MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE MAYOR
CITY CLERK'S REPORT
A motion was made by Alderman Moreno, seconded by Alderman Doose, to approve the Consent Agenda as presented. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Puentes, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Teague and Heiland. Motion carried.
REPORT BY MAYOR
Mayor Moreno read a thank you letter from the East Moline-Silvis Kiwanis Club, thanking the City of East Moline for their support of The Game of East Moline (See Attached Letter). This letter has been accepted and placed on file in the City Clerk's Office.
Mayor Moreno received a letter from Carl J. Walz, who was involved in an automobile accident on 30th Avenue and 9th Street on January 13, 2004. Officer Ramsey was one of the two that responded to the accident, he was very professional during the course of the initial investigation. Mr. Walz stated he has dealt with officers in the past that were a lot less courteous and didn't care that it came across that way. Officer Ramsey made sure we were all ok, talked in a calming manner, as he explained what he was doing and what would happen next, also why I was receiving a ticket. I know that you hear a lot of negative things, but I appreciated the way Officer Ramsey did his job and wanted to let you know.
MOST COLORFUL AND PRECIOUS CHRISTMAS LIGHT DISPLAY
Tony & Shirley Gosney, 4243 9th Street East Moline, Illinois
BEST IN NEIGHBORHOOD CHRISTMAS LIGHT DISPLAY
Chuck & Marge Moody, 2729 4th Street Court East Moline, Illinois
LARGEST CHRISTMAS LIGHT DISPLAY
Kenneth & Dorrinda Rowe, 331 32nd Avenue East Moline, Illinois
Mayor Moreno thanked the winners for a job well done and encouraged them and other to continue to beautify the City of East Moline. All recipients were given the opportunity to address the City Council.
RESOLUTION 04-02: An Amended Resolution of the City Council of the City of East Moline, Illinois, directing the City Clerk to advertise the Sale of Lot Thirty- Five (35), in the East Moline Industrial Park, First Addition.
A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Meredith, to adopt Resolution 04-02 as presented. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Puentes, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, Teague and Heiland. Motion carried.
COMMITTEE-OF-THE-WHOLE (Alderman Puentes)
All items have been covered under the Consent Agenda, Ordinance or Resolution.
CITY STAFF COMMUNICATIONS
Each Department Head was given the opportunity to inform the City Council and all those present of events going on in their Departments.
Drake: We had an EPA Inspection in early November 2003 and received a written report in late December 2003 no major violations but a couple comments on minor record keeping. The EPA has also informed us about upcoming regulations that will require additional sampling and testing that will cost the City of East Moline an additional $5,000-$8,000 per year. Has a new employee Fred Sneade, who is currently in training and will be working the swing shift once training, is completed.
Willemarck: Received a donation from Deere Harvester Credit Union in the amount of $1,250.00 for the Park Fund. Sent a thank you letter to Mr. Archie Frye for his donation of a Maple Tree and two memorial plaques in memory of his wife and son to be placed at Mitchell Park.
Hughes: We have completed the new drop ceiling and new lights downstairs, back in October/ November we turned on the lights in the City Clerks Office and they caught on fire it was the second time this had occurred downstairs. We now have all brand new electric fixtures downstairs and we need to look at the Court area next.
Verdick: Passed out the Budget Workshop Calendar for FY-2004/2005 and Budget Adoption Steps to be held on regular City Council Meetings. February 9th will be the first workshop from 3:30 - 5:30p.m. Topic; General Operations, February 23rd Topic; Water and Sewer, Park, Library and Pool and March 8th Extra Discussion if Needed. Many of the budgets will be decreased from last year due to lack of revenue.
On March 15th a tentative budget will be presented to City Council and available for public inspection. Notice published in newspaper. April 5th Public hearing on tentative budget, April 19th Budget ordinance adopted. April 30th Budget ordinance filed with the County Clerk.
Chief DeFrance: On January 2, 2004 Steve Peterson retired after 30 years of service. January 8, 2004 Capt. Nick Morrow was involved in a vehicle accident and taken to Illini Hospital, the truck is out of service with damages estimated to be around $12,000 to $23,000.
Keehner: Update from IEPA we have five (5) sites enrolled in Brownfield, three sites have completed soil borings, currently test are being analyzed.
Lauper: GIS Mapping completed base Topo and Ariel photos, working on getting Water and Sewer lines onto the base maps.
FIVE- MINUTE AUDIENCE PARTICPATION
Mayor Moreno gave members of the audience the opportunity to address the City Council.
Bill Norman - 4516 5th Street B East Moline: Asked if there was any way the City could make the center median by UTHS, more visible. That intersection is very dark at night and you could easily damage your vehicle. There is no sign to indicate where the Police Station, City Hall or the Fire Department is located. That street is maintained by the State Mr. Willemarck will check with the them to see if the City of East Moline call put up that sign.
RECESS SESSION: A motion was made by Alderman Moreno, seconded by Alderman Kelley, to go out of City Council Meeting and go directly into Committee-of-the-Whole. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Puentes, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, Teague and Heiland. Motion carried. 7:00p.m.
RECONVENED SESSION: A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Doose, to reconvene the City Council Meeting. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Puentes, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, Teague and Heiland. Motion carried. 8:30p.m.
CLOSED SESSION: A motion was made by Alderman Moreno, seconded by Alderman Meredith, to go into Closed Session to discuss F.O.P. Contract Negotiations. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Puentes, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, Teague and Heiland. Motion carried. 8:32p.m.
OPEN SESSION: A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Moreno, for the City Council to go back into open session. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Puentes, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, Teague and Heiland. Motion carried. 8:40p.m.
Mayor Moreno reported no action was taken in Closed Session.
ADJOURNMENT A motion was made by Alderman Puentes, seconded by Alderman Moreno, to adjourn. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Puentes, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, Teague and Heiland. Motion carried. 8:42p.m.
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