The Regular meeting of the Carthage City Council was held December 13th, 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, Fleming, Bentzinger, Neally, and Walker. Treasurer Lunt was absent.
Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to approve the meeting minutes of 11/22/05. All six Aldermen answered “aye”.
Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Duffy to approve the November Budgetary Report. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.
Steve Van Hook from Patrick Engineering discussed the landfill engineering expenses at length. The engineering expense is at least $23,600 more than estimated and the landfill is still not completed. There was much discussion on whose responsibility it is, the contractor or engineering firm. Steve will analyze the overruns Vs paid invoices to determine difference, and analyze where the overruns occurred.
John Faulhaber presented the 2004-05 audit results. Due to the costs incurred with the landfill, he expressed concerns about the overall financial status of the City particularly looking at the upcoming year.
City Attorney Glidden reported filing a small claim against Keokuk Junction Railroad for failure to pay for a fire run in March 2005. Glidden also reported that a new arrest warrant had been issued to Kurt Neff, for failure to clean up his property on Buchanan.
Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Neally to pay the retainage and final bill to Ingeldue Excavating for completion of the Water and Sewer projects earlier this year for $10,710.40. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.
Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Smith to approve the final payment to WL Miller for last year’s street overlay project from Motor Fuel funds totaling $5458.08 All six Aldermen voted “yes”. This will then go to the State for their approval and official closure of the project.
Alderman Smith reported that there had been a change from the State regarding firearm policies for policemen.
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The College is again in violation of City ordinances regarding unsecured buildings. A ticket was issued, but the Police were unable to locate anyone to give the ticket to. Attempts will be made again tomorrow. Fines will be issued for everyday they are in violation.
Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Duffy to hire Scott Rossen and Eric Kreckel for part time police work. All six aldermen voted “yes”.
Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Duffy to pay the November bills with the exception of Patrick Engineering and only 90% payment for Rees Construction. All six aldermen voted “yes’.
The mileage reimbursement will again change in January to $.445/gal. It will be the Council’s position to flex the mileage reimbursement with government guidelines.
Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to approve ordinance 2006-9, which is the 2005 levy for a 5% increase to $159,692.34
All six Aldermen voted “yes”.
Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Walker to approve PSBA to start the engineering work on the suggested streets, plus one additional block. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.
Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Smith to approve payment of $300.00 for the sewer to be connected at 803 Main Street. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.
There was discussion on water main replacement projects for next year. They will start looking at Kiwanis and S Marion. The decision was made to hold off on the small section of sewer replacement on Parkway Drive, until the whole project can be accomplished.
Motion was made by Alderman Duffy, seconded by Walker to adjourn at 10:15PM.