MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE STAUNTON CITY COUNCIL, HELD IN THE PUBLIC WORKS BUILDING, 914 NORTH EASTON ST., STAUNTON, ILLINOIS ON MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2018
I. CALL TO ORDER:
Mayor Craig Neuhaus called the Staunton City Council Meeting to order at 7:00 P.M. on Monday, March 26, 2018
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
ATTENDING: Councilmembers Maria Bodner, Rich Garde, Rick Johnson, Ray Scroggins, Chad Plenske, Ryan Pritchett, 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.
NOT ATTENDING: Alderman Jeff Scanzoni and Anthony Schrauth.
IV. CONSENT AGENDA
Johnson moved, seconded by Bodner to approve Consent Agenda with the following items:
Regular Meeting – 03/12/2018
Staunton Police Department (Ordinance Violations)--$400.00
Staunton Police Department (Reports)--$10.00
MJM Electric Cooperative (Utility Tax)--$223.95
State of Illinois (Video Gaming Tax)--$4,955.37
State of Illinois (Telecommunications Tax)--$8,855.62
Clark Cameron (Water Plant Operator)
March 26, 2018
Business Licenses Issued
Willow Rae Boutique
Elbon Shrine Club (One Day Liquor License)
Concordia Hall (Raffle License)
Roll Call Vote
AYES: Garde, Johnson, Scroggins, Pritchett, Plenske, Bodner.
ABSENT: Scanzoni, Schrauth.
Motion declared carried.
Mike Smith was in attendance and addressed the Council with concerns he had regarding the Zoning Hearing that was held last week pertaining to the former Alco Building. Mike’s property is a neighboring property on the east side. The company applying for the zoning amendment is a bowling ball manufacturer and Mike is concerned with the use of hazardous materials that would be used in the manufacturing. His greatest concerns were flammable materials and inhalant dangers. The company representative that attended the hearing stated that any air leaving the building would not be hazardous as it would be filtered air. Mayor Neuhaus and Alderman Garde also explained that it would be a requirement of the company to follow EPA Guidelines. Mike stated that he is opposed to the zoning amendment because the property is in his back yard. Mayor Neuhaus stated that the Finding of Facts hasn’t been sent in yet from the Zoning Hearing Attorney, but as soon as it was, a committee meeting would be called to discuss the issues. Mayor Neuhaus told Mr. Smith that he would let him know when this would be taking place and he could attend the meeting.
Received an e-mail from Zion Early Childhood Education Center requesting to block the streets and intersections that border Zion Lutheran School (Wood, Henry, Hoxsey
and Panhorst) from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. on Friday, June 1, 2018, to allow daycare
students to ride their bicycles around the school. They are also asking city workers to
set up barricades that morning for the event.
Received a letter from Madison Communications reporting their success in exceeding
requirements regarding complaint reporting to the Illinois Commerce Commission
VII. TREASURER’S REPORT
VIII. CITY CLERK’S REPORT
Dates of upcoming events in the City of Staunton during 2018:
Wingfest – June 9
City Wide Yard Sales – June 8 and 9
Firemen’s Homecoming Celebration – June 22, 23 and 24
Tour de Donut and Ribfest – July 14
Balloon Glow – August 18
Art Fair – September 14 and 15
Mayor Neuhaus added that a Kite Making and Flying event will be held at the
Firemen’s Park on April 28, 2018.
City Hall Office will be closed Friday, March 30, 2018 in observance of Good Friday. All Public Works employees (except for one water plant employee) will be off that day as well.
Economic Interest Statements need to be completed and returned to City Hall as soon as possible. They need to be sent to the Macoupin County Clerk be March 31st.