December 13, 2005
Moweaqua Village Hall
Call to Order
Pledge to the Flag
Approval of November Regular Meeting Minutes
Approval of Treasurer’s Report
Approval of Bills to be Paid in December
- Peace Meal Donation
- Children’s Toy Depot Donation
The December Regular Meeting of the Moweaqua Village Council was called to order by Mayor Lowe leading in the Pledge to the Flag. Roll Call was answered by Jon King, Howard Wise, Mark Thomas, Steve Ruot, Jim Mahone and Louise Weakly. Employees present were Louis Jordan, Boomer Neece, Chief McLearin and Attorney for the Village, Mike Antoline, was also present. Others present included Bill Chasteen, Wayne Noland, Bob Camac and Janie Wise.
Thomas made the motion to approve the minutes of the November Regular Meeting, Weakly seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Wise, Thomas, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.
King made the motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report, Ruot seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Wise, Thomas, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.
Ruot made the motion to approve the Bills to be Paid in December, Wise seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Wise, Thomas, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.
First in New Business Mayor Lowe stated that representatives from Peace Meal, Wayne Noland and Bob Camac were in attendance to request a donation. Mayor Lowe also stated that $2,500.00 had been budgeted especially for the Peace Meal program. The Village Employees requested that an additional $50.00 be donated to Peace Meal in memory of John Wempen. Weakly made the motion to donate $2,500.00 to the Peace Meal program and an additional $50.00 in memory of John Wempen, Mahone seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Wise, Thomas, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None. Bob Camac reports that the Peace Meal program is now 27 years old. At the present time they deliver 13 meals daily and have 6 to 8 people coming to the Legion to eat daily. Donations are used to pay for building utilities and meal supplies. Donations are much appreciated.
Next in New Business the Clerk reported receiving a letter from the Children’s Toy Depot requesting a donation. The Children’s Toy Depot is now in its 15th year of doing it’s best to ensure that no child in the Moweaqua area goes without gifts on Christmas. King made the motion to donate $100.00 to the Children’s Toy Depot from the Water and Sewer Community Relations account, Mahone seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Wise, Thomas, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.
Water & Sewer Superintendent Louis Jordan reports that the employee Christmas dinner will be held at Bruce’s on December 16th, at 6:00P.M.
Next in New Business Mayor Lowe called on Street & Alley Superintendent Boomer Neece. Neece reports obtaining prices for either fixing the old mosquito sprayer or purchasing a new one. The cost to fix the old one is $297.66. To purchase a new one the cost is $8,250.00. Ruot made the motion to have the old sprayer fixed for $297.66, Mahone seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Wise, Thomas, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.
Neece also requested approval to purchase a tree pruning saw and extension from Urban Rental for $239.98. Wise made the motion to approve the purchase of a tree pruning saw and extension from Urban Rental by the Street Department for $239.98, Ruot seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Wise, Thomas, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.
Chief McLearin reports that the new mobile radio system is working fine. McLearin also reports to Council that Randy Grigg is interested in being our Police Department Chaplin. No Council members objected so Mayor Lowe approved appointing Grigg at the next Regular Meeting.
In Attorney Mike Antolines report he discussed the fact that Shelby County is facing difficulty in the near future. Two major power plants in the County have appealed their assessed tax valuations. Reliant’s valuation has been changed from approximately 24 million to 1.3 million and Holland’s valuation which is approximately 42 million at present will most probably also change to around 2 million. These valuation changes will affect all communities in Shelby County including the Village of Moweaqua. Antoline states that while these changes may seem questionable, they have been decided upon by a State Board.
Antoline also reports that progress is being made with the annexation project and annexations will take place either in January or February.
Antoline stated that he has been in contact with Bob Sargent and informed him that he is responsible for the property at 402 S. Main although Sargent has said it is being sold on contract. Antoline has given Sargent 45 days, by court order, to take care of the dilapidated garage.
In Public Participation Attorney Antoline spoke again to Jerry Woodard about his property near Franklin Street. Woodard questioned again whether or not the Village would be willing to make the alley abutting his lot into a street. He would be willing to provide the Village with an additional 12 feet of property to do so. Woodard also asked the requirements for a private drive. After discussion, Antoline stated that he would contact Woodards attorney, Whitney Harding, in Shelbyville to discuss and explain the issue with him.
Thomas inquired about the motion made at the September Regular Meeting concerning entering a contract with Christian County FS for fuel services. Council voted to enter into the contract in September but informally decided at the October meeting that there is no good location for the tanks. Thomas explained that FS already has the tanks for the Village and that the motion needs to be followed through or rescinded. Mahone added that since that motion we have checked into whether or not the Village is receiving exemption from taxes on the Citgo billing and Assumption Coop billing. It was found that the Village is receiving exemption. Jordan also states that there will be a substantial cost to install the tanks and that they cannot be placed close to a water source according to the E.P.A. After discussion Thomas stated he will look into how substantial the savings will be. Mayor Lowe requested that the issue be on the agenda for the next regular meeting.
Mayor Lowe inquired of Building and Grounds Committee Chairman Steve Ruot if any plans have been discussed about the future of the building when the library has moved to their new building. Ruot said there has not yet been any plans discussed.