The Regular Meeting of the Carthage City Council was held June 13th, 2006, in City Hall, at 308 Walnut Street. Mayor Nightingale called the meeting to order at 8:00PM. Answering to roll call were Aldermen Smith, Fleming, Bentzinger, Neally, and Walker. Absent were Alderman Duffy and Treasurer Lunt. 


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to approve the

May 23rd meeting minutes. All five Aldermen answered “aye”.


Mayor Nightingale reported that the sump pump at the landfill was not functioning. He had received quotes from Patrick Engineering on a minimal pump and a more substantial, more expensive one. He will discuss with the Street department and they will determine the better choice.


Clerk Graham read a letter from Alderman Duffy indicating her desire to resign, effective immediately. Motion was made by Alderman Walker, with stated regret, to accept her resignation. Motion was seconded by Alderman Fleming. All five Aldermen voted “yes”.


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to approve the May Budgetary Report. All five Aldermen voted “yes”.


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Smith to approve the prevailing wage Ordinance 2006-5. All five Aldermen voted “yes”.


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Smith to accept the offer of $3000.00 from The Village of Augusta for one of the Police cars. All Five Aldermen voted “yes”.


Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Bentzinger to approve the Knights of Columbus to utilize the four way stop for a fund-raiser on Sept 15 and 16. All five Aldermen voted “yes”.


Alderman Smith reported that the dry fire hydrant for the lake is proceeding. Fittings have been ordered and a concrete slab will be poured when the Water dept. puts their concrete down for their storage building.


There have been complaints about stray cats. There is really no where to put them, since the Humane Society is full and the Matthew’s House is as well. It will be further discussed at the next public safety meeting.


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Bentzinger to approve the May bills. All five Aldermen voted “yes”.


With Alderman Duffy’s resignation, Mayor Nightingale appointed Alderman Neally to chair the Public Property Committee. They will have a meeting on the 19th at 6:30. At this meeting they will discuss what to do with the pasture ground portion of the land purchase near the landfill.


The Library board has approached the City about a $2000/year payment for 10 years for the Library building usage for City Hall. The Kibbee Museum Board has offered the City $20,000 for the current City hall. Mayor Nightingale will attend their next meeting to discuss them paying the library directly for this.


The Street Dept. will contact Travis Duffy regarding seeding Lyon Street. He was to have done this last month.


Alderman Fleming reported that the Sewer permit has been returned from the State for the forthcoming Sewer project. We are still awaiting the Water project approval. Terry Knocke will proceed with the plans in anticipation.


There is a damaged culvert on N. Haven. The Street Department will get an estimate on replacement and determine if it is a City or Homeowner expense.


There is a generator at the N Adams Nursing Home, which might be available for the City’s use. Mayor Nightingale and Gary Smith will get additional information. 


There will be an open house honoring Alfred Bud Wear’s retirement on the 30th from 2-4PM at City hall. Clerk Graham will notify the Journal Pilot for an announcement to the City. Rather than a traditional retirement gift of a watch, the City will contribute money towards his recent purchase of retirement golf clubs.


Alderman Walker discussed the recent legislative meeting.  There is a request to change the tree cutting ordinance to “even with the ground”, rather than 24” stump.


Attorney Glidden will review this, and the drug/alcohol policy information that Alderman Bentzinger has gathered for the County.


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Neally to allow the hospital to install a water meter specifically for the cooling tower. Until then, the sewer charge will be removed from that portion of the water bill.


The City of Macomb has implemented strict policies on failure to mow properties. Attorney Glidden will review these policies.


Motion was made by Alderman Walker to adjourn at 9:25 PM. 



Katherine Graham

City Clerk