The Regular Meeting of the Carthage City Council was held August 8th, 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, Bentzinger, Neally and Walker. Treasurer Lunt was absent.


Motion was made by Alderman Campbell, seconded by Walker to approve the July 25th meeting minutes. All six Aldermen answered “aye”.


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Smith to approve the July budgetary report. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Mayor Nightingale informed the council of a letter he had received from Mediacom requesting franchise renewal in May 2009. The poor customer service was a topic of discussion.


Neglected properties were discussed at the Public Works Committee Meeting prior to the Council meeting. The committee recommended fines be implemented for failure to clean up the properties.


The Police will start issuing citations to property owners who have failed to respond to verbal or written complaints from the Codes Enforcer or City Attorney.


There has been a request from David Stoverink to build a dock into the Carthage Lake. Mayor Nightingale remembered that requests had been denied in the past due to liability concerns. Codes Enforcer Schulz is continuing to investigate this issue.

Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Walker to allow the Police to spend $200 to purchase a calibration bottle for a breathalyzer. This will be paid for out of the DUI fund. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Bentzinger to approve the payment of the July bills with the exception of Holcomb Foundation for the landfill sump pump. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Aldermen Fleming reported that Terry Knoke from PSBA, had reported that the paperwork has been completed for the overlay project and the water & sewer projects. The projects are expected to start soon.


Prairie Avenue and Lyon Avenue were seeded following last years’ water & sewer projects. The Street Department will check these areas and if found acceptable, Travis Duffy will receive the agreed upon payment.


Mayor Nightingale reported that he had received a call from Mike Bavery requesting free water and sewer for the financially challenged YMCA. The board had also requested the Street Department help with plowing the parking lot following snow falls this winter.


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming not to provide free water & sewer, or snowplowing service to the YMCA building. All six aldermen voted “yes”.


Motion was made by Mayor Nightingale at 8:50 PM to adjourn. 



Katherine Graham

City Clerk