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 MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE

MAYOR AND THE COMMITTEE-OF-THE-WHOLE

OF THE CITY OF EAST MOLINE, ILLINOIS

JULY 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: Helen Heiland, Luis Puentes, Luis Moreno, Carol Doose, Rick Meredith, Gary Kelley, and Gary Westbrook.   7:39p.m. 

 

INTEROPERABILITY AGREEMENT  (Mr. Keehner)

The City of East Moline has received a request to participate within the Department of Justice, Office Community Oriented Policing Services – Interoperability Communications Technology Program #2005INWX0025.  The Quad Cities area is desirous of entering into a cost agreement for implementation of the DOJ, COPS – Interoperability Communications Technology Program Grant which will be used to plan, design and install a broadband communications network for primary use by police, fire, and other emergency services in Scott County, Iowa and Rock Island County, Illinois.  East Moline's annual contribution towards this Agreement equals $2,934 and through the duration of this Agreement East Moline's contribution shall be equal to $8,801.  Please review the attached Agreement.

 

Recommendation:  None. 

Budget Impact:  East Moline's annual contribution towards this Agreement equals $2,934 and through the duration of this Agreement East Moline's contribution shall be equal to $8,801.

 

A motion was made by Alderman Heiland, seconded by Alderman Moreno, to concur with the request and not to exceed annual payments to be $2,934 over a three (3) year totaling $8,801.  Upon roll call the following voted in favor:  Meredith, Kelley, Westbrook, Heiland, Puentes, Moreno, and Doose.  Motion carried. 

 

OUTSIDE SANITARY SEWER RATES  (Mr. Piatt / Mr. Leo Foley)

The City of East Moline has directed a study be conducted involving the East Moline Regional Wastewater Facility.  This study involved analyzing plant and equipment repairs, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mandates and rate structure.  To accomplish plant improvements it is necessary to consider the option of increasing rates.

 

The wastewater rates for outside customers have not been adjusted for thirteen (13) years.  The cost of services for the customers includes the user charges and fixed cost of the operation and maintenance of the system.  Several funding options should be considered.

 

Recommendation:  The City must increase outside rates to build the necessary funds that are required to meet the operations of the system.  Budget Impact:  Unknown.

 

Mr. Leo Foley addressed the City Council and reviewed the Water/Sanitary/Storm Rates summarizing the report, which included the following information: 

·        The City has recently completed planning needs for utility infrastructure to meet     current and future needs.

·        The City's goals and objects.

·        Technical issues for our Water, Sanitary, and Storm Sewer Systems.

·        Primary rate issues

·        Outside proposed rate increases.

 

Mr. Foley also stated that Water/Sewer/Storm improvements are primary necessary for regulatory compliance.  Outside City limits rates are proposed to be equal to inside City limit rates.  Triumph and the Tax Increment Finance (TIF) district

 

A lengthy discussion was held regarding why there is such a big difference between the inside and outside rates.  

 

A motion was made by Alderman Meredith, seconded by Alderman Kelley, to direct staff to begin the implementation of the rate schedule as outlined by the three (3) separate Engineering Firms.  Upon roll call the following voted in favor:  Meredith, Kelley, Westbrook. Heiland, Puentes, Moreno, and Doose.  Motion carried.

 

I – WIRELESS  (Mr. Keehner / Mr. Drake)

The City of East Moline has received a request from I-Wireless to enter into a lease agreement involving our municipal water tower located north of Glenview Middle School (3100 7th Street).  This lease would enable I- Wireless to install six (6) cables and six (6) antenna attachments on existing handrail and construct an electronic equipment shelter located upon a 10' x 13' concrete pad on the ground.  I-Wireless would also install 1' of gravel between the existing fence and the proposed concrete pad to reduce mowing.  I-Wireless proposes to compensate the City $1,500 per month / $18,000 annually.  Attached for your review is the Water Tower Lease with Option Agreement and Site Plan.

 

Recommendation:  Approve the request and direct City Staff to proceed.

Budget Impact:  City receives monthly lease payments of $1,500 equaling $18,000 annually.

 

Mr. Andy Anderson, Site Acquisition Consultant with I- Wireless was in attendance to address the City Council and answer questions or provide additional information.

 

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

 

LABOR DAY PARADE  (Mr. Keehner)

The City of East Moline has received a request from the Quad City Labor Day Parade Alliance requesting permission to hold the 23rd Annual Labor Day Parade within the City of East Moline.

 

Recommendation:  None.  Budget Impact:  None.

 

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

 

 

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Meredith, to adjourn the Committee-of-the-Whole meeting.  Upon roll call the following voted in favor:  Meredith, Kelley, Westbrook, Heiland, Puentes, Moreno, and Doose.  Motion carried.  8:51p.m.

 

Minutes taken and submitted by,

____________________________

Arletta D. Holmes, City Clerk

 

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