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City Council Meeting Minutes--November 8, 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, NOVEMBER 8, 2021


I. CALL TO ORDER:


Mayor Craig Neuhaus called the Staunton City Council Meeting to order at 7:00 P.M. on Monday, November 8, 2021


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 and Jeff Scanzoni, Mayor Craig Neuhaus, City Clerk Dennis Stiegemeier, City Treasurer Cindy Pirok and Public Works Director Mike Kuethe.


ELECTRONIC ATTENDANCE: City Attorney Phil Lading and Police Chief Jeff Doerr.

NOT ATTENDING: Alderman Chad Plenske.

IV. CONSENT AGENDA

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

Minutes

Regular Meeting – 10/25/2021

Collector’s Report

Madison Communications (Franchise Fee)--$3,364.75

Staunton Super 8 Motel (Hotel / Motel Tax)--$2,137.47

Staunton Police Department (Ordinance Violations)--$400.00

State of Illinois (MFT Tax)--$7,544.03


Applications

None


Monthly Reports

Distributed by Bookkeeper


Claims

November 8, 2021

(Expenditures - $37,146.24, Payroll - $56,195.50, Manual Checks –

$438.17)

Business Licenses Issued

None


Roll Call Vote

AYES: Johnson, Plenske, Machota, Moore, Scanzoni, Manning, Dias.

NAYS: None.

ABSENT: Plenske.

Motion declared carried.

V. GUESTS

No guests were present to speak.

VI. CORRESPONDENCE


Received a letter of resignation from full time police officer Thomas Williams. The letter is dated October 22, 2021 and his last day of employment will be November 5, 2021.


Received an email from the Staunton Chamber of Commerce requesting to close Main Street from Edwardsville Street to Union Street on Friday evening, December 3rd from 4:00 to 8:00 and Saturday, December 4th from 8:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. for the Christmas Tree Lighting and Snack with Santa. They are also asking to keep Main Street closed from Wood Street to Elm Street from 8:00 P.M. on December 3rd until 8:00 A.M. on December 4th.


Received a letter of resignation from part time Yard Waste Site Attendant Steve Griffith, dated November 3, 2021, effective immediately.


Received the Official Certificate from the Office of the Secretary of State of Illinois notifying the City of Staunton that from the 2020 Census taken, it appears that the City of Staunton has 5,054 inhabitants.


Have received word that Staunton Area Military Honor Guard will be having a Veteran’s Day Ceremony at the Veteran’s Circle in front of City Hall at 302 West Main. This will be on Thursday, November 11th, 2021 at 11:11 A.M..


VII. TREASURER’S REPORT

Nothing to report.


VIII. CITY CLERK’S REPORT

The City Clerk’s Office will be closed on Thursday, November 11, 2021 for the Veteran’s Day holiday. All public works employees, except for one water treatment plant employee, will be off that day as well.


IX. COMMITTEE REPORTS

PUBLIC HEALTH & SAFETY -

Motion by Manning, seconded by Johnson to grant request from the Staunton Chamber of Commerce to close Main Street from Edwardsville Street to Union Street on Friday, December 3rd from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. and also on Saturday, December 4th from 8:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M., and also closing Main Street from Wood Street to Elm Street from 8:00 P.M. on Friday, December 3rd until 8:00 A.M. on Saturday, December 4th for the Christmas Tree Lighting and Snack with Santa. At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Johnson, Hanks, Machota, Moore, Scanzoni, Manning, Dias. Nayes: None. Absent: Plenske. Motion carried.


PARK & CIVIC IMPROVEMENT –

Motion by Scanzoni, seconded by Moore to approve bid from J-N-F Tree Service for tree removal from the Fireman’s Park in the amount of $4,900.00. At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Machota, Moore, Scanzoni, Manning, Dias, Johnson. Nayes: Hanks. Absent: Plenske. Motion carried 6 Ayes; 1 Naye.


Motion by Scanzoni, seconded by Dias to approve spending up to $6,000.00 for flag poles and solar lighting to be installed at the Ralph & Josephine Community Center and the South Water Tower Park. At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Machota, Moore, Scanzoni, Manning, Dias, Johnson. Nayes: Hanks. Absent: Plenske. Motion carried 6 Ayes; 1 Naye.


