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City of Staunton

914 N. Easton St.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

7:00 p.m.

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City Council Meeting Minutes--June 8, 2020

June 23, 2020

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 8, 2020

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER:

 

            Mayor Craig Neuhaus called the Staunton City Council Meeting to order at 7:02 P.M. on Monday, June 8, 2020

 

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:  Aldermen Brooke Wallace, Rick Johnson, Randy Hanks, Chad Plenske and Jeff Scanzoni, Mayor Craig Neuhaus and City Clerk Dennis Stiegemeier.

 

            ELECTRONIC ATTENDANCE:  Aldermen Maria Bodner, Ryan Machota, Ailee Taylor, City Treasurer Cindy Pirok, City Attorney Phil Lading and Police Chief Jeff Doerr.

 

            NOT ATTENDING:  Public Works Director Mike Kuethe.

           

The Open Meetings Act requires that a quorum of members of the public body by physically present at the meeting location and allows for limited circumstances in which remote access is acceptable.  However, Executive Order 2020-07, issued by Governor Pritzker on March 16, 2020, suspends the in-person presence requirements at this time, due to the COVID-19 Virus outbreak, and eliminates the limitation on remote access at this time.

                                                                                                                                               

   IV.    CONSENT AGENDA

                                   

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

                      

Minutes  

           Regular Meeting – 05/26/2020

                      

Collector’s Report

                                Ameren Illinois (Utility Tax)--$18,266.40

                                Staunton Super 8 Motel (Hotel/Motel Tax)--$778.15

                                Staunton Police Department (Finger Printing)--$20.00

                                Staunton Police Department (Reports)--$5.00

                                First American Title Insurance Co. (Buyer Refund – 114 S. Elm St.)--$1,023.81

                                Macoupin County Circuit Clerk (Fine Disbursement)--$711.24

                                Macoupin County Circuit Clerk (FTA Warrant Fee)--$70.00

                                Macoupin County Circuit Clerk (DUI Fund)--$76.92

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

                                Southwestern Electric Cooperative (Utility Tax)--$831.71

                                State of Illinois (Sales Tax)--$48,968.93

                                State of Illinois (MFT Tax)--$7,166.01

                               

              Applications

                         None

 

            Monthly Reports

                        Distributed by Bookkeeper

 

            Claims

                          June 8, 2020

             

Business Licenses Issued

                          None

 

            Roll Call Vote

            AYES: Wallace, Johnson, Hanks, Machota, Plenske, Taylor, Scanzoni, Bodner.

            NAYS:   None.

            ABSENT:  None.

            Motion declared carried.

                       

V.        GUESTS

             

            Leonard Broderick addressed the Council regarding a zoning variance that is on the agenda for approval this evening.  The Broderick’s had a garage fire on March 6 that destroyed their garage and this was caused from a neighbor’s garage fire.  Mr. Broderick is wanting to build the garage in the same place as the old garage, but it doesn’t meet the required set backs.  A Public Hearing was held, and from the Findings of Fact from the hearing, the recommendation from the Zoning Hearing Attorney is to grant the variance.  Mr. Broderick was asking the Council to waive the first reading of the Ordinance, granting the variance, and approve the same tonight so he could begin his project.

           

VI.      CORRESPONDENCE

 

Received a letter from Vickie Renner of Pearl Essence Studio requesting to close North Wood Street from Main Street going north to the dead end on Saturday, June 27, 2020 from 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. for the Pearl Essence Studio’s 1st Anniversary Celebration.  The east/west alley between North Wood and North Elm Streets will remain open.  A copy of the letter is attached with the agenda packet.

 

 

 

VII.     TREASURER’S REPORT

 

            Nothing to report.

 

VIII.   CITY CLERK’S REPORT

 

Received an email from the Illinois Municipal League, and due to the COVID-19 restrictions, they have decided to cancel their annual IML Conference, which was to be held in September, in Chicago

 

IX.      COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

PUBLIC HEALTH & SAFETY  -

 

Motion by Taylor, seconded by Wallace to grant request from Pearl Essence Studio to close North Wood Street from Main Street going north to the dead end on Saturday, June 27, 2020 from 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. for the Pearl Essence Studio’s 1st Anniversary Celebration.  At Roll Call Vote – Ayes:  Johnson, Hanks, Machota, Plenske, Taylor, Scanzoni, Bodner, Wallace.  Nayes:  None.  Absent:  None.  Motion carried.

