The regular meeting of the Carthage City Council was held January 25th, 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, and Walker. Absent were Alderman Fleming and Treasurer Lunt.


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Smith to approve Jan 11th meeting minutes. All four Aldermen answered “aye”


Mayor Nightingale appointed Richard Sealock as Alderman for the second ward, finishing Roger Law’s term through April 2005. City Clerk Graham read him the Oath of Office.


Patrick Engineering presented the latest information on the landfill project to the Council.  They are planning to have the final construction plans by February 1st.  A pre-bid meeting is planned for the potential contractors on February 11th at 9AM at City Hall. A legal notice will be placed in the paper on Feb 2nd. Bids will be opened at City Hall on February 24th at 2 PM. Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Walker to approve ordinance 2004-12 on this landfill remediation plan as above. All five Aldermen voted “yes”.


Mayor Nightingale and Brenda Pyatt, the Community Development Director, informed the Council on a HUD application for senior citizen low income housing. The potential project looks for donated community property, which shows the community’s support of such a development. The desired size of the lot is 200x200 feet. The lot next to City Hall on Walnut Street could be a potential lot. If this application were to proceed and be accepted, ten units would be built on this site. There is a March 1st deadline for this application.


Mayor Nightingale informed the Council of a letter received by Mediacom, which will again increase monthly Cable Television rates from $45.95 to $47.95 for the Family Plan and Basic Cable from $11.95 to $16.95 monthly. This increase will be implemented on the February billing.             


City Clerk Graham informed the Council of a request to have the Council meeting minutes and agenda on the City Web site at the request of Don Johnson at WIUM radio. In discussion with Matt Dickinson, it appears that it might be possible without a great deal of difficulty. Alderman Smith commented that the meeting minutes would need to be approved prior to publication. With this in mind she will work with Matt to try to implement.


Motion was made by Alderman Walker seconded by Neally to allow City Clerk Graham to attend a one-day seminar in Springfield, March 16th, entitled “What you need to Know about Public Records and Open Meetings in Illinois”. All five Aldermen voted “yes”.

City Attorney Glidden indicated that he has a letter dictated to Kurt Neff regarding his property on Buchanan Street. The letter sites violation of the dangerous building ordinance and the status of the General property.


Alderman Smith reported on the Public Safety meeting. Smith requested the Codes Enforcer continue to monitor the status of the Old Laundromat building on Main Street.  He reported that the police manual was reviewed, and that the police annual report has been completed. The Council received copies of this annual report.


Smith also reported that the Fire Department received a FEMA grant for $62,384.00. This is a 90/10 grant, requiring a 10% match from the City. This money will be used for new turn out gear (coats, pants, gloves, helmets, boots), a rack to store the new gear properly and a commercial washing machine to clean them. It was requested that the department be able to spend the City money first, since a stipulation of the grant was to spend the matching funds within a given timeframe.


Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Neally to allow the Fire Department to spend $59,000 toward the purchase of this gear and racks, utilizing City funds first. All five Aldermen voted “yes”. 


The Mayor and Council gave accolades to Tony Slater for making the efforts to apply for these grants. If all the grants are awarded that he has worked on, he will have gotten over $300,000.00 toward equipment for the Fire Department.


Alderman Smith reported on a new radio being purchased for Assistant Chief Floyd’s patrol car for $469.00. The Chevy Impala patrol car is awaiting parts to comply with a company recall and Police Chief Waddell has applied for a grant on a potential new squad car.


Smith reported that all departments are working on next year’s budget. The Civil Defense Department is requesting funds for training, which have not been allocated on the budget in the past.


Alderman Smith reminded the Council of the Fire Departments’ pancake breakfast scheduled for February 6th, and the annual Fireman’s Ball scheduled at the Eagles Club on February 26th.  He also informed the Council on a fund-raiser for the Fire Department They will be selling 1000 tickets at $10.00 each, for a $5,000.00 lawnmower or ATV.


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Smith to buy a budgeted turbidity meter for the waterplant for $1725.00. All five Aldermen voted “yes”.


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Smith to approve the payment to WL Miller for the oil and chip project last summer for $18,260.03. All five Aldermen voted “yes”.



The State Fire Marshall visited the TNT oil site and deemed the 4000-gallon tank out of compliance. There is a 2500-gallon limit. The Fire Marshall will talk with TNT and determine a timetable to bring it into compliance.


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Duffy to adjourn at 9:25 PM.





Katherine Graham

City Clerk