The Regular meeting of the Carthage City Council was held June 10th, 2008, in City Hall at 538 Wabash Avenue. Mayor Nightingale called the meeting to order at 8:00PM. Answering to roll call were Aldermen Smith, Campbell, Fleming, and Walker. Treasurer Lunt and Alderman Neally were absent.    


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to approve the May 27th meeting minutes. All five Aldermen answered “aye” in response to approval. None opposing.


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


Mayor Nightingale recognized several of the voluntary Firemen to address the Council. They discussed the need for new airbags to assist with victim recovery in vehicle accidents. The current bags are 25 years old, and the expected life is 10 years. It was recognized that they Fire Department has money in the budget for equipment purchase.


Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Walker to purchase five new airbags and necessary accessories for $4296.00 from MES. All five Aldermen voted “yes”.


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to approve the following officers for the Fire Department for the next fiscal year.

Chief: Scott Carle

1st Assistant: Eric Shuman

2nd Assistant: Jim Fink

President: Billy Cramer

Vice Pres.: Will Douglas

Secretary: Bobby Smith

Training Officer: Ben Dion

All five Aldermen voted “yes” in approval of the above.


Alderman Fleming requested a representative of the Fire Department attend the Public Safety meetings that meet every second Monday of the Month at 7:00PM


 The Carthage Chamber of Commerce sign committee has designed a “Welcome to Carthage” sign to be placed on the edge of town. The sites have been selected and the signs are ready to order.


Following discussion, Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to approve the purchase of the entry signs for $12,000.00 All five Aldermen voted “yes” in approval.


Mayor Nightingale reported that Brenda Pyatt is finishing the paperwork necessary to receive $20,000 member initiative money from John Sullivan. This money would go towards a backup generator for the waterplant. The total cost of this project is estimated to be $70,000.00


Without this generator the City could only supply water to the residents for approximately 24 hours. When the EPA has conducted inspections of the water plant, they have criticized the City because it did not have this ability.


The Mayor noted that the City is very grateful for this member initiative money, and this project would not be possible without it. It will allow the City to continue to supply water to the residents in the event of a prolonged power outage, or disaster. It is truly a project that will be beneficial to every member of the community.


Bids for this project will occur after the initiative money is received.


Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Campbell to accept this initiative money and proceed with this project; which will greatly improve the City’s water plant. All five Aldermen voted “yes”.


Mayor Nightingale reported that the Marion Corner Apartments are estimated to be completed by July 2nd. A ribbon cutting ceremony and community open house will be forthcoming. It is estimated that occupancy will begin August 1st.


Mayor Nightingale reported that the $170,000 Water Main money from Rich Meyers has passed the funding level, which is the level just prior to implementing the check. Initial engineering has been completed on this project. Once the money is received the formal bidding process will follow.


No further information is available on the no interest loan and grant from WIEC which will pay for the waterline to the new hospital site.


Alderman Campbell reported that the outside stairs to the Police department would be replaced. No estimate on the start date. He also reported that the Police Department will be receiving a portable defibrillator that will be in the squad car for access at any time.


The Fire station roof needs to be repaired or replaced. Alderman Fleming is attempting to find persons who work on steel roofs.


The Street department is awaiting a repair part for the City Hall emergency generator.


Following some discussion, motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Bentzinger to approve the payment of the May bills. All five Aldermen voted “yes”.


Alderman Smith reported that the Street Department is still having difficulties getting anyone to do the seed and ground work on last year’s water project on Marion Street. If the contractor does not complete by the end of the week, a landscaping firm will be contacted.


Kenny Huling is off this week due to illness. The other two part time street workers are not consistently available. Following discussion it was decided that a one-time ad should be placed in the paper for part time help for the Street Department. The person must have a CDL.


The water project to the proposed Memorial Hospital site is to be completed by the end of the week, pending successful completion of the necessary water tests.


The tree “cutting” list has been generated. The office will contact several vendors to get bids.


Alderman Smith reported several trees in town need trimming. They are hanging down blocking sidewalks, cross streets, etc. He advised property owners trim them now, or the City will trim them as they decide appropriate.


Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Walker to have the Mayor sign the contract and the notice to proceed, for the sewer project to the proposed hospital site. All five Aldermen voted “yes”.


The Mayor scheduled a legislative meeting for June 30th at 6:30PM at City Hall.


Motion was made to adjourn at 8:58PM




Katherine Graham

City Clerk