CARTHAGE CITY COUNCIL
The Regular meeting of the Carthage City Council was held February 9th, 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 and the City Attorney were absent.
Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Campbell to approve the January 26th meeting minutes. All six Aldermen answered “aye” in approval of the motion; none were opposed.
Mayor Nightingale reported that recent publications indicate that the revenue from the State will be down from an estimated $18/resident. Income tax revenue is estimated to be down 16% with Sales tax down 10.5% from this fiscal year.
Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Campbell to approve the January Budgetary Report. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.
Mayor Nightingale reported that the Area Disposal representative was unable to attend the meeting due to bad driving conditions from Peoria. He is planning on the next meeting weather permitting.
The Mayor discussed having Mediacom attend a meeting in March and discuss a six month contract extension with them.
Alderman Fleming reported that Chief Waddell was recognized by the Department of Defense for his support of the National Guard and Reserve. Officer Humphrey is in the National Guard, and the last minute military orders often required additional scheduling efforts.
Alderman Fleming reported through Officer Kost that the DARE graduation is tentatively scheduled for April.
The Fire Department’s pancake breakfast generated $2500 for the department. The annual Fireman’s Ball is scheduled for Feb. 27th at 8:00PM. They are raffling a 46” Sony flat screen TV and a Dewalt Tool set.
Alderman Walker reported that the Finance Committee met and discussed the bills. A letter was received from the County requesting funding for the electronic recycling project. Clerk Graham will find out how this issue was addressed last year.
Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by B. Smith to pay the January bills as presented. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.
Alderman G. Smith reported that PSBA, the Mayor and Clerk are all talking with the DNR on the dam repair issue. He also reported that the paperwork is complete and has been submitted for the energy audit at the water plant.
Motion was made by Alderman G. Smith, seconded by Walker to allow the Mayor to sign the documents, which would allow the County to conduct the City Bridge inspections. Their engineer will be paid for time and materials. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.
The Council was reminded that the DNR would be at City Hall tomorrow at 1:00PM to discuss creek testing. All Council members are encouraged to attend.
Motion was made by Alderman Walker at 8:35PM to enter into executive session to discuss the land sale. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.
Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by B. Smith to exit executive session at 8:47PM. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.
Motion was made by Alderman B. Smith, seconded by Fleming to reject the current land bids. Alderman Campbell, G. Smith, Fleming, B. Smith, and Neally voted “yes”. Alderman Walker voted “no”.
Motion to adjourn at 8:48PM.
Katherine Graham, City Clerk