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City Council Meeting Minutes--July 8, 2019

July 23, 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, JULY 8, 2019

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER:

 

            Mayor Craig Neuhaus called the Staunton City Council Meeting to order at 7:00 P.M. on Monday, July 8, 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, 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 Anthony Schrauth.

 

            NOT ATTENDING:  Alderman Jeff Scanzoni.

                                                                                                           

   IV.    CONSENT AGENDA

                                   

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

                      

Minutes  

           Regular Meeting – 06/24/2019

           Executive Session – 06/24/2019

                      

Collector’s Report

                                Southwestern Electric Cooperative (Utility Tax)--$639.27       

                                Staunton Super 8 Motel (Hotel/Motel Tax)--$2,649.79

                                Staunton Area Ambulance Service (May & June Dispatch Services)--$1,000.00  

                                First National Bank - $1,000 Donation for Ribfest

                                Bond & Interest CD Maturity - $300,000 principal $11,775.32 interest

                                Reserve CD Maturity - $30,000 principal $1,177.54 interest

                                State of Illinois (MFT Allotment)--$10,424.44

                                Memorial Donations for Alan Chapman--$940.00

 

              Applications

 

            Claims

             July 8, 2019

             

Business Licenses Issued

                        Blackbird Bakery & Café (Business License)

                        R & B’s Restaurant (Amusement License)

                        R & B’s Restaurant (Video Gaming License)

                        Skeeter’s Pub (Amusement License)

                        Skeeter’s Pub (Video Gaming License)

                          

            Roll Call Vote

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

            NAYS:   None.

            ABSENT:  Scanzoni.

            Motion declared carried.

                       

V.        GUESTS

           

            Bill Vogt and Poonam Jain from the ITS Bike Trail Committee were present to give a brief update on the bike trail and discuss trail development in and around Staunton.  Dr. Jain stated that the Bike Trail Committee began in 2006 and since that time, they have held several bike safety events and have given many helmets to children in Staunton to help promote safe biking.  At this time, the committee has an Intergovernmental Agreement with Macoupin County and is working to extend the bike trail north along the ITS abandoned corridor going through Sawyerville and in to Benld.  The ITS Committee has met with representatives from Norfolk/Southern Railway to present their development ideas with them as well.  Dr. Jain also mentioned that the committee would like to extend the trail in to Mt. Olive and Litchfield.  She also stated that Macoupin County would maintain the parts of the trail that are in the county.  Dr. Jain asked the Council to come to either her or Bill Vogt with any suggestions, ideas or questions that they may have.                                                            

VI.      CORRESPONDENCE

 

A letter was received from the Staunton Fire Protecction District stating that they would like to appoint Mr. Raymond Scroggins to the board.  He would be replacing Mark Bryan.  The appointment would be effective July 2, 2019.

 

Received an invitation from Michael Frerichs, Illinois State Treasurer, inviting all Elected Officials to “Local Officials Day at the Illinois State Fair”.  The event will be held on Saturday, August 17, 2019 from 11:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.   A copy of the invitation was included with the agenda packet.

 

Received a letter from Dan Cox, Superintendent of Staunton Unit Schools inviting Mayor Neuhaus, City Council Members and Police Chief Jeff Doerr to discuss the possibility of forming an intergovernmental agreement for a School Resource Officer.  The meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 7:00 P.M. in the Unit Library located at 801 North Deneen Street.

 

VII.     TREASURER’S REPORT

 

            Certificates of Deposit recently cashed in at First National Bank:

            Bond & Interest Fund--$300,000.00 plus $11,775.32 interest

            Reserve Fund--$30,000.00 plus $1,177.54 interest

           

VIII.   CITY CLERK’S REPORT

 

IX.      COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

PUBLIC HEALTH & SAFETY  -

 

Prior to the motion being made, Alderman Wallace asked Chief Doerr to give a brief

statement regarding the Mobile Training Unit.  Chief stated that this is for annual

dues to pay for training, that is mandated by the State, for all full time and part time

police officers.  Chief said that we pay less for the training for part time officers than

we do for full time officers.  He also stated that several of our part timers work in

other departments in a full time position, so they have already completed their training

at their full time employment.

Motion by Wallace, seconded by Plenske to pay Invoice dated April 23, 2019 to West Central Illinois Criminal Justice Council for Mobile Training Unit 9 annual dues in the amount of $1,250.00.  Ayes:  Johnson, Hanks, Schrauth, Plenske, Pritchett, Bodner, Wallace.  Nayes:  None.  Absent:  Scanzoni.  Motion carried.

 

            PARK & CIVIC IMPROVEMENT –

 

Motion by Pritchett, seconded by Plenske to pay Invoice #488062 to Sandberg, Phoenix & Von Gontard for Professional Services rendered regarding condemnation proceedings at 801 East Mill Street in the amount of $1,582.56.  Ayes:  Hanks, Schrauth, Plenske, Pritchett, Bodner, Wallace, Johnson.  Nayes:  None.  Absent:  Scanzoni.  Motion carried.

 

Motion by Pritchett, seconded by Plenske to pay Invoice #488064 to Sandberg, Phoenix & Von Gontard for Professional Services rendered regarding condemnation proceedings at 222 East Macoupin Street in the amount of $1,485.60.  Ayes:  Schrauth, Plenske, Pritchett, Bodner, Wallace, Johnson, Hanks.  Nayes:  None.  Absent:  Scanzoni.  Motion carried.

