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City Council Meeting Minutes -- July 24, 2023

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, JULY 24, 2023


I. CALL TO ORDER:


Mayor Craig Neuhaus called the Staunton City Council Meeting to order at 7:00 P.M. on Monday, July 24, 2023.


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 Clerk Dennis Stiegemeier, City Treasurer Cindy Pirok, Public Works Director Mike Kuethe and Police Chief Jeff Doerr.


NOT ATTENDING: City Attorney Phil Lading.

IV. CONSENT AGENDA

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

Minutes

Regular Meeting – 07/10/2023

Collector’s Report

State of Illinois (Sales Tax)--$68,439.26

State of Illinois (MFT Tax)--$10,098.26

State of Illinois (MFT Renewal Fund)--$8,859.85

State of Illinois (Personal Property Replacement Tax)--$9,036.42

State of Illinois (State Use Tax)--$15,463.83

State of Illinois (Income Tax)--$75,951.21

State of Illinois (Cannabis Use Tax)--$640.91

State of Illinois (Telecommunications Tax)--$4,462.15

State of Illinois (Video Gaming Tax)--$10,531.43

M.J.M. Electric Cooperative (Utility Tax)--$223.31

Ameren Illinois (Utility Tax)--$16,435.41

Macoupin County Circuit Clerk (Restitution)--$23.00

Macoupin County Circuit Clerk (Fine Disbursement)--$372.50

Staunton Police Department (Finger Printing)--$10.00


Applications

Adam Marra (Police Officer)

James Woodson (Police Officer)

Austin Brown (Police Officer)

Clinton Haas (Water Treatment Plant Employee)

Randy Braman (Water Treatment Plant Employee)

Zachary Besserman (Water Treatment Plant Employee)

Jennifer Daniels (Water Treatment Plant Employee)


Claims

July 24, 2023

Business Licenses Issued

St. Michael’s Parish (Raffle License)

VFW Post #1241 (Queen of Hearts Raffle License)

Mason’s Educational Resources (Solicitor’s License)

ProLux Energy (Solicitor’s 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 Staunton Public Library Director, Julie Jarman, requesting to use the South Water Tower Park on Thursday, August 3rd from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. with the park rental fee being waived.


VII. TREASURER’S REPORT


Certificates of Deposit recently matured and cashed in at Bank of Springfield:

Bond/Interest Fund -- $150,000.00 plus $922.32 interest

Reserve Fund -- $200,000.00 plus $1,229.78 interest


Certificates of Deposit recently purchased at Bank of Springfield for 9 months at 4.45%:

Bond/Interest Fund -- $150,000.00

Reserve Fund -- $200,000.00


VIII. CITY CLERK’S REPORT

I received an email from Kevin Tepen with C.J. Schlosser informing us that they will be in the office starting on August 14th to begin their on site work for the Fiscal Year Audit.

IX. COMMITTEE REPORTS

PUBLIC HEALTH & SAFETY -

Motion by Manning, seconded by Dias to approve email Quote from Advanced Communications for Radio System maintenance in the amount of $1,226.00. At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Berg, Machota, McKee, Tipler, Manning, Dias. Nayes: None. Absent: None. Motion carried.


Motion by Manning, seconded by Dias to pay Invoice dated June 1, 2023 from West Central Illinois Criminal Justice Council for Mobile Training Unit 9 annual dues in the amount of $1,175.00 (effective July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024). At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Machota, McKee, Tipler, Manning, Dias, Berg. Nayes: None. Absent: None. Motion carried.


Motion by Manning, seconded by Dias to pay Invoice #23C-166 to Brownlee Data Systems for annual Village Police Maintenance Agreement in the amount of $1,800.00 (8/5/2023 through 8/4/2024). At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: McKee, Tipler, Manning, Dias, Berg, Machota. Nayes: None. Absent: None. Motion carried.


