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Minutes August 19, 2019

A REGULAR MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, AUGUST 19, 2019, AT CITY HALL.  THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

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 August 5, 2019.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.

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

Nick Carrico $ 11,020.00; BCBS $ 36,083.53; Comcast Internet $ 350.75; Comcast Business $ 1,283.55; Becky Clinard $ 256.64; ATD of Lasalle County $ 700.00’ Airgas $ 186.09; Anixter Inc. $ 1,056.84; ASK Enterprises $ 3,981.75; Boehm Bros. $ 620.00; Call One $ 2,2,15.24; Melanie Carlile $ 50.00 Central Millwright $ 1,874.59; Chamilin & Assoc. $ 1,902.00; Chemco Business $ 2,721.40; Nick Cincotti $ 222.28; Columbia Pipe $ 3709.69; Complete Integration & Service $ 625.00; Connecting Point $ 1,278.75; Corporate Warehouse & Supply $ 919.70; Debo Ace $ 103.67; Dinges Fire $ 939.78; Econo Signs $ 304.55; Cathie Edens $ 8.01; Amy Eitutis $ 232.92; Electronic Supply Inc. $ 4,107.92; Emergency Medical Products $ 267.45; Fastenal Company $ 158.65 ; Feece Oil Co. $ 2,441.86; Dan Fitzgerald $ 225.00; Fletcher-Reinhardt $ 1,400.00; Global Emergency $ 307.50; H & S Contracting $ 9,631.25; Halm’s Auto Repair $ 15.98; Amber Hansen $ 103.01; Hawkins $ 1,027.50; IV Net $ 99.00; Il Assoc. of Chiefs $ 79.00; Il Municipal Agency $ 335,476.02; Il Valley Excavating $ 4,4913.10; IVRD $ 5,865.00; John Senica Jr. $ 398.06; John’s Sales & Service $ 89.29; Kelly Sauder Equip. $ 713.46; Korte and Turpen Tree Service $ 1,750.00; LaFarge Aggregates $ 332.02; LandComp Landfill $ 9,011.74; Martin Equip $ 114.51; Menards $ 1,008.08; Mendota Reporter $ 175.00; Carleen Mosbach $ 1,001.33; MTCO $ 139.87, Neopost $ 221.99; Newstribune $ 310.00; Oscar’s Automotive $ 311.50; OSF St. Francis $ 332.50; Overhead Door Co. $ 110.00; Perona, Peterlin, Andreoni $ 3,135.75; Pomps Tire $ 1,154.44; Rental Pros $ 160.00; Sherwin Williams $  153.60; Springfield Electric Supply $ 131.99; Standard Insurance $ 3,627.03; Sunrise Supply $ 42.19; Superior Lighting $2,394.00; TEST Inc. $ 16,812.33; USA Bluebook $ 236.18; Verizon $ 167.78; Western Sand & Gravel $ 165.00; WLP/WAJK/WKOT $ 100.00; Xylem Ltd. $ 3,541.25 Totals: $ 453,934.00

Public comments on agenda items only.  Drew Merriman asks about the meeting on 08/14/19 that was held in regards to Senica Square and when the public will know the number of surveys that were returned and questions how many are sent out every month.  Mayor Rivara states less than 400 returned and it was overwhelming determined that the people did not want to go ahead with Senica Square as it was designed.  Committee wanted to look into it further to what the actual costs will be, that is why a decision has been to put the project out for bid.  Per the Mayor, his notes read the costs to build are 1.4 million others thought the costs to be $800,000.  The Mayor wants to see what the contract bids will be.  Merriman questions if there will be additional costs to place the project out for bids to which the Mayor replied yes, not $50,000 though.

Merriman questions that if the majority of the people don’t want the project why go ahead with it?  Mayor replies to get them answer as to how much it will costs.  Greg Stein asks if there will be different levels to the bid process.  Mayor responds yes, it may be modified and things can be changed.  Mayor cited an example of a stage.

