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:
Regular Meeting – 05/09/2022
Executive Session – 05/09/2022
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
Dakota Moore (Police Officer)
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.
ABSENT: Plenske, Scanzoni.
Motion declared carried.
No guests were present to speak.
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