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City Council Meeting Minutes--January 25, 2021

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, JANUARY 25, 2021


I. CALL TO ORDER:


Mayor Craig Neuhaus called the Staunton City Council Meeting to order at 7:00 P.M. on Monday, January 25, 2021


II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:

Mayor Craig Neuhaus led the Pledge Allegiance to the Flag.


III. ROLL CALL:

Prior to roll call being taken, City Clerk Stiegemeier announced that tonight’s City Council Meeting was being conducted remotely and was being recorded due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

City Clerk Stiegemeier called roll with the following persons:


ATTENDING: Aldermen Maria Bodner, Brooke Wallace, Rick Johnson, Randy Hanks, Ryan Machota, Chad Plenske, John Moore, Jeff, Scanzoni, Mayor Craig Neuhaus, City Clerk Dennis Stiegemeier, City Treasurer Cindy Pirok and Public Works Director Mike Kuethe.


ELECTRONIC ATTENDANCE: Attorney John Gilbert.


NOT ATTENDING: City Attorney Phil Lading and Police Chief Jeff Doerr.

IV. CONSENT AGENDA

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

Minutes

Regular Meeting – 01/11/2021

Collector’s Report

Staunton Area Ambulance Service (Ambulance Dispatching)--$500.00

MJM Electric Cooperative (Utility Tax)--$260.57

Ameren Illinois (Utility Tax)--$20,345.63

Staunton Police Department (Reports)--$5.00

Staunton Super 8 Motel (Hotel/Motel Tax)--$926.79

State of Illinois (Use Tax)--$20,330.51

State of Illinois (Income Tax)--$54,488.10

State of Illinois (MFT Renewal Fund)--$6,604.67

State of Illinois (MFT Tax)--$10,454.86

State of Illinois (Telecommunications Tax)--$5,743.85

State of Illinois (Sales Tax)--$54,967.35

State of Illinois (Video Gaming Tax)--$4,504.31

State of Illinois (Cannabis Use Tax)--$568.08

State of Illinois (Personal Property Replacement Tax)--$2,996.85

Applications

None


Claims

January 25, 2021

Business Licenses Issued

Clippin House Pet Resort

Staunton FFA Alumni (Raffle License)

Republic Services/Allied Waste (Trash Hauling License)

Concordia Hall, Inc. (Meat Shoot Permit)


Roll Call Vote

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

NAYS: None.

ABSENT: None.

Motion declared carried.

V. GUESTS

No guests, attending physically or remotely, requested to speak.

VI. CORRESPONDENCE

Received an email from Zion Lutheran Church requesting to make the following streets one way on Sunday, February 14, 2021, from 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. for their annual Sausage Supper:

Wood Street from Henry to Spring

Union Street from Henry to Spring

Hoxsey Street from Spring to Panhorst


VII. TREASURER’S REPORT

Nothing to report.


VIII. CITY CLERK’S REPORT

Republic Services/Allied Waste has renewed their trash hauling license for 2021, but they will still only provide commercial dumpster service, no residential pick up.


IX. COMMITTEE REPORTS

PUBLIC HEALTH & SAFETY -

Motion by Johnson, seconded by Wallace to approve request from Zion Lutheran Church to make the following streets one way for their annual Sausage Supper on February 14, 2021, from 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.:

Wood Street from Henry to Spring

Union Street from Henry to Spring

Hoxsey Street from Spring to Panhorst.

At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Johnson, Hanks, Machota, Plenske, Moore, Scanzoni,

Bodner, Wallace. Nayes: None. Absent: None. Motion carried.


PARK & CIVIC IMPROVEMENT –

Motion by Scanzoni, seconded by Bodner to approve spending up to $1,000.00 for dumpster/clean up fees for property located at 729 West 7th Street in Staunton, IL.

At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Hanks, Machota, Plenske, Moore, Scanzoni, Bodner, Wallace, Johnson. Nayes: None. Absent: None. Motion carried.


FINANCE–


Motion by Moore, seconded by Johnson to pay Invoice #DED5479621 to Illinois Counties Risk Management Trust for the City’s deductible on liability claim in the amount of $5,000.00. At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Machota, Plenske, Moore, Scanzoni, Bodner, Wallace, Johnson, Hanks. Nayes: None. Absent: None. Motion carried.


Motion by Moore, seconded by Plenske to approve a donation of $1,000.00 to the Staunton Helping Hands Center / Josh Thorn final expenses. This would be paid from line item 01.01.914.0 (Administration – Condolences). At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Plenske, Moore, Scanzoni, Bodner, Wallace, Johnson, Hanks, Machota. Nayes: None. Absent: None. Motion carried.


