CARTHAGE CITY COUNCIL

REGULAR MEETING JUNE 12TH, 2007

 

The Regular meeting of the Carthage City Council was held in City Hall located at 308 Walnut Street, June 12th, 2007. Mayor Nightingale’s called the meeting to order at 8:00PM. Answering to roll call were Aldermen, Fleming, Bentzinger, Neally, and Walker. Treasurer Lunt was absent.  Aldermen Campbell and Smith were late due to mutual aid fire assistance in Hamilton.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to approve the May 22nd meeting minutes. All four Aldermen (Fleming, Bentzinger, Neally and Walker) answered “aye”.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to approve the May Budget report. All four Aldermen answered “yes”.

 

Mayor Nightingale indicated that the deed was sent to the appropriate authorities for the Senior Citizen Housing project. No news when construction will begin.

 

Mayor Nightingale and Clerk Graham met with an Ameren representative last week, but did not receive much assistance in trying to minimize street lighting costs.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to approve the Mayor writing a letter of support for the possibility of building a new hospital. All four Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to approve the prevailing wage Ordinance 2007-2. All five Aldermen (Campbell, Fleming, Bentzinger, Neally and Walker) voted “yes”.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Walker to allow the Police department to purchase their budgeted in-car video camera for $5,051.00. All six Aldermen (Campbell, Smith, Fleming, Bentzinger, Neally and Walker) voted “yes”.

 

Alderman Smith reported that the Public Safety committee recommended a sign be placed at the corner of the square at Adams and Wabash, allowing emergency responders to make a left turn. The Council was supportive of this recommendation.

 

Alderman Smith reported that Fireman Bobby Smith had been hospitalized tonight for overheating at the mutual aid fire support for Hamilton.

 

Alderman Smith reported on the elections at the Fire Station on May 1st.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Walker to approve the Fire Department elections of the following officers: Chief: Scott Carle. First Assistant Chief: Gary Smith. Second Assistant Chief: Eric Shuman. Secretary/Treasurer: Bobby Smith. President: Rod Twaddle. Vice President: Shawn Campbell. Alderman Fleming, Bentzinger, Neally and Walker voted “yes”. Aldermen Campbell and Smith abstained. 

 

There has been steady progress on the new City hall (old library) remodel according to Aldermen Smith, Walker and Neally.  Expenses to date are $8400.00 Pending expenses include new front doors, windows, and furnace duct work which are estimated to be another $4300.00.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Smith to approve the payment of the May bills, with the addition of the City of Hamilton of $13,500, Getz Fire Equipment for $654.50, and hold the Bill for Patrick Engineering for $32,607.27, until Mayor Nightingale can discuss with them. All six Aldermen voted “yes”. 

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Bentzinger to approve the budgeted purchase of a new Fax Machine for City Hall for $395.00. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Alderman Fleming reported that the Safety Committee had recommended the purchase of the necessary accessories for the new truck for the street department, including the truck bed, a spreader and snow plow for $20,357.00 from Knapheide.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Bentzinger to approve the budgeted purchases for the new street department truck. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Alderman Fleming reported seepage behind the lake levy wall. PSBA engineers and Rich Sealock are investigating options for repair and will continue to monitor status closely.

 

Municipal Pipe Co. has sent the sewer tapes and report. There are three or four potential problematic areas. This will be discussed with Lamont Lee further.

 

Alderman Fleming reported that the street department would be going to the annual equipment show at Colchester tomorrow. A $50.00 fee will need to be paid  to the township, for their prepayment of this show.

 

Motion was made at 9:20 for adjournment.

 

 

Katherine Graham

City Clerk