MOWEAQUA VILLAGE HALL
Call to Order
Pledge to the Flag
Approval of November Regular Meeting Minutes
Approval of Treasurer’s Report
Approval of Bills to Be Paid
- Simmons Variance
- Street naming
- Toy Depot donation
- Peace Meal donation
- Don Dial – De-annexation
The December 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, Jill Bailey, Evelyn Lowe, Steve Ruot, Jim Mahone and Louise Weakly. Employees present were Louis Jordan, Lola Allen and Boomer Neece. Zoning administrator Paul Bollhorst and Zoning Board Secretary Carol Duncan were also in attendance. Others present were Maynard Simmons, Gary Simmons, Holly McCoy, Connie King, John Wempen and Wayne Noland.
Bailey made the motion to approve the minutes of the November Regular Meeting, Weakly seconded. Council voting Yes: Bailey, Lowe, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. King abstained. Council voting No: None.
Mahone made the motion to approve the November Treasurers Report, Ruot seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Bailey, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. Lowe abstained. Council voting No: None.
After corrections were made by the Clerk, Mahone made the motion to approve the bills to be paid, Bailey seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Bailey, Lowe, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.
Mayor Dowd began New Business by presenting an application for a Variance submitted by Maynard Simmons. Mr. Simmons would like to roof and side an area between his garage and shed which will be three feet off the South lot line. The Zoning Board met on October 31, 2001 and unanimously voted to approve the structure. After further review Zoning Administrator Paul Bollhorst recommended the Variance be denied stating Mr. Simmons is over the square footage of coverage allowed for his lot size. After discussion Mahone made the motion to approve the Variance, Bailey seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Bailey, Lowe, Ruot and Mahone. No: Weakly.
Presented Ordinance #12-11-2001-1 pertaining to the new street that will be constructed at the South end of Main Street when the new bypass is built. The Street will be named Fox Meadow Lane. Ruot made the motion to accept ordinance #12-11-2001-1, Mahone seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Bailey, Lowe, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.
Next in New Business Mayor Dowd asked Council if they would like to donate to the annual Toy Depot this year. Chief Smith suggested $50.00 be given from his budget. King made the motion to donate $50.00 to the Toy Depot, Weakly seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Bailey, Lowe, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.
John Wempen was in attendance representing Peace Meal. He thanked Council for their past contributions and asked if we could donate again. Lowe made the motion to donate $2,000.00 to Peace Meal, King seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Bailey, Lowe, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.
Chief Smith also wanted to donated $100.00 to Peace Meal from the Police Department budget. King made the motion to approve the Police Department donation, Mahone seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Bailey, Lowe, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.
In Old Business Mayor Dowd referred to a copy of Don Dials petition for de-annexation which was given to Council members to review. At a prior meeting Council thought it might be best if Dial were to de-annex. Dial has two people who would like to purchase lots from him but do not want to have to follow guidelines set forth by the Village for subdivisions. They will have the only two homes in the area for a while and do not think it is necessary to be considered a subdivision at this time. Antoline states the contract cannot be formally considered according to Illinois State Statute until 30 days have passed from the date of filing. The date on Dials contract is November 15, 2001. Lowe suggests not de-annexing the property but persuading Dial to comply with subdivision codes. Antoline states an acceptable agreement for both parties could be reached. Antoline suggests more discussion to reach an agreement and trying to work with Dials to keep the property in the Village. Developing the property would benefit the Village. Antoline will draft an agreement before the January Meeting for Council to review.
Mayors Report: Mayor Dowd reports receiving a letter from Mr. Bresner, Manager of the Assumption Coop Gas Station North of Moweaqua on Highway 51. He would like to have the Coop annexed into the Village and zoned commercial so that another business can use part of the Coop property. Mahone made the motion to have Antoline draw up an annexation agreement for the Assumption Coop property, Bailey seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Bailey, Lowe, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.
Attorney’s Report: Antoline reports receiving a call from Sheryl Foster concerning her delinquent revolving loan fund payments. Ms. Foster asked if she could begin settling the debt January 15th, 2002. No vote was taken but Council agreed to the terms. Antoline recommended waiting to file the small claims complaint against Foster until after January 15th to see if Foster makes an effort to pay.
Antoline discussed mailing letters to the property owners adjacent to the new Highway 51 bypass asking them to consider annexing and explaining some of the benefits of doing so.
Police Committee: King read a thank you letter from Lou Ludlum which was received by Chief Smith for a job well done concerning guns stolen by a teen. A copy is on file with the Clerk.
Water & Sewer Committee: The Village Water Departments ISO classification has improved from a class 8 to a class 6. Homeowners will be able to get better rates on their homeowners insurance because of this improvement. Bailey suggests the newsletter include this information.
Jordan recommends having Ed Milanski prepare a contract with specifications for the work to be done to the water tower and storage tank. Painting and cleaning of the inside and out of both is needed. Ruot made the motion to hire the Engineer to draw up specifications for the work on the water tower and storage tank, Weakly seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Bailey, Lowe, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.
Louis informed Council that a new pump and motor is needed at the Highway 51 Water Plant. After a brief explanation by Water Superintendent Louis Jordan, of what is needed at the plant, Bailey made the motion to approve the purchase of parts for a new water pump, Mahone seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Bailey, Lowe, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.
Wastewater samples will now be sent to a laboratory for testing. Testing had been done in the past by Jordan but testing equipment is wearing out. Jordan opted to send samples away for testing rather than buy new equipment. Forms relating to the samples will still be filed by Jordan but no new equipment will need to be purchased.
Finance Committee: Lowe stated there is some confusion over who owns property located adjacent to the railroad tracks on the East side where our Street Department stores rock. Don Wright claims he is paying taxes on said property but the Village has a deed. A copy of the deed has been given to Wright and Lowe would like to see a copy of Wright’s deed. Jordan reported locating the cancelled check used for payment of the property and also the minutes of the meeting when Council voted to buy the property.
Lowe reported on visiting several Village Halls to see how they are constructed and laid out. She asked if council had questions. She states Council needs to look into funding for a new Hall, a location and an architect.
Street & Alley Committee: Weakly inquired of Steve Ruot, Health & Safety Chariman, about the condition of the Don Dance property. Ruot stated he has contacted owner and is making progress. Weakly also reports Christmas tree pick up will be January 2, 2002.
Public Participation: Holly McCoy was in attendance expressing concern about the number of dogs in her neighborhood and inquired about the rules for privacy fencing. The dog owned by her neighbor to the West has been warned several times to control the animal. It has lunged at the end of its chain trying to reach people passing by on the side walk, gotten loose from its chain and been found in neighbors yards, and shown potentially vicious behavior. McCoy is concerned for her small children and other children in the neighborhood. Council recommended that McCoy sign a written complaint about the animal and have others who have had incidences with the dog to also sign formal complaints.
Weakly made the motion to adjourn, Ruot seconded.