March 11, 2014
Village of Moweaqua
Call to Order
Pledge to the Flag
Approval of January 27th Special Meeting Minutes
Approval of February Regular Meeting Minutes
Approval of Bills to be Paid in March
Approval of Treasurer’s Report
- Julie Jones Litigation – Julie Jones
- Approval of Ordinance #03/11/2014-1 Authorizing Establishment of an Auxiliary Police Force – Liz Nohren
- Approval of Ordinance #03/11/2014-2 Amending “No Parking Zones” – Liz Nohren
- Approval to Hire Auxiliary Police Officers – Chief Maynard
- Approval to Hire Part Time or Full Time Police Officer – Mayor Ruot
- Stiner’s Plumbing Invoice – Joann Lower
- Façade Grant Application – Dave Little
- Village Hall Roof Quote – Louis Jordan
- D & S Farm Proposal – Mischelle Davis
- Golf Course Insurance – Joann Lower
The Regular Meeting of the Moweaqua Village Council was called to order by Mayor Ruot leading in the Pledge to the Flag. Roll Call was answered by Marcia Maynard, Don Henry, Larry Burgener, Joann Lower, Dave Little and Zach Hite. Employees present were Louis Jordan, Ramiro Estrada, Chief Maynard, Officer Lamb, Lola Allen, Mitch Schinzler, Ed Hanley and Attorney for the Village, Liz Nohren was also present. Others present included Steve Hooper, Mike Reschke, Julie Jones and Kenny McLeod.
Lower made the motion to approve the minutes of the January 27th Special Meeting, Maynard seconded. Council voting Yes: Maynard, Henry, Burgener, Lower, Little and Hite. No: None.
Maynard made the motion to approve the minutes of the January Regular Meeting, Lower seconded. Council voting Yes: Maynard, Henry, Lower, Little and Hite. Abstain: Burgener. No: None.
Little made the motion to approve the Bills to be Paid in March with additions and corrections, Hite seconded. Council voting Yes: Maynard, Henry, Burgener, Lower, Little and Hite. No: None.
Little made the motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report, Henry seconded. Council voting Yes: Maynard, Henry, Burgener, Lower, Little and Hite. No: None.
In Committee Reports Maynard requested discussion regarding the proposed alcohol ordinance. Attorney Nohren requested that everyone read through the ordinance and email her with questions and comments. Nohren stated that she would make changes to the ordinance and have it ready for passage at the May Regular Meeting. Mayor Ruot suggested that a Special Meeting be called immediately following the election if the alcohol referendum passes in order to expedite licensing for the Golf Course. Council was in agreement.
Street and Alley Superintendent Ramiro Estrada reported contacting Roger Workman regarding cleaning out the waterway that runs North of Gorden Road through Marjorie Gordens property. Workman stated to Estrada that he approves of the waterway being cleaned out and that he wants to be involved. Mayor Ruot stated that he has also been in contact with the Township Supervisor, Bob Dorsey. Dorsey reported that when the waterway was cleaned out years ago the Village split the cost with the Township since it benefits drainage for the Village as well. Mayor Ruot recommended that Estrada inform Workman that we will get an estimated cost from Bob Dorsey.
Attorney Nohren reported that an Ordinance Violation ticket was issued to Christopher Pettyjohn for improper burning on property belonging to Julie Jones. The ticket has not been paid and Pettyjohn informed Chief Maynard that he would not be paying it because he did not own the property where the offense took place. Attorney Nohren stated that the Court will enforce the ticket because it was given to the person who did the unlawful burning. Attorney Nohren inquired whether Council wants to file an Ordinance Violation Complaint against Pettyjohn in Shelby County Court. Little made the motion to approve Attorney Nohren filing an complaint in the Shelby County Court against Christopher Pettyjohn for unpaid ordinance violation ticket, Henry seconded. Council voting Yes: Maynard, Henry, Burgener, Lower, Little and Hite. No: None.
Attorney Nohren reported that she has been contacted by Kathy Bunning who is a child of Robert Adrian, deceased owner of property located at 326 N. Main Street. Bunning is interested in paying off whatever is owed and getting the property into her name. Attorney Nohren recommended giving Bunning a chance to obtain the property and then get it cleaned up. Nohren stated that she would report each month and if sufficient progress is not being made then Council can choose to move forward with the complaint in court. After discussion Little suggested that Attorney Nohren request that Bunning remove the trailer from the property. Attorney Nohren agreed to do so and report at the next Regular Meeting.
Attorney Nohren explained that Julie Jones was in attendance in regards to the Village’s case against her involving her dog. The initial complaint was filed against Jones in March of 2013 after numerous warnings by the Police Department for Jones to keep her dogs under control and on her own property. Jones also was required to keep only the number of dogs allowed by Village Ordinances. A contempt of court was filed against Jones in December of 2013 because she failed to comply. An additional complaint was filed in December after two citizens were attacked by one of Jones dogs. Jones requested that Council allow her to have a fence constructed now that the weather is better. After discussion Council was in agreement that Attorney Nohren should follow through with the court case and request that Jones dog be euthanized or removed from the premises.
Attorney Nohren presented Ordinance #03/11/2014-2 amending Schedule E of the “No Parking Zones”. Burgener made the motion to approve Ordinance #03/11/2014-2 as presented, Little seconded. Council voting Yes: Maynard, Henry, Burgener, Lower, Little and Hite. No: None.
Golf Committee Chairman Joann Lower presented invoices from Stiner’s Plumbing for the Golf Course bathroom remodel. Total of the two invoices was $3,246.15 and included three toilets, two urinals, water softener and misc. fittings. Lower explained that everything has been completed satisfactorily. Little made the motion to approve the Stiner’s Plumbing bill of $3,246.15 for the Golf Course bathroom remodel, Burgener seconded. Council voting Yes: Maynard, Henry, Burgener, Lower, Little and Hite. No: None.
Dave Little submitted a Façade Grant Application for Brenda Little at 112 E. Main. According to the terms of the grant, because Little is requesting a grant for his own family owned business, he will not be eligible to vote on any future façade grant applications. Little is requesting the maximum amount of $1,000.00 for an awning to be constructed across the front of the Little Accounting business building. Maynard made the motion to approve the façade grant application, Henry seconded. Council voting Yes: Maynard, Henry, Burgener, Lower and Hite. Abstain: Little. No: None.
Village Clerk, Mischelle Davis presented a quote from Sandra Earp of D & S Farm. Earp proposed $2,755.00 for the 2014 growing season for the 18 downtown pots, three squares on the corner of Main and Main and the North and South Welcome signs. Maynard made the motion to approve the quote from Sandra Earp for $2,755.00, Little seconded. Council voting Yes: Maynard, Henry, Burgener, Lower, Little and Hite. No: None.
Mayor Ruot requested a motion to adjourn if there was no further business to come before Council. Burgener made the motion to adjourn, Henry seconded. Council voting Yes: Maynard, Henry, Burgener, Lower, Little and Hite. No: None.