March 8, 2005 — Regular Meeting

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REGULAR MEETING

March 8, 2005

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 Special Meeting Minutes

Approval of Treasurer’s Report

Approval of Bills to be Paid in March

NEW BUSINESS

  1. Personnel Committee Recommendations
  2. Letter – Illinois Department of Labor
  3. Morse Dreamscape contract
  4. Sidewalk Bids
  5. Spring Clean Up
  6. Street & Alley Truck Equipment
  7. Backhoe Purchase
  8. Safety Meeting Report
  9. Revised Demolition Ordinance

OLD BUSINESS

Attorney’s Report

Mayor’s Report

Public Participation

Adjourn

SPECIAL NOTE: UPCOMING MEETINGS

BINA HEARING / GOLF – MARCH 21, 2005 @ 6:00 P.M.

SPECIAL MEETING – MARCH 30, 2005 @ 5:00 P.M.

YEAR END ANNUAL MEETING – APRIL 28, 2005 @ 7:00 P.M.


The March 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 Jon King, Mike Tolly, Mark Thomas, Steve Ruot, Jim Mahone and Louise Weakly. Employees present were Lola Allen, Boomer Neece, Chief McLearin, Officer Hess, Paul Bollhorst, Louis Jordan and Attorney for the Village, Mike Antoline, was also present. Others present were Bill Chasteen, Dave Boyd, Cinda Jordan and Howard and Janie Wise.

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

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

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

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

First in New Business Mayor Lowe asked for a motion to accept the Personnel Committees recommendations for employee raises. Weakly made the motion to approve employee raises, Tolly seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Thomas, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

Mayor Lowe reported receiving a follow up inspection letter from the Il. Department of Labor. The initial inspection by Chuck Duncan occurred November 5, 2004. The follow up inspection was conducted February 9, 2005 and it was found that all violations had been corrected. A list of corrections is on file with the Clerk.

Mayor Lowe called on Street Superintendent Boomer Neece to report about sidewalk bids. Neece stated that one bid was received. Addison Concrete bid $13.50 per lineal foot. Terms of the agreement were published in Golden Prairie News and are on file with the Clerk. A deadline of June 30, 2005 was set for completion of the project with a penalty of $250.00 per week thereafter if not completed by the deadline. Penalty does not apply in the event of excessive rain. Council unanimously agreed to accept Addison’s bid of $13.50 per lineal foot for sidewalk repair and construction.

Council also gave unanimous consent to move the site of Village Clean-Up Days to the water storage tank property on old highway 51 North. Clean-Up Days are set for May 4th through 7th.

Neece requested permission to purchase running boards and tool boxes for the new street truck. Cost of the running boards, tool boxes and installation at Wayne’s Truck Accessories is $750.00. Tolly made the motion to pay Wayne’s Truck Accessories $750.00 for running boards, tool boxes and installation, Weakly seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Thomas, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

Neece reported that on our current program the backhoe is traded in every two years because of the two year warranty. The last trade was in 2003. A 2005 model, the same as what we have now, purchased from Martin Equipment, will cost $14,500.00 with our trade in. The Street and Alley Department and the Water Department will each pay half. Council discussed the possibility of purchasing an extended warranty and waiting five years to trade next time. Mahone made the motion to purchase a John Deere backhoe from Martin Equipment for $14,500.00 with trade, Thomas seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Thomas, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

Mayor Lowe asked for a report of the safety meeting that was recently hosted by the Village of Stonington. Jordan stated that he, Neece, Phillips and Trueblood all attended the meeting. The Illinois Municipal League Risk Management Association directs the program at no cost to members. Topics of the meeting were “Blood Borne Pathogens” and “Safe Lifting & Confined Space Safety.” Moweaqua will host and provide lunch for the next meeting which is scheduled for April 29th, 2005 at 9:00 A.M.

Attorney Antoline reports that Cheryl Sunderland is still not in compliance with our zoning code. Her shed is still located too close to the alley on the East of her property. Suit has been filed against her in Shelby County District Court. Court date is set for March 15, 2005.

Antoline also reports meeting with Jordan, Neece and Dan Walker to further discuss TIF districting. The group toured the town and Walker stated that Moweaqua has good potential for growth and development in several areas. Residential growth is especially promising. Antoline inquired of Council if they were still interested in exploring the possibility of TIF districting. Council was in agreement to pursue TIF districting.

Further in Antoline’s report he stated that a collection complaint has been filed against Sharle Foster in Christian County for non payment of her revolving loan.

Antoline also informed Council that in answer to the Clerks question about police bonding insurance, State Statutes and IMLRMA do not consider bonding a requirement for police officers.

In Mayor Lowe’s report she stated that McLearin submitted a monthly report and anyone wishing to could review it. Mayor Lowe informed Council that she has attended several meetings this month. Among the meetings she attended were the Competitive Communities Initiative given by the State of Illinois, the Local Officials Meeting with State Representative Bob Flider and the State Finance and Budget Meeting. Other meetings she will be attending are the Route 51 Coalition Meeting and the Shelby County Emergency Food and Shelter Meeting. Mayor Lowe has also been speaking to landowners in regards to annexation.

Weakly made the motion to adjourn, Ruot seconded.