January 8, 2002 — Regular Meeting

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MOWEAQUA VILLAGE HALL

7:00P.M.

AGENDA

Call to Order

Pledge to the Flag

Roll Call

Approval of December Regular Meeting Minutes

Approval of Treasurer’s Report

Approval of Bills to be Paid

NEW BUSINESS

  1. Gary Morrell – Revolving Loan Application
  2. Brendt Ramsey – SAIL
  3. Firstar – Il. Rural Bond Bank payment
  4. Reappoint Roger Workman, Tom Gordon and Glenn Thompson to Golf Board

OLD BUSINESS

Mayor’s Report

Attorney’s Report

Committee Reports

Public Participation

Adjourn


The January 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, Jim Mahone and Louise Weakly. Bailey was absent. Employees present were Louis Jordan, Boomer Neece, Rudy Smith and Paul Bollhorst. Others present included Kathy Woodworth, Ed Heck, Connie King and Jim Allen.

King Made the motion to approve the minutes of the December Regular Meeting, Weakly seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Lowe, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

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

After corrections were made by the Clerk, Lowe made the motion to approve the Bills to be Paid, Weakly seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Lowe, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

Mayor Dowd began New Business by calling on Ed Heck to present a Revolving Loan Fund application submitted by Gary Morrell. The amount requested is $15,856.00 and will go towards opening a beauty parlor, nail parlor and tanning salon. The monthly payment amount will be $288.45 over a period of five years. A copy of the proposal and application are on file with the Clerk. After discussion, Lowe made the motion to approve the loan for Gary Morrell, Mahone seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Lowe, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

Kathy Woodworth was in attendance representing Soyland Access to Independent Living or SAIL. Ms. Woodworth gave an informational speech about SAIL’s services for the disabled and provided brochures for the public.

Next in New Business Mayor Dowd presented a bill from Firstar Trust Services for the semi-annual 1988 B Series Illinois Rural Bond Bank bond issue payment. Payment in the amount of $98,279.89 is due by January 18, 2002. Mahone made the motion to pay Firstar Bank, Weakly seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Lowe, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

Finally in New Business Mayor Dowd made the recommendation to reappoint Roger Workman, Tom Gordon, and Glenn Thompson to the Golf Board. Each will serve a four year term. Lowe made the motion to accept Mayor Dowd’s recommendation, Ruot seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Lowe, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

Attorney’s Report: Because of complaints the Village has received Attorney Antoline reviewed the existing dog Ordinance and prepared a new Ordinance to enable the Village to change the limitation on the number of dogs that can be owned per household. Council agreed that a resident may have up to 2 dogs or 2 cats not to exceed 3 domestic animals per residence. Ruot made the motion to accept Ordinance #1-8-2002-1 regulating the number of dogs and/or cats, King seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Lowe, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

In addition, if an animal has puppies they may be kept up to three months. If the animal has been intentionally bred or puppies are kept longer than three months the resident is considered to be operating a kennel. Kennels must be located in an A1 district and the owner must have obtained a Special Use Permit. Other rules for kennels are that a kennel must be on a minimum of three acres of property, must be at least 100’ from lot lines and 200’ from the nearest dwelling. King made the motion to approve keeping puppies for no longer than three months, Mahone seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Lowe, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

Antoline then discussed the Otto Hummel property on S. Plum. Hummel responded to a Notice to Appear filed by the Village of Moweaqua by appearing in Court. Hummel pled not guilty to the charges but asked Mr. Antoline what to do to be in compliance with Village Ordinances. Antoline advised Mr. Hummel to secure the garage by putting doors on or plywood to prevent access. Antoline asked that Chief Smith take pictures of the property as soon as possible and make a list of what needs to be done to bring the Hummel property up to code.

Antoline spoke with Bob Moberly concerning the Dial property he may purchase. Antoline informed Moberly of the many Variances and criteria that would be required to reach an agreement with the Village. Antoline will draft an agreement for Council to review before the February Regular Meeting. The agreement will then be presented at the February Regular meeting.

Antoline visited the Shelby County Assessors Office to acquire copies of plat maps for farm property located to the North and East of the Village where the new bypass will be located. Antoline will put owners names on parcels to enable the Village to approach these people for annexation. The project will be done by the February meeting.

Mayor Dowd inquired about the Assumption Coop property annexation. Antoline will prepare a petition to annex the Coop property into the Village and will mail a copy to Mayor Dowd.

Jordan inquired about laws concerning Pit Bull dogs. Antoline reports there is nothing in State Statutes prohibiting this particular breed of dog or listing any special rules that apply to Pit Bulls.

Police Report: Chief Smith reports having the Ford squad car in the shop again. The steering column is out. Dare classes will begin next week. Lowe asked if Police are required to be called to the scene of an accident. Chief Smith stated Police are to be called for all traffic accidents. Smith goes on to say that the Village of Moweaqua is experiencing a problem with our 911 service. Police in Moweaqua are not being contacted promptly. Mahone suggests meeting with someone from Shelby County to discuss the problem and see if a solution can be found. Smith would rather try to solve the problem personally. If Smith receives no cooperation, Council should be involved.

Building & Grounds Committee: Lowe provided council members with an estimate for a new Raynor garage door to be installed on the East end of the Village shed. After Council members reviewed the estimate Lowe made the motion to purchase a garage door, Weakly seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Lowe, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

Antoline informed Council that Dial’s petition to de-annex land from the Village should be acted upon now. Lowe made the motion to table any decisions concerning the petition till the February Regular Meeting, Ruot seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Lowe, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

Lowe inquired of Jordan about a sign to be erected for the Nursing Home. Jordan stated he would call Brian Trygg with IDOT to see if there are State guidelines for signs along the Highway.

The Clerk requested permission to purchase three rugs for the Village Hall to help keep the carpet clean in path areas. Cost of the three rugs is approximately $300.00. Mahone has purchased rugs from Consolidated and states they are good quality. Mahone made the motion to purchase three rugs, Weakly seconded. Council voting Yes: King, Lowe, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.

Ruot made the motion to adjourn, Weakly seconded.