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

Regular Meeting Minutes: May 2, 2022

A REGULAR MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, MAY 2, 2022 AT CITY HALL.  THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

PRESENT:  COMMISSIONERS ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINANC. CURRAN,  EUTIS, MAYOR RIVARA, ATTORNEY PATRICK BARRY AND  CITY CLERK AMY EITUTIS.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY  CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to approve the regular meeting minutes from April 18, 2022.   AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN,  EUTIS, RIVARA.

Public comments on agenda items only:

A MOTION WAS MADE BY EUTIS, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to approve bills as presented for payment. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.

A presentation was given by Don Bixby from Chamlin & Associates in regards to proposed Waste Water Treatment Plant.  Commissioner Argubright questions why plants are being toured?  Commissioner Argubright feels the relationship between TEST and Chamlin & Associates is an issue. Commissioner Argubright asks what is being looked at when the tours are happening?  Commissioner Argubright asks what the options are.  Commissioner Curran discusses the different plant options and costs involved.  Commissioners Curran & Argubright discusses the different building/use options. Commissioner Argubright has concerns that other options were not looked into.  Commissioner Curran says to retrofit the existing WWTP is not an option.  Attorney Barry said that is not an option, per the EPA.  Commissioners Curran and Argubright discuss alternatives and options.  Commissioner Curran points out that as soon as T.E.S.T Inc. took over the water department for the City of Oglesby and reports were sent in the City then became in violation.  Don Bixby explains Chamlin is ready to move forward and costs will be between $13-$18 million and the plans will allow for expansion as well.  Don Bix by explains that an excess flow/lagoon will be built once the old plant is demolished. Commissioner Curran points out the dead line the City has to secure funding and wants to ensure the city is ready.  Commissioner Argubright questions what percentage of people received grant funding?  Commissioner Argubright is not confident in the state of Illinois. Mayor Rivara states the City needs to be in a position to have the WWTP built. Commissioner Argubright questions the capacity and usage of the current plant in regards to the sewage that is being treated.  Don Bixby gives details in regards to the questions and max flow.  Commissioner Argubright asks about the GPD and the need to have a larger capacity.  A discussion is held amongst the council members and Don Bixby.  Commissioner Argubright questions the costs on the engineer’s estimate and asks about the different percentages of the phase of each build.  Don Bixby states that is industry standard.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY EUTIS to approve the Engineering Agreement for the Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP).  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  Commissioner Argubright states that six months ago the city should have looked at competing engineering bids.  Commissioner Curran states there were two engineering firms and one is longer in business and states that the City of has to have a plan in place by June 2022 and some of the costs have already been incurred.  Commissioner Curran said an engineering firm was needed to move forward.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to declare the week of May 21-27, 2022 as Safe Boating Week. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY EUTIS,  SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to approve 1192-050222 an Ordinance modifying the terms of employment for the Oglesby Assistant Chief of Police.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY EUTIS to approve 1193-050222 an ordinance approving the final plat of the Curtin Subdivision in Oglesby, Illinois, Lasalle County. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY CULLINAN to approve 050222R and 050222R1 Resolutions for Maintenance Under the Illinois Highway Code using Motor Fuel Funds. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.    Commissioner Curran points out that there are two separate resolutions.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY EUTIS, SECONDED BY CURRAN to Approve 050222R1 Resolution of the City of Oglesby, Lasalle County, Illinois Authorizing the Mayor and Clerk to Execute an Intergovernmental Agreement Between the City of Oglesby, LaSalle County, Illinois and Illinois Valley Community College to Establish a School Resource Officer Program.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  Commissioner Argubright discusses the matter of rising health insurance.  Commissioner Curran questions the concerns of health insurance and pension. Attorney Barry states the resolution is for “anticipated costs” and that it will be paid by the college.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY EUTIS to approve the purchase of a new small bucket truck for the Oglesby Electric Department in the amount of $ 149,709.00.   AYES: CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA. NAYS: ARGUBRIGHT.  Commissioner Curran states that Altec is authorized to work on City vehicles.  Commissioner Curran states the bucket truck passed an inspection last year and had concerns about the inspection. Commissioner Argubright said the truck in question was replaced and notes that it was by the prior administration.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY EUTIS, SECONDED BY CURRAN to authorize Junk B Gone to clean up the property located at 314 California Avenue, Oglesby, Illinois.   AYES; ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  Commissioner Eutis states the clean-up is for the outside property.  Commissioner Argubright asks if he has liability insurance.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY EUTIS, SECONDED BY CURRAN to table the request for street closures submitted by Rich Baldridge for Bulldog’s Bar.  Mayor Rivara reads a list of dates Bulldog’s bar has requested.  Commissioner Eutis asks what past practice has been?  Mayor Rivara states some closures have been allowed for Glen Avenue and even Walnut Street.  Mayor Rivara has concerns about the amount of dates being requested.  Mayor Rivara suggests tabling the matter and requests the bar owner get together.  Commissioner Curran feels it would be good to come up with a number allowed and states there is a cost to the City involved.  Mayor Rivara states he also has to consider the residents in the area and asks that everyone work together to make it a success.  An audience member suggests giving Bulldog’s their first date and then meet again.  Commissioner Eutis asks when the first event is scheduled?  Mayor Rivara reads the dates again.  Commissioner Eutis wants a discussion to be had.  Commissioner Cullinan suggests notifying the bar owners about a meeting to be scheduled.  Mayor Rivara sets the date of the next meeting to be Monday, May 9, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to make changes to the Façade Committee members.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.

Commissioner Eutis holds a discussion on lateral transfers for the Oglesby Police Department.  Commissioner Eutis explains how the procedure works.  Commissioner Eutis is in favor as the City would not be required to pay for training.  Commissioner Eutis states he will need the Council’s blessing and will also need to meet with the FOP as well.  Commissioner Argubright questions preference points and Commissioner Eutis believes it is only if a candidate has military experience.  Commissioner Curran asks what the negative would be?  Commissioner Eutis does not believe there is a negative aspect.  Commissioner Eutits discusses the Police Pension in regards to lateral transfers.  Commissioner Eutis states he will move forward with the matter.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY EUTIS to approve May 9, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. as a Special Meeting.  AYES: CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS,  RIVARA.  ABSTAIN: ARGUBRIGHT

Old Business:   none

Public Comments: Greg Stein asks if  May 9, 2022 is a working meeting?  Commissioner Curran states it is.  Greg Stein questions what will be on the agenda.  Greg Stein states he objects to the number of dates requested by Bulldog’s Bar in regards to the street closures.  Greg Stein show Commissioner Curran a picture of the property located at 314 California Avenue and questions if that is where the new WWTP will go and if the property has to be rezoned?  Attorney Barry states the City does not have to rezone property for its own use.

Rich Baldridge asks what the costs are to the city in regards to closing the streets?  Rich Baldrige states the City had paid $25,000.00 to have someone walk through downtown and offer suggestions as to what to do in the downtown area.  Mr. Baldridge states he believes none of the suggestions are being done.  Mr. Baldridge asks what the problem is with asking to close the streets?  Commissioner Cullinan doesn’t believe there is a problem.  Commissioner Curran states the $25,000.00 that was spent by the previous council.  Commissioner Curran also states that plans for the development of Senica Square were changed also due to costs.  Commissioner Curran states it has been developed at a lower costs to the City and is hopeful to see events being held there.  Commissioner Curran discusses the previous street closure request that was submitted by Bulldog’s Bar in that Walnut Street was originally requested to be closed.  Rich Baldridge states the name of the street was a mistake.  Commissioner Curran mentions the concerns for residents located in the area and continues to discuss the possibilities of other business owners requests and states he wishes to be fair for everyone.

JC Phillips addresses municipal code 9.16.010. in regards to the meaning of the code. JC Phillips and states a quote from Mayor Rivara at a previous meeting.  JC Phillips what is wrong an impersonator?  JC Phillips gives his opinions on the municipal code.

Lori Siensa questions how close the new WWTP building will be to her property?  Commissioner Curran explains the design (although not complete yet) of the new WWTP.  Ms. Siensa questions what will be done with the house located on the property?  Ms. Siensa states that there are people and animals entering the property.  Commissioner Curran states the city just acquired the property and Mayor Rivara states the city will handle getting the property cleaned up.  Ms. Siensa asks for a copy of the plans for the WWTP once they are finalized.  Ms. Siensa asks if the road surrounding the WWTP will be closed to which Commissioner Curran states not permanently but possibly during construction.