PARK & CIVIC IMPROVEMENT –

Motion by Tipler, seconded by Manning to approve request from Staunton Public Library Director, Julie Jarman, to use the South Water Tower Park on Thursday, August 3rd from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. with the park rental fee being waived. At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Tipler, Manning, Dias, Berg, Machota, McKee. Nayes: None. Absent: None. Motion carried.


FINANCE–

Motion by Tipler, seconded by Manning to renew health insurance for City of Staunton full time employees from CBIZ Benefit & Insurance Services of Illinois (Blue Cross / Blue Shield of Illinois), effective October 1, 2023. The monthly renewal premium will be $953.21 per employee, per month. At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Berg, Machota, McKee, Tipler, Manning, Dias. Nayes: None. Absent: None. Motion carried.


Motion by Tipler, seconded by Dias to approve revised Quote #32960 from Illini Tech Services for computer communication from the chemical room to the Scada System in the amount of $2,230.00. This was approved at the July 10th City Council Meeting for $1,965.00, however, there was only one Access Point included in that quote, and a second one is required in order to make this work. At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Machota, McKee, Tipler, Manning, Dias, Berg. Nayes: None. Absent: None. Motion carried.


Motion by Tipler, seconded by Dias to pay Invoice #785446 from Sandberg Phoenix for Professional Services Rendered for Special Projects in the amount of $2,611.85. At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Manning, Dias, Berg, Machota, McKee, Tipler. Nayes: None. Absent: None. Motion carried.


Motion by Tipler, seconded by Dias to pay Invoice #115473 from Fehr Graham for for Professional Services rendered regarding the North Street Lift Station and Force Main Project in the amount of $1,348.50. At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Dias, Berg, Machota, McKee, Tipler, Manning. Nayes: None. Absent: None. Motion carried.

WATER-

Motion by Berg, seconded by Dias to pay Invoice #916121714 to Kaeser Compressors for Annual Maintenance on the lake compressor in the amount of $2,682.34. At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Berg, Machota, McKee, Tipler, Manning, Dias. Nayes: None. Absent: None. Motion carried.


Motion by Berg, seconded by Dias to pay Claim #5232X to Ameren Illinois for damage billing occurring at 929 North Easton Street in the amount of $2,014.46. At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Machota, McKee, Tipler, Manning, Dias, Berg. Nayes: None. Absent: None. Motion carried.


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—

Motion by Manning, seconded by Tipler to waive 1st reading of Ordinance #2212 An Ordinance Of The City Of Staunton, Macoupin County, Illinois, Authorizing And Providing For A $1,900,000 Promissory Note For The Purpose Of Providing Interim Contruction Financing To Pay Costs Incurred By The City For Work Associated With The Replacement Of The Gensing Creek Box Culvert, Prescribing The Details Of The Note, And Providing For The Security And Means Of Payment Of The Note. 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 Ordinance #2212 An Ordinance Of The City Of Staunton, Macoupin County, Illinois, Authorizing And Providing For A $1,900,000 Promissory Note For The Purpose Of Providing Interim Construction Financing To Pay Costs Incurred By The City For Work Associated With The Replacement Of The Gensing Creek Box Culvert, Prescribing The Details Of the Note, And Providing For The Security And Means Of Payment Of The Note. 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-

A brief discussion was held regarding two upcoming projects, and the Gensing Creek Box Culvert Project and the Route 4 Sewer Main Project will both be starting in the very near future.


XII. EXECUTIVE SESSION—

No Executive Session was held.

XIII. MOTIONS FROM EXECUTIVE SESSION

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No motions were made from Executive Session.


XIV. ADJOURNMENT

With no further business to discuss, Councilmember Tipler, seconded by Councilmember Machota to adjourn at 7:09 P.M. At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Manning, Dias, Berg, Machota, McKee, Tipler. Nayes: None. Absent: None. Motion carried.


Prepared by:




Dennis K. Stiegemeier, City Clerk

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