CARTHAGE CITY COUNCIL

REGULAR MEETING OCTOBER 10TH, 2006

 

The Regular Meeting of the Carthage City Council was held in City Hall at 308 Walnut Street, October 10th, 2006. 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 Walker, seconded by Campbell to approve the September 26th meeting minutes. All six Aldermen answered “aye”.

 

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

 

Mayor Nightingale reported that the bid estimate for the Senior Citizen housing was almost double the grant amount. No word has been received to date on the status of the re-bid process. It is still hoped that construction can begin this fall.

 

The Illinois Liquor commission is sponsoring a training session focusing on the underage-drinking problem. TIPS (Training Intervention Procedure Program) is scheduled for Wed. Nov 29th, 8:30 to 1:00 PM at the Extension Center. A letter has been sent to all establishments with a liquor license to notify them of this training.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Campbell to approve Ordinance 2006-13 to allow vacating the East/West alley until it intersects with the North/South alley by Niemann Foods. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Attorney Glidden wrote a letter to Ayers Oil Co. to fix their sidewalk to the south of their property. He also stated that he would have the paperwork completed this week to annex in the Don Fecht house.

 

Alderman Smith reported that the Police have started painting the upstairs of the library building, and Eads Jewelry has been notified of their intention to vacate by Nov 15th.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Walker to allow the Police to proceed with their modifications to the building. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

A college student from WIU has drafted an initial floor plan of the library building to meet the needs of City Hall. Mayor Nightingale requested the Council meet at the old library at 6:00 prior to the next council meeting on the 24th to modify the plan.

The south end of the roof of the College Cafeteria has collapsed.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Walker to have the Police serve the owner and post notice on the College Cafeteria building and proceed with the dangerous building code process. Barrier tape will also be placed around the property. All six Aldermen voted “yes’.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Campbell to have Trick or Treat on Oct. 31st from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. All six aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Alderman Smith reminded the Council of a Soup fund-raiser on Oct 29th from 10 to 2:00 at the Fire Department.

 

The Public Property Committee will move their meetings to the First Tuesday of the month at 6:00 PM beginning Nov 7th.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Bentzinger to approve the September Bills. All six Aldermen voted “yes”

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Bentzinger to approve the budget additions of the DUI Fund, the DARE Fund, and the HUD fund. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Bentzinger to buy a new vacuum cleaner for City Hall and spend up to $300.00 . All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Alderman Fleming reported on the Public Works meeting, which focused predominantly on the status of the low water levels in the lake. The City is currently receiving 60,000 gallons/day from Hamilton, the system was designed to supplement the water needs, never to provide all the city’s water needs. Terry Knocke is to determine maximum capacity of water from Hamilton. 120,000 to 140,000 gallons/day would be ideal.

 

Brenda Pyatt is checking for emergency grants that might be available. Rich Sealock will call Richards Electric tomorrow to rewrite and reprogram the computer which controls the water towers and water flow from the Hamilton line.

 

Because there are several vacant businesses on the South Side of the Square, there was a request for the City to shovel sidewalks, if needed before the Xmas open house. The Council reinforced that it is the business owner’s responsibility.

 

 

 

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

 

 

Katherine Graham

City Clerk