presented at the hearing.

 

Published by:

 

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Stacie Mertes,

Oglesby City Clerk

 

Minutes: January 22, 2019

A CONTINUATED MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2019, AT CITY HALL.  THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 5:15 P.M.

PRESENT:  COMMISSIONERS RIVARA, PORTER, ZBOROWSKI, ARGUBRIGHT, MAYOR FINLEY, ATTORNEY ANDREONI AND ASSISTANT CITY CLERK EICHELKRAUT.

Mayor Finley stated that tonight’s meeting would be a continuance from the meeting on January 21, 2019 with the remaining agenda item being the IMEA Solar Farm Decision of Commitment.  Attorney Andreoni continued with an explanation of the benefits to Oglesby if the solar farm were to be built.  Andreoni stated that Mr. Fodor with IMEA said that the primary benefit to the city would be having the ability to advertise as having green energy and would not show a significant financial savings.  Mr. Fodor was then contacted via phone conference.  Andreoni confirmed his prior conversation with Mr. Fodor who agreed with his statements.

Mayor Finley questioned the incurred cost to Oglesby, the process of redistributing savings from the solar farm to other IMEA municipality members not Oglesby exclusively and the reasoning for having to make this decision with such short notice.  Mr. Fodor responded stating that bids have to be rewarded quickly to keep the vendor’s cost lower.  Commissioner Argubright then asked Mr. Fodor how much the specific vendor would have to invest into the site in Oglesby, if there would be any recurring employment opportunity and what will be the savings difference to the IMEA if Oglesby were to withdraw leaving 3 municipalities.  Mr. Fodor gave a ballpark figure of 1 to 1.5 million dollars for the cost of the solar farm.  He stated that there would not be permanent jobs created but 5-10 temporary jobs while the project is being constructed.  If Oglesby were to withdraw from this project the IMEA would miss out on an overall savings of approximately $3,300 over a 4 four year period.  Mr. Fodor stated that if the City of Oglesby were to decline at this time there would be further opportunity to participate in installing a solar farm in the next 1-2 years.  Argubright questioned “is there any wiggle room in the contract or are you still writing up the contract?”  Mr. Fodor stated that at this time there is no wiggle room in the contract to add rent fees for use of the proposed property.  Argubright questioned the responsibility of the City of Oglesby Electric Department in regards to managing the solar energy.  Mr. Fodor stated that there would be some maintenance involved regarding regulating the flow of energy.  Phone conference was ended at this time.

There was continued discussion between Commissioners Zborowski and Rivara as to the cost and effectiveness of participating in this project.  Commissioner Porter said that this is too rushed and felt that this project is too complicated to make a decision in just 48 hours.  Rivara stated that he feels this would be a good project giving Oglesby the opportunity to “step to the plate and move forward.”  Rivara proceeded stating that “the positive part for Oglesby gives us the green imprint that may or may not produce jobs, we sit here and talk about it could cost us $100,000 and yet we’ve got X amount of dollars down at the boat landing. We were down in Springfield today applying for a grant for $500,000 and the estimate cost of that project is just under one million.”  Zborowski replied “you’re comparing apples and oranges.  You’re comparing something that is actually going to produce something, in my opinion, for the City when this (the solar farm) isn’t going to.  You can say you’ll have a green imprint but what does that do?”  Mayor Finley stated that the land could possibly also be used for a tower bringing $1,200 per month in rent fees.  Mayor Finley suggested waiting until the next opportunity to apply so that the council can see how this project has worked in the other municipalities.  Mayor Finley stated that there was additional information regarding this project brought to the council that they were not aware of like the maintenance required.  Argubright and Rivara stated that there would be equipment to maintain the flow of energy.  Zborowski stated that he was “less concerned with that and more concerned with the up-front costs and getting nothing in return for it.  I don’t have a problem with going solar and maybe try again next time.  Instead of giving everything up-front they know where we stand now.”  Porter stated that “I just don’t see the rush to rush into this 48 hour thing and commit.  That’s where I’m at.  I’m perfectly comfortable waiting for the next round.”

There were some public comments regarding the responsibility of the City in maintaining the solar energy.  There was also comment regarding the cost of the project and the inability to recover what is spent.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to Proceed with the IMEA Solar Farm Decision of Commitment.  AYES: RIVARA, ARGUBRIGHT.  NAYS: PORTER, ZBOROWSKI, FINLEY;   MOTION FAILED.

