July 8, 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 May Regular Meeting Minutes

Approval of Treasurer’s Report

Approval of Bills to be Paid

 

NEW BUSINESS

  1. Appropriation Ordinance
  2. Underground electric fence/Bollhorst
  3. Part time officer
  4. Poggenpohl bill/Street
  5. Porter Bros. bill/Street
  6. MPDES bill/Water

OLD BUSINESS

Public Participation

Adjourn


The July 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 Mike Tolly, Mark Thomas, Steve Ruot, Jim Mahone and Louise Weakly. Jon King was absent. Employees present were Paul Bollhorst, Rudy Smith, Boomer Neece, Rob Maynard and Louis Jordan. Others present were Marion McVey, Wayne Jordan and Kay Jordan.

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

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

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

First in New Business Attorney Antoline presented Annual Appropriation Ordinance #07-8-2003-1 for fiscal year 2003/2004. Mahone made the motion to approve Ordinance #07-8-2003-1, Ruot seconded. Council voting Yes: Tolly, Thomas, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

Next in New Business Antoline explained that Zoning Administrator, Paul Bollhorst, had contacted him with a concern about underground electric fencing. Bollhorst questioned whether or not the guidelines in our ordinance for above ground fencing applies to underground fencing as well. Antoline suggested Bollhorst discuss the matter with Council. After discussion, Council was in agreement that the current ordinance is sufficient. It regulates where an above ground fence or “other obstruction” can be placed.

Bollhorst objected saying that if residents are allowed to put invisible fencing too close to public walks their pets would come in too close contact to passersby. The shock the animal gets from the invisible fence system is sometimes not enough of a barrier between the animal and the public. Bollhorst would like to enforce the same setback regulations for invisible fencing as for above ground fencing. Street and Alley Superintendent Boomer Neece agreed saying residents should not be allowed to install underground fences on the boulevard where it could possibly be in the way of work the Village may have to do.

Mayor Lowe expressed her interest in hiring a part time police officer. After discussion and an informative report from Chief Smith,Tolly suggested looking over applications that were received at the time Officer Maynard was hired. Chief Smith recommended hiring someone who has already had training.

Mayor Lowe called on Street Superintendent Neece to report about the Street Department bills to Poggenpohl and Porter Brothers. Neece explained that this years sidewalk work cost $1,750.00 over the original bid. Mahone made the motion to approve payment in total of $21,750.00 for sidewalk improvement, Tolly seconded. Council voting Yes: Tolly, Thomas, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

Ending New Businesss Water Superintendent Louis Jordan reported receiving a bill from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency imposing an annual NPDES Permit fee. The Water Department fee is $1,500.00 and the Sewer Department fee is $5,000.00. Jordan explains these charges were a surprise. Jordan has voiced his complaint to the Illinois Rural Water Association and Representative Flider. Anotline discussed the matter briefly and suggested Council approve payment of the fees but hold off payment until just before due to see if the fees are challenged. Ruot made the motion to pay the NPDES fees contingent upon injunction, Weakly seconded. Council voting Yes: Tolly,Thomas, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

Mayor Lowe asked for a motion to adjourn. Ruot made the motion to adjourn, Weakly seconded. Antoline requested a moment to report. Council voting Yes to adjournment: None. No: Tolly, Thomas, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly.

Antoline reported about the Marty and Jennifer Hall court case. A copy of the court order is on file with the Clerk.

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