MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE MAYOR
AND CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF EAST MOLINE,
COUNTY OF ROCK ISLAND, STATE OF ILLINOIS
AT 6:40 P.M. ON February 5th, 2007(The start of the City Council meeting was delayed due to the length
of the public hearing held immediately prior to the council)
PLEDGEMayor Thodos led the City Council and all those present in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
Mayor Thodos called the meeting to order and directed Deputy City Clerk Richard Van Raes to call the roll. The following Aldermen were present: Helen Heiland, Luis Puentes, Luis Moreno, Rick Meredith, Gary Kelley, Gary Westbrook and Mayor Thodos. Absent: Alderman Carol Doose.
CITY CLERKS REPORT
Deputy City Clerk Van Raes reported to the City Council that the next City Council Meeting would be on Tuesday, February 20, 2007. The meeting is being moved from Monday, February 19th, President's Day, a holiday.
CONSENT AGENDADeputy City Clerk Van Raes read the Consent Agenda that included the following:
a) Approval of the City Council Minutes of January 16, 2007
b) Approval of the Committee-of-the-Whole Minutes of January 16, 2007
c) Approval of Salaries paid in the amount of $318,997.11
d) Approval of Bills in the amount of $1,467,758.18
e) Approval that the Committee-of-the-Whole to direct the City Attorney to prepare an assignment of the Vacant Land Option Agreement to Triumph Foods, LLC, for consideration by the City Council, in the event Triumph Foods, LLC, notifies the City that it elects to take assignment of the Vacant Land Option.
f) Approval to place the City of East Moline 10-foot snowplow, that is no longer in use, up for public bid, with a minimum bid of $150.
A motion was made by Alderman Moreno, seconded by Alderman Kelley, to approve the Consent Agenda as presented. Upon roll call, the following voted in favor: Meredith, Kelley, Westbrook, Heiland, Puentes and Moreno. Motion carried.
ADDITIONS/CORRECTIONS TO AGENDA
q Fire Chief Rob DeFrance requested that item number 7 on the Committee-of-the-Whole agenda, the purchase of the 75-foot aerial truck, be considered at the regular City Council meeting. This request is being made due to time constraints in the purchase offer. Mayor Thodos placed this for discussion under the Committee-of-the-Whole report.
q Ordinance 07-01 Amending Chapter 2 Entitled "Fire Code" was removed from the City Council agenda. (This item was presented at the Committee-of-the-Whole meeting.)
REPORT BY THE MAYOR
Mayor Thodos introduced Mr. Tony Banaszek who gave a report on the projects, events and activities in the Special Service Area (SSA). Mr. Banaszek distributed a report by the City Council and gave a lengthy report on the activities, including the Façade Program.
Mr. Robert Baecke reported on the parking lot improvements.
Mr. Rick Harris reported on additional façade repair activities with emphasis on the Latin Village and Strand Theater.
Mr. Banaszek also announced the upcoming third annual meeting to be held on February 22nd; and, the "Pink Gorilla" Valentine Fundraising Program.
City Attorney William Phares presented Resolution 07-02,
A resolution of the city of east moline, rock island county, illinois, amending resolution no. 06-66.
A motion was made by Alderman Heiland, seconded by Alderman Meredith to adopt Resolution 07-02. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Meredith, Kelley, Westbrook, Heiland, Puentes and Moreno. Motion carried.
COMMITTEE-OF-THE-WHOLE (Alderman Meredith)
Alderman Meredith asked Fire Chief Rob DeFrance to present the proposal for the fire truck purchase. Chief DeFrance gave an explanation of the background and the committee (truck committee within the Fire Department) in drafting the specifications for the new truck.
The East Moline Fire Department Truck Committee finalized a set of specifications for the purchase of a 75-foot heavy-duty aerial truck to replace a 1983 – 500-foot Tele-Squirt. The fire department advertised and received bids as follows:
Pierce Manufacturing $560,000.00
Alexis (bid 1) $514,474.00
Alexis (bid 2) $535,190.00
It is the recommendation of the committee to authorize the purchase of the Pierce 75-foot heavy-duty aerial fire truck to be purchased with a lease/purchase option with first payment due one year from date of delivery or with a General Obligation Bond. The City will be making the last payment of $39,384 on the 2002 HME Alexis Pumper on April 19, 2007. The committee realizes that Pierce is not the low bid, but is ready to justify the recommendation. Chief DeFrance explains the advantages and technicalities of the Pierce. A lengthy discussion was held on Fire Department trucks and equipment. Additional discussion on financing the purchase; possible grants from the State of Illinois.
A motion was made by Alderman Puentes, seconded by Alderman Meredith, to concur with the committee's recommendations to purchase the 2006 Pierce, and for the Mayor to inquire on the availability of grants to finance the purchase. If grants are not forthcoming, purchase may still proceed.
Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Puentes, Moreno, Meredith and Kelley. The following Passed: Westbrook and Heiland. Motion carried.
CITY STAFF COMMUNICATION
Each department head was given the opportunity to inform the City Council and those present of events in their departments:
q Dean Piatt, Director of Wastewater Treatment, reported on the effect of the cold weather on plant operations.
FIVE-MINUTE CITIZEN PARTICIPATION
Mayor Thodos gave East Moline residents in the audience the opportunity to address the City Council:
· Karen Madison, 3339 – 2nd Street Court, East Moline, asks about endorsement of candidates for City Council. Mayor Thodos reminds her of telephone message. Alderman Puentes addresses the issue. Mayor Thodos indicates that campaign issues are not addressed by the City Council. Complaints should be given to Rock Island County Clerk.
· Carol Stoner, 472 – 43rd Avenue Court, East Moline, asks about the 7th Ward Town Hall meeting held on January 23rd, 2007. Ms. Stoner asks if other wards are also going to have town hall meetings. Alderman Meredith responds that he is considering having a meeting at United Township High School. Ms. Stoner also asks about the applicability of the Illinois Open Meetings Act. Mayor Thodos comments on the meeting and asks Ms. Stoner if she wanted a meeting held in her ward (5th ward). Ms. Stoner responds "yes". Mayor Thodos indicates that Alderman Meredith plans a similar meeting. Ms. Stoner suggests that each ward have a meeting.
Ms. Stoner continues and asks about insurance coverage regarding the two million dollars in lost water and sewer revenue.
· Karen Madison again asks about candidate endorsements. Mayor Thodos indicates that the City Council does not vote on endorsements. City Councilmen, and individuals, are free to support who they please.
· Alderman Meredith comments on scheduling a "Town Hall" meeting.
A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Puentes, to recess the City Council meeting in order to proceed with the Committee-of-the-Whole meeting. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Meredith, Kelley, Westbrook, Heiland, Puentes and Moreno. Motion carried. 7:44 p.m.
A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Westbrook, to reconvene the City Council meeting. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Meredith, Kelley, Westbrook, Heiland, Puentes and Moreno. Motion carried. 9:18 p.m.
A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Westbrook, to go into closed session for the purpose of discussing Personnel Matters and Pending Litigation. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Meredith, Kelley, Westbrook, Heiland, Puentes and Moreno. Motion carried. 9:19 p.m.
A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Westbrook, to return to open session. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Meredith, Kelley, Westbrook, Heiland, Puentes and Moreno. Motion carried. 9:47 p.m.
No actions taken in closed session.
A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Westbrook, to adjourn the City Council meeting. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Meredith, Kelley, Westbrook, Heiland, Puentes and Moreno. Motion carried. 9:48 p.m.
Minutes taken and submitted by,
Richard Van Raes, Deputy City Clerk
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