CARTHAGE CITY COUNCIL

REGULAR MEETING MARCH 8TH, 2005

 

The regular meeting of the Carthage City Council was held March 8th, 2005, at City Hall, 308 Walnut Street. Mayor Nightingale called the meeting to order at 8:00PM. Answering to roll call were Aldermen Smith, Neally, Fleming, Sealock and Walker. Absent were Treasurer Lunt, City Attorney Glidden and Alderman Duffy.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Smith to approve Feb 22nd meeting minutes. All five Aldermen answered “aye”.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Smith and seconded by Fleming to approve the February Budgetary Report. All five Aldermen voted “yes”. 

 

Following a presentation by Patrick Engineering, a motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to reject all Landfill Project Bids. All five Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to approve Ordinance 2004-13 to advertise re-bidding the Landfill Project. All five Aldermen voted “yes”. 

 

The ad will be placed in the March 23rd Journal Pilot with bids being opened on April 5th, 2005 at 2:00 PM at City Hall.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to approve Patrick Engineering to conduct the quarterly Monitoring of the landfill for $26,202.00. All five Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Fleming to approve phase two Landfill Remediation Plan including construction engineering and CQA at $79,500.00. All five Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Barry Cozart addressed the Council requesting feedback for his garbage services over the last year.  He reported that there had been problems with the persons doing the re-cycling, so he has absorbed that service. He indicated he would be increasing prices up to 3% for select persons including those who have Disposal Pro garbage containers that the company provided.

 

Mayor Nightingale reminded the Council of the March 15th deadline for the 2005-06 Budget.

 

The Public Safety meeting was rescheduled for Thursday, March 10th at 6:30 PM.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Sealock to allow Police Chief Waddell to attend a seminar at a cost of $225.00, which certifies him in Taser use. All five Aldermen voted “yes”. 

 

Alderman Smith indicated that the Fire Department had placed a new street light behind the Fire Department. He also reported that the ladder truck is in Washington, IL. being worked on and tested.

 

Alderman Walker reported that the Finance Committee met on Monday, March 7th. Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to approve the Budget Officer salary of $1800.00 per year, and a 3% salary increase for all full time employees beginning May 1st. Additionally, the City will purchase the more extensive life insurance policy for the full time employees at $16.00/mo. per employee. All five Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

The City Attorney salary will be addressed with an ordinance at the beginning of the fiscal year, but the Finance Committee recommended $10,000.00 per year.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to approve the payment of the February bills. All five Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Neally to prohibit all hunting on City property. All five Aldermen voted “yes”. The Street Department will post the “No Hunting” signs.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Walker to approve the renewal of the 5-year contract with Municipal Pipe Co. for work on the City Sewers. All five Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Sealock to allow the Street Department to help the County Department with work on the lake road. All five Aldermen voted “yes”. 

 

Following discussion, it was decided that the Street Department would place one culvert in the Junk subdivision, at no charge. The policy on additional culverts will be determined at a later date.

 

Motion was made by Aldermen Fleming, seconded by Walker to allow the Water/Sewer Department to purchase a 3” suction hose for the trash pumps for $80.00 All five Aldermen voted “yes”. 

 

Aldermen Fleming indicated that the State Fire Marshall has not provided any additional information on the TNT property. 

 

Mayor Nightingale reported that Brenda Pyatt is working on several grants including one for the landfill, recycling, and one through the Western IL. Regional Council for general property “fix-up” for cities.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker to adjourn at 10:10 PM

 

 

Katherine Graham

City Clerk