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    MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF EAST MOLINE, COUNTY OF ROCK ISLAND, STATE OF ILLINOIS AT 6:30 P.M. ON February 20th, 2007    

PLEDGE
Mayor Thodos led the City Council and all those present in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  

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: Luis Moreno, Carol Doose, Rick Meredith, Gary Kelley, Gary Westbrook and Mayor Thodos.  Absent: Alderman Helen Heiland (out of town).  Mayor Thodos advised the Council that Alderman Puentes would be late.  

ADDITIONS/CORRECTIONS TO AGENDA – None    
CITY CLERKS REPORT   Deputy City Clerk Van Raes passed. 
 
CONSENT AGENDA Deputy City Clerk Van Raes read the Consent Agenda that included the following:
a)      Approval of the City Council Minutes of February 5, 2007
b)      Approval of the Committee-of-the-Whole Minutes of February 5, 2007
c)      Approval of Salaries paid in the amount of $319,358.66
d)      Approval of Bills in the amount of $1,736,115.19
e)      Approval of purchasing 22 new refuse containers for the Downtown area at a total cost of $17,900, of which $7,000 of the Solid Waste Agency Grant (SWAG) money will be allocated toward the purchase.   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: Kelley, Westbrook, Moreno, Doose and Meredith.  Motion carried.  

Alderman Puentes arrived at 6:40 p.m.  

REPORT BY THE MAYOR Mayor Thodos asked Police Chief Victor Moreno to proceed with a special presentation.  Chief Moreno then introduced Tom Peterson, a nine- year veteran of the East Moline Police Department, who was recently promoted from Patrolman to Sergeant.  Sgt. Peterson introduced his wife and expressed his appreciation for the promotion.   Chief Moreno introduced Officers Joseph Dupage and Jason Kratt, Both of whom completed their one- year probation with the Police Department on February 10th, 2007.   Chief Moreno called upon Sergeant Mitch Lee of the Rock Island County Sheriff's Department to present a plaque of appreciation to East Moline Police Officer Chad Broderson and East Moline Police Sergeant Darren Gault for their exemplary efforts with the Department's Special Operations Unit.  Sergeant Lee commended officers Broderson and Gault for their outstanding participation and cooperation. Officers Broderson and Gault comment; express appreciation for the recognition and support.  
CITY ATTORNEY 
       City Attorney William Phares presented Ordinance 07-01, A ordinance amending Chapter 2 entitled "fire code" of title 5 entitled "fire regulations" of the city code of the city of east moline of 1974 and as amended, adopting the international fire code, 2003 edition.   A motion was made by Alderman Puentes, seconded by Alderman Moreno, to waive the reading of Ordinance 07-01. Upon roll call, the following voted in favor: Kelley, Westbrook, Moreno, Doose, Meredith and Puentes.  Motion carried.   A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Westbrook, to adopt Ordinance 07-01.   Alderman Doose asks about the Fire Codes' provision on the use of candles and the use of large tents.  Fire Chief Rob DeFrance explains that part of the code.   Upon roll call, the following voted in favor of the motion: Kelley, Westbrook, Moreno, Doose, Meredith and Puentes.  Motion carried.   
      

     City Attorney William Phares presented Ordinance 07-02, An ordinance of the city of east moline, rock island county, illinois, approving a redevelopment plan and project for the lucky strike mine redevelopment project area in the city.   Mr. Phares noted that the exhibits referenced in the ordinance are on file in the City Clerk's office.   Alderman Meredith asks about the required references for "Senior Housing".  Mr. Phares responds that the statement is in the Development Agreement.   A motion is made by Alderman Moreno, seconded by Alderman Kelley to waive the reading of Ordinance 07-02. Upon roll call, the following voted in favor of the motion: Kelley, Westbrook, Moreno, Doose, Meredith and Puentes.  Motion carried.   A motion is made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Doose to adopt Ordinance 07-02. Upon roll call, the following voted in favor of the motion: Kelley, Westbrook, Moreno, Doose, Meredith and Puentes.  Motion carried.   

