The Regular meeting of the Carthage City Council was held November 25, 2008, in City Hall at 538 Wabash Avenue. Clerk Graham called the meeting to order at 8:00PM in Mayor Nightingale’s absence. Answering to roll call were Aldermen Smith, Campbell, Fleming, Bentzinger, Neally and Walker. Treasurer Lunt was absent.    


Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Smith to approve the nomination of Alderman Walker to act as Mayor Pro Temp. Alderman Campbell, Smith, Fleming, Bentzinger and Neally voted “yes”. Alderman Walker abstained.


Motion was made by Alderman Campbell, seconded by Fleming to approve the meeting minutes of November 11th.  All six Aldermen answered “aye” in approval; none opposed.


Clerk Graham reported that the grant for the Safe Route to School program was submitted as planned. Clerk Graham read a letter from Ada Bair, Chief Executive Officer of Memorial Hospital, with an affirmative response to the change in the lifting assistance policy for the Police and Fire Departments.


Graham also reported that she and Attorney Tucker were working on the Tax Levi. The Levi Ordinance and the Election Resolution will both be ready for the next meeting.


Attorney Tucker reported real estate descriptions of the Roger and Larry Fecht properties, for the purpose of easement had been obtained. He also reported that the Ordinance for change in Fire Department fees would be ready for the next meeting.


Alderman Neally reported that the Public Property Committee had been investigating a choice of trees for planting in the spring, which might have a limited height. This could help when the tree matures to prevent cutting around overhead wires. Alternatively they are discussing the possibility of allowing homeowners to adjust the planting location to avoid the wires. Clerk Graham reported that several citizens have inquired about purchasing trees for the yards. The Committee will consider this as well.


Alderman Walker reminded the Council of the Christmas Open House on December 4th and for each to bring four dozen homemade cookies.  Staffing schedules were also determined. She reminded the Council of the Finance Committee on Dec. 8th at 6:30PM with the Safety Committee meeting to follow.


Alderman Smith reported that the contractors working on the new bar screen placement near the sewer plant had difficulty locating the waterline. The line from the bar screen to the waterline is now longer than planned. With the ground not having time to settle before winter there is some concern about freezing. Discussion on preventing this is ongoing. Additional project costs might be incurred because of this.


Alderman Smith reported that Municipal Pipe Company completed flushing sewer lines and will return at a later date to videotape problematic areas.


Alderman Smith reported that Hoppe Construction had submitted a pay request for the Sewer project. This will be held until the next meeting. He also reported that the bids on the Water plant generator were opened last week. The low bid was Jansen Electric for $75,800. PSBA’s Terry Knocke verified that the chosen generator was not one that might be difficult to obtain repair parts for in the future.


Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Bentzinger to approve the above bid for the emergency waterplant generator. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Motion to adjourn by Alderman Smith, seconded by Campbell at 8:35PM.




Katherine Graham

City Clerk