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City Council Meeting Minutes--June 24, 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, JUNE 24, 2024

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER:

 

            Mayor Craig Neuhaus called the Staunton City Council Meeting to order at 7:00 P.M. on Monday, June 24, 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 Dias, Kristy Berg, Ryan Machota, Matthew McKee, Terry Tipler, Mayor Craig Neuhaus, City Clerk Dennis Stiegemeier, City Treasurer Cindy Pirok and Public Works Director Mike Kuethe.

 

            ELECTRONIC ATTENDANCE:  City Attorney Phil Lading.

           

            NOT ATTENDING:   Alderman David Manning and Police Chief Jeff Doerr.

                                                                                                                                               

   IV.    CONSENT AGENDA

                                   

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

                      

Minutes 

           Regular Meeting – 06/10/2024

                                 

Collector’s Report

Staunton Police Department (Reports)--$10.00

                                Staunton Police Department (Ordinance Violations)--$200.00

                                Staunton Police Department (Registrations)--$35.00

                                State of Illinois (Sales Tax)--$73,495.93

                                State of Illinois (Business District Tax)--$32,019.19

                                State of Illinois (Telecommunications Tax)--$4,248.32

                                State of Illinois (Video Gaming Tax)--$12,519.64

                                State of Illinois (Cannabis Use Tax)--$660.17

                                State of Illinois (State Use Tax)--$17,127.98

                                State of Illinois (Income Tax)--$57,966.30

                                State of Illinois (In Car Camera Grant for Police Dept.)--$18,869.65

                                Southwestern Electric (Utility Tax)--$762.42

 

Applications

            Kelly Lowder (Part Time Janitorial Position)

 

            Claims

June 24, 2024

            

Business Licenses Issued

                         Patriot Lounge, LLC

                         DEFU Corporation d/b/a Bamboo Garden (Liquor License Renewal)

                         Asian Bistro by Olette, Inc. (Liquor License Renewal)

                         Casey’s General Store #1547 (Liquor License Renewal)

                         Casey’s General Store #1956 (Liquor License Renewal)

                         Bulldog Café (Liquor License Renewal)

                         Rooster’s Pub, LLC (Liquor License Renewal)

                         Berry’s Bar (Video Gaming License)

                         Berry’s Bar (Amusement License)

                         Concordia Hall (Video Gaming License)

                         Concordia Hall (Amusement License)

                         Green Room Gaming (Video Gaming License)

                         Staunton Food & Liquor (Video Gaming License)

                         VFW Post #1241 (Video Gaming License)

                         VFW Post #1241 (Amusement License)

                         Bulldog Café (Video Gaming License)

                         Bulldog Café (Amusement License)

                         Mr. T’s Tavern & Liquor Store (Video Gaming License)

                         Mr. T’s Tavern & Liquor Store (Amusement License)

                         VFW Post #1241 (Queen of Hearts Raffle License)

           

            Roll Call Vote

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

            NAYS:   None.

            ABSENT:  Manning.

            Motion declared carried.

                       

V.        GUESTS

                                   

            Ben Kellebrew attended the Zoning Hearing last week and addressed the Council regarding the property that was discussed at the hearing.  He had some concerns with high weeds and supposed junk being burnt.

 

VI.      CORRESPONDENCE

 

Received a letter from Zion Early Childhood Education Center requesting to block the streets and intersections that border Zion Lutheran School (Wood, Henry, Hoxsey and Panhorst) from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, July 18, 2024, to allow daycare students to ride their bicycles around the school, with the City placing the barricades.

  

VII.     TREASURER’S REPORT

 

Certificates of Deposit recently matured at Bank of Hillsboro:

Civic Improvement Fund -- $250,000.0 plus $7,386.37 interest

Infrastructure Fund--$350,000.00 plus $10,340.92 interest

Reserve Fund--$200,000.00 plus $5,909.10 interest

Telecommunications Fund--$100,000.00 plus $2,954.55 interest

Water Fund--$100,000.00 plus $2,954.55 interest

 

Certificates of Deposit recently purchased at Bank of Hillsboro for 5 months at 5%:

Civic Improvement Fund -- $250,000.00

Infrastructure Fund -- $350,000.00

Reserve Fund -- $200,000.00

Telecommunications Fund -- $100,000.00

Water Fund -- $100,000.00

 

VIII.   CITY CLERK’S REPORT

 

The annual Homecoming Parade will be held this Saturday afternoon, June 29th at 4:30.  All City Officials are welcome to walk along with the float.  If you plan to attend, line up will be in front of the garage doors at the City Hall complex on Wood Street.

 

IX.      COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

PUBLIC HEALTH & SAFETY  -

 

Motion by Dias, seconded by Tipler to grant request from Zion Early Childhood Education Center to block streets and intersections bordering Zion Lutheran School (Wood, Henry, Hoxsey and Panhorst) on Thursday, July 18, 2024 from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M.  They are also asking City workers to set up barricades that morning.  At Roll Call Vote – Ayes:  Berg, Machota, McKee, Tipler, Dias.  Nayes:  None.  Absent:  Manning.  Motion carried. 

 

            PARK & CIVIC IMPROVEMENT –

 

Motion by Tipler, seconded by Dias to pay Invoice #121232 from Mega Slam Hoops for Basketball Post and Backboard at the Fireman’s Park in the amount of $2,314.46.  At Roll Call Vote – Ayes:  Machota, McKee, Tipler, Dias, Berg.  Nayes:  None.  Absent:  Manning.  Motion carried.

      

FINANCE–

 

Motion by Tipler, seconded by McKee to pay Invoice dated June 11, 2024 from Hart, Southworth & Witsman for Professional Services Rendered (Bond Counsel Representation) for the Gensing Creek Box Culvert Replacement Project in the amount of $16,250.00.  At Roll Call Vote – Ayes:  McKee, Tipler, Dias, Berg, Machota.  Nayes:  None.  Absent:  Manning.  Motion carried. 

 

Motion by Tipler, seconded by Dias to pay Invoice #854315 to Sandberg Phoenix for Professional Services rendered for Special Projects in the amount of $1,216.77.  At Roll Call Vote – Ayes:  Tipler, Dias, Berg, Machota, McKee.  Nayes:  None.  Absent:  Manning.  Motion carried. 

 

Motion by Tipler, seconded by McKee to pay Invoice #2416 to Moran Economic Development for Professional Services rendered relating to updates to the Macoupin County Enterprise Zone in the amount of $14,784.52.  This will be paid from line item #37.71.855.1.  At Roll Call Vote – Ayes:  Dias, Berg, Machota, McKee, Tipler.  Nayes:  None.  Absent:  Manning.  Motion carried. 

 

WATER-

 

Motion by Berg, seconded by McKee to pay Invoice  #9661 from Potts, Smoot & Crawford Civil Engineering & Land Surveying for Design Engineering on the Easton Street Water Main Project in the amount of $58,126.00.  At Roll Call Vote – Ayes:  Berg, Machota, McKee, Tipler, Dias.  Nayes:  None.  Absent:  Manning.  Motion carried. 

           

STREET / SEWER

 

Motion by Machota, seconded by Tipler to pay Invoice #123699 to Fehr Graham Engineering & Envinronmental for Engineering Services rendered on the North Street Lift Station & Force Main Project in the amount of $3,370.75.  This will be paid from Budget Line Item 52.43.898.0.  At Roll Call Vote – Ayes:  Machota, McKee, Tipler, Dias, Berg.  Nayes:  None.  Absent:  Manning.  Motion carried. 

 

            PUBLIC GROUNDS-

 

            Nothing to report.

 

            TOURISM –

 

Nothing to report.

    

            PERSONNEL –

 

Motion by Dias, seconded by Tipler to hire Kelly Lowder for the part time janitorial position for City owned buildings.  At Roll Call Vote – Ayes:  Dias, Berg, Machota, McKee, Tipler.  Nayes:  None.  Absent:  Manning.  Motion carried. 

 

            ANNEXATION –

 

            Nothing to report.

 

            SPECIAL COMMITTEES –

                       

            Nothing to report.

 

            JUDICIARY—

             

1st reading of Ordinance #2245 An Ordinance To Install Stop Signs On Reservoir

Road At Its Intersection With The Northern Entrance To Woods Mill Drive

 

Motion by Dias, seconded by Tipler to waive 1st reading of Ordinance #2246 An Ordinance Approving An Increase In The Number Of Available Class A Liquor Licenses From Eleven To Twelve.  At Roll Call Vote – Ayes:  Dias, Berg, Machota, McKee, Tipler.  Nayes:  None.  Absent:  Manning.  Motion carried. 

 

Motion by Dias, seconded by McKee to approve Ordinance #2246 An Ordinance Approving An Increase In The Number Of Available Class A Liquor Licenses From Eleven To Twelve.  At Roll Call Vote – Ayes:  Berg, Machota, McKee, Tipler, Dias.  Nayes:  None.  Absent:  Manning.  Motion carried. 

 

X.       UNFINISHED BUSINESS—

    

      Nothing to report.

 

XI.      NEW BUSINESS-

 

Mayor Neuhaus reminded everyone that the Staunton Fire Department Homecoming Celebration will be held this weekend, July 28th and 29th.  This is a big fund raising event for the Fire Department, and the Mayor encouraged all residents to come out and support the group.

 

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 Dias to adjourn at 7:09 P.M.  At Roll Call Vote – Ayes:  Berg, Machota, McKee, Tipler, Dias.  Nayes:  None.  Absent: Manning.   Motion carried. 

 

                                                                        Prepared by:

 

 

 

 

                                                                        Dennis K. Stiegemeier, City Clerk

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