A MOTION TO ADJOURN WAS MADE AT 6:02 pm BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT. AYES: PORTER, RIVARA, ZBOROWSKI, ARGUBRIGHT, FINLEY.

MEETING ADJOURNED

Patty Eichelkraut, Assistant City Clerk

Minutes: January 21, 2019

A REGULAR MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, JANUARY 21, 2019, AT CITY HALL.  THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

PRESENT:  COMMISSIONERS RIVARA, PORTER, ZBOROWSKI, ARGUBRIGHT, MAYOR FINLEY, ATTORNEY ANDREONI AND CITY CLERK MERTES.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to approve the regular meeting minutes from January 7, 2019.  AYES: PORTER, RIVARA, ZBOROWSKI, ARGUBRIGHT, FINLEY.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY ZBOROWSKI to approve the bills as presented A & B Garage, $103.42; Airgas, $4.96; Arrow, $31.50; Baldin’s Garage, $317.98; BSN Sports, $79.96; Call One, $1954.94; Civic Systems, $2781.00; Comcast Business, $518.22; Comcast Internet, $151.80; Connecting Point, $251.00; Core & Main, $531.00; De Lange Landen Financial, $499.09; Dresbach Distributing, $409.30; Edens, Cathie, $360.96; Emergency Medical Products, $296.15; Feece Oil Co., $6698.20; First Impressions, $1936.75; Grainger, $334.50; Grosenbach’s $32.69; Halm’s Auto, $52.91; Hawkins, $900.37, Holloway’s Portable Restroom, $180.00; Hygenic Institute, $355.55; IL Fiber Resource Group, $3300.00; IMEA, $216389.28; Il Valley Excavating, $1387.50; Illini State Bank, $1033.32; Jack’s Gas, $30.00; Jacob & Klein, $9619.02; JD Lock and Key, $147.00; John Senica Jr, $325.73; Julie Inc, $219.92; Kasperski, Daniel, $300.00; Kunkel, Kathleen, $61.03; LaSalle County Sheriff Office, $357.00; LaSalle Office Supply, $67.32; Launius Reporting Service, $610.00; Machinery Maintenance, $1257.61; Martel Electronics, $361.26; Martin Equip, $30.28; Mautino Distributing, $12.50; Menards, $706.02; Mertes, Stacie, $70.65; Jereb, Mike or Sue, $83.85; MJIV Ventures, $94.21; Motion Industries, $226.23; MTCO, $138.87; Nick’s Emergency Lighting, $164.50; NIMCA, $110.00; Perona, Peterlin, Andreoni, $4196.75; Pomp’s Tire, $533.36; Rush Power Systems, $6395.40; Sebastian, Michael, $154.00; Smart Source LLC, $2358.87; Smith’s Sales and Service, $32.00; St. Margaret’s Hospital, $68.00; St. Margaret’s Health, $379.00; Steven’s Service Center, $85.00; Superior Lighting, $1288.68; TEST Inc, $12.00; Technology Management, $330.70; USA Bluebook, $86.12; Verizon, $335.88; WLPO/WAJK/WKOT Radio, $64.00; Wolseley Industrial, $35.75. TOTAL, $272,371.18 .  AYES: PORTER, RIVARA, ZBOROWSKI, ARGUBRIGHT, FINLEY.

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

The Council received an update from Ivan Baker from North Central Illinois Economic Development Corporation. Ivan said that in 2016, prior to NCIEDC forming, there were 3 projects in the pipelines for the area. Now there are 25 active proposals in the works. The development group works directly with key people in the Chicago region. To date they have had 199 leads, 8-10 leads a month. He said they have sent out 52 proposals and Oglesby qualified for 1/3 of them. Commissioner Argubright asked Ivan “why not us?” Ivan said that a lot are looking for railroad access, specific buildings available, and close proximity to the I-55 corridor and O’Hare. He also said that labor availability is an issue; ranking over tax savings.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT TO APPROVE ORDINANCE 1051-012119, Amending 1024-061818, Establishing Wages for Oglesby Ambulance Service Employees. AYES: PORTER, RIVARA, ZBOROWSKI, ARGUBRIGHT, FINLEY.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY ZBOROWSKI TO PLACE ON FILE ORDINANCE 1052-020419, Ordinance Authorizing the Borrowing of up to $700,000 from Illini State Bank. AYES: PORTER, RIVARA, ZBOROWSKI, ARGUBRIGHT, FINLEY.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT TO PLACE ON FILE ORDINANCE 1053-020419, Authorizing Disposal of Personal Property Owned by the City of Oglesby (the old fire truck). AYES: PORTER, RIVARA, ZBOROWSKI, ARGUBRIGHT, FINLEY.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT TO APPROVE the following raffle license applications: Support Oglesby Schools 2/2/19, Oglesby Ambulance 5/15/19-6/3/19(waiving fee), Illini Valley Associations of Realtors 3/5/19. AYES: PORTER, RIVARA, ZBOROWSKI, ARGUBRIGHT, FINLEY.

