CARTHAGE CITY COUNCIL

REGULAR MEETING FEBRUARY 8th, 2005

 

The regular meeting of the Carthage City Council was held February 8th, 2005, at City Hall, 308 Walnut Street. Mayor Nightingale called the meeting to order at 8:00PM. Answering to roll call were Aldermen, Smith, Neally, Fleming, Sealock and Walker. Absent were Alderman Duffy and Treasurer Lunt.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Smith to approve January 25th meeting minutes. All five Aldermen answered “aye”

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker and seconded by Smith to approve the January Budgetary Report. All Aldermen answered “aye”.

Mayor Nightingale appointed Richard Sealock to the Planning Commission.

All Aldermen answered “aye”.

 

Community Development Director, Brenda Pyatt and Jerry Bartell discussed the details of applying for a HUD Grant for Senior Citizen Housing. The Senior Housing would be for low-income persons (who make 50% or less of the Median income, or $18,000 per year). This would not be for individuals requiring any kind of assisted living. The 10 units would be 586 square feet each with a kitchenette and central laundry room. The grant is approved on a point system. Communities receive a higher number of points for donated land, proximity to shopping areas, grocery stores, etc. The lot size required is 200 feet by 200 feet.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Smith to allow Brenda Pyatt to submit a grant application to HUD for senior citizen housing utilizing the lot adjacent to City Hall, if the grant were to be approved. All five Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

City Attorney Glidden reported that Kurt Neff had been served with papers on January 31st, requiring action on his building on Buchanan Street and removal of debris in 30 days or an Ordinance Violation will be issued.

 

Alderman Smith reported that the Fire Department has received 3 bids for industrial washing machines. They will utilize funds they received from the awarded FEMA grant. Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Walker to approve the lowest bid of $2945.00 for the industrial washing machine. All five Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Alderman Smith reported that the Fire Department is required to do Air Pac Maintenance which will cost approximately $525.00. Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Sealock to allow the Fire Department to conduct their required Air Pac Maintenance. All five Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Mayor Nightingale reminded the Council of the meeting with Patrick Engineering, Friday, February 11th at 9:00 AM for potential contractors in the upcoming landfill project. 

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Neally to change the wording in the Personnel Policy clarifying employee life insurance coverage. Wording will now be “all full time employees are provided major medical insurance coverage and a life insurance policy after a full month of employment.”  All five Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Following discussion of holding payment on some identified bills, a motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to approve payment of the January bills with those exceptions. All five Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Smith to approve the Mayor signing a resolution to be sent to IDOT, utilizing Motor Fuel Funds of $200,000.00 to resurface portions of Adams, Madison and Walnut Streets. All five Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Chief Waddell informed the Council of a request from the Health Department. They are attempting to get approval for a needle disposal service for the community. Needle disposal is an increasing problem for the county’s diabetics. If there is a charge incurred by the Health Department for this service, it will be passed onto the consumer at cost. As part of the approval process a verbal acceptance of this service is required from the City, followed by a written acceptance if it is approved.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Walker to approve the Health Department proceeding with their application for community needle disposal. All five Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Mayor Nightingale informed the Council of the successful National Food checkout Day that occurred earlier this week. He read a City Proclamation commemorating the event. Senator Sullivan and Representative Myers obtained $1200.00 worth of food for the local Food Bank. Local businesses and the Farm Bureau were sponsors.

 

Alderman Fleming requested a letter from City Attorney Glidden to Cliff Koltzenburg requesting removal of gravel and rock from an occluded culvert.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to adjourn at 9:05 PM.

 

 

 

Katherine Graham

City Clerk