June 26, 2017 Council Meeting

Regular Meeting City Council

City Council Chambers

145 South Main Street

Mason City, IL

June 26th, 2017

 

Call to order by Mayor Bruce A. Lowe.

 

Council members physically present: John Dodson, Jim Miller, Scott Francis, Danny Mason. Also present were Clerk Michele Whitehead, Superintendent Wayne Dixon, Chief Adam Anderson, Russell Willis, Joanne Ogden, Larry Crossett, Mike Kirby, and Ron Knollenberg. Alderman Gerald Mahin and Treasurer Mike Griffin were absent.

 

The Chairman declared a quorum present.

 

Minutes of May 18th, 2017 Police and Police Executive session, June 12th regular and Executive session, June 15th Police Committee and Police Executive session, June 15th Water Committee, June 19th Special Council and June 19th Executive session were approved.

 

Mayor Bruce A. Lowe gave the official oath of office to Mike Kirby. Alderman Kirby filled the vacant Ward #1 seat.

 

Joanne Ogden addressed the Council regarding a fence her neighbors built on her property line. Chief Anderson is working on the situation and an ordinance committee will be held soon to look into ordinance enforcement and training for the zoning administrator. The Council informed Ms. Ogden that it could become a civil matter.

 

Alderman Dodson inquired about a mass notification to residents regarding code enforcement. Clerk Whitehead will look into possibly putting this on the water bills.

 

PASSAGE OF ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS

 

O17-04 Alderman Francis moved, seconded by Alderman Miller, that the Ordinance 17-04, the Tentative Budget and 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. That notice of a Tentative Budget and Appropriation Ordinance Hearing to be held on July 24th, 2017 at the City Hall at 7:00 P.M. be published in the local newspaper.

 

Roll Call:

Ayes:   Alderman Kirby, Dodson, Miller, Francis, and Mason, 5

Nays: None

Absent: 1

Chairman declared motion carried.

 

BIDS, PETITIONS & COMMUNICATIONS

 

Superintendent Dixon informed the Council that the Antenna for meter reading should be up and active mid July. He also informed the Council that Mike Burris from CMT sent a list of priority sewers in need of repair to look at. Mr. Dixon also said that the oil & chipping had been completed.

 

There being no further business, Alderman Francis moved, seconded by Alderman Mason to recess into Executive Session at 7:36 p.m. to discuss 5ILCS 120/2 ( C ) (1), (6), Personnel, Property.

Roll Call:

Ayes: Alderman Kirby, Dodson, Miller, Francis, and Mason, 5

Nays: None

Absent: 1

Chairman declared motion carried.

 

During the Executive Session, Alderman Miller moved, seconded by Alderman Francis to recess to the regular meeting at 7:58 P.M.

Roll Call:

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

Nays: None

Absent: 1

Chairman declared motion carried.

 

There being no further business, Alderman Miller moved, seconded by Alderman Francis that the regular meeting adjourn at 8:00 P.M.

 

 

 

 

___________________________                                                           ______________________________

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

 

June 19, 2017 Special Council Meeting

Special Meeting City Council

City Council Chambers

145 S. Main

Mason City, IL 62664

June 19th, 2017 7:00 P.M.

 

 

 

A special meeting of the City Council of Mason City, Illinois scheduled June 16, 2017, posted by notice on June 16th, 2017 was held on the 19th day of June, 2017 at the of hour of 7:00 P.M. in the City Council Chambers, 145 S. Main Street, Mason City, Illinois. The Council members physically present were Scott Francis, Gerald Mahin, Dan Mason, John Dodson, and Jim Miller.

 

Bruce Lowe in the Mayor Chair, City Treasurer Michael Griffin, and City Clerk Michele Whitehead also attended the meeting.

 

Mayor Bruce Lowe was chairman of the Special Meeting and Michele Whitehead was recording secretary.

 

The Chairman declared quorum present.

 

This Special Meeting was called to discuss the civic center, budgetary and financial issues and personnel.

