CARTHAGE CITY COUNCIL

REGULAR MEETING AUGUST 9TH, 2005

 

The regular meeting of the Carthage City Council was held August 9th, 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 7/26/05. All six Aldermen answered “aye”.

 

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

 

Mayor Nightingale reported on the property owners meeting on Tuesday, August 9th.  This meeting was to discuss the potential of developing a road between West Main and Buchanan. Each landowner would donate 25 feet. Jim Dickerson expressed concerns regarding the zoning and set back requirements on potential future development of the properties. The issue with movement of utility poles has been resolved.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Walker to approve PSBA to conduct preliminary engineering work on the area, with an estimated cost of $1,000 to $2,000. This work would verify property lines, indicate where the road would be, any drainage issues, etc. When this work is completed another meeting will occur with the landowners. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Mayor Nightingale reported that a meeting would be at the Lutheran Church at 7:00 PM, Sept 1st on development incentives from the State of Illinois. He encouraged all the Council to attend.

 

City Clerk Graham informed the Council that Bill Collins would be replacing Andy Grate for part-time traffic control at Methode.

 

Attorney Glidden indicated that Kurt Neff is due in court next Thursday for failure to respond to ordinance violations on his property on Buchanan. Steve McNally has filed a demolition permit for plans to tear down the house on N Fayette.

 

He reported that DerbyTech, the company Carl Sandburg is utilizing for Edu-net services, had sent back the contract, but there was nothing regarding free Internet service for the City buildings.

 

Alderman Smith reported that the Humane Society has been able to accommodate cats again, recently. He also reported that the Police Dept. have had repair problems with their unmarked patrol car. The Police have found a buyer for their old computers and request they be able to utilize the money to purchase an external floppy drive.

 

The Police are training Dallas City Police on Tazer use. In the future they will be training some of Warsaw, Hamiton and Augusta officers.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Walker for the City to reimburse the Benevolent fund the budgeted amount on Air Evac coverage, for those firemen electing to purchase it. City Employees who purchase the coverage will be reimbursed for the budgeted amount.  All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Duffy to pay the July bills, with the exception of Alexander Lumber. The billed amount Vs a bid for roofing materials will need to be compared.

 

Permission has been received from IDOT to utilize Motor Fuel Tax Funds for street lighting, culverts, snow removal, street signs and sidewalk expenses. The Council discussed the new accounting codes to track these expenses. City Clerk Graham has begun utilizing these codes and per the state, has gone back to Jan 1st to reimburse the General fund for these expenses. This will free up approx. $76,000.00 in the General Fund to help pay the anticipated landfill expenses this year. 

 

Alderman Fleming reported that the landfill tank is in at Bergman Farm Supply.  They are in the process of building a frame to mount it in the City dump truck. This tank will allow the Street Department to transfer the material from the landfill to the sewer plant for processing.

 

Mayor Nightingale reported that we have received EPA approval to have the City haul this material as above.

 

Alderman Fleming reported that there is a protest over the bid with WL Miller in regards to the Walnut street project. Terry Knocke from PSBA indicted this may delay the project 30 days or more.

 

There has been no correspondence from the Marine Bank regarding easement to the Sewer lines underneath the garbage storage area at their new building on Buchanan.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Smith to approve the low bid from Ingledue Excavating of $103,879.50 for the Lyon Ave. (Washington to Scofield) and Prairie Avenue (Main to Walnut) Watermain Replacement projects.  Terrry Knocke from PSBA will inquire if Ingledue would be willing to have the City do the asphalt and seeding work. This would save approx. $15,000.00 from the bid. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Bentzinger to have City Attorney Glidden prepare an ordinance in order to begin the process of selling the property on Cherry Street containing a capped well. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Duffy at 9:10 to adjourn the Regular Session and go into Executive Session.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Bentzinger to enter into Regular Session at 9:28 PM.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Duffy to allow the Mayor to negotiate on some property adjacent to the City. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Duffy to adjourn at 9:30 PM.

 

 

 

Katherine Graham

City Clerk