May 14, 2002 — 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 Year End Annual Meeting Minutes

Approval of May 6, 2002 Special Meeting Minutes

Approval of Treasurer’s Report

Approval of Bills to be Paid in May

NEW BUSINESS

  1. Jack Scott – Fireworks budget
  2. David Hozza – Presentation on Golf Course Financing
  3. Robin Tolly – FFA Heritage Committee
  4. Virginia Lawton – Water problem in Williams Addition
  5. Grant for new Village Hall
  6. Zoning – Assumption Coop
  7. Resolution for Expenditures
  8. Golf Bond Ordinance
  9. Dog Ordinance
  10. Noise Ordinance

OLD BUSINESS

Mayor’s Report

Attorney’s Report

Committee Reports

Public Participation

Adjourn


The May 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, Evelyn Lowe, Steve Ruot, Jim Mahone and Louise Weakly. Employees present were Boomer Neece, Paul Bollhorst, Rudy Smith, Richard Hayden, Louis Jordan and Brian Allison. Others present included Jerry Woodard, Virginia Lawton, David O’Brien, Holly McCoy, Doyle McCoy, Marty Hall, Jennifer Hall, Connie King, Alisha Gullidge, Pat Gullidge and Frank Knight.

Lowe made the motion to approve the Year End Annual Meeting minutes, Weakly seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Lowe, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

Ruot made the motion to approve the May 6th, 2002 Special Meeting minutes, Tolly seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. Lowe abstained. No: None.

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

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

First in New Business Mayor Dowd was asked by Jack Scott to speak in his absence about fireworks for this years 4th of July celebration. After discussion Mahone made the motion to spend $6,000.00 on fireworks plus the additional cost of a flag, Lowe seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Lowe, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

Continuing in New Business David Hozza with Ehlers & Associates met with the Golf Course Board prior to the Village board meeting. After meeting with the Golf Board Hozza notified Mayor Dowd that he would not be prepared to make his presentation to the Village Council at the Regular June Meeting.

Next in New Business Mayor Dowd called on the FFA Heritage Committee. Alicia Gullidge, Vice President of the Central A&M FFA Chapter, came before Council and explained her groups project. They have been researching the History of Moweaqua and Assumption. The group would like to have a monument in memory of Michael Schneider, the founder of Moweaqua, placed in Central Park. Cost of the monument at Pana Monument Company is $650.00. Miss Gullidge asked Coucil for their help in purchasing the monument. After discussion, Lowe made the motion to donate $500.00 towards the monument in memory of Michael Schneider, Weakly seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Lowe, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. Tolly abstained. No: None.

Virginia Lawton was in attendance with concerns about water drainage in the East Plains Addition. Lawton reports there has been a problem for years but seems to be getting worse. Louis Jordan explained that our engineer has been consulted about the problem in the past. A survey of elevations was done to see if a ditch could be placed to the East of the addition. It was determined that the existing ditch gives maximum fall in the area. Neece added that work would have to be done on private property to correct the problem and permission from those property owners is needed. Correction of the problem would also involve work being done to property outside the Village limits. Mahone suggested calling a meeting with the area residents and those outside the Village limits who own fields surrounding the addition to discuss possible solutions. Mahone also suggested having our engineer attend the meeting.

Lowe is concerned about the condition of our Village Hall. The Police Department is continually wet and moldy from roof leakage. Lowe reports speaking to an engineer and he recommends contacting Jack Stewart to assist in getting a grant to build a new Village Hall. Weakly made the motion to have Lowe speak to Jack Stewart about a grant, Tolly seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Lowe, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

Mayor Dowd informed Council that since the Assumption Coop property North of Moweaqua has been annexed into the Village it must also be zoned. Mayor Dowd recommended accepting the Zoning Boards decision to zone the property Commercial, B2. Ruot made the motion to accept the Zoning Boards recommendation to zone the Assumption Coop property Commercial, B2, Mahone seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Lowe, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

