CARTHAGE CITY COUNCIL

REGULAR MEETING JULY 11th, 2006

 

The Regular Meeting of the Carthage City Council was held July 11th, 2006, in City Hall, at 308 Walnut Street. Mayor Nightingale called the meeting to order at 8:00PM. Answering to roll call were Aldermen Campbell, Smith, Fleming, Neally and Walker. Absent were Alderman Bentzinger and Treasurer Lunt.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to approve the June 27th meeting minutes. All present Aldermen answered “aye”.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to approve the July 5th, special-meeting minutes. All present Aldermen answered “aye”.

 

Mark Harrison addressed the Council requesting alley closure for a dance band on August 26th.  The Council had granted permission for this event to occur in June, but bad weather prevented it.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Walker to allow the Wood Inn to close the alley behind the building for a one night event on August 26th. All five Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Mayor Nightingale reported that the expected $85,000 for the jurisdiction transfer from IDOT for a section of highway 136, will be delayed until highway 336 can be completed in that section. The funds are now expected in November.

 

Mayor Nightingale reported that the City had received exemption from hiring another policeman for the COPS in school grant. The City had been waiting for a response since November of last year.

 

A requirement of the original grant, received 4 years ago, required the City to hire a policeman for at least one year following completion.

 

Mayor Nightingale reported that Rod Clark has requested an official offer from the City for the library building. He will take the offer to the library board meeting on the 17th.

 

After much discussion, motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Smith to have the Mayor attend the next meeting and offer up to $2500.00 for the building. All five Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to approve the budgetary report for June. All five Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Attorney Glidden is working with PSBA on the flood insurance ordinance.

 

Glidden reported that he had filed the tax exemption documents for the Warren Johnson property purchased last year.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to approve Ordinance 2006-10 on the route 336-corridor plan. All five Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Campbell to change a yield sign on Hansford and Marion Streets to a stop sign. All five Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Alderman Smith reported that the Safety Committee is investigating the possibility of placing a “no parking” sign on the south side of West Main Street between Randolph and Prairie. This would provide wider access for emergency vehicles.

 

Alderman Smith reported that all the supplies are in for the dry fire hydrant project.

 

The back up generator from Mendon has not arrived yet. Brian Vance will pick it up on his next trip to that area. The $1500 will come out of the General Fund, Civil Defense Department.

 

Alderman Neally reported that the public property committee suggested holding the upgrade on the “exit” signs in City Hall, pending the potential building change.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Campbell to approve the June bills, with a change to the McDowell bill from $500.00 to $340.00 All five Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Alderman Fleming reported that the water department is purchasing 40,000 gallons per day from Hamilton.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Neally to approve the purchase of a small saw for the Street Department for $210.00. All five Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Campbell to approve the purchase of a raw meter for the water department for $1635.00. All five Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Discussion of unsightly properties resulted in a recommendation to start citing violators. Alderman Fleming will contact Codes Enforcer, Ron Schulz with this decision.

 

Brenda Pyatt reported that the Highway Impact Grant is completed. It was a $50,000 grant, with a $12,500 match from the City.

 

The senior housing project to be located next to City hall has been awarded to Housewright Construction. The final plans are being sent to HUD for approval now. Construction should start sometime this fall.

 

The housing rehab grant has been awarded to five families. Two families are pending, as the housing needs exceeded the $34,000 limit. Should these families elect to participate, they would need to take out a loan through the USDA for the excess expenses. Up to four more families could be eligible for this program.

 

Motion to adjourn at 9:10 PM.

 

Katherine Graham

City Clerk