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MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE

MAYOR AND THE COMMITTEE-OF-THE-WHOLE

OF THE CITY OF EAST MOLINE, ILLINOIS

JANUARY 17, 2006

 

 

ROLL CALL

Mayor Thodos called the meeting to order and directed City Clerk Arletta D. Holmes to call the roll.  The following Aldermen were present:  Heiland, Puentes, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, and Westbrook.  Absent:  Alderman Kelley.  7:10p.m.

 

NO PARKING ORDINANCE  (Mr. Willemarck)

On October 17, 2005 the City Council approved "No Parking" on the south side of 16th Avenue just east of the Library so we could place mail boxes in an area wide enough for handicap pedestrians.  Since that time, Cynthia Coe from the Library has requested to extend the No Parking to include the area in front of the Library.  There have been Auto accidents and the Library Drop-off Box on 16th Avenue has been hit three (3) times this year because drivers are trying to weave in and out of the No Parking places.  The Library has plenty of parking places in the parking lot.

 

Cynthia Coe was present at the meeting and addressed the Committee with the problems with the current location of the drop off box.  Cynthia also informed the Committee that the Library just had land donated to them from Geifman's so that they will have even more parking available in the near future. 

 

Attorney Phares reported that the deed for the property had been received and recorded.

 

Recommendation:  Extend the "No Parking Places" to include the area in front of the Library.  Budget Impact:  One sign and pole.

 

A motion was made by Alderman Moreno, seconded by Alderman Doose, to concur with the recommendation.  Upon roll call the following voted in favor:  Puentes, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Westbrook, and Heiland.  Motion carried.

 

SWIMMING POOL INSURANCE  (Mr. Hughes)

The Swimming Pool board has always purchased workmen's compensation insurance for about $3,000 annually.  During the last year the swimming pool was reclassified into a higher risk group.  Their annual payment increased to over $6,000 annually.  There have been no claims since the pool opened.  Dr. Jay Morrow, Assistant Superintendent, has asked the City if we would cover the pool under our policy.  We have no policy we are self-insured.  There is not a lot of risk there as far as payroll and employees.  They have a full time manager and several part-time lifeguards.  Mr. Hughes expressed uncertainty of what the City liabilities would be in the event of an incident. The other questions were:

1.                  Do we cover the swimming pool for workmen compensation claims?

2.                  If we do, do we charge the pool board for the cost they were paying?

3.                  Do we purchase insurance for the $6,000 premium, which would increase our allotment to the pool by at least $1,500?

 

RECOMMENDATION:  None.  BUDGET IMPACT:  Unknown if we cover the pool.  $1500 if we purchase the policy.

 

Discussion was held and concerns were expressed over the liability the City would be taking on by being self- insured and having the pool be listed with the City.  After much discussion Mr. Phares informed the Committee that the City could only insure City employees and therefore the City would be better off abiding by the current agreement and paying half of the higher premium. 

 

After additional discussion a motion was made by Alderman Puentes, seconded by Alderman Moreno, to deny the request to include the Swimming pool under the City's Workers Compensation Insurance and to continue with the current agreement and pay for ½ of the insurance premiums.  Upon roll call the following voted in favor:  Puentes, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Westbrook and Heiland.  Motion carried.

 

CLOSED SESSION ITEMS

A motion was made by Alderman Moreno, seconded by Alderman Meredith, to move the two closed session items (Pending Litigation: Midwest Graphics Vs. The City of East Moline, 05L 145) and Proposed Sale of Real Estate; and Sean Genung Worker's Compensation Claim) to the City Council Agenda Closed Door Session.  Upon roll call the following voted in favor:  Puentes, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Westbrook and Heiland.

 

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Alderman Meredith, seconded by Alderman Westbrook, to adjourn the Committee-of-the-Whole meeting.  Upon roll call the following voted in favor:  Puentes, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Westbrook and Heiland.  Motion carried.  7:30 p.m.

 

 

Minutes taken and submitted by:

 

                                                           

Arletta D. Holmes, City Clerk

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