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  MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND THE COMMITTEE-OF-THE-WHOLE

OF THE CITY OF EAST MOLlNE ILLINOIS
JUNE 20, 2005
    ROLL CALL Mayor Pro-Tem 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, Rick Meredith, Gary Kelley, and Gary Westbrook.  Absent:  Alderman Doose.  7:25 pm  

Q.C. ENTERPRISE ZONE – ADDITION OF TERRITORY (Rich Keehner)

 The City of Moline is requesting a change of the Illinois Quad City Enterprise Zone boundaries by the addition of territory.  This new territory is located at 220 11th Avenue Drive with in the City of Moline.  This site, former location of Bethany Foster Care facility, presently contains three structures two of which require abatement.  These structures are blighted and have been vacant for six years.  Upon this site, Autumn Trails Moline, LLC intends to construct affordable sustainable energy lifestyle adult community consisting of 33 town homes, a 25 person assisted living residence, and clubhouse for those 55 years of age and older residing within the community.  This project will eliminate community blight, create 15 full time and 10 part-time positions and have a capital investment of over $7.5 Million.  This project will consume .025 square miles of our Enterprise Zone, which is approximately 16 acres.  

RECOMENDATION:  Approve the addition of territory to the Illinois Quad City Enterprise Zone and instruct City Staff to draft a Resolution amending the Enterprise Zone Intergovernmental Agreement, to draft a revised Enterprise Zone Intergovernmental Agreement, and to draft an Ordinance amending Ordinance 88-22 establishing the original Illinois Quad City Enterprise Zone.   

BUDGET IMPACT:  None   Mr. Patrick Burke, from the City of Moline was in attendance to discuss the importance of this project and the benefits to the City of Moline.  Discussion was held and questions answered.   A motion was made by Alderman Meredith, seconded by Alderman Puentes, to concur with the recommendation as presented, and direct the City Attorney to prepare the appropriate documents.  Upon voice vote all those in attendance voted in favor.  Motion carried.

 

DONATION OF FIRE SAFETY TRAILER  (Chief DeFrance)

The East Moline Fire Department currently operate a fire safety trailer and tow vehicle we received several years ago from Bi-State Fire Chiefs Association.  The unit requires frequent maintenance resulting in cost paid exclusively by East Moline.  Due to storage burdens and our infrequent use of this unit and on going cost, I have approached the Mississippi Valley Fire Fighters Association (MVFFA) and discussed the possibility of donating the unit to their organization.  The Executive Board of the MVFFA has agreed to accept the donation and cover all costs of maintenance and insurance.   The East Moline Fire Department is a member of the MVFFA and will have access to the unit upon request for fire prevention activities.  The unit would also serve many other communities who participate in the association.  

RECOMMENDATION:   That we donate this unit and tow vehicle to the Mississippi Valley Fire Fighters Association.  This will eliminate our maintenance cost and the unit would better serve the several communities participating in the MVFFA.                         The subject tow vehicle is a 1975 Chevy Pick-up.  Vin#CCY355J128009             The trailer is home made and has the City designation of unit 12FD.  

BUDGET IMPACT:  Possible annual savings of approximately $2,000.     A motion was made by Alderman Meredith, seconded by Alderman Puentes, to concur with the recommendation as presented, and direct the City Attorney to prepare the appropriate documents.  Upon voice vote all those in attendance voted in favor.  Motion carried  

NEW HIRE  (Chief DeFrance) Due to the May 30th, retirement of one Firefighter and the June 25th resignation of another to take a position overseas the Fire Department currently have two vacant positions that are included in this year's budget.  I am requesting City Council approval to direct the Fire & Police Commission to begin the process of replacing the two Firefighters with entry-level positions.  

Recommendation: 
Direct the Fire & Police Commission to hire two (2) replacement Firefighters off the new eligibility list.  
 

Budget Impact:  There is some savings from salary differential, but its generally offset by increased training costs of new personnel.  A savings of several thousand dollars is realized in the second and third year after a retirement replacement.    A motion was made by Alderman Heiland, seconded by Alderman Kelley, to concur with the recommendation as presented, and direct the Fire & Police Commission to hire two replacement firefighters off the eligibility list.  Upon voice vote all those in attendance voted in favor.  Motion carried  

HANDICAPPED PARKING  (Chief Moreno)
The resident, Nathaniel Wilson, 1508 9th Avenue, has requested that a designated handicapped parking space be placed in front of his residence.  He has an illness and the treatments make him weak to the point that it is difficult for him to park in the rear of his residence and walk to the closest door to enter his residence.  By allowing a designated parking space he would have an easier time.  Mr. Wilson has provided a doctors slip supporting his claim.  

RECOMMENDATION:  To allow the parking space to be designated as a Handicapped only in front of 1508 9th Avenue and to post a Handicapped Parking only sign and the curb to be painted blue.  

BUDGET IMPACT:  Cost of sign and paint.   Alderman Westbrook questioned if any person having a handicapped card would be allowed to park in the parking space allowed for Mr. Wilson.  Chief Moreno response was that legally someone else could.   A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Meredith, to post a Handicapped Parking sign only in front of 1508 9th Avenue, and the curb be painted blue.  Upon voice vote all those in attendance voted in favor.  Motion carried  

NEW HIRE  (Chief Moreno) Officer Donald E. Schaver has submitted a letter of resignation effective June 29, 2005.  This has created a vacancy in the Police Department leaving the department one (1) officer short.  A background and psychological and physical tests have been completed on the next candidate on the current Police Eligibility List, which expires on July 15, 2005.  The candidate is currently PTI certified and will not require basic training, therefore no school training cost to the City.  

RECOMMENDATION:  To hire the candidate with a starting date of July 6, 2005.  

BUDGET IMPACT:  Small savings due to budgeted salary for existing officer and lower starting pay for new officer.   A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Westbrook, to concur with the recommendation as presented.  Upon voice vote all those in attendance voted in favor.  Motion carried.   LAW

ENFORCEMENT MUTUAL AID AGREEMENT  (Chief Moreno)
The attached is an agreement between Iowa and the Illinois Quad Cities law enforcement agencies for cooperative mutual assistance.  

RECOMMENDATION:  Adopt the agreement. 

BUDGET IMPACT:  None.
  A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Meredith, to concur with the recommendation as presented, and direct the City Attorney to prepare the appropriate documents.  Upon voice vote all those in attendance voted in favor.  Motion carried.    

ADJOURNMENT A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Meredith, to adjourn the meeting.  Upon roll call the following voted in favor:  Meredith, Kelley, Westbrook, Heiland, Puentes, and Moreno.  Motion carried.  7:42pm    

Minutes taken and submitted by, 
                                                                        
Arletta D. Holmes, City Clerk  

 

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