A REGULAR MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2020 AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.
PRESENT: COMMISSIONERS ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, MAYOR RIVARA, ATTORNEY EATTONI AND CITY CLERK EITUTIS.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY LIJEWSKI, SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve the regular meeting minutes from October 5, 2020. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.
Public comments on agenda items only: Sam Tillman addresses the council in regards to TIF V expiring. Tillman feels any monies not spent should be returned to the taxing district. Tillman also questions that the library has not received a TIF report for 2019 and 2020. Mayor Rivara states there is no money left in TIF V. Commissioner Argubright states that the TIF attorney handles repairing said report.
Commissioner Curran reads an email from a resident in regards to the no parking signs that have recently gone up on Jones Avenue. Commissioner Curran states the parking issues will be monitored.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve bills as presented for payment. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA. TOTALS $ 737,350.29
A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to approve quarterly building permits totaling $ 183,083.00. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY LIJEWSKI, SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve 1132-101920 an ordinance authorizing the execution of a settlement agreement and mutual release between the city of Oglesby and Officer Hugo Gonzalez. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA. Commissioner Lijewski states a discrepancy was identified and the amount to be paid to Officer Gonzalez is $6,471.24.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve 1133-101920 an ordinance approving the termination of the Oglesby Tax increment Financing (TIF) District V Redevelopment project area, plan and projects. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to approve 1134-110220 an ordinance establishing a social media policy for the city of Oglesby. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA. Commissioner Curran states the policy removes comments on social media posts. Commissioner Curran feels it will limit misinformation on Facebook. Curran feels it should be used for informational purposes only. Commissioner Lijewski asks if it for the city’s Facebook page and not the Police Department’s? Commissioner Curran reads that it is for both departments. Commissioner Lijewski has an issue with a part of that in that they should be able to contact the Police Department. Chief Hayse states that Officer Pellino attended a class and an attorney in the class stated it was unconstitutional to limit comments on a social media page. Commissioner Curran disagrees. Commissioner Lijewski states that when input is requested through the Police Department it is advised to call the police department, not contact them through social media. Mayor Rivara gives examples of things that have caused issues on the Facebook page. Commissioner Curran said that by limiting it the city no longer has to monitor it for profanity, libelous statements, misinformation or have to archive the comments. Commissioner Curran does not want to stifle anyone’s first amendment rights and encourages residents to attend city hall. Commissioner Lijewski feels as long as private messaging is used or phone calls that would be ok.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to place on file 1131-100920 an ordinance authorizing the execution of an agreement for the purchase of electricity from the city of Oglesby by GTI Oglesby, LLC. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA. Commissioner Curran discusses the details in the agreement between the city and GTI, LLC.
Mayor Rivara makes the nomination of Mayoral nomination of Chief of Police, W. Douglas Hayse. A MOTION WAS MADE BY LIJEWSKI, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to accept the nomination. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.
Commissioner Lijewski swears in W. Douglas Hayse as the Oglesby Chief of Police.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to Place on file Ordinance 1135-110220 establishing the terms of employment, including the wage structure for the Oglesby Chief of Police. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to place on file 1136-110220 an ordinance amending Chapter 10.24.050, stopping, standing and parking of Title 10, vehicles and traffic of the Oglesby city code. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA. Commissioner Curran discusses the issue of one-way parking on specific streets.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to table the discussion on Communications, Hazards and Outages Plan and potential reporting criteria. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA. Commissioner Curran brings up a few things that he wanted to get feedback on from other council members. Commissioner Argubright’s concerns were the use of Code Red. Commissioner Curran asks the council if there are any glaring issues to discuss, if not it can be discussed at the next working meetings. The council decides to table discussions to the next working meeting. Mayor Rivara reminds residents that sometimes the city doesn’t have the opportunity to send put Code Reds.
Old Business: none
Public Comments: Melanie Cullinan asks if something can be done about the tornado testing that is done? She asks if the time can be changed? Commissioner Lijewski states she will have to get back to her on the issue.