George Cullinan asked where the Council stood on the park itself. Does the Council want to see an improvement and put money in to it?  Mayor said the majority of the people want to see something there but don’t want to spend a lot of money.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to grant permission for the Knight of Columbus for a tootsie roll drive to be held on 09/21/2019.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CULLINAN, SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve a $500.00 donation to the 8th Annual Cruisin’ Against Cancer to be held on 09/28/19. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY LIJEWSKI, SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve Ordinance 1070-071519 amending Ordinance 1024-061818 establishing wages for Oglesby Ambulance Service Employees. AYES:  ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve Ordinance 1076-081919 establishing the salary & benefits to the Oglesby City Clerk. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to approve Ordinance 1077-081919 establishing a speed & weight limit and prohibiting dumping on the Ed Hand Highway Canoe Landing Acess Road. AYES:  ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY LIJEWKI SECONDED BY CURRAN to seek bids for the construction of Senica Square and for the costs of maintenance for further committee evaluation.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to seek bids for Park Avenue & North 25th Rd ad adjoining intersections.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.

A MOTION WAS BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT for authorization to purchase parts to replace trickling water filter.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.

A MOTION WAS BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI for authorization of emergency repair of Park Avenue sanitary line.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  Curran gives explanation about the process.  Argubright asks what the costs are, to which Curran responds $26,000.00.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to place on file Ordinance 1078-090319 authorization of the execution of a water easement agreement. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  Curran gives explanation about the process.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to place on file Ordinance 1079-090319 authorization of the execution of a water easement agreement. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  Curran gives explanation about the process.

A discussion was held regarding establishing an Ordinance to establish fees for provision for disposal of tree branches & lawn refuse. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  Atty. Andreoni gives explanation about the drafting of a possible Ordinance ($35).  Curran also gives explanation as to his thoughts behind establishing an Ordinance. Argubright questions what two City employees would costs to provide the service.  Rivara said that the City is looking for a solution.

Mayor Rivara announced that John Pohar & Sons had been awarded the Park Ave Sanitary project. Atty.  Andreoni said that a motion should be made awarding the project to John Pohar & Sons.  A MMOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to award the Park Ave. Sanitary project to John Pohar & Sons.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.

Mayor Rivara opened the floor for Old Business. Discussed was the Canoe Landing and the installation of a new reflective sign.

Public comments: Drew Merriman thanks Curran for the installation of the microphone and podium. Drew Merriman discusses new employee Mario Carretto and the option to hire someone right out of the journeyman lineman school.  Curran responds by saying the issue is the wage offered by the City.  Mayor Rivara gives explanation about this issue.  Drew Merriman discusses a former employee that has since retired from the City.  Curran talks about the hiring process.  Mayor Rivara asks public to please use the podium when speaking.  Greg Stein goes to the podium and gives his opinion about the apprentice hiring.  Greg Stein also gives his suggestion about printing the invoice register on both sides of the paper to save paper.  Tom Porter questions the fact that that Ordinance 1074-090319 was placed on file but not voted on.  He also said that the meeting minutes were done incorrectly.  A citizen questions the Ordinances that refer to Park Avenue and Park Road on the agenda.  Wondering if they are the same road?  A citizen comes to the podium with concerns about fireworks that are being lit within the city.  Chief Knoblauch suggests that when that happens to call the Police and they will try to handle it.  Mayor Rivara asks the citizen to please talk to Chief Knoblauch after the council meeting.

Commissioner’s Reports:

Argubright- none.

Lijewski-received a thank you note from South Bound and Company in regards to Summerfest and all that the City did for the band.  Summer recreations are officially closed as is the Pool.  The Parks Department extends it’ thanks to the residents for their support of the programs.  Parks Dept. is looking into tiling Gandolfi field because of the flooding in the back.  One estimate was around $9,000.  Fire Department has received a 50/50 Grant for dual response gear.  The amount is $14,000 to which the Fire Department’s share would be $7,000.  Nothing to report on behalf of the Ambulance Department.

Curran- Electric Dept:  on 08/20/19 the remaining 4 grids/transformers will be upgraded south of the substation.  Appx. 15 houses will be effected for about 2-3 hours.  Poles will be moved also.  Water Dept:  Mormon Street isolation valve was to be replaced on 08/23/19 but will be put on hold until 10/14/19.  Three other valves still need to be replaced on S. Columbia, N. School & Jordan and N. School & Florence street areas in appx. 2 weeks.  Chipping will be held on 08/23/19 due to recent storm.

Cullinan-none.

Mayor Rivara-  City is looking to get qualified help to the Electric Dept.

A MOTION TO ADJOURN WAS MADE AT 7:38 pm by ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.

Amy Eitutis, City Clerk

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