Minutes: January 7, 2013
A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, JANUARY 7, 2012, AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.
PRESENT: COMMISSIONERS DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY, ATTORNEY JAMES ANDREONI, CITY CLERK BECKY CLINARD.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the meeting minutes from December 17, 2012. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the invoices to be paid as submitted: ASK Enterprises, $1,382.00; AEA, $15,200.00; Airgas, Inc., $82.65; Ameren IP, $3.068.49; BHMG Engineers, $5,822.00; Call One, $1,434.09; BDIV, LLC, $128,395.96; City of Oglesby, $103.08; Comcast, $152.85; Connecting Point, $933.75; Dever & Sons, $405.00; Cathie Edens, $201.90; Emergency Medical Products, $51.00; Fastenal Co., $67.97; Feece Oil, $2,566.66; Fleet Services, 3,891.88; Robert Ghighi, $154.11; Halm’s Auto Parts, $65.97; Shawn Harlow, $148.94; Henry Schein, Inc., $51.50; Holy Family Credit Union, $201.33; HyVee, Inc., $87.69; IL Valley Business Equipment, $137.50; Illini State Bank, $288.00; IV Food and Deli, $12.70; IMUA. $621.62; Jacob & Klein, $14,517.75; John’s Sales and Service, $69.50; Phillip Kidd, $250.57; King Tire, $233.50; Kittilson’s Garage, $826.88; Kevin Marzetta, $500.00; Mautino Distributing, $18.00; Mertel Gravel, $2,215.13; Dollar General, $70.95; News Tribune, $130.55; Nextel Communications, $229.06; North American Salt Co., $2,120.42; PDC Laboratories, $1,619.36; Perona, Peterlin, Andreoni, et el, $3,528.00; Quill Corporation, $244.95; Rental Pros, $82.00; Revere Electric, $1,121.50; Riverstone Group, $328.64; Screenvision Direct, $368.00; Aaron Showen, $167.14; Springfield Electric, $509.98; St. Margaret’s Hospital, $102.00; Staples, $29.97; Stevens Service Center, $35.00; USPS. $732.67; USA Bluebook, $139.343; Viking Chemical, $1,949.79; Water Products Company, $1,607.85; Western Aggregates, $331.73; Errol White, $203.77; TOTAL: $200,404.28 AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.
There was no public comment on agenda items.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to accept Ordinance No. 824-010713, Accepting the Water and Electrical Utilities at the Stough Group Senior Housing complex. Attorney Andreoni told the council that engineer Jack Kusek had written a letter stating that the improvements were acceptable. Andreoni also noted that the council had not received Exhibits A & B, but that they had been on file at City Hall. The exhibits from Chamlin and Associates (engineers for Stough Group) are construction drawings and too large to copy. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to accept Ordinance No. 825-010713, Critical Care Transfer Pay for Ambulance Employees. Mayor Finley read a letter from the Oglesby Ambulance Board which expressed its support for the ordinance. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to accept Ordinance No. 826-010713, which continues the $700,000 line of credit with Illini State Bank. Finley described the line of credit as a “yearly thing.” AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to accept Ordinance No. 827-010713, which adopts the recommendations of the Oglesby Design Review Board regarding the Peterlin law firm sign request. The board recommended the sign be approved. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.
The Council then discussed the recent notice that Buzzi Unicem had asked for a reduction in their EAV. Andreoni told the council that he had contacted LaSalle County Supervisor of Assessments Linda Kendall to discuss the petition. Andreoni said Kendall had noted that the request submitted by Buzzi was “not as thorough” as she typically sees given the dollar amount of the reduction they are seeking. Andreoni said he felt that it was important that someone from the city be at the Board of Review meeting on January 29th. Andreoni said that “realistically they (Buzzi) will get some type of relief” and that he felt it important to “reach for middle ground,” with Buzzi. Andreoni said that he thought it was best to let LaSalle County “take the lead,” noting that while the city could hire its own appraiser, the city didn’t want to “start throwing good money after bad.” He said he had spoken with Walt Zukowski, legal counsel for the high school, and Zukowski believed the high school would be receptive to joining with the city in fighting the proposed reduction. According to the documents, Buzzi is seeking a reduction from an EAV of $2,025,556.00 to $506,389.00 – a 75 percent decrease. Andreoni and Mayor Finley will attend the meeting on January 29. Andreoni asked that the issue be put on the January 21st agenda, in case action was necessary.
Commissioner Porter reported that “Shop with a Cop” was very successful, with 9 children and 3 families participating. He thanked the community for its support of this program.
Mayor Finley reported that the skating rink is getting a lot of use. He also noted that he had received a letter from Mason & Associates about the audit on the city’s IDNR grant paperwork for McPhedran Park. Finley noted that the cost is estimated to be between $2,100 and $2,600, and that the grant pays up to $3,000 for the work. The council will formally agree to the contract at the next meeting.
MOTION MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to adjourn at 7:20 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.
Becky Clinard, City Clerk