The Regular meeting of the Carthage City Council was held March 9, 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 Fleming to approve the February 23rd meeting minutes. All six Aldermen answered “aye” in approval of the motion; none were opposed.


Mayor Nightingale recognized Mediacom representatives Esther Viles and Gary Wightman and Mrs. Jerome Kramer to address the Council. Mrs. Kramer reported poor TV reception and Internet problems to Mediacom. These representatives will investigate and get back to Mrs. Kramer.


Following discussion, motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Neally to approve the Mayor to sign the Mediacom contract franchise lease. Alderman Campbell, Fleming, Neally and Walker voted “yes”. Alderman G. Smith, B. Smith voted “no”.


Following further discussion, Attorney Tucker will discuss the details of the contract with Esther Viles prior to the Mayor signing. When the questions have been addressed to his satisfaction, the Mayor will sign.


Motion by Alderman Walker, seconded by Neally for the Mayor to sign the 10 year Mediacom tower lease. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by G. Smith to approve the February budgetary report. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Mayor Nightingale went through the 2009-2010 Budget and Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by G. Smith to approve the following changes to amend the annual budget:


General Fund                   Budget:                          Amended

Income: grants                      0                                  15,000



Admin Dept: IMRF              12,280                                    73,800

Employee Ins.                       16,200                                    11,270

Other Employee ins.             2,200                         1,000

Grants                                     0                                 19,000

Capital Improvement Fund

Expense:                                            Budget                     Amended

Maintenance Streets                        100,000                      125,000

Engineering Fees                                  3,000                        12,500

Extensions & Replacement            140,000                      152,000


Special Tax Allocation Fund


Loan expense                                    0                                 27,000




Transfer from other funds    0                                27,000

Misc.                                       0                                    1,250



Memorial Hospital               0                                  57,000

Misc. exp.                              0                                   3,300


Waterworks O&M


Salaries                                  9,200                         7,300

Soc. Security                             725                             560

IMRF                                           0                             1,065

Employee Ins.                            0                             1,872

Other Emp. Ins.                          0                                 250

Maintenance Grounds        11,500                         22,600


Sewer Fund                          


IMRF                                     0                                  1134

Insurance                               0                                  1872

Other Emp. Ins.                     0                                     250

Engineering Fees                2,800                            10,000


All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Mayor Nightingale announced Methode would permanently lay off seven more employees on April 30th, 2010. Including one person from each job title: supplier quality tech, maintenance tech, PPAP Coordinator, buyer, material handler, process engineer, and test engineer.



Alderman Fleming reported that the budget proposals for fiscal year 2010-11 from the Police and Fire Departments have been completed and turned in. He also reported that one patrol car is repaired and the other will be done by month end. DARE graduation is tentatively scheduled for noon on March 31st at the Middle School.


Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Walker to approve the Farm Bureau to solicit at the 4 way stop on Friday, March 31st, to recognize Ag Week and hand out fortune cookies with Ag related messages. All six Aldermen answered “aye” in support of the solicitation, none opposed


Alderman Walker reported that the Finance Committee had met and reviewed the Bills. Mayor Nightingale is to discuss the bill from Thomas Jacob and Associates on the Special Tax allocation fund. Payment to Hancock Co. RSVP for $30.00 is to be added, as well as USA Bluebook for $307.64.


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Neally to approve the bills as listed and discussed above. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Alderman Walker reported that the Hancock Co. Economic Development group has not any meetings for several months. The City contributes financially to this group, and concern was expressed about supporting this group in the future.


The e-recycling project is requesting $4891.00 for Hancock County’s portion of the expense. The City is supportive of the project but does not feel they should bear the entire expense for the County. Clerk Graham will explore a more equitable way to distribute this expense.


Alderman G.Smith reported that the City had still not received the signed contract from the State on the Wabash Street Overlay. The document was sent Nov. 23rd. Terry Knoke will investigate the status.


Motion was made by Alderman G.Smith, seconded by Campbell to have PSBA begin the Wabash Street project pending return of the signed contract. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Mayor Nightingale reported that the City received a Professional Partnership Award from the IL. Institute for Rural Affairs on the Carl Sandburg Auditorium project.


Motion to adjourn at 9:10PM.


Katherine Graham, City Clerk