MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND THE
OF THE CITY OF EAST MOLlNE ILLINOIS
FEBRUARY 7, 2005 ROLL CALL Mayor Moreno called the meeting to order and directed Deputy City Clerk Kathryn VenHuizen, to call the roll. The following Aldermen were present: Luis Puentes, Luis Moreno, Carol Doose, Rick Meredith, Gary Kelley, and Crotis Teague. Alderman Heiland was ill. 7:35p.m.
PROJECT NOW GRANT - Verdick Project NOW hasoffered to work with the City to obtain and administer a DECO MARS (Mobility and Accessibility Rehabilitation Services) Grant of up to $100,000. This grant would provide funding for East Moline residents who have a disability that presents mobility impairment. Anne Corbi, the Community Development Director from Project Now, was at the meeting and gave the Committee information on the program and eligibility.
RECOMMENDATION: Approve the request to have Project NOW apply for and administer the MARS grant. After discussion a motion was made by Alderman Teague, seconded by Alderman Moreno, to approve working with Project Now and apply for the MARS grant. Upon voice vote all those in attendance voted in favor.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY PERMIT - VanRaes Habitat for Humanity Quad Cities is proposing to build a new home at 738 22nd Street. In the past the City has waived the building permit fees for projects that benefit low-income homeowners. This project is scheduled to begin in mid to late March and is intended to be an "All Women" construction crew.
RECOMMENDATION: Waive all permit fees (Building, Plumbing, Electrical, HVAC, Water/Sewer Connections, etc.) for this project. A motion was made by Alderman Teague, seconded by Alderman Kelley, to approve waiving the permit fees for the Habitat for Humanity project at 738 22nd Street. Upon voice vote all those in attendance voted in favor.
SALE / LEASE OF OLD CITY GARAGE - Verdick A Request For Proposals (RFP) concerning the lease or purchase of the former City Maintenance garage was sent to seven (7) interested parties on January 6th. Two proposals were submitted by the January 29th deadline. They are as follows: q An offer to purchase the property for $35,000 from Dave Theis for the purpose of operating his garbage dumpster service. q An offer by Jeff Guthrie of Midwest Graphics Management (MGM) to lease the property during an extensive rehabilitation of the buildings for the purpose of creating an International Market and Cultural Center. Information about both proposals is attached, and further information will be provided at the C.O.W. meeting. The environmental review needs to be done on the site but the building would be sold as is. Mr. Theis addressed the Committee and told him his use for the building would be cold storage and recycling of aluminum, wood and white goods. Mr. Theis would bring the building up to code. Mr. Guthrie presented the Committee with an outline of his proposed project including façade work and his outline for future plans and events. Mr. Guthrie gave a very detailed outline of his future plans and development. Discussion was held regarding the two proposals. Discussion was held regarding Mr. Guthrie's project being better suited for 15th Avenue since the old city garage is blocks away. Mr. Guthrie informed the committee that the old city garage was the perfect location because of the footprint of the building and the parking difficulties.
RECOMMENDATION: The proposal by Jeff Guthrie appears to be in the best interest of the City. It improves the aesthetics and value of the building, creates a tourism attraction that will benefit the downtown area, and increases sales tax. A proposal was made by Alderman Moreno, seconded by Alderman Doose, to direct the City Attorney and Staff to work with Mr. Guthrie regarding his proposal for the City Garage and for Staff to work with Mr. Theis to find another location. Upon voice vote the following voted in favor: Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley and Teague. Against: Alderman Puentes. Motion carries 5-1
VEHICLE REPLACEMENT - Verdick Recently another driver drove into the city owned car driven by Brad Saunders, our Building Inspector. The car was severely damaged and may be considered as totaled. The other driver's insurance company has accepted liability for the damage and they are currently deciding if they will pay enough for repairs or if the value of the repairs is more than the value of the car.
RECOMMENDATION: The car has been totaled and we will be receiving $7,012.81 from the Insurance. Use up to a maximum of $10,000 from the Insurance Reserve fund along with the Insurance check to purchase a used vehicle. I would get at least 2 quotes, but because it will be a used vehicle I need permission to purchase it prior to getting approval at a City Council meeting. A motion was made by Alderman Meredith, seconded by Alderman Moreno, to allow the City Administrator to proceed with the purchase of a used vehicle. Upon voice vote all those in attendance voted in favor.
ADJOURNMENT A motion was made by Alderman Puentes, seconded by Alderman Kelley, to adjourn the meeting. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Puentes, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, and Teague. Motion carried. 8:20 p.m.
Minutes taken and submitted by,
Kathryn VenHuizen, Deputy Clerk
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