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City Council Meeting Minutes--December 12, 2022

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE STAUNTON CITY COUNCIL, HELD IN THE RALPH & JOSEPHINE OLTMANN COMMUNITY CENTER, 101 W. PEARL ST., STAUNTON, ILLINOIS ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2022


I. CALL TO ORDER:


Mayor Craig Neuhaus called the Staunton City Council Meeting to order at 7:00 P.M. on Monday, December 12, 2022


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 David Manning, David Dias, Kristy Berg, Ryan Machota, John Moore and Terry Tipler, Mayor Craig Neuhaus, City Clerk Dennis Stiegemeier, City Treasurer Cindy Pirok, Public Works Director Mike Kuethe and Police Chief Jeff Doerr.


ELECTRONIC ATTENDANCE: City Attorney Phil Lading.

IV. CONSENT AGENDA

Moore moved, seconded by Dias to approve Consent Agenda with the following items:

Minutes

Regular Meeting – 11/28/2022

Collector’s Report

Southwestern Electric Cooperative (Utility Tax)--$595.81

M.J.M. Electric Cooperative (Utility Tax)--$202.83

Staunton Police Department (Ordinance Violations)--$200.00

Staunton Area Ambulance Service (October & November Dispatch Fees)--$1,000.00

State of Illinois (Personal Property Replacement Tax)--$3,968.18

State of Illinois (MFT Tax)--$9,754.50

State of Illinois (MFT Renewal Fund)--$7,492.15

State of Illinois (Sales Tax)--$61,525.51

Macoupin County Circuit Clerk (Fine Disbursement)--$380.42

Macoupin County Circuit Clerk (Arrest Agency Fee)--$64.82

Macoupin County Circuit Clerk (E-Citation Fee)--$4.00

Macoupin County Circuit Clerk (Police Vehicle Fund)--$.50

Applications

None


Monthly Reports

Distributed by City Clerk’s Office


Claims

December 12, 2022

Business Licenses Issued

The Macoupin Art Collective (Raffle License)


Roll Call Vote

AYES: Dias, Berg, Machota, Moore, Tipler, Manning.

NAYS: None.

ABSENT: None.

Motion declared carried.

V. GUESTS

Rick Johnson stated that he has driven around town and has seen many very nicely decorated homes for Christmas and he thinks several houses really look beautiful.


VI. CORRESPONDENCE


Nothing to report.


VII. TREASURER’S REPORT

Nothing to report.


VIII. CITY CLERK’S REPORT

Petitions packets for the April 4, 2023 Consolidated Election are being accepted at the City Clerk’s Office through December 19, 2022, which is the filing deadline. The City Clerk’s Office will be open until 5:00 P.M. on the final filing day.


The City Clerk’s Office, along with all public works employees except for one water treatment plant operator, will be off on Friday, December 23rd and Monday December 26th for the Christmas holidays.


Governor Pritzker has signed a new Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation extending the statewide declaration through January 6, 2023, which means that public meetings may continue to be held remotely.


All employees and elected officials are required to complete the annual State of Illinois Sexual Harassment Prevention Training. Please complete the training and return the Certificate of Participation to me no later than December 30, 2022.


IX. COMMITTEE REPORTS

PUBLIC HEALTH & SAFETY -

Motion by Manning, seconded by Dias to approve Full Time Placement List compiled by the Police Commission from recent interviews, to be good for six months. At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Berg, Machota, Moore, Tipler, Manning, Dias. Nayes: None. Absent: None. Motion carried.


Motion by Manning, seconded by Tipler to approve Quote from Southwest Solutions Group for detention bench for the Police Department at a cost of $1,799.99. At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Machota, Moore, Tipler, Manning, Dias, Berg. Nayes: None. Absent: None. Motion carried.

PARK & CIVIC IMPROVEMENT –

Motion by Tipler, seconded by Moore to pay Invoice #411 to Christmas Décor Systems for Main Street Christmas decorations in the amount of $3,500.00. At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Moore, Tipler, Manning, Dias, Berg, Machota. Nayes: None. Absent: None. Motion carried.


Motion by Tipler, seconded by Dias to pay Invoice #2886 to Laughlin Electric, Inc. for lighting repair labor and ballasts at the Soccer Fields in the amount of $5,535.00. $1,763.00 will be paid from Line Item #17.51.895.0 and the balance of $3,772.00 will be paid from Line Item #17.51.891.0. At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Tipler, Manning, Dias, Berg, Machota, Moore. Nayes: None. Absent: None. Motion carried.


Motion by Tipler, seconded by Moore to accept Request For Qualification (RFQ) from John H. Crawford & Associates to administer housing grant. At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Manning, Dias, Berg, Machota, Moore, Tipler. Nayes: None. Absent: None. Motion carried.


FINANCE–

Motion by Moore, seconded by Dias to approve Invoice #744309 from Sandberg Phoenix for Special Projects in the amount of $1,263.20. At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Dias, Berg, Machota, Moore, Tipler, Manning. Nayes: None. Absent: None. Motion carried.


WATER-

Motion by Moore, seconded by Manning to approve Renewal Quote with Hach Co. for annual maintenance at the water treatment plant in the amount of $12,525.00. Starting date is January 1, 2023 and end date is December 31, 2023. At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Manning, Dias, Berg, Machota, Moore, Tipler. Nayes: None. Absent: None. Motion carried.


STREET / SEWER

Nothing to report.


PUBLIC GROUNDS-

Nothing to report.


TOURISM –

Nothing to report.


PERSONNEL –

Motion by Dias, seconded by Manning to approve hiring Robert Jackowski as full time Police Officer from the recently approved Full Time Placement List compiled by the Police Commission. At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Dias, Berg, Machota, Moore, Tipler, Manning. Nayes: None. Absent: None. Motion carried.


City Clerk Stiegemeier administered the Oath of Office to newly hired full time Police Officer Robert Jackowski.


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