February 11, 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 January Regular Meeting Minutes

Approval of Treasurer’s Report

Approval of Bills to be Paid

NEW BUSINESS

  1. Steve Bainbridge/MFT 2003
  2. Jack Scott/Fireworks
  3. Building Repair

OLD BUSINESS

Mayor’s Report

Attorney’s Report

Committee Reports

Public Participation

Adjourn


The February Regular Meeting of the Moweaqua Village Council was called to order by Mayor Dowd leading in the Pledge to the Flag. Roll Call was answered by Jon King, Mike Tolly, Norma Stewart, Steve Ruot, Jim Mahone and Louise Weakly. Employees present were Lola Allen, Boomer Neece, Rudy Smith, Mike Antoline, Louis Jordan and Paul Bollhorst. Others present were Bill Chasteen, Howard and Janie Wise, Connie King and Steve Bainbridge.

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

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

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

Up first in New Business Mayor Dowd called on Steve Bainbridge who was in attendance to report on the 2002 MFT Closeout and get Councils approval for the 2003 MFT maintenance program. According to Bainbridges figures the MFT fund should reimburse the General Fund $7,198.50. A copy of the 2002 expenditure statement is on file with the Clerk as well as the letter for reimbursement. Bainbridge then recommended Council appropriate the sum of $125,000 of MFT Funds for the purpose of maintaining streets and highways and presented Council with a Resolution for their approval. Mahone made the motion to accept the Resolution for Maintenance of Streets and Highways for 2003, Ruot seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Stewart, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

Next in New Business Jack Scott was in attendance to discuss a fireworks display for the Village of Moweaqua’s 4th of July fireworks display. Scott reports that he has turned over the display portion of his business to the three partners of Jamaica Pyrotechnics Inc. Scott recommended the Village of Moweaqua allow Jamaica Pyrotechnics to provide our 4th of July fireworks. Mr. Scott introduced Mark Busey of Jamaica Pyrotechnics who then submitted a proposal to Council. A copy is on file with the Clerk. After discussion Mahone made the motion to approve JPI for our 4th of July fireworks display, Weakly seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Stewart, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None. JPI needs to know by mid April or the first part of May how much we intend to spend.

Ending New Business Mayor Dowd called on Norma Stewart to report about the repairs that need to be done to the Village Hall. Stewart reported receiving three estimates. Copies are on file with the Clerk. Tolly made the motion to accept the lowest bid of $1,014.08 which was that of Joe Zindel, Mahone seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Stewart, Ruot Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

Stewart then discussed the issue of the back door that needs replaced. After discussion Mahone made the motion to approve Joe Zindel repairing the back door and painting the inside of the garage area for $1,487.70, Ruot seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Stewart, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

Mayor’s Report: Mayor Dowd informed Council that Rodney Davis, a representative from John Shimkus office, visited Village Hall today. Davis is a Project/Grant coordinator and inquired about the needs of the Village of Moweaqua. A new water treatment facility and Village Hall were subjects discussed. Davis recommended that Council write out a five year plan and also provide cost estimates for those projects. The plan should then be submitted to Davis.

Mayor Dowd reports speaking to Randy Grigg concerning Central A & M’s Channel 5 class. The class is not going to be discontinued but a new line to the cable box is much needed. The money CAM receives from the Village of Moweaqua may be used for a new line.

Attorney’s Report: Antoline reports an Ordinance Violation complaint was filed against Donald Land. Land has been asked to clean up his property by eliminating overgrown bushes and repairing the porch roof that is falling in. Land contacted Antoline to request a postponement. Antoline did not submit to a postponement. At the Courthouse on January 31st Antoline received a copy of a letter that Land had faxed to the Court requesting postponement and promising to bring his property at 204 E. South into compliance with Village ordinances. A copy of the letter is on file with the Clerk. Because Land was not present on January 31st a new court date has been set for February 27th, 2003 at 10:00 A.M. If the property is brought into compliance before the February 27th hearing, the complaint will be dropped.

Another issue Antoline dealt with in court is in reference to Marty and Jennifer Halls dogs. The Halls have three adult dogs. The Village ordinance requires residents to have two or less. The Halls retained an Attorney and argue that since they had the three animals before the ordinance took effect they should be “grand-fathered.” Judge Kiley ruled against the Halls and said that our ordinance is not unconstitutional as applied to the Halls. A copy of the Court Record Sheet and Antolines Memorandum of Law are on file with the Clerk.

Police Committee: Chief Smith reports Maynard is doing well at the academy and has 7 more weeks of training left.

Street Committee: Street Superintendent Neece reports that all streets and alleys will be oiled this year. Neece also reports that he is getting prices from John Deere and Caterpillar for replacing the backhoe. He will have definite prices at the next regular meeting. Half of the backhoe will be paid for from Water Department funds and the other half will be paid for by the Street Department.

Neece reports receiving prices on an Echo weedeater, a Honda, and a Stihl. Stihl was the lowest at $220.90. The Water Department and the Street Department will each purchase a weedeater. Mahone made the motion to purchase two weedeaters at a cost of $220.90 each, Tolly seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Stewart, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

The Street Committee recommends a budget of $20,000 for sidewalks this year.

Weakly made the motion to adjourn, Ruot seconded.