The Regular meeting of the Carthage City Council was held July 28, 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, G. Smith, Fleming, B. Smith, Neally and Walker. Treasurer Lunt was also present.


Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by G. Smith to nominate Donna Walker as Mayor Pro temps. All answered “aye” in approval of the motion with Alderman Walker abstaining.


Motion was made by Alderman Campbell, seconded by Fleming to approve the July 14th meeting minutes. All six Aldermen answered “aye” in approval of the motion; none were opposed.


Attorney Hartzell reported that the City is going to court on Thursday the 30th for the delinquent status of a N. Madison property.


The City has liens against the property on 1st and Buchanan Streets for failure to pay for mowing. Attorney Hartzell reported that this property was delinquent in property tax payments. A Company that buys such properties has paid the back taxes. Hartzell recommended billing this company for the time frame of their responsibility. Hartzell will follow up on this.


Motion was made by Alderman B. Smith, seconded by Campbell to approve passage of a resolution authorizing the City to sell the land near the landfill, the former Warren Johnson property. The property is to be being divided into two parcels. A notice is to be published for 3 successive weeks prior to bids being opened. All six Aldermen voted “yes”. 


Alderman Walker reported that Labor Day is the first Monday of the month, the usual time for the Public Safety and Public Property committee meetings. Alderman Neally indicated he would need to reschedule the Public Property meeting. Clerk Graham reminded him of the posting requirement.


Alderman Fleming reported that the concrete pad in front of the fire station had been completed. With discussion it was determined that payment should be held until all questions are addressed.


Alderman Smith reported that a circus is coming to town on Oct. 5th. This is the same circus that has come to Carthage in years past. It is tentatively planned to be located at the Saddle Club. The Fire Department sponsors this event.


Alderman Neally reported that he has contacted two companies that will develop specifications for bidding purposes on a new roof at City Hall, and furnace/air conditioning needs at the Kibbe museum and City Hall. 


Alderman Smith complimented the Water and Street Department personnel for their work at the fire station during the concrete pad replacement project. Because of the critical timing in the project and continuous rain, failure to do so would have reportedly set the project back two weeks.


Alderman Smith reported that Representative Rich Myers had called the Mayor last week with a matching grant program for emergency road repair. It is a $200,000.00 grant with the City paying $100,000. A special meeting was held with Terry Knocke from PSBA, Charlie Bair, the Community Development Director, the Street Department and the Mayor. It was determined that work on Wabash Street from Hwy 94 (Douglas Street) to just short of the courthouse square would be an appropriate repaving project. Engineering estimates have been derived and sent to Representative Myers.


Motion was made to adjourn at 8:30PM.



Katherine Graham

City Clerk