Motion by Scanzoni, seconded by Moore to approve spending up to $2,000.00 for support of the Yard of the Week Program sponsored by the City of Staunton. At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Moore, Scanzoni, Manning, Dias, Johnson, Machota. Nayes: Hanks. Absent: Plenske. Motion carried 6 Ayes; 1 Naye.


Motion by Scanzoni, seconded by Moore to spend up to $5,000.00 for dumpster services for the property at 108 East Main Street. At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Moore, Scanzoni, Manning, Dias, Johnson, Machota. Nayes; Hanks. Absent: Plenske. Motion carried.


FINANCE–

Motion by Moore, seconded by Machota to approve Renewal Quote with Illinois Counties Risk Management Trust for the City’s Municipal Insurance for the year December 1, 2021 through December 1, 2022, in the amount of $98,134.00. The Staunton Public Library will be reimbursing the City $850.00 for their portion of the premium. At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Scanzoni, Manning, Dias, Johnson, Hanks, Machota, Moore. Nayes: None. Absent: Plenske. Motion carried.


Motion by Moore, seconded by Scanzoni to approve 2022 Worker’s Compensation Renewal with Illinois Public Risk Fund at a cost of $47,300.00 (Policy Period is from Jan. 1, 2022, to Jan. 1, 2023). At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Manning, Dias, Johnson, Hanks, Machota, Moore, Scanzoni. Nayes: None. Absent: Plenske. Motion carried.

WATER-

Motion by Moore, seconded by Machota to approve Bid #5008782 from Midwest Municipal Supply for 4” SDR-21 Pipe for water main upgrade on Lakewood Drive, off of Renken Road, and Streeb Lane water main extension in the amount of $5,502.00. At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Dias, Johnson, Hanks, Machota, Moore, Scanzoni, Manning. Nayes: None. Absent: Plenske. Motion carried.

STREET / SEWER

Motion by Machota, seconded by Moore to purchase Western 9’ Pro Plus Plow for new truck from Woody’s Municipal Supply Co. in the amount of $7,995.00. This will be paid from line item 01.41.831.0. At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Johnson, Machota, Moore, Scanzoni, Manning, Dias. Nayes: Hanks. Absent: Plenske. Motion carried.


PUBLIC GROUNDS-

Nothing to report.


TOURISM –

Nothing to report.


PERSONNEL –

Motion by Johnson, seconded by Manning to hire Linda Curtis as part time Crossing Guard and part time Yard Waste Site Attendant. At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Hanks, Machota, Moore, Scanzoni, Manning, Dias, Johnson. Nayes: None. Absent: Plenske. Motion carried.


No action was taken regarding the hiring of Sharon Leichsenring as part time Administrative Assistant in the City Clerk’s Office.


Motion by Johnson, seconded by Moore to approve Christmas bonuses to City Employees as follows:

$250.00 to Department Heads and Full Time Bookkeeper Lori Grandone

$150.00 to Full Time Employees

$100.00 to Part Time Active Employees with more than 250 hours per year.

At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Manning, Dias, Johnson, Hanks, Machota, Moore,

Scanzoni. Nayes: None. Absent: Plenske. Motion carried.

ANNEXATION –

Nothing to report.


SPECIAL COMMITTEES –

Nothing to report.


JUDICIARY—

Motion by Manning, seconded by Scanzoni to approve Ordinance #2146 Approving A Charity Roadblock By The V.F.W. Post #1241 At The Intersection Of Main And Route 4 And Main And Union (November 12 and November 13, 2021). At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Dias, Johnson, Hanks, Machota, Moore, Scanzoni, Manning. Nayes: None. Absent: Plenske. Motion carried.


Motion by Manning, seconded by Johnson to approve Ordinance #2147 Revising Ordinance #1660 And Amending Water Connection And Account Activation Procedures For The City Of Staunton, Illinois. At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Johnson, Machota, Moore, Scanzoni, Manning, Dias. Nayes: Hanks. Absent: Plenske. Motion carried 6 Ayes; 1 Naye.


X. UNFINISHED BUSINESS—

Nothing to report.


XI. NEW BUSINESS-

Nothing to report.


XII. EXECUTIVE SESSION—

No Exeuctive 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 Manning to adjourn at 7:11 P.M. At Roll Call Vote – Ayes: Hanks, Machota, Moore, Scanzoni, Manning, Dias, Johnson. Nayes: None. Absent: Plenske. Motion carried.


Prepared by:




Dennis K. Stiegemeier, City Clerk

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