December 9, 2003 — Regular Meeting

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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 Treasurer’s Report

Approval of Bills to be Paid

NEW BUSINESS

  1. OfficerMaynard/Appointment to Full Time Police Officer Position
  2. John Wempen/Peace Meal
  3. Todd Shue/2004 Fireworks
  4. Children’s Depot
  5. Building Repair
  6. Tax Levy Ordinance

 

OLD BUSINESS

  1. Highway 51 Lighting
  2. Morse Dreamscape Contract

 

Attorney’s Report

Police/ Personnel Committee Report

Public Participation

Adjourn


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, Mike Tolly, Mark Thomas, Steve Ruot, Jim Mahone and Louise Weakly. Employees pesent were Lola Allen, Paul Bollhorst, Boomer Neece, Louis Jordan, Officer Maynard and Attorney for the Village, Mike Antoline was also present. Others present included John Wempen, Howard and Janie Wise, Connie King, Cinda Jordan, Todd Chew and Holly McCoy.

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

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

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

In New Business Mayor Lowe reported that Rob Maynard has completed his probationary period as of October 4th, 2003. Mayor Lowe requested approval from Council to appoint Maynard as full time Police Officer and if a raise is granted at the time of his evaluation it is to be made retro active to October 4th. Weakly made the motion to hire Maynard as a full time Police Officer and make his pay raise retro active to October 4th, 2003, Mahone seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Thomas, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

Next in New Business Mayor Lowe called on John Wempen who was in attendance representing Peace Meal. Mr. Wempen thanked Council for their past donations to Peace Meal. Wempen explained that the program is government and community sponsored especially for senior citizens. Peace Meal volunteers serve the meals at the Legion Hall and also deliver to those who aren’t able to come to the Legion Hall. A donation of $2.75 is requested. King made the motion to donate $2,500.00 to the Peace Meal program and also approved the Police Department donating $100.00, Tolly seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Thomas, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

Todd Chew was in attendance representing Jamaica Pyrotechnics. Mr. Chew asked Council if they had questions or comments regarding last years fireworks display. Chew reported that they are completely booked for next year except for the time slot reserved for the Village of Moweaqua and asked if Council would like Jamaica to do their 2004 display. After discussion concerning the amount budgeted for fireworks in 2004 Mahone made the motion to hire Jamaica Pyrotechnics for July 4th, 2004, King seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Thomas, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

The Clerk reported receiving a letter from the Children’s Toy Depot, a church and community sponsored program which is affiliated with the First Baptist Church of Moweaqua. The Children’s Depot Committee is asking for a donation from the Village of Moweaqua. The program is in its 13th year and has made it possible for many of Moweaqua’s underprivileged children to experience the joy of receiving gifts from Santa under their tree. Mahone made the motion to donate $100.00 to the Children’s Toy Depot program and also approved the Police Department donating $50.00, Weakly seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Thomas, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

Next in New Business Mike Tolly reports that repairs need to be done to the brick on the outside of the building where it is leaking. Water has also damaged a small area inside the building due to the leaking. The water damaged wall should be fixed and the mildewed carpet should be cleaned. In the Police Department a ceiling light needs to be replaced, the vanity cabinet in the restroom needs replaced, and the leaking faucet and toilet need to be repaired. Tolly made the motion to do repairs to the building and Police Department, Mahone seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Thomas, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

Ending New Business Attorney Antoline presented Ordinance # 12-9-2003-1 levying of taxes for the 2003-2004 municipal expenses of the Village of Moweaqua. Mahone made the motion to accept Ordinance # 12-9-2003-1, King seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Thomas, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

In Old Business Street Superintendent Boomer Neece presented an estimate to Council from Ameren CIPS and Shelby Electric for lighting on the new Highway 51 bypass. A copy of the estimate is on file with the clerk. Total one time charges for both Ameren CIPS and Shelby Electric are $28,467.96 and total monthly charges for both Ameren CIPS and Shelby Electric are $425.72. Neece will meet with the Lions Club to ask for help in purchasing the lights and will report the outcome at the next regular meeting. Mahone made the motion to approve spending $28,467.00 to install lighting, Weakly seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Thomas, Mahone and Weakly. No: Ruot.

Water Superintendent Louis Jordan reports the Village of Moweaqua employee Christmas party will be held at Bruce’s Restaurant at 6:30 P.M. on December 17th, 2003.

Those wanting to attend should notify Jordan. Jordan also inquired of Council if he should order a ham for each of the employees. Mahone made the motion to order the hams from Moweaqua Foods, Tolly seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Thomas, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

After review Antoline reports that the Consulting Agreement from Morse Dreamscape is a favorable one. A copy is on file with the Clerk. Mahone made the motion to enter into a one year consulting contract with Morse Dreamscape, Ruot seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Thomas, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

Attorney Antoline discussed briefly his progress with the annexation project, the Keller Oil matter and the Hall/McCoy situation. Some of the legal descriptions of the property the Village would like to annex are incorrect. After the errors on the deeds are resolved Antoline will move forward with the project. Antoline contacted the IEPA with questions concerning the Keller Oil property and found that contrary to what representatives for Keller have told the Village, Keller does indeed have options regarding clean up of the site. Antoline will have the Clerk request more information from the IEPA under the Freedom of Information Act. Antoline states in the case of Hall vs. McCoy the Village does not have a spite fence ordinance. Antoline will draft an ordinance for discussion at the next regular meeting.

Ruot reports the Police/Personnel meeting with Chief Smith went well. The committees will continue to meet with other employees as well.

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