 

Mayor Lowe informed the Council that an individual interested in purchasing the Civic Center hasn’t been able to make it to his appointments with Ron Knollenberg. There is another party interested in purchasing the Civic Center.

 

Alderman Francis addressed the council with the recommendations from the Police Committee held earlier this evening. The committee suggests reducing the Police force from 5 full time officers down to 4 full time officers for financial reasons. This cut back may also be implemented in the Public Works department in the near future.

 

There being no further business, Alderman Francis, seconded by Alderman Mason to recess into Executive Session at 7:08 P.M. to discuss 5ILCS 120/2 ( c) (1) (2) Personnel and Collective Bargaining.

 

Roll Call:

Ayes: Alderman Dodson, Miller, Francis, Mahin, Mason (5).

Nays: None

Absent: None

Vacant; (1)

 

Chairman declared motion carried.

 

During the Executive Session, Alderman Miller moved, seconded by Alderman Francis to recess to regular meeting at 7:29 P.M.

 

Alderman Francis made a motion, seconded by Alderman Dodson to release officer Willoby from his duties as a Mason City Police Officer.

Roll Call:

Ayes: Alderman Dodson, Miller, Francis (3)

Nayes: Alderman Mahin, Mason (2)

Absent: None

Vacant: (1)

 

There being no further business, Alderman Miller moved, seconded by Alderman Dodson the Special meeting adjourned at 7:35 P.M.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

___________________________________                         __________________________________

Michele L. Whitehead, City Clerk                                                       Bruce Lowe, Mayor

June 12, 2017 min

Regular Meeting City Council

City Council Chambers

Mason City, IL 62664

June 12th, 2017 7:00 P.M.

 

Call to order by Mayor Bruce Lowe.

 

Council members physically present were alderman Scott Francis, Gerald Mahin, Dan Mason, John Dodson, Jim Miller 5. Also present were Michael R. Griffin City Treasurer, Michele Whitehead City Clerk, Superintendent Wayne Dixon, Asst. Chief Billy Williams, Jicole Hickle, Curt Means, Wendy Martin, Larry Crossett and Scott Armstrong.

 

The Chairman declared a quorum present.

Minutes of the May 22, 2017 Police committee, May 22, 2017 Regular Council meeting, Executive Session minutes May 22, 2017, Police committee May 25, 2017 and May 30th Special Council meeting were approved.

 

The treasurer’s monthly report was read, approved, and ordered filed.

 

The following bills were reviewed for payment.

 

Jicole Hickle asked the council what she needed to do regarding a disagreement between her and another party regarding an old shed that is on her property and has been there for over 20 years. There is some disagreement about the shed and the property lines. The Council informed her that this was a civil matter.

 

Curt Means addressed the Council regarding a planting day for the new pollination habitat at the school.

Prairie flowers and grasses will be planted Wed, June 14, 2017. He invited the Council to attend.

 

Curt Means also address the Council about the demolition of the old O’Hagan building and 117-119 S. Main. He said there are still remnants of the old building attached to the building that used to house the Magic Mirror salon. Curt is interested in purchasing the old salon but would like to know if anymore clean up will be done to the outside of the building. The Council said that the job had been completed, but they would check into the matter.   Mr. Means also asked if that empty lot could be used for anything like a farmers market. The Council informed him that the lot is not owned by the City.

 

Non-union employee raises were tabled until the next regular scheduled meeting.

 

The Prevailing wage ordinance was passed for 2017.

 

Mike Kirby was unanimously voted in as Alderman for Ward #1, taking the seat vacated by Mayor Bruce Lowe.

 

                                     PASSAGE OF ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS

O17-02 Alderman Mason moved, seconded by Alderman Francis, that Ordinance 17-02, A Prevailing Wage ordinance be passed, approved and published in pamphlet form as provided by law. A copy of said ordinance is to be mailed to the Illinois Department of Labor and the Secretary of State. A certification page is to be signed by the Clerk and attested by the Mayor and mailed to the County Clerk for publication with the County.

Roll Call:

Ayes:     Alderman Francis, Mahin, Mason, Dodson, Miller, 5.

