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City Council Meeting Minutes--June 24, 2019

July 9, 2019

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE STAUNTON CITY COUNCIL, HELD IN THE PUBLIC WORKS BUILDING, 914 NORTH EASTON ST., STAUNTON, ILLINOIS ON MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2019

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER:

 

            Mayor Craig Neuhaus called the Staunton City Council Meeting to order at 7:00 P.M. on Monday, June 24, 2019

 

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, Brooke Wallace, Rick Johnson, Randy Hanks, Chad Plenske, Anthony Schrauth, 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.

 

            ELECTRONIC ATTENDANCE:  Alderman Jeff Scanzoni.

                                                                                                           

   IV.    CONSENT AGENDA

                                   

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

                      

Minutes  

           Regular Meeting – 06/10/2019

                      

Collector’s Report

                                Staunton Police Department (Ordinance Violations)--$100.00

                                Staunton Police Department (Reports)--$10.00

                                Staunton Police Department (Finger Printing)--$10.00

                                Macoupin County Circuit Clerk (Restitution)--$50.00

                                MJM Electric Cooperative (Utility Tax)--$197.74

                                Ameren Illinois (Utility Tax)--$15,091.88

                                State of Illinois (Video Gaming Tax)--$5,873.32

                                State of Illinois (Telecommunications Tax)--$7,881.86

                                State of Illinois (Use Tax)--$14,109.30

                                State of Illinois (Income Tax)--$32,228.43

                                Music Performance Trust Fund (Band Reimbursement)--$630.00

 

              Applications

 

 

            Claims

             June 24, 2019

             

Business Licenses Issued

                          Nature’s Bliss, LLC (Business License)

                          K’s Events & Creations, LLC (Business License)

                          Dawg House Creamery (Business License)

                          Dawg House Creamery (Sidewalk Dining License)

                          VFW Post #1241 Queen of Hearts Raffle (Raffle License)

                          Staunton Volunteer Fire Department (Liquor License)

                          Rooster’s Pub, LLC (Liquor License)

                          VFW Post #1241 (Liquor License)

                          Berry’s Bar (Liquor License)

                          Cash Out Gaming (Video Gaming License)

                          Mac’s Convenience Store d/b/a Circle K (Video Gaming License)

                          Berry’s Bar (Amusement License)

                          Berry’s Bar (Video Gaming License)

                          VFW Post #1241 (Amusement License)

                          VFW Post #1241 (Video Gaming License)

                          Concordia Hall (Amusement License)

                          Concordia Hall (Video Gaming License)

                          Mr. T’s Tavern & Liquor Store (Amusement License)

                          Mr. T’s Tavern & Liquor Store (Video Gaming License)

                          Rooster’s Pub (Amusement License)

                          Rooster’s Pub (Video Gaming License)

               

            Roll Call Vote

            AYES:   Johnson, Hanks,  Plenske, Schrauth,  Pritchett, Scanzoni, Wallace, Bodner.

            NAYS:   None.

            ABSENT:  None.

            Motion declared carried.

                       

V.        GUESTS

           

            John Kehnast and Pete Matesa were in attendance to discuss the American flags that are hung on Main Street.  Mr. Kehnast said the American Legion has been putting these flags up for 29 years.  There is a problem with the old banner brackets that are still attached to the poles on Main Street where the flags are hung.  The bands that were used to hang the banners are too long and they are catching on the flags and tearing them.  Already this year, six flags have been torn and had to be replaced.  It costs the American Legion $30.00 per flag to replace.  John asked to at least have the bands cut off if the brackets are going to stay up.  Mayor Neuhaus stated that he would be in contact with Chamber of Commerce President Carrie Borgini and see what their intentions are in the future with the banners.  Mr. Kehnast also said the American Legion would be happy to turn this project of hanging the flags over to the City.  Alderman Wallace commented that Main Street looks great when the flags are up.  Mayor Neuhaus will be in touch with Mr. Kehnast after he talks with Chamber President Carrrie Borgini.        

 

            Ray Scroggins addressed the Council and stated that he lives on East Mill Street, and at this time he is having no more water issues at his house.  The taste and odor problems have all cleared up.  Mr. Scroggins also asked about the status on the Main Street Culvert Project.  Mayor Neuhaus stated that at this time, the City is waiting on a possible grant.

                                                           

VI.      CORRESPONDENCE

 

Received a letter from Julie Jarman, Staunton Public Library Director, requesting to use the band shelter at City Hall for their Summer Reading Program Finale on Friday, July 5, 2019 from 8:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M., with the rental fee being waived.       

