Minutes: August 19, 2013
A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, AUGUST 19, 2013, AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.
PRESENT: COMMISSIONERS DANEKAS, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY, ATTORNEY JAMES ANDREONI, CITY CLERK BECKY CLINARD.
ABSENT: COMMISSIONER PORTER
A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY YBORRA to approve the regular meeting minutes from August 5, 2013. AYES: DANEKAS, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the invoices submitted for payment: A.S.K. Enterprises, $2,720.00; AEA, Inc., $3,647.53; Affordable Waste, $19,299.50; AFLAC, $35.90; Airgas, $126.00; Ameren, $84.37; Brownstown Electric, $2,289.60; Comcast, $243.74; Dever & sons, 668.81; Dixon Ottaw Communications $459.26; Double M Trucking, $270.00; Emergency Medical Products, $205.14; Envision Healthcare, $232.00; Fastenal Co., $164.79; Feece Oil, $2,351.23; First Impression, $155.00; Foster Coach Sales, $10.39; Robert Ghighi, $128.37; Stephanie Hettel, $174.46; Hygienic Institute, $355.53; IVAC, $5,307.00; IMEA, $290,864.29; Il Valley Business Equipment, $363.00; IV Food & Deli, $47.92; In the Swim, $1,012.90; John Pohar & Sons, $1,129.50; Doug Knoblauch, $150.00; LaFarge Aggregates, $157.36; Landcomp Landfill, $1,554.51; LaSalle Office Supply, $124.97; Mautino Distributing, $12.00; Menards, $790.58; Mertel Gravel, $127.88; Midwest Mialing, $110.39; Municipal Code, $1,103.57; NewsTribune, $1,100.00; Novak Veterinary, $93.00; Patten Industries, $878.53; Perona, Peterlin, Adreoni, et al, $1,936.00; Quill Corp., $372.90; Ray O”herron, $172.43; Dominic Rivara, $140.39; Riverstone Group, $158.63; Nadette Rolando, $158.63; Screenvision, $368.00; Smith’s Sales & Service, $2,051.00; Staples Credit Plan, $60.13; T&R electri, $18,023.00; TEST, Inc., $80.00; USA Bluebook, $441.48 TOTAL $362,566.38. AYES: DANEKAS, YBORRA, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.
The Mayor then asked for comment from the public on agenda items. There were no comments or questions from the audience pertaining to the agenda items.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY RIVARA to accept the low bid for the Woodland Avenue Water Line Replacement . John Pohar & Sons was the low bidder, with a bid of $97,177.30. The engineer’s estimate for this project was $119,102.00. AYES: DANEKAS, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY RIVARA to place the bids for the 2013 Motor Fuel Tax street resurfacing project on file. The apparent low bidder was Universal Asphalt with a bid of $97,820.13. AYES: DANEKAS, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.
The council then heard from resident George Tunstall, who had asked for an exception to Ordinance No. 6.08.08. The ordinance limits the number of cats and dogs to three per household. Tunstall had provided the council with copies of letters from his neighbors and his veterinarian. Tunstall has 5 small dogs which he rescued. The dogs have health issues and he feels that he would not be able to rehome the dogs given their health issues. “I can’t imagine parting with them,” he said. Attorney Andreoni advised the council that there was not a way for the city to grant an extension — the city would have to change the ordinance to increase the number of pets allowed or create an appeal process. Police Chief Knoblauch was then asked by Commissioner Yborra if this had been an issue in the past and Knoblauch said that he had worked with a resident who had too many dogs about 14 months ago. While several members of the council acknowledged that it was a “hard situation,” they were hesitant to “open up a can of worms.”
A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY YBORRA to grant permission to the Oglesby Firefighters Association to hold a color run on Sunday, Oct. 27th. . AYES: DANEKAS, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.
The Council then considered a request from Cindy Cadegiani and Diane Swords to hold Zumba classes at LeHigh Park and Dickinson House. Cadegiani and her husband, Nick, attended the meeting. Cindy told the council that Zumba was a popular exercise program. She and Swords are licensed instructors. They would charge a minimal fee to cover their costs. Attorney Andreoni said that city ordinances prohibit a person from holding “for-profit” activities on city property. He also discussed at length the city’s liability and potential risk by allowing the activity to be held on city property. After some discussion, it was determined that the pair should approach City Recreation Director Bob Ghighi to “work something out.”
The Mayor then opened the floor for public comments.
Sarah Cudlip weighed in on the multi-dog issue, saying that she was not in favor of allowing exceptions to the rule. She also asked that the city have the weeds cut near the bridge on Route 71. She was told that IDOT owned the property and was responsible for mowing there.
Vern Siemers complained about an overflowing dumpster on Walnut St.
Commissioner Rivara then talked about his 3 projects and his 3-year plan to get the work done.
Commissioner Yborra gave an update on the wastewater treatment plant.
The Mayor announced the opening of a True Value Hardware store by Pam and John Senica Jr. in the old Personality Frock Shoppe building. He also announced two Plan Commission meetings: September 4th and 25th at 6:30 p.m. at city hall. He also asked residents to not fish in McPhedran Park lake until at least next summer. Ken Clodfelter from the IDNR requested the fishing ban until the fish have had time to grow and the population can sustain itself.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to adjourn at 7:34 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.
Becky Clinard, City Clerk