CARTHAGE CITY COUNCIL

REGULAR MEETING OCTOBER 24TH, 2006

 

The Regular Meeting of the Carthage City Council was held in City Hall at 308 Walnut Street, October 24th, 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 also present.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Campbell to approve the October 10th meeting minutes. All six Aldermen answered “aye”.

 

Mayor Nightingale reported no progress on resolving the cost issue for the new Senior Citizen Housing project. It appears that construction will not begin this fall as hoped.

 

Clerk Graham read the October 5th meeting minutes of the Plan Commission.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to approve the Commission’s recommendation for variance, building permit number 2006-39, for Mr. and Mrs. Joe Walker. This would allow placement of a garage within the setback line of 10 feet. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Campbell, seconded by Walker to approve the Commission’s recommendation for variance, building permit number 2006-36. This would allow enclose of an existing open carport at the Keith Snyder residence at 1017 Walnut Street. The recommendation is subject to written approval being furnished to the Codes Enforcement Officer by Dan Neally and John Gronewold to the effect that they did not have objection to the enclosure of the carport. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Mayor Nightingale reported that he had been approached by several people about not having the City Christmas party this year. With the anticipated expenses this fiscal year, the cost of the party was taken out of this year’s budget.

 

Dusty Grotts and Rich Sealock reported that the City had a fair amount of scrap metal that needed to be sold. With the cost of steel being fairly high now, it was their impression that the money received for this could cover the cost of the Christmas party.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Campbell to approve having the Xmas party December 1st, with a menu to be determined at a later date. The invitation list will include retired firemen and retired City Employees. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Clerk Graham reported that closed City Council session documents are required to be saved for 18 months. There were 3 closed sessions that fell within the disposal criteria.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Campbell to dispose of closed session on Oct. 12th, 2004. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to approve Ordinance 2006-14 for annexation of the Don Fecht home. All six Aldermen voted “yes”. 

 

Alderman Smith reported that the Police had made significant progress with the renovation of the upstairs of the old library building. They will be moving their headquarters within the next two weeks.

 

He also reported that progress is being made on demolition of the south end of the Old College Cafeteria building. They are currently awaiting more trash dumpsters for the material disposal.

 

The Public Safety Committee will discuss what to do with stray cats and report at the next Council meeting. Currently there is no where to take strays, since the Humane Society and My Matthew’s house have been at capacity for some time.

 

It was reported that the Council toured the library building prior to the Public Works meeting today to begin planning the needed renovation prior to moving City Hall.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Neally to implement the recommendations from the annual audit, by requiring dual signatures on all accounts including the Water Meter, HUD, DUI, and Dare Funds. All financial documents for these accounts should also be kept at City Hall. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Alderman Fleming reported that WL Miller has completed the overlay project, with the exception of two or three minor tasks.

 

Investigation into assisting the water supply is ongoing. TEST personnel are awaiting a new meter head on the Hamilton/Carthage line to more accurately monitor the quantities being received from Hamilton. By placing a pump to the line, it is estimated to provide an additional 57,000 gallons of water in a 12-hour period. The cost of this pump would be $35-40,000. TEST, INC. and PSBA are investigating additional alternatives.

 

Considering the current lake levels, water will no longer be available for the highway construction. Should levels continue to drop, restriction of water will need to occur elsewhere in the City.

 

The City, with the exception of the contracted street light expense, will not be exempt from Ameren CIP’s anticipated controversial price increase. If the 40% price increase does occur, it will increase the City’s expense approximately $14,000/year. This was not included in the annual budget.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Campbell to adjourn at 8:55 PM.  

 

 

Katherine Graham

City Clerk