The Regular Meeting of the Carthage City Council was held in City Hall, 308 Walnut Street, April 10th, 2007.  Mayor Nightingale called the meeting to order at 8:00PM. Answering to roll call were Aldermen Campbell, Smith, Fleming, Neally, Bentzinger and Walker. Treasurer Lunt also attended.


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to approve the March 27th meeting minutes. All six Aldermen answered “Aye”.


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


Mayor Nightingale reminded the Council to review the draft entitled “Tax Increment Financing District Redevelopment Agreement” by and between City of Carthage and Hancock Supportive Living Facility. Steve Klein will be at the next Council Meeting to discuss this agreement further, and a vote will be expected at that meeting.


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Smith to approve the amended budget for fiscal year 2006-07.  All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


The Council was reminded of the Annual budget meeting the following Tuesday, April 17th at 7:00 PM.


Ron Schulz, Codes Enforcer, reported on neglected properties in the City. The Woodside home was added to the list.


Mayor Nightingale will be attending the City of Hamilton’s Council Meeting next Monday to personally thank them for their help during our City’s recent water shortage.


Alderman Smith reported that the old college had until April 15th to provide the name of the new owners and the clean up plans. No information has been provided to date.


Alderman Smith reported that a homeland security grant had been awarded to the Police Department providing them with a thermal imager. Officer Kost had pursued this grant and it was suggested that he be allowed to attend the training session in New Orleans on May 29th and 30th. This grant includes the thermal imager and the costs of transportation, lodging, meals and $90.00 toward incidentals.


Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Neally to accept the grant and allow Officer Kost to attend the above training session. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Tazer Training will occur Wednesday night for the Police Department. HazMat refresher training for the Fire and Police Departments has also been completed.


Alderman Smith reported that the Safety Committee had met on Monday, April 9th. The committee’s recommendation to the Council is to eliminate the Fire Station Attendant position at the beginning of the fiscal year, May 1st.


One of the duties of the fire station attendant is to blow the noon whistle at the Fire Station. As a result of this position being eliminated, this service might also be eliminated. 


The Fire Station attendant historically fills swimming pools. Further discussion will need to occur to determine the status of this service. 


It was also the Safety Committee’s recommendation to the City Council not to re-hire Officer Floyd next fiscal year to the Police Department.


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Smith to approve payment of the March bills. The Badger Meter bill will be held until the meter parts arrive for the Sheriff’s Office, then be billed to the County Building Commission. Bills for Rhino Industries, Locis and Hancock Co Economic Development will all be held until the new fiscal year May 1st.


Alderman Neally reported that M&M Electric has not responded in providing an estimate to combine the electric meters at the old library building.


The bids for mowing for the next fiscal year did not contain the Fire Station property, so the persons bidding will be contacted to determine the new bids.


There were two bids for mosquito spraying. Summit Pest Control from Nauvoo had the lower bid of $450 for one time abatement, and $325/treatment for all city streets and the lake areas.


Motion was made by Aldermen Campbell, seconded by Bentzinger to award the lower bid from Summit Pest Control for the above costs, but limiting up to 6 treatments for the year. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Mayor Nightingale requested Barry Kozart be invited to the next Public works meeting to discuss City Wide clean up days.


Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Campbell to approve the MFT resolution for $211,923.00 for calendar year 2007. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Municipal Pipe was in town to jet the sewers. They will return to video some of the problem areas in the City. Following this service, determination will be made on which sewers will need to be replaced this summer, and the appropriate amounts will be budgeted.


Six potential water projects have been identified. The public works committee will need to determine which ones will be placed in the budget by next week.


Water and sewer rates for fiscal year 2007-08, will need to be determined prior to the budgetary meeting next week. The six-month water surcharge will expire in June.


Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Bentzinger to award the Concrete bid to Ideal for the next fiscal year.  The 4000 ready mix is quoted at $77.00 per cubic yard, class SI is $80.50 per cubic yard, and the fiber mesh is $6.00 per yard. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


The Committee is awaiting bids to slope the ground, seed, etc. last year’s water and sewer project sites on Kiwanis and S Madison.


 Motion to adjourn at 9:00 PM.



Katherine Graham

City Clerk