The regular meeting of the Carthage City Council was held September 27, 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 9/13/05. All six Aldermen answered “aye”.


Mayor Nightingale reported on the Sept 22nd meeting with property owners on West Main and the potential road between Main and Buchanan. Jim Dickerson has issues regarding set back if new construction were to occur.


Mayor Nightingale requested the appointment of Judy Cramer on the Kibbee Museum Board; to fill Virginia Allison’s vacated position. Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Attorney Glidden has documents to file on ordinance violations for Bruce Woodside, John Streator and David Klossing’s properties. A warrant for Kurt Neff’s arrest is being issued, for failure to appear in court twice.


Bud Wear will take the new dump truck back to Quincy to Knapheide to have them fix the bed to the Street Department’s satisfaction. If they fail to do this, Attorney Glidden will get involved.


Mayor Nightingale reported that the landfill project had been started. The perforated pipe broke as the drilling company was nearing completion of the task. They will insert another pipe along side the current one at their expense. Additionally Rees Construction is beginning the digging work this week.


The Council discussed Halloween Trick or Treat and set it for October 31st from 6:00 to 8:00PM.


Alderman Smith reported that the company representative for the tornado siren is investigating warranty coverage for damage that occurred during the last storm.


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Duffy to approve ordinance 2006-7 authorizing a contract between the City and Warren Johnson for the purchase of 105 acres of land adjacent to the landfill. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Mayor Nightingale and Treasurer Lunt solicited four bids from local financial institutions. Marine Trust Bank & Trust Co. was the lowest bidder of a 10 year loan @ 4.7% for the necessary $284,000.00. Annual payments will be $36,250.32. There will be no penalty for early payment of the loan. 


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Duffy to approve the loan terms as stated. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Brenda Pyatt reported that the WIRC is going to have an informational meeting at City Hall on Thursday, Sept 29th regarding the potential home renovation grants for low-income residents.  Applications for this grant need to be submitted by the end of October.


There will be a special meeting of the Council on October 18th to discuss TIF districts. 


Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Bentzinger to accept the one bid for the Cherry St. property from Kim and Robert Rankin for $500.00.    All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Alderman Fleming informed the Council of a request from Robert Fecht for the Cub Scouts to utilize the lot adjacent to City Hall, October 13th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. All six Aldermen answered “aye” to this request.


Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Smith to approve a work order change for $5895.64 in the WL Miller overlay project. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Smith to retain 5% of the final payment to WL Miller, and pay the $103,703.52 from the Motor Fuel Fund for the completed Adams, Madison and Walnut Streets projects. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


The Boy Scouts will stripe the new roads and the parking stripes on the Courthouse Square.


Mayor Nightingale reported that in 1992 some underground tanks were removed behind the library. There was no ground testing done at that time. The EPA still has them in their records.


A Company has contacted Mayor Nightingale with a proposal to manage this project. Because of some insurance the City has, the maximum cost would be $10,000.00 for this project.


There is no money budgeted this year. Mayor Nightingale suggested Patrick Engineering might also be able to manage this project. This is something to be investigated at some later date.


Alderman Fleming reported the progress of the Prairie Avenue and Lyon Avenue water projects, which are proceeding with minimal problems.


Motion was made by Alderman Smith at 8:45 PM to adjourn and enter into Executive Session regarding a personnel issue. Alderman Duffy seconded that motion. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Executive Session adjourned at 9:00 PM and the Regular Session was started.


Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Fleming to allow Police Chief Waddell to manage personnel issues as discussed. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Duffy to adjourn at 9:02PM.




Katherine Graham

City Clerk