CARTHAGE CITY COUNCIL

REGULAR MEETING

SEPTEMBER 13TH, 2005

 

The regular meeting of the Carthage City Council was held September 13, 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 8/23/05. All six Aldermen answered “aye”.

 

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

 

Brenda Pyatt, Community Development Director, reported on the planning meeting of Sept 1st, which discussed TIFT districts and Enterprise zones, with the pending new highway. She also informed the Council on the newly developed BizLink Breakfast, which assembles business representatives throughout the county on a monthly basis.

 

Kevin Youngmeyer and Abbie Ray attended the Public works meeting with complaints on various properties and their negligent care. City Attorney Glidden was instructed to take a harder line on negligent property owners. He is to work closer with Ron Schulz in following through on complaints.

 

Alderman Smith reported that the Tornado Siren on the north side of town was damaged with the storm this week. The manufacturer’s rep has been contacted and is checking to see if this would be covered under warranty.

 

Alderman Smith made motion, seconded by Duffy to allow the Police Department to purchase tires for the Intrepid squad car from the lowest bidder Menn’s Firestone for $263.00 All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Duffy to accept the resignation of Police Officer Robert Bell effective September 30th. All six Aldermen voted “yes”. Officer Bell is going to work for the Hamilton Police Force.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Duffy to accept the Safety Committee’s recommendation to move Mike Kost from a part-time patrolman position to full-time patrolman at a salary of $25,000.00/year, effective

October 1st. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Alderman Smith informed the Council that Chief Waddell is going to attend a Homeland Security Training session in Springfield, which is sponsored by the State of Illinois, and offered free of charge to the City.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Duffy to allow the Lions Club to solicit at the 4 way Stop on October 14 & 15th. All six Aldermen answered  aye”.

 

Alderman Smith informed the Council of the Safety Committee’s decision to have the City Police assume command of any City Police matter unless they relinquish their command to other authorities.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Duffy to accept the lowest bid from Don’s Service for brake replacement on the blue squad car for $391.51. All six Aldermen voted “yes’.

 

Mayor Nightingale informed the Council of the landfill project starting today. Patrick Engineering is overseeing the project.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to amend the budget following approval of the state to utilize Motor Fuel tax funds for various expenses usually paid out of the General Fund. All six Aldermen voted “yes”. 

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Duffy to pay the August bills with the exception of tires for the Fire Department, and with the addition of bills from Bentzingers for the Street and Fire Departments, and a mosquito spraying bill. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Walker to have TEST, Inc. send in the water flow meter for repair. All six Aldermen voted “yes’.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Walker to award the tree cutting bid to the lowest bidder, Dan’s Tree Service at $3475.00 All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Alderman Fleming requested City Attorney Glidden write a letter to Knapheide, accompanied by pictures, of the poor fix made to the bed of the dump truck recently.

 

 Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Duffy to have the Mayor sign a resolution of support for a Housing Rehabilitation Grant.  All six Aldermen voted “yes”.  This grant allows low-income homeowners to get funding to fix up their homes.  Brenda Pyatt informed the Council that an average home would receive approximately $35,000 worth of improvements.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Duffy to change the policy on filling swimming pools in town. The Fire Station Attendant would be the only person allowed to fill pools, between the hours of 8AM to 2PM, at his convenience, with a minimum charge of $50.00 labor plus the cost of the water. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Duffy to keep the vacation policy as stated. The Police currently work 10-hr shifts 4 days/week, but would be paid for 8 hours and 5 days of vacation for each week earned. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Duffy to adjourn at 9:10 PM.

 

 

 

Katherine Graham

City Clerk