The Regular meeting of the Carthage City Council was held in City Hall located at 308 Walnut Street, May 22nd, 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 Fleming to approve the May 8th meeting minutes. All six Aldermen answered “aye”.


Mayor Nightingale reported that HUD has approved the Senior Citizen housing project to be built next to City Hall. It is hoped that construction can begin within 60 days. A contractor from Decatur will be building it, as originally designed. Attorney Glidden will need to get the property deed transferred to them as quickly as possible.


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to approve the Mayor signing any necessary documents to facilitate the deed transfer of the property adjacent to City Hall for the Marion Corner apartments. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Mayor Nightingale reported that an Ameren representative would be meeting with he and the Clerk about the recent rate increases on Tuesday at 10:00.


Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Walker to allow the Catholic Church to block off Buchanan to Walnut Street from 6:00 to 9:00 PM for a church function on June 9th. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Attorney Glidden reported that he had drafted a letter to Mediacom, about their poor service and customer complaints. He is awaiting the Mayor’s feedback on the letter before sending.


Ron Schulz, Codes Enforcer, reported on multiple neglected properties. He indicated progress was being made on most of them.


Alderman Smith reported that the Fire Department is having a fundraiser on June 3rd from 11:00 to 2:00, all the chicken or fish you can eat.


He also reported that the dry wall was up in the “new” City Hall and if the pace continued it should be completed by the end of summer.

Following a brief discussion.


Motion was made by Alderman Neally seconded by Walker to prohibit hunting on any city properties. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Alderman Fleming reported that Patrick Engineering was here this week working on the landfill pump. Work still needs to be done on the ground water pump.


The new dump truck was ordered and will take several weeks for delivery.


Charlie Bach from PSBA discussed the cost estimates for a test well.
Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Campbell to have PSBA investigate low interest loans for next fiscal year in order to drill the well. Current estimates are $175,000. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Alderman Fleming reported that PSBA has the necessary paperwork to file with the state for the upcoming water project on Marion from Quincy to Locust and on Second Street from Buchanan to 575’ North. Bids will occur when approval from the state has been granted.


Gaines Trucking has been using large quantities of water for the highway construction. They had indicated that Rural Water was willing to sell it to them for $5.50/1000 gal. The City temporarily matched this price, but the Council recommended from this point to hold at $8.00/1000 gal. if they want to continue purchasing.


Mark Harrison had requested the ability to rent out storage units from his apartment house, if the tenants did not need the storage space. The Council would not authorize this, due to zoning issues.


Motion was made at 9:05 to adjourn.



Katherine Graham

City Clerk