CARTHAGE CITY COUNCIL

REGULAR MEETING MAY 11TH, 2010

 

The Regular meeting of the Carthage City Council was held May 11th, 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 27th 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 30th 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 budgetary report. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by G. Smith to approve Resolution 2010-2, authorizing the demolition of 214 N. Madison Street. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Mayor Nightingale reported on the well-attended open house of the Veterinary Service at the Old College Campus.

 

Attorney Tucker reported the Cablevision contract will be ready for signature at the next Council meeting. There are still a couple details left to work out.

 

Tucker reported the land sale of Track “A” adjacent to the landfill has been completed. Funds have been applied to payment of the loan. Track B is pending. The documents have been sent to the buyer and are to be signed by week’s end.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by G. Smith to approve Resolution 2010-3 pertaining to parking at the Assisted Living Facility. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by B. Smith to approve the solicitation of funds for diabetes at the 4-Way stop by the Lions Club on May 21st from 2:30 to 5:30. Rain date is June 16th at the same times. All six Aldermen answered “aye” in approval of the motion, none opposed.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Walker to approve the election of Officers at the Fire Department, which were held on May 4th. Fire Chief: Gary Smith; First Assistant Chief Eric Shuman; Second Assistant Chief Dirk Tweedell; President Billy Cramer; Vice President Chad Dorothy; Secretary/Treasurer Jeff Cole. Alderman Campbell, Fleming, B. Smith, Neally and Walker voted “yes”. Alderman G. Smith abstained.

 

There is a Fema Grant that the Fire department wants to apply for. This grant is for the entire County but needs a “host” City. Carthage would be that City. Each department is to supply a 10% match should this grant be awarded. The money is to be used for updating radios. There were no objections to this proposal.

 

Police Chief Waddell has updated the Police Department Manual. Changes include addition of the Sergeant position, and inappropriate use of the Internet and electronic communications. Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Walker to approve changes to the Police Manual. All six Aldermen voted “yes”. Mayor Nightingale indicated that similar changes regarding electronic communications should be made to the City Policy Manual.

 

Chief Waddell updated the Council on the Safe Routes to School grant program. After much discussion with the schools it was determined they would proceed with the educational program.

 

Alderman Campbell reported citywide Clean up is scheduled for June 19th and 26th from 7AM to 2PM. Advertising of event and excluded items will occur in the June 2nd and 16th editions of the Journal Pilot.

 

Alderman Walker reported that the Finance Committee met and discussed the April bills. Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to pay all the bills except Mike’s and Service Master pending further investigation. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Alderman Walker reported that the 4th of July parade is on Sunday the 4th. She will investigate signage needs for the Mayor and Council. Mayor Nightingale reported that there are many events planned for the weekend and the 10 class reunions.

 

Alderman G. Smith reported that the Street Department would be placing a new culvert on East Wabash next week before the resurfacing project later this year.

 

Since the Water and Sewer lines were placed for the new hospital there has been a water retention problem at the corner of Douglas and Wabash. The Street Department will look at ditch options going further west or south.

 

Most of the Public Works meeting was utilized to discuss potential water system improvements, which could total up to $1.5Million.

 

Motion was made by Alderman G. Smith, seconded by Walker to have the Mayor pursue bonding options for up to $1.1Million. All six Aldermen voted “yes”. The Mayor has had discussions with three different companies on this matter.

 

The revenue bonds being considered are under the GeoRecovery Zone and are Economic Development bonds, which incorporate up to a 45% payback from the Federal Government on the interest costs. This would allow approximately 3% interest rate. A 20-year bond would require approximately $70-80,000 annual payments. The County Board is the source of these funds.

 

Motion was made by Alderman G. Smith, seconded by Fleming to approve the Change order for last year’s water and sewer project for $280.35. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Motion was made by Alderman G. Smith, seconded by Fleming to approve the final pay request to Wiemelt for $10,127.42 All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Motion was made by Alderman G. Smith seconded by Walker to have the Mayor sign the DOT agreement, which details the resurfacing project from the 4-Way stop north 4 miles. During this project they will also resurface the shoulders, but the City will be responsible for maintaining them. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Mayor Nightingale indicated that Craig Wear has purchased property around the lake. In a prior agreement with the City, it was deemed that a road and culvert would be maintained across the lake. Wear has proposed that the City not be held to that agreement for $5,000. Because time did not allow for discussion of this during the public works meeting, it was determined that more discussion and decision will occur at the next meeting.

 

Motion to adjourn at 9:20PM.

 

Katherine Graham, City Clerk