The regular meeting of the Carthage City Council was held November 8th, 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, and Walker. Treasurer Lunt also attended.


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to approve the meeting minutes of 10/25/05. All six Aldermen answered “aye”.


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


Mayor Nightingale reminded the Council to return the RSVP for the Christmas Party scheduled for December 2nd


Mayor Nightingale reported that Niemann Food had purchased Bill’s IGA. They have applied and will be issued a type B liquor license. This will allow them to sell beer and wine including Sundays.


The special meeting of the Council on Oct 18th discussed the TIF district. Mayor Nightingale reported that the paperwork from Thomas N Jacob & Assoc. has arrived. The cost for them to oversee the project is $27,000.00 due in three installments. The first $9000.00 will be paid by the CIDC two weeks following acceptance of the Ordinance.


The next step will be drawing up the maps. The $27,000.00 includes 100 parcels of land. Each additional parcel is $32.00. A public hearing will need to be scheduled showing affected properties and discussing the project.


Motion was made by Alderman Duffy, seconded by Smith to authorize Mayor Nightingale to sign the final Ordinance when available following Attorney Glidden’s review. All six Aldermen voted “Yes”.


City Attorney Glidden reported that the Sheriff’s department was unable to locate Kurt Neff to serve papers for failure to clean up the Buchanan property. Another warrant has been issued.


Bruce Woodside is scheduled for a court appearance a week from Thursday regarding his property. Attorney Glidden requested the Code Enforcer meet with Bruce Woodside, Cheryl Lucas and John Streator giving them specifics of cleaning up the respective properties.


A small claims document has been drawn up for the Keokuk Junction Railroad fire from March of this year. Cam Miller is reviewing this, as he was present for the fire and will testify if necessary.


Mayor Nightingale reported that a group named Environmental Management, Inc. has presented a proposal for clean up of the gas leak behind the library. This was tabled pending further analysis.


Mayor Nightingale reported that the Chamber of Commerce has done a recent sign inventory around the City. There are several needing replacing due to age and condition.


Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Duffy to allow the sign committee to place a banner near the 4-way stop on Madison promoting the Christmas Open House around the square. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Alderman Smith reported that November 27th would be the ideal time to place the banner, as the Fire department will be putting up the Christmas decorations around the square on that day.


Alderman Smith reported that Tony Slater had informed him of another grant awarded. This one is a matching $5000.00 grant from the DNR, which was anticipated and in the budget.


He also reminded the Council of the Safety Committee’s change in meeting time to Thursday, November 10th at 6:30. There are some Police applications that will be reviewed at that time.


Mayor Nightingale reported on some problems at the landfill. There is some disagreement between the contractor and the engineering firm overseeing the project on tank placement. This is ongoing. The charge for placing electrical poles and providing electricity were not included in the original bill. The charge for these services is approx. $11,000.00. There will further discussion on this unbudgeted expense as well.


Motion was made by Alderman Walker to pay the City employees the same Christmas bonus as last year, which is $100.00 of Carthage Cash for each full time employee and $25.00 for each part time. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Duffy to pay the October bills, with the exception of the landfill bill from Ameren, as above. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Alderman Fleming reported that the Lyon and Prairie Avenue water projects are completed.


Motion was made by Alderman Fleming and seconded by Neally to pay Ingeldue the remaining $32,303.16 pending arrival of the final documents with the other necessary signatures. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Alderman Fleming reported that we are still waiting for an estimate from Bob Jefferson  on replacing a small sewer segment on Parkway Drive. He informed the Council of the approval from the Public Works committee to purchase a new trash pump at the sewer plant for $462.00 He also reported that the landfill is starting to generate drainage. The Street Department has transported five loads to date of this drainage.


Motion was made to adjourn at 8:55PM by Alderman Duffy, seconded by Walker.



Katherine Graham

City Clerk