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

OF THE CITY OF EAST MOLlNE ILLINOIS
JULY 18, 2005
    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.   6:55 pm  

REVISE GENERAL INDUSTRIAL ZONING  (VanRaes/Phares)

General additions and modifications are proposed for Section 10-15-1 (General Industrial) of the City's zoning ordinance.  This part of the zoning ordinance has not been revised since the 1960's.  

Recommendation:  Adopt the proposed changes. 

Budget Impact:  None
  City Planner Richard VanRaes presented the proposed additions and modifications to the "General Industrial" section of the City's Zoning Ordinance (Title 10, Chapter 15, part 1).  The first addition is a brief description of the General Industrial District.  The second additions are the listed additions proposed uses.  He explained how the proposed change would affect the Ordinance.  Mayor Thodos commented on the revisions.   A motion was made by Alderman Heiland, seconded by Alderman Meredith, to concur with the recommendation as presented, and direct the City Attorney to draft an Ordinance adopting the proposed changes.  Upon roll call the following voted in favor:  Westbrook, Heiland, Puentes, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, and Kelley.  Motion carried.

 

THIRD SHIFT SEWER PLANT POSITION  (Keehner/Schultz)

Ken Schultz has requested to be placed upon the Committee- of- the-Whole agenda to address the City Council concerning possible safety issues relating to the one-man shrift operation at the Sewer Plant.   Mr. Keehner Assistant City Administrator provided the City Council with some background information regarding the Sewer Plant one-person 3rd shift.  The 3rd shift operator, Alex Saucedo retired, after the retirement the position was abolished.  Knowing that the plant was going to a one-person 3rd shift, several improvements including, security fence repair, security gate installed and cell issued to supplement pager/radio, were completed to provide increased security.  While these improvements were being completed at the plant Maintenance Technicians assisted on 3rd shrift.  June 20, 2005 was the first evening of the one-person shift.  Since that time, to my knowledge, there have been no events concerning the safety of the 3rd shift person.  The one-person 3rd shift operates 5 nights a week.   Currently, within the City there are 14 positions that are vacant or have been abolished.  These positions include 11 full-time and 3 part-time, including the position of City Administrator.  Total savings for FYE 2006 relating to leaving these positions unfilled is approximately $601,415.  These savings include wages and health insurance.  

Recommendation:  This discussion is to provide the City Council with information.  

Budget Impact:  None at this time.   Mr. Kenny Schultz, Vice President of AFSCME Local 1234,addressed the City Council expressing AFSCME concerns regarding the City's intention of making the 3rd shift position at the Waste Water Treatment Plant a one-man shift.  Mr. Schultz outlined the following reason for their concerns. Safety of Employees:  1.      Area of the WWTP to be covered each shift is approximately 15 acres 2.       Duties include claiming ladders, and stairs, working around clarifiers and digesters, transferring materials via pumps, opening and closing valves, shoveling grit, collecting and emptying rags and taking samples and readings.
  1. No ready system in place to contact help in emergency, such as Police, Fire, or other employee.
  Plant Integrity:
1.      Readings and samples must be taken four (4) times per shift.
2.      Transfers and pumping as needed (5 digesters).
3.      Bad weather cans double or triple workload in a very short time.
4.      All work must be done to comply with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regulations.
5.      Unexpected situations take time away from regular duties.
6.      Waste intake cannot be controlled or regulated.
7.      Expected automation nowhere near completed (alarms, ect.).
8.      One-man shifts at the Water Plant are dependent on WWTP personnel to assist them when they need help.   After a lengthy discussion was held, a motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Doose, to table this discussion until the next Committee-of-the-Whole meeting on August 1, 2005.  Upon roll call the following voted in favor:  Westbrook, Puentes, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, and Kelley.  Opposed:  Alderman Heiland.  Motion carried.  6-1  

REPLACEMENT FIREFIGHTER  (Chief DeFrance) I have received notice from Fire Fighter Vince Wienert that he plans to retire effective September 1, 2005 with over thirty (30) years service years to the City.  I am requesting Council approval to direct the Fire & Police Commission to begin the process of hiring a replacement Firefighter.  T he next Fire Academy begins September 11, 2005 and we will realize a savings by sending this replacement along with two (2) other replacements approved at the last City Council meeting.  

Recommendation:
    Direct the Fire & Police Commission to hire a replacement Firefighter from the eligibility list.
  

Budget Impact: Negligible. There is some savings from salary differential but it's generally offset by increased training cost of new personnel.  A savings of several thousand dollars is realized in the second and third year after retirement replacement.   A motion was made by Alderman Heiland, seconded by Alderman Puentes, to direct the Fire & Police Commission to hire a replacement firefighter from the Eligibility List.  Upon roll call the following voted in favor:  Westbrook, Heiland, Puentes, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, and Kelley.  Motion carried.            

ADJOURNMENT A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Puentes, to adjourn the meeting.  Upon roll call the following voted in favor:  Westbrook, Heiland, Puentes, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, and Kelley.   Motion carried.  7:25pm      

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

 

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