The Regular meeting of the Carthage City Council was held in City Hall located at 308 Walnut Street, April 24th, 2007. Mayor Nightingale’s called the meeting to order at 8:00PM. Attending were Aldermen Campbell, Smith, Fleming, Bentzinger, Neally, and Walker. Treasurer Lunt was absent. 


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Campbell to approve the April 10th meeting minutes. All six Aldermen answered “aye”.


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to approve the April 17th meeting minutes. All six Aldermen answered “aye”.


Steve Klein discussed the Ordinance Approving and Authorizing the execution of a TIF district Redevelopment Agreement between the City of Carthage & Hancock Supportive Living Facility. The ordinance authorizes the Mayor to enter into and execute on behalf of the City said redevelopment agreement.


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to approve the above ordinance 2006-24. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Mayor Nightingale reported that the Senior Housing project to be located next to City hall was awaiting approval from HUD to begin. It is hoped that digging will begin within 2 months.


Mayor Nightingale reported that he had attended Hamilton’s City Council meeting thanking them for their help and cooperation during Carthage’s water shortage. He informed them that the City would go back to the 20,000 gal. monthly minimum when this six month agreement expires in May. At that point our price from Hamilton will increase to $3.73 per 1000 gallons.  


Attorney Glidden reported on some delinquent bills and properties. Cheryl Lucas will be taken back to court on the 10th of May for failing to clean up her property.


Alderman Smith reported that he had received complaints from citizens on Mediacom’s price increase, and the company’s failure to bury cables around town. He will follow up.


He also received complaints about leaf burning in the City. This will be discussed at the Safety Committee.


Motion was made by Alderman Smith seconded by Walker to pay the animal control officer $10.00/month for cell phone usage, versus renewing his pager at $6.00/mo. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Alderman Smith requested a map from Ameren identifying street light locations and types of lights in order to determine what lights can be discontinued or changed to decrease costs. Clerk Graham will follow up.


Alderman Smith reported that the Safety Committee will need to discuss further, but at this time, it is believed that Rich Sealock and Bobby Smith will be filling swimming pools. Currently it is proposed to have a minimum charge of $50.00 for the water, plus labor of $20.00/hr. for the two of them. Final decision on this and the price of bulk water sales would be forthcoming following the meeting.


Police Chief Waddell was told that the potential new buyer for the old college campus required an environmental study. That study is expected to be completed by the 30th.  The college is then expected to develop a plan and report that plan to the Police chief. Failure to report a plan will cause the board of health to convene on the matter.


Motion was made by Alderman Neally, seconded by Campbell to award the mowing contract for next fiscal year to the lowest bidder, Reed’s Lawn Care, for $35.00 per mowing. All six aldermen voted “yes”.


Discussion of Holidays for next budgetary year resulted in the consensus that City Employees would exchange holidays. They would get the day after Thanksgiving off, and work on Good Friday.


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Campbell to change the City office hours to 8:00 to 4:30 Monday through Friday, beginning May 1. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Steinhour and Cozart will pay for gravel down their business lane, and the City will spread it.


Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Campbell to allow PSBA to begin the engineering work on the two proposed water projects. (Marion: Locust to Quincy road; on Second Street from Buchanan north 580’) All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Alderman Fleming reported that Mayor Nightingale and Rich Sealock had met with Wayne Nelson from the IL. Rural Water Association. His recommendation was to drill a test well to determine water quality and quantity.


Depending on the results, it would be desired to run the water into the lake and utilize the City’s existing water treatment plant. The reverse osmosis plants are extremely expensive to operate and build. It could cost the City as much as $4.60/1000 gallon to treat water utilizing this kind of treatment plant, plus the obvious cost of building the new type facility.


Citywide Clean up was discussed in the Public Works meeting. It is scheduled for June 2nd and 16th, the first and third Saturdays. This will allow people extra time to dispose of their unwanted items.


It was reported that Patrick Engineering is planning to fix the pump and sump pump at the landfill on May 14th.


Wiemelt Plumbing was in town grading the areas of Kiwanis and S Madison where last year’s water projects occurred. With acceptance of their work, final payment will be sent.


Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Bentzinger to have Vince McBride do the finish work and seeding on the above areas. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Motion was made at 9:15 to adjourn.




Katherine Graham

City Clerk