Commissioner Reports:

Argubright:  none

Eutis:    The Fire Department had 11 responses.  The Ambulance Department had 66 calls.  The City bills referenced the Pork Chop dinner and the misprint of the cost and stated the correct cost should be $14.00.  On May 5, 2022 the Fire Department is hosting a MABAS training at the Canoe Landing and advises residents not to be alarmed.  Donations have been requested for the Fire Department for the purchase of a thermal imaging camera.  To date, Green Thumb Industries has donated $1000.00, a grant in the amount of $3370.00 has been awarded for the IPRF and $100.00 was also donated by Zamin Insurance.  Commissioner Eutis states the costs of one camera is appx. $8000.00.  Commissioner Eutis asks to have an appropriation to be added to the Ambulance Department for part time clothing.  Currently the Ambulance Director is providing clothing out of her personal $300.00 clothing allowance and also paying for clothing out of pocket as well.  Commissioner Curran asks how the Fire Department clothing is allotted?  Commissioner Eutis feels $1000.00 would be enough.  Mayor Rivara states the city will get it taken care of.  Commissioner Eutis state the mold has been remediated from the Police Department.

Cullinan: none

Curran:     reminds residents of available pool credit and tells residents to call City Hall.  May 31, 2022 hydrant flushing will be occurring. Branch chipping is also happening currently (05/02/-05/06/22).  The city was awarded the Safe Route to Schools grant

Mayor’s report     volunteers are needed for Summer Fun Fest, 50/50 tickets are available.  A contractor for the solar project has been awarded and work should begin in a few months.  Discusses the increase in costs and states the city is in a good position and also discussion about load shedding.  Mayor Rivara discusses the cost increase of kilowatts.  Addresses a concern from a resident about the water quality.  Encourages people to support the Ambualance Dinner on 06/06/2022.

A MOTION TO ADJOURN REGULAR SESSION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.

Amy Eitutis, City Clerk

Regular Meeting Minutes: April 18, 2022

A REGULAR MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, APRIL 18, 2022 AT CITY HALL.  THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

PRESENT:  COMMISSIONERS ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINANC. CURRAN,  EUTIS, MAYOR RIVARA, ATTORNEY PATRICK BARRY AND  CITY CLERK AMY EITUTIS.

Mayor Rivara addresses the issue of the gambling ordinance that was tabled at the last council meeting and states that gaming fees will not increase for 2022.  Mayor Rivara states that increases will occur over the next three years in the amount of $250.00.  Mayor Rivara states the council was not aware that the owners of the gaming machines paid for 5o% of the cost of the gaming fees.  Mayor Rivara states a working meeting will be held to determine where and how to use the revenue from gaming machines, possibly towards a scholarship Mayor Rivara states, new equipment at the Parks and possibly tree replacement.

Mayor Rivara addresses the matter of the adult entertainment that was discussed at the previous council meeting.  Mayor Rivara states that bar owners will be cited should “adult entertainment” be allowed in their establishment and reads an excerpt from a previous ordinance.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY  CURRAN, SECONDED BY CULLINAN to approve the regular meeting minutes from April 4, 2022.   AYES: CULLINAN, CURRAN,  EUTIS, RIVARA.    ABSTAIN: ARGUBRIGHT

Public comments on agenda items only:   none

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve bills as presented for payment. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY EUTIS to approve recommendations from the Plan Commission in regards to the request from Gary Curtin. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  Commissioner Curran explains that Lot 1 will be given to the City and Attorney Barry states he will include that when he prepares the ordinance and both Attorney Barry and Commissioner Curran give further details.  Commissioner Argubright questions the paving of the alleyway.  Attorney Barry states

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to approve 2022 first quarter building permits in the amount of $19,500.00  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to approve the underground bid for Clark Street 15KV distribution upgrades submitted by JF Electric in the amount of $289,398.00.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULILNAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY EUTIS, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to approve the request from the Oglesby Ambulance Department to sell Pork Chop Dinner tickets door to door during the period of May 1, 2022-June 6, 2022.  AYES:  ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to place on file the purchase of a new small bucket truck for the Oglesby Electric Department in the amount of $149,709.00.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  Commissioner Curran discusses the different price options for a new small bucket truck and details of the condition of the current bucket truck.  Commissioner Curran questions if it has to be placed on file first and would also like to spend the money this year?  Attorney Barry states that it does.  Commissioners Curran and Argubright discuss the condition of the small bucket truck.  Commissioner Argubright asks which truck they are looking to buy and how it will be serviced? Commissioner Curran states he will find out by the next council meeting.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY EUTIS to approve 1191-041822 an ordinance Authorizing the Approval of a Facility Lease Agreement Between the City of Oglesby and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Els, Oglesby, Illinois #2360.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  Commissioner Argubright questions what has changed with the ordinance to which Attorney Barry gives explanation and states that the ordinance does not have to be renewed every year.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY EUTIS, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to place on file 1192-041822 an ordinance Modifying the Terms of Employment for the Oglesby Assistant Chief of Police.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA. Commissioner Curran asks if has to be placed on file first to which Attorney Barry states it does.  Commissioner Eutis states he would like to go into closed session to discuss the ordinance.

A MOTION WAS MADE BU CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to place on file an engineering agreement for the new Wastewater Treatment Plant.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  Commissioner Curran states Don Bixby from Chamlin and Associates will be giving a presentation on the matter in the near future.  Commissioner Argubright questions rebuilding the existing waste water treatment plant?  And also, if the project can be bid out?  Commissioner Curran gives a history of the steps taken to get to the current state of an agreement. Commissioner Curran goes on to discuss grant application processes and funding.  Commissioner Curran states his goal with the future WWTP is to be “shovel ready” should a grant application be available at the time of the build.  Commissioner Argubright again asks if the project will be bid out? Commissioner Curran reminds that a lot of work has already been done and costs have been incurred already.

A MOTION WAS MADE TO BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to place on file 04182022R a Resolution for Maintenance Under the Illinois Highway Code using motor fuel funds.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  Commissioner Curran explains that the City has applied for other grants and that the proposed Resolution would cover the  cost repairs of various streets within the City in the amount of $233,498.08.   Commissioner Argubright questions some of the streets to be repaired.  Commissioner Curran gives explanation of the condition of the streets.  Commissioner Eutis questions the ARPA funds vs. funds available from LaSalle County and what would happen if Oglesby were not awarded ARPA funds from LaSalle County.  Commissioner Curran explains if the city does not receive the funds Motor Fuel Tax money would have to be used.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CULLINAN to disclose to the public the verbatim recording of its 12/02/2019 closed session except for that portion of the closed session minutes for that meeting that were between the time stamp marker of 20:10 and 30:40.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, RIVARA.  ABSTAIN: CURRAN, EUTIS

A presentation of awards is given by Police Chief Doug Hayse and Commissioner Eutis to Assistant Chief Margis, Sergeant Valle, Officer Duttlinger, Officer Barnes, Officer Leininger and Officer Rivara.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to refer to the Zoning Commission a change to table in B1 to include axe throwing and also matters relating to fences and sidewalks.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  Commissioner Curran questions what is included in the B1 table code.  Ken Ficek addresses the Council and explains that the Land Development Code that show the zoning arrangements and states that “participants” is not included in the B1 zone.  In order to approve the recommendation a change needs to be made to the B1 code or the ordinance.  Commissioner Curran questions Ken Ficek about what is included in the code.

Old Business:  Commissioner Curran reads an excerpt in regards to the IMEA

Public Comments: none

Commissioner Reports:

Argubright:  none

Eutis:   gives update on the mold remediation happening within the Oglesby Police Department.  A bid was accepted in the amount of $ 3,750.00 from 360 Hazardous and will begin soon.  The Fire Department received a donation from Green Thumb Industries in the amount of $1,000.00 to go towards the purchase of a thermal imaging camera.

Cullinan: public restrooms are open at the parks, there was a slight delay due to an issue with a restroom at Lehigh Park.  Summer camp sign up will be going live at the beginning of May.  The Mayor’s Day parade will be May 7th, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. and will be held at Sunny Jim Bottomley Field.   A sand volleyball court will be installed at Courtyard park and possibly Lehigh Park this summer.  A pickleball court will have lines painted on the tennis courts at courtyard park. The Parks Department is waiting for quotes to update park equipment.

Curran:    Street Department reminder that chipping services will be May2-6th, 2022.  Reminds residents that street sweeping is occurring and to make sure streets are kept clear.  Hydrant flushing will occur after Memorial Da.

Mayor’s report    looking to schedule a working meeting.

A MOTION TO ENTER INTO CLOSED SESSION WAS MADE BY EUTIS, SECONDED BY CURRAN. AYES:  ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.

A MOTION TO RETURN TO REGULAR SESSION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.

A MOTION TO ADJOURN REGULAR SESSION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.

Amy Eitutis, City Clerk

Regular Meeting Minutes: April 4, 2022

A REGULAR MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2022 AT CITY HALL.  THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

PRESENT:  COMMISSIONERS CURRAN,  EUTIS, MAYOR RIVARA, ATTORNEY PATRICK BARRY AND  CITY CLERK AMY EITUTIS.   ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN

A MOTION WAS MADE BY  CURRAN, SECONDED BY EUTIS to approve the regular meeting minutes from March 21, 2022.   AYES: CURRAN,  EUTIS, RIVARA.    ABSENT: CULLINAN, ARGUBRIGHT

Public comments on agenda items only:   Lisa Carrico addresses the Council with her concerns regarding the proposed ordinances 1189-040422 and 1190-040422.  Ms. Carrico provides information in regards to the gaming terminals, fees and revenues. Ms. Carrico asks the Council to take into consideration the small business owners.

