The Regular meeting of the Carthage City Council was held in City Hall located at 308 Walnut Street, June 26th, 2007. Mayor Nightingale’s called the meeting to order at 8:00PM. Answering to roll call were Aldermen Campbell, Smith, Fleming, Bentzinger, Neally, and Walker. Treasurer Lunt also attended.


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Campbell to approve the June 12th meeting minutes. All six Aldermen answered “aye”. 


Mayor Nightingale reported that the senior housing project is proceeding. The papers were signed in Chicago last Thursday. It is believed that ground breaking next to City hall will begin within the next 2-3 weeks.


Mayor Nightingale reported that Bruce Leathem has resigned from the building commission. A replacement has not been determined.


There will be a media announcement at the old college library building at 10:30 AM with Dr. Connors announcing his recent purchase of the campus and his projected plans.


Mayor Nightingale reported that the TIF intergovernmental agreement with the school systems is not going well. A lawsuit is possible.


Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Walker stating that if the school district proceeds with legal action the intergovernmental agreement will be withdrawn and no TIF funds will be available to the schools. All six aldermen voted “yes”.


Attorney Glidden will be filing a lien against the Chavez property on Wabash Street for failure to pay for mowing. Additionally he will be filing a small claim against Ron Biondolino for failure to pay for a fire run.


Alderman Smith is getting a street map from PSBA and will mark locations of streetlights in an attempt to remove or decrease the wattage to decrease overall costs.


Alderman Smith reported that Bobby Smith overheated during the fire call to Hamilton last week requiring hospitalization.


Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Walker to accept the bid from Quincy Overhead Door Company to replace the three fire station doors for $6945.00. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


The EPA landfill inspection came in this week with no violations.


Mayor Nightingale talked with Patrick Engineering regarding the last bill. $4100 was withheld pending further discussion about the pump.


Mayor Nightingale reported that re-zoning of the property on the East Side of town is going to cost $11,000 to $12,000.  The TIF funds will eventually reimburse this cost.


The water plant had a pump burn up. Replacement costs will be around $4500.00  The golf course has a pump that might be able to be purchased and used. Rich Sealock is going to pursue this possibility. If this pump is not adaptable, a new one will be purchased.  Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Campbell to allow the water department to purchase the used pump from the Golf Course, if possible. If it is not usable, they will purchase the new pump. All six aldermen voted “yes’.


There continues to be seepage through the dam into the treed area located behind the lake. This seepage is worse when the water is higher in the lake, as it is currently.  Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Bentzinger to have PSBA develop a solution for this problem. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


There was discussion about weeds growing up in ditches around town.  It is the homeowner’s responsibility to clean the ditches and keep them free of debris.


Motion was made at 8:45 for adjournment.



Katherine Graham

City Clerk