A discussion about the IMEA Solar Farm was had. Commissioner Rivara said that the IMEA has requested a decision as to if the City plans to go forward with the solar farm. The IMEA wants to go out for bid with all four sites as one project. Rivara said that this won’t reducae electric rates and that it’s revenue neutral. He said that the savings will be distributed through all IMEA customers. There are no cost to the City to build it. The following will be costs for the City: interconnection, switch gear, and the tie into the distribution system. Rivara said that big thing is the green print the City will get. He said it can be a job draw and some industries look for green sources. He feels it will benefit the City good for about 20 years. Commissioner Argubright said that it will cost less than $20,000 for us to set up. Rates will be set in stone for 20 years. He said the land we are using has tunnels under it and can’t really be used for anything besides a cell tower or this. Mayor asked if we get rent for the land; commissioner Argubright said they won’t be paying rent. Mayor asked what the direct benefits to the city were. Argubright said there were none, we would be a “green city.” Mayor asked what were the savings, he responded to his own question, none everyone gets the savings. Commissioner Porter said that he thought we were getting a rep from the IMEA to present this. Mayor replied that they didn’t want to come to a meeting in front of the public. Mayor said that five cities applies and that we got picked because we gave them everything at no cost. Jim Andreoni said that he received a contract and letter from Troy Foder from the IMEA and he started looking at it today (1/21/19) but didn’t realize that the city needed to decide today (no one else got a got a copy of the letter besides Commissioner Rivara and Jim Andreoni). Mayor asked about the green credit and why they were mentioned before and now changed. Commissioner Rivara said he didn’t say that we would get green credits, he said originally we would get toll credits but he was wrong; we don’t get those. Jim Andreoni assumed the benefit is to all members. IMEA bills us in the same manner. The reduced costs go into the pool and everyone benefits. Commissioner Porter said how can we make a decision without the information in front of us. Commissioner Argubright agreed. Jim Andreoni said he can call and see if we need to have a decision by Wednesday. If we do we can have an emergency meeting Tuesday at 5:15pm. If not decision is needed right away, we can have a committee meeting next week either Tuesday the 29th or Wednesday the 30th. Commissioner Porter said he thinks it’s too quick to make that decision. Commissioner Zborowski asked if each city has the same contract. Mayor responded no. Commissioner Rivara said yes, just a different name on the contract. Mayor said there is a point system for getting the project and it’s based on what we are giving them. That’s what bumped us up. Commissioner Zborowski asked why can’t everyone share the cost of putting it there if we all get the benefits. Mayor and Commissioner Porter agreed. Commissioner Rivara said that it’s a benefit to the city and that it’s close to a substation and distribution system. Jim Andreoni said that if we need to have an emergency meeting to decide we can do it Tuesday January 22, 2019 at 5:15. If we don’t need it right away we can do it next Tuesday or Wednesday.

A discussion about the Notice to Appear of the Electoral Board Decision was had. Jim Andreoni said that he would enter appearance on behalf of the City to monitor what is filed for distribution. He said he would take no actions. Everyone agreed with this. Commissioner Rivara asked if the transcript is public record, Andreoni responded, yes.

