July 12, 2001 — Regular Meeting

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REGULAR MEETING

July 12, 2001

MOWEAQUA VILLAGE HALL

7:00 P.M.

ADGENDA

Call to Order

Pledge to the Flag

Roll Call

Approval of June Regular Meeting Minutes

Approval of Treasurer’s Report

Approval of Bills to be Paid

NEW BUSINESS

  1. Robert Collins – Sidewalk
    Computer Update for Treasurer

OLD BUSINESS

Mayor’s Report

Attorney’s Report

Committee Reports

Public Participation

Adjourn


The July 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, Jill Bailey, Evelyn Lowe,

Steve Ruot, Jim Mahone and Louise Weakly.

Bailey made the motion to approve the minutes of the June Regular Meeting, Weakly seconded.

Council voting Yes: King, Bailey, Lowe, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

Lowe made the motion to approve the June Treasurer’s Report, Mahone seconded. Council

voting Yes: King, Bailey, Lowe, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

Mahone made the motion to approve the Bills to be Paid after corrections were made by the

Clerk, Lowe seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Bailey, Lowe, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly.

Mayor Dowd informed the council of new business concerning property owned by Robert Collins

at 120 N. Main. Mr. Collins has requested a new sidewalk be constructed on the front boulevard of

his property. Mayor Dowd thought the walk may come too close to the street but Boomer reported

the sidewalk is already in and stops just short of where it comes to close to the street.

In other new business Lowe reported that DPC will no longer be mailing updated program

disks to their customers. Updates will now be done via the internet. New equipment must be purchased

to ready the Treasurer’s computer for this change as well as the Water Dept. computer. Callison has

information from DPC on the subject. Mahone made the motion to have Jill Bailey look at the

information since she is familiar with computers, Lowe seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Bailey,

Lowe, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

Mayor’s report: Mayor Dowd began with a Thank You note from Harold and Shirley Allen for the

wonderful fireworks display on the 4th. Mayor Dowd reported hearing many positive comments about

the fireworks and Lowe stated she had also heard positive comments. Discussion turned to the

possibility of publicizing for donations to the Sesquicentennial fireworks fund. Mayor Dowd feels

that citizens may want to contribute to our 150 year celebration.

Mayor Dowd also commented on outstanding loans again and presented Antoline with letters to be

sent to the delinquent parties.

Attorney’s Report: Mr. Antoline reported reading the contract the Village signed with Frank Heiligenstein and concluded the Village can make its own copies of the Code book. Antoline provided

four binders for this purpose.

After discussion concerning the parking situation at the North Park, King made the motion to put up

No Parking signs on both sides of North Putnam, Weakly seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Bailey,

Lowe, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

Mr. Antoline then presented Ordinance # 7-10-2001-1 prohibiting parking on either side of North

Putnam street by the North Park. Mahone made the motion to accept the Ordinance, Weakly seconded.

Council voting Yes: King, Bailey, Lowe, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

Committee Reports: Police: King informed the Council that Chief Smith received a letter from

States Attorney, Alan Lolie, pertaining to Ordinance Violation tickets being written by our Officers.

The letter stated this practice is unlawful. Antoline advises not much revenue is collected by issuing Ordinance Violations and our Police Dept. should cooperate and issue Illinois citations instead.

Water and Sewer: Jordan reports two water well test holes have been drilled South of Moweaqua.

Neither were good sites. Engineer, Ed Milanski, suggested drilling more test holes but Jordan chose

to hold off at the moment since each hole costs the Water Dept. $1500.00. He has spoken with Il. Rural

Water Association and the EPA and has decided that South may not be the best direction to drill. Jordan

would like to drill North or West.

Jordan also mentioned attending a Source Water Protection meeting with Mayor Dowd. Jordan stated

Moweaqua, Macon, Stonington, Blue Mound, Taylorville and Assumption may be involved in a group

effort to protect our water source from contamination. Jordan will provide more information in the future.

Finance: Lowe requested Mr. Antoline look into the possibility of mobile home owners being taxed

a mobile home tax by the Village to insure fair real estate taxes.

Lowe also reported more complaints about foxes.

Health and Safety: Ruot reported speaking to people about cleaning up properties and residents are

responding well.

Personnel: Mahone discussed still needing to set a salary for the Zoning Administrator. Lowe suggests

asking Bollhorst for more detailed time sheets.

Street and Alley: Boomer reported putting 25 feet of sidewalk in front of the Catholic Church on

Warren Street which caused the parking lot to need repaved. John Helm asked if the Village would be willing to pay for half of the new drive. Cost will be $1143.50. Weakly made the motion to pay half for

the new drive, Lowe seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Bailey, Lowe, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly.

No: None.

Boomer also mentioned the 2 way radio tower has been taken down and asked the Council to

Consider buying its own repeater. As a group with Wiseman’s Auto, Moweaqua Twp., A. Duncan,

P. Bohlen and R. Workman, our share of the cost would be $400.00 plus part of the cost to reprogram

the radios. Repeater will be purchased from Craig in Pana. Mahone made the motion to approve the

purchase of the new repeater, Bailey seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Bailey, Lowe, Ruot, Mahone

and Weakly. No: None.

Public Participation: Janet Cook was in attendance to inquire about the situation with the Rib Eye

Stand. It was decided the stand should be placed on one parking space at the West end of the parking

lot next to the sidewalk but not on the sidewalk.

Bailey read a letter to the Council concerning Henry Hoffmans rock drive at the end of Allen Drive.

Hoffmans neighbors are against the drive being put in. Residents asked if there is anything they can do

to stop Hoffman. Antoline advises this is a civil matter but we could suggest installing a culvert to

keep rock from the drive being washed into neighboring yards. A copy of the complaint is on file with

the Clerk.

Ruot made the motion to adjourn, Weakly seconded.