 

VII.     TREASURER’S REPORT

 

VIII.   CITY CLERK’S REPORT

 

City Hall Office will be closed on Thursday, July 4, 2019 for the Independence 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  -

 

Alderman Wallace stated that at the last City Council meeting, a motion was made to

Purchase a 2019 Dodge Durango police vehicle for a cost not to exceed  $31,000.00,

however, this did not include the outfitting of the vehicle.  The following motion is for the outfitting.  Alderman Bodner asked if this included installation as well, but it does not.  An estimated cost of $1,500.00 has been received for the installation.  

Motion by Wallace, seconded by Hanks to approve Sales Order #1190736 from Responder PSE for the outfitting of the new 2019 Dodge Durango Police Vehicle in the amount of $5,238.86.  Ayes: Johnson, Hanks, Schrauth, Plenske, Pritchett, Scanzoni, Bodner, Wallace.  Nayes:  None.  Absent:  None.  Motion carried.

 

            The following Working Agreement if the same one that has been in place for several

            years.  They offer a 24 hour crisis intervention hotline for youth, ages 11 to 17.

Motion by Wallace, seconded by Johnson approving Police Chief Jeff Doerr to sign the Working Agreement with the Children’s Home and Aid Comprehensive Community Based Youth Services Program.  Ayes:  Hanks, Schrauth, Plenske,

Pritchett, Scanzoni, Bodner, Wallace, Johnson.  Nayes:  None.  Absent:  None. Motion carried.

 

            PARK & CIVIC IMPROVEMENT –

 

Motion by Bodner, seconded by Wallace to grant request from Staunton Public Library to use the band shelter at City Hall on Friday, July 5, 2019, from 8:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M., for their Summer Reading Program Finale, with the rental fee being waived.  Ayes:   Schrauth, Plenske, Scanzoni, Bodner, Wallace, Johnson, Hanks.  Nayes:  None.  Absent:  None.  Abstain:  Pritchett.  Motion carried 7 Ayes; 1 Abstain.

           

FINANCE–

 

Nothing to report.

 

WATER

 

Nothing to report.

           

STREET / SEWER

 

Motion by Pritchett, seconded by Plenske to approve Quote #4734653 from Sherwin Williams for white and yellow traffic marking paint in the amount of $2,132.40.  Ayes:   Plenske, Pritchett, Scanzoni, Bodner, Wallace, Johnson, Hanks, Schrauth.  Nayes:  None.  Absent:  None.  Motion carried.

 

            PUBLIC GROUNDS-

 

            Nothing to report.

 

            TOURISM –

 

Nothing to report.

 

            PERSONNEL –

 

Motion by Bodner, seconded by Pritchett to advertise hiring a City of Staunton  Ordinance Official.  Ayes:  Pritchett, Scanzoni, Bodner, Wallace, Johnson, Hanks, Schrauth, Plenske.  Nayes:  None.  Absent:  None.  Motion carried.

 

            ANNEXATION –

 

            Nothing to report.

 

            SPECIAL COMMITTEES –

 

            Nothing to report.

           

            JUDICIARY—

 

Motion by Wallace, seconded by Plenske to approve Resolution #2019-11 Re-Appointing Steven Moore, Resolution #2019-12 Re-Appointing Carol Hartson and Resolution #2019-13 Re-Appointing Bryan Siegfried, All To The Staunton Library Board.  Ayes:   Scanzoni, Bodner, Wallace, Johnson, Hanks, Schrauth, Plenske.  Nayes:  None.  Absent:  None.  Abstain:  Pritchett.  Motion carried 7 Ayes; 1 Abstain.

 

X.      UNFINISHED BUSINESS—

 

     Nothing to report.

 

XI.     NEW BUSINESS-

 

 Nothing to report.

 

XII.    EXECUTIVE SESSION—

 

            Motion by Johnson, seconded by Wallace to go in to Executive Session to discuss

            Potential Real Estate Acquisition, pursuant to 5 ILCS 120/2 (c) (1) at 7:14 P.M.

            Ayes:  Bodner, Wallace, Johnson, Hanks, Schrauth, Plenske, Pritchett, Scanzoni.

            Nayes:  None.  Absent:  None.  Motion carried.

 

            Alderman Scanzoni left the meeting at this time.

 

            Motion by Johnson, seconded by Wallace to return to regular order of business at

            7:34 P.M.  Ayes:  Wallace, Johnson, Hanks, Schrauth, Plenske, Pritchett, Bodner. 

            Nayes:  None.  Absent:  Scanzoni.  Motion carried.

                                                          

XIII.  MOTIONS FROM EXECUTIVE SESSION –

.          

           No motions were made from Executive Session.

 

XIV.   ADJOURNMENT

           

With no further business to discuss, Councilmember Plenske seconded by Councilmember Wallace to adjourn at 7:35 P.M.  All present voting aye, motion carried. 

 

                                                                        Prepared by:

 

                                                                        Dennis K. Stiegemeier, City Clerk

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