Ms. Carrico expresses her opinion about the proposed change in Ordinance 1190-040422 and asks the council to think about her concerns before they vote.

Rich Baldridge addresses the Council with his concerns regarding the proposed gaming terminal increase. Mr. Baldridge questions why the increase is necessary and what it will go towards and states he is opposed to it?

Mayor Rivara states what the total net terminal income was for the city.

There are comments from the audience. A resident comment about the water rate increase.  Mayor Rivara responds by explaining why the water rate increases were necessary.

Commissioner Curran discusses the recent purchase of property that  will be the future site of the new Waste Water Treatment Plant.  Commissioner Curran hope is to get a grant for all or most of the new Waste Water Treatment Plant and by doing so the City may be able to redo the water rates.  Commissioner Curran states the small business electric rate was cut by 15% recently.

Rich Baldridge questions the increase in the sewer rates.  Commissioner Curran responds that there are metering options for businesses and also pool credits available to the residents.

Rich Baldridge questions why the rates are being considered to be raised?  Attorney Barry states the change for the increase went into effect last year.

Kathy Fredrick questions the Council in regards to what it costs the city for businesses to have gaming machines?  Ms. Fredrick states her opinions on the potential gaming fee increase.

Dave Weiden comments in regards to raising the gaming fees and offering lower electric rates; specifically offering the rates the “west end” receives.  Commissioner Curran explains the differences in the rates between the businesses and why there are differences.  Commissioner Curran explains the incentive program is offered through the IMEA not the City.  Mayor Rivara states that GTI is paying up front for future expansion and infrastructure.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY EUTIS to approve bills as presented for payment. AYES: CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA. ABSENT: CULLINAN, ARGUBRIGHT

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY EUTIS to table 1189-040422 an Ordinance Amending Section 5.102.010 of the Municipal Code of the City of Oglesby Relating to Video Gaming Terminal Fees. AYES: CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN.  Commissioner Eutis asks if the City can differentiate amongst the businesses to which the city attorney states you cannot because of the way the state statue was written.  Commissioner Curran questions if the gaming fees can be waived/reduced?  Attorney Barry states the City can do as they choose and explained that the statute changed allowing for rate increases.

Comments are made from residents.

Commissioner Eutis questions the figures of the gaming revenue.  Comments are made from the residents.  Commissioner Curran suggests discussing the matter when the full board is in attendance.

A question is asked about the letters that went out to the business owners.  Comments are made from residents. Mayor Rivara states that he agrees that gaming machines are keeping some businesses open.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY EUTIS, SECONDED BY CURRAN to table 1190-040422 an Ordinance Amending Section 5.92.030 of the Municipal Code of the City of Oglesby Relating to Adult Uses. AYES: CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN.  Commissioner Curran states that changes need to be made to the ordinance before it can be approved.  Commissioner Curran gives his opinion on small events that are being held by small business owners within the City.  Mayor Rivara states that the ordinance needs to be reworked and makes his positions clear that he is “opposed to this type of entertainment on Walnut Street in Oglesby.”  Commissioner Curran asks if other cities have similar ordinances to which Attorney Barry states there are.  Mayor Rivara feels there needs to be clear rules.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY EUTIS to place on file the bid from J. F. Electric for Clark Street 15KV underground distribution upgrades.  AYES: CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN.  Commissioner Curran states that two bids were submitted in the amount of $516,504.00 and $289,398.00.  Commissioner Curran also gives a brief explanation about the project.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY EUTIS to proclaim April 10-16th, 2022 as National Public Safety Telecommunicator’s Week. AYES: CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.   ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY EUTIS, SECONDED BY CURRAN to appoint Rick Rigazio to the Ambulance Board.  AYES: CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN.

Old Business:  none.

Public Comments: none

Commissioner Reports:

Argubright:  absent

Eutis:  Fire Department had 13 responses, 3 motor vehicle crashes, 2 brush fires, 1 mutual aid call, 1 state park rescue, 3 assists to other agencies, 2 gas leaks and 1 power line down

Cullinan:   absent

Curran:   In the next week there will be discussion of the recent land purchased for the future waste water treatment plant.  Branch chipping will be May 2-6, 2022.  Hydrant flushing will occur a date has not been set yet.

Mayor’s report   advises there is a scam from Smart Energy happening and it has been reported to the IMEA.  Thanks Dave Torres with his help for the grant from Lasalle County that the City of Oglesby has applied for in the amount of $318,000.00.  The City has asked for a seat at the table with the IDNR for the future land development.  Mayor Rivara asks the council to begin to take action for abandoned properties.  The council decided to not enter into closed session since there are two Commissioners absent.

A MOTION TO ADJOURN WAS MADE BY EUTIS, SECONDED BY CURRAN to adjourn regular session. AYES:  CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  ABSENT: CULLINAN, ARGUBRIGHT

Amy Eitutis, City Clerk

Regular Meeting Minutes: March 21, 2022

A REGULAR MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2022 AT CITY HALL.  THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

PRESENT:  COMMISSIONERS ARGUBRIGHT, CURRAN,  EUTIS, MAYOR RIVARA, ATTORNEY PATRICK BARRY AND  CITY CLERK AMY EITUTIS.   ABSENT: CULLINAN

Mayor Rivara states that Commissioner Cullinan is not in attendance due to an illness.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY  ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve the regular meeting minutes from March 7, 2022.   AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CURRAN,  EUTIS, RIVARA.    ABSENT: CULLINAN

Public comments on agenda items only:  none

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve bills as presented for payment. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA. ABSENT: CULLINAN

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to approve ordinance 1188-032122 purchase of real estate for the City of Oglesby.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT,   CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  ABSENT: CULLINAN

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to approve the purchase of water meters from Nighthawk in the amount of $73,750.00.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  ABSENT: CULLINAN.  Commissioner Curran explains that there were some issues with the meetings and now believes that the four issues have been rectified and would like to move forward with the purchase of the meters.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY EUTIS to approve the raffle license for the Oglesby Elks Lodge #2360  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  ABSENT: CULLINAN

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to approve Tag Day requests for Oglesby Ambulance, Oglesby Fire Department and the American Legion. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  ABSENT: CULLINAN

Commissioner Curran holds a discussion in regards to the Motor Fuel Tax usage of yearly street maintenance.  Commissioner Curran discusses gives examples of streets in need of repairs and costs of those streets. Commissioner Curran states there is approximately $341,000.00 in funds in the motor fuel tax fund.  Commissioner Argubright asks what was spent last year to which Commissioner Curran replied approximately $225,000.00.  Commissioner Eutis states he would like to think about it.  Commissioner Curran states he doesn’t wait to wait too long.  Mayor Rivara states he thinks the Council can come up with a plan.

Old Business:  none.

Public Comments: none

Commissioner Reports:

Argubright:  none

Eutis: discusses a dart firearm simulator that was purchased for the Oglesby Police Department.  Commissioner Eutis discusses the advantages of the purchase and states it was paid for with drug fund money.  Commissioner Eutis discusses blighted properties that he is looking in to.

Cullinan:   absent

Curran:  branch chipping will begin May2nd – May 6th, 2022.  A new electric pole was installed at the Cedar Creek corner.  Commissioner Curran states it is the city’s goal to install wide-area lights at the corners within the City.

Mayor’s report  Blood Drive is 03/24/2022 from 1:00-6:00 p.m. at the Dickinson House.  The Dickinson House fundraiser for Cinqo de Mayo will be held on 05/01/2022 at Mr. Salsa’s from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

The City of Oglesby is not the only municipality that Ameren has not forwarded city taxes to.  Mayor Rivara states Ameren has not forwarded the city’s share since 1993.

Bids for the city’s solar project are due April 1, 2022.  The project will be built to the East of the Fire and Ambulance building.

Mayor Rivara gives information in regards to the benefits of having IVCC obtain their electric service from the City of Oglesby.

Reminds residents of the upcoming Summer Fun Fest and the 50/50 raffle occurring June 16th– June 19th, 2022.

Mayor Rivara asks the Council to commit to a date for a working meeting.  The council and city attorney decide on March 28, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.

Chief Hayse speaks up in regards to the funds that were used to purchase the dart simulator in that they were not used form the drug fund but from the money laundering fund.

A MOTION TO ADJOURN WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY  EUTIS to adjourn regular session. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT,  CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  ABSENT: CULLINAN

Amy Eitutis, City Clerk

Regular Meeting Minutes: March 7, 2022

A REGULAR MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, MARCH 7, 2022 AT CITY HALL.  THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

City Clerk Eitutis reads a request submitted by Commissioner Argubright to attend the March 7, 2022 City council meeting remotely.  There are no objections from the Council.

PRESENT:  COMMISSIONERS ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN,  MAYOR RIVARA, ATTORNEY PATRICK BARRY AND  CITY CLERK AMY EITUTIS.