Antoline reports that a petition signed by Moweaqua residents was presented at last months meeting concerning dogs. Antoline told Council he would look into the matter and report at the next regular meeting. In researching he found that species specific ordinances, i.e. banning pit bulls, are prohibited by State Statute. Non home rule communities cannot exclude a particular breed. However, the Village can regulate. Antoline reminded Council they do have the right to limit and enforce the number of dogs per household. If a matter such as the issue between the Halls and McCoys were taken to court Antoline is certain that if a dog has been deemed dangerous by Village authorities the Judge would require the owners to house the animal(s) in a covered enclosure and take extra safety precautions to ensure the dog does not escape. After much discussion Antoline agreed to be in contact with the parties involved to try and mediate a solution between them.

Presented Ordinance #5-14-2002-1 which adds language and modifies the existing Disturbing the Peace Ordinance. Mahone made the motion to accept Ordinance #5-14-2002-1, Tolly seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Lowe, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

Mayor Dowd presented Council with a Zoning Application from John and Ethel Hand. The Hands have applied to have a bakery and catering business at 316 ½ N. Putnam. The Zoning Board of appeals voted unanimously to grant a Temporary Special Use Permit. Weakly made the motion to approve the Temporary Special Use Permit, Mahone seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Lowe, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

In Old Business Mayor Dowd presented a bill from Ruot contractors in the amount of $1,392.37 for tile work done on Railroad Ave. Street Superintendent Neece requested the bill be paid from the CIPS major projects fund. Mahone made the motion to move monies from the CIPS fund to the General fund for payment, Weakly seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Lowe, Mahone and Weakly. Ruot abstained. No: None.

Mayors Report: Mayor Dowd presented a bill from the Rt. 51 Coalition in the amount of $500.00 for membership renewal fees. Mahone made the motion to remain a member of the Rt. 51 Coalition and pay the $500.00 membership fee, King seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Mahone and Weakly. No: Lowe and Ruot.

A letter was received from Kenneth Alderson, Executive Director of the Illinois Municipal League, concerning a reduction in our share of the State income tax. Our portion would be lowered from 10{d3bb7c3d20bb2c333f8bbb4cc4dee311415bccd1d2e8a98d1fef6c9530e85137} to 9.09{d3bb7c3d20bb2c333f8bbb4cc4dee311415bccd1d2e8a98d1fef6c9530e85137} which would reduce our annual revenue by $6.75 per person. A copy of the letter is on file with the Clerk. Alderson requests that we write Senator Noland in opposition of this proposal. King made the motion to have the Clerk draft a letter to Senator Noland, Weakly seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Lowe, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

Committee Reports: Police: Smith reports having enough money in his budget to purchase a new squad car this year rather than next. The car that is due to be replace next year has had numerous repairs. Smith would like to see the car replaced this year to avoid more costly repairs. After discussion, King made the motion to purchase the new car for $16,244.00 and trade the existing car, Tolly seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Lowe, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

Smith reports progress with owners of untidy property. Many who were notified are making and effort to clean up.

Finance Committee: Lowe encourages departments to stay within their budgets this year.

Water & Sewer Committee: Ruot informed Council of the need for a six inch water line on Franklin Street to supply the Woodard subdivision. Approximate cost is $10,000.00. Woodard is willing to pay $3,500.00. Ruot made the motion to run the line and upon opening of bids approve Jordan accepting the lowest and beginning the project, King seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Lowe,Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

Personnel Committee: Mahone reports receiving information about computer courses from New Horizons Online ANYTIME learning. He thought it might be something to look into for the future.

Also in personnel Mahone suggests giving our two part time summer helpers a raise. Mahone made the motion to raise the two part time summer helpers pay to $6.50 per hour, Lowe seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Lowe, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

After discussion about the moisture problem Mahone made the motion to have the Building and Grounds Committee get an estimate for repairing the damage in the Police Department, Ruot seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Tolly, Lowe, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

Tolly made the motion to adjourn, Weakly seconded.