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City Council Meeting Minutes--May 22, 2017

June 13, 2017

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE STAUNTON CITY COUNCIL, HELD IN THE PUBLIC WORKS BUILDING, 914 NORTH EASTON ST., STAUNTON, ILLINOIS ON MONDAY, MAY 22, 2017

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER:

 

            Mayor Craig Neuhaus called the Staunton City Council Meeting to order at 7:00 P.M. on Monday, May 22, 2017

 

II.        PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:

 

            Mayor Craig Neuhaus led the Pledge Allegiance to the Flag.

 

 III.      ROLL CALL:

 

            City Clerk Stiegemeier called roll with the following persons

            PRESENT:  Councilmembers Maria Bodner, Rich Garde, Rick Johnson, Chad Plenske, Ryan Pritchett,  Jeff Scanzoni, Mayor Craig Neuhaus, City Clerk Dennis Stiegemeier, City Treasurer Cindy Pirok, City Attorney Phil Lading, Public Works Director Mike Kuethe and Police Chief Jeff Doerr.

           

            EXCUSED:  Alderman Herb Sievers.

 

Motion by Pritchett, seconded by Bodner to approve Resolution #2017-9 Appointing William Boster To The Position Of Ward 3 Alderman For The City Of Staunton, Illinois.  Ayes:  Garde, Johnson, Plenske, Pritchett, Scanzoni, Bodner.  Nayes:  None.  Absent:  Sievers.  Motion carried.

 

Oath of Office to Newly Elected Ward I Alderwoman Maria Bodner and Newly Appointed Alderman William Boster

                                               

   IV.    CONSENT AGENDA

                                   

Johnson moved, seconded by Bodner to approve Consent Agenda with the following items:

                      

Minutes 

           Regular Meeting – 05/08/2017

           Executive Session – 05/08/2017

 

Collector’s Report

Staunton Police Department (Ordinance Violations)--$100.00

                              Macoupin County Circuit Clerk (Court Fine Disbursement)--$1,153.00

                              Macoupin County Circuit Clerk (DUI Fund)--$325.00

                              Macoupin County Circuit Clerk (FTA Warrant Fee)--$38.00

                              Macoupin County Circuit Clerk (E-Citation Fee)--$2.00

                              State of Illinois (Income Tax)--$26,749.84

                              State of Illinois (Sales Tax)--$43,028.33

                              State of Illinois (Personal Property Replacement Tax)--$2,843.29

                              State of Illinois (Telecommunications Tax)--$8,719.40

                              State of Illinois (Video Gaming Tax)--$4,632.43

                              State of Illinois (Use Tax)--$8,851.50

                              MJM Electric Cooperative (Utility Tax)--$205.91

 

              Applications

                        Tori Horstmeyer (Police Dispatcher)

                        Samuel Young (Police Officer)

                        Andrew Furgeson (Police Officer)

 

            Claims

            May 22, 2017

 

Business Licenses Issued

                         Maxx Motors, LLC

                         CNC Fitness Connection

                         Staunton Volunteer Fire Department (Raffle License)

                         Staunton Volunteer Fire Department (Liquor License)

 

            Roll Call Vote

            AYES:   Garde, Johnson, Boster, Plenske, Pritchett, Scanzoni, Bodner.

            NAYS:   None.

            ABSENT:  Sievers.

            Motion declared carried.

                       

V.        GUESTS

                                                           

VI.      CORRESPONDENCE

 

Received an e-mail from the Macoupin  County Public Health Department seeking

            approval to sponsor a 5K Walk/Run in the City of Staunton at the end of October. 

            Proceeds from the event will go towards providing health and wellness promotion in

Macoupin County.  They have set the date for October 28, 2017, and they are requesting to use the same route that the Staunton School uses for their annual 5K Run, if possible.

 

Dave Volentine is requesting to close Elm Street from Main Street to Duda Drive on Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 12:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. for a Poker Run

 

VII.     TREASURER’S REPORT

 

 

 

           

VIII.   CITY CLERK’S REPORT

 

The Memorial Day Parade will be held on Monday morning May 29, 2017 at 11:00. 

Line up is at 10:45 on St. Michael’s parking lot.  The parade will proceed west on Main and end at City Hall with the Memorial Day Ceremony starting at approximately 11:15.  All City Officials are invited to participate in the parade.

 

City Hall office will be closed on Monday, May 29, 2017 in observance of the Memorial Day Holiday.  All public works employees, except for one water treatment plant employee, will be off that day as well.

