MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE
Mayor Moreno called the meeting to order and directed City Clerk Arletta Holmes, to call the roll the following Aldermen were presented: Helen Heiland, John Thodos, Luis Moreno, Carol Doose, Rick Meredith, Gary Kelley, and Crotis Teague.
Redeem Property Transfer (Steve Verdick)
Redeem is requesting to transfer Lots 1 & 6 of The Quarter Addition to the City of East Moline. These lots are either not developable or have landscaping berms on them. Redeem is retaining title to the lots that can be used for other potential developments. Recommendation: The City approves the request by Redeem to transfer lot 1 & 6 to the City of East Moline. Budget Impact: The City has no out of pocket expenses to acquire the property, there will be a loss of property tax that is currently being paid by Redeem.
A motion was made by Alderman Thodos, seconded by Alderman Moreno to concur with the request as presented. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Thodos, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, Teague and Heiland. Motion carried.
Leaf Burning (Bruce Willemarck/Chief DeFrance)
There are approximately seven (7) weeks in the fall in which the smoke from leaf burning is a problem. There are also a few weeks in the spring when some residents will burn leaves left over from the previous year. Smoke from burning in the Spring is less of a problem, provided are some options to leaf burning for the City of East Moline, and they are as follows: Compost Facility, Incineration, Yard Waste Burn Site, Leaf Vacuums, or Current Yard Waste Collection Service. Different options to the current system were also discussed and they are as follows: Waive the $1.25 sticker requirement during the seven (7) week collection season. Due to the reduction in cost, some residents might bag their leaves instead of burning them. Currently the yard waste program loses about $20,000 per year. Eliminate curbside collection of yard waste; an alternative would be to provide a drop-off site for residents to bring their yard waste at no charge. Other alternatives to bagging yard waste or burning leaves is mulching, composting or charge a one-time permit fee for any resident burning leaves. It was strongly recommended that leaf burning be eliminated from City Property such as Parks, Right-of-Ways and Streets. The heat created from burning damages concert, asphalt, seal coated streets and melts the tar placed in the crakes. Alderman Moreno read a letter from the American Lung Association, which described the harmful effects that leaf burning have on people with respiratory problems. After thirty (30) minutes of discussion, comments and questions.
A motion was made by Alderman Moreno, seconded by Alderman Doose to keep leaf burning on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays between the hours of eight o’clock (8:00) A.M. through five o’clock (5:00) P.M. with improvements that have been implemented. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Thodos, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Teague, and Heiland. Voting against: Kelley. Motion carried. 6-1
Weed Control Review (Butch Motzer)
Mr. Motzer gave the Council an update on the weed control program’s violation and cost. A copy of the old ordinance and the draft containing the proposed new ordinance changes for your review. Hopefully these changes will accelerate the entire process and help recoup some of the cost of running this program. Recommendation: Review the material and discussion of any comments or concerns. Budget Impact: If the new changes are adopted this will accelerate the process of getting properties mowed, reducing the number of repeat offenders and help pay for the cost of running this program. No action required information only.
Tax Levy (2nd Discussion Jim Hughes)
Water Facilities Maintenance Supervisor- Exempt ( Steve Scully/Steve Verdick)
September 23,2001 the water plant went to a single person shifts on second and third shifts and weekends. Because of this five (5) maintenance employees became available on the first shift Monday-Fridays. One person reduced the water plant crew when the single person shifts were initiated. Another first shift AFSCME employee has resigned, leaving two (2) less workers at the water plant.
Recommendation: Mr. Scully is proposing that an Exempt Water Facilities Maintenance Supervisor fill the second vacancy at the water plant. Budget Impact: $37,000-$48,000 per year less $35,800(Salary of AFSCME employee leaving)
A motion was made by Alderman Thodos, seconded by Alderman Kelley to refer this matter to the personnel committee. Upon voice vote all present voted in favor.
Listing Agreement (Joseph Duffy)
Mr. Duffy is asking the City Council to consider the Listing Agreement received from Mel Foster Company for the listing of the Industrial Park, and Grip Sites. This will increase our marketing ability. Recommendation: Direct the City Attorney to draft a Resolution for the agreement to be acted upon by the City Council on their next meeting October 15, 2001.
A motion was made by Alderman Moreno, seconded by Alderman Meredith to concur with the request as presented. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, Teague and Heiland. Abstain: Thodos. Motion carried.
A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Teague, to adjourn the meeting. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Thodos, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, Teague and Heiland. Motion carried. 8:37p.m.
Minutes taken and submitted by,
Arletta D. Holmes, City Clerk
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