Motion by Moore, seconded by Hanks to accept Estimate #20028 from Illini Tech Services for equipment needed for remote attendance and the recording of City meetings at a cost not to exceed $3,500.00. At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Moore, Scanzoni, Bodner, Wallace, Johnson, Hanks, Machota, Plenske. Nayes: None. Absent: None. Motion carried.


WATER-

Nothing to report.




STREET / SEWER

Nothing to report.


PUBLIC GROUNDS-

Nothing to report.


TOURISM –

Nothing to report.


PERSONNEL –

Nothing to report.


ANNEXATION –

Nothing to report.


SPECIAL COMMITTEES –


Nothing to report.

JUDICIARY—

1st reading of Ordinance #2101 Granting A Zoning Variance For Real Property

Located At 901 East Henry Street, Staunton, Illinois


Prior to the 1st readings of the next two Ordinances, Alderman Wallace expressed

concern that she was unaware of these Ordinances. Mayor Neuhaus had a copy of an

email that was sent to Wallace on January 7, 2021 notifying her of the two pre-

annexations to process for the water services. Alderman Wallace said that she didn’t

receive the email and was going to do some checking with Illini Tech and see what is

going on as to why she isn’t receiving some of these emails.


1st reading of Ordinance #2102 Approving A Pre-Annexation Agreement With

Jessica & Edward G. Kolkovich Regarding Property Located At 1419 W. Sixth

Street, Staunton, Illinois But Not Physically Annexing The Property To The

City’s Corporate Boundaries At This Time (PIN #01-003-304-01)


1st reading of Ordinance #2103 Approving A Pre-Annexation Agreement With

Gary & Mary Zumwalt Regarding Property Located At 2312 Route 4, Staunton,

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

Boundaries At This Time (PIN #01-000-047-01)


1st reading of Ordinance #2104 Amending The Liquor Code For The City Of

Staunton, Illinois (increasing Class A liquor licenses from 9 to 10)


1st reading of Ordinance #2105 Declaring Real Property Commonly Known As

313 East Seventh Street, Staunton, Illinois As Surplus Real Property And

Authorizing Its Sale


1st reading of Ordinance #2106 Declaring Real Property Commonly Known As

729 West Seventh Street, Staunton, Illinois As Surplus Real Property And

Authorizing Its Sale


1st reading of Ordinance #2107 Amending Chapter 16, Article III Of The City Of

Staunton Revised Code Of Ordinances


Alderman Johnson stated that after the approval of Ordinance #2107 at the next

City Council Meeting, there will also be a Resolution to approve commercial

dumping out near the yard waste site.


Motion by Bodner, seconded by Hanks to approve Resolution #2021-02 Appointing Eric Evans To The Position Of Conflicts Zoning Hearing Officer For The City Of Staunton, Illinois. At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Scanzoni, Bodner, Wallace, Johnson,

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


X. UNFINISHED BUSINESS—

Nothing to report.


XI. NEW BUSINESS-

A sealed bid for Real Property advertised as “Sale Of Vacated Portion Of Walnut Street” was received and opened at this time. The bid was received from Steve and Joyce Gulley, who reside at 601 S. Walnut Street in Staunton and their bid amount was $1.00. Alderman Johnson stated that the Gulleys have contacted him and they have agreed to pay the closing costs incurred at the time of the closing.


Alderman Hanks stated that he has been contacted by a couple of individuals regarding the placing of a memorial sign near the location of the intersection where the Crossing Guard stood. The City Clerk’s office received a call from someone at the school today inquiring about the same sign. Since this is State Route 4, the Illinois Department of Transportation will be contacted to see if there are any guidelines or restrictions regarding the placement of a sign.


Alderman Wallace asked if restrictions have been loosened regarding the attendance of guests at City Council Meetings. The Executive Order by the Governor had been extended until February 6, 2021, however, the next City Council Meeting will be held on February 8, 2021. Since that order will expire, a limited number of guests will be able to attend (possibly allowing for a maximum of 25 people to be in attendance).


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 Scanzoni seconded by Councilmember Bodner to adjourn at 7:13 P.M. At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Bodner, Wallace, Johnson, Hanks, Machota, Plenske, Moore, Scanzoni. Nayes: None. Absent: None. Motion carried.


Prepared by:



Dennis K. Stiegemeier, City Clerk

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