MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE MAYOR
AND THE COMMITTEE-OF-THE-WHOLE
OF THE CITY OF EAST MOLINE, ILLINOIS
SEPTEMBER 2, 2008
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, Cheri Bustos, Roseann Cervantes, Gary Westbrook, and Mayor Thodos. Absent: Luis Moreno, and David Kelley. 7:53 p.m.
ADDITIONS/CORRECTIONS TO AGENDA
POLICE NEW HIRE (Chief Moreno)
On August 4, 2008 Probationary Officer Justin Stroup resigned from the Police Department. This has created a vacancy in the Police Department.
To hire a replacement off the current established eligibility list from the East Moline Fire and Police Commission. The new hire will attend the University of Illinois Police Training Institute class the East Moline Police Department has a reservation for starting October 27, 2008. His hire date will be October 24, 2008.
The position is a budgeted salary for this fiscal year.
A motion was made by Alderman Heiland, seconded by Alderman Westbrook, to concur with staff recommendation as presented and forward to the City Council for their consideration. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Cervantes, Westbrook, Heiland, Puentes, and Bustos. Motion carried.
ORDIANCE AMENDING SPECIAL USE ORDINANCE (City Attorney Phares/ Mr. Van Raes)
In reviewing the current zoning ordinance, it has been determined that new areas of developments to the ordinance which would accommodate the operation of a limestone quarry.
It is recommended that the proposed amendment be presented to the City Council for consideration. The Special Use would still have to be approved by the Plan Commission and the City Council, with full public hearing before each body, prior to initiation of the special use.
City Attorney Phares asked City Planner Richard Van Raes to provide information on the proposal. Mr. Van Raes referred to the draft resolution for the proposed changes. He noted the public safety aspects of the provisions and also noted the strong requirements for public hearing(s).
Alderman Westbrook asked if there was any budget impact. Mr. Van Raes stated that there was none.
A motion was made by Alderman Westbrook, seconded by Alderman Puentes, to concur with the recommendation as presented.
Douglas Riel, Barstow Road, requested to address the City Council. Mr. Riel stated that he thinks it is a good thing to put “Special Use” in for industries of this nature and others. It should be looked at a public hearing.
Relative to what you have here before you tonight, there appears to be an incompatibility between the limestone industry and permitted principal uses that you have identified in your Ordinance under 15-1, such as rock crushing, which is a manufacturing portion of limestone and the only rock we have in this area is limestone, with the exception of gravel, and that is a different Special Use.
Mr. Riel stated that almost all of the limestone quarries in the area he believes have asphalt manufacturing that is under permitted uses and really should be brought in under the Special Use Permit and addressed.
Mr. Riel stated that he believes that there are portions of this industry that are already permitted under your ordinance that you have not pulled out and brought over here and that you may need to modify.
Mr. Riel also thinks there is another piece that is missing that is and typically with a quarry operation depending on the location of the rock and limestone and there is an over burden issue. The over is a burden issue, especially in the flood plain, where this is more likely to exist.
The over burden may turn into a levee and that issue needs to be addressed. There is also the aspect of the asphalt in terms of making sand and gravel, which you already have a Special Use in quarry when you have already allowed under 15-1 industry, such as Ammonia quarry manufacturing, Radium exaction within the City without any Special Use permit required, and any other number of industries
It seems that the City is out of balance with those industries that you permitted as opposed to asking for Special Use (for sand and gravel and quarry).
Mr. Riel recommended that the City take a look at those industries that are permitted, because you have very dangerous, hazardous, safety related industries already permitted.
Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Cervantes, Westbrook, Heiland, Puentes, and Bustos. Motion carried.
A motion was made by Alderman Westbrook, seconded by Alderman Puentes, to adjourn the Committee-of-the-Whole meeting. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Cervantes, Westbrook, Heiland, Puentes, and Bustos. Motion carried. 8:00p.m.
Minutes taken and submitted by,
Arletta D. Holmes, City Clerk