The Regular Meeting of the
Carthage City Council was held in City Hall located at
Motion was made by Alderman
Walker, seconded by
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
Ward 2: Republican: 1st Community Bank
Ward 3: Republican: City Hall
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
Director, Brenda Pyatt, described the resolution for the proposed supportive
living facilities near
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
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
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
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