 

            PARK & CIVIC IMPROVEMENT –

 

            Nothing to report.

 

FINANCE–

 

Motion by Taylor, seconded by Scanzoni authorizing Mayor Neuhaus to sign Engagement Letter with Kerber, Eck & Braeckel confirming services for the City Audit for the fiscal year ending April 30, 2020.  The fee for audit services this year will be $14,950.00 and will be paid in three installments.  At Roll Call Vote – Ayes:  Hanks, Machota, Plenske, Taylor, Scanzoni, Bodner, Wallace, Johnson.  Nayes:  None.  Absent:  None.  Motion carried.  The City will be seeking bids for the next fiscal year audit.

 

Motion by Taylor, seconded by Scanzoni to pay Invoice #738710 to Kerber, Eck & Bracekel for progress billing in preparation of the April 30, 2020 audit in the amount of $5,000.00.  This will be the first of three installments.  At Roll Call Vote – Ayes:  Machota, Plenske, Taylor, Scanzoni, Bodner, Wallace, Johnson, Hanks.  Nayes:  None.  Absent:  None.  Motion carried.

 

Motion by Taylor to reimburse expenses to JK Redevlopemnt Properties according to the 50% completion mark as outlined in the Redevelopment Agreement ($11,800.00).  Prior to a second being made, Alderman Johnson stated that he had several concerns with the bill that was submitted from JK Redevlopment.  He felt there were several inconsistencies on the bill, and a motion was made by Johnson, seconded by Plenkse to table the reimbursing of expenses to JK Redevelopment Properties according to the 50% completion mark as outlined in the Redevlopment Agreement ($11,800.00).  At Roll Call Vote – Ayes:  Plenske, Taylor, Scanzoni, Bodner, Wallace, Johnson, Hanks, Machota.  Nayes:  None.  Absent:  None.  Motion carried to table the reimbursement.

 

Motion by Taylor, seconded by Hanks to spend up to $12,000.00 for remodeling expenses related to the movement of the City Clerk Office space.  Alderman Wallace asked if some details could be give as to what the expenses are.  Alderman Taylor stated that new phones for the building would cost approximately $1,000.00.  As of this time, contractor Jim Bianco has not submitted a contract yet, so Taylor stated that the dollar amount was a “vague request”.  After some discussion, the motion was restated to say:  motion by Taylor, seconded by Hanks to spend up to $3,000.00 for remodeling expenses related to the movement of the City Clerk Office space.  At Roll Call Vote – Ayes:  Taylor, Scanzoni, Bodner, Johnson, Hanks, Machota, Plenske.  Nayes:  Wallace.  Absent:  None.  Motion carried 7 Ayes; 1 Naye.

 

WATER-

 

            Nothing to report.

 

STREET / SEWER

 

Motion by Machota, seconded by Scanzoni to approve “Acceptance of Proposal to Furnish Materials and Approval of Award” from Beelman Logistics for road maintenance (CA-13) in the amount of $34,510.00.  At Roll Call Vote – Ayes:  Scanzoni, Bodner, Wallace, Johnson, Hanks, Machota, Plenske, Taylor.  Nayes:  None.  Absent:  None.  Motion carried.

 

Motion by Machota, seconded by Johnson to approve “Acceptance of Proposal to Furnish Materials and Approval of Award” from Beelman Logistics for road maintenance (CA-6 and CA-7) in the amount of $19,061.00.  At Roll Call Vote – Ayes:  At Roll Call Vote – Bodner, Wallace, Johnson, Hanks, Machota, Plenske, Taylor, Scanzoni.  Nayes:  None.  Absent:  None.  Motion carried. 

