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City Council Meeting Minutes -- February 26, 2024

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, FEBRUARY 26, 2024

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER:

 

            Mayor Craig Neuhaus called the Staunton City Council Meeting to order at 7:00 P.M. on Monday, February 26, 2024.

 

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,  Matthew McKee, Terry Tipler,   Mayor Craig Neuhaus, City Attorney Phil Lading, City Clerk Dennis Stiegemeier and Public Works Director Mike Kuethe.

           

            NOT ATTENDING:   City Treasurer Cindy Pirok and Police Chief Jeff Doerr.

                                                                                                                                               

   IV.    CONSENT AGENDA

                                   

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

                      

Minutes 

           Regular Meeting – 02/12/2024

                                 

Collector’s Report

                                Staunton Police Department (Ordinance Violations)--$1,100.00

                                Staunton Police Department (Reports)--$15.00

                                Ameren Illinois (Utility Tax)--$27,408.75

                                Southwestern Electric Cooperative (Utility Tax)--$1,042.47

                                State of Illiinois (Income Tax)--$76,273.31

                                State of Illinois (State Use Tax)--$18,054.04

                                State of Illinois (Cannabis Use Tax)--$708.86

                                State of Illinois (Video Gaming Tax)--$11,813.59

                                State of Illinois (Telecommunications Tax)--$4,425.67

                                Super 8 Motel (Hotel/Motel Tax)--$1,016.37

                                                              

Applications

            Bruce Hutton (Parks & Recreation Department)

  

            Claims

February 26, 2024

            

Business Licenses Issued

                         R & B Family Restaurant, Inc. (Class D Liquor License)

                         R & B Family Restaurant, Inc. (Video Gaming License)

                         Macoupin County Patriots Friends of NRA (Raffle License)

           

            Roll Call Vote

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

            NAYS:   None.

            ABSENT:  None.

            Motion declared carried.

                       

V.        GUESTS

                                   

            No guests were present to speak.

 

VI.      CORRESPONDENCE

 

Received an email from Julie Jarman, representing the Staunton Lions Club, requesting to use the Fireman’s Park on Saturday, March 30, 2024 for their annual Easter Egg Hunt.  They would be using the park from 8:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. and they are asking to have the park rental fee waived.

           

VII.     TREASURER’S REPORT

 

Nothing to report.

 

VIII.   CITY CLERK’S REPORT

 

The annual Worker’s Compensation Audit for calendar year 2023 was recently completed in the City Clerk’s Office and everything was found to be in balance.

 

IX.      COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

PUBLIC HEALTH & SAFETY  -

 

Nothing to report.

 

            PARK & CIVIC IMPROVEMENT –

 

Motion by Tipler, seconded by Manning to approve proceeding with demolition of buildings on City owned property at 317 East Fifth Street.  At Roll Call Vote – Ayes:  Berg, Machota, McKee, Tipler, Manning, Dias.  Nayes:  None.  Absent:  None.  Motion carried. 

 

Motion by Tipler, seconded by McKee to grant request from the Staunton Lions Club to use the Fireman’s Park on Saturday, March 30, 2024 for their annual Easter Egg Hunt, with the park rental fee being waived.  At Roll Call Vote – Ayes:  Machota, McKee, Tipler, Manning, Dias, Berg.  Nayes:  None.  Absent:  None.  Motion carried.

 

FINANCE–

 

Nothing to report.

 

WATER-

 

Motion by Berg, seconded by Dias to proceed with engineering on the Henry Street from Walnut to Hibbard Street water main project.  At Roll Call Vote – Ayes:   McKee, Tipler, Manning, Dias, Berg, Machota.  Nayes:  None.  Absent:  None.  Motion carried. 

 

Motion by Berg, seconded by Tipler to proceed with engineering on the West Mill Street from Union to Hackman Street water main project.  At Roll Call Vote – Ayes:  Tipler, Manning, Dias, Berg, Machota, McKee.  Nayes:  None.  Absent:  None.  Motion carried. 

 

STREET / SEWER

 

Motion by Machota, seconded by Tipler giving Mayor Neuhaus authority to sign documents closing out the 2023 M.F.T. Program.  At Roll Call Vote – Ayes:   Dias, Berg, Machota, McKee, Tipler, Manning.  Nayes:  None.  Absent:  None.  Motion carried.

 

Motion by Machota, seconded by Tipler to approve Resolution for 2024 M.F.T. Maintenance Program in the amount of $189,885.00.  At Roll Call Vote – Ayes:   Berg, Machota, McKee, Tipler, Manning, Dias.  Nayes:  None.  Absent:  None.  Motion carried. 

 

            PUBLIC GROUNDS-

 

            Nothing to report.

 

            TOURISM –

 

Nothing to report.

 

            PERSONNEL –

 

Nothing to report.

 

            ANNEXATION –

 

            Nothing to report.

 

            SPECIAL COMMITTEES –

                       

            Nothing to report.

 

            JUDICIARY—

             

Motion by Manning, seconded by Dias to approve Resolution #2024-02 Declaring Surplus Property And Authorizing Its Donation.  At Roll Call Vote – Ayes:  Manning, Dias, Berg, Machota, McKee, Tipler.  Nayes:  None.  Absent:  None.  Motion carried. 

 

Motion by Manning, seconded by Tipler to approve Resolution #2024-03 Approving Application For An Illinois Energy Transition Community Grant.  At Roll Call Vote – Ayes:  Dias, Berg, Machota, McKee, Tipler, Manning.  Nayes:  None.  Absent:  None.  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 Tipler, seconded by Councilmember Manning to adjourn at 7:06 P.M.  At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Berg, Machota, McKee, Tipler, Manning, Dias.  Nayes:  None.  Absent: None.   Motion carried. 

 

                                                                        Prepared by:

 

                                                                        Dennis K. Stiegemeier, City Clerk

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