The Regular meeting of the Carthage City Council was held June 24th, 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, Neally and Walker. Treasurer Lunt was also present.    


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Smith to approve the June 10th meeting minutes. All six Aldermen answered “aye” in response to approval. None opposing.


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to approve the Mayor’s recommendation to appoint Leonard Hardy to the museum board to replace Larry Vance. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Mayor Nightingale reported that the Senior Citizen housing development will hold an open house on July 19th. They are still anticipating a move in date of August 1st. There were reportedly 50 applications for 10 apartments.


The Mayor also reported that Methode Electronics has notified him that 59 jobs will be eliminated by August 10th. Forty-seven of them are assembly workers.


There is still no information on the loans and grants for the Washington Street water project or the Hospital water line. Payments continue to be made from the Capital Improvement Fund until this money is received.


Mayor Nightingale complimented the Fire and Street Departments for all their work after the recent hail and windstorm. The Water Department and Alderman Smith worked to keep the water coming from Hamilton, as the water plant was without electricity until 5:30 AM.


The Treasurer presented a letter to the Mayor from the Supervisor of Assessment Office. Methode Electronics will have a special hearing in Room 2 of the Court House on July 3rd at 9:00AM. They are protesting their tax assessment. This could have large implications for City and School revenues. Attorney Glidden will represent the City at this hearing.


Attorney Glidden is to investigate and clarify that Methode has ownership of their lot. This should have occurred in 1995 after revenue bonds were paid off.


Glidden reported that a lien had been placed on the Yoho property for failure to mow.


Attorney Glidden also reported that he had sent Mediacom their contract to renew their usage of a tower for 10 years, with a renewable 10-year contract. This has nothing to do with the cablevision contract, which expires in ’09.


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Campbell to approve Ordinance 2008-3 on Peddler fees and restrictions. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Campbell to pass Ordinance 2008-4 on prevailing wage.  All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Motion was made by Alderman Neally, seconded by Campbell to approve the lowest bid for tree removal from Fenton Tree Service at $4600.00. All six Aldermen voted “yes”. Other vendors and prices were accordingly: Dan’s Tree Service $4986.00; Ferrell Tree Service $7310.00; Chris Akers $6600.00.


The Waterline to the proposed hospital site is complete and undergoing bacterial testing.


Motion was made by pay C&S Companies for the work completed on the waterline to the proposed hospital site. The pay estimate is $125,187.09, less the $2500.00 for final grading which has not occurred yet. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


The Street Department has hired Jerry Lowe to help on a part time basis. They continue to clean up limbs from the storm on June 15th.


The water department is investigating generator purchases. It was suggested they form a specification sheet in order to equalize the bidding process.


The sewer project to the hospital could start as early as next week. Jon & Carol Post’s sewer was deemed a homeowner expense. It is the private sewer to the home that is needing replacement.


Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Bentzinger to approve reimbursement of expenses to Mike & Cindy Hanks for a sewer problem, which was the City’s responsibility. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Motion was made to adjourn at 9:00PM




Katherine Graham

City Clerk