The Mayor asked for comments from the public. Greg Stein addressed the council. He said that ABC in Peoria is doing a report on solar farms in California that don’t pan out. He asked if we were a shareholder in this process with IMEA and are we going up higher as a share holder. Andreoni said IMEA is a co-op collectively sharing in lower generation costs. Solar farms hopefully will reduce the cost of electricity over the life of the project. Greg said that we are located at the crossroads of different electric companies and that should help us. He also asked about the IFIBER charges on the bills. Chief Knoblauch answered the question. He said that the radio system use to go through circuits and was expensive. Doing it with IFiber saves us $7,000-8,000 a year. It provides us with interconnectivity between the Fire Department, Police Department, and City Hall. The main equipment is in the police station and they have a direct line from here to Peru just for the 911 system.

Commissioners and Mayor’s Report:

Rivara- The big push in solar is that in 2025, 25% of electricity will have to be produced via renewable resources.  Also, the IMEA has scholarship opportunities. Students can get packets off the our website or at city hall.

Argubright- Tom and Mark are working on a 5 and 10 year plan for the electric department. The major problem is that our system is out of date. A new transformer will be the biggest expensive. They are pricing it out and will present it to the council when they figure it out.

Zborowski- Eric praised the snow plow guys. He said they did a great job. He also said they didn’t have a lot of issues with cars on the streets during the snow fall.

Porter- Tom said the new fire truck and ambulance is here. They are doing training on it now and they both should be in service by the end of the week.

Mayor Finley- Mayor said that NCICG and representatives of the City will be headed to Springfield Tuesday January 22, 2019 to give a 3 minute presentation on Senica Square for the grant opportunity. He hopes we will get the grant to help with the project. The announcement date for winning entries has not been set.

A MOTION TO ADJOURN WAS MADE AT 8:03 pm until Tuesday January 22, 2019 at 5:15pm BY PORTER, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT. AYES: PORTER, RIVARA, ZBOROWSKI, ARGUBRIGHT, FINLEY.

MEETING TEMPORARILY ADJOURNED

Stacie Mertes, City Clerk

 

Minutes: January 10, 2019

SENICA SQUARE COMMITTEE MEETING
THURSDAY, JANAURY 10, 2019
9 A.M.

PRESENT:  Mayor Finley, Eric Zborowski, Bob Ghighi, Becky Clinard, Robert Mulane, Tim Harris

ABSENT:  Randy Senica

The committee met to go over the findings the members were assigned at the last meeting.

Finley spoke first, updating the committee on the ice rink and chiller component.  There was some discussion about what might not be included in the proposals, which would be additional costs.  There was some discussion about how the rink would be leveled, with a couple of possibilities presented:  a “sandbox,” or a raised platform, which we understood to be like portable staging that can either be purchased or rented.  Bob Mullane offered to look further into the raised staging.  Both Tim Harris and Bob Ghighi raised concerns about the “sand box,” noting that the sand could get into the water feature fixtures, how the sand would be removed each season, etc.  It was agreed that more information is needed.  Becky Clinard suggested that the group revisit the decision to not list the ice rink as an option in the bidding process, noting that other than the chiller installation and underground piping, the contractor would not be installing the portable rink.  The group agreed that pulling it out of the base bid was a good idea.  This also allows the project to proceed with the ice rink if the grant is not awarded.  There was discussion about reaching out to Echo Bluff for information, but it was pointed out that our plan may be seen as competition.  It was decided that we would continue to work with the two ice rink suppliers to get our questions answered.

Clinard and Bob Ghighi talked about their meeting with the representative from Imagination Playground out of the Peoria area.  The rep submitted photos of the water feature, both in daylight and at night with lights, to give the committee a better visual of what it would look like.  We discussed the options available that would allow the parks director to control the water with an app on his phone from anywhere, so that water could be conserved during times when the park is not being used (like during rainy days).   The representative had not yet submitted proposals for the benches, tables, etc.

Ghighi then spoke about a meeting with Dave Pellegrini, Spring Valley Unilock dealer.  Pellegrini met with Ghighi and Clinard recently and showed them what type of pavers were available.  He took them to the Compassionate Friends paver patio installed at Baker Lake.  The circular patio is approximately the size of one of the “circles” in the design.  The blocks are also engraved, which is something the committee hopes to do to allow citizens to place their own mark on the community space.  The approximately 8 x 13 block appears to be a good size for the area of the total project and for the individual engraving.  There are catalogs of the paver choices available.