Mayor Rivara states he is moving #17 to the top of the agenda.  Mayor Rivara asks for a nomination for the Commissioner of Public Health and Safety.  Commissioner Curran makes a statement about those applicants who expressed interest in the vacancy and tanks all that applied.  Commissioner Curran reads the list of qualifications/experience for candidate Terry Eutis. Commissioner Curran makes a motion to appoint Terry Eutis to the vacancy as Commissioner of Public Health & Safety.  Commissioner Argubright seconds the motion.  AYES:  ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, RIVARA.  Terry Eutis is sworn in as Commissioner of Public Health & Safety by City Attorney Patrick Barry.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY  CURRAN, SECONDED BY CULLINAN to approve the regular meeting minutes from February 22, 2022.   AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN,  RIVARA.    ABSTAIN: EUTIS

Public comments on agenda items only:  none

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve bills as presented for payment. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, RIVARA.    ABSTAIN: EUTIS

A presentation was given by Cesare Brafta from Surf Air Wireless in regards to the City of Oglesby possibly installing iFiber throughout the City. Cesare Brafta answers questions from both residents and the Council.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY CULLINAN to approve the Pole Attachment Fee Agreement between Surf Air Wireless, LLC and the City of Oglesby.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, RIVARA.  ABSTAIN: EUTIS.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY CULLINAN to approve the Right-of-Way Agreement between Surf Air Wireless, LLC and the City of Oglesby. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, RIVARA.  ABSTAIN: EUTIS.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY CULLINAN to approve the Water Tower License for Broadband Fiber and Wireless Facilities between Surf Air Wireless, LLC and the City of Oglesby.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, RIVARA.  ABSTAIN: EUTIS

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY CULLINAN to approve the Understanding of Cooperation Agreement by and between Surf Air Wireless, LLC and the City of Oglesby.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, RIVARA.  ABSTAIN: EUTIS

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY CULLINAN to place on file ordinance 1188-030722 purchase of real estate for the City of Oglesby.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, RIVARA.  ABSTAIN: EUTIS   Commissioner Curran explains the City currently owns one of two of the lots and is looking to purchase the second lot.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY CULLINAN to approve 1189-030722 a Net Metering policy for the City of Oglesby.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, RIVARA.  ABSTAIN: EUTIS  Attorney Barry states the Council can to action on the ordinance, that it does not need to be placed on file.  Commissioner Curran and Attorney Barry gives an explanation of the ordinance.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY CULLINAN to proclaim May as Motorcycle Awareness Month, April as Fair Housing Law Month and April 7, 2022 as Junior Achievement Day in Oglesby.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.

Old Business:  none.

Public Comments: none

Commissioner Reports:

Argubright:  none

Cullinan:   advises the tree installment program is now taking applicants and the locations will be Lehigh Park and the canoe landing and asks residents to call the Parks Director.  The canoe landing will open soon.  Baseball will also be starting soon.  Congratulates the Oglesby BB Gun Club on their win over the Peru BB Gun Club.

Curran:  gives thanks to Cesare Brafta from Surf Air Wirelss, LLC for his presentation.  Discusses a tree that went down on East Walnut and thanks all of those who helped with clean up and restoration.

Eutis: none

Mayor’s report:  Congratulates BB Gun Club on their win and thanks all involved.  Thanks the City of Peru and Oglesby  for their efforts with the  storm cleanup.  The City is offering its electric services to IVCC.  Mayor Rivara gives explanation of how IVCC currently receives its electricity from Ameren.  Mayor states in 1993 when IVCC annexed in to the City they agreed to have the City provide their service for five years, to which that did not happen.  Mayor Rivara also states that Ameren has not collected the city utility tax from IVCC for the past 29 years.

The City and IVCC have been working together to provide a full-time resource Officer to the college.

The City has been working with Ameren to provide a second feed to the City of Oglesby.  The city paid Ameren for the electric study and Ameren has now notified the City of Oglesby that they forget to notify the city there would be a charge between $225,00-$400,000 for the second feed per year.  It is the understanding of the Mayor no other city is being charged a fee for an additional feed.  The Mayor states that when questioned and asked to see a copy of the charges Ameren’s response was that “there was none, they are being developed.”  The Mayor thinks because  City is trying to get IVCC to switch electric providers he finds it coincidental that Ameren has failed to forward the taxes for 29 years that now Oglesby is being singled out and is being required to pay a fee.  The Mayor would like to leave it up to the residents to decide what to do with the information provided.

Friday March 11, 2022 is the last day to submit for the IMEA scholarships to which there are four available.

A community blood drive will be held March 24, 2021 from 1:00-6:00 p.m. at the Dickinson House.

Buzzi Unicem has donated $1,500 toward the Oglesby Food Pantry and gives them thanks.

A MOTION TO ADJOURN WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY  CULLINAN to adjourn regular session. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.

Amy Eitutis, City Clerk

Regular Meeting Minutes: February 22, 2022

A REGULAR MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2022 AT CITY HALL.  THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

PRESENT:  COMMISSIONERS ARGUBRIGHT, CURRAN,  MAYOR RIVARA, ATTORNEY PATRICK BARRY AND  CITY CLERK AMY EITUTIS.  ABSENT: CULLINAN

Mayor Rivara states that former Commissioner Carrie Lijewski submitted her resignation to the Council effective February 11, 2022.  Mayor Rivara would like to fill the position on March 7, 2022 and asks anyone interested in the vacancy to submit their letter of interest by February 28, 2022.  Mayor Rivara states that three votes are needed to approve the new nomination and he would like to see four and that all candidates will be considered.

Mayor Rivara states that masks will now be optional at City Hall.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY  CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to approve the regular meeting minutes from February 7, 2022.   AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CURRAN,  RIVARA.  ABSENT: CULLINAN

Public comments on agenda items only: none

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN  to approve bills as presented for payment. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CURRAN, RIVARA. ABSENT:  CULLINAN

AIRGAS USA, LCC $ 139.73, AMEREN ILLINOIS $ 27.52, AMERICAN EXPRESS $ 317.16, ANIXTER $ 3095.00; APLINGTON, MCCLINTOCK, STEELE & BARRY $ 10,095.93, BHMG ENGINEERS $ 265.55, BSN SPORTS $950.06; CARD SERVICE CENTER $ 2,186.00, CHAMLIN & SSOCIATES $ 20,285.14, COLUMBIA PIPE & SUPPLY $ 2,039.63; CONNECTING POINT $ 1,128.75; CORE & MAIN $ 215.64, DEBO ACE HARDWARE $ 1,177.94; DOUBLE M TRUCKING $ 330.00, DRESBACH DISTRIBUTING $ 180.75, EDENS, CATHIE $ 21.45, EMERGENCY MEDICAL PRODUCTS $ 584.55, FASTENAL COMPANY $ 1044.03, FEECE OIL CO. $ 906.64, FIRST IMPRESION $ 896.25, FOSTER COACH SALES $ 422.24, GALLAGHER MATERIALS INC. $ 3134.45, GROSENBACH’S AUTO REPAIR $ 643.91, HALMS AUTO PARTS $ 125.90, HAWWKINS INC $ 639.48, IL LABOR LAW $ 99.50, IL PUBLIC RISK FUND $ 5511.00; IL VALLEY CELLULAR $ 1159.79, IL VALLEY EXCAVATING $ 673.00, JACK’S GAS $ 80.00, KING TIRE $ 20.00, KITTILSON’S GARAGE $ 246.88, LANDCOMP LANDFILL $ 1651.97, LASALLE OFFICE SUPPLY $ 442.36, LAVENS, BURTON $ 240.00, MACON COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT $ 6455.12, MARGIS, MICHAEL $ 10.00, MAUTINO DISTRIBUTING $ 27.00, MENARDS $ 293.57, MIDWEST MAILIGN & SHIPPING $ 1408.0, MISSISSIPPI VALLEY PUMP INC $ 845.00, MTCO 148.87, NCPERS GROUP LIFE INSURANCE $ 16.00, NICK’S EMERGENCY LIGHTING $ 3013.00, NORTHERN IL MAUBLANCE 1837.49, NORTHWEST LINEMAN COLLEGE $ 3795.00, OAKES, JOANN $ 164.31, OVERHEAD DOOR CO. $ 117.00, PERSONAL TOUCH COMPUTER SALES $ 67.50, REAL ESTATE CONSULTANTS, LTD $ 1250.00, REPUBLIC SERVICES $ 70.50, RO PROS $ 30.25, SHERWIN WILLIAMS $ 564.67, SLIMKO-LEININGER, RANDY $ 50.00, SPRINGFIELD ELECTRIC $ 864.18, ST. MARGARET’S HEALTH $ 820.00, SUNRISE SUPPLY $ 58.49, SUPERIOR LIGHTING $ 375.00, TEST INC $ 232.00, VALLE, BRETT $ 10.00, VERIZON $ 476.96, WASHELESKY, MIKE $ 81.81, WESTERN AGGREGATES, LLC $ 396.63, WITMER PUBLIC SAFETY GROUP $84.31                                                                              TOTALS: $  84,541.16

