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City Council Meeting Minutes--May 23, 2022

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 23, 2022


I. CALL TO ORDER:


Mayor Craig Neuhaus called the Staunton City Council Meeting to order at 7:00 P.M. on Monday, May 23, 2022.


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, Rick Johnson, Randy Hanks, Ryan Machota, John Moore, 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: Aldermen Chad Plenske and Jeff Scanzoni.

IV. CONSENT AGENDA

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

Minutes

Regular Meeting – 05/09/2022

Executive Session – 05/09/2022

Collector’s Report

State of Illinois (State Use Tax)--$14,718.48

State of Illinois (Income Tax)--$160,424.88

State of Illinois (Video Gaming Tax)--$12,239.12

State of Illinois (Cannabis Use Tax)--$699.33

State of Illinois (Telecommunications Tax)--$4,789.25

Staunton Police Department (Reports)--$5.00

Ameren Illinois (Utility Tax)--$21,035.02

Applications

Dakota Moore (Police Officer)




Claims

March 28, 2022 (Expenditures - $40,213.82 / Payroll - $58,784.70/ Manual Checks - $21,479.29)

Business Licenses Issued

The Macoupin Art Collective (Raffle License)

Boy Scout Troop 8034B (Raffle License)

Roll Call Vote

AYES: Dias, Johnson, Hanks, Machota, Moore, Manning.

NAYS: None.

ABSENT: Plenske, Scanzoni.

Motion declared carried.

V. GUESTS

No guests were present to speak.


VI. CORRESPONDENCE

Received a letter from the Illinois Department of Transportation regarding the Illinois Safe Routes To School program, which the City had put in a request for available funding. The City’s request was not among those selected for funding at this time. A total of 102 applications had been submitted, totaling over $21.3 million in requested funding, however, only 57 projects have been approved for funding, totaling $12.3 million.


Received an email from Jack Pritchett requesting to permission to hold his Eagle Scout Ceremony on Friday evening, July 1, 2022 at the City Hall complex, which is where Jack completed his Eagle Scout project. A small reception will follow. He is requesting to use the Ralph & Josephine Oltmann Community Center for the event in case of inclement weather.


Received a letter from Vicki Renner, of Pearl Essence Studio notifying the Council that she would like to have vendors set up across the street from her Main Street business on the sidewalk in front of the City Hall complex. This would be on June 4th, in conjunction with her annual street party. An approval was done at the March 14, 2022 City Council Meeting to allow the street closure of Wood Street from Main Street to Duda Drive for this same event.


VII. TREASURER’S REPORT

Certificates of Deposit recently cashed in:

Bank of Springfield – Bond/Interest Fund--$200,000 plus $897.16 interest

Bank of Hillsboro – Infrastructure Fund - $150,000 plus $1,238.92 interest



VIII. CITY CLERK’S REPORT

The City Clerk’s Office will be closed on Monday, May 30, 2022 for the Memorial Day Holiday. All public works employees, except one water treatment plant employee, will be off that day as well.


I have been contacted by the V.F.W. Post #1241 and they will be having their Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 30th at 11:00 A.M. in front of the Veteran’s Memorial at the City Hall Complex. They will not be having a parade this year, but will still serve hot dogs at the V.F.W. Post on that day after the ceremony. They are inviting any and all City Officials to join them in the events of the day.


IX. COMMITTEE REPORTS

PUBLIC HEALTH & SAFETY -

Motion by Manning, seconded by Dias to accept Estimate from Russell Furniture for flooring to be used at police department remodeling, not to exceed a cost of $10,379.85. At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Johnson, Machota, Moore, Manning, Dias. Nayes: Hanks. Absent: Plenske, Scanzoni. Motion carried 5 Ayes; 1 Naye.


PARK & CIVIC IMPROVEMENT –

Nothing to report.

FINANCE–

Motion by Moore, seconded by Manning to purchase four reconditioned 500 gallon LP tanks from M&M Service Company for the generators that are being purchased and placed at various locations throughout the City at a cost of $5,000.00 for all four tanks. This will be paid from American Rescue Plan Act Relief Dollars. At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Hanks, Machota, Moore, Manning, Dias, Johnson. Nayes: None. Absent: Plenske, Scanzoni. Motion carried.


WATER-

Motion by Moore, seconded by Dias to pay Invoice #557908 from Utility Service Co., Inc. for Annual Maintenance on the elevated water tower in the amount of $24,638.71. At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Machota, Moore, Manning, Dias, Johnson, Hanks. Nayes: None. Absent: Plenske, Scanzoni. Motion carried.


Motion by Moore, seconded by Johnson to approve Quote #S1186231 from Schulte Supply for stock water meters with antenna assemblies at a cost of $23,664.00. At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Moore, Manning, Dias, Johnson, Hanks, Machota. Nayes: None. Absent: Plenske, Scanzoni. Motion carried.


STREET / SEWER

Nothing to report.


PUBLIC GROUNDS-

Motion by Machota, seconded by Moore to grant request from Jack Pritchett to hold his Eagle Scout Ceremony at the City Hall complex on Friday, July 1, 2022, beginning around 6:00. In case of inclement weather, he is asking to use the Ralph and Josephine Oltmann Community Center for the event. At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Moore, Manning, Dias, Johnson, Hanks, Machota. Nayes: None. Absent: Plenske, Scanzoni. Motion carried.


TOURISM –

Motion by Manning, seconded by Johnson to spend up to $2,000.00 for yard signs and prizes for winning recipients. At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Manning, Dias, Johnson, Machota, Moore. Nayes: Hanks. Absent: Plenske, Scanzoni. Motion carried.


PERSONNEL –

Motion by Johnson, seconded by Manning to hire Ronald Boris as full time police officer. At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Manning, Dias, Johnson, Hanks, Machota, Moore. Nayes: None. Absent: Plenske, Scanzoni. Motion carried.


ANNEXATION –

Nothing to report.


SPECIAL COMMITTEES –

Nothing to report.


JUDICIARY—

1st reading of Ordinance #2162 An Ordinance Annexing Certain Territory To The

City Of Staunton, Macoupin County, Illinois (20062 Staunton Road)


1st reading of Ordinance #2163 Amending The Liquor Code For The City Of

Staunton, Illinois (increasing Class A liquor licenses from 10 to 11)




Motion by Manning, seconded by Moore to approve Resolution #2022-11 Approving A Written Agreement Between The City Of Staunton And AM Pyrotechnics, LLC To Issue A Permit For A Fireworks Display On June 26, 2022. At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Dias, Johnson, Hanks, Machota, Moore, Manning. Nayes: None. Absent: Plenske, Scanzoni. Motion carried.


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

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No motions were made from Executive Session.


XIV. ADJOURNMENT

With no further business to discuss, Councilmember Moore seconded by Councilmember Dias to adjourn at 7:08 P.M. At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Johnson, Hanks, Machota, Moore, Manning, Dias. Nayes: None. Absent: Plenske, Scanzoni. Motion carried.


Prepared by:



Dennis K. Stiegemeier, City Clerk

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