CARTHAGE CITY COUNCIL

REGULAR MEETING JANUARY 9TH, 2006

 

The Regular Meeting of the Carthage City Council was held in City Hall located at 308 Walnut Street, January 9th, 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 December 26th meeting minutes. All six Aldermen answered “aye”.

 

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

 

Mayor Nightingale reminded the Council of a TIF District Meeting tomorrow evening at 5:30 PM Jan. 10th.  All were encouraged to attend.

 

Mayor Nightingale read the resolution regarding the upcoming election caucuses on January 22, 2007, scheduled for 3:00 PM at the following locations.

Ward 1: Republican: Eagles Club

              Democrat: Extension Center

Ward 2: Republican: 1st Community Bank

              Democrat: Hancock Co. Highway Garage

Ward 3: Republican: City Hall

              Democrat: Senior Citizen Center

Notification of above will be in the Hancock Co. Journal-Pilot tomorrow.  Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to approve the above resolution. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Walker to approve Ordinance 2006-17 allowing Central Business District B2 to add radio, TV or other transmission towers, not to exceed 80 feet. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Community Development Director, Brenda Pyatt, described the resolution for the proposed supportive living facilities near Memorial Hospital. This resolution would allow this facility to be eligible for TIF funds, since it is within the proposed TIF district. Since this building project has already been started, they would be eligible to apply for TIF funds in the future, even though the project was begun before the TIF district was fully implemented. There is no guarantee of funds to be used for this, but simply allows them to request them. Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Campbell to approve the above resolution. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Alderman Smith reported that the Police Department needs some work on the furnace at the “old” library building. Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Walker to approve paying the estimate of $249.00 to Duffy Ducts, when the work is completed. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

The issue of leaf burning within the City Limits has been moved to the Legislative Committee, which will plan to meet within the next month.

 

Alderman Neally reported that Dennis Hicks is again requesting office space for the Mutual Aid Society, in the new City Hall (old library). Following discussion, it was decided that the plans and needs for the new City Hall are still uncertain, and he needs to wait until those plans are more formalized. Alderman Neally will report back to him.

 

Patrick Engineering completed the grant application for a potential $40,000, free of charge. The results will not be known for a few months.

 

Mayor Nightingale reported on a meeting he had with one of Patrick’s field personnel. He indicated the problem with the pump could potentially be solved with changing the orientation of the pump, or placing an additional pump in the system. There will be more information on this later.

 

The Finance Committee had reviewed a proposal from Ameren to defer payments for the fee increase to occur February 1st. This deferment plan would be at a 3.25% interest charge.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Smith, to pay Ameren in full as we currently do, and not incur the interest charge with a deferred plan. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Bentzinger to approve the payment of the December bills. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Alderman Fleming reported on the Public Works meeting preceding the Council meeting. Charlie Bach from PSBA presented a plan and optimistic timeline for well drilling and building a reverse osmosis water plant to address the current water shortage problem. The total cost of this system could run up to $2.7 Million and take up to 2.5 years to complete.

 

To address the short-term problem, a special committee meeting will be held at 6:30PM on Tues., January 16. PSBA will have cost estimates for a system, which would tap off of the main Hamilton-Carthage water line, diverting the water to a clear well at the Water Plant. This would allow the City to store more water, and potentially fulfill the entire City’s water needs, even during peak summer season. Discussions will have to occur with Hamilton if this is the chosen plan.

 

Alderman Fleming reported that Bob Martin had a frozen pipe at his house while out of town. This lead to a $1400 water bill. The Council agreed to wave the sewer portion of this bill.

 

Tracy Markey did some work on Wabash and College Streets.  There was not a bond provided for this project. Ron Schulz, Code enforcer will contact him to obtain one.

 

Police Chief Waddell reported that Cheryl Lucas had again been served for debris on the property.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Campbell to adjourn at 9:00 PM

 

Katherine Graham

City Clerk