Nays:     None

Absent: None

Vacant: 1

Chairman declared motion carried.

 

 

R17-31 Alderman Francis moved, seconded by Alderman Mason to approve that the bills and advanced checks be allowed and warrants drawn for payment.

Roll Call:

Ayes:     Alderman Francis, Mahin, Mason, Dodson, Miller, 5.

Nays:     None

Absent: None

Vacant: 1

Chairman declared motion carried

 

R17-32 Alderman Francis motioned, seconded by Alderman Mason that Mike Kirby fill the vacant Alderman seat for Ward #1.

Roll Call:

Ayes:     Alderman Francis, Mahin, Mason, Dodson, Miller, 5.

Nays:     None

Absent: None

Vacant: 1

Chairman declared motion carried.

 

R17-33 Alderman Miller moved, seconded by Alderman Francis to approve a $2500.00 expenditure to cut down dead trees.

Roll Call:

Ayes:     Alderman Francis, Mahin, Mason, Dodson, Miller, 5.

Nays:     None

Absent: None

Vacant: 1

Chairman declared motion carried.

 

 

 

 

BIDS, PETITIONS, & COMMUNICATIONS

Alderman Miller reported that there were some dead trees that needed to be cut down, and that only dead trees would be cut down this year. The cost should be $2500.00 or less. The Council approved the expense.

 

There being no further business, Alderman Miller moved, seconded by Alderman Dodson to recess into executive session at 7:35 P.M. to discuss 5ILCS 120/2 (C ) (1) (2) Personnel and Collective Bargaining.

 

During Executive Session, Alderman Mason moved, seconded by Alderman Miller to recess to the regular meeting at 7:55 P.M.

Roll Call:

Ayes:   Alderman Francis, Mahin, Mason, Dodson, Miller, 5.

Nays:   None

Absent: None

Vacant: 1

Chairman declared motion carried.

 

There being no further business, Alderman Mason moved, seconded by Alderman Miller that the regular meeting adjourn at 7:57 P.M.

 

 

 

_____________________________________                           ___________________________________

Michele L. Whitehead, City Clerk                                                        Bruce Lowe, Mayor

 

 

 

May 22, 2017 min

Regular Meeting City Council

City Council Chambers

145 South Main Street

Mason City, Illinois

May 22, 2017 7:00 P.M.

 

 

 

Call to order by Acting Mayor Bruce Lowe.

 

Council members physically present: John Dodson, Jim Miller, Scott Francis, Gerald Mahin, and Dan Mason. Also present were Acting Mayor Bruce Lowe, Treasurer Michael R. Griffin, City Clerk Michele Whitehead, Superintendent Wayne Dixon. Guests present were Carson and Jim Harris, Larry Crossett, Karen Miller, Tina, Addie, Chelsea Lowe, Chad Williams, David Tomlin, and Ron Knollenberg.

 

The Chairman declared a quorum present.

 

First order of business was the swearing in of Bruce Lowe as Mayor.

 

Karen Miller addressed the Council regarding the Mason City Fall Festival. The festival will be help September 15th and 16th, 2017. Karen asked permission for street closures during the festival. Wednesday September 13th, 2017 South Tonica would be closed from the Mason City Medical Associates to the Assembly of God Church, and Elm Street from Tonica to the Ready Mix. On Thursday, September 14th, 2017 after the Mason City Medical Associates office closes, Elm would be closed from Tonica to Main. Thursday evening South Tonica would close from Elm to Chestnut. On Saturday morning September 16th, 2017 North Tonica would close from Chestnut to Pine Street. Saturday morning the parade would start at the school heading east on Pine and turning south on Morgan to the park. Permission was given for the street closures. R17-25.

 

Jim Harris addressed the Council about the Convoy for Kids Truck Show to be held Saturday, June 17th, 2017 at the Memorial Park. Mr. Harris asked for street closures around the Pavilion Park area, which would include parts of Veterans, Logan, Morgan and Jefferson. Permission was granted. R17-26.

