The regular meeting of the Carthage City Council was held October 11th, 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. Treasurer Lunt also attended.


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Duffy to approve the meeting minutes of 9/27/05. All six Aldermen answered “aye”.


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


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to have Mayor Nightingale sign a document for the Victim Services Sexual Assault Organization recognizing National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Attorney Glidden reported on some delinquent clean up properties. Mayor Nightingale requested he look into daily fines with failure to comply.


Attorney Glidden presented Ordinance 2006-7 authorizing the sale of the Cherry Street well property for $500.00 to Robert Rankin. Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Neally to approve said Ordinance. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Alderman Smith reported that the Tornado Siren Company has proposed splitting the damage costs that occurred during the last big windstorm. The cost of this has not been stated yet.


Alderman Smith reported that the Federal Government is requiring all key persons that would be in charge during a disaster attend a training session. This might include the Street Superintendent, Mayor, Clerk, Fire and Police Chiefs. The training is required sometime before November 2006. Failure to do so will prohibit the City from receiving any Federal funds.


There is an evening training session scheduled in Quincy at the Red Cross Building on Oct 26th. Alderman Smith will notify the Council of upcoming sessions, as they are known.  


Alderman Smith reported that the Planning Commission met this week and their recommendation was to approve the plans for Keith McMillan to build a new garage at the same location as his existing one.


The usual procedure is to wait for the letter that states such approval from Franklin Hartzell. Mr. McMillan wants to start as quickly as possible.


Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Neally to approve the Planning Commission’s recommendations, pending receipt of the above-mentioned letter. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Mayor Nightingale requested that Disposal Pro, Inc. be billed for Kenny Huling’s time during the recent City Clean up day.


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Duffy to approve payment of the September bills with the exception of PSBA and Ideal. The PSBA bill should be sent to Marine Bank for engineering consultation work. The concrete bill from Ideal exceeded the approved quantity for a sidewalk. It was requested that the homeowner be billed the difference, and the additional Saturday delivery charge. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Alderman Fleming reported that the Lyon and Prairie Avenue water projects are proceeding. Mayor Nightingale’s signature was requested on the request for payment for Ingledue Excavating for $56,530.44. This bill was included in the above bills submitted for approval.  


Mayor Nightingale reported that he had received a proposal from a company to clean up the area behind the library from an old gas tank leakage. He is going to talk with Patrick Engineering and PSBA to determine if they could also manage this project. Due to insurance, this would be a maximum $10,000 liability.


The water tower at the Fire Station has been running over for the past few days. Chris Claussen evaluated it and believes it is functioning appropriately for the time being. A new sensor might be required. He is to continue to monitor.


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Duffy to adjourn at 8:36PM.




Katherine Graham

City Clerk