The Regular meeting of the Carthage City Council was held August 12, 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 22nd 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 July Budgetary Report. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to authorize the Mayor and Clerk to sign documents for the USDA Rural Development loan through WIEC for $740,000.00 and a second loan for $360,000. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Mayor Nightingale reported that five more employees from Methode would be laid off. This is a total of 149 employees.


Mayor Nightingale reported that the City has received $15,000 of a 50/50 matching $30,000 grant for a study to determine if a Food Service Business could be feasible in Carthage. The Food Service would potentially support the Hospital, Nursing Home, Carthage Veterinary Service, and Meals on Wheels. The City would provide $1000.00 towards this 50/50 matching grant. The other money to cover the 50% would come from the interested parties.


$20,000.00 has been received from John Sullivan’s Office to go towards an emergency generator for the Water Plant. Additionally, $170,000 has been received from Rich Myers’ Office for the S. Washington waterline project.


There is a grant that is being investigated for improving the safety of school walking routes for a maximum of $250,000 This includes improving lighting, crossings and sidewalks. There is currently a survey to grade school parents regarding this issue.


Mayor Nightingale reported that he had received a letter from the WIRC requesting money to support the unused paint, and computer equipment processing center at the Hancock Co. Street Garage. They are requesting 6% of their budget or $4864.00 The Mayor was going to discuss it with Brenda for more details.


Mayor Nightingale wanted the Council to know that a former City Clerk, Jean Nutt is seriously ill. 


Attorney Glidden is going to follow up on a delinquent Fire Run bill.


Alderman Smith is the acting Codes Enforcer. The cell phone store on the NW corner of the square suffered damage during the last storm, which caused the back end to collapse. There is concern of building safety. This will be investigated when the new Codes Enforcer is hired. Cheryl Lucas yard is also requiring some attention.


The subject of high grass at a house on N. Washington ensued. Clerk Graham is instructed to call Brian Vance to mow it.


Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Smith, to allow the Kiwanis to solicit at the 4 way stop on Sept 12 from 7:00AM to 3:00PM. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Alderman Fleming reported on the hiring of a new part time policeman, Brandon Mann.


Mayor Nightingale reported that the museum addition has started. When the cement entry pad into the old City hall building was removed carpenter ants were discovered. Keokuk Termite will charge $350.00 to treat them. The Mayor suggested estimates be gathered from vendors to enter into a termite treatment program for all the City buildings.


Alderman Neally reported that the Public Property committee suggested paying Carroll Buckert $200.00 extra for fuel consumed for pasture management following the recent storm.


Motion was made by Alderman Neally, seconded by Smith to pay the extra money as above. Alderman Smith, Fleming and Neally voted “yes”. Alderman Campbell, Bentzinger and Walker voted “no”. Mayor Nightingale voted to break the tie with a “yes” vote supporting the extra money is paid to Carroll Buckert.


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Bentzinger to approve the payment of the July bills. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Walker to approve payment to Calvin Snyder for a sewer repair that was the City’s responsibility, not the homeowner. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Alderman Smith reported that four applications had been received for the Code Enforcement job.


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Neally to allow the Public Works Committee and any other interested Council members to interview the candidates this Saturday AM, and be authorized to hire by Monday. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


There are reportedly two problems with the waterline to the hospital. One hydrant is misplaced and another has too high an elevation. Clyde Dickerson Jr. reported that PSBA is taking responsibility for the error, and will be fixing it at their expense.


Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Walker to approve final payment of $22,028.91 to C&S companies for the waterline project to the hospital. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


The sewer project has still not started. The contractor had promised majority of completion by Sept. 13th and final completion by October 13th. Terry Knoke from PSBA has sent a letter reminding them of this contract and the fines involved if it is not followed.


Motion to adjourn at 9:10 PM.



Katherine Graham

City Clerk