 

Mr. Harris also added that there will be a professional fireworks show at this year’s Convoy for Kids truck show. The fireworks will actually be set up on county land, so permission was not needed from the Council.

 

David Tomlin addressed the Council with concerns regarding the condition of a few properties around town. The Council will look into these matters.

 

Chad Williams addressed the Council regarding a property at the corner of Chestnut & Menard that is not getting mowed. Alderman Francis will pass the complaint on to the Police department for follow up.

 

Minutes of the May 15th, 2017 Special Council Meeting and the May 15th,2017 Executive session meeting were approved.

 

City Clerk Michele Whitehead asked the Council for permission to attend a 2 day training class in Champaign, IL on June 22 and 23rd 2017 hosted by the Central Illinois Municipal Clerks Organization and for one nights lodging in Champaign. She also asked that the cost of the class and her one night lodging be paid by the City. Permission and expense was granted. R17-27.

 

Alderman Francis informed the Council that the deadline for receiving applications for Chief of Police has passed and that the Police Committee is ready to start interviewing candidates.

 

PASSAGE OF ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS

 

R17-25 Alderman Mason moved, seconded by Alderman Francis that the requested streets be closed according to the schedule given to the Council for the Mason City Fall Festival.

Roll Call:

Ayes:     Alderman Dodson, Miller, Francis, Mahin, and Mason, 5.

Nays:     None

Absent: None

Vacant: 1

Chairman declared motion carried.

 

R17-26 Alderman Miller, seconded by Alderman Mason that the requested streets of Veterans, Logan, Morgan, and Jefferson around the Pavilion Park be closed Saturday, June 17, 2017 for the Convoy for Kids truck show.

Roll Call:

Ayes:     Alderman Dodson, Miller, Francis, Mahin, and Mason, 5.

Nays:     None

Absent: None   

    Vacant: 1

Chairman declared motion carried.

 

R17-27 Alderman Miller, seconded by Alderman Mason that the cost for Michele Whitehead to attend the CIMCO training class ($75.00) and her lodging for one night ($89.00 + fees) be paid by the City of Mason City.

Roll Call:

Ayes:     Alderman Dodson, Miller, Francis, Mahin, and Mason, 5.

Nays:     None

Absent: None

Vacant: 1

Chairman declared motion carried.

 

There being no further business, Alderman Francis moved, seconded by Alderman Mason to recess into Executive Session at 7:17 P.M. to discuss 5ILCS 120/2 (C), (1), (6), Personnel and Property.

Roll Call:

Ayes:   Alderman Dodson, Miller, Francis, Mahin, and Mason, 5.

Nays:   None

Absent: None

Vacant: 1

Chairman declared motion carried.

 

During the Executive session, Alderman Francis moved, seconded by Alderman Mason to recess into the regular meeting at 7:33 P.M.

Roll Call:

Ayes:     Alderman Dodson, Miller, Francis, Mahin, and Mason, 5.

Nays:     None

Absent:   None

Vacant: 1

Chairman declared motion carried.

 

There being no further business, Alderman Francis moved, seconded by Alderman Mason that the regular meeting adjourn at 7:40 P.M.

 

 

 

 

____________________________________                                    ________________________________

Michele L. Whitehead, City Clerk                                                                     Bruce Lowe, Mayor

 

 

 

 

June 12, 2017 min

Regular Meeting City Council

City Council Chambers

Mason City, IL 62664

June 12th, 2017 7:00 P.M.

 

Call to order by Mayor Bruce Lowe.

 

Council members physically present were alderman Scott Francis, Gerald Mahin, Dan Mason, John Dodson, Jim Miller 5. Also present were Michael R. Griffin City Treasurer, Michele Whitehead City Clerk, Superintendent Wayne Dixon, Asst. Chief Billy Williams, Jicole Hickle, Curt Means, Wendy Martin, Larry Crossett and Scott Armstrong.

 

The Chairman declared a quorum present.

