The Regular meeting of the Carthage City Council was held on January 10th, 2006, in City Hall, at 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 also attended. 


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to approve the meeting minutes of 12/27/05. All six Aldermen answered “aye”.


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


Brenda Pyatt, Community Development Director, reported that the low-income housing grant for $380,000 has been verbally approved. There will be 10 homes that will be awarded improvements. There will be a community meeting in February discussing the program. The Western Illinois Regional Council will be the organization who manages the program with the City’s input. The financial aspects of the program will still be managed by the City. 


Brenda also reported that there is a “sign” committee, which is currently working to design a “Carthage” sign at the four entrances to the city.


The Tif district has requested each council member identify properties within the City borders. This was completed and Clerk Graham will give the information to Brenda Pyatt to deliver to the managers of this program.


Mayor Nightingale reported that he had a meeting with Rees Construction and Patrick Engineering. Rees has to order a few items within the next week to 10 days to winterize the landfill area. Patrick Engineering will be picking up these costs of $2840.00 The current bill to Patrick was paid with that $2840.00 deducted.


Patrick Engineering will be on site in the near future to walk the City employees through the loading process of the landfill fluids and the required inspection forms for the EPA.


Mayor Nightingale reported that the landfill construction costs were under budget from one contractor by approx. $9000.00, the second contractor will be approx. at the agreed budget price. The cost overruns will be primarily engineering costs.


We are awaiting the estimated costs for next year’s budget now from Patrick Engineering. Current estimate is $35 to $40,000/year for testing, hauling, etc. once the construction is completed.


Rees Construction has approx. $8000 worth of materials at the landfill site, which will be utilized when the downshoot is constructed. The City will reimburse Rees  for these costs, since they will most likely not be the ones constructing this final phase.


Mayor Nightingale reported that the School Reorganization would be on the ballot on March 21st.


Attorney Glidden reported no response from Dollar General Corporate regarding their delinquent bill. Keokuk Junction Railroad is scheduled for small claims court next week for their delinquent fire run bill. Kurt Neff is scheduled for court on Jan 19th for failure to clean up the property on Buchanan.


There were complaints of two additional properties on S Marion. Codes Enforcer, Ron Schulz will meet with the property owners and get a 60-90 day plan for their clean up.


Alderman Smith reported that the Police Department is experiencing mechanical problems with all the patrol cars. One is having transmission problems, one with an oxygen sensor and one with the service engine light. Patrolman Kost obtained the state bid costs for a new patrol car. The state currently offers a bid price on the Ford Crown Victoria or a Chevy Impala. The Impala is lower priced than the Crown Victoria. Alderman Smith requested bids from the local dealers. Carl Motors was the only responder and their bid was $800.00 more than the state bid.


If the City orders the car now at Miles Chevrolet under the State bid price versus in May; there is a $570.00 savings.


The Police Department has applied for a $20,000 grant. If awarded we are required to spend $4000.00. This amount would be spent on necessary accessories, if we were awarded the grant. If we are not awarded the money, the current accessories would be removed from the current squad cars and placed in the new one.


Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Duffy to purchase the Chevy Impala Police Car from Miles Chevrolet at the State bid price, including no delivery fee, of $17,184.66 with payment occurring after May 1st All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


There was discussion at the Safety committee about the twenty-two parking tickets issued on Wabash St. in “no parking” zones. Only two persons have paid them.


Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Duffy to enforce the parking tickets as written. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Alderman Smith reported that Che Humphrey would be a new part time police officer.


There is ongoing investigation into the tornado siren damage. Alderman Smith will email pictures of the damaged product to the company. Clerk Graham will investigate insurance coverage if warranty is not applicable.


Angelini’s Pizza has requested the City place a ramp from the street through the steps on the curb to allow easier access for their deliverymen.


Discussion was that the deliveries could be made utilizing the alley or the West End of the block, which has a handicap ramp.


Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Bentzinger to not change the curb configuration. All six Aldermen voted “yes”. 


Police Chief Waddell and Bud Wear will work together to determine where the Air Brake ordinance signs should be placed, and then will work with the state to get approval for placement.


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Bentzinger to pay the December bills. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


There were three bills from Andrews Plumbing and Lamont Lee that Hardees and Dairy Queen will be billed for.


Motion was made by Alderman Fleming seconded by Smith to approve the MFT resolution for $115,000.00. The streets involved are Marion, Walnut, Scofield and Wabash.  All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Bentzinger to approve replacement of 18 steps at the Sewer plant with stainless steel steps from Awerkamp. The cost is $1080 and the budgeted amount was $1800. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Neally to approve PSBA engineering agreement which is included in the $115,000 overlay construction cost in the MFT resolution above. All six aldermen voted “yes’.


Brenda Pyatt reported that there is a real estate agent in Chicago dealing with the college. There has been some interest expressed from a buyer on the possibility of a private high school.  


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Duffy to adjourn at 9:10 PM.




Katherine Graham

City Clerk