July 24, 2017 minutes

Regular Meeting City Council

City Council Chambers

145 South Main Street

Mason City, Illinois

July 24th, 2017 7:00 P.M.

 

Call to order by Mayor Bruce Lowe.

 

Council members physically present: Mike Kirby, John Dodson, Jim Miller, Scott Francis, Gerald Mahin, and Dan Mason, 6.   Also present were Mayor Bruce Lowe, Clerk Michele Whitehead, Treasurer Michael Griffin, Superintendent Wayne Dixon, Chief Adam Anderson, Mary and Bryce Devore, John Means, and Larry Crossett.

 

The Chairman declared a quorum present.

 

Minutes of the June 19th Police Committee and June 19th Police Executive session , July 10th regular Council meeting, and the July 13th 2017 Economic Development/Building/Public Safety Committee meeting were approved

 

Bryce Devore addressed the Council regarding a property located at 524 S. Logan that he and his wife would like to build a new home on. According to their plans, they would need to acquire 16ft of city property in order to build the house. The Council will look into this, with the help of Superintendent Dixon and contact the Devore’s at a later date.

 

John Means addressed the Council regarding obtaining a gaming license for his property located at 120 & 124 East Chestnut. Alderman Mahin expressed that even though he doesn’t want the buildings sitting empty, he has concerns that the City is going in the wrong direction with video gaming.

 

PASSAGE OF ORDINANCE AND RESOLUTIONS

 

R17-39  Alderman Miller moved, seconded by Alderman Kirby that John Means be allowed to obtain a video gaming license.

Roll Call:

Ayes: Kirby, Dodson, Miller, Francis, Mason, 5.

Nays: Mahin

Absent: None

 

R17-40   Alderman Mason moved, seconded by Alderman Kirby that the Annual Treasurer’s Report be approved.

Roll Call:

Ayes: Kirby, Dodson, Miller, Francis, Mahin, and Mason, 6.

Nays: None

Absent: None

Chairman declared motion carried.

 

R17-41 Alderman Mason moved, seconded by Alderman Francis, that the Annual Appropriation Ordinance be passed, approved and published in pamphlet form as provided by law, be posted at the City Hall and be available for public inspection at the City Clerk’s office. A copy will be mailed to the County Clerk’s office.

Roll Call:

Ayes: Kirby, Dodson, Miller, Francis, Mahin, and Mason, 6.

Nays: None

Absent: None

Chairman declared motion carried.

 

R17-42   Alderman Mason, seconded by Alderman Miller that Frank McMahan be the new zoning administrator.

Roll Call:

Ayes: Kirby, Dodson, Miller, Francis, Mahin, and Mason, 6.

Nays: None

Absent: None

Chairman declared motion carried.

 

R17-43 Alderman Francis moved, seconded by Alderman Kirby, to approve the expenditure of $297,120.00 to begin the Sanitary Sewer project.

Roll Call:

Ayes: Kirby, Dodson, Miller, Francis, Mahin, and Mason, 6.

Nays: None

Absent: None

Chairman declared motion carried.

 

BIDS, PETITIONS, & COMMUNICATIONS

 

Alderman Mahin informed the Council that at a previously held Economic Development/Building/Public Safety Committee meeting it was recommended not to provide a dumpster or other means of disposal for debris left on the side of the building from the demolition of the neighboring building located at 121 S. Main as requested by Curt Means.

 

Nathan List has resigned as Zoning Administrator,the Council agreed that Frank McMahan would replace Nathan as Zoning Administrator.

 

Alderman Francis and Chief Anderson explained to the Council about the benefits of being a member of Lexipol, a provider of law enforcement policies and procedures and a provider of various training. The cost is approximately $3600.00-$3800.00 to join Lexipol. Lexipol keeps current on changing laws, patrol operations, provides daily scenarios, and keeps the department current on law enforcement issues. This matter was not on the agenda therefore it was tabled until the next Council meeting.

 

Mayor Lowe informed the Council that an employee in the Public Works department has left. The Mayor asked that the Council come up with ideas how to cut costs within the Public Works department, and time saving ideas. The position vacated by the employee will not be filled. The Council will hold a Special meeting Monday, July 31st 2017 to discuss how to handle the vacancy and the how to proceed with the job duties with one less employee.

 

Alderman Miller is working on how to proceed with stump removal, he will get quotes and make suggestions to the Council at a later date.

Discussion was held regarding the Sanitary Sewer project, the first 10 sewers lines being maintained/updated/replaced will be the 10 worst on the list. This project will take several years to complete. The Council agreed to begin the project with a cost of $297,120.00.

 

There being no further business, Alderman Miller moved, seconded by Alderman Francis to recess into Executive Session at 7:35 P.M. to discuss 5ILCS (c)(1)(2) Personnel & Collective Bargaining.

Roll Call:

Ayes:   Alderman Kirby, Dodson, Miller, Francis, Mahin, Mason, 6.

Nays:   None

Absent: None

Chairman declared motion carried.

 

During the Executive Session, Alderman Kirby moved, seconded by Alderman Dodson to recess back into the regular Council meeting at 7:38 P.M.

Roll Call:

Ayes: Alderman Kirby, Dodson, Miller, Francis, Mahin, Mason, 6.

Nays: None

Absent: None

Chairman declared motion carried.

 

The regular meeting resumed at 7:38 P.M.

 

There being no further business, Alderman Kirby moved, seconded by Alderman Francis that the regular meeting adjourn at 7:39 P.M.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Michele L. Whitehead, City Clerk                                                  Bruce A. Lowe, Mayor