 

IX.      COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

            PUBLIC HEALTH & SAFETY  -

 

Motion by Bodner, seconded by Pritchett to pay Invoice #SI1481308 to Axon Enterprise, Inc. for new Tasers and accessories for the Police Department in the amount of $11,861.83.  Ayes:  Garde, Johnson, Plenske, Pritchett, Scanzoni, Bodner.

Nayes:  None.  Abstain:  Boster.  Absent:  Sievers.  Motion carried 6 Ayes; 1 Abstain.

 

After a brief discussion, it was decided that more information would need to be acquired from the Staunton Public School before the approval was made for the request from the Macoupin County Public Health Department to sponsor a 5K Walk/Run in the City of Staunton on October 28, 2017, using the same route as the Staunton School uses for their annual 5K Run. 

 

Motion by Bodner, seconded by Johnson to grant request from Dave Volentine to close Elm Street from Main Street to Duda Drive on Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 12:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. for a Poker Run.  Ayes:  Johnson, Boster, Plenske, Pritchett, Scanzoni, Bodner, Garde.  Nayes:  None.  Absent:  Sievers.  Motion carried.

 

            PARK & CIVIC IMPROVEMENT –

 

Motion by Scanzoni, seconded by Plenske to replace a portion of concrete at the Fireman’s Park at a cost not to exceed $5,000.00.  Ayes:  Plenske, Pritchett, Scanzoni, Bodner, Garde, Johnson.  Nayes:  None.  Abstain:  Boster.  Absent:  Sievers.  Motion carried 6 Ayes: 1 Abstain.

 

FINANCE–

 

Motion by Pritchett, seconded by Johnson to approve spending up to $4,000.00 for a gas station study.  Ayes:  Plenske, Pritchett, Scanzoni, Bodner, Garde, Johnson.  Nayes:  None.  Abstain:  Boster.  Absent:  Sievers.  Motion carried 6 Ayes; 1 Abstain.

 

 

Motion by Pritchett to approve spending up to $227,400.00 for design engineering studies for Ginseng Creek with John H. Crawford & Associates.  Prior to a second being made, Alderman Johnson voiced his following concerns:

I object to this motion for two reasons.  First I do not believe it is fiscally responsible to approve spending money on engineering for work that may or may not be approved or completed.  It is much more prudent to authorize the work and engineering that we know will be required and after a decision has been made as to what route will be taken increase the scope of work and authorize payment for what is necessary instead of what might be necessary.  Secondly, after doing some research since last Monday's meeting it does appear there is a 5th option that was neither presented nor discussed.  This option would not require acquisition of property or easements as well as a significant reduction in materials and work necessary to complete.  The results of these factors could eliminate the need for another 40 year loan and the addition of more taxes or fees to the residents of Staunton. And as such it is obligatory for us as a Council to exhaust all efforts to minimize costs to the residents and make the best possible decisions based on all the facts and information  available.  On this basis, I would like to make a motion to table this issue for review and furtherdiscussion.  

Due to the lack of a second on Alderman Johnson’s request to table the motion, a second to approve Alderman Pritchett’s motion was made by Bodner with the following roll call vote:  Ayes:  Plenske, Pritchett, Scanzoni, Bodner, Garde, Boster.  Nayes:  Johnson.  Absent:  Sievers.  Motion carried 6 Ayes; 1 Naye.

 

UTILITIES-

 

Motion by Garde, seconded by Scanzoni to reimburse Justin Wilhelm for City’s portion of sewer repair at 313 East Mill Street in the amount of $698.00.  Ayes:  Pritchett, Scanzoni, Bodner, Garde, Johnson, Plenske.  Nayes:  None.  Abstain:  Boster.  Absent:  Sievers.  Motion carried 6 Ayes; 1 Abstain.        

 

Motion by Garde, seconded by Bodner to pay Invoice #H040449 to HD Supply Waterworks for a #695GC16 Saw W/Twinmax Chain in the amount of $2,084.60.  The purchase was approved at the April 24, 2017 City Council Meeting for $2,050.00, however, a freight charge of $34.60 was added by the seller.  Ayes:       Scanzoni, Bodner, Garde, Johnson, Plenske, Pritchett.  Nayes:  None.  Abstain:  Boster.  Absent:  Sievers.  Motion carried 6 Ayes; 1 Abstain.

 

STREET-

 

Motion by Garde, seconded by Johnson to purchase a used truck at a cost not to exceed $18,000.00.  Ayes:  Bodner, Garde, Johnson, Boster, Pritchett, Scanzoni.  Nayes:  None.  Abstain:  Plenske.  Absent:  Sievers.  Motion carried 6 Ayes; 1 Abstain.                                  

 

            PUBLIC GROUNDS-

 

            Nothing to report.