Lijewski: congratulates Chief Doug Hayse on his appointment.
Curran: the water tower painting has begun. Street dept- repairing the asphalt on Walnut Street after the water main break. Curran reminds residents that leaf vac begins today and encourages residents to not burn the leaves. Electric Dept.-re-engineering the main switches within the city.
Cullinan: advises that all 2020-2021 winter rec programs will be cancelled due to concerns over safety during the COVID 19 pandemic. Park and Rec department have begun to winterize the parks.
Mayor’s report: City has met with IVCC to begin the talks to have the city of Oglesby supply its electrical power. A solar facility may also be constructed. A recycling event is tentatively scheduled for the first Saturday in April. Trick or treat drive thru will be 10/31/2020 from 2-4. Trick or Treat within the city is from 5-7. The Mayor reads guidelines for the event.
A MOTION TO ADJOURN WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN, AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.
A REGULARMEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON
MONDAY, JUNE 1, 2020 AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M. (The meeting was not open to the public, it was live-streamed on Facebook).
PRESENT: COMMISSIONERS ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, MAYOR RIVARA, ATTORNEY JIM ANDREONI AND CITY CLERK EITUTIS.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY LIJEWSKI, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to approve the regular meeting minutes from May 18, 2020. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA
Public comments on agenda items only: none
A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to approve bills as presented. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA. Commissioner Curran approves bills with the exception of invoice 2020262 as it is a part of the Resolution being placed on file this evening.
A & B Garage $ 170.45; AEA Inc $ 1,359.00; Air One Equipment $ 1,350.00; Airgas USA , LLC $ 5.70; Alec Industries $ 1,984.57; Ameren Illinois $ 1,248.48; Anixter Inc. $ 749.99; BPC Inc $ 223.30; BHMNG Engineers $ 2,435.78; Brown, Jessica $ 100.00; Call One $ 494.14; Central millwright $ 1,532.48; Chamlin& Assoc. $ 1,898.00; Chirchirillo, Gena $ 100.00; City of Oglesby $ 52.41; Clegg-Perkins Electric $ 20,261.75; Comcast Business $68.40; Connecting Point $ 1,703.70; Core & Main $ 1,545.00; Daley’s Super Service $ 331.50; De Lage Landen Financial $ 424.81; Debo Ace Hardware $ 116.85; De’Vine Floral $ 49.00; Dorner Company $ 510.91; Dresbach Distributing $276.70; Emergency Medical Products $ 222.92; Fastenal Company $ 264.37; Ficek Electric $ 82.00; Fletcher-Reinhardt Co.$27,996.00; Gapski, Chester $ 100.00; Gealow, Charles $ 100.00; Grainco FS Inc. $ 82.65; Hawkins, Inc. $ 2,333.64; Humana Insurance Co, $ 33,491.19; Hygienic Institute $ 355.55; Hy-Vee Inc $ 64.80; Il Dept of Innovation and Tech $ 1,078.60; Il Dept of Public Health $ 75.00; ILMEA $ 225,162.74; Il Public Risk Fund $ 4,480.00; IV Valley Cellular $ 1,251.90; Il Valley Excavating $ 1,688.00; IVRD $ 5,865.00; Illini State Bank Mastercard $ 4,559.06; IRBY Electrical Dist. $ 1,645.20; JW Turf $ 670.00; JD Lock & Key $ 265.00; John Deere Financial $ 101.85; John Senica, Jr. $ 111.10; John’s Service & Sales $ 816.15; Kendrick Pest Control $ 185.00; Kittilson’s garage $ 714.05; Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins $ 3962.60; Knoblauch Advertising $ 672.15; Kofoid, Becky $ 150.00; Kramarsic Law office $ 450.00; Landcomp Landfill $ 1,790.13; Lasalle County Public Record Bulletin $ 180.00; Lasalle County Treasurer $ 150.00; Maze Lumber $ 80.28; Menards $ 589.39; Mertel Gravel Co. $ 1,745.74; Mississippi Valley Pump $ 2,415.00; MRC General Contractors $ 4,947.00; MTCO $ 139.87; Myer Equipment & Repair $ 61.50; NewsTribune $ 157.50; Northern Illinois Ambulance $ 2,758.71; Peterson, Andrea $ 100.00; Quadient, Inc. $ 482.31; Ray’s Decorating & Carpet $ 5,500.00; Rental pros $ 2,500.00; Republic Services-Allied Waste $ 28,592.40; Ruppert Concrete $ 2,900.00; Salazar, Fabiam $ 150.00; Schimmer Ford $ 158.74; Smith’s Sales & Service $ 568.96; Standard Insurance $ 836.14; Staples Credit Plan $ 90.27; Stevens Service Center $ 257.95; Studstill Media $ 486.00; Swisher, Sarah $ 243.07; TEST Inc. $ 180.00; Tension Envelope Corp $ 1,155.00; Thomson, Sharon $ 100.00; United Health Care $735.08; Universal Utility Supply $ 1,104.00; USA Bluebook $ 49.47; Utility Equipment $ 1,920.55; Watson, Patrick $ 235.00; WEX Fleet Services $ 3,777.83
