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:
Regular Meeting – 06/24/2019
Executive Session – 06/24/2019
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
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.
Motion declared carried.
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.
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