CARTHAGE CITY COUNCIL
The Regular meeting of the Carthage City Council was held April 27th, 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 absent.
Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to approve the April 13th meeting minutes. All six Aldermen answered “aye” in approval of the motion; none were opposed.
Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to approve the April 20th meeting minutes. All six Aldermen answered “aye” in approval of the motion; none were opposed.
Mayor Nightingale reported that the engineering work is completed on the East Wabash Street project. The MFT letting is scheduled for May 5th at 11:00 AM.
Mayor Nightingale reported that the Charger Center is proceeding on schedule. The seats are being installed now.
Attorney Hartzell will check with Attorney Tucker on the status of the Mediacom contract. Mayor Nightingale reported that Hamilton is receiving 4% franchise fee and Carthage should receive the same. Currently the City receives 3%.
Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Neally to approve Resolution 2009-3 Hazard Mitigation Plan. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.
Mayor Nightingale informed the Council of the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Vet Service building on May 7th at 1:30. Tours will be from 4:00 to 6:00PM.
Clerk Graham reported on required review of executive sessions. Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by B. Smith to destroy executive sessions 3-9-04,4-27-04,10-12-04,7-26-05,8-9-05,8-23-05,9-27-05,3-28-06,5-23-06, and
7-5-06. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.
Attorney Hartzell reported that Attorney Tucker is working on the deeds for the sale of land adjacent to the landfill.
The Council approved the Ordinance for the water and sewer rates for fiscal year 2010-11, but wording needed to change to reflect a BI-monthly billing cycle.
Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Campbell to approve Ordinance 2009-19, which maintains the every other month billing. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.
KC Construction has started the repairs to the upper window area of City Hall.
A meeting is scheduled for Friday, April 30th at 9:00AM with the Mayor, Charlie Bair, and Charlie Bach to discuss possible projects and bonding options. There is money available that the Federal Government subsidizes which makes the effective borrowing rate below 3%. This would be utilized to make improvements at the water plant and replace some water mains.
Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by B. Smith to pay Finton Tree service $2400 for the budgeted tree cutting this last year. Dusty Grotts checked the list and indicated the job was completed to his satisfaction. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.
Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Neally to approve payment of the DARE officer salary from the DARE funds. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.
Mayor Nightingale reported that Methode had sent a letter indicating two more persons laid off effective June 21st.
Alderman G. Smith reported that some ditch and culvert work had been done on Highway 94 near the old AG Seed. He also reported that Municipal Pipe is in town doing sewer-jetting work with minimal problems being reported.
Rich Sealock reported a loose wire problem with the emergency generator at the Water Plant. He will discuss the bill with Jansen Electric.
Mayor Nightingale reported that health care insurance rates had been received for the employee health insurance and reflected a 16% increase. Clerk Graham is going to investigate other options.
Motion to adjourn at 8:40PM.
Katherine Graham, City Clerk