The committee then discussed the presentation that would be made if the grant application makes the first cut.  Mayor Finley said he thought that Shug Grosenbach, an employee of NCICG who has experience with this type of presentation, would be a good choice for presenter.  We talked about getting materials ready for the presentation, because the time from notification to presentation is very short.  Clinard will pull together images that can be used to supplement the presentation, either in storyboard or handout form.

A time for the next meeting was not set, as it was agreed that whether or not we are asked to present for the OSLAD grant would help determine the next meeting’s agenda.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:10 a.m.

Minutes: December 27, 2018

SENICA SQUARE COMMITTEE MEETING
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2018
9 A.M.

PRESENT:  Mayor Finley, Eric Zborowski, Bob Ghighi, Becky Clinard, Robert Mulane, Randy Senica

The committee reviewed the three layouts proposed by Tim Harris of Chamlin & Associates, deciding to go with Plan 1C, which featured a permanently installed chiller on the northeast corner of the lot and a larger restroom/storage building on the northwest corner.  It was decided to go out for bid for the whole project, rather in phases, as the ice rink is really the only “option” to bid separately and the committee felt like the ice rink was an important part of making the park attractive to residents and tourists year-round.  This could be re-evaluated if the city fails to secure a grant.

We discussed what type of look we wanted for the park, agreeing that the timber-framed bandshell was the starting point.  We will ask Harris to model the building after the building at the Peru Splash Pad that has split-faced stone and timber posts to go with the bandshell.  It was suggested that the garage door be put on the northside of the building with a “vending” window in the front.

Discussion then moved on to the “extras” we felt were necessary: security cameras, a sound system, and overhead lighting beyond the light poles (like in Utica’s downtown).  We also talked about the need to include a Zamboni machine in the bid for the ice rink.  There was some concern on whether the initial bid included it.

We discussed the benefits of having a general contractor versus the city running the project and agreed that a general contractor would be best for keeping costs down and keeping the project on schedule.

We discussed the need to prepare better visuals to share with the public to address the concerns about the water feature.  Becky will reach out to Imagination Playground to see if they can provide video or stills of similar installations.

Randy will look over the ice rink chiller specs and talk with Mark Marincic about the availability of three phase power for the chiller.  Bob will talk with the ice rink suppliers to get answers to some of the questions the committee has.  Members were asked to contact suppliers, etc., with reports to be given at the next meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:47 a.m.

Minutes: Sept 26, 2018 Open House

Senica Square Open House
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
5 to 7 p.m.

1 to 3 pm. Session:

 

Exhibits showing the concept plan for Senica Square were displayed and Parks Director Bob Ghighi and Tourism Coordinator Becky Clinard were on hand to answer questions.  Twenty-one residents attended the 1 p.m. session (not all signed the sign in sheet).

Ghighi and Clinard made a brief presentation on the project, outlining the city’s objectives in creating a new parks space and what the city’s vision for programming the space would include.

Ghighi told the crowd that Senica Square would address some of the shortcomings of Oglesby’s other parks, including being more accessible for not only the handicapped, but for the elderly residents who often complain about having to walk on uneven ground to participate in the farmers market or other events at Senica Square and other city parks.  Ghighi said the centralized downtown location, would allow residents in the city’s core neighborhoods the ability to walk to the park or drive.  Oglesby’s current parks have little to no parking available.  Clinard said the city’s goal was to create an intimate multi-use gathering space for residents to enjoy outdoor activities in the “urban” setting.

Ghighi also explained that the main feature of the park, the chilled ice skating rink would extend the use of the park through the winter, giving residents more opportunities to get out and exercise all year long.  The water feature he said, was not a splash pad like Peru’s, as it would consist of inground fountain heads.  Its purpose would be to allow families with small children or those who may be unable to or choose not to go to the swimming pool a place to picnic and cool off during the summer.  The fountain would also serve as something that all could enjoy while sitting at the tables.  The in-ground jets could be capped and protected when the space is used for performances on the stage, parks and rec classes, art or craft shows and the farmers market.

Clinard told residents that the city envisioned working with other groups in the community, such as the community college, schools, churches and organizations to provide year around programming.  The bandshell will serve as a new home for the municipal band, which plays during the summer, as well as a summer concert series funded by the city’s Band Fund.  There are also plans to expand the farmers market, and host car shows, art shows, craft fairs and some parks and rec classes at the site.  City events, such as Harvest Fest, the winter event and ice-skating would continue to be held at Senica Square.

