CARTHAGE CITY COUNCIL

REGULAR MEETING JUNE 14TH, 2005

 

The regular meeting of the Carthage City Council was held June 14, 2005, at City Hall, 308 Walnut Street. Mayor Nightingale called the meeting to order at 8:00PM. Answering to roll call were Aldermen Duffy, Smith, Neally, Fleming, Bentzinger, Walker and Treasurer Lunt.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to approve the meeting minutes of 5/24/05. All six Aldermen answered “aye”.

 

Tom Morris and his assistant from Adams Network conducted a presentation on the community services Adams offers to the schools and libraries in the region

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Duffy to approve Ordinance 2006-3 on prevailing wage. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Mayor Nightingale read the document from the Architect of the United States Capital, which honored local resident, TJ Menn. A United States flag was flown over the capital building in honor of TJ Menn’s graduation from the US Military Academy. Mayor Nightingale reported that he had presented that flag to Mr. Menn  last week, and a picture will be in the local paper commemorating the event.

 

Mayor Nightingale reported that the USDA landfill grant was denied. Brenda Pyatt, Community Development Manager reported that it was denied because construction was not a part of the grant. Mayor Nightingale reported that Patrick Engineering would be re-applying for the grant next year on our behalf at no cost, since we did not get it this year.

 

The theme for the 4th of July Parade is “Hometown Pride”. Alderman Walker suggested all the Aldermen purchase the “Carthage-of Course” T-shirts for the parade.

 

City Attorney Glidden will be sending a letter to Steve McNally regarding the condition of his property on N Fayette. He will be filing a violation ordinance complaint to Kurt Neff, John Streator, and Bruce Woodside on the condition of their respective properties. He is also contacting Pekin Insurance regarding failure to pay on a Fire Run. 

 

Alderman Smith discussed a proposed change on abandoned unlicensed vehicles. The safety committee discussed giving the owner 7 days to either license the vehicle or move it.

 

The Carthage Lake property is closed from 10:00 PM to 5:00 AM. In order for the Police to better enforce this, there was discussion about changing the ordinance to address trespassing Vs loitering.

 

Chief Waddell is going to contact IDOT on the proper wording for the Air Brake Ordinance sign.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Fleming to allow the Knights of Columbus to solicit at the 4-way stop on September 16 and 17. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

When the City paints new parking stripes on the pavement this year, they will also paint striping for the Methodist Church from their parking lot on the West to the Church entrance on Marion Street.

 

Brenda Pyatt reported on the status of the HUD grant for the Marion Corner Apartments. After much investigation into the history of the property, the Illinois Historic Preservation society approved the site for construction if the grant is approved. October or November will be the timeframe when the City will hear if they were approved.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Duffy, seconded by Walker to approve a $5.00/mo salary increase for Carroll Buckert. This would help cover the increase in liability insurance for the landfill. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Mayor Nightingale reported that Patrick Engineering conducted a land survey to determine property boundary lines for the well placements. They are hoping to do the wells next week. Construction on the landfill project is still scheduled for the July 11th start date.

 

A decision will need to be made as to whether the City or a private party will haul the material from the landfill. If the City decides to haul the material, a special permit will need to be submitted to the EPA along with a $250.00 fee.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Bentzinger to approve payment of the May bills, with the exception of the IL. EPA Sewer permit for $7500.00 Mayor Nightingale wants to speak with Senator Sullivan and Representative Myers on the status of this fee being withdrawn. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Duffy to approve the Mayor signing the employee health care contract from July1, 2005 to June 30, 2006. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Alderman Fleming reported that Gene Patrick wants to insert a culvert on his property on West Main. He will investigate the pricing difference of a 24” Vs 36” and report back to the Council. The larger culvert size was suggested by PSBA engineering. 

 

Alderman Fleming also reported that Don Fecht is investigating annexing into the City and hooking up to City water. He also stated that Vince McBride has completed the work on Rogers Road and is finishing Locust Street now. The Street Department reported that Jeff Clark wants to place culverts on his property. The City will provide the first 30 feet at no charge, and he will be responsible for the difference.

 

Mayor Nightingale reported that Brenda Pyatt has worked with the Economic Development person at Ameren to save the City approximately $15,000.00 for moving utility poles, should the new road be built from Buchanan to Main, East of Connor Veterinary.

 

Alderman Bentzinger discussed additions to the Personnel Policy Manual. Should an employee be in an accident in a City vehicle, a drug and alcohol test should be part of the process. Attorney Glidden will investigate the legal verbage required.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Duffy to only allow persons within City limits to have Water and Sewer services. This would require annexation for those persons requesting Water and Sewer service outside the City limits. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Duffy to utilize West Central FS for fuel for the City vehicles this fiscal year. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to implement ordinance 2006-4, a price increase for Water service.

Residential

Current: $3.83/1000 gallons         To: $4.05/1000 gal.

Large Users

Current: $4.68/1000 gal.              To: $4.95/1000 gal.

Outside City Residential

Current: $5.74/1000 gal               To: $6.10/1000 gal.

Outside City large users

Current: $7.02/1000 gal               To: $7.45/1000 gal.

Alderman Duffy, Smith, Fleming, Bentzinger and Walker voted “yes”. Alderman Neally voted “no”.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to implement ordinance 2006-5, a price increase in Sewer service.

Inside Residential

Current: $6.00/mo                          To: $6.50/mo

Inside Commercial:

Current: $7.96/mo                        To: $9.00/mo

Outside Residential:

Current: $9.00/mo                        To: $9.75/mo

Aldermen Duffy, Smith, Fleming, Bentzinger and Walker voted “yes”. Alderman Neally voted “no”.

 

These changes in water and sewer rates would increase the bill $1.00 per month for a minimum residential user of 4400 gallons in 2 months from $32.00 to $34.00 A Commercial minimum bill would increase from $35.92 to $40.00 for a 2 month period. 

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Duffy to approve the May Budgetary report. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Duffy to adjourn at 9:30 PM. All six Aldermen answered “yes”.

 

 

Katherine Graham

City Clerk