The Regular meeting of the Carthage City Council was held in City Hall located at 308 Walnut Street, July 10th, 2007. Mayor Nightingale called the meeting to order at 8:00PM. Answering to roll call 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 June 26th meeting minutes. All six Aldermen answered “aye”. 


Clerk Graham read two resolutions honoring Katelyn Bastert and her record setting running career. She received a standing ovation after each resolution was read. Mayor Nightingale presented her with keys to the City and a special plaque honoring her accomplishments.


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Smith to approve the June Budgetary report. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Mayor Nightingale pointed out that the water purchases from Hamilton budgetary item will need to be amended. The Council did not anticipate one more billing cycle in the budgetary figures. Additionally, the loan for the water tower line item was mistakenly omitted from the budget. This will require amendment as well. These additional costs might necessitate paying for the water project out of the capital improvement fund.


Mayor Nightingale announced the ground breaking ceremony for the Senior Citizen housing project, will occur next Monday, July 16th at 10:30 AM in the lot next to City Hall.


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to approve the nomination of Paul Pollack for the building commission. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Mayor Nightingale reported that Steve Kline would be in town Friday to meet with him and the high school superintendent on the TIF.  A time for a joint meeting with the two school boards is still being explored. 


Mayor Nightingale reported that the General Assembly has to pass a capital plan or any federal matching funds will be lost. This will have major consequences to all towns if this is not accomplished. He also reported that he had heard back from several state representatives following correspondence on balancing the IL state budget by robbing health insurance reserve funds. The City is obviously very opposed to such measures.


Attorney Glidden reported that payment had been received from the lawyers representing the Chavez property on Wabash. Additionally two liens are in the process of being removed from the Sanderson property pending the upcoming property sale.


Alderman Smith reported that he had received two large street maps from PSBA. He will indicate the current street light locations on these maps. From this exercise they will start to determine which lights can be changed and which ones can be eliminated. 


Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Campbell to approve the Knights of Columbus solicitation at the 4 way stop on Sept 21st and 22nd. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Mayor Nightingale reported that the report from the EPA had returned allowing the City to complete the downshoot by Nov. 2008. Budgetary review will determine if it can be accomplished this year, or will wait until next.


Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Walker to place a stop sign at Hansford and Fayette streets, making it a 4-way stop area. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Bentzinger to approve the June bill payment. All six aldermen voted “yes”.


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Smith to approve the spending of $300.00 to Ilini West Activities fund, matching Dallas City and LaHarpe contributions for t-shirts. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Because this is an unbudgeted item, it was discussed that the next time such requests are made, the schools need to ask for such items well in advance. Also it would have been nice if they had solicited bids from local vendors for the T-Shirts, instead of from Nauvoo. There is also potential lost revenue from Royalty’s for PE uniforms, since it is our understanding that the kids will wear this shirt vs. the usual uniform.


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Smith to approve Mayor Nightingale’s signature on the agreement with PSBA to conduct the zoning study spending up to $11,920.00 for the East Side highway areas. All six aldermen voted “yes”.


Alderman Fleming reported on a complaint by Ed Zimmerman on a reported water leak following a meter change. After much discussion, the Public Works committed determined no fault and would not pay for any reported damages.


The dam at the lake continues to seep. PSBA wrote a preliminary report indicating problems with the spillway as well. Further evaluation will need to occur.


Motion was made at 9:00 for adjournment.


Katherine Graham

City Clerk