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City Council Meeting Minutes--May 22, 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, MAY 22, 2023


I. CALL TO ORDER:


Mayor Craig Neuhaus called the Staunton City Council Meeting to order at 7:00 P.M. on Monday, May 22, 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, 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.


ELECTRONIC ATTENDANCE: Alderman David Dias and City Attorney Phil Lading.

IV. CONSENT AGENDA

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

Minutes

Regular Meeting – 05/08/2023

Collector’s Report

Staunton Township (Donation towards Baseball Diamonds Scoreboards)--$5,000.00

Community Title & Escrow (Proceeds of Property Sale)--$10,000.00

State of Illinois (State Use Tax)--$14,941.37

State of Illinois (MFT Tax)--$9,520.23

State of Illinois (Cannabis Use Tax)--$609.46

State of Illinois (Video Gaming Tax)--$13,192.18

State of Illinois (Telecommunications Tax)--$4,430.89

State of Illinois (Income Tax)--$121,575.12

Staunton Police Department (Ordinance Violations)--$300.00

Staunton Police Department (Reports)--$10.00

Staunton Police Department (Finger Printing)--$10.00

Mullins Salvage (Street Scrap Recycling)--$742.00

Ameren Illinois (Utility Tax)--$20,811.76


Applications

Rebecca Naecker (Police Dispatcher)

Wyman Markle (Full Time Police Dispatcher)

Cameron White (Police Dispatcher)

Jayden Schmidt (Police Dispatcher)

Gretchen Smith (Police Dispatcher)

Alyssa Keehn (Full Time Police Dispatcher)

Bruce Smith (Police Dispatcher)

Tyler Rehkemper (Police Dispatcher)

California Keelin (Police Dispatcher)

Kaylia Lamb (Police Dispatcher)

Kelly Streubel (Full Time Police Dispatcher)

Cole Sternickle (Any Department)


Claims

May 22, 2023, 2023

Business Licenses Issued

Staunton Fire Department (Liquor License for Homecoming Celebration)

American Legion Post #362 (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 a letter of resignation from Full Time Police Dispatcher Tammy Martin, dated May 12, 2023. Tammy will be retiring and her last day of employment will be May 26, 2023.


Received an email from Staunton Unit Schools asking to use the Fireman’s Park on Wednesday, May 24th for an end of school event. They have asked for the park rental fee to be waived.


Received a note from the Staunton Public Library thanking the City Council and City employees for their assistance in completing the Story Book Walk at the South Water Tower Park.


The American Legion Post 362 and VFW Post 1241 will be conducting a Memorial Day ceremony at the Veteran’s Monument on Main Street on Monday, May 29th at 11:00 A.M. A complete list of other ceremonies is included with the agenda packet. There is no Memorial Day parade this year.


VII. TREASURER’S REPORT


Nothing to report.


VIII. CITY CLERK’S REPORT

Richard Coyne brought in a letter that he sent to Illinois Department of Natural Resources along with several pictures that he has taken regarding his concerns with an abandoned mine site near his property. He asked me to share his letter and all of the pictures with the City Council. A copy of the Mr. Coyne’s letter is included with the agenda packet and a binder of his pictures is available for you to see here at the City Clerk’s Office.


IX. COMMITTEE REPORTS

PUBLIC HEALTH & SAFETY -

Motion by Manning, seconded by Tipler to pay Invoices #569829 and #569755-02 to Leon Uniform Company for ballistic vests for police officers in the amount of $5,664.00. At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Berg, Machota, McKee, Tipler, Manning, Dias. Nayes: None. Absent: None. Motion carried.


PARK & CIVIC IMPROVEMENT –

Motion by Tipler, seconded by Machota to purchase new frames and wood for picnic tables at City owned parks, with a cost not to exceed $6,000.00. At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Machota, McKee, Tipler, Manning, Dias, Berg. Nayes: None. Absent: None. Motion carried.


