The Regular meeting of the Carthage City Council was held July 22nd, 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, Bentzinger, Neally and Walker. Treasurer Lunt was absent.    


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to approve the July 8th meeting minutes. All six Aldermen answered “aye” in response to approval. None opposing.


Mayor Nightingale notified the Council of the death of Robert P. Goetz, a former Alderman for the City Council for 12 years. He informed the Council of some of the issues discussed during those years and Bob’s contribution.


Mayor Nightingale reported that the Marion Corner Apartments’ open house was last Saturday. The people will be notified this week about their acceptance to occupy the apartment.


Mayor Nightingale reported that Methode had informed him of an additional 37 persons being laid off by Sept. 10th. Most of these persons are from production. There are a total of 114 people who have been laid off since the beginning of the downsizing.


Alderman Smith reported that the Mayor Meeting on July 15th was focused on trying to get all the Iowa and Illinois politicians as well as Illinois and Iowa highway representatives together for discussion and planning for future potential floods; specifically Highway 136 and bridge. They hope the next meeting will be within the first 10 days of August.


The next County Mayor’s meeting will be at Carthage City Hall on August 14th. At this meeting they will compare ordinances for standardization.


Mayor Nightingale reported that the cost to the City for the Hailstorm on June 15th was $14,000.


Clerk Graham read a resignation letter submitted by Ron Schulz, Codes Enforcement Officer.


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Campbell to reluctantly accept the resignation of Codes Enforcement Officer Ron Schulz. All six Aldermen answered “aye” in approval. None opposed.


Mayor Nightingale reported that Mediacom will be increasing the rate of Starz and DVR service each one-dollar per month starting August 9th.


The Mayor reported that he had been approached by Mark Harrison to close the street and alley in front of the Wood Inn for a benefit dance. The request was to close these areas from 2PM to 2AM on August 16th.


In discussion it was noted that this was the same day as a Praise Band concert at the Methodist church, which is within the same block of the Wood Inn.


Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Walker to allow the street and alley closure but the bands could not start until the Methodist Church concert had ended, which would be 8:00 PM. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Clerk Graham will notify the Police, Hospital and Fire Dept of the street closure.


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Bentzinger to approve Ordinance 2008-5 with the new building permit fees. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Bentzinger to accept the resolution, which establishes a Capitalization policy for accounting purposes for the City. All six Aldermen voted ‘yes’


Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Campbell to add another tree to the list to be cut down; assuming pricing is comparable to current bid. This one is located on the West Side of the Kibbe Museum. All six Aldermen voted ‘yes’.


Motion by Alderman Smith, seconded by Bentzinger to amend the meeting minutes of July 8th to reflect that Danny Lake is to be paid for the seeding of the water main area to the new hospital, not C&S construction. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


The sewer project to the hospital is expected to begin next week.


There are State Fair tickets available for the Aldermen on Local Officials Day.


Brenda Pyatt, Community Development Director, reported that the new “welcome” signs are in. One will be placed on the West Side of town on Main Street, the second at the end of the Highway ‘off’ ramp and the third close to Carl Sandburg on the north edge of town.



The money from Rich Myers member initiative dollars is in the final stages. When the money arrives, the final engineering work will be conducted on the Washington Street water line.


Motion was made to adjourn at 8:45PM




Katherine Graham

City Clerk