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to refer the Curtin subdivision plat to the Planning Commission as appropriate.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CURRAN, RIVARA.  ABSENT: CULLINAN.   .  Commissioner Curran and Attorney Barry gives explanation as to what the changes would be and what would be affected by the residents and City.  Commissioner Argubright asks about the total costs of the project, to which Commissioner Curran states he does not have a dollar amount yet.  Commissioner Argubright has questions about the project.  Attorney Barry states there are a lot of garages that are in the proposed alley that will be paved.  Attorney Barry also recommends that the fees be waived since Mr. Giordano is gifting the City Lot 1.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to table the Pole Attachment Fee, Right-of-Way Agreement, Water Tower License for Broadband Fiber and Wireless Facilities and the Understanding of Cooperation by and between the City of Oglesby and Surf Air Wireless, LLC. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CURRAN, RIVARA.  ABSENT: CULLINAN.  Commissioner Curran gives explanation about the four proposals and Attorney Barry discusses the agreements and changes that were made to them.  Attorney Barry states he made all of the agreements 10 years with two five-year extension options.  Commissioner Curran states Surf Air Wireless, LLC will do a presentation on all of the proposals.  Commissioner Argubright questions why it is being approved before the presentation?  Commissioner Argubright wants to hear a build out plan.  Commissioner Curran states he does not know some of the answers until they give the presentation and hopes the build out goes quicker.

Old Business:  none.

Public Comments: none

Commissioner Reports:

Argubright:  none

Curran:    there has been a lot of work in regards to snow removal.  Looking for a quote for resin for the iron plant as the last time it was exchanged was 1979.  Commissioner Curran states it is unfortunate the meeting is not live and wants to make sure the message gets out in regards to the Commissioner vacancy .  Commissioner Curran feels there are good people in the community who could fill the role.

Cullinan:  absent

Mayor’s report:   The cost of business has increased.  Doing business with GTI has helped the City.  Mayor Rivara has concerns about the increasing price of the average kilowatt.  Mayor Rivara states the second feed will increase the city’s reliability.   Mayor Rivara gives figures on the residential load during summer vs. winter.  Mayor Rivara thanks Cathie Edens for scheduling CPR for the city employees.  Mayor Rivara encourages residents to purchase their 50/50 tickets for the drawing to be held during Summer Fun Fest.

A MOTION TO ADJOURN WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to adjourn regular session. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CURRAN, RIVARA  ABSENT:  CULLINAN

 

 

 

 

 

Amy Eitutis, City Clerk

Regular Meeting Minutes: February 7, 2022

A REGULAR MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2022 AT CITY HALL.  THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

PRESENT:  COMMISSIONERS, CURRAN,  LIJEWSKI, MAYOR RIVARA, ATTORNEY BARRY AND  CITY CLERK EITUTIS.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY LIJEWSKI, SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve the regular meeting minutes from January 24, 2022   AYES: CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT , CULLINAN

Mayor Rivara states that Commissioner Cullinan is absent due to health issues.

Public comments on agenda items only: none

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to approve bills as presented for payment. AYES:  CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA. ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT,  CULLINAN

ANIXTER $464.70; ARGUBRIGHT, JUSTINE $ 135.48; BPC INC. $ 284.20; BRUEGGEN, CHRISTINE $ 30.00; CITY OF OGLESBY $ 28.18; CONNECTING POINT $ 28.75; DALEY’S SUPER SERVICE $ 102.00; DEBO ACE HARDWARE $21.15; DRESBACH DISTRIBUTING $ 341.55; FEECE OIL CO. $ 2153.27; FULMERS TOWING & SERVICE $ 150.00; HALM’S AUTO PARTS $ 418.78; HAWKINS, INC $ 541.01; ID NETWORKS INC $ 1995.00; JOHN SENICA JR. $ 26.46; JOHN’S SERVICE & SALES $ 844.04; KENDRICK PEST CONTROL $ 260.00; KESSEL, KYLE $ 250.00; KITTILSON’S GARAGE $ 2043.63; KLEIN, THORPE & JENKINS $ 1242.00; KONCZAK, KEVIN $ 170.57; LAFFARAGE AGGREGATES $ 173.33; LANDCOMP LANDFILL $ 917.19; LASALLE OFFICE SUPPLY $ 179.14; MAUTINO DISTRIBUTING $ 22.00; MAZE LUMBER $ 136.20; MENARDS $ 1016.86; NIGHTHAWK TOTAL CONTROL $ 7728.96; ON SITE REPAIR $ 976.23; PEEPLESS NETWORK $ 3826.79; REPUBLIC SERVICES $29500.76; STANDARD LIFE INSURANCE $ 867.46; TEST INC. $ 18.00; TANG, JORDAN $ 13.72; USPS $ 772.64; USA BLUEBOOK $ 1129.69; WATER PRODUCTS COMPANY $ 259.00; WEX FLEET SERVICES $ 4210.83                 TOTALS: $ 62,779.57

A MOTION WAS MADE BY LIJEWSKI SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve raffle license for Support Oglesby School. AYES: CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to approve raffle license for Illinois Valley Association of Realtors. AYES: CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN

A MOTION WAS MADE BY LIJEWSKI SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve raffle license for Starved Rock Runners, LTD. AYES: CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN

A MOTION WAS MADE BY LIJEWSKI SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve raffle license for Dickinson House Foundation. AYES: CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to approve the engineer’s estimate for IDOT to Advanced Asphalt in the amount of $218,020.82.  AYES: CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN.  Commissioner Curran states this is for work that was performed in 2021.  Commissioner Curran that is why there is approximately $500,000.00 in the Motor Fuel Fund.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY LIJEWSKI, SECONDED BY CURRAN to Approve 020722R1 a Resolution of the City of Oglesby, LaSalle County, Illinois Authorizing the City Attorney  to Institute Condemnation Proceedings for LaSalle County, IL Parcel #18-25-416-000.  AYES: CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN.  Attorney Barry explains that he has reached out to the property owner, with no response and would like to move forward with this matter as the City is under a deadline.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to place on file a Pole Attachment Agreement, Right of Way Agreement, Water Tower License for Broadband Fiber and Wireless Facilities and Understanding and Cooperation Agreements and   between Surfair Wireless, LLC and the City of Oglesby.  AYES: CURRAN, LIJEWKSI, RIVARA.  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN.  Commissioner explains states this agreement does not put the City in an agreement it is merely to establish a means to be paid for pole attachment fees or right of ways.  Commissioner Curran said there is a pole attachment and an agreement to access the right away.  Attorney Barry states there are four agreements to be placed on file and explains what some of the specifics are.

Mayor Rivara initiates a discussion on the City’s COVID policy.  Mayor Rivara states he has put together a policy to be discussed amongst the Council.  Mayor Rivara reads the policy presented to the Council.  Mayor Rivara states that approximately half of the employees have little to no sick time and feels this policy is fair to keep the employee’s safe.  Mayor Rivara understands he upset people when City Hall had to close after Christmas when an outbreak happened.  Commissioner Lijewski states she is incensed and insulted. Commissioner Lijewski states there is a mask mandate in place.  Commissioner Lijewski feels that giving sick time away is not being fiscally sound.  Commissioner Likewski states everyone needs to be doing the same thing and following the same orders and is truly against everything in the policy.  Commissioner Lijewski doesn’t believe it is a job injury.  Commissioner Lijewski doesn’t feel it is on the City to pay for an employee contracting COVID as there is no way to contact trace it.  Commissioner Curran states he agrees with Commissioner Lijewski.  Commissioner Curran is happy to hear that City Hall is open but has an issue with masks not being worn in City Hall.  The City Clerk states that masks are being worn and Commissioner Curran states that is not true.  Commissioner Curran feels that administrative leave should not be given and it should be bargained for.  Commissioner Lijewski states she values every City worker but questions the tax payors.  Mayor Rivara states he can not mandate that the public wear a mask when out in public, not just in City Hall.  Commissioner Lijewski states if a mask is worn a person is semi-protected.  Commissioner Curran wants to make sure good policies are in place.  Commissioner Curran states he was in City Hall and masks were not being worn.  Commissioner Curran recommends not giving any employees any free time unless it is bargained for and makes people safer.  Commissioner Curran states this was already voted on and even though there was a quorum the previous policy was not passed.  Commissioner Curran states they are just discussing the issue and spinning their wheels.  Mayor Rivara agrees.  Commissioner Lijewski asks if the employees agreed to work for their wages?  Commissioner Lijewski feels that this issue is for a small portion of people.  Mayor Rivara feels we have to provide the best services we can and Commissioner Lijewski states it has nothing to do with giving them free sick days.  Commissioner Curran states if the Mayor has to make an immediate decision and it is in everyone’s best interest, he is in favor of it.  Commissioner Curran questions where the City stands since the last policy did not pass.  Commissioner Curran asks the City Attorney if the City is currently under their contract which does not allow for free sick does.  Attorney Barry states that is correct. Mayor Rivara agrees with the statement but states the contract also does not state the City cannot advance sick days to their employees to which Commissioner Lijewski states that is something that should be bargained for to get something in return.  Mayor Rivara asks what Commissioner Lijewski wants in return?  Commissioner Lijewski feels there were items during the bargaining process that didn’t sit well and this might be the time to bargain.  Commissioner Curran feels the time off that was given by the Mayor was not authorized but he would be ok with it as long as a policy is established and feels it would be fair.  Mayor Rivara asks if they want to bargain while the ship is going down?  Commissioner Curran is willing to support the past decision but needs a plan going forward and doesn’t feel the City should be giving something without giving something in return.  Mayor Rivara states he does not want to be fiscally irresponsible.  Commissioner Lijewski asks what is not being addressed?  Mayor Rivara feels that those that don’t have sick time are more apt to come to work being sick.  Mayor Rivara feels that if we protect our employees the rest will fall in to place and gives Ameren as an example of a company that gives their employees 10 sick days.  Commissioner Curran reads the proposed policy and doesn’t feel there is anything in the policy making the City or employees safer.  Commissioner Lijewski gives an example of given administrative leave that could be given.  The Mayor and Commissioners debate different scenarios.  Mayor Rivara states we need to move on then.

