The Regular meeting of the Carthage City Council was held January 24th, 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, Bentzinger, Neally, and Walker. Treasurer Lunt also attended. Alderman Fleming was on vacation.
Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Smith to approve the meeting minutes of 1/10/06. All five Aldermen answered “aye”.
Kurt Neff addressed the Council regarding his property on Buchanan Street. He indicated he had “boxed up the building for safety” and cleaned up the back lot.
He reported that “people keep dumping stuff, like recliners and cattle panels”.
After some discussion City Attorney Glidden suggested he meet with Code Enforcer, Ron Schulz to determine exactly what needs to be done in further cleaning up the property.
Mayor Nightingale reported clarification on the police car bid from Carl Motors. He told the Council that the State of Illinois awards one car dealer the “official” state price for police cars. This dealer was Miles Chevrolet. Any other dealers’ cost is $500.00 more than that official price. Carl Motor’s bid was $300.00 over that price. This price basically covers their costs on delivery and dealer prep charges.
Mayor Nightingale reported on the press conference last Thursday morning at City Hall. The City was awarded $1.1 Million dollar grant to build a 10 unit
Low-income, senior citizen housing project. Additionally the City will receive up to $50,000 annually for the next 40 years to aid in expenses that the residents are unable to cover.
City Attorney Glidden will file a small claim against Dollar General Corporate for failure to pay a delinquent bill from last summer.
Alderman Smith reported that the Fire Department will hold their fund raiser Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, February 5th from 7:00AM to 1:00 PM.
Alderman Smith indicated he had not heard anything further from the Tornado Siren Company representative. Warranty coverage for the damage appears questionable. He will fill out the insurance papers to see what coverage can be expected from the City’s insurance company.
Bud Wear and Police Chief Waddell filed the paperwork with the State for the Air Brake Ordinance signs to be placed at all entry points into town.
Alderman Smith reported that Assistant Police Chief Floyd has requested Administrative leave and Police Chief Waddell has supported his request.
Mayor Nightingale requested the paid leave request be reviewed at the Council meeting February 28th, if the State Police investigation has not been completed by that time. Assistant Chief Floyd agreed to continue to teach the DARE program during his leave.
Assistant Chief Floyd reported that additional newspapers have requested interviews about the investigation. He asked if there were any issues from the City’s perspective to him granting these requests. Upon discussion it was concluded that it was up to him if he wanted to conduct these interviews.
Alderman Smith reported that he might be out of town for the next scheduled Safety Committee meeting, which would normally occur on Monday,
February 13th. He will notify Clerk Graham accordingly.
In Alderman Fleming’s absence, Mayor Nightingale reported on the results of the Public Works meeting.
With the Carthage Lake being lower than it has been for some time, the Street department has been cleaning up the now visible debris.
The spring projects are being reviewed. Terry Knocke provided estimates on some water main replacements. Current priority appears to be Kiwanis from Madison to Fayette and South Madison from Quincy to Hopkins. These two projects will cost approximately $100,000.00
The City currently purchases water from Hamilton to supplement supply. With the Carthage lake level so low, it was decided to increase the amount from 20,000 gallons per day to 40,000 gallons per day for the interim. This quantity will be evaluated on an ongoing basis, depending on rain and snowfall. If large quantities of water continue to be needed, the above watermain replacements may not be possible next year.
Chris Classen ordered new stainless steel steps and railing for the sewer plant, which came in under the budgeted amount.
Alderman Walker requested approval to clarify the employee vacation policy at the upcoming finance committee meeting, i.e. one week of vacation equals 40 hours, and two weeks of vacation equals 80 hours.
Motion was made to adjourn at 8:35PM by Alderman Walker, seconded by Duffy.