CARTHAGE CITY COUNCIL

REGULAR MEETING JULY 12TH, 2005

 

The regular meeting of the Carthage City Council was held July 12th, 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, and Walker. Absent was Treasurer Lunt.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to approve the meeting minutes of 6/28/05. All six Aldermen answered “aye”.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Smith to approve the June Budgetary Report. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Clerk Graham read a Resolution recognizing Katelyn Bastert for her running career including State Champion for two consecutive years in the 1600 and 3200 meter races. Mayor Nightingale presented two keys to the City, recognizing each accomplishment. She received a standing ovation from all in attendance.

 

Adam Derbyshire from DerbyTech, Inc. and John Huston addressed the Council on behalf of Carl Sandburg College. DerbyTech will be constructing the Wireless Wide Area Network-EDUNET, for the delivery of educational and managed services to K-12 school districts within the Carl Sandburg Community college district 518. 

 

They are requesting permission from the Council to construct an antenna on the Water Tower in order to offer this service.  Additionally the city would pay for the minimal amount of electricity required to operate it.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Bentzinger to allow DerbyTech, Inc. to install an antenna on the Water Tower, and have the City pay for the electricity required to operate it. DerbyTech will agree to provide wireless Internet service to all City buildings and the Library in exchange for this service. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Mayor Nightingale reported on the Landfill meeting with the contractors and Patrick Engineering July 11th. There was agreement on a start date of August 15th. It is estimated to take the general contractors 2 months and one month for the horizontal drillers.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Duffy to allow the Mayor to sign an agreement supplement to addendum 1 from IDOT. This agreement concerns the already agreed upon transfer of IL 94 connector, IL 94 from TR 211B to US 136 and the sewage treatment road, and the installation of a 36” sanitary sewer and 2” water service line. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Neally to allow the Police Department to purchase a budgeted new computer from Computing Made Easy for $1149.00 All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

City Attorney Glidden reported on follow up to complaints on various properties in town. The City has received payment on almost all uncollected Fire Runs, with the exception of two. Additional follow up on these is occurring now.

 

Alderman Smith reported that a new Taser Policy for the Police Department was reviewed at the recent Safety Committee. Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Neally to adapt a revision to the Police Policy Manual on Taser use. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

The Animal Control Officer reported to the Safety Committee that he had trapped 29 raccoons and was in need of an additional trap for approximately $50.0

The Council agreed upon this expenditure.

 

Alderman Smith indicated that the use of the Fire Department to fill swimming pools has been much higher this year than past. It was determined that the Legislative Committee would discuss this matter and determine future policy.

 

Alderman Smith reminded the council of the appreciation dinner for the Fire Department on Sunday, July 17th at noon.

 

There is some dispute in the Police Department regarding the vacation policy. This will also be addressed at the Legislative Meeting.

 

Following discussion, a motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Neally to approve the June bills. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

The bill for the Air Evac coverage arrived today. There is a significant increase in coverage expense. Last year there was a discounted rate for all emergency responders, i.e. police and firemen and their families. Without that discount the rate has doubled. This expense will be discussed at the future legislative meeting.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Walker to solicit bids for the Adams, Madison and Walnut overlay project, with opening on July 26th at City Hall at 10:00 AM. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Alderman Fleming reported that the Marine Bank project has several unresolved issues. They will request the Project Superintendent attend the next Public Works meeting on the 26th.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Walker to have PSBA do the engineering work for an emergency water line replacement on Lyon Avenue, following two recent line breaks. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Bentzinger to open bids for the Prairie Avenue water project on August 4th at 1:00 PM at City Hall.

 

Mayor Nightingale reported that he would be meeting on August 9th at 10:00 with all the landowners between Buchanan and West Main regarding a potential new road.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Duffy to adjourn at

9:28 PM.

 

 

Katherine Graham

City Clerk