Mayor Moreno led the City Council and all those present in the Pledge of Allegiance To The Flag.
Mayor Moreno called the meeting to order and directed City Clerk Arletta D. Holmes, to call the roll, and the following Aldermen were present: Helen Heiland, Luis Puentes, Luis Moreno, Carol Doose, Rick Meredith, Gary Kelley and Crotis Teague.
ADDITION TO AGENDA
Mayor Moreno requested a proclamation be include in the agenda and presented under the Mayor's Report.
Mayor Moreno: Chief DeFrance is absent today, because he is attending a FEMA Conference tonight at U.T.H.S.
CITY CLERK'S REPORT
A) Approval of the City Council Minutes of February 17, 2004
B) Approval of the Committee Of The Whole Minutes of February 17, 2004
C) Approval of Salaries in the amount of $292,972.64
D) Approval of Bills in the amount of $1,552,939.31
E) Approval for the American Legion Post #227 to conduct their Poppy Sale on May 21st from 9:00am until 4:00pm.
F) Approval of the agreement with the City and IAFF Local 929 regarding promotions.
A motion was made by Alderman Puentes, seconded by Alderman Meredith, to approve the Consent Agenda as presented. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Meredith, Kelley, Teague, Heiland, Puentes, Moreno and Doose. Motion carried.
REPORT BY MAYOR
Had two different situations where a resident and business express their concern regarding our City's image, and have reminded me to remind the community that we have a responsibility in maintaining our properties.
Mayor Moreno introduced Joe Perez who is the 2004 National Silver Gloves Tournament Champion. Joe Perez is a resident of the City of East Moline and attends Glenview Middle School. In recognitation of his achievement Mayor Moreno presented him with a proclamation, proclaiming March 3, 2004 as "Joe Perez Day" in the City of East Moline. Joe Perez was given the opportunity to address the City Council and he thanked them for the recognition.
A motion was made by Alderman Teague, seconded by Alderman Kelley, to approve the proclamation as presented. Upon voice vote all those in attendance voted in favor. Motion carried.
RESOLUTION 04-18: A Resolution providing for a Feasibility Study on the designation of an area as a redevelopment project area; and concerning related matters.
Mr. Keehner: Resolution 04-18 is for a feasibility study on an area located in the I-5 Corridor. This is a purposed sub-division with approximately 115 home sites, this Resolution will put forth the authority for City Staff to enter into an agreement with Elhers