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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 19, 2004

 

 

ROLL CALL

Mayor Moreno called the meeting to order and directed City Clerk Arletta D. Holmes, to call the roll.  The following Aldermen were present:  Helen Heiland, Luis Puentes, Luis Moreno, Carol Doose, Rick Meredith, Gary Kelley and Crotis Teague.  7:50p.m. 

 

Police Residency (Mayor Moreno)

This item was tabled from the last meeting (4/5/04) and is being brought back tonight for further discussion.  The current City Code requires that Police Officers live in Illinois within a diameter of 15 miles from City Hall.  

 

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, to amend the Ordinance to allow residency within a 30-minute response time from City Hall.  Failed due to lack of a 2nd on the motion.

 

Office Kevin Johnson addressed the City Council, stating that he was disappointed with the Council's decision.

 

Vicious Dog Ordinance (Chief Freeman)

With all of the attention to vicious animal attacks in the area the Police Department looked at our current Ordinance.  A couple of small changes are needed to fine-tune our ordinance.  An addition to Section 6-4-2 (a) expands the locations where a dog can be deemed "dangerous", and a deletion later in the same section deletes a possible loophole where an animal that attacks a child who wanders into a neighbors yard could not be declared vicious.  A deletion and addition are necessary in Section 6-5-10 to bring it in line with other area cities.  It mandates that if you bury your decreased animal on your property that it shall be buried at least 3 feet deep to prevent other animals from digging it up.

 

Recent changes in the Illinois Statutes require that dangerous or vicious dogs be injected with a computer microchip that provides this information.  A paragraph could be added to our ordinance that requires the same action in our cases.

 

Recommendation:  Accept the changes and refer to the City Attorney.  Budget Impact:  None

 

A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Moreno, to concur with the recommendation as presented.  Upon voice vote all those present voted in favor.  Motion carried.

 

Class H Liquor License  (Mayor Moreno)

Currently if a Not For Profit group such as the AMVETS wants to have an event to sell liquor they usually need to obtain a one-day liquor license.  The fee for this has been waived, however it takes staff time to review the request and is an inconvenience for the applicants.  Attached is a draft ordinance that would create a new Class H Liquor License that would allow a Not For Profit Organization to sell liquor from 12-48 times per year for an annual fee of $250.00.

 

Recommendation:  Approve the new Class H License.  Budget Impact:  $250.00 new revenue from each organization that applies.

 

Mike Malmstrom Commander of the AMVETS, addressed the City Council and expressed his sincere

thanks to them for waiving the fee for their Non Profit Activities.

 

A motion was made by Alderman Moreno, seconded by Alderman Kelley, to adopt the new Class H liquor License as presented.  Upon voice vote all those in attendance voted in favor.  Motion carried. 

 

Ethics Ordinance  (Steve Verdick)

December 9, 2003 the Illinois General Assembly passed ethics reform legislation, the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act intended to ensure that public officers and employees adhere to the highest ethical standards.  All units of local government and school districts are required to adopt regulations governing political activities and the solicitation and acceptance of gifts to public officers and employees. 

 

Recommendation:  Recommend adoption of the ethics ordinance as attached. 

Budget Impact:  None

 

A motion was made by Alderman Moreno, seconded by Alderman Meredith, to adopt the Ethics Ordinance as presented.  Upon voice vote 6 of those in attendance voted in favor, 1 opposed.  Motion carried.  6-1.

 

Surplus Vehicle Sale  (Chief Freeman)

The Police Department seized a vehicle under the State Drug Seizure statutes in October of 2002.  The vehicle has been utilized by the Police Department for surveillance and other drug enforcement uses since the seizure.  The department would now like to sell the vehicle by sealed bid.  The proceeds would be turned over to the Police Department and put in the drug seizure fund.  The vehicle is a 1995 Hyundai Accent VIN KMHUD14N5SU085723.

 

Recommendation:  Have the City Attorney draft a Resolution authorizating the sale of the vehicle to the highest bidder by sealed bid.  

 

Budget Impact:  The vehicle has a book price of approximately $1,000.  The sale is undetermined at this time.

 

A motion was made by Alderman Heiland, seconded by Alderman Kelley, to concur with the recommendation as presented.  Upon voice vote all those in attendance voted in favor.  Motion carried.

 

Clean Up of Animal Waste  (Mayor Moreno)

There have been several complaints about people walking their dogs and not cleaning up their waste in other people's yards or on City property.  To help inform residents about this problem Meyer Landscape & Design has donated small signs that can be installed to remind people that failure to clean up after their pets can result in a $75.00 fine. 

 

Recommendation:  Information only.  Budget Impact:  None

No action required.

 

Kennedy Square Redevelopment Agreement  (Keehner)

City staff and representatives of Kennedy Square Properties, Inc. have negotiated a Redevelopment Agreement concerning the development of the Kennedy Square Shopping Center regarding certain on-site improvements including the construction of a new Jewel Food Store and certain other amenities.

 

Recommendation:  Approve the negotiated Redevelopment Agreement and forward the Agreement to the full City Council for consideration.  Budget Impact:  None

 

Mr. Keehner:  The Project to be accomplished on the Subject Property is comprised of the following ("Project Elements"):

 

A.     A Jewel/Osco grocery store not less than 53,00 square feet;

B.     A convenience store and fuel center;

C.     Demolition of the existing Skateland facility and restoration of that site for redevelopment;

D.    Site work in preparation for the construction of the Jewel Store and Fuel Center and generally around the center;

E.     Installation of 1st Street running north and south from the Avenue of the Cities to 41st Avenue (1st Street); and,

F.      The intersection improvements including a traffic control signal at 1st Street and Avenue of the Cities. 

 

The City has already sold and issued General Obligation Alternate Bonds in the amount of  $2.845,000,

In order to induce the Developer to undertake the redevelopment and marketing of the center, the Corporate Authority have deemed it's in the best interest of the City and the health, safety, morals, and welfare of the residents of the City to reimburse the Developer for all eligible Redevelopment Project Cost as follows:

 

1.      Cost relating to land assembly including the acquisition of land, and other real or personal property but excluding the acquisition of land already owned by Developer or any person or entity affiliated with Developer; demolition of building, and clearing and grading land, including but not limited to the demolition of the existing Skateland building; architectural and engineering fees; and the cost of project and traffic signage; with the total not to exceed $1,500,000.

2.      Acquisition of land for Right of Way as required for construction of 1st Street, but not to exceed $300,000. (Will be paid out of TIF Funds).

3.      Reimbursement for TIF eligible expenditures as set forth in (1) above, which exceed $1,500,00, but said overage not to exceed $150,000. and to be evidenced by the Developer note at Exhibit B (See Attachment).  

 

Mr. John Corelis, Realtor and Mr. Bud Johnston the owner of Kennedy Square Properties were given the opportunity to address the City Council.  Both thanked the City of East Moline and staff for all of their hard work and dedication to move this project forward.  Construction is expected to begin this summer and be completed by the spring of 2005.

 

A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Doose, to concur with the recommendation to proceed with the agreement as presented. Upon voice vote all those in attendance voted in favor.  Motion carried.

           

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Moreno, to adjourn the meeting.  Upon roll call the following voted in favor:  Teague, Heiland, Puentes, Moreno, Doose, Meredith and  Kelley.   Motion carried.    8:47: p.m.

 

 

 

Minutes taken and submitted by,

 

 

                                                                       

Arletta D. Holmes, City Clerk

 

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