Old Business:  Commissioner Curran states a net metering policy will have to be updated in March and the Council will need to decide on how to charge people in the future and if certain people would be grandfathered in under the policy.  Attorney Barry states there are 2 different polices: net metering and net billing and gives explanation about the different policies.  Attorney Barry has spoken to the engineer at BHMG and they recommend using the net billing system.  Commissioner Curran states there is an issue with two things that are not authorized by law and goes on to discuss the issues (the load limit and the matter of paying residents if they generate electricity).  Attorney Barry states it is a credit that is to be issued, not actual checks to be issued to residents.  Attorney Barry states he will work with BHMG to work on a new net billing policy and present it to the council once it’s ready.

Public Comments: none

Commissioner Reports:

Argubright:  absent

Lijewski:  Fire Department had 17 calls this month, ambulance had 67 calls and 13 were transfers.  The Police department reminds about not parking on the streets when there are 2” of snow or more.  In January  33 citations were issued and so far in February 27 citations were issued.  Commissioner Lijewski questions Assistant Chief Margis on the figures.  Patrolman Leininger will be taking a 40-hour class on School Resource Officer training in Peoria.  Patrolman Jack Barnes was the Officer of the Month for January.  Commissioner Lijewski announces she is declining her position as Commissioner and this will be her last council meeting and wishes her successor well.  Mayor Rivara asks if she is resigning to which she answers yes.  Mayor Rivara thanks her for her service and Commissioner Curran states he does not want to give his Commissioner report after hearing that and would like to discuss Commissioner Lijewski reconsidering and acknowledges all that she brings to the position and Commissioner Lijewski thanks him for the comment.

Curran:   thanks, the Street Department for their snow removal.  Engineering estimates are happening for street maintenance for the upcoming year.

Cullinan:  absent

Mayor’s report:   The Reizner building is being demolished and the contractor will continue to clean up all debris around the building.  Thanks, the City workers for a great job on the snow removal.  The IBEW hosted a seminar on safety and thanks them.  Cites solar installations need to be looked at to make sure they were installed correctly.  Mayor Rivara asks Commissioner Lijewski about scheduling an Ambulance Board meeting and Commissioner Lijewski states she will contact Cathie Edens about handling it.

Mayor Rivara asks if Commissioner Lijewski if she would reconsider her resignation and asks the Council if they recommend not going in to closed session to which they decide not to.

A MOTION TO ADJOURN WAS MADE BY LIJEWKSI, SECONDED BY CURRAN to adjourn regular session. AYES: CURRAN,  LIJEWSKI, RIVARA  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN

 

 

 

 

 

Amy Eitutis, City Clerk

Regular Meeting Minutes: January 24, 2022

A REGULAR MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, JANUARY 24, 2022 AT CITY HALL.  THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

PRESENT:  COMMISSIONERS, CURRAN,  LIJEWSKI, MAYOR RIVARA, ATTORNEY BARRY AND  CITY CLERK EITUTIS.  Mayor Rivara states that Commissioners Argubright and Cullinan are absent.

Mayor Rivara state that there are technical difficulties and the Council Meeting is not being live streamed.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to approve the regular meeting minutes from January 10, 2022   AYES: CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT , CULLINAN

Public comments on agenda items only: none

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to approve bills as presented for payment. AYES:  CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA. ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT,  CULLINAN

AMEREN ILLINOIS $153.16; AMERICAN EXPRESS $ 31.90; ANIXTER $ 2603.75; BHMG ENGINEERS $ 3297.04; BOKUS, TIM $ 132.19; CARD SERVICE CENTER $ 2814.08; CARD SERVICE CENTER-PD $ 454.55; CASTILLO, EDGAR $ 105.81; CENTRAL MILLWRIGHT $ 952.20; COLLECTION PROFESSIONALS $ 420.88; COMCAST BUSINESS $ 115.90; COMMUNICATIONS DIRECT $ 845.00; CONNECTING POINT $ 458.00; CONWAY SHIELD $ 213.61; DE LAGE LANDEN FINANCIAL SERVICES $ 349.89; DEBO ACE HARDWARE $ 114.56; EAGLE ENGRAVING $ 14.60; EDENS, CATHIE $ 289.58; ELECTRONIC SUPPLY INC. $ 365.00; EMERGENCY MEDICAL PRODUCTS  $ 306.81; EMMETT, CODY $ 1.07; FEECE OIL CO. $ 4173.93; FOSTER COACH SALES $ 581.64; GRAY, SHAYANNI $ 216.19; GROSENBACH’S AUTO REPAIR $ 73.11; HALM’S AUTO PARTS $ 17.99; HAWKINS, INC $ 498.87; HOLLOWAY’S PORTABLE RESTROOMS $ 650.00; IL FIBER RESOURCES GROUP $ 3300.00; IL PUBLIC RISK FUND $ 5511.00; IVRD $ 2.00; INTERNATIONAL ASSOC. OF CHIEF OF POLICE $ 190.00; ITRON INC $ 5210.00; JD’S LOCK & KEY $ 712.00; JOHN SENICA JR. $ 350.80; JULIE INC $ 1167.94; KESSEL, KYLE $ 250.00; KING TIRE $ 30.00; KITTILSON’S GARAGE $ 679.30; LASALLE OFFICE SUPPLY $ 116.66; LAUTERBACH & AMEN $ 60.00; MARINCIC, MARK $ 388.15; MARTIN EQUIP OF IL INC. $ 121.83; MAUTINO DISTRIBUTING $ 26.00; MENARDS $ 420.10; MERTEL GRAVEL CO. $ 1197.00; MOTION INDUSTRIES $ 332.80; MUNOZ, PAUL $ 900.00; NEWS-TRIB $ 1838.00; NICK’S EMERGENCY LIGHTING $ 200.00; NORTHERN IL AMBULANCE $ 1950.82; QUICK, ERIN $ 95.96; RO PROS $ 5.50; SEDLACKE, STEPHANIE $ 48.17; SENICA INTERSTATE TOWING $ 350.00; SMART SOURCE LLC $ 3901.13; ST. MARGARET’S HEALTH $ 890.00; STRYKER SALES CORPORATION $ 196.57; TREGONING, HOLLY $ 94.61; UNIVERSAL UTILITY SUPPLY $ 10841.81; VALLE, BRETT $ 600.00; VERIZON $36.00                                                                TOTALS: $ 579,482.78

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI  to approve 2021 fourth quarter building permits in the amount of $51,710.00.  AYES: CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN

A MOTION WAS MADE BY LIJEWSKI, SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve raffle license for Illinois Valley Community College.  AYES: CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN

A MOTION WAS MADE BY LIJEWSKI , SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve raffle license for Holy Family School.  AYES: CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN

A MOTION WAS MADE BY LIJEWSKI, SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve raffle license for Oglesby American Legion Post #237. AYES: CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN

A MOTION WAS MADE BY LIJEWSKI, SECONDED BY CURRAN   to approve 1181-011022 an Ordinance Amending the Composition of the Committee for the Oglesby Building Improvement Grant Program for the City of Oglesby, Illinois, Lasalle County.  AYES:   CURRAN, LIJEWSKI,  RIVARA.  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN.  Commissioner Lijewski asks that verbiage be added to Section 3, Statement 3 regarding that the Chairman would provide a written recommendation or presentation to the Council at a public council meeting, that all elements of the application have been met.  Commissioner Curran has no issue with that verbiage.  Commissioners Curran and Lijewski discuss past practices.  Attorney Barry states he wrote down the requested change and will amend the ordinance.  Commissioner Lijewski wants to be certain that all elements of the application process were met.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to appoint members to the 2022 Façade Committee.  AYES: CURRAN,  LIJEWSKI, RIVARA. ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN.  Mayor Rivara states the committee members are as follows:  Ken Ficek, Chairman; Bob Mente, Tom Argubright, Dan Gregorcih, Jim Clinard, Brian Spelich and Kathy Knoblauch.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to approve 1182-012422 an ordinance granting a request for variance filed by Ameren Illinois Company.  AYES: CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to approve 1183-012422 an ordinance granting a request for zoning map amendment filed by Hometown National Bank.  AYES: CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT,CULLINAN