      City Attorney William Phares presented Ordinance 07-03, An ordinance of the city of east moline, rock island county, illinois, designating the lucky strike mine redevelopment project area for the city.   A motion is made by Alderman Moreno, seconded by Alderman Kelley to waive the reading of Ordinance 07-03. Upon roll call, the following voted in favor of the motion: Kelley, Westbrook, Moreno, Doose, Meredith and Puentes.  Motion carried.   A motion is made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Doose to adopt Ordinance 07-03. Upon roll call, the following voted in favor of the motion: Kelley, Westbrook, Moreno, Doose, Meredith and Puentes.  Motion carried.   

     City Attorney William Phares presented Ordinance 07-04, An ordinance of the city of east moline, rock island county, illinois, adopting tax increment allocation financing wihtin the lucky strike mine redevelopment project area.   A motion is made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Meredith to waive the reading of Ordinance 07-04. Upon roll call, the following voted in favor of the motion: Kelley, Westbrook, Moreno, Doose, Meredith and Puentes.  Motion carried.   A motion is made by Alderman Meredith, seconded by Alderman Moreno to adopt Ordinance 07-04. Upon roll call, the following voted in favor of the motion: Kelley, Westbrook, Moreno, Doose, Meredith and Puentes.  Motion carried.   

       City Attorney William Phares presented Resolution 07-03, A Resolution for maintenance of streets and highways by municipality under the illinois highway code.   A motion is made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Puentes to waive the reading of Resolution 07-03. Upon roll call, the following voted in favor of the motion: Kelley, Westbrook, Moreno, Doose, Meredith and Puentes.  Motion carried.   A motion is made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Doose to adopt Resolution 07-03. Upon roll call, the following voted in favor of the motion: Kelley, Westbrook, Moreno, Doose, Meredith and Puentes.  Motion carried.  

COMMITTEE-OF-THE-WHOLE (Alderman Doose) Alderman Doose reported to the City Council that all items for the Committee-of-the-Whole had been covered with the exception of those items that were tabled back to the Committee-of-the-Whole.   CITY STAFF COMMUNICATION Each department head was given the opportunity to inform the City Council and those present of events in their departments:   
       Chip Drake, Director of Water Treatment, reported that the City would request bids for repairs to the fence enclosing the 7th Street water tower. This is a budgeted item.  Mr. Drake also reports on pump repairs.   
       Tim Kammler, Director of Engineering, reported on progress of the City's "G.I.S." mapping system.  Discussion on G.I.S.   
       Rich Keehner, City Administrator, advised the City Council of the annual trips to Washington, D.C., and to Springfield, Illinois.   
       Rob DeFrance, Fire Chief, comments on the Warren Tower, Silvis, fire and the experience gained by the Fire and Rescue Department by participating in fighting "high-rise" fires.   
       Bruce Willemarck, Maintenance Director, comments on operations during recent snowstorm events and extreme cold weather.   
       Rich Meredith, Alderman, 5th Ward, comments on the first year of operation of the Animal Shelter.  He will forward the annual report to City Council members.  

FIVE-MINUTE CITIZEN PARTICIPATION Mayor Thodos gave East Moline residents in the audience the opportunity to address the City Council:  (None.)  

RECESS SESSION A motion was made by Alderman Moreno, seconded by Alderman Westbrook, 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: Kelley, Westbrook, Puentes, Moreno, Doose and Meredith.  Motion carried.  7:01 p.m.  

RECONVENE SESSION: 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: Kelley, Westbrook,  Puentes, Moreno, Doose and Meredith.  Motion carried. 7:55 p.m.  

CLOSED SESSION: A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Westbrook, to go into closed session for the purpose of discussing Pending Litigation. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Kelley, Westbrook,  Puentes, Moreno, Doose and Meredith.  Motion carried.  7:55 p.m.  

OPEN SESSION: A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Westbrook, to return to open session. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Kelley, Westbrook, Puentes, Moreno, Doose and Meredith.  Motion carried.  8:04 p.m.   No actions taken in closed session.

ADJOURNMENT: 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: Kelley, Westbrook, Puentes, Moreno, Doose and Meredith.  Motion carried.  8:05 p.m.  

Minutes taken and submitted by,    
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 Richard Van Raes, Deputy City Clerk  

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