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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 19, 2004

Corrected & resubmitted for approval on August 16, 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, Carol Doose, Rick Meredith, Gary Kelley and Crotis Teague.  Absent:  Alderman Moreno (vacation).  7:33p.m. 

 

FUNFEST REQUEST  (Steve Verdick)

The East Moline Main Street Association is requesting permission to hold its Downtown Fun Fest on August 20th to 21st.  They are also requesting assistance from the City as a co-sponsor.

 

Recommendation:   Approve the request.  Budget Impact:  $500.00 budgeted in Recreation and Culture Fund. Possible small amount of over-time in some Departments. 

 

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

 

42ND AVENUE PARKING  (Chief Moreno)

A property owner of a building located in the 400 block of 42nd Avenue North service road contacted Alderman Meredith reference overflow parking from their parking lot be allowed to use the South side of the service road to park.

 

Chief Moreno was contacted by Alderman Meredith to check on this request.  Traffic Officer Joe DeCap followed up on the request.  Chief Moreno was advised that the volume of traffic is a concern as well as the fact that a pedestrian was hit in that area in June.

 

Recommendation:  The parking request not be allowed, instead No Parking Signs be put up from 7th Street to Kennedy Drive on the South side of the North Service Road.  Direct the City Attorney to draft the appropriate Ordinance or Resolution. 

Budget Impact: Cost for signs.

 

A motion was made by Alderman Puentes, seconded by Alderman Meredith, to concur with the recommendation as presented.  Upon roll call all those in attendance voted in favor.  Motion carried.

 

I.T. STAFFING CHANGE   (Jim Hughes)

This is being brought back to the City Council after being tabled at the last meeting.

We have never hadan Information Technologist asan employee.  We have always tried to have the work done by consultants.  We now think that there is a valid need to have someone available 40 hours a week to provide assistance with the computer-related duties (non-programming). 

           

Mr. Hughes provided the City Council with a packet of information comparing other Cities and Companies within the Quad City Area, regarding the Information Technologist Position.

The cost of employing a full-time I.T. person could be comparable to hiring outside contractors for less than 15 hours per week depending on the services offered.  Included in the packets are a Job Description of duties and responsibilities, salaries, and the benefit of having a full time I. T. person on staff, as opposed to contracting the position out. 

           

Discussion was held regarding creating an Information Technologist Position.    

 

After lengthy discussion a motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Doose, to proceed with creating an Information Technologist Position.   Upon roll call the following voted in favor:  Doose,  Kelley, Teague.  Opposed:  Meredith, Heiland and Puentes. Tied 3-3.  Mayor Moreno voted in favor.   Motion carried.  4-3

 

Alderman Puentes called for point of order asking for clarification of the motion that just passed.  Mayor Moreno directed the City Clerk to read the motion that was just voted on.

 

A motion was made by Alderman Puentes, seconded by Alderman Heiland, to start the process to hire an I.T. person with an Applied Associates Degree in Computer Science.  Upon roll call the following voted in favor:  Meredith, Heiland, and Puentes.  Opposed:  Kelley, Teague and Doose.  Tied 3-3.  Mayor Moreno opposed.  Motion defeated.  4-3.

 

A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Doose, to authorize staff to fill the Information Technologist Position.  Upon roll call the following voted in favor:  Meredith, Kelley, Teague and Doose.  Opposed:  Heiland and Puentes.  Motion carries.  4-2

 

LABOR DAY PARADE  (Steve Verdick)

The City has received a request from Quad City Labor Day Parade Alliance, to hold the 19th Annual Labor Day Parade in the City of East Moline on Monday, September 6, 2004, starting at 11:00a.m. (See Attached Letter).

 

Recommendation:  Approve the request.  Budget Impact:  Minimal expense to the City.

 

Alderman Kelley asked if the Quad City Labor Day Parade Alliance was notified of our concerns regarding our position in the parade. 

 

Mayor Moreno spoke with Melissa Peterson and expressed our concerns about the City Council being in an unsatisfactory position throughout the parade.  It's very important that we welcome residents to our community and that the City Council be in a prominent position in the parade.

 

A motion was made by Alderman Puentes, seconded by Alderman Kelley, to concur with the request as presented.  Upon roll call all those in attendance voted in favor.  Motion carried.

 

ROAD BLOCK REQUEST  (Steve Verdick)

The Knights of Columbus requested permission to conduct a roadblock at 9th Street & 15th Avenue in East Moline on September 17th – 18th, 2004.  The purpose of the roadblock is to solicit donations for the 34th Annual Tootsie Roll Drive to benefit the Mentally Handicapped (See Attached Letter).

 

Recommendation:  Approve the request.  Budget Impact:  None.

 

A motion was made by Alderman Doose, seconded by Alderman Puentes, to concur with the recommendation 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 Puentes, to adjourn the meeting.  Upon roll call the following voted in favor:  Heiland, Puentes, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley and Teague.  Meeting adjourned at 8:28 pm

 

 Submitted by,

 

 

                                                                       

Arletta D. Holmes, City Clerk

 

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