The Regular meeting of the Carthage City Council was held in City Hall located at 538 Wabash Avenue, October 9th, 2007. Mayor Nightingale called the meeting to order at 8:00PM. Answering to roll call were Aldermen Campbell, Fleming, Bentzinger, Neally, and Walker. Alderman Smith and Treasurer Lunt were absent.
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Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to approve the September ’07 Budgetary report. All five Aldermen voted “yes”. In discussion it was noted that several line items would need to be amended later this year.
Mayor Nightingale reported that the Senior Citizen housing project had broken Ground. Neither the Mayor nor the Housing authority representative are happy with how the contractor is managing and communicating on this project.
Halloween trick or treat for the City is scheduled for October 31st, 6-8:00 PM.
Clerk Graham reported that John Faulhaber had completed the 2006-07 City audit.
Motion was made by Alderman Campbell, seconded by Fleming to formally approve paying the Benevolent Assoc. $5000.00 received from a grant in ‘06-07 fiscal year for the brush truck. All five Aldermen voted “yes”.
Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to approve the Resolution of Support Single-family owner-occupied housing rehabilitation program. All five Aldermen voted “yes”.
The City works with Western IL. Regional Council on the coordination of this project. This is the first step in applying for the low-income home repair program. This is the same program the City was involved in a couple years ago. With that grant of $380,000 eleven houses were repaired and upgraded.
Attorney Glidden is in the process of defining and refining the ordinance on manufactured and modular homes. This would aid the county in determining appropriate property taxes.
In Alderman Smith’s absence, Alderman Walker reported that the Public Safety Committee had met. Police Chief Waddell reported on various problems with the new high school convergence. The noise ordinance does not appear to be in the ordinance book. He requested Attorney Glidden investigate.
Alderman Smith is in the process of identifying which streetlights might be able to be diminished in wattage, or eliminated. Mayor Nightingale projected substantial savings with this program. It is believed changing or eliminating will be done at no charge from Ameren.
The current garbage contract with Disposal Pro, Inc. ends in April. In accordance with the contract, the City is to notify Disposal Pro six months prior to the end of the contract, if it intends to terminate the agreement.
Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Walker to renew the contract with Disposal Pro for four years, subject to negotiations. All five Aldermen voted “yes”.
It was requested that Barry Cozart prepare a proposal for the Council by the second meeting in November. Some issues to resolve include determining if the garbage bill would be added to the water bills, city wide clean up and standardized garbage rates.
Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Bentzinger to approve the payment of the September bills. Additional bills include Frontier, Ameren, Ft. Madison Ready Mix, Central Stone, and Andrews Plumbing. All five Aldermen voted “yes”.
Motion was made by alderman Fleming, seconded by Campbell to approve the initial payment to Wiemelt plumbing of $55,399.72 for the completed water project on Marion and Second Streets. All five Aldermen voted “yes”.
There were two bids submitted to remove trees behind the dam at the lake. Ferrell Tree service submitted the low bid of $1800.00.
Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Walker to approve the Ferrell Tree service bid to cut and remove the identified trees behind the dam at the lake for $1800.00 All five Aldermen voted “yes”.
There are some problems at the Water Plant with the clarifier. The Council encouraged Rich Sealock to get someone in to diagnose and estimate repair.
Motion to adjourn at 9:00 PM