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, Evelyn Lowe, Steve Ruot and Louise Weakly. Employees present were Boomer Neece, Lola Allen, Louis Jordan and Chief Smith. Others present were Village Engineer, Steve Bainbridge, Jerry Woodard, Carol Duncan and Mike Reschke.
King made the motion to approve the April Year End Meeting Minutes, Weakly seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Ruot and Weakly. No: None. Lowe abstained.
Lowe made the motion to accept the Treasurer’s Report, Weakly seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Lowe, Ruot and Weakly. No: None.
King made the motion to approve the Bills to be Paid after additions were made by the Clerk, Lowe seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Lowe and Weakly. No: None. Ruot abstained.
Village Engineer Steve Bainbridge was in attendance to discuss this years sealcoating program and the MFT bids that were received for the work to be done. Of the bids received from Allied Asphalt and Louis Marsch, Allied Asphalt was the lower and Bainbridge recommended Allied be awarded the contract. Lowe made the motion to accept Allied Asphalts bid, King seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Lowe, Ruot and Weakly. No: None. Mayor Dowd added that only a few streets will be done this year and all alleys. This is the reason for cost being so low.
Mayor Dowd mentioned that the committee appointments should have been made at the April Year End Meeting. Ruot made the motion to accept the committee appointments, Weakly seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Lowe, Ruot and Weakly. No: None.
Mayor Dowd then moved on to business concerning sidewalk bids. Three bids were received: Ron Hanners with PAV Inc. quoted $14.00 per lineal foot, Tom Addison, $15.00 per foot and Porter Bros. outof Decatur, $12.00 per foot. Mayor Dowd explained that because Porter Bros. is an unfamiliar company Boomer called the Village of Argenta for a reference. Porter Bros. has done work for Argenta and they reported they are pleased with the work. After discussion Ruot made the motion to hire Porter Bros. for sidewalks, Lowe seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Lowe, Ruot and Weakly. No: None.
Mayors Report: Mayor Dowd reported on the three lots behind the West Main buildings. The lots could be used for a recycling area with more frequent pick up which would be more convenient for citizens. Mayor Dowd also mentioned that he would look into possibly applying for a grant to buy the lots. Cost of the lots is $15,000.00. Mayor Dowd suggested the Council be thinking about this situation for the future.
Attorney’s Report: Mr. Antoline stated his report relates to the contract the Village has with the Il. Dept. of Transportation. The contract involves the joint agreement covering the improvement of a portion of Hwy. 51. Antoline reviewed the contract but could not agree with paragraph five. That paragraph gave the State of Il. the ability to prohibit parking on Main St. It was decided that by taking the language from the existing agreement to replace paragraph five of the new one that the contract would then be acceptable because the Village is already bound by the old contract.
Antoline suggested three new ordinances the State needs be dealt with at this time. Antoline had reviewed the new ordinances and described the nature of each.
Presented Ordinance 5/8/2001-1 reaffirming no parking along Main St. where signs are already posted. Antoline predicts no ill effects from this ordinance. Lowe made the motion to approve ordinance 5/8/2002-1, King seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Lowe, Ruot and Weakly. No: None.
Presented ordinance 5/8/2002-2 prohibiting discharge of sanitary sewage or wastewater into any storm sewers that the State is going to construct in accordance with this construction project. Lowe made the motion to approve ordinance 5/8/2002-2, Ruot seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Lowe, Ruot and Weakly. No: None.
Presented ordinance 5/8/2001-3 prohibiting encroachments on a public right of way including anything two feet from the existing curb. Signs that businesses have are grandfathered into this encroachment issue. Again Antoline predicts no ill effects saying the State is reasonable to work with in these circumstances. Lowe made the motion to approve ordinance 5/8/2001-3, Weakly seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Lowe, Ruot and Weakly. No: None.