December 14, 2004 — Regular Meeting

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REGULAR MEETING

December 14, 2004

MOWEAQUA VILLAGE HALL

7:00 P.M.

AGENDA

Call to Order

Pledge to the Flag

Roll Call

Approval of November Regular Meeting Minutes

Approval of Amended November Special Meeting Minutes

Approval of Treasurer’s Report

Approval of Bills to be Paid in December

NEW BUSINESS

  1. Police Committee Recommendations for Hiring Part Time Officers
  2. Library Building Contribution
  3. Peace Meal
  4. Kubota Purchase
  5. Rock Salt Purchase
  6. Bonding Through IMLRMA

OLD BUSINESS

Public Participation

Adjourn


The December Regular Meeting of the Moweaqua Village Council was called to order by Trustee Jim Mahone leading in the Pledge to the Flag. Roll call was answered by Jon King, Mike Tolly, Mark Thomas, Steve Ruot, Jim Mahone and Louise Weakly. Employees present were Louis Jordan , Boomer Neece, Chief McLearin, Officer Maynard, Paul Bollhorst and Attorney for the Village Mike Antoline was also present. Others present were Bill Chasteen, David Boyd, Craig, Brandi and Jarret Robertson, Charles Hess, Cody Reeves, John Wempen, Cinda Jordan and Wayne Nolan.

Tolly made the motion to approve the minutes of the November Regular meeting, Thomas seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Thomas, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

Thomas made the motion to approve the amended November 1st Special Meeting Minutes, Ruot seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Thomas, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

Tolly made the motion to approve the Treasurers Report, Ruot seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Thomas, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

King made the motion to approve the Bills to be Paid in December, Thomas seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Thomas, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

Beginning New Business, Mayor Pro Tem, Jim Mahone, called on Mike Tolly of the Police Committee to report on the status of applicants for the Police Department. Tolly stated that after reviewing applications the Police Committee recommends hiring Craig Robertson, Charles Hess and Cody Reeves as part time officers. Tolly made the motion to hire Craig Robertson, Charles Hess and Cody Reeves as part time officers, Weakly seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Thomas, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

Next in New Business the Clerk reported receiving a letter from the Moweaqua Public Library District asking for a contribution to the library building fund. A copy of the letter is on file with the Clerk. Mahone requested that discussion about a donation to the library building fund be tabled until the next regular meeting so that someone from the library board can be present to answer questions.

Mahone called on representative for Peace Meal, John Wempen. Mr. Wempen thanked Council for their generous donation last year in support of the Peace Meal program and asked if they could count on the Villages support again this year. Mahone stated that funds were budgeted this year especially for the Peace Meal program. After discussion, King made the motion to donate $2,500.00 from the general fund and $100.00 from the police department fund for the Peace Meal program, Weakly seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Thomas, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

Mahone called on Street Superintendent Boomer Neece. Neece reported receiving bids from Hogan Grain in Macon and Sloan Implement in Assumption for a new 2005 Kubota lawn tractor with attachments and also a front mount mower. Hogan’s price for both with our trade in is $19,692. Sloan’s price is $16,690. Neece explained that since the Village uses our equipment to mow the Memorial Tree Park, the Tree Park Committee has agreed to contribute $3,750.00 to the purchase of equipment. The Street Department and the Water & Sewer Department will then split the balance. After discussion Thomas made the motion to accept Sloans bid of $16,690.00 for a 2005 Kubota lawn tractor with attachments, Ruot seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Thomas, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

Neece also reported that the Street Committee recommends purchasing salt for icy roads since the State is no longer responsible for old Highway 51. Cinders alone are not enough to keep icy roads and intersections safe. Neece explained that Assumption uses one to two semi loads of salt per year. It can be mixed with the cinders and Neece plans to use it primarily on the main streets, intersections and the four way stop. The salt can be stored at the old Hemer Fertilizer building for now. Steve Bainbridge has approved that the salt be purchased with MFT funds after January 1, 2005. Tolly made the motion to purchase salt for roads and intersections with MFT funds after January 1, 2005, Weakly seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Thomas, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

After a brief discussion about employee bonding through IMLRMA, Council decided to table the topic until the next regular meeting to enable the Clerk to get additional information.

The Clerk presented a letter from the Children’s Toy Depot Committee requesting a donation. The Children’s Toy Depot is a non profit church and community sponsored program that provides underprivileged children in Moweaqua with gifts from Santa. The Depot is in it’s 14th year of operation. The Village donates annually to this cause. Tolly made the motion to donate $100.00 from the general fund and $50.00 from the police fund, Thomas seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Thomas, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

Attorney Antoline requested approval to invite Tom Jacob of the Economic Development Group in Bloomington to the next regular meeting to speak regarding possible TIFF districting in Moweaqua. After a brief discussion Ruot made the motion to request Tom Jacob attend the next regular meeting to speak about TIFF districting, Tolly seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Thomas, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

In reference to the alcohol issue that was discussed at the last regular meeting Antoline explained that once a referendum is passed either for or against an issue it cannot be changed except by another referendum. Moweaqua voted for total prohibition of alcohol sales in April 1941. In order to get a referendum on the ballot the first time it takes 25{d3bb7c3d20bb2c333f8bbb4cc4dee311415bccd1d2e8a98d1fef6c9530e85137} of the registered voters in town to sign a petition. To bring it to vote a second time it takes 40{d3bb7c3d20bb2c333f8bbb4cc4dee311415bccd1d2e8a98d1fef6c9530e85137} of registered voters to sign a petition. Moweaqua has 1,350 registered voters at this time which means 540 signatures would be required to have a referendum put on the ballot. If Council wants to pursue putting alcohol sales on the ballot Antoline recommends planning for the November 2005 ballot rather than the April to allow enough time to have petitions signed.

Mahone suggested that Council consider hiring an economic or community development professional who can help encourage growth in Moweaqua. Mahone asked that the Trustees come to the next regular meeting with their ideas and comments ready for discussion.