March 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 February Regular Meeting Minutes

Approval of Treasurer’s Report

Approval of Bill to be Paid

 

NEW BUSINESS

  1. Revolving Loan – McKinney
  2. Denton car
  3. Backhoe bids

OLD BUSINESS

Mayor’s Report

Attorney’s Report

Committee Reports

Public Participation

Adjourn


The March 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 Louis Jordan, Lola Allen, Boomer Neece, Rudy Smith, Jeff Stauder and Mike Antoline. Others present were Connie King, Ed Heck, Jody McLearin and Bill Chasteen.

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

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

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

First in New Business 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 $12,000.00 to start a cookie and cake baking business. Terms of the agreement are $140.67 per month for three years. Mahone made the motion to approve the loan of $12,000.00 for McKinney, Stewart seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Stewart, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

Next in New Business Mayor Dowd reported to Council that Tod Denton turned over his 1985 Chrysler Fifth Avenue to the Village. Denton defaulted on his business loan he received from the Village through the Revolving Loan Fund program. After discussion Mahone made the motion to sell the car at Craig Auction House, Weakly seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Stewart, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

Last in New Business Mayor Dowd called on Street Superintendent Neece to report about bids received for a new backhoe. Neece informed Council of receiving two bids. John Deere bid $8,500.00 with trade, Caterpillar bid $25,715.00 with trade. Mahone made the motion to purchase a backhoe from John Deere for $8,500.00 with trade in of the old backhoe, Stewart seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Stewart, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None. The Street Department and the Water Department will each pay one half of the cost of the backhoe.

Mayor Dowd called on Jeff Stauder who is employed as Greens keeper at the Moweaqua Golf Course. Dowd explained that with the new nine holes opening this summer there is a need for additional employees. Mayor Dowd also went on the say that Stauder was in attendance to present his plan for hiring the new employees and that no vote would need to be taken at this time. Stauder explained he would like to create two new positions which will be full time seasonal positions. The employees will each work approximately 1600 hours as opposed to part time seasonal help who can only be worked 1,000 hours. Stauder informed Council that IMRF will have to be paid for employees working over 1000 hours. Seven employees are needed in all. After discussion Mahone made the motion to allow the Golf Course to hire two full time seasonal employees, Weakly seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Stewart, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

King raised the issue of July 4th fireworks. Jordan reports he has spoken to several people that may be interested in donating for this years fireworks display. After discussion Mahone made the Motion to budget $6,000.00 for fireworks which will be offset by donations, Tolly seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Stewart, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

Mayors Report: Mayor Dowd reports that the Masonic Lodge is having a banner made in support of our military troops which will be suspended across the 4 way stop. A sign will also be placed at the North end of town and at the South end. Masonic is asking for donations. Mayor Dowd explained that the Village cannot donate but individuals can. Anyone wanting to can give their donation to Leto Voudrie.

Also in Mayor Dowds report he congratulated Moweaqua for being a Tree City for the 15th consecutive year. Credit should be given to Barbara Jostes for her hard work on the Tree City Committee.

Attorney’s Report: Petitions of Contempt have been filed against Charlotte Kelly and Faith Scott for unpaid water bills. Court date is April 3, 2003. Both have neglected to pay as per the agreements they consented to when taken to Court initially.

In the Hall case Antoline has prepared an Agreed Order which is in the hands of Halls Attorney for review. The agreement contains an order to refrain from keeping dogs in excess of three. If they violate the order the Village would then file a petition of contempt.

In the matter of the Keller Oil property the attorney for Keller Oil has the list of things the Village wants done to the property to bring it into compliance with Village codes. Since the property is in Keller Oil’s name again and not being sold to the Christian Church the Village can move forward more effectively with forcing Keller to comply.

In the last court session concerning the Land property Antoline’s request that the Land’s be fined $200.00 for not repairing the porch as specified was granted. Land was given 30 days to comply. If repairs are not done in 30 days Antoline will file a petition of contempt.

Police Committee: Chief Smith reports Officer Maynard will complete his training at the Police Academy April 4, 2003. Maynard scored excellent on his evaluation.

Chief Smith also reports things in town have been quiet. Smith is in the process of compiling a list of all derelict vehicles in town and properties in need of clean up.

Finance Committee: Tolly reports the budget is almost finished. Cuts have been made where needed. Street Superintendent Neece stated funds for tree planting, street signs and sidewalks can be taken from monies received from the telecommunications tax according to ordinance #91-108. The new budget will reflect the adjustment.

Building & Grounds: Stewart reports repairs to the Police Department have been completed with the exception of the garage. It must be 50 degrees for a few days before painting can be done.

Water Committee: Jordan reports the Water Computer has failed. Keith Storck came to look at it and suggested either placing a new hard drive in the old unit for approximately $550.00 or replacing the whole unit for approximately $1,300.00. After discussion Mahone made the motion to replace the total unit, Weakly seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Stewart, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

Weakly made the motion to adjourn, Mahone seconded.