The Regular meeting of the Carthage City Council was held January 27, 2009, in City Hall at 538 Wabash Avenue. Clerk Graham called the meeting to order in Mayor Nightingale’s absence at 8:00 PM.  Answering to roll call were Aldermen Campbell, Smith, Fleming, Bentzinger, and Walker. Treasurer Lunt and Alderman Neally were absent.


Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Smith to appoint Alderman Walker as Mayor Pro Temp. Alderman Campbell, Smith, Fleming and Bentzinger answered “yes”. Alderman Walker abstained.


Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Campbell to approve the Jan 13th meeting minutes. All five Aldermen answered “aye” in approval, none opposed.


Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Campbell to appoint Kathy Doherty as the new ESDA Director. All five Aldermen voted “yes”.


Clerk Graham reported on a meeting she attended sponsored by IMRF. The meeting discussed the consequences of IMRF’s significant investment losses that occurred in 2008. The IMRF board will be implementing a change to the rate structure in 2010. To make up for the 2008 losses a 79% price increase would need to occur. This would obviously place an unrealistic burden on employers. They will be posting the final decision on their web site the end of February or first part of March. One of the options discussed was implementing a 10% increase every year for 10 years for non-taxing bodies and spreading the percentage over 30 years for taxing bodies. 


At the public works meeting the Code Enforcer discussed the implementation of a fine for failure to obtain a demolition permit. Currently there is no charge to obtain a permit. Additionally it was suggested that the contractor produce documentation of a state demolition permit for commercial buildings, due to the concern of asbestos exposure to the community.


Alderman Smith reported that the three property owners East of Washington Street have not taken the opportunity to annex into the City. Consequently, they will have to pay for their water lines to be connected to the new line when it is placed this spring. The engineer will now draft the plans for the EPA without any annexations, and no watermain to the East.


When the weather improves the street department will finish the placement of the welcome sign north of town.


The budget for a sewer jetter is not adequate for the type of device that is needed. Discussion indicated that an increased amount would be proposed for next fiscal year.


The emergency generator for the water plant has been ordered. Payment was due at the time of the order, and the generator is built to specs at that time. The contractor requested payment for this device. PSBA indicated that this was an acceptable practice.


Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Bentzinger to approve the pay request to Jansen Electric for $25,417.25.  All five Aldermen voted “yes”.


The street department has not ordered the road salt yet, and are hoping to stretch the supply as long as possible.


The license for tree trimming subject was suggested to occur at the next legislative meeting.


Motion to adjourn @ 8:19PM. 



Katherine Graham

City Clerk