MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE
Mayor Moreno 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, Luis Moreno, Carol Doose, Rick Meredith, Gary Kelley and Crotis Teague. 7:20p.m.
Minimum Water Bill (Hughes)
The Minimum Water Bill Committee has met twice since our last meeting. We all determined what we though a fixed cost would be to operate a Water Sewer System. Each committee member came up with percentages, from the percentages that were averaged we came up with a cost. Mr. Hughes introduced the Committee Members, Bill Norman, Henry Pludge, Alderman Heiland and Puentes. Mr. Norman stated the purpose of the committee was not to reduce the water bill, but determine a different way of billing. We are looking at a fixed water rate to be assessed against each potential water user and a variable rate for water usage but the committee needs more time to make a good decision. Alderman Heiland and Puentes agreed that more time was needed.
A motion was made by Alderman Heiland, seconded by Alderman Puentes, to table this item until November 17, 2003. Upon voice vote all those in attendance voted in favor. Motion carried.
IDOT Tomorrow Grant (Keehner)
The City of East Moline in partnership with MetroLINK has been awarded a $100,000 grant through the Illinois Department of Transportations' Tomorrow Program. This grant will enable the Illinois Quad Cities to develop a unified growth strategy study aimed at recognizing the strengths and weaknesses of the Illinois Quad City Community in relation to state and economic aid and tax structure, local government tax structure, the existing workforce, key industries, land availability/suitability, and the existing transportation network. The study will establish common goals and devise specific coordinated, innovative, and interactive ways to achieve these goals. A result of this study is to become an economic magnet and become more competitive locally, regionally, national, and internationally.
The Unified Growth Strategy Study will be primarily funded through the Illinois Tomorrow Grant. This $100,000 grant requires a 10% local match ($10,000.). MetroLINK is providing $5,000 and East Moline, Moline, Rock Island, and Rock Island County will be providing $1,250 each to make the match more equal. Recommendation: Proceed with producing the Illinois Quad Cities Unified Economic Growth Strategy Study. Budget Impact: $1,250 is budgeted and available.
Alderman Moreno expressed his concern of a possible conflict of interest since Mr. Rick Baker is currently serving on a committee that promotes the growth and economic development in the City of Moline. After much discussion, Mayor Moreno directed Mr. Verdick and Mr. Keehner to meet with Mr. Baker to express the City Councils' concerns.
A motion was made by Alderman Puentes, seconded by Alderman Moreno, to concur with the recommendation as presented. Upon voice vote all those in attendance voted in favor. Motion carried.
Tax Levy (Hughes)
Finance Director Jim Hughes, presented the proposed 3.94% tax levy increase, Mayor Moreno and Alderman Heiland each submitted suggestions this is a compromise of the two suggestions. The tax levy increase reflects a $20,000 reduction in the Demolition Fund and $140,000 reduction in the Insurance & Tort Fund, with the cash balance of over $500,000 that is sufficient to cover any outstanding claims. Since the tax levy increase will be less than 5% no public hearing is required.
A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Heiland, not to have a public hearing due to the tax levy being less than 5%. Upon voice vote all those in attendance voted in favor. Motion carried.
Discussion was held regarding the proposed tax levy increase. Alderman Heiland opposes the 3.94% tax levy increase, but would support an increase no higher than 3.5%. Mayor Moreno stated that the increase would be less than 4%, which is down from the original proposal of a 9.23% increase.
After much discussion, the Council wanted further discussion and would make a final decision on the tax levy at the November 17th Committee of the Whole meeting.
Minutes taken and submitted by,
Arletta D. Holmes, City Clerk
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