Minutes: April 24, 2107

Regular Meeting City Council
City Council Chambers
145 South Main Street
Mason City, Illinois
April 24, 2017 7:00 PM

Call to order by Mayor Charles “Pete” Bowers.

Council members physically present: Bruce Lowe, David Tomlin, Jeff Curry, Scott Francis, Gerald Mahin, and Dan Mason arriving at 7:55, 6. Also present were Mayor Charles “Pete” Bowers, City Treasurer Michael R. Griffin, City Clerk Karla S. Daubs, Superintendent of Public Works Wayne Dixon, Chief of Police Jack Fischer, Police Officer Brenden Williams, City Attorney Denise Barr arriving at 7:20, Michele Whitehead, John Dodson, Jim Miller, Chad Williams, Toby Skaggs, Ron Knollenberg, Wendy Martin, and Larry Crossett.

The Chairman declared a quorum present.

Minutes of the April 10, 2017 regular scheduled council meeting, the April 10, 2017 executive session
meeting, the April 12, 2017 water, sewer, lights committee meeting, and the April 17, 2017 police
committee meeting were approved.
PASSAGE OF ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS
R17-17 Alderman Lowe moved, seconded by Alderman Francis that the following was unanimously approved by roll call vote: Class A Liquor License issued to:
Elizabeth A. Smith DBA Smokeys Bar and Grill
150 North Tonica Street,
Rick and Donette Martin DBA Down the Street
122 North Tonica Street,
The Snyder’s Hideout, Inc. DBA The Hideout
141 East Chestnut Street,
John H. & Mardell A. Giesler DBA COACH’S
118 South Tonica Street,
Los Portales Bar & Grill Limited
124 East Chestnut Street,
Funny Money Inc. DBA Mason City Limits
114 East Chestnut Street,
Spring Hill Entertainment
152 W. Chestnut Unit A,
Mason City, Illinois, be and the same are hereby approved for the fiscal (municipal) year beginning May 1, 2017 and ending April 30, 2018.
Class B Liquor Licenses issued to:
Spring Hill Petroleum, Inc.
152 West Chestnut Street,
Casey’s General Store, Inc. #1713
224 East Chestnut Street,
Mason City IGA Inc.
201 West Elm Street,
Mason City, Illinois, be and the same are hereby approved for the fiscal (municipal) year beginning May 1, 2017 and ending April 30, 2018.
Table Game, Wall Game, Pool Table License issued to:
Elizabeth A. Smith DBA Smokeys Bar and Grill
150 North Tonica Street,
Rick and Donette Martin DBA Down the Street
122 North Tonica Street,
The Snyder’s Hideout, Inc. DBA The Hideout
141 East Chestnut Street,
John H. & Mardell A. Giesler DBA COACH’S
118 South Tonica Street,
Spring Hill Entertainment
152 W. Chestnut Unit A,
Mason City, Illinois, be and the same are hereby approved for the fiscal (municipal) year beginning May 1, 2017 and ending April 30, 2018.

R17-18 Alderman Mahin moved, seconded by Alderman Lowe that River City Demolition be paid the remainder on their contract’s $19,900 with no additional fees to be paid at this time pending investigation into the additional handleing fees.
Roll Call:
Ayes: Aldermen Lowe, Tomlin, Curry, Francis, and Mahin, 5.
Nays: None.
Absent: Alderman Mason, 1.
Chairman declared motion carried.

R17-19 Alderman Lowe moved, seconded by Alderman Curry to pay Petersburg Plumbing and Excavating $3,375 to move and repair a pressure gauge at the treatment plant and $7,922 to repair or replace a manhole drain.
Roll Call:
Ayes: Aldermen Lowe, Tomlin, Curry, Francis, and Mahin, 5.
Nays: None.
Absent: Alderman Mason, 1.
Chairman declared motion carried.

R17-20 Alderman Lowe moved, seconded by Alderman Curry to pay CMT, Crawford, Murphy, and Tilly, $43,215 for engineering services to replace the existing Hillcrest pump station with a new G-R auto start suction lift pump station, to prepare documents for televising and cleaning the sewer system, and provide basic services for the construction of the CSO, combined sewer overflow, improvements at the sewage treatment plant.
Roll Call:
Ayes: Aldermen Lowe, Tomlin, Curry, Francis, and Mahin, 5.
Nays: None.
Absent: Alderman Mason, 1.
Chairman declared motion carried.

R17-21 Alderman Lowe moved, seconded by Alderman Curry to approve payment of $22,700 for National Power Rodding to read the data that was previously filmed and make their recommendations for a maintenance program to clean out the sewer system.
Roll Call:
Ayes: Aldermen Lowe, Tomlin, Curry, Francis, and Mahin, 5.
Nays: None.
Absent: Alderman Mason, 1.
Chairman declared motion carried.

R17-22 Alderman Lowe moved, seconded by Alderman Francis to approve using the remaining Motor Fuel Tax money allocated for the 2017 street maintenance program to resurface the city hall parking lot.
Roll Call:
Ayes: Aldermen Lowe, Tomlin, Curry, Francis, and Mahin, 5.
Nays: None.
Absent: Alderman Mason, 1.
Chairman declared motion carried.

BIDS, PETITIONS & COMMUNICATIONS
No citizens addressed the council.

Under City Hall concerns Clerk Daubs stated that she has completed training in the office and provided a training outline for review.

Mayor Bowers asked that the future council consider a sales tax increase due to businesses being lost causing a decrease to the general fund.

Superintendent Dixon stated that the 2017 street maintenance program has allowed additional money and asked permission to resurface the city hall parking lot. This was approved per resolution R17-22.

Under police concerns: committee report

Under water department concerns: committee report
COMMITTEE REPORTS
Alderman Francis reported that the police committee met on April 17, 2017 to discuss:
• Filling the Chief of Police position due to Chief Fischer’s retirement
o Residency requirement
• Appropriating funds for a squad car

Alderman Lowe reported that the water, sewer, lights committee met April 12, 2017 to discuss:
• CSO Improvements: waiting on funding before proceeding
• Hillcrest pump station: almost complete
• Elevated storage tank: anticipated construction 2018-2019
• Repair of a pressure gauge leak at the treatment plant by moving to a depth more manageable
o Approval to repair: approved per resolution R17-19
• Repair or replace a manhole drain
o Approval to repair or replace: approved per resolution R17-19
STATEMENTS BY COUNCIL OF GENERAL CONCERN
Alderman Mahin stated that he has concerns about the River City Demolition statement. He is researching the reason for the additional fees due to extra handleing. He made the motion to pay only the $19 900 at this time, R17-18.

Alderman Lowe suggested that the council approve paying the CMT bill that was held from being paid at the last council meeting. This was approved per resolution R17-20.

Alderman Lowe recommended that the city hire National Power Rodding to create a report from their previous filming for a sewer maintenance schedule to be developed. A report was provided by CMT and viewed by the council. This was approved per resolution R17-21.

There being no further business, Alderman Lowe moved, seconded by Alderman Curry, to recess into
Executive Session at 7:20 P.M. to discuss 5 ILCS 120/2 (c) (1) and (6), Personnel and Property.
Roll Call:
Ayes: Alderman Lowe, Tomlin, Curry, Francis, and Mahin, 5.
Nays: None.
Absent: Alderman Mason, 1.
Chairman declared motion carried.

During the Executive Session, Alderman Lowe moved, seconded by Alderman Curry to recess to
the regular meeting at 7:40 P.M.
Roll Call:
Ayes: Alderman Lowe, Tomlin, Curry, Francis, and Mahin, 5.
Nays: None.
Absent: Alderman Mason, 1.
Chairman declared motion carried.

The regular scheduled council meeting resumed at 7:42.

Attorney Denise Barr took the floor to discuss concerns about Police Officer Russell Willis taking the office of Mayor. He won the position in the April 4, 2017 election but has since voiced concerns about being able to hold the office and retain his job as police officer. Attorney Barr referenced Municipal Code 1-2-40. She presented different scenarios of what could happen. Aldermen Lowe and Francis expressed interest in being the “acting mayor” if needed.

Mayor Bowers mentioned problems that have been brought to his attention between bar owners and the police department. He stressed that we need to support our police department.

Attorney Barr said she has heard nothing from the O’Hagans’. To put a lien on their properties to recoup money from the demolition she will need a dollar amount. Alderman Lowe added that there is at least $49,800 plus fees that the City has invested. Alderman Mahin said he will talk with the demolition company for a final cost.

An invitation was extended to attend a retirement party being held on Friday, May 5, 2017 in City Hall for Jack Fischer and Karla Daubs.

There being no further business, Alderman Lowe moved, seconded by Alderman Francis that the regular
meeting adjourn at 8:12 PM.

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Karla S. Daubs, RMC, City Clerk Charles “Pete” Bowers, Mayor