Residents were then encouraged to ask questions and make comments about the project.

A common concern expressed by Gary Peterlin (resident and a member of Support The Oglesby Pool) and Greg Stein (resident) was that the splash pad should be built near the existing swimming pool.  Both felt that having the water feature in Senica Square would hurt the city’s pool and they also felt the money being used to fund improvements should be used for the pool.  Peterlin said he supported the project, but felt the water feature was unnecessary.  Louis Pioli (resident) said he was not in favor of the splash pad, but when asked what his objections were, said “he didn’t want it.”

Clinard explained that the city would be seeking a grant to fund the improvements, with the city’s share of the costs (if a grant is awarded) coming from the city’s TIF funds.  The TIF expires in 2021, so if the city wants to make use of funds to fulfill its vision of a downtown park, it must act now.  Using TIF funds for Senica Square does not mean that improvements to the pool or Dickinson House (the city’s community center) won’t happen.

Kathy Knoblauch, (resident) and Pam Supan (manager of the local Casey’s Store and an active volunteer for the city) spoke favorably of the project, noting that the downtown location was already being used for city events and they thought the improvements would make the area even more attractive to residents and visitors to the community.  Knoblauch noted that with Oglesby located so close to the State Parks, those visitors are often looking for things to do after a day of hiking in the parks.  Evening activities and the ice skating rink would be a draw not only for Oglesby residents but those from other communities and state park visitors.

Greg Stein questioned the need for a chilled-ice system, noting that the current ice rink is not used much.  Ghighi explained that that was because of the weather.  Last year, the rink was only frozen enough to skate on 5 to 7 partial days.  With a chilled system, the rink could be used from November to March.  The plans also call for skate rentals, which is something the residents have asked for since the current rink was purchased several years ago, said Ghighi.  He said he expects that will increase the use of the rink as well.

Discussion continued, with most questions about the specifics of the project:  the size of the bandshell, the hard surfaces, and the size of the water feature and ice skating rink.  Ghighi talked about the ongoing maintenance of the area, noting that the hard surface and planters would be much easier to maintain than the current bare ground.

Bob Mullane (resident) said he was in favor of the project, noting that he could see the many young families in the community using the park and its added features on a regular basis.  Mullane liked the downtown setting and was particularly excited about the ice rink.  His family uses the present rink when its open, which he noted is not often because of the weather.

After about an hour and a half of questions and comments, the residents broke into smaller groups and talked amongst themselves for another 15 minutes.  At 2:27, the last of the attendees left.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Senica Square Open House
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
5 to 7 p.m.

 

NOTE:  This second session of the open house was added after several residents expressed concerns on social media that they would not be able to attend during working hours.  It was announced on social media and on the local radio station.

Exhibits showing the concept plan for Senica Square were displayed and Oglesby Mayor Don Finley and Tourism Coordinator Becky Clinard were on hand to answer questions.  Approximately 15 residents attended the 5 p.m. session (not all signed the sign in sheet).  Many of the attendees had also attended the earlier session – and did not sign in a second time.

Clinard made a brief presentation on the project, outlining the city’s objectives in creating a new parks space and what the city’s vision for programming the space would include.

Discussion then ensued about the project, with many of the repeat attendees voicing the same opinion they voiced in the earlier meeting.  Ken Henry, (resident, business owner) voiced his support for the project and particularly the location of the park, noting that events held in the downtown area attract residents and visitors to Oglesby.

Commissioner Dom Rivara was in the audience and questioned whether the funds could be used for better purposes.  Finley told him that the city had purchased the site almost 7 years ago, and that with TIF 1 expiring, the funds to do the project might not ever be available again.  Finley reminded him that the city was going to seek a grant to help cover the costs, especially for the ice rink, which is the single largest cost in the projected $1 million dollar project.  Finley said that all Oglesby residents would have access to this park, noting the shortage of parking and the rough terrain in most of the city’s parks.  Clinard said the smaller park, would foster a stronger sense of community and would give the city a better venue in which to host events like the farmers market, Harvest Fest, etc.  Currently, even a little rain turns the grounds into a muddy mess.

The discussion eventually veered from the project to other city issues.  By 6:15, all of the audience had left.  Mayor Finley and Clinard remained at city hall until 7 p.m., at which time the open house was officially closed.

 

 

 

 

 

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