 

Motion by Machota, seconded by Hanks to approve “Acceptance of Proposal to Furnish Materials and Approval of Award” from Mike Maedge Trucking for road maintenance (HFRS-2 and Seal Coat Aggregate) in the amount of $74,024.50.  At Roll Call Vote – Ayes:  Wallace, Johnson, Hanks, Machota, Plenske, Taylor, Scanzoni, Bodner.  Nayes:  None.  Absent:  None.  Motion carried.

 

            PUBLIC GROUNDS-

 

Motion to approve quote from Overhead Door Co. for new garage door opener,

parts and labor for one of the garage doors at the City Hall complex at a cost of

$2,413.00.  This will be paid from line item 35.61.511.0 (City Hall Complex Services).  Alderman Bodner stated that two other companies had been contacted, but none of them submitted a bid.  At Roll Call Vote – Ayes:  Johnson, Hanks, Machota, Plenske, Taylor, Scanzoni, Bodner, Wallace.  Nayes:  None.  Absent:  None.  Motion carried.

 

            TOURISM –

 

Nothing to report.

 

            PERSONNEL –

 

Motion by Wallace, seconded by Hanks to table longevity salary increase for  Police Chief Jeff Doerr for further Council discussion and related to  rushed committee discussion.  At Roll Call Vote – Ayes:  Hanks, Machota, Scanzoni, Bodner, Wallace. Nayes:  Johnson, Plenske, Taylor.  Absent:  None.  Motion carried to table longevity salary increase for Police Chief Jeff Doerr with 5 Ayes and 3 Nayes.           

 

Motion by Johnson, seconded by Wallace to adopt Employee Review Policy and Review Forms.  At Roll Call Vote – Ayes:  Bodner, Wallace, Johnson, Hanks, Machota, Plenske, Taylor, Scanzoni. 

 

ANNEXATION –

 

            Nothing to report.

 

            SPECIAL COMMITTEES –

 

            Nothing to report.

           

            JUDICIARY—

 

Motion by Taylor, seconded by Scanzoni to waive 1st reading of Ordinance #2062 Granting A Zoning Variance For Real Property Located At 623 North Franklin Street, Staunton, Illinois.  At Roll Call Vote – Ayes:  Wallace, Johnson, Hanks, Machota, Plenske, Taylor, Scanzoni, Bodner.  Nayes:  None.  Absent:  None.  Motion carried.

 

Motion by Taylor, seconded by Hanks to approve Ordinance #2062 Granting A Zoning Variance For Real Property Located At 623 North Franklin Street, Staunton, Illinois.  At Roll Call Vote – Ayes:  Johnson, Hanks, Machota, Plenske, Taylor, Scanzoni, Bodner, Wallace.  Nayes:  None.  Absent:  None.  Motion carried.

 

1st reading of Ordinance #2063 Approving A Pre-Annexation Agreement With

David L. & Penny L. Jones Regarding Property Located At 9325 Renken Road,

Staunton, IL But Not Physically Annexing The Property To The City’s Corporate

Boundaries At This Time

 

 

1st reading of Ordinance #2064 Approving A Pre-Annexation Agreement With

Lloyd Garde Regarding Property Located At 2116 Parksville Lane, Staunton, IL

But Not Physically Annexing The Property To The City’s Corporate Boundaries

At This Time

 

1st reading of Ordinance #2065 Approving A Pre-Annexation Agreement With

Brad & Angela Best Regarding Property Located At 79 Calstrada Drive,

Staunton, IL But Not Physically Annexing The Property To The City’s Corporate

Boundaries At This Time

 

1st reading of Ordinance #2066 Approving A Pre-Annexation Agreement With

Anthony & Amanda Jarrett Regarding Property Located At 8985 Renken Road,

Staunton, IL But Not Physically Annexing The Property To The City’s Corporate

Boundaries At This Time

 

1st reading of Ordinance #2067 Approving A Pre-Annexation Agreement With

Curits & Natalie Oller Regarding Property Located At 9285 Renken Road,

Staunton, IL But Not Physically Annexing The Property To The City’s Corporate

Boundaries At This Time

 

1st reading of Ordinance #2068 Approving A Pre-Annexation Agreement With

David & Susan Cisler Regarding Property Located At 9250 Renken Road,

Staunton, IL But Not Physically Annexing The Property To The City’s Corporate

Boundaries At This Time

       

            Prior to the next motion being made, Alderman Johnson saw what he thought were

            problems with the application submitted and he felt that several items seemed to be

            very unclear.  Alderman Taylor stated that she met with the Prattes this afternoon and

            she had re-sent the application with more detail and she was hoping this would clear

            up any concerns. 

