MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE
MAYOR AND THE COMMITTEE-OF-THE-WHOLE
OF THE CITY OF EAST MOLINE, ILLINOIS
SEPTEMBER 5, 2006
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, Carol Doose, Rick Meredith, Gary Kelley, and Gary Westbrook. Absent: Luis Moreno. 7:02p.m.
ANIMAL CONTROL ORDINANCE - (Attorney Phares)
The destruction of a vicious dog, under the current City Code, can require a jury trial in circuit court, with substantial delays and attorney fees resulting. Other cities have adopted ordinances whereby the City would impound the vicious animal and than follow a procedure set down by ordinance, which would call for a Due Process Hearing and Determination by Administrative Procedures as to the appropriateness of destroying the animal without going to Circuit Court. This procedure does have an appeals process, whereby the burden of appealing that order is on the owner of the animal and that is shifting of the burden to the owner of the vicious dog. This ordinance has been circulated to the Police Department and the Community Service Officer. We will be reviewing suggested changes within the next week and bring the ordinance back for your consideration.
Recommendation: It is recommended that the City Council adopt a new Animal Control Ordinance which would allow the City to impound vicious animals and follow a procedure set down by ordinance, which calls for a hearing and a determination by administrative procedure without going to Circuit Court. This would expedite the process and save funds.
After much discussion, a motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Meredith, to concur with the recommendation and forward the attached ordinance to the City Council for consideration. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Heiland, Puentes, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, and Westbrook. Motion carried.
BOND AUTHORIZATION (Mr. Hughes)
With the progress being made toward the EPA mandated improvements at the Water and Sewer Plants, the City must begin the bond issuance process. Staff recommends that the City retain Paul Marengo of Schiff Hardin, Chicago, Illinois, to represent the City as our attorney for this bond issue. The City has used Mr. Marengo since the early 1990's.
With improvements at the Water Plant, Sewer Plant and the drainage (dike repairs) exceeding $50,000,000, it makes sense to request authorization to issue $40,000,000 of General Obligation Bonds (Alternate Revenue) Bonds. As a non-home rule municipality we are limited to $10,000,000 per year in bond issue. This would cover bond issues for a 36-month period. One advantage of doing $40,000,000 at this time is that it would save the City a portion of attorney's fees.
Authorizing $40,000,000 at this time would no way obligate us to issue any bonds. The City Council still must authorize the sale of these bonds each year. After the rate study is completed and new rates are in place, the City Council will then authorize the sale of bonds and the actual amount. Again, authorizing bonds does not mean we will issue any bonds. The City Council must approve each bond issue.
Recommendation: Retain Mr. Paul Marengo as Bond Counsel and direct him to draft a resolution authorizing the sale of $40,000,000 in General Revenue Obligation (Alternate Revenue Source) Bonds.
Budget Impact: Anticipated cost is $2,500 to draft this resolution. This fee is only for the resolution.
A motion was made by Alderman Meredith, seconded by Alderman Westbrook, to direct the Director of Finance and the City Attorney to retain Mr. Paul Marengo to draft a Bond
Authorizing Ordinance in the amount of $40,000,000. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Heiland, Puentes, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, and Westbrook. Motion carried.
BLACKHAWH STATE BANK DEPOSITORY (Mr. Hughes)
The City has been approached by Dave Lamb of Blackhawk State Bank for that bank to become an authorized depository for the City of East Moline. They are building a new branch in the City at 1335 Avenue of the Cities. The following Financial Institutions should also be include: I.H. Mississippi Valley Credit Union and the American Bank & Trust Co.
While changing this section of the City Code, Metrobank N.A. should also be eliminated as a depository.
First Midwest Bank, East Moline Branch, East Moline, Illinois; Bank of New York, New York, New York; Firstar Bank N.A., Rock Island, Illinois; Deere Harvester Credit Union; The National Bank, East Moline, Illinois, The Illinois public treasurer's investment pool, Springfield, Illinois, Blackhawk State Bank; American Bank & Trust Co. and IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union are hereby designated as depositories in which the funds and monies of the City in the custody of the treasurer may be kept, and the treasurer shall be discharged from responsibility for all such funds and monies which are deposited therein. (Ord. 01-14, 5-21-2001)
Recommendation: Approve the proposed change in depositories. Impact: None.
A motion was made by Alderman Heiland, seconded by Alderman Kelley, to concur with the proposed change in depositories as presented. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Heiland, Puentes, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, and Westbrook. Motion carried.
A motion was made by Alderman , seconded by Alderman , to adjourn the
Committee-of-the-Whole meeting. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Westbrook, Heiland, Puentes, Doose, Meredith, and Kelley. Motion carried. 7:16p.m.
Minutes taken and submitted by,
Arletta D. Holmes, City Clerk
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