The Regular Meeting of the Carthage City Council was held in City Hall located at 308 Walnut Street, January 23rd, 2007. Mayor Nightingale called the meeting to order at 8:00PM. Answering to roll call were Aldermen Smith, Fleming, Bentzinger, Neally and Walker. Alderman Campbell and Treasurer Lunt were absent. 


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to approve the January 9th meeting minutes. All five Aldermen answered “aye”.


Steve Kline from Thomas Jacob & Assoc. discussed the TIF district. There will be notices sent to overlapping taxing districts, all taxpayers of record, residents within the TIF area and all residential addresses within 750 feet of the TIF district to inform them of a public hearing on March 13th.


The final TIF ordinances are scheduled to be voted on at the March 27th City Council Meeting.


Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Walker to approve ordinance 2006-18, ordinance to establish date for public hearing. All five Aldermen voted “yes”.


Mayor Nightingale reported on a meeting with Rick Garnett from Crop Production regarding payment to affected landowners and the use of Atrozine. The City has been paying farmers since 1998 not to use the chemical, due to run off into the lake. With new alternatives a meeting will occur with all involved to discuss elimination of this payment.


Mayor Nightingale also reported on a potential 75% reimbursement from FEMA for costs incurred during the large snowfall in December. The paperwork has been completed and a meeting has been set for month end to determine the amount and when this money might be expected.


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Smith to approve ordinance 2006-19, annexation of the Water tower into the City limits. All five Aldermen voted “yes.”


Alderman Walker reported that the budget sheets for fiscal year 2007-08 have been distributed and should be returned to Alice by March 15th.



Mayor Nightingale met with the Van Hove family regarding placement of a water line through their property to facilitate water from Hamilton to the clear wells at the water plant.


Discussion ensued about the plan to obtain maximum water from Hamilton.


Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Neally to approve the engineering costs and pursue the appropriate permits, etc. for placement of a new water line from the Hamilton line to the clear wells at the water plant.

All five Aldermen voted “yes”.


Motion was made at 9:05 to adjourn.



Katherine Graham

City Clerk