The regular meeting of the Carthage City Council was held June 28, 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. Absent was Treasurer Lunt.
Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to approve the meeting minutes of 6/14/05. All six Aldermen answered “aye”.
Mayor Nightingale reported that Don Fecht will be annexing his residence into the City limits and connecting to City water service.
The Bowen State Bank has requested permission to obtain samples from the City right of way at the Fast-Stop property on Buchanan and Madison Streets. United Science Industries will be checking the ground for potential contamination.
Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming, to have the Mayor sign the required documents allowing them to conduct this study. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.
Mayor Nightingale reported that he had contacted Representative Myers’ office regarding payment of the Sewer permit. Rep. Myers indicated that some very small cities were allowed to waive their payment, but cities the size of Carthage were not and are still required to pay the fees.
Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Walker to approve payment of $7500.00 to the IL. EPA for the Sewer Permit. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.
Clerk Graham reported on the Water Billing computer software in regards to establishing the new agreed upon rates. In order for the minimum 2-month residential bill to be $34.00, the water rate portion needs to be $10.50 per month versus the $11.00/month the Council had voted on at the last meeting.
Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Duffy to correct the water rate figures to allow the minimum water/sewer bill to be $34.00 for two months, and the minimum commercial rate to be $39.00 for two months. Alderman Duffy, Smith, Fleming, Bentzinger and Walker voted “yes”. Alderman Neally voted “no”.
Attorney Glidden reported that papers had been served to Bruce Woodside, John Streator, Kurt Neff and Steve McNally on their respective properties for various ordinance violations. They have 30 days to respond to the violations.
Attorney Glidden is continuing to pursue the Keokuk Railroad and Pekin and Grinnell Insurance Companies on disputed Fire Run bills.
Alderman Smith reported that the Fire Department is sponsoring their annual dinner for the Firemen, Councilmen and guests on July 17th. All are to RSVP to Alderman Smith when known.
Mayor Nightingale led a discussion on hauling the landfill run off materials.
Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Neally to have Patrick Engineering complete a permit application allowing the City to haul the materials. The cost of the application is $250.00. The Street Department will determine what type of vehicle and equipment will be necessary to do this task. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.
Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Bentzinger, to have the City help in financing the difference between a 24” culvert and a 36” culvert for Gene Patrick’s property on Wabash. Alderman Duffy, Smith, Fleming and Walker voted “no”, Alderman Bentzinger and Neally voted “yes”. Motion was denied.
Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Walker, not to stop Gene Patrick from placing a 24”culvert in the property, but because the City Engineer recommended a 36” culvert, the owner assumes any liability by signing a release statement to be prepared by Attorney Glidden. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.
Alderman Fleming reported that Dana Walker had approached him requesting approval to mark the storm sewers in town free of charge. The Council expressed agreement. Clerk Graham will notify him tomorrow of their decision.
Clerk Graham reported that the roadbuilding company Halverson Construction Co. is using approx. 20,000 gal of water/day on Highway #336 building project and if
dry conditions continue, they anticipate this to continue for a couple months. They had requested a rate reduction due to the large quantities and length of time. Due to the recent rate increase, the Council elected to keep their rate the same.
Due to the 4th of July holiday, the Public Property, Finance and Safety Committees will all meet on July 11th.
Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Duffy to adjourn at 8:50 PM.