 

Motion by Pritchett, seconded by Plenske to pay Invoice #488063 to Sandberg, Phoenix & Von Gontard for Professional Services rendered regarding condemnation proceedings at 307 East Mill Street in the amount of $2,021.30.  Ayes:   Plenske, Pritchett, Bodner, Wallace, Johnson, Hanks, Schrauth.  Nayes:  None.  Absent:  Scanzoni.  Motion carried.

 

Motion by Pritchett, seconded by Plenske to pay Invoice #488066 to Sandberg, Phoenix & Von Gontard for Professional Services rendered regarding condemnation proceedings at 518 Washington in the amount of $2,437.79.  Ayes:  Pritchett, Bodner, Wallace, Johnson, Hanks, Schrauth, Plenske.  Nayes:  None.  Absent:  Scanzoni.  Motion carried.

 

Motion by Pritchett, seconded by Plenske to pay Invoice #488065 to Sandberg, Phoenix & Von Gontard for Professional Services rendered regarding condemnation proceedings at 627 North Taylor Street in the amount of $5,644.58.  Ayes:  Bodner, Wallace, Johnson, Hanks, Schrauth, Plenske, Pritchett.  Nayes:  None.  Absent:  Scanzoni.  Motion carried.

 

FINANCE–

 

Motion by Pritchett, seconded by Hanks to pay Invoice #38012 to Environmental Operations, Inc. in the amount of $3,692.50 – for Main Street property inspections - original estimate was approved on 04/08/19 in the amount of $2,762.50 (Inspection Report on file).  To be paid from line item 18.71.890.0   Ayes:  Bodner, Johnson, Hanks, Schrauth, Plenske, Pritchett.  Nayes:  Wallace.  Absent:  Scanzoni.  Motion carried 6 Ayes; 1 Naye.

 

WATER

 

Motion by Pritchett, seconded by Johnson to pay Invoice dated June 24, 2019 from John H. Crawford & Associates for Design completed on the Water Line Replacement IEPA Permit for Streeb Lane in the amount of $6,279.00.  Ayes:  Wallace, Johnson, Hanks, Schrauth, Plenske, Pritchett, Bodner.  Nayes:  None.  Absent:  Scanzoni.  Motion carried.

           

STREET / SEWER

 

Motion by Pritchett, seconded by Plenske to accept low bid from Metal Culverts Inc

for steel culverts and bands in the amount of $15,562.59.  Ayes:  Johnson, Hanks,

Schrauth, Plenske, Pritchett, Bodner, Wallace.  Nayes:  None.  Absent:  Scanzoni. 

Motion carried.  

                                    Other bids received:    Coady Supply $17,570.80

                                                                        Schulte Supply $17,785.81

                                   

Motion by Pritchett, seconded by Plenske to accept low bid from Midwest Municipal Supply for dual wall plastic culverts in the amount of $1,466.80.  Ayes:   Hanks,

Schrauth, Plenske, Pritchett, Bodner, Wallace, Johnson.  Nayes:  None.  Absent:

Scanzoni.  Motion carried.

                                    Other bids received:    Schulte Supply $1,468.40      

Metal Culverts $1,496.00

                                                                        Coady Supply $1,701.20

 

            PUBLIC GROUNDS-

 

            Nothing to report.

 

            TOURISM –

 

Mayor Neuhaus gave an update on Ribfest activity.  He stated that several volunteers are still needed for the event.  Kim Meyer and Jason Dugger have agreed to organize judging.  Mayor Neuhaus, Alderman Scanzoni, Public Works Director Mike Kuethe and other Public Works Department employees will be working all day Friday and early Saturday morning to make sure all electrical connections are in place for the event.  Alderman Wallace asked about doing some different things next year and possibly doing some flip with the format to increase participation, and Mayor Neuhaus’ comment was the biggest problem has been the decline in volunteers.  The event requires lots of help and the Mayor encouraged anyone to come up and help in any way possible.

 

Motion by Wallace, seconded by Plenske to approve applying for the liquor license for the 2019 Art Fair on September 20th and 21st in the amount of $25.00.  Ayes:  Bodner, Wallace, Johnson, Hanks, Schrauth, Plenske, Pritchett.  Nayes:  None.  Absent:  Scanzoni.  Motion carried.

 

            PERSONNEL –

 

            Nothing to report.

 

            ANNEXATION –

 

            Nothing to report.

 

            SPECIAL COMMITTEES –

 

            Nothing to report.

           

            JUDICIARY—

 

Motion by Wallace, seconded by Scanzoni to approve Resolution #2019-14 Appointing Gayle Yarnik To The Staunton Cemetery Board for a three year term, which will end April 30, 2022.   Ayes:  Wallace, Johnson, Hanks, Schrauth, Plenske, Pritchett, Bodner.  Nayes:  None.  Absent:  Scanzoni.  Motion carried.

 

X.      UNFINISHED BUSINESS—

 

     Nothing to report.

 

XI.     NEW BUSINESS-

 

 Nothing to report.

 

XII.    EXECUTIVE SESSION—

 

            No Executive Session was held.

                                                                      

XIII.  MOTIONS FROM EXECUTIVE SESSION –

.          

           No motions were made from Executive Session.

 

XIV.   ADJOURNMENT

           

With no further business to discuss, Councilmember Wallace seconded by Councilmember Bodner to adjourn at 7:27 P.M.  All present voting aye, motion carried. 

 

                                                                        Prepared by:

 

                                                                        Dennis K. Stiegemeier, City Clerk

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