 

 

 

            TOURISM –

 

Motion by Johnson, seconded by Plenske to spend up to $4,000.00 for Route 66 Festival / Wingfest expenses.  Ayes:  Garde, Johnson, Boster, Plenske, Pritchett, Scanzoni, Bodner.  Nayes:  None.  Absent:  Sievers.  Motion carried.

                       

Motion by Johnson, seconded by Bodner to pay Invoice #10443-1 to ARC Pyrotechnics for the Homecoming Celebration Fireworks Display in the amount of $5,000.00.  Ayes:  Johnson, Boster, Plenske, Pritchett.Scanzoni, Bodner, Garde.  Nayes:  None.  Absent:  Sievers.  Motion carried.

 

Motion by Johnson, seconded by Garde to approve execution of a contract with Circus Kaput for entertainment at the Route 66 Festival on June 10, 2017.  Ayes:  Plenske, Scanzoni, Garde, Johnson.  Nayes:  Bodner, Pritchett.  Abstain:  Boster.  Absent:  Sievers.  Motion carried 4 Ayes; 2 Nayes; 1 Abstain.

           

            PERSONNEL –

 

Motion by Pritchett, seconded by Johnson to approve advertising to hire one full time employee in the Street Department.  Ayes:  Bodner, Garde, Johnson, Plenske, Pritchett, Scanzoni.  Nayes:  None.  Abstain:  Boster.  Absent:  Sievers.  Motion carried 6 Ayes; 1 Abstain. 

 

            ANNEXATION –

 

            Nothing to report.

 

            SPECIAL COMMITTEES –

 

            Nothing to report.

                                   

            JUDICIARY—

 

1st reading of Ordinance #1893 Annexing Certain Territory To The City Of

Staunton, Macoupin County, Illinois (Favre Property)

 

Motion by Johnson, seconded by Plenske to approve Resolution #2017-5 Re-Appointing Mike Kuethe As Director Of Public Works For The City Of Staunton, Illinois.  Ayes:  Garde, Johnson, Plenske, Pritchett, Scanzoni, Bodner.  Nayes:  None.  Abstain:  Boster.  Absent:  Sievers.  Motion carried 6 Ayes; 1 Abstain.

 

Motion by Johnson, seconded by Plenske to approve Resolution #2017-6 Re-Appointing Philip J. Lading As City Attorney For The City Of Staunton, Illinois.  Ayes:  Johnson, Plenske, Pritchett, Scanzoni, Bodner, Garde.  Nayes:  None.  Abstain:  Boster.  Absent:  Sievers.  Motion carried 6 Ayes; 1 Abstain.

 

Motion by Johnson, seconded by Scanzoni to approve Resolution #2017-7 Re-Appointing Dennis Stiegemeier As City Collector For The City Of Staunton, Illinois.  Ayes:  Boster, Plenske, Pritchett, Scanzoni, Bodner, Garde, Johnson.  Nayes:  None.  Absent:  Sievers.  Motion carried.

 

Motion by Johnson, seconded by Pritchett to approve Resolution #2017-8 Re-Appointing Jeff Doerr As Chief Of Police For The City Of Staunton, Illinois.  Ayes:  Boster, Plenske, Pritchett, Scanzoni, Bodner, Garde, Johnson.  Nayes:  None.  Absent:  Sievers.  Motion carried.

 

X.      UNFINISHED BUSINESS—

 

    Nothing to report.

           

XI.    NEW BUSINESS-

             

Nothing to report.

 

XII.   EXECUTIVE SESSION—

 

           Motion by Maria, seconded by Johnson to go in to Executive Session at 7:18 P.M. to

           discuss Litigation, Personnel and Collective Bargaining.  Ayes:  Plenske, Pritchett,

           Scanzoni, Bodner, Garde, Johnson, Boster.  Nayes:  None.  Absent:  Sievers.  Motion

           carried.

 

           Alderman Plenske was excused from the meeting at this time.

 

           Motion by Johnson, seconded by Bodner to return to regular order of business at 7:55

           P.M.  Ayes:  Pritchett, Scanzoni, Bodner, Garde, Johnson, Boster.  Nayes:  None. 

           Absent:  Plenske, Sievers.  Motion carried.

         

XIII.  MOTIONS FROM EXECUTIVE SESSION –

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           No motions were made from Executive Session.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

XIV.   ADJOURNMENT

           

With no further business to discuss, Councilmember Bodner, seconded by Councilmember Scanzoni to adjourn at 7:56 P.M.  All present voting aye, motion carried. 

 

                                                                        Prepared by:

 

 

                                                                        Dennis K. Stiegemeier                                                                                               City Clerk

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