MOWEAQUA VILLAGE HALL
Call to Order
Pledge to the Flag
Approval of October Regular Meeting Minutes
Approval of Special Meeting Minutes
Approval of Treasurer’s Report
Approval of Bills to Be Paid
The November 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 Jill Bailey, Evelyn Lowe, Steve Ruot, Jim Mahone and Louise Weakly. Employees present were Lola Allen, Rudy Smith, Boomer Neece and Louis Jordan. Others present included Gary Iler.
Bailey made the motion to approve the minutes of the October Regular Meeting, Ruot seconded. Council voting Yes: Bailey, Lowe, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.
Lowe made the motion to approve the minutes of the October Special Meeting, Ruot seconded. Council voting Yes: Bailey, Lowe, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.
Lowe made the motion to approve the October Treasurer’s Report, Ruot seconded. Council voting Yes: Bailey, Lowe, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.
Mayor Dowd informed Council a $2,000.00 check was received from Korner Treasures for delinquent Revolving Loan Fund payments.
After corrections were made by the Clerk, Mahone made the motion to approve the Bills to be Paid, Weakly seconded. Council voting Yes: Bailey, Lowe, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.
In New Business Mayor Dowd presented an application for a Variance submitted by Gary Iler. The Zoning Board of Appeals voted unanimously to approve the Variance. Mahone made the motion to accept the Zoning Board’s recommendation and approve the Variance, Lowe seconded. Council voting Yes: Bailey, Lowe, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.
Mayor’s Report: Mayor Dowd asked Council how they would like to respond to a letter received from Duane Noland. The letter is in reference to the redistricting census. Redistricting is done to keep approximately the same number of people in each district. Noland would possibly be placed in a different district. Noland requested we send letters to his office in support of keeping him as our representative. Mahone suggested individual letters.
Attorney’s Report: Mr. Antoline discussed with Council the issue between Keller Oil Co. and First Christian Church and asked Rudy to take more photos of the property.
Mr. Antoline reported the small claims complaint against Sheryl Foster for delinquent loan payments is ready to be signed by Mayor Dowd. The complaint must be served in person. It cannot be mailed to a P.O. Box . Antoline will write to the Postmaster for a street address.
A complaint is also drafted against Korner Treasure’s for delinquent loan payments. Since a payment of $2,000.00 has been received Antoline will hold off filing the complaint.
As discussed with Brian Trygg at the October Regular Meeting additional language has been incorporated in a contract between the contractor who will do work on the highway 51 bypass and the State of Illinois. A video of existing highway 51 will be taken before the bypass project is begun and again when finished. The State of Illinois will crack seal existing 51 according to standard specifications. If extraordinary maintenance needs done when the new bypass is finished the contractor will repair it.
Presented ordinance #11-13-2001-2 pertaining to the Jurisdictional Transfer of existing Rt. 51. Mahone made the motion to accept Ordinance #11-13-2001-2, Weakly seconded. Council voting Yes: Bailey, Lowe, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None
Presented Ordinance #11-13-2001-1 Tax Levy for 2001-2002. Lowe made the motion to accept Ordinance #11-13-2001-1, Mahone seconded. Council voting Yes: Bailey, Lowe, Mahone, Ruot and Weakly. No: None. Mahone thanked Antoline for his work concerning the Tax Levy saying we now levy in the appropriate categories and don’t waste time levying in areas that don’t apply to the Village. Mahone went on to say Antoline has done a good job of fine-tuning and explaining how the levy works.
Water & Sewer Committee: The Water Department has received a certificate of commendation for achieving the highest standard of compliance for at least ten years in accordance with the Illinois Fluoridation Act. Louis informed Council he has requested an estimate from Jerry Hanflan for paint and repairs to the North water tank. Mr. Hanflan painted the East water tower 13 years ago and Louis reports it has held up very well. Clean up of the inside of the North tower will be next summer. The East tower will be needing some work soon also. Louis will schedule a Committee Meeting.
Finance Committee: Lowe stated Mr. Campbell, former owner of Moweaqua Foods, has paid his revolving loan in full. Mayor Dowd added the new owner, Mr. Peadro has been informed there are revolving loan funds available if he wants to make improvements in the future. Council discussed the positive improvements that have been made to the store since Peadro took over.
Police Committee: Ruot inquired if Chief Smith had spoke to business owners about the glass situation. Smith reported he has found two boys responsible for the broken glass and told them it would not be tolerated. The poor condition of several properties was also discussed.
Personnell Committee: Mahone asked for input on the annual employee Christmas dinner. Jordan offered to ask employees where they would like to go and make reservations. Mahone suggested a Thursday evening.
Mahone suggested Council get started trying to get property East of Moweaqua annexed into the Village before the new bypass is constructed. Antoline suggests property owners file voluntary petitions of annexation if they are willing. Mahone suggests we prepare petitions and have the owners sign making it easier for the property owner. Antoline states annexing property on both sides of the bypass would be beneficial. Since the general consensus of Council is to annex the property Antoline will move forward on this issue.
Mahone made the motion to go into Executive Session to discuss pay raises for the Clerk and Deputy Clerk, Weakly seconded. Council voting Yes: Bailey, Lowe, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None. Bailey was appointed to take minutes for the Executive Session.
Bailey made the motion to return to Regular Session, Mahone seconded. Council voting Yes: Bailey, Lowe, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None.
Lowe made the motion to accept recommendation for raises for the Clerk and Deputy Clerk, Weakly seconded. Council voting Yes: Bailey, Lowe, Ruot, Mahone and Weakly. No: None. Raises will be discussed with Clerk and Deputy Clerk by Mayor Dowd during evaluations.
Street & Alley Committee: Weakly reports getting a call about Myers property on Madison. The concern is about junk and rats. Boomer reports we need to repair 100 blocks of East and West Main in the near future.
Weakly made the motion to adjourn, Mahone seconded.