Minutes of the May 22, 2017 Police committee, May 22, 2017 Regular Council meeting, Executive Session minutes May 22, 2017, Police committee May 25, 2017 and May 30th Special Council meeting were approved.

 

The treasurer’s monthly report was read, approved, and ordered filed.

 

The following bills were reviewed for payment.

 

Jicole Hickle asked the council what she needed to do regarding a disagreement between her and another party regarding an old shed that is on her property and has been there for over 20 years. There is some disagreement about the shed and the property lines. The Council informed her that this was a civil matter.

 

Curt Means addressed the Council regarding a planting day for the new pollination habitat at the school.

Prairie flowers and grasses will be planted Wed, June 14, 2017. He invited the Council to attend.

 

Curt Means also address the Council about the demolition of the old O’Hagan building and 117-119 S. Main. He said there are still remnants of the old building attached to the building that used to house the Magic Mirror salon. Curt is interested in purchasing the old salon but would like to know if anymore clean up will be done to the outside of the building. The Council said that the job had been completed, but they would check into the matter.   Mr. Means also asked if that empty lot could be used for anything like a farmers market. The Council informed him that the lot is not owned by the City.

 

Non-union employee raises were tabled until the next regular scheduled meeting.

 

The Prevailing wage ordinance was passed for 2017.

 

Mike Kirby was unanimously voted in as Alderman for Ward #1, taking the seat vacated by Mayor Bruce Lowe.

 

                                     PASSAGE OF ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS

O17-02 Alderman Mason moved, seconded by Alderman Francis, that Ordinance 17-02, A Prevailing Wage ordinance be passed, approved and published in pamphlet form as provided by law. A copy of said ordinance is to be mailed to the Illinois Department of Labor and the Secretary of State. A certification page is to be signed by the Clerk and attested by the Mayor and mailed to the County Clerk for publication with the County.

Roll Call:

Ayes:     Alderman Francis, Mahin, Mason, Dodson, Miller, 5.

Nays:     None

Absent: None

Vacant: 1

Chairman declared motion carried.

 

 

R17-31 Alderman Francis moved, seconded by Alderman Mason to approve that the bills and advanced checks be allowed and warrants drawn for payment.

Roll Call:

Ayes:     Alderman Francis, Mahin, Mason, Dodson, Miller, 5.

Nays:     None

Absent: None

Vacant: 1

Chairman declared motion carried

 

R17-32 Alderman Francis motioned, seconded by Alderman Mason that Mike Kirby fill the vacant Alderman seat for Ward #1.

Roll Call:

Ayes:     Alderman Francis, Mahin, Mason, Dodson, Miller, 5.

Nays:     None

Absent: None

Vacant: 1

Chairman declared motion carried.

 

R17-33 Alderman Miller moved, seconded by Alderman Francis to approve a $2500.00 expenditure to cut down dead trees.

Roll Call:

Ayes:     Alderman Francis, Mahin, Mason, Dodson, Miller, 5.

Nays:     None

Absent: None

Vacant: 1

Chairman declared motion carried.

 

 

 

 

BIDS, PETITIONS, & COMMUNICATIONS

Alderman Miller reported that there were some dead trees that needed to be cut down, and that only dead trees would be cut down this year. The cost should be $2500.00 or less. The Council approved the expense.

 

There being no further business, Alderman Miller moved, seconded by Alderman Dodson to recess into executive session at 7:35 P.M. to discuss 5ILCS 120/2 (C ) (1) (2) Personnel and Collective Bargaining.

 

During Executive Session, Alderman Mason moved, seconded by Alderman Miller to recess to the regular meeting at 7:55 P.M.

Roll Call:

Ayes:   Alderman Francis, Mahin, Mason, Dodson, Miller, 5.

Nays:   None

Absent: None

Vacant: 1

Chairman declared motion carried.

 

There being no further business, Alderman Mason moved, seconded by Alderman Miller that the regular meeting adjourn at 7:57 P.M.

 

 

 

_____________________________________                           ___________________________________

Michele L. Whitehead, City Clerk                                                        Bruce Lowe, Mayor

 

 

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