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City Council Minutes

August 9, 2016

AUGUST 9, 2016


Mayor Chris Keeney called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm and declared a quorum was present with his vote.

Present were Aldermen Dan Cross, Bob Fant and Melissa Posinski. Also present were Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen, City Attorney Danny Wright, Police Chief Vernon Sisemore, Fire Chief Matt Mills, Public Works Director Jerry Morrow and Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson. Aldermen Richard McMullen, Bill Burnett and Hunter Haynes were not present.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the July 12, 2016 council meeting. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was seconded by Melissa Posinski. All approved including Mayor Keeney.

Department Head Reports:

Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated that 25 new cases were opened, 23 of which were closed. Chief Sisemore stated the department is at full staff; 1 new officer has completed field training and 2 more will be done in 30 days.

Fire Chief Matt Mills stated there were 38 calls for service; 220 year to date as compared to 156 this time last year. Mills stated there have been some maintenance issues with the trucks, the newest one is 20 years old. Mills stated it is time to start looking at replacing the apparatus pumper which could run from $175,000 used to $600,000 new. Mills stated they have applied for grants to purchase new equipment.

Public Works Director Jerry Morrow said the department has been cleaning out the shop, planting on the hill and mowing. Morrow stated he is working on Fall Clean-Up and ADEQ permits to clear Ball Street bridge. Morrow stated he has had an employee give notice and he will be looking for more help.

Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated there was 1 new building permit issued and 2 final inspections. Wilson stated he had numerous meetings with EDA, City Attorney Danny Wright and the Mayor, and attended TPR and Planning Commission. Planning Commission Chairman Dan Cross stated they are happy with the new Commissioner and are glad to have a full Commission again.

Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated State Turnback has been received, but Property Taxes and Sales Taxes have not. Allen stated $43,816.03 in SITT money from the state was deposited to and held in the City's LOPFl account; these funds should cover 4-5 months of the City contribution of 23% of our officers' salaries paid each month. Allen stated the final filing date for the November 2016 General election is noon on Friday, August 19, 2016.

City Attorney Danny Wright stated he worked on the sign ordinance including a meeting with an I-49 property owner, worked on the PUD ordinance that will be presented shortly, worked on the cleanup ordinance to go to the Planning Commission and researched the coming changes with the Department of Finance and how the Judges will be paid.

Mayor Keeney stated Fayetteville is giving the City the light at Wilkerson and Joyce and Signal Tech is working on the cost for creating pedestrian crosswalks at this intersection and the intersection at Wilkerson and Main.

Mayor Keeney stated the topographical study at the trailhead site should be completed by next week and bid packets to complete the project can then be created.

Mayor Keeney stated the Illinois’ Watershed-is concerned about stream bank erosion and flow; Sandy Formica should be at next month's meeting to address this.

Unfinished Business:


New Business:

Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE 2016-17: AN ORDINANCE TO ADOPT THE REVISED TEXT OF THE JOHNSON SQUARE PUD ZONING STANDARDS. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read ORDINANCE 2016-17 by title only, waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Melissa Posinski and seconded by Bob Fant. Roll calf: Dan Cross,yes., Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Posinski-, yes; Mayor Keeney, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance by title only. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve this reading of ORDINANCE 2016-17, waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Posinski, yes; Mayor Keeney, yes. ORDINANCE 2016-17 was approved.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to pay the bills from the General Fund, Street Fund, Act 988 Fund and Court Automation Fund that the council had reviewed. Bob Fant made a motion to pay the bills and Melissa Posinski seconded. All approved including Mayor Keeney.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Melissa Posinski and seconded by Bob Fant. All approved including Mayor Keeney. The meeting was adjourned at 6:30 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,