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City of Fairfield Council met February 25

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Mar 26, 2020

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City of Fairfield Council met Feb. 25.

Here is the minutes provided by the council:

Meeting called to order by City Clerk Tina Hutchcraft at 6:00 P.M.

Prayer led by Alderman Ralph Barbre followed by the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

City Clerk Tina Hutchcraft called the roll:

City Clerk: Tina Hutchcraft

City Treasurer: Julie Duncan

City Attorney: Darrin Rice

Aldermen: Ralph Barbre; Brett Coale; Jim Griffith; Tyler Lampley; Jerry Lisenbee; Terry Stahl; Gary Moore

Absent: Mayor Brent Maguire; Alderman Eugene McGill

Also Present: David Mills, Wayne County Press; Ken Otey, WFIW Radio; Andrew Miller, Fire Chief; Keith Colclasure, Police Chief; Silas Eckleberry, Assistant Police Chief; Josh Boyd, Water Filtration; Kevin Leonard; Water Distribution; Dian Downs; Terry Weedman; and other citizens from the community.

Due to the absence of Mayor Maguire, City Clerk Hutchcraft asked for nominations for Mayor Pro-tem to chair the meeting. Alderman Lisenbee nominated Gary Moore and Alderman Stahl seconded the nomination.

Vote yes: Coale; Griffith; Lampley; Lisenbee; Stahl; Barbre

Vote no: Moore

Absent: McGill

City Clerk Hutchcraft declared motion carried.

City Clerk Tina Hutchcraft explained that Alderman Moore still had the right to vote as an alderman even though he was serving as Mayor Pro-tem. Alderman Moore stated he would exercise that right.

The minutes of the meeting of February 11, 2020, agendas and bills of February 25, 2020 were sent out to those entitled to receive them. Mayor Pro-tem Moore asked for approval of the minutes for the February 11, 2020 meeting. Motion by Alderman Lampley, seconded by Alderman Griffith to approve the minutes of the meeting of February 11, 2020.

Vote yes: Griffith; Lampley; Lisenbee; Moore; Stahl; Barbre; Coale

Vote no: none

Absent: McGill

Mayor Pro-Tem Moore declared motion carried.

Mayor Pro-tem Moore asked for approval to pay the bills for the February 25, 2020 meeting. A motion was made by Alderman Barbre, seconded by Alderman Coale to approve the bills for payment.

Vote yes: Lampley; Lisenbee; Moore; Stahl; Barbre; Coale; Griffith

Vote no: none

Absent: McGill

Mayor Pro-tem Moore declared motion carried.

Discussion Concerning the Fairfield Economic Development Committee – The aldermen received in their packet a draft document regarding the creation of an Economic Development Committee. Also included was a draft application for members of the community who wish to be considered for appointment to the committee. The committee would consist of the Economic Development Director, a member of the Industrial Committee, and seven members from the community. Both the Economic Development Director and the member of the Industrial Committee would serve in an ex officio capacity. Alderman Lampley suggested that members should be residents of the city or own a business in the city. Alderman Coale stated he would like to get moving on this and add it to the agenda for consideration at the next meeting.

Discussion Concerning the Drug and Alcohol Policy – There were two policies included in the agenda packet concerning a drug and alcohol policy. One policy is for non-CDL and the other is for CDL. These policies have also been given to our labor attorney, Dennis Weedman, and to Jason Woolard, the IBEW representative. When the IBEW contract began May 1 it was agreed upon that all employees would agree to submit to random drug testing. This policy outlines how the city would go about conducting random drug testing for the city employees. The city currently does random drug testing only in the gas department. There were some questions regarding language dealing with zero tolerance and disciplinary action. Once the FOP contract is approved there will be a drug and alcohol policy created for the police department. Every employee deserves the right to work in a drug and alcohol free workplace.

Discussion Concerning Changes to the Rules & Regulations of the Board of Fire & Police Commissioners – Mayor Pro-tem Moore said we need to table this discussion to give the attorneys, Chief Colclasure and Terry Weedman time to work through some issues that have been brought up on this topic.

Miscellaneous – There is a Town Hall meeting scheduled Saturday, March 7th here at City

Hall from 1-3 p.m. This is a follow-up from the recent mapping program that was held in the fall. There will be a short presentation at the beginning from representatives of the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs to talk about the mapping program process and some of the goals that have been established as a result of the previous mapping sessions. There will booths set up from different groups that have been formed to showcase what those groups are doing and projects they are working on. This will be an opportunity for the public to find out how they can get involved to help in moving Fairfield forward. This is a come and go event and Save-a-Lot will be cooking porkburgers.

Miscellaneous – This is the last week that Republic will be picking up the trash. Sunrise Sanitation will begin trash pickup next week. Sunrise will no longer be picking up trash in the alleys.

Executive Session – Alderman Stahl made a motion, seconded by Alderman Griffith to go into Executive Session to discuss Section 2(c)(21) – discuss minutes of closed session meetings and Section 2(c)(1) – the appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance, or dismissal of specific employees of the public body.

Vote yes: Lisenbee; Moore; Stahl; Barbre; Coale; Griffith; Lampley

Vote no: none

Absent: McGill

Mayor Pro-tem Moore declared motion carried.

Return to Regular Session – Alderman Barbre made a motion, seconded by Alderman Coale to return to regular session.

Vote yes: Barbre; Coale; Griffith; Lampley; Lisenbee; Stahl; Moore

Vote no: none

Absent: McGill

Mayor Pro-tem Moore declared motion carried and Council returned to regular session at 7:34 p.m.

Adjourn Meeting – Motion by Alderman Barbre, seconded by Alderman Lampley to adjourn the meeting.

Vote yes: 7

Vote no: 0

Absent: 1

Mayor Pro-tem Moore declared meeting adjourned at 7:38 p.m.

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