TOTALS $ 413,539.92
A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to Declare a State of Emergency. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA. Attorney Andreoni explains that by doing so it can stay in effect for 60 days; it also allows for the use of outdoor dining using the City’s sidewalks.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to table Ordinance 1116-061520 amending Chapter 12.20, sidewalks, of Title 12, streets, sidewalks, and public ways of the Oglesby city code. Attorney Andreoni states that by passing the proposed ordinance it would prohibit having alcohol. Attorney Andreoni goes on to explains that the amendment can be amended; if that’s the case Andreoni recommends tabling the ordinance. Mayor Rivara asks if it would be better to table the ordinance and get the business owners input. Commissioner Lijewski asks if business owners attended the informal meeting on May 29, 2020? Commissioner Argubright replies that several did attend. Attorney Andreoni states there is no rush to pass the ordinance, that it can be tabled and modified. Mayor Rivara said to work with the business owners is the key to making it work. Commissioner Curran questions the effects of tabling the ordinance. Attorney Andreoni advises to wait and see how things are going and at some point, put the modified Ordinance on the agenda prior to the 60 days. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA. Commissioner Curran would like to have the bump outs addressed in the proposed ordinance.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to place on file 061520R a Resolution Committing Local Funds. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA. Commissioner Curran reiterates that it is a lot of money and that if the city does not get the grant the money will not be spent.
Commissioner Lijewski addresses item #10 on the agenda and asks that a correction be made on the verbiage. Attorney Andreoni suggests placing on the next agenda with the proper verbiage. No action is taken.
Old Business: none
Lijewski: Ambulance had 71 calls and 22 transfers Fire department had 13 calls and 1 rescue at Matthiessen Park The Police department had 24 reports, 6 accidents, traffic stops 17, citations 3 and ordinances 3. Commissioner Lijewski states that there is extra patrol on duty this evening and there was not one vehicle at the department. There were a few complaints that came over the weekend with residents drinking outside and they will be addressing them.
Curran: 85 LED lights will be coming at a cost of $12,750.00 to which 80% will be paid by the IMEA. The police department helped to identify which areas in town needed lights GTI has increased their electric load this week. Commissioner Curran went on to thank residents that have contacted him with their concerns. Commissioner Curran thanks the Street Department for their work.
Mayor’s report: Mayor Rivara thanked Bob Ghighi, Rich Watts, Kathy Knoblauch and the clerical staff for coming up with the idea for the graduate banners. When the final graduation is done the fallen veterans banners will be put up. The drive thru is now open from 8:00-4:30 p.m until June 15, 2020 until the next phase is reviewed. Mayor Rivara states that contact has been made with a company to address the audio during the live feed of the council meetings.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY SURRAN to adjourn the meeting at 7:20 p.m. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWKI, RIVARA.