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to approve 1184-012422 an ordinance granting a request for zoning map amendment filed by RJD Investments, LLC.  AYES: CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to approve 1185-012422 an ordinance granting a request for variance filed by Ameren Illinois Company.  AYES: CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to approve 1186-012422 an ordinance granting a special use permit filed by Ameren Illinois Company.  AYES: CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to approve 1187-012422 an ordinance granting a request for variance filed by Glenn T. Johnson.  AYES: CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to approve the appointing of members of the Ambulance Board.  AYES: CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN.  Mayor Rivara states the members will be: Daryk Brayton, Jim Knoblauch, Terry Eutis, Lorraine Munson, Carrie Lijewski, Cathie Edens and Ron Popurella.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to approve seeking bids for Clark Street underground repairs.  AYES: CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN.  Commissioner Curran states he wishes the meeting was live-streamed as it effects 235 homes.  Commissioner Curran gives a background on the underground in that there are 3 bad phases that need to be repaired.  Commissioner Curran discusses an incident that occurred last summer where the underground line was hit by a contractor installing a fence.  Commissioner Curran states that even the cost is large, the engineers advise we may not receive bids on the project.  Mayor Rivara asks if will create a problem for switch gear and the transformer located on Clark Street?  Commissioner Curran states it will affect multiple homes. Commissioner Curran says if the bids are returned and are too high, they can be rejected and the City can explore other options.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to approve an Intergovernmental agreement for seal coating various streets within the City of Oglesby.  AYES: CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN.  Commissioner Curran states this agreement is specifically for 309th Road and that the street has some form of ownership to the City of Oglesby.  Commissioner Curran states there are water lines under this road and that the total portion of the City’s costs is around $1200.00.

Commissioner Lijewski states she has been fielding questions between City employees and feels it is past time to establish a COVID 19 policy.  Commissioner Lijewski reads the guidelines set forth by the CDC and reads a quote from the CDC Director, Rochelle Walensky.  Commissioner Lijewski asks if there are questions?  Commissioner Curran states he does not feel we have been doing a good job wearing masks.  Commissioner Curran feels that the City has a right and a responsibility to wear masks, since City Hall has been closed because of this issue.  Commissioner Curran feels employees should be mandated to wear masks inside City Hall.  Commissioner Lijewski agrees.  Commissioner Lijewski states a home COVID test is not always accurate and states it is important to have communication with your primary care physician.  Mayor Rivara states City Hall has been closed to thru traffic in an attempt to provide a safe work environment to our employees.  Mayor Rivara thinks we are doing a good job and can continue to do better.  Mayor Rivara states most of the employees are covered by a collective bargaining agreement.  Commissioner Curran states he was under the impression that mandating masks does not have to be bargained for.  Commissioner Curran appreciates the stance the Mayor took in offering paid administrative leave to the employees.  Mayor Rivara says he looked into the matter and 1/3 of them have no sick time.  Mayor Rivara does not want people coming to work if they feel sick.  Mayor Rivara states the matter can be looked at down the road.  Commissioner Lijewski states the Mayor has good points, but feels she should have been made aware that the employees were not being required to use their sick time to COVID related illness.  Commissioner Lijewski does not fault the questioning of why but feels something needs to be done going forward.  Commissioner Curran states if free administrative leave is to be given to employees there is a disparity between those who are vaccinated versus those that are not.  Commissioner Curran respects those in their vaccination choices.  Commissioner Curran thinks that having an administrative leave policy unilaterally offered to everyone is not a affair practice.  Mayor Rivara disagrees with Commission Curran.  Mayor Rivara states he didn’t expect the rapid spread and states we were/are behind the curve.  Mayor Rivara states people stayed home when they were sick and we were able to keep business moving within the City.  Mayor Rivara states that at some point in time that may have to be addressed.  Commissioner Lijewski asks at what point in time will that be?  Mayor Rivara states that when cases start to drop.  Commissioner Lijewski gives figures as to how the cases are not dropping.  Mayor Rivara asks how is it helping anyone if the employees are off not getting paid?  Commissioner Lijewski states she is not asking employees to not get paid.  She is asking that they use their PTO.  Commissioner Lijewski assumes that some people may come up short in regards to running out of PTO.  Commissioner Lijewski states the City cannot have people not be expected to use the PTO and then have the City complain when those people leave and the City is then forced to pay them for PTO not used during their employment.  Commissioner Curran asks what the difference is between OMNICRON and the flu and having to use their time?  Commissioner Curran believes there are very few organizations that are giving their employees free time off and feels that if residents knew that they would be upset.  Mayor Rivara asks if he said this policy would go on forever?  Commissioner Curran states no he did not.  Commissioner Lijewski states “you did say when it drops” and she does not believe that will be anytime soon.  Commissioner Curran suggests putting it in as an item for bargaining.  Mayor Rivara brings up what the teachers have done.  Commissioner Curran feels the policy should be adopted right now.  Commissioner Lijewski states people are looking for guidelines to follow.  Commissioner Curran states there are items that can be bargained for, citing vaccinations as an example.  Commissioner Curran feels the City would be getting more safety from the employees.  Mayor Rivara disagrees with Commissioner Curran.  Mayor Rivara states City Hall was closed to try and stop the spread of the virus.  Mayor Rivara says he is trying to protect the employees and the citizens and says at some point a policy will be adopted and we will not look at dollars and cents.  Commissioner Lijewski states the guidelines are from the CDJ who does not look at dollars and cents and it is all about safety and takes exception to comments that are made.  Commissioner Curran thinks as a general policy there needs to be something in place and wants to adopt the current policy before the Council.  Mayor Rivara recommends tabling the policy.  Commissioner Lijewksi asks if he has a second for tabling the proposed policy?  Mayor Rivara states he cannot do that.  Commissioner Curran states he disagrees with the Mayor.  Commissioner Lijewski makes the motion to adopt the policy regarding COVID 19 as put forth by the Department of Public Health and the CDC Guidelines for general public issued January 4, 2022.  Commissioner Curran seconds that motion.  Attorney Barry asks for clarification of some of the verbiage in the policy and spelling errors.  AYES:  CURRAN, LIJEWSKI.  NAYS: RIVARA  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN

Old Business:  Commissioner Curran states there is motor fuel tax money available will continue to meet with department heads to go over the streets that need to be repaired.

Mayor Rivara asks if there was an accident at the Mallick substation?  Commissioner Curran states there was and assumes someone tried to turn around in that area and damaged the fence.  Mayor Rivara also asks if cement blocks will be put up there?  To which Commissioner Curran states yes, they will be.

Public Comments: none

Commissioner Reports:

Argubright:  absent

Lijewski:  Ambulance Department had 70 calls outs, 22 were transfers.  The Fire Department had 16 calls and a total of 187 for the year 2021.  The Police Department had 31 case reports and an accident with one of the trucks and no one was hurt.  Sergeant Valle was chosen to be the officer of the month.  A meeting was held with Republic Services and complaints were addressed in regards to complaints and a logging system.

Curran:   thanks residents for parking off the street during snowfall.

Cullinan:  absent

Mayor’s report:   reminds that the IMEA scholarship is available  and to contact City Hall.  Contact has been made with Kevin Gaden in regards to getting a second feed to the city, Mayor Rivara state Ameren has taken the position that the City has to sign for it to get squared away.  Ameren has also stated they will come and take a look at the road by Illini Bank for necessary repaits.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to enter into closed session.  AYES: CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT,  CULLINAN

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to return to regular session.  AYES: CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN

A MOTION TO ADJOURN WAS MADE BY LIJEWKSI, SECONDED BY CURRAN to adjourn regular session. AYES: CURRAN,  LIJEWSKI, RIVARA  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN

Amy Eitutis,

City Clerk

Regular Meeting Minutes: January 17, 2022

A REGULAR MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, JANUARY 17, 2022 AT CITY HALL.  THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

PRESENT:  COMMISSIONERS CURRAN,  MAYOR RIVARA, ATTORNEY BARRY AND  CITY CLERK EITUTIS.  Advised by City Attorney Barry, Mayor Rivara states that since there is no quorum the next council meeting will be rescheduled to Monday, January 24, 2022.

The meeting is closed by Mayor Rivara.

