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MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE
MAYOR AND THE COMMITTEE-OF-THE-WHOLE
OF THE CITY OF EAST MOLINE, ILLINOIS
OCTOBER 17, 2005
     

ROLL CALL

Mayor Thodos called the meeting to order and directed Deputy City Clerk Richard Van Raes to call the roll.  The following Aldermen were present:  Heiland, Puentes, Moreno, Doose, Kelley and Westbrook.  Absent:  Alderman Meredith.  7:28p.m.  

2005 Tax Levy  (Mr. Hughes)

Finance Director Jim Hughes refers to the draft of the October 17, 2005 proposed tax levy.  He reports that he has discussed the document with Mayor Thodos.  He states the proposed levy is $4, 461, 991, an increase of $137,518 (or 3.18%).  This is a decrease in the rate of .67% and an increase in dollars of 3.18%.  Mr. Hughes continues to explain the elements of the tax levy and suggestions or financing city service.   Prohibition Of Open Burning On City Streets And Right- Of Way (Chief DeFrance / Mr. Willemarck) With the leaf-burning season fast approaching there has been much discussion regarding the problems with burning on City streets, sidewalks and right of ways.  The following problems have been noted regarding the current practice of burning leaves on City Streets. ·        Damage to street due to concrete spalling and melting of asphalt seals. ·        Burn hazard to pedestrian traffic in areas without sidewalks. ·        Safety hazards to pedestrians and motor vehicles. ·        Creates fire hazard for parked vehicles. ·        Hinders street sweeping operations and has occasionally caused fires in    the City Sweeper.   Recommendation: City staff is recommending the current Police Regulation 6-3-5:  Burning of Leaves or Refuse, Part (E) be removed and replaced with the following language.  No person shall kindle, maintain or cause to be kindled or maintained, any fire on City Right-of-Way, street, avenue, alley, drainage ditch, easement or park.  Except that commercial or municipal burning of landscape waste or open burning other than leaves conducted in accordance with both an Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Permit and the International Fire Code 2000 edition shall be lawful when the City Code Official has issued a permit.   

Discussion:

Mayor Thodos emphasizes that burning is only to occur on private property.  Discussion on damage to Street Sweeper.   Discussion on smoke as traffic hazard.  A motion was made by Alderman Heiland, seconded by Alderman Moreno, to concur with staff recommendation and direct the City Attorney to draft an ordinance to amend Police Regulation 6-3-5.    Alderman Puentes asks about enforcement procedure and policy.  Alderman Kelley asks about Fire Department writing citations for ordinance violations.  Chief DeFrance explains.  Discussion on notifying public; information in water bills and on web site.  Additional discussion on smoke and "burn days".    Mr. Willemarck requests that the recommendation read "Commercial and Municipal".  Aldermen Heiland and Moreno agreed.    Upon roll call the following voted in favor:  Doose, Kelley, Westbrook, Heiland, Puentes, and Moreno.  Motion carried.  

Disable Parking Space  (Chief Moreno)

Max Bandy who resides at 721-26th Street has a medical condition for which his physician has submitted a written request that designated Handicapped Parking Space be placed in front of his residence.   Recommendation: To designate a parking space to be Handicap Parking Only in front of 721-26th Street and to post a sign and paint the curb blue to indicate a handicap zone.    Budget Impact:  Cost of sign and paint.    A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Westbrook, to concur with staff recommendation and designate disabled parking space at 721-26th Street.  Upon roll call, the following voted in favor:  Doose, Kelley, Westbrook, Heiland, Puentes, and Moreno.  Motion carried.  

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Westbrook, to adjourn the Committee of the Whole meeting.  Upon roll call the following voted in favor:  Doose, Kelley, Westbrook, Heiland, Puentes, and Moreno.  Motion carried 7:57 p.m.     Minutes taken and submitted by:                                                             Richard Van Raes, Deputy City Clerk    

 

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