January 13, 2004
MOWEAQUA VILLAGE HALL
Call to Order
Pledge to the Flag
Approval of December Regular Meeting Minutes
Approval of Treasurer’s Report
Approval of Bills to be Paid
- Spite Fence Ordinance
- Water Operators Conference
- Maynard Pay Raise
- Route 51 Coalition
- Dave Simpson
- Employee Personnel Code
- Midstate Salvage Contract
- Highway 51 Lighting
The January 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, Steve Ruot and Louise Weakly. Employees present were Boomer Neece, Officer Maynard, Paul Bollhorst, Lola Allen, Chief Smith, Louis Jordan and Attorney for the Village, Mike Antoline was also present. Others present included Howard and Janie Wise, Holly McCoy, Connie King, Cinda Jordan and Marty and Jennifer Hall.
After corrections, Tolly made the motion to approve the minutes of the December Regular Meeting, Weakly seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Ruot and Weakly. No: None.
King made the motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report, Tolly seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Ruot and Weakly. No: None.
Weakly made the motion to approve the Bills to be Paid, Ruot seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Ruot and Weakly. No: None.
First in New Business Antoline reminded Council of discussion about a Spite Fence Ordinance during the last Regular Meeting. Some Council members thought it would be a good idea to have a Spite Fence Ordinance, others didn’t think it would be necessary. Antoline prepared a draft ordinance for review and will add to the Municipal Code with Council’s approval. After discussion Ruot made the motion to table the decision about the Spite Fence Ordinance until next months meeting, Weakly seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Ruot and Weakly. No: None.
Next in New Business Mayor Lowe called on Water Superintendent Louis Jordan to report about the Il. Rural Water Assoc. Conference. Jordan requested Councils approval to attend the conference February 24th – 26th in Effingham. Cost of the conference and room is $200.00. Jordan also requested approval to attend a one day seminar on March 2nd. Cost of the Seminar is $75.00. Ruot made the motion to approve Jordan attending the conference and seminar at a combined cost of $275.00, Weakly seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Ruot and Weakly. No: None.
Mayor Lowe asked Council to approve a pay raise for Officer Maynard to $13.00 per hour made retro active to October 4, 2003. Tolly made the motion to approve a pay raise for Officer Maynard to $13.00 made retro active to October 4, 2003, Weakly seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Ruot and Weakly. No: None.
Next in New Business Mayor Lowe informed Council of a fee of $500.00 that is due to the Rt. 51 Coalition if Council still wants to be a member. It was decided by Council that since the Highway 51 Bypass is finished through Moweaqua there is no need to participate in the Coalition.
Mayor Lowe called on Dave Simpson. Mr. Simpson explained the he and his son in law are going to develop the land just South of the new nine holes at the golf course. Simpson is requesting permission to clear out the underbrush between his property and the golf course so people living in the new subdivision will have a view of the course. All trees six inches and larger will be left. After discussion Mayor Lowe recommended that Mr. Simpson and his son in law attend the next golf meeting. Simpson agreed to attend the meeting if possible and also expressed interest in annexing the subdivision into the Village.
Mayor Lowe informed Council of a discrepancy in the Bereavement Pay section of the Employee Personnel Code. Antoline will clarify and revise that section of the code and bring to the next Regular Meeting for approval.
Finally in New Business Mayor Lowe asked the Clerk to read a contract renewal from Midstate Salvage Corporation. The contract will renew our recycling agreement for the next twelve months beginning February 1st. The contract renewal fee is $175.00. A copy is on file with the Clerk. King made the motion to renew the Midstate Salvage Contract, Tolly seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Ruot and Weakly. No: None.
In Old Business Street Superintendent Boomer Neece reported the Lions Club has donated $30,000.00 for the purchase of lighting for the Highway 51 bypass. Also Shelby County will pay for installation of lights on the Shelby County blacktop. Jordan will request help from Moweaqua Township authorities to pay monthly fees.
Mayor Lowe reports that representatives from IDOT will be here for the next monthly meeting to explain about road signs for the Highway 51 bypass.
Attorney’s Report: Antoline reports that research regarding the annexation project is finished and all property owners have been identified. Antoline’s next step will be to transcribe a list of the property owners so that the Planning Committee can begin to decide how they want to make contact with owners.
Antoline also reports that the Tax Levy Ordinance has been filed with both Christian County and Shelby County Clerks. A copy of the ordinance is also on file with the Village Clerk.
Antoline asked Council to refer to the copy of the letter he sent to Keller Oil. The Clerk filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the IEPA regarding the Keller Oil matter. Antoline reports receiving an answer from Jan Ogden who says the file is about 850 pages. Since the file is so large it will be too time consuming to go through it piece by piece. Antoline recommends continuous Ordinance Violations until Keller complies with Village Codes.
In Public Participation Holly McCoy notified Council that the tarps on her neighbors fence need to be removed. They are torn and flapping around. McCoy explains the reason she wants the tarps to come down is because her house is for sale and it brings the value of her property down.
Officer Maynard informed Council of a verbal complaint about a Moweaqua resident who has no garbage service and is depositing garbage in small plastic bags onto adjacent property and possibly burning garbage. Antoline asked for the name and address of the resident and will notify them of Village Codes.
Weakly made the motion to adjourn, Ruot seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Ruot and Weakly. No: None.