CARTHAGE CITY COUNCIL

REGULAR MEETING DECEMBER 12TH, 2006

 

The Regular Meeting of the Carthage City Council was held in City Hall at 308 Walnut Street, December 12th, 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 and Attorney Glidden were absent.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to approve the November 28th meeting minutes. All six Aldermen answered “aye”.

 

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

 

Mayor Nightingale reported on a meeting held today with Tom Carper from the Dept. of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Senator Sullivan and Representative Myers on the water shortage. It is hoped they can help find some state money to aid in the short and long term solutions to the water shortage.

 

Mayor Nightingale also reported on a meeting he had this week with the Mayor of Hamilton, their water superintendent and Rich Sealock. Carthage purchased close to 4 Million gallons of water from Hamilton in November.  Following much discussion it was decided that this was a reasonable quantity to commit to per month for the next six months.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Campbell to have Mayor Nightingale sign the contract with Hamilton committing to 4 Million gallons of water per month at a price of $3.30/1000 gallons. This will be reviewed with Hamilton in 6 months. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Bentzinger, seconded by Campbell to call for a public meeting for the Proposed TIF area on Wednesday, Jan. 10th at 5:30 PM at City Hall. The engineeering firm will hold this meeting. Notification of the meeting will be sent to those individuals who reside within the proposed TIF area. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Alderman Smith informed the Council of some roof leakage at the Police Department (the old library). Repairmen have examined it and will need to correct it in the spring.

 

Alderman Smith requested a copy of the papers the police department served to the College representative. The old Cafeteria building’s south end was supposed to be torn down, due to unsafe conditions and ability for animals to enter the building. This project appears to be at a standstill and is not satisfactory.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Walker to spend the budgeted $235.00 for five traffic vests. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Walker to add an Internet usage guideline to the Police Manual. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Alderman Neally reported that there was some confusion with plowing the snow in front of the current vs. old police department. He will check with GT lawn service to make sure it will not happen again.

 

Mayor Nightingale reported that Patrick Engineering is submitting a proposal for a potential $50,000 grant for the landfill costs, at no charge to us.

 

Motion was made to pay the November bills by Alderman Walker, seconded by Bentzinger, with the exception of the IDEAL bill. Bob Hibbard contracted cement from Ideal instead of Great River, who is our contracted provider, for a project at Ayerco. Ron Schulz is to notify Bob that we will pay Ideal what we would have paid to Great River and he will have to pick up the balance. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Neally to purchase a transit for $450.00 from Mike Grotts. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Mayor Nightingale reported that Kevin Cook’s water meter at his apartment house was bad. After evaluating usage for the past year, it was determined that the bill should be adjusted, and we will monitor the water usage for the next six months for more potential adjustment.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to adjourn at 9:10 PM

 

 

Katherine Graham

City Clerk