Motion by Tipler, seconded by Machota to purchase new locks for buildings at City owned parks, with a cost not to exceed $1,200.00. At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: McKee, Tipler, Manning, Dias, Berg, Machota. Nayes: None. Absent: None. Motion carried.


Motion by Tipler, seconded by Machota to grant request from Staunton Unit Schools to use the Fireman’s Park on Wednesday, May 24th, with the park rental fee being waived. At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Tipler, Manning, Dias, Berg, Machota, McKee. Nayes: None. Absent: None. Motion carried.


Motion by Tipler, seconded by McKee to donate $1,000.00 to the Staunton Fire Department to assist them with expenses for the upcoming Homecoming Celebration. At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Berg, Machota, McKee, Tipler, Manning, Dias. Nayes: None. Absent: None. Motion carried.


The building at Duda Garden has recently been painted and a Memorial Bench and a Memorial Tree will soon be planted at Duda Garden.


FINANCE–

Motion by Tipler, seconded by Machota to pay Invoice #115473 from Fehr Graham for Professional Services rendered regarding the North Street Force Main Project in the amount of $2,804.00. At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Machota, McKee, Tipler, Manning, Dias, Berg. Nayes: None. Absent: None. Motion carried.


Motion by Tipler, seconded by Machota to pay Invoice #771751 from Sandberg Phoenix for Professional Services rendered regarding Special Projects in the amount of $1,459.21. At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Manning, Dias, Berg, Machota, McKee, Tipler. Nayes: None. Absent: None. Motion carried.

WATER-

Motion by Berg, seconded by Tipler to approve Quote from Microcomm for computer replacement at the water treatment plant in the amount of $14,935.10. At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Dias, Berg, Machota, McKee, Tipler, Manning. Nayes: None. Absent: None. Motion carried.


Motion by Berg, seconded by Tipler to pay Invoice #580596 to Utility Service Co., Inc. for Annual Maintenance on the elevated water tower in the amount of $24,638.71. At Roll Call Vote - Ayes: Berg, Machota, McKee, Tipler, Manning, Dias. Nayes: None. Absent: None. Motion carried.


STREET / SEWER

Nothing to report.


PUBLIC GROUNDS-

Nothing to report.


TOURISM –

Motion by Tipler, seconded by Berg to close the following streets on Sunday, June 25, 2023 from 7:00 P.M. to 11:59 P.M. for the upcoming Fireworks Display:

Ash Street from Pennsylvania to Montgomery Street;

Montgomery Street from Ash to Luker Street.

At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Machota, McKee, Tipler, Manning, Dias, Berg. Nayes: None. Absent: None. Motion carried.


PERSONNEL –

Nothing to report.

ANNEXATION –

Nothing to report.


SPECIAL COMMITTEES –

Nothing to report.


JUDICIARY—

Motion by Manning, seconded by Berg to approve Ordinance #2204 Granting A Zoning Variance For Real Property Located At 20123 Staunton Road, Staunton, Illinois. 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 #2205 Declaring Real Property Known As 104 E. Main And 108 E. Main As Surplus Real Property And Authorizing Their Sale. At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Dias, Berg, Machota, McKee, Tipler, Manning. Nayes: None. Absent: None. Motion carried.


1st reading of Ordinance #2206 Approving A Pre-Annexation Agreement With Jacob R. Hillis Regarding Property Located At 132 W. Sixteenth Street, Staunton, IL But Not Physically Annexing The Property To The City’s Corporate Boundaries At This Time


1st reading of Ordinance #2207 Approving A Pre-Annexation Agreement With Eric & Courtney Lorenz Regarding Property Located At 9183 Lakewood Drive, Staunton, IL But Not Physically Annexing The Property To The City’s Corporate Boundaries At This Time


1st reading of Ordinance #2208 Approving A Pre-Annexation Agreement With Billy J. Patton Regarding Property Located At 19430 Streeb Lane, Staunton, IL But Not Physically Annexing The Property To The City’s Corporate Boundaries At This Time


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 Moore, seconded by Councilmember Tipler to adjourn at 7:12 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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