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City Council Meeting Minutes--November 14, 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, NOVEMBER 14, 2022


I. CALL TO ORDER:


Mayor Craig Neuhaus called the Staunton City Council Meeting to order at 7:00 P.M. on Monday, November 14, 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, Ryan Machota, John Moore and Terry Tipler, Mayor Craig Neuhaus, City Clerk Dennis Stiegemeier, City Treasurer Cindy Pirok, Public Works Director Mike Kuethe, City Attorney Phil Lading and Police Chief Jeff Doerr.

IV. CONSENT AGENDA

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

Minutes

Regular Meeting – 10/24/2022

Collector’s Report

Staunton Super 8 Motel (Hotel/Motel Tax)--$3,710.57

Staunton Police Department (Donation)--$1,500.00

Staunton Police Department (Ordinance Violations)--$300.00

Madison Communications (Franchise Tax)--$2,992.31

Southwestern Electric Cooperative (Utility Tax)--$829.67

M.J.M. Electric Cooperative (Utility Tax – August & September)--$563.47

State of Illinois (MFT Tax)--$9,755.10

State of Illinois (MFT Renewal Fund)--$7,400.99

State of Illinois (Sales Tax)--$69,405.37

State of Illinois (Video Gaming Tax)--$11,283.07

State of Illinois (Telecommunications Tax)--$5,037.09

State of Illinois (Cannabis Use Tax)--$661.52

State of Illinois (State Use Tax)--$16,117.58

State of Illinois (Income Tax)--$51,624.54

Macoupin County Circuit Clerk (Fine Disbursement)--$591.35

Macoupin County Circuit Clerk (Arrest Agency Fee)--$275.00

Macoupin County Circuit Clerk (E-Citation Fee)--$12.00

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

Macoupin County Circuit Clerk (DUI Fund)--$115.00


Applications

Justin Murray (Any Department)

Zacharia Pruden (Any Department)

Robert Jackowski, Jr. (Police Officer)

Korrie Hopkins (Police Dispatcher)


Monthly Reports

Distributed by City Clerk’s Office


Claims

November 14, 2022

Business Licenses Issued

None


Roll Call Vote

AYES: Dias, Machota, Moore, Tipler, Manning.

NAYS: None.

ABSENT: None.

Motion declared carried.

V. GUESTS

Rick Johnson addressed the Council with the following from VFW Post #1241:


The Staunton VFW Post 1241 has been an integral part of our community since 1934. For the last 88 years they have served not only our country but our community as well. The VFW serves as a cooling and warming center for the City of Staunton in times of need and by proclamation has been designated the City’s official cooling and warming center. Unfortunately, due to problems caused by the pandemic shut down and a faltering economy the Post now sees itself in need of support. There are two of the Air Conditioning/Furnaces now out of order with one being irreparable and in need of complete replacement. The estimate to replace the irreparable unit is $11,000 with a total repair cost of $17,976.

The Post is addressing every avenue available which includes the City of Staunton. Realizing funds are tight all over, the Post is asking if in fact the City could find an extra few dollars here or there. Every cent towards our goal will be extremely rewarding and appreciative by all helping us to remain a consisyent and viable asset to the community.


VI. CORRESPONDENCE


Received a letter from Staunton Unit Schools thanking the City Utilities Committee for their consideration of a credit towards their water/sewer bill. A copy of the letter is attached with the agenda packet.



VII. TREASURER’S REPORT

Certificates of Deposit recently cashed in at Bank of Springfield:

General Fund - $100,000.00 plus $451.55 interest

Bond/Interest Fund - $250,000.00 plus $1,128.89 interest

Water Fund - $200,000.00 plus $903.10 interest

Infrastructure Fund - $100,000.00 plus $451.55 interest

VIII. CITY CLERK’S REPORT

The City Clerk’s Office will closed on November 24th and 25th for the Thanksgiving holiday. All public works employees, except for one water treatment plant employee, will be off those days as well. Please send me all agenda items for the November 28th meeting by Wednesday, November 23rd at 3:00.


IX. COMMITTEE REPORTS

PUBLIC HEALTH & SAFETY -

Nothing to report.


PARK & CIVIC IMPROVEMENT –

Nothing to report.


FINANCE–

Motion by Moore, seconded by Manning to pay Invoice #218805 from C.J. Schlosser & Co., LLC for payment in preparation of the City’s audit for the fiscal year ending April 30, 2022 in the amount of $9,200.00. At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Machota, Moore, Tipler, Manning, Dias. Nayes: None. Absent: None. Motion carried.


Motion by Moore, seconded by Tipler to approve Renewal Quote with Illinois Counties Risk Management Trust for the City’s Municipal Insurance for the year December 1, 2022 through December 1, 2023, in the amount of $106,931.00. The Staunton Public Library will be reimbursing the City $850.00 for their portion of the premium. At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Moore, Tipler, Manning, Dias, Machota. Nayes: None. Absent: None. Motion carried.


Motion by Moore, seconded by Dias to approve 2023 Worker’s Compensation Renewal with Illinois Public Risk Fund at a cost of $50,854.00 (Policy Period is from Jan. 1, 2023, to Jan. 1, 2024). At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Tipler, Manning, Dias, Machota, Moore. Nayes: None. Absent: None. Motion carried.


Motion by Moore, seconded by Dias to pay Invoice #739836 to Sandberg Phoenix for Professional Services Rendered (Teamster Contract Negotiations and Interstate TIF Discussion) in the amount of $3,136.21. At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Manning, Dias, Machota, Moore, Tipler. Nayes: None. Absent: None. Motion carried.


WATER-

Nothing to report.


STREET / SEWER

Nothing to report.


PUBLIC GROUNDS-

Nothing to report.