Amy Eitutis, City Clerk

Regular Meeting Minutes: January 10, 2021

A REGULAR MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, JANUARY 10, 2022 AT CITY HALL.  THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

PRESENT:  COMMISSIONERS ARGUBRIGHT, CURRAN,  MAYOR RIVARA, ATTORNEY BARRY AND  CITY CLERK EITUTIS.  Mayor Rivara states that Commissioners Cullinan and Lijewski are absent.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to approve the regular meeting minutes from December 20, 2021.   AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CURRAN, RIVARA.  ABSENT: CULLINAN, LIJEWSKI

Public comments on agenda items only: none

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve bills as presented for payment. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT,  CURRAN, RIVARA. ABSENT: CULLINAN, LIJEWSKI

A & B GARAGE $ 1063.91; AIRGAS USA, LLC. $179.73; ALTOFER INDUSTRIES, INC. $ 12.08; AMEREN IP $ 5,726.73; AMERICAN EXPRESS $ 706.84; ANIXTER $ 5,125.00; ARROW SALES & SERVICE $ 235.00; ARTHUR J GALLAGHER $ 4881.00; BPC INC. $ 494.34 BRADEN COUNCILING CENTER $ 400.00; BARUN, WESTON $ 43.81; CITY OF PERU $ 2049.00; CIVIC SYSTEMS $ 3049.00’ CLEGG PERKINS $ 309.95; COLUMBIA PIPE SUPPLY $ 5546.46; COMCAST BUSINESS $ 115.90 CONNECTING POINT $ 3129.75;D & M LANDSCAPING 590.00; DAVIS, ERIC $ 222.93; DE LAGE LADEN FINANCIAL $ 561.95; DEBO ACE HARDWARE $  504.76; DE’VINE FLORAL $ 54.00; DOLLAR GENERAL $ 46.01; SCHO LANES $ 250.00; EMERGENCY MEDICAL PRODUCTS $ 517.24; FICEK ELECTRIC $ 19138.00; FLAGGS, USA $ 199.00; HALM’S AUTO PARTS $ 982.77; HAWKINS, INC. $ 1867.96; HFS BUREAU OF FISCAL OPERATIONS $ 14101.49; HOPPKINS & ASSOCIATES $ 1000.00; HY-VEE, INC. $ 195.56; IL MUNICIPAL INSURANCE COOPERATIVE $ 136626.00; IL PUBLIC RISK FUND $ 5511.00; IL PUBLIC WORKS MUTUAL AID $ 100.00; IV CELLULAR $ 1472.61; IL VALLEY EXCAVATING INC $ 1794.00; IVRD $9477.33; IMPACT NETWORKING $ 261.57; JOHN DEERE FINANCIAL $ 319.97; JOHNS SERVICE & SALES $ 103.84; KENDRICK PEST CONTROL $ 180.00; KING TIRE $ 25.00; KITTILSON’S GARAGE $ 4271.26; KLEIN, THORPE & JENKINS $81.00; LADD SOUND PRODUCTIONS $ 500.00; LANDCOMP LANDFILL $ 1415.22; ,MALOOLOEY APPRAISEL $ 450.00; MARINE BIOCHEMISTS $ 1124.00; MAUTNO DISTRIBUTING $ 42.50; MAZE LUMBER $ 198.34; MENARDS $ 981.90; MERTEL GRAVEL CO. $ 1228.75; METERS & CONTROLS INC. $4763.48; MOTOROLA $ 324.00; MTCO $ 153.87; ON SITE REPAIR $ 293.17; PEERLESS NETWORK, INC. $ 3833.89; QUICK, ERIN $ 171.96; REPUBLIC SERVICES $ 29518.39; SEICO INC. $588.00; SMART SOURCE LLC $ 3863.25; SMITHS SALES & SERVICE $ 177.00; SPRINGFIELD ELECTRIC SUPPLY $ 435.89; ST. MARGARET’S HEALTH $ 60.00; STANDARD LIFE INSURANCE $ 867.46; STARVED ROCLK MEDIA $ 560.00; TEST INC. $ 19472.16; TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT $ 672.11; TELEFLEX LLC $ 214.50; TROTSKY INVESTIGATIVE POLYGRAPH $ 155.00; USPS $ 771.71; VERIZON $ 117.03; WEX FLEET SERVICES $ 4609.68; WOZNIAK, DAVID $ 190.53; ZIONS BANK $ 1000.00   TOTALS; $ 312,295.22

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to table 1181-011022 an Ordinance Amending the Composition of the Committee for the Oglesby Building Improvement Grant Program for the City of Oglesby, Illinois, Lasalle County.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CURRAN,  RIVARA.  ABSENT: CULLINAN, LIJEWSKI.  Mayor Rivara looks to table the Ordinance.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to table appointing member to the 2022 Façade Committee  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CURRAN,  RIVARA. ABESNT: CULLINAN, LIJEWSKI.  Mayor Rivara looks to table the appointments.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to approve 011022R1 a Resolution of the City of Oglesby, Lasalle County, Illinois Authorizing the Mayor and Clerk to Execute a Revised Agreement By and Between the City of Oglesby and the Local Union No. 51, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CURRAN, RIVARA  ABSENT: CULLINAN, LIJEWSKI

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to declare the week of January 23rd, 2022- January 29th, 2022 as Oglesby School Choice Week. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CURRAN, RIVARA  ABSENT: CULLINAN, LIJEWSKI

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRGIHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to table the appointing of members of the Ambulance Board.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CURRAN, RIVARA  ABSENT: CULLINAN, LIJEWSKI.  Mayor Rivara looks to table the appointments.

Paul Munoz was inducted as the newest Patrolman to the Oglesby Police Department.  Assistant Chief Mike Margis issued the Oath to Patrolman Munoz.  (applause)

Mayor Rivara states he has taken the position in that he does not want the city employees to come to work if they are sick.  He intends to pay the employees administrative leave if they are sick with COVID.  Commissioner Curran states he told his employees that if they are sick, they have to use their sick time and has been told that is not the case.  Commissioner Curran has concerns and does not to reward the employees for being sick and unable to come to work.  Mayor Rivara states Oglesby is not the only government entity or business that is doing the same thing.  Mayor Rivara gives examples of why he feels that way (good city employees, he wants to take care of them and treat them right.).  Mayor Rivara feels it is the right thing to do right now and it may have to be looked at down the road.  Commissioner Argubright asks how many sick days employees are given?  He is told 12 sick days per year.  Commissioner Argubright said there are some employees that have a lot of sick days and Mayor Rivara states there are a lot of younger employees that do not have many days available.  Commissioner Curran feels the problem could be in determining what/when a sick day is used.  Commissioner Curran said that was a concern when negotiating the contracts (the large amounts of sick days those employees accrue when retiring). Commissioner Curran has concerns about having a policy that incentivizes  people for financial gain.    Mayor Rivara feels that because of the constant changes that the right thing to do is to make sure the employees do not come to work if they are ill.  Mayor Rivara says that may change over time.  Commissioner Argubright states the CDC is requiring a minimum five-day quarantine and suggests maybe there is some give and take with sick days.  Commissioner Argubright would like to meet in the middle with this matter.  Commissioner Curran says there are different rules for those who are/are not vaccinated and states that some of the workers are in contact with the public, but doesn’t agree with letting people stay home with any accountability.  Commissioner Curran states the City has been lax in mask requirement and needs to address that.

Old Business:  Mayor Rivara states there is a problem with sidewalks and fences at Sunset and Mason (?).  Mayor Rivara states the problems need to be identified and possible citations issued.  Attorney Barry states he needs to be aware of what the problems are and identify the property owners.  Attorney Barry asks how long it’s been an issue. Commissioner Curran discusses cul-de-sacs as an example.  Commissioner Curran states there is a list of homes in violation.  Commissioner Curran suggests sending letters to the home owners.  Commissioner Curran and Attorney Barry discuss letters of occupancy, escrow for sidewalks, etc. …  Attorney Barry states the place to start is with a letter.  Commissioner Argubright asks what takes precedence?  The subdivision agreement or the city’s ordinance.  Attorney Barry states the ordinance is what is to be followed.  Commissioner Curran a few of the homes, that if the Safe Routes to School Grant is awarded, would be off the list.  Attorney Barry asks about a fence that is violation.  Mayor Rivara states that a fence has been erected on the city’s right of way. Attorney Barry suggests having the property surveyed along with a copy of the plat.

Mayor Rivara states there is a rental property that looks like a junk yard and states the tenant will not do anything about it.  Attorney Barry states the landlord is the one who should be pursued.

Mayor Rivara discusses retiree medical insurance in that it is handles differently for the IBEW and FOP contracts.  Commissioner Argubright asks when the contracts expire and is told three years and suggests worrying about it in three years.

Public Comments: none

Commissioner Reports:

Argubright:  none

Lijewski:  absent

Curran:   salting of city streets is happening.  Reviewing suggestions for city street and alley repairs.

Cullinan: absent

Mayor’s report:   The winner of the residential lighting contest was Al & Betty Kleczewski  and the commercial winner was Cortileno’s Bar.  Mayor Rivara appreciates those that participated and also thanks  everyone who worked to make the Christmas event a success.  Mayor Rivara reminds the residents that City Hall is closed and that business can be conducted through the drive though.  There is Are 4, $1000.00 IMUA scholarships available to graduating Seniors.

A MOTION TO ADJOURN WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to adjourn regular session. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CURRAN,  RIVARA  ABSENT: CULLINAN LIJEWSKI

Amy Eitutis, City Clerk

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