 

            A motion was made by Johnson, seconded by Plenske to table Resolution #2020-27 A

            Resolution Authorizing The Execution Of A Redevelopment Agreement With Joseph

            And Jennifer Pratte.  At Roll Call Vote – Ayes:  Wallace, Johnson, Plenske.  Nayes: 

            Bodner, Hanks, Machota, Taylor, Scanzoni.  Absent:  None.  Motion failed 3 Ayes; 5

            Nayes to table Resolution #2020-27.

 

Motion by Taylor, seconded by Hanks to approve Resolution #2020-27 A Resolution Authorizing The Execution Of A Redevlopment Agreement With Joseph And Jennifer Pratte.  At Roll Call Vote – Ayes:  Machota, Taylor, Scanzoni, Bodner, Wallace, Hanks.  Nayes:  Johnson, Plenske.  Absent:  None.  Motion carried 6 Ayes; 2 Nayes.

 

Motion by Taylor, seconded by Hanks to approve Resolution #2020-28 A Resolution Authorizing The Execution Of A Redevlopment Agreement With The Macoupin Art Collective.  At Roll Call Vote – Ayes:  Plenske, Taylor, Scanzoni, Bodner, Wallace, Hanks, Machota.  Nayes:  Johnson.  Absent:  None.  Motion carried 7 Ayes; 1 Naye.

 

X.      UNFINISHED BUSINESS—

 

           Nothing to report.

 

XI.     NEW BUSINESS-

 

 Prior to the next motion being made, Alderman Taylor stated that even though we

 don’t have a contract and quote from the contractor as of this time, she felt that the

 City Clerk’s Office should still be moved at the time listed.  The move needs to be

 made at the end of a month, since this is the time of the least activity at City Hall

 Office.  Consequently, if the move isn’t made at the end of June, it would need to be

 scheduled for the end of July.  A table barrier will be set up to block the one door

 leading to the City Clerk’s Office side of the building until the new service window

 can be cut in and installed. 

           Motion by Taylor, seconded by Plenske to approve closing City Hall at noon on   

           Thursday, June 25, 2020 and all day Friday, June 26, 2020 to allow for the move from

           304 West Main Street to the new office in the Ralph and Josephine Oltmann

           Community Center.  At Roll Call Vote – Ayes:  Taylor, Scanzoni, Bodner, Wallace,

           Johnson, Hanks, Machota, Plenske.  Nayes:  None.  Absent:  None.  Motion carried.

 

           Alderman Wallace asked to stop scheduling committee meetings with such short

           meeting times prior to City Council Meeting.  There were three committee meetings

           scheduled tonight prior to the 7:00 City Council meeting, and the time allowed for all

           three meetings was 30 minutes, since the first one started at 6:30. 

 

            Mayor Neuhaus said that Jim Allan had called him on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, stating

            that he will be resigning as Code Enforcement Officer for the City of Staunton.  This

            will be discussed in a committee meeting prior to advertising for the position.

 

            J-N-F Tree Service has contacted Mayor Neuhaus about dumping their debris from

            the tree trimming business out near the year waste site.  They are willing to pay the

            City $100.00 per load to dump.  The Mayor will be back in touch with the company

            and bring more information back to the Council.

 

            Alderman Bodner received an e-mail from City Clerk Stiegemeier regarding fish at

            the Staunton Lake.  Eric Ratcliff, State Biologist, has put in a request to the State of

            Illinois to get 2,500 bass and an unspecified amount of channel catfish for our lake. 

            Mr. Ratcliff wasn’t sure that he would get all that he requested, but he will keep us

            informed.

 

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 Scanzoni to adjourn at 7:49  P.M.  All present voting aye, motion carried. 

 

                                                                        Prepared by:

 

 

 

                                                                        Dennis K. Stiegemeier, City Clerk

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