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MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE

MAYOR AND THE COMMITTEE-OF-THE-WHOLE

OF THE CITY OF EAST MOLlNE, ILLINOIS

APRIL 5, 2004

 

 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 is on vacation

 

MetroLINK Development - Keehner

MetroLINK and the City entered into a partnership to develop a certain public surplus real estate located within the Great River Industrial Park (GRIP).  MetroLINK intends to develop a bus transfer station consisting of a permanent building equaling over 4,000 s.f. in size containing a high tech meeting room and having 6 bus bays and roadway improvements.  Cost of this development is expected to equal $1,000,000.

 

Rich Keehner introduced Jennifer Garrity and Dan Payne, Metrolink, and Bob Meyer, Raymond Professional Group, and Bob Baecke, Committee Trustee, to the council.   Mr. Payne and Mr. Meyer gave a brief presentation on the building and ground layout of the Metrolink Project and opened the floor to the council for questions and discussion.

 

No Parking Ordinance (11th Street) - Lauper

Request an ordinance for permanent "No Parking" for 11th Street Place, from 20th Avenue to 21st Avenue.

 

In order to use Motor Fuel Tax Funds to remove and replace the existing pavement, water main, storm sewer, and appurtenant construction for the above-mentioned location, the Illinois Department Of Transportation requires this ordinance.

 

A motion was made by Alderman Doose, seconded by Alderman Moreno, to approve the request for the ordinance and direct the City Attorney to draft a copy.   Upon voice vote all those in attendance voted in favor.  Motion carries.

 

Firefighter Physicals - DeFrance

Of the approximately 100 annual firefighter line of duty deaths, close to 50 are due to sudden cardiac death.   Sudden cardiac death has killed 256 firefighters between 1996-2001.

All firefighters should have annual physicals. The OSHA standards, as adopted by the Illinois Department of Labor, require the City (employer) ensure all firefighters are physically capable of performing duties, which may be assigned to them during emergencies.   The City must not permit firefighters with known heart disease, epilepsy, or emphysema to participate in such activities with out a physicians certificate stating the firefighter is fit to perform such activities as provided.

 

The Fire Department formed a committee and solicited proposals from Work Fitness Center, Illini and Trinity hospitals and North Greenville Fitness and Cardiac Rehabilitation Clinic.  The committee reviewed the proposals and unanimously agreed North Greenville Fitness provided a proposal that best matched our criteria and is the least expensive.           

 

Recommendation:

Authorize the Fire Chief to enter into an agreement with North Greenville Fitness to provide physicals for 35 personnel in May of 2004 for a cost not to exceed $15,000.

 

A motion was made by Alderman Puentes, seconded by Alderman Moreno, to approve entering into an agreement with North Greenville Fitness to provide physicals for the firefighters with a cost not to exceed $15,000.  Upon voice vote all those in attendance voted in favor.

 

Building Demolition (4113 3rd Street) - Motzer

The greenhouses are no longer used and are beginning to deteriorate due to vacancy.  The roof covering has deteriorated to a point that that it is falling in or blowing away and this has become a safety issue.  This department has been in contact with the owner for over a year without any positive response

 

Discussion was held on the collection process for the demolition expense and the recovery of those expenses from the property owners.

 

A motion was made by Alderman Doose, seconded by Alderman Kelley, to approved the building demolition at 4113 3rd Street and direct the City Attorney to draft the appropriate paperwork.   Upon voice vote all those in attendance voted in favor. 

 

Police Residency – Mayor Moreno

The current City code requires that Police Officers live in Illinois within a diameter of 15 miles from City Hall.  

 

All members of the police department, except the chief, after examination, shall be appointed by the board of fire and police commissioners, subject to a one year probationary period and promotions shall be made in the same manner, as provided by statute. Any person who is appointed as a member of the police department after adoption hereof shall establish residency within the state of Illinois, and within a fifteen (15) mile radius of City Hall, 915 16th Avenue, East Moline, Illinois, within a period of eighteen (18) months from and after the date of his/her commencement of employment with the city. (Ord. 67-41, 10-16-1967; amd. Ord. 00-40, 10-16-2000)

 

Recently there has been a request from Police Officers to amend the ordinance to allow residency within a 30-minute response time from City Hall, including Illinois and Iowa. 

 

Lengthy discussion was held regarding several aspects of this change and the pros and cons that it would entail.  

 

A motion was made by Alderman Moreno, seconded by Alderman Kelley to table this issue for two weeks and bring it back for discussion at the April 19 COW meeting.   Upon roll call the following voted in favor:  Puentes, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley and Teague. 

 

Meersman Water Hook Up - Hughes

Approximately three years ago the City agreed to install water in the Meersman Addition.  It was agreed the City would apply for a grant.  The City's offer was they would install a water main, and assessed the residents at actual cost not to exceed $5,0000.  The City has now received the information from Bi-State Regional Authority.  The City now knows who were eligible for the grant and who were not.  The City is assessing the residents who were not qualified for the grant as follows: 

            Water Main                  $3,064.25

            Lateral Install                  1,601.19

            Total Assessment          $4,665.44

We now need to adopt an ordinance setting the official assessment fee for this project.

 

A motion was made by Alderman Teague, seconded by Alderman Moreno, to direct the City Attorney to draft an Ordinance setting the assessment for the Meersman Water Hook Up in the amount of $4,665.44.   Upon voice vote all those in attendance voted in favor.

 

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Moreno, to adjourn the meeting.  Upon roll call the following voted in favor:  Puentes, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley and Teague.   Motion carried.    7:55 p.m.

 

 

 

Minutes taken and submitted by,

 

 

                                                                       

Kathryn VenHuizen, Deputy City Clerk

 

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