The Regular meeting of the Carthage City Council was held March 28th, 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. Absent was Treasurer Lunt. 


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to approve the meeting minutes of 3/14/06. All six Aldermen answered “aye”.


Theresa Beeler from the Health Department approached the council with a request to place gravel or asphalt in the grassy area in front of the building on Wabash, in order to increase parking areas. A request for concrete in the area had been denied at the last council meeting due to drainage and watermain access issues.


After discussion, a motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Duffy to allow the Hancock County Health Department to increase their parking area by placing gravel in the designated area on Wabash Street. After a given time if there are no issues, asphalt is a possibility. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Assistant Chief Floyd approached the Council with a personnel issue and requested an Executive Session.


At 8:10 PM Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Walker to enter into Executive Session. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


At 8:30 Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Duffy to return to Regular Session. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Attorney Glidden discussed Ordinance 2006-12, requesting closure of the alley on N Washington. Electric service currently is above ground. With closure of the alley the new owners have already planned to bury the cable at their expense, in order to build over the closed alley between their two properties. The City retains easement rights to water and sewer, should that be necessary.


Glidden also reported that a lien had been filed with Dollar General regarding an unpaid mowing bill from last summer. The unpaid fire run for the Keokuk Junction Railroad Fire will be going to a hearing later this month.


Alderman Smith reported that the Tornado Siren for the north side of town was shipped yesterday and should be up sometime next week. The Insurance Company has paid all but the $500.00 deductible.


Assistant Chief Floyd will have surgery tomorrow on his neck. He is intending to be back to work by May 1st, the beginning of the fiscal year. Alderman Smith indicated that they are investigating police staffing options, should this not occur.


The DARE program will be completed by a Quincy Police Officer. T-shirts have been ordered for this class, as well as the class two years prior, who did not receive shirts at the time of their graduation.


Alderman Smith reported that Tony Slater is investigating, through a state agency, obtaining some dry fire hydrants. These hydrants would be located at the lake and borrow pit near the new Hwy. 336. They would allow the Fire Department quick access to water should a catastrophic fire occur.  He discussed how quickly the Fire Department could drain the water tower, if a catastrophic fire occurred.


The Safety Committee will meet April 4th at 6:00 instead of their usual meeting time, which would be April 10th.


Carroll Buckert, who manages the City pasture, has requested a $125/mo increase in salary. The Mayor will discuss this with him and indicated it may require putting this service out for bid.


An increase in Water/Sewer rates was discussed at the Public Works meeting. Alderman Fleming requested Attorney Glidden create an ordinance raising the minimum rate $1.00 per month ($2.00 per billing cycle) and for users exceeding the minimum quantities, a 5% increase in rates. This rate increase would take effect May 1st.


Alderman Walker reported on the Highway Impact Study presentation. This information will be repeated in the near future. She encouraged all Councilmen to attend.


Alderman Walker announced the Public Property meeting will occur April 3rd at 6:30 PM.


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




Katherine Graham

City Clerk