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City Council Meeting Minutes--March 22, 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, MARCH 22, 2021


I. CALL TO ORDER:


Mayor Craig Neuhaus called the Staunton City Council Meeting to order at 7:00 P.M. on Monday, March 22, 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 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: Alderman Maria Bodner and Attorney John Gilbert.


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

IV. CONSENT AGENDA

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

Minutes

Regular Meeting – 03/08/2021

Collector’s Report

Staunton Police Department (Ordinance Violations)--$100.00

Staunton Police Department (Reports)--$15.00

Macoupin County Circuit Clerk (E-Citation Fee)--$13.90

Macoupin County Circuit Clerk (Fine Disbursement)--$560.19

Macoupin County Circuit Clerk (Arrest Agency Fee)--$144.00

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

State of Illinois (Personal Property Replacement Tax)--$1,082.76

State of Illinois (Sales Tax)--$54,788.58

State of Illinois (MFT Renewal Fund)--$6,295.85

State of Illinois (MFT Tax)--$7,747.00

State of Illinois (Income Tax)-39,701.93

State of Illinois (Use Tax)--$30,571.56

State of Illinois (Cannabis Use Tax)--$451.01

State of Illinois (Video Gaming Tax)--$6,362.34

State of Illinois (Telecommunications Tax)--$5,981.27

Staunton Area Ambulance (Dispatch Fee)--$500.00

MJM Electric Cooperative (Utility Tax)--$256.21

Illinois Public Risk Fund (Workers Comp Audit Return Premium)--$302.00

Applications

None


Claims

March 22, 2021

Business Licenses Issued

Staunton Band Boosters (Raffle License)

Bulldogs Café (Video Gaming License)

Chills Brothers (Solicitor’s License)


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 a letter from Madison Communications notifying the City of their success in exceeding customer protection requirements for the 2020 year. A copy of the letter and report is included with the agenda packet.


Received a letter from Net Community Church asking to use the city’s trailer of tables from April 9th through April 13th. Net Community will be hosting a testing site for Staunton High School students to take their SAT test. The school has asked to make a special testing site available, which would allow for social distancing during the current pandemic. Net Community will provide workers to unload and reload the tables into the City trailer.


Received an email from Nathan Smith, Marketing and Recruiting Manager for Express Employment Professionals in Glen Carbon, IL. He is looking for a location to host a pop up job fair and was inquiring about using the parking lot at the Community Center. A copy of Nathan’s email is attached to the agenda packet.


VII. TREASURER’S REPORT

Nothing to report.


VIII. CITY CLERK’S REPORT

The City Clerk’s Office will be closed on Friday, April 2, 2021 in observance of Good Friday. All public works employees, except one water treatment plant employee, will be off that day as well.


The Consolidated Election for the City of Staunton will be held on Tuesday, April 6, 2021.


IX. COMMITTEE REPORTS

PUBLIC HEALTH & SAFETY -

Nothing to report.


PARK & CIVIC IMPROVEMENT –

Nothing to report.


FINANCE–


Motion by Moore, seconded by Johnson to create Evaluation Committee and the initially appointed members for the review of the Housing Rehabilitation Grant Process, with members being Mayor Craig Neuhaus, John Moore, Tom Allen and Ailee Taylor. This committee will meet at this time to evaluate the grant writer application that was submitted (only one was submitted). After the grant writer is in place, qualifying applicants will be able to submit housing rehabilitation grants and this committee would also review those grant applications to make sure that they would qualify. At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Johnson, Machota, Plenske, Moore, Scanzoni, Bodner, Wallace. Nayes: Hanks. Absent: None. Motion carried 7 Ayes; 1 Naye.


WATER-

Motion by Hanks, seconded by Plenske to accept Quote #1169729 from Schulte Supply for radio read water meters with antenna assemblies in the amount of $6,341.60. At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Hanks, Machota, Plenske, Moore, Scanzoni, Bodner, Wallace, Johnson. Nayes: None. Absent: None. Motion carried.


Motion by Hanks, seconded by Plenske to accept Quote #21153 from Illini Tech for new computer at the water treatment plant in the amount of $1,575.00. At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Machota, Plenske, Moore, Scanzoni, Bodner, Wallace, Johnson, Hanks. Nayes: None. Absent: None. Motion carried.


STREET / SEWER

Nothing to report.


PUBLIC GROUNDS-

Motion by Machota, seconded by Hanks to approve request from Net Community Church to use the City’s table trailer and tables from April 9th through April 13th for Staunton High School students to take their SAT Test. At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Plenske, Moore, Scanzoni, Bodner, Wallace, Johnson, Hanks, Machota. Nayes: None. Absent: None. Motion carried.


TOURISM –

Nothing to report.


PERSONNEL –

Nothing to report.


ANNEXATION –

Nothing to report.


SPECIAL COMMITTEES –

Nothing to report.


JUDICIARY—

Motion by Bodner, seconded by Johnson to approve Ordinance #2109 Accepting Findings Of Fact And Recommendations Of The Zoning Hearing Officer To Approve An Application For A Zoning Text Amendment Submitted By The City Of Staunton, Illinois. A brief discussion was held regarding changes made to the original submitted text amendment concerning commercial properties and fences. At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Moore, Scanzoni, Bodner, Johnson, Machota. Nayes: Wallace, Hanks, Plenske. Absent: None. Motion carried 5 Ayes; 3 Nayes.


1st reading of Ordinance #2111 To Designate Handicapped Parking At The Ralph And Josephine Oltmann Community Center


1st reading of Ordinance #2112 Adopting The City’s Updated Zoning Map And Authorizing Its Publication


Motion by Bodner, seconded by Machota to approve Resolution #2021-07 Approving An Easement In Favor Of Favco, Inc., For The Purpose Of Continued Use Of Certain Property As A Golf Course. 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-

Sealed bids were opened for the advertised properties that were owned by the City of Staunton. The first bid was from C.F. & I Construction of Mt. Olive, IL for the property located at 313 East 7th Street, with the bid amount being $1,500.00. The second bid was from Maurice St. Arnault of Staunton for the property located at 729 West 7th Street, with his bid amount being $100.00.


The following bids were opened for the advertised surplus vehicles:

2011 Chevrolet Impala from Chad Plenske for $425.00

2011 Chevrolet Impala from Emergency Remarketing for $688.13

2011 Chevrolet Impala from Gene Birdsell for $126.00

2011 Chevrolet Impala from Michael Skouby for $500.00

2001 Dodge Pickup Truck from Gene Birdsell for $126.00

2001 Dodge Pickup Truck from Michael Skouby for $400.00


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 Plenske to adjourn at 7:20 P.M. At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Wallace, Johnson, Hanks, Machota, Plenske, Moore, Bodner. Nayes: None. Absent: Scanzoni. Motion carried.


Prepared by:

Dennis K. Stiegemeier, City Clerk

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