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, John Thodos, Carol Doose, Rick Meredith, Gary Kelley and Crotis Teague. Alderman Moreno was out of the country. 7:00p.m.
MOWER BIDS – Bruce Willemarck
Maintenance Services, Drainage Division accepted competitive bids for a 16-foot rotary mower to replace our 21-foot John Deere fail mower. By going to the 16-foot rotary mower the City will save over $15,000.
BUDGET IMPACT: $65,000 budgeted in Drainage Department, Motor Pool Purchase, 32.6.0514.000.30
A motion was made by Alderman Doose, seconded by Alderman Meredith to accept the low bid from Tri State Turf (Toro) in the amount of $45,650. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Heiland, Thodos, Doose, Meredith, Kelley and Teague.
HUNTING AGREEMENT – Steve Verdick
Section 6-3-9 of the City Code generally prohibits the discharge of weapons within the City limits. It also prohibits the use of a bow and arrow.
Dave Geier, general manager of the Upper Rock Island County Landfill, has requested permission to hunt on his landfill property, which is in the city limits of East Moline. He has hunted this property for several years without knowing that he was violating the city code. This property is very rural with a lot of timber. There are no homes in the hunting vicinity. Sgt. Gary Loy viewed the area and felt that hunting could be done safely.
The City has allowed hunting in a similar situation with George McNeil. I have modified that agreement (copy attached) to use for an agreement with Mr. Geier if the City Council wishes to permit the hunting.
RECOMMENDATION: Enter into an agreement with Mr. Geier to allow the hunting on the property of the Upper Rock Island County Landfill.
A motion was made by Alderman Thodos, seconded by Alderman Meredith, to approve the request to enter into an agreement to allow hunting on the Upper Rock Island County Landfill, and instruct the City Attorney to finalize the agreement. Upon voice vote all in attendance voted in favor.
STOP / YIELD SIGN – Chief Freeman
Alderman Meredith requested a check of 5th Street & 47th Avenue. At the present time, there is a yield sign. Alderman Meredith would like it replaced with a stop sign. The sign is on 47th Avenue at 5th Street on the Northwest corner. The sign would stop eastbound traffic.
While checking the area, it was noted that there was no sign at all where 4th Street Ct. meet 47th Avenue. A yield sign should be placed on the Northeast corner. The sign would warn northbound traffic.
RECOMMENDATION: Due to the increased traffic on 5th Street as a result of 46th Avenue being opened as a through street, a stop sign at 5th Street and 47th Avenue is recommended. A yield sign is also recommended at 4th Street Ct. and 47th Avenue.
BUDGET IMPACT: Time and Materials.
A motion was made by Alderman Meredith, seconded by Alderman Doose, to direct the City Attorney to draft an Ordinance to place a stop sign at 5th Street and 47th Avenue and a yield sign at 4th Street Court and 47th Avenue. Upon voice vote all those in attendance voted in favor.
MABAS Mutual Aid Agreements – Chief DeFrance and Chief Freeman
The Fire Departments of East Moline, Moline, and Rock Island have been working cooperatively to establish a Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) Division. The MABAS system has been growing across the state and was recently adopted by Illinois Emergency Management Agency as the model for statewide Fire and EMS mutual aid in case of a declared disaster.
By enjoining the MABAS agreement the cities of East Moline, Moline, and Rock Island will form a local MABAS Division. This division will likely be eligible for future funding from Homeland Security funds.
The area departments have already received $ 32,000 of detection equipment and will soon be receiving $ 54,000 to purchase Hazardous Materials response equipment.
RECOMMENDATION: Have the city attorney review the attached agreement and make preparations for adoption.
BUDGET IMPACT: Could increase funding for additional biohazard, & chemical detection and response equipment.
A motion was made by Alderman Thodos, seconded by Alderman Teague, to direct the City Attorney to draft an Ordinance to enter into an agreement with Moline and Rock Island to form a local MABAS Division. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Heiland, Thodos, Doose, Meredith, Kelley and Teague.
EAST MOLINE CENTENNIAL – Steve Verdick
Mr. Verdick informed the Mayor and Committee that there was some confusion and this item was left off the agenda. He asked that since members of the Centennial Committee were present that they be allowed to do their presentation even though no action could be taken tonight.
Mr. Greg Moroni introduced members from the committee in attendance, Laura Evans, Michelle Schneden and Marcia Lenz.
Laura Evans gave a presentation on the committees plans for the public art project – Frogs A Hoppin. The Committee proposes a public art project that will place large fiberglass frogs, decorated by area artists and school art departments, through the City. Artists from throughout the QC will be invited to submit a design for a frog. Sponsors will have the opportunity to purchase and decorate their own frog or select an artist whose design has been approved by committee. The completed frogs will be displayed throughout the summer with an auction held in August. The start up costs would be approximately $2,600.
Discussion was held regarding the start up costs. The Centennial Committee will return on December 2, 2002 for the next Committee of the Whole meeting to discuss this further.
A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Teague, to adjourn the meeting. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Heiland, Thodos, Doose, Meredith, Kelley and Teague. Motion carried. 7:30 p.m.
Minutes taken and submitted by,
Kathryn VenHuizen, Deputy City Clerk
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