The Regular meeting of the Carthage City Council was held in City Hall, located at 538 Wabash Avenue, on January 22, 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 Fleming to approve the January 8th meeting minutes. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Mayor Nightingale recognized Steve and Karol Carr to address the Council. They purchased a property on Main Street with the intent to run a bed and breakfast business. They presented letters of support from their immediate neighbors. The City of Carthage does not have an ordinance specific for this type of business therefore; the current zoning does not accommodate this usage either.


Mayor Nightingale reported his support of their business and investment into the community. The Legislative Committee will meet Tuesday Jan 29th at 6:30 PM to finalize this ordinance. It will be voted upon at the next Council meeting Feb. 12th.


Mayor Nightingale recognized Franklin Hartzell to address the Council. Mr. Hartzell indicated that the zoning ordinance was last addressed in 1967. He strongly urged the Council to review and update the entire City zoning needs because of the bed and breakfast issue, the sale of the College campus, and the new highway areas.


Mayor Nightingale recognized Steve Klein to address the Council. Mr. Klein discussed two TIF ordinances, which authorize the Mayor to sign an agreement between the City and Carthage Elementary School and Illini West High School. This agreement has been discussed with the parties for some time. It addresses reimbursement of lost income to the school, as a result of the TIF agreement. The schools must also show the City that the money was used on Capital expenditures and provide a copy of their annual audits.


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Smith to approve ordinance 2007-9; an ordinance approving and authorizing the execution of an intergovernmental agreement by and between the City of Carthage and Illini West High School district no. 307. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Smith to approve ordinance 2007-10; an ordinance approving and authorizing the execution of an intergovernmental agreement by and between the City of Carthage and Carthage Elementary School District no. 317. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Mayor Nightingale reported that the Senior Citizen Housing project has made no progress and will never meet their June deadline for completion.


The Plan Commission met and discussed a storage unit request from Dan Neally. It was rejected at this time. He needs to get written permission from the immediate neighbors and then address the Plan Commission again.


Alderman Smith reported that Police Chief Waddell was recuperating from surgery without issue. He stated that the Fire Dept. continues to use the white car to travel to training sessions. He plans to discuss the potential sale of the DARE truck at the next committee meeting.


The County ESDA requested use of the Fire Dept. building for their meeting next month. Alderman Smith stated they might use the Council Chambers instead. Tony Slater continues to represent the City’s ESDA interests.


Alderman Smith reported that the Fire Dept. would hold a pancake breakfast on Feb. 3rd.


Alderman Neally reported that the Public Property Committee had met with Barry Cozart regarding the contract with Disposal Pro garbage service. John Glidden will draft the ordinance and contract with the agreed upon terms. The terms included a residential rate of $15.00 per household, $12.50 for seniors; Year 2 an increase up to $.50, with a maximum increase of 5% for year three and four. This will only be implemented if Disposal Pro’s dumping site increases their fees. The City will also be responsible for $1500 towards the costs of the Citywide clean up.


Motion was made by Neally seconded by Campbell to approve the Contract for four more years of garbage service with Disposal Pro with the agreed upon terms. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


The Kibbe Board and Mayor have reviewed the lease agreement between the Historical Society and the Kibbe.


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Smith to authorize the Mayor to sign the above agreement. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Alderman Fleming reported the lake levels continue to be low. He stated that Charlie Bach from PSBA is investigating costs of digging a well in anticipation of next year’s budget. He intends to have this estimate available by March. He is also investigating options and costs for the small water tower in terms of painting Vs removal.


The Route 94 agreement may not be finalized until late summer. There is a fair amount of paperwork and details that need to be worked out before it can be completed.


Brenda Pyatt reported that the no interest WIEC loan is on it’s way to Washington, DC and continues to look very promising. This loan would allow the City to pay for water and sewer lines out to the proposed hospital site. The City has applied for an additional loan from the Federal Government for this project, but it is less promising.


There is a potential grant through Representative Myers for $170,000 to aid in payment for the new well drilling project. Clerk Graham and Brenda Pyatt will be completing this paperwork shortly.


A legislative meeting is to occur on January 29th at 6:30 to discuss several projects including the Carr Bed and Breakfast, delinquent garbage issues and an administrative leave policy.


Motion was made to adjourn at 9:05 PM



Katherine Graham

City Clerk