MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE
Mayor Moreno called the meeting to order and directed Deputy City Clerk Kathryn VenHuizen to call the roll. The following Aldermen were present: Helen Heiland, Luis Puentes, Luis Moreno, Carol Doose, Rick Meredith, Gary Kelley and Crotis Teague.
Minimum Water Bill (Hughes)
The Minimum Water Usage committee has met and has a recommendation. The Committee has determined that it is unfair to have a usage amount for a minimum utility bill. They do see the need for a minimum charge for the right to have use of the water and sewer services. They do not want to use an amount for a minimum usage. Now the minimum usage is 1200 cubic feet, for 3 months. If we changed the minimum to 900 cubic feet, the people who use just 700 cubic feet would be mad. But one thing each of these residents have in common, it costs the City the same amount to provide water and sewer to a resident or business regardless of the amount of water used. The Committee recommends a flat utility fee to be assessed against each potential water user. An amount has not been determined. If this flat fee is created the water rate will decrease for water actually used.
A motion was made by Alderman Doose, seconded by Alderman Moreno, to approve the creation of a flat utility cost and direct the committee to meet again to determine the minimum utility fee. Upon voice vote all those in attendance voted in favor.
Animal Shelter Funding (Verdick)
Rock Island County and the City of Moline are building a new animal control facility near the airport in 2004. Jim Bohnsack, Rock Island County Board Chairman, has requested that other cities share in the funding and operation of the facility. The cities of Rock Island and East Moline have been asked to contribute $50,000 toward the construction.
Mr. Bohnsack addressed the committee with information on the new facility and was available to answer questions. Discussion was held regarding if the $50,000 was a one time fee. Mr. Bohnsack informed the committee this would be a one time fee and the shelter is hoping to be able to support itself once it is up and running. Mr. Bohnsack also informed the committee that East Moline would still need a holding shelter but that RI County would pick the animals up daily to take to the new shelter.
Discussion was held regarding $65,000 bid into the new Maintenance Service facility for a new animal control facility.
A motion was made by Alderman Doose, seconded by Alderman Kelley, to table this item at this time. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Heiland, Puentes, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley and Teague.
Park Funding Request (Verdick)
Mr. Nowack has requested to be on the agenda to ask that the money received for the landfill property sale be used for park improvements. Mr. Nowack introduced Park Board member Wendy Hilton-Morrow to address the committee.
Ms. Hilton-Morrow reported to the Committee the needs for the City parks. She referred to the guidelines of the original property agreement from July 15, 1969 outlining that the proceeds would be used for public recreation. She also reported that the parks are in need of several repairs just for safety concerns. The Park board is looking at other funding including grants but a lot of the grants do require matching funds.
Discussion was held regarding the proceeds received and the needs for the City and the parks. Mr. Verdick informed the committee that the proceeds are not legally bound for recreation. That the area is divided into two parcels with Parcel A being the landfill, and Parcel B being North East Park and the current industrial park.
After much discussion a motion was made by Alderman Heiland, seconded by Alderman Teague, to consider the park board request along with all other request after the money has been received. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Heiland, Puentes, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley and Teague.
28th Avenue Parking (Ald. Moreno)
Residents of the 300 block of 28th Avenue have called to complain about neighbors parking on both sides of the street, many times leaving little room for cars to go through. A concern came about when a fire truck responded to a first-responder call for a health concern. The neighbor stated that the fire truck was unable to squeeze through cars parked on both sides of the street and had to go around the block. As their alderman, I surveyed the entire street to see if this was truly the wish of those residents. Contact was made with all 17 residents of that street either in person or by phone. Here are the results of that survey:
Keep parking to only one side of the street - 13 Keep parking as is; allow on both sides of the street - 1 No opinion - 3
A motion was made by Alderman Moreno, seconded by Alderman Doose to limit the parking to one side of the street. Upon voice vote all those in attendance voted in favor.
GRIP Bond Refunding (Hughes)
I have received a preliminary estimate on the cost of refinancing the Great River Industrial Park Bonds. With the current interest rates in conjunction with our bond rating, it appears that it will be financially feasible to refund the current outstanding bonds for this project. It is estimated to save approximately $40,000 between now and 2014. The savings are not huge but are worth the effort the complete the refunding.
A motion was made by Alderman Heiland, seconded by Alderman Moreno, to direct the Director of Finance and the City Attorney to enter into negotiations and to proceed with the refunding and if the savings justify, then refund the existing Great River Industrial Park Bonds. Upon voice vote all those in attendance voted in favor.
Tax Levy (Hughes)
Since our last meeting I have received the estimated EAV. I estimated the EAV at a 5% increase, but the County is estimating our increase at 5.54%. This does not increase the amount of revenue we will collect, but reduces the amount each property owner would pay. We need to start approving a proposed property tax levy. Mayor Moreno and Alder Person Heiland have offered property tax proposals.
Discussion was held regarding the demolition line on the tax levy. Inspector Motzer presented the committee with a listing of current parcels and their status regarding demolition. After much discussion it was the consensus of the committee for the Director of Finance to leave the money in the demolition line and to bring back to the committee a proposed tax levy that takes into account both Mayor Moreno and Alderman Heiland's suggestions.
A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Moreno, to adjourn the meeting. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Heiland, Puentes, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley and Teague.
Minutes taken and submitted by,
Kathryn VenHuizen, Deputy City Clerk
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