January 14, 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 December Regular Meeting Minutes

Approval of Treasurer’s Report

Approval of Bills to be Paid

 

NEW BUSINESS

  1. Stewart/Swearing in as Trustee
  2. New committee appointments
  3. Lowe/Appointment to Golf Board
  4. McKinney/Revolving loan
  5. Marcia Maynord/Businesses concerned with downtown parking
  6. Copier repair

 

OLD BUSINESS

Mayor’s Report

Attorney’s Report

Committee Reports

Public Participation

Adjourn


The January 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, Steve Ruot, Jim Mahone and Louise Weakly. Employees present were Boomer Neece, Rudy Smith, Louis Jordan, Lola Allen, and Mike Antoline. Others present were Ed Heck, Marcia Maynard, Nicolas Wiseman, Connie King, Bill Chasteen and Barbara Jostes.

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

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

After additions were made by the Clerk, Tolly made the motion to approve the Bills to be Paid in January, Weakly seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

First in New Business Mayor Dowd recommended Norma Stewart to fill Lowe’s remaining term on the Village Board which will come up for re-election April 1, 2003. Tolly made the motion to accept the appointment of Norma Stewart as trustee, Weakly seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None. Mayor Dowd then asked Stewart to step forward and be sworn in as trustee.

Mayor Dowd announced his recommendation for committee changes due to the resignation of Lowe and appointment of Stewart. Tolly will be appointed Chairman of the Finance Committee and will also serve on the Personnel Committee in addition to the Police Committee. Stewart will be appointed Chairman of the Health & Safety Committee and also Building & Grounds. Weakly will serve on the Health & Safety Committee in addition to the Street & Alley Committee and Building & Grounds. Ruot made the motion to accept the committee appointments, Mahone seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Stewart, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

Due to the resignation of Mike Dawkins from the Golf Board, Mayor Dowd recommended Lowe be appointed to the position. Weakly made the motion to approve appointment of Lowe to the Golf Board, Mahone seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Stewart, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

Mayor Dowd called on Ed Heck to present an application for a loan from the revolving loan fund. Application was submitted by Bill McKinney for $10,000.00 to start a cake, cookie, and candy supply store that will be located in McKinney’s new building on North Main. Terms of the agreement are $181.91 per month for five years. Carolyn Downs will run the store. Mahone made the motion to approve the loan of $10,000.00 for McKinney, Tolly seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Stewart, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

Up next in New business Marcia Maynard was in attendance with concerns about parking in our downtown area. Many people ignore the two hour parking limit and Maynard is concerned that with the new restaurant opening the parking situation might hurt other area businesses. Mayor Dowd stated Council is aware of the situation and solutions are being considered. Suggestions are welcome.

Ending New Business the Clerk reports a repair man from Tele-a-Pair estimated the labor and parts for fixing the copier will be $500.00. Mahone made the motion to spend $500.00 for parts and labor to fix the copier, Ruot seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Stewart, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

Mayors Report: Jack Scott would like to come to the next regular meeting to discuss plans for the next July 4th celebration.

Attorney’s Report: Antoline recommends holding off on plans to use our demolition ordinance against the owners of the Keller Oil property since the Second District Appellate Court of Illinois held the demolition statute to be unconstitutional. The Supreme Court will rule on this issue.

Health & Safety Committee: Tolly reports working on a new list of properties that need cleaned up. Tolly also spoke to Mr. Pagoula at CAM concerning Channel 5. Pagoula directed Tolly to the Superintendent saying the school is expecting major budget cuts. Tolly recommends if channel 5 is discontinued the money the Village pays towards it can be used elsewhere.

Police Committee: Chief Smith reports the car computers are up and running.

Chief Smith expressed concern about the conduct of the tenants and visitors of the Country Place Apartments. Smith has contacted the building owners in Rockford and explained the situation. They have rules and regulations that the tenants agree to abide by in their lease and they are willing to work with our Police Department to enforce those rules more effectively.

More repair work needs done in the Police Department area of the Village Hall. The roof still leaks and DMJ was not aware of the work needing to be done to the evidence room and restroom so their estimate did not include that part of the building. Council was in agreement to make up a list of what needs to be done and give to contractors for estimates.

Street & Alley Committee: Superintendent Neece reports receiving 3 bids for putting the brush pile fence back up. General Fence was the low bidder at $1,600.00. Mahone made the motion to approve General Fence putting the brush pile fence back up, Weakly seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Stewart, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

Tolly made the motion to adjourn, Ruot seconded.