The Regular meeting of the Carthage City Council was held January 26, 2010, at City Hall, 538 Wabash Avenue. Mayor Nightingale called the meeting to order 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 Walker, seconded by B. Smith to approve the January 12th meeting minutes. All six Aldermen answered “aye” in approval of the motion; none were opposed.


Mayor Nightingale reported that following the last Council meeting; he had received complaints on Mediacom’s service. There was a motion at that meeting to extend the Mediacom contract for four months. Because of those complaints the 4-month timeline will begin February 1st.


Joe Roberts, Area Disposal representative, was unable to come to the Council meeting but will be attending the next. There have been multiple complaints about the recycling service. The dumpsters have been removed from the company’s property. There were also complaints that some of the residential recycling is being left behind in the container. Residents are confused as to what is happening and no information has been received from Area Disposal. The Council has some concerns of contract violation. Further investigation is planned.


The City is still waiting for the contract between the hospital and City to be completed by Franklin Hartzell. The City has been receiving regular payments as agreed upon, but the contract for re-payment of the WIEC loan has not been signed. The Mayor talked with Franklin again last week.


The Mayor and Charlie Bair, Carthage Comm. Development Director, had a meeting with Tim Glanden from Methode. There was a plant tour and discussion about potential use of the building. Methode will continue to utilize a portion of the building for up to 15 years for fulfillment of warranty issues. Additional meetings are planned.


Mayor Nightingale talked with Senator Sullivan’s Office to determine the status of the promised $75,000 funding. This money was to help pay for the concrete pad by the Fire Station, the roof at City Hall, and furnaces at City Hall and the Kibbe Museum. The report was that the funding is still planned, but may not arrive until next fiscal year.


Alderman Fleming reported that a Police Officer had a vehicle accident while on duty and was hospitalized overnight with a concussion. The patrol car has been towed and the Chief is discussing repair details with the insurance company.


Mayor Nightingale reported that Patrick Engineering is trying to arrange a meeting with the EPA within the next 4-6 weeks to discuss the status of the landfill closure. The EPA permit has been obtained for the work on the downshoot and the washout area.


The contract with TEST, Inc. still has another year, but there was some earlier confusion on this fact. TEST has requested to meet with the Council and present an updated proposal. Mayor Nightingale will try to arrange a meeting with TEST and a competitor for February 15th. 


Motion was made by Alderman G. Smith, seconded by Fleming to approve a MFT resolution for the Wabash Overlay for $119, 500.00 All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


In follow up to a letter from the DNR, Mayor Nightingale contacted VEIT Company, who did the work on the Dam earlier this year. They submitted all the information on the project and it was then sent to the DNR.


Patrick Engineering will be conducting an energy audit at the waterplant. They will then submit the information for a grant to reduce the City’s energy expenses.


The sewer maintenance contract with Municipal Pipe expires in June. The Public Works committee will meet with Lamont Lee and Rich Sealock to determine future needs prior to this renewal.


Elgin Berry, County Engineer, has contacted the City about bridge inspections. He is able to do this for the City and be reimbursed accordingly.


Alderman G. Smith reminded the Council that the Fire Department’s Pancake breakfast would be Sunday, January 31st.


Motion at 8:30 by Alderman Walker, seconded by Neally to enter into executive session to discuss the land auction. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Motion at 8:55 by Alderman Walker, seconded by B. Smith to end executive session discussing upcoming land sale. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Motion to adjourn at 8:56PM.

Respectfully submitted,


Katherine Graham, City Clerk