Harrisburg City Council met June 21.
Mayor John McPeek presided over the meeting with Commissioners Natalie Miller, Beth Montfort, Richard Harper and Mike Weirauch answering roll call.
Pastor Bobby Gentry from the River of Life Pentecostal Church led the group in prayer and the Pledge of
Commissioner Harper made a motion to approve the following items under the Consent Agenda:
1. Minutes of the Regular Meeting of June 7, 2018.
2. Accept Saline County Circuit Clerk court fees in the amount of $2,653.91.
3. Bill from Brown & Roberts for mitigation application for the detention basin in the amount of $1,925.63. Approved 6/7/17 for IDNR. Approve now instead for City’s portion of IEMA grant.
4. Bill from O’Daniel Trucking for patch in the amount of $1,701.14 to be taken out of MFT.
5. Harrisburg Lake:
Request to Relinquish:
Steve Reed - Second Addition, Block 1, Lot 7
Tracy Campbell - Fourth Addition, Lot 9
Donald Kragness - First Addition, Block 1, Lot 19
Petition to Lease:
Douglas Hale - Second Addition, Block 1, Lot 7
Marshall Lane - Second Addition, Block 1, Lot 8
Commissioner Miller seconded. By roll call vote, all voted yes. Motion carried.
Mayor McPeek stated Council approved at the last meeting to abate the $100.00 annual mobile home and Attorney Bittle had drawn up the necessary Ordinance to change the Code Book. Commissioner Harper moved to pass Ordinance 1756 an Ordinance Amending Chapter 4 of the Harrisburg Municipal Code (Building and Building Regulations). Commissioner Miller seconded. By roll call vote, all voted yes. Motion carried.
Mayor McPeek stated Council had approved advertising and accepting bids for the 1975 LaFrance firetruck and three former Police vehicles. Commissioner Harper moved to pass Ordinance 1757 an Ordinance Authorizing the Sale of Certain Surplus Personal Property Owned by the City of Harrisburg. Commissioner Miller seconded. By roll call vote, all voted yes. Motion carried.
Mayor McPeek opened the only bid for the firetruck. Arthur Williams from Bloomington, Illinois submitted a bid of $2,800.00 for the 1975 American LaFrance Pumper Firetruck. Commissioner Weirauch moved to accept $2,800.00 bid. Commissioner Miller seconded. By roll call vote, all voted yes. Motion carried.
Mayor McPeek opened a bid from Robbie Dorries for $200.00 for the 1997 Ford Crown Vic, $200.00 for the 1997 Ford Crown Vic and $250.00 for the 1998 Ford Crown Vic. Commissioner Weirauch moved to accept the bids. Commissioner Miller seconded. By roll call vote, all voted yes. Motion carried.
Commissioner Miller stated she had looked over the 318 proposal, thought it was fair for the City and moved to accept it. Mayor McPeek stated he had that subject for Executive Session and wanted to discuss it then. Motion died for lack of second.
Commissioner Miller stated there would be fireworks on July 4 at the Fairgrounds. The gates will open at 8:00 pm and the fireworks will begin at dusk, around 9:00 pm. She thanked all who contributed to the event.
Commissioner Montfort stated the Police should all be trained by fall on school shootings.
Commissioner Montfort stated the Firemen were continuing training and working on the ISO rating.
Commissioner Montfort gave the gaming numbers for the month of May.
Commissioner Weirauch stated there were two Harrisburg Lake lot leases that were on the Agenda to be revoked. He stated the First Addition, Block 1, Lot 2 leaseholder had now made payment so he would not be revoking that lease. However, the other listed lot still had not provided the required proof of insurance. He moved to revoke the Southeast Addition, Lot 2 lease for non-compliance with the insurance requirement.
Commissioner Harper seconded. By roll call vote, all voted yes. Motion carried.
Commissioner Weirauch reported that two houses that were on the Dangerous Buildings list had been torn down this week. He noted that it was because of the new track hoe which allowed the City to do the demolition quicker. He stated there was a list of houses that are ready for demolition and gave those addresses.
Mayor McPeek stated that once again he was asking the public to stop littering. He stated the don’t litter signs are being posted throughout the City. Commissioner Montfort added the lawn clippings being swept into the streets can cause clogs in the sewer system and asked citizens to please stop sweeping them into the streets.
Mayor McPeek asked that property owners please clean up and maintain their properties to keep them presentable.
Citizen April Scales addressed Council regarding amending Chapter 20 for Taxicabs that was passed in 1957. She stated that everyone had made bad choices in their past. She stated a person’s past does not dictate their future. She was asking the Council to review the convicted felon provision and consider the length of time and type of offense and then to consider amendments.
Jim Brown of Brown & Roberts updated Council on the pending IEPA application for waterlines. He stated it had gotten through environmental clearance. He wanted Council to be aware of the categorical exclusion notice that will be published in the newspaper. He stated the next step would be for them to make the City a grant/loan offer.
Mayor McPeek stated the stoplight on the Rt. 13 Bypass would be in operation the week after the Fourth of July
Commissioner Harper moved to adjourn to Executive Session to discuss Collective Bargaining. Commissioner Weirauch seconded. By roll call vote, Commissioners Montfort, Harper and Weirauch and Mayor McPeek voted yes. Commissioner Miller voted no. Motion carried. Motion carried.
Adjourned: 6:17 pm
Reconvened: 7:22 pm
Mayor John McPeek presided over the reconvened meeting with Commissioners Natalie Miller, Beth
Montfort, Richard Harper and Mike Weirauch answering roll call.
Commissioner Montfort moved to pay the difference as shown on Exhibit A (attached) contingent up the Firemen accepting those figures to settle the grievance. Commissioner Weirauch seconded. By roll call vote, Commissioners Miller, Montfort and Weirauch and Mayor McPeek voted yes. Commissioner Harper voted no. Motion carried.
Commissioner Miller moved to approve Local 318 proposal #3 of 6-18-18. Commissioner Weirauch seconded. By roll call vote, all voted yes. Motion carried.
Mayor McPeek moved the meeting be adjourned. Commissioner Weirauch seconded. By roll call vote, all voted yes. Motion carried.
Adjourned: 7:24 pm.