The Regular Meeting of the Carthage City Council was held May 9th, 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 was absent. 


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to approve the April 25th and 28th meeting minutes. All six Aldermen answered “aye”.


Clerk Graham read the meeting minutes from the Plan Commission meeting of May 4th regarding Martin and Tammy Belshaw’s request to use the property at 549 N Madison as a residence. The building is currently zoned as B-1, neighborhood business district with the permitted uses in the district being any use permitted in any R-2 district except single family dwellings. Following discussion the Plan Commission made motion, seconded and all present voted aye, to a zoning change to permit a single-family residence as above.


Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Walker to approve the above Plan Commission recommendation. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Larry Foulk addressed the Council with concerns of how neglected the grounds and buildings were at the former College. He inquired into the future plans of the buildings, and what, if anything, the City could do improve the situation. Mayor Nightingale informed him of the Health Board’s recent visit to the campus and the list they were generating which would have to be addressed or fines would be imposed. 


City Attorney Glidden discussed the ability to shorten the time given to property owners for failing to mow their yards. Codes enforcer, Ron Schulz, was instructed by Mayor Nightingale to get a list of offenders and give them to Glidden for him to generate letters. Failure to respond will be grounds for fines, or the City will mow and place liens on the properties.


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to approve the April, year-end, budgetary report. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Mayor Nightingale commended all the departments for monitoring their budgets and coming in under the given numbers. 


Clerk Graham reported that the premiums for next year’s health insurance had arrived. There was a 12% increase of $61.00 per month per employee. This exceeds the annual amount budgeted by $3,600.00


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to stay with the current health insurance provider. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Clerk Graham read the meeting minutes of the Plan Commission meeting of May 4th concerning Dan Neally’s application to construct a self-storage facility on the lot at the intersection of S Fayette and Wabash Streets. The members of the Commission were advised that there had been numerous objections to the granting of the petition. It was further noted that the property was not zoned for that permitted use. The Plan Commission recommended to the Council, after discussion and unanimous vote, that the request be denied. 


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to take the Plan Commission’s recommendation, which denies the application. Alderman Duffy, Smith, Fleming, Bentzinger, and Walker voted “yes”. Alderman Neally abstained.


Clerk Graham went on with reading the Plan Commission’s meeting minutes regarding Carolyn Clark’s application.  She had requested a variance with respect to the building of an attached two-car garage on the north side of the modular home recently erected on her property. The north boundary requires a set back of 10 feet. The proposed garage would require the building to be within approximately 6 feet of the north line of the Clark property.


The Plan Commission recommended and voted unanimously, that a variance be granted so that the North set-back line would be 6 feet rather than 10 feet, upon Carolyn Clark receiving written permission from the property owners in Lots 1 and 8 in block 3, Lots 3,4,5 and 6 in Block 30; Lots 3 and 4 in Block 41 and Lot 1 in Block 40.


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to approve the Plan Commission’s recommendation of acceptance, contingent on the signatures as above. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Police Chief Waddell reported on the Board of Health’s visit to the former College buildings. They obtained numerous photos, which they are sending to the current real estate agent in the Chicago area. The Chief reported the buildings in progressively unsafe and unhealthy conditions.


Alderman Smith reported that the buildings were worse than the recent visit he had made to the campus, and there was more vandalism. He reported two feet of standing water in the unsecured boiler room. Additionally, the cafeteria building was unsecured with no door at all on one end.


The Police Chief will serve notice to the owners to correct the violations or fines and liens will once again be imposed.


Alderman Smith reported that the new police car would be arriving within a couple weeks.


Alderman Smith asked Scott Floyd, who was in attendance, to update the council on his medical status.


Scott presented a document from the neurosurgeon, which listed three restrictions. He is to report back with the doctor in six weeks. He stated that the Dr. was going to write the Mayor a letter concerning his status.


Alderman Smith suggested Floyd be placed on administrative leave again until the results of the state police investigation are known.


Following discussion, motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Fleming to have Floyd see an additional physician for an evaluation. When that report, and the letter from the neurosurgeon had arrived, a special committee meeting would be held. The Committee would then have the authority to make a decision about bringing Scott back or not. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Smith reported that the DARE graduation is scheduled for May 12th at 10:00 AM.


Motion was made by Alderman Duffy, seconded by Walker to approve Carroll Buckert’s bid for the landfill, of $449.00 per month. Additionally, the City will reimburse him his liability insurance costs. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Bentzinger to pay the April bills with the following exceptions:

·        Hold Rees’ bill until the seeding has been completed to our satisfaction

·        Hold PSBA’s bill until the IDOT study had arrived

·        Patrick Engineering’s bill be reduced by $1800 as discussed with Steve Van Hook by the Mayor.

·        Additionally, the Council agreed to pay for the Police Car upon arrival ($17,638.71)

All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Mayor Nightingale reported that the Senior Citizen Center had requested the City make their driveway a circular one. The Council agreed, with the agreement that the City would not send them their usual contribution of  $1000.00 next year.


Rich Sealock reported on potential savings of $10,000.00 per year, if the City could erect a storage building at the water plant for bulk chemicals. He is going to inquire further into this opportunity.


The concrete bids were received from Great River and Ideal.


Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Duffy to accept the lower bid from Great River Ready-Mix of $74.00/yd. for SI Mix, and $7.00/yd for the fiber mesh. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Motion was made to adjourn by Alderman Walker, seconded by Duffy at 9:30 PM




Katherine Graham

City Clerk