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MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE
MAYOR AND THE COMMITTEE-OF-THE-WHOLE
OF THE CITY OF EAST MOLINE, ILLINOIS

ON 10/15/2001


ROLL CALL

Mayor Moreno called the meeting to order and directed Kathryn VenHuizen, to call the roll the following Aldermen were presented: John Thodos, Luis Moreno, Carol Doose, Rick Meredith, Gary Kelley, and Crotis Teague.

Florence Aldridge Center – Steve Verdick

On September 17th the request from the Florence Aldridge Center Board of Managers to have the City contribute $600 per month for one year to fund the salary for a person to coordinate the public rental and usage of the community center was tabled. Alderman Teague and City Administrator Verdick have since met with Dianne Palmer the Chairperson of the Board of Managers to further discuss the request.

The lease agreement between the City and the Board of Managers requires the Board of Managers to be responsible for the public rentals and marketing of the facility. The City would like to see the Community Center used more by the public, however the City does not have funds budgeted for this request. Therefore, it is recommended that the request be denied.

A motion was made by Alderman Teague, seconded by Alderman Thodos to deny the request from the Florence Aldridge Center. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Thodos, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley and Teague. Motion Carries

Water Plant Rapid Mix Engineering – Steve Scully

Mr. Scully informed the committee that Basin 3 and 4 rapid mixers are unusable due to age and Engineering is required to design a new rapid mix system. Mr. Scully recommended contracting CTE Engineering to design a new system with design to be completed within 4 weeks from authorization to proceed. Engineering fees not to exceed $24,000.

Discussion was held regarding other alternatives to the improvements that need to be made at the water plant and the option of going out for bids for engineering services. Mr. Verdick expressed that the need for the repairs are necessary at the Water Plant but right now the funds are not in the budget.

A motion was made by Alderman Thodos, seconded by Alderman Kelley, to table this topic. Upon voice vote all in attendance voted in favor. Motion carries.

First Time Homebuyers – Steve Verdick

The City has participated in this program for 3 years. 52 families in East Moline have used the program to borrow more than $2.9 million. The program provides a cash gift of 4.25 % to the buyer, with an anticipated mortgage rate of 5.99%.

A motion was made by Alderman Thodos, seconded by Alderman Moreno, to direct the City Attorney to draft a resolution to participate in the First Time Homebuyers program. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Thodos, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley and Teague.

Truck Routes – Chief Freeman

9-2-40 Section 1 currently states that 13th Street from 18th Avenue to 7th Avenue; 8th Avenue from 19th Street to 27th Street; and Morton Drive from 13th Street to Rt. 2 & 92 be “designated as a truck route”. The State of Illinois uses the term “designated truck route” for routes that trucks weighing 80,000 pounds may travel. The above streets and avenues have a 73,280-pound limit. The term “designated as a truck route” is confusing and this fact has been successfully used by a defendant in an overweight citation trial.

Chief Freeman recommends rewriting the definition for “truck route”.

A motion was made by Alderman Thodos, seconded by Alderman Kelley, to have the City Attorney draft an ordinance rewriting the definition for “truck route”. Upon voice vote all in attendance voted in favor. Motion carries.

Weight Limits – Chief Freeman

Since 13th Street at 13th Avenue intersection was improved, the number of larger trucks using this area is higher than ever. They are using 13th Avenue between 13th and 19th Streets as a short cut. Trucks are also using 13th Avenue to connect to 17th Street and using 17th Street as a short cut to 18th Avenue.

Chief Freeman recommends to place weight limits on 13th Avenue from 13th Street to 19th Street and 14th Avenue from 17th Street to 19th Street. That same stretch of 8th through 12th Avenues is currently 6000 pounds. A copy of the recommended change is attached.

A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Meredith, to direct the City Attorney to draft an ordinance placing weight limits on 13th Avenue from 13th Street to 19th Street and on 14th Avenue from 17th Street to 19th Street. Upon voice vote all in attendance voted in favor. Motion carries.

Unregistered Vehicles – Chief Freeman

One of the most common reasons that vehicles are tagged abandoned or derelict is because they are considered “unregistered”. There is currently no definition of an unregistered vehicle in the city ordinances making the term “unregistered” vague. Chief Freeman recommends adopting a definition for unregistered vehicles.

A motion was made by Alderman Doose, seconded by Alderman Kelley, to direct the city Attorney to draft an Ordinance outlining a description of unregistered vehicles. Upon voice vote all in attendance voted in favor. Motion carries.

No Parking – Chief Freeman

1st Street between 39th and 41st Avenues has long been an area of congestion because of numerous vehicles parked on the street. During school and snowy weather, the problem compounds to the point that the area becomes impassable for school busses.

A motion was made by Alderman Thodos, seconded by Alderman Kelley, to direct the City Attorney to draft an Ordinance making the East side of 1st Street from 39th to 41st Avenues “No Parking”. Upon voice vote all in attendance voted in favor. Motion carries.

Maintenance Garage Plan – Bruce Willemarck

Mr. Willemarck distributed information concerning design, layout , bidding, financing and phase II environmental / geotechnical site assessment. (see attached)

Lengthy discussion was held regarding the feasibility of consolidation of the Annex and the Garage into one building. A committee was formed consisting of Alderman Meredith and Alderman Moreno and was directed to meet with staff and come back to the Committee of the Whole by November 5, 2001 with recommendations.

Mr. Hughes commented on the low rates and that now would be the time to proceed with bonding.

A motion was made by Alderman Teague, seconded by Alderman Thodos, to form a committee consisting of Alderman Meredith and Alderman Moreno and to have them meet with City Staff and report back with recommendations at the November 5, 2001 committee of the whole meeting. Upon voice vote all in attendance voted in favor.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Alderman Moreno, seconded by Alderman Doose, to adjourn the meeting. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Thodos, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley and Teague. Motion carried. 8:35p.m.

Minutes taken and submitted by,
_______________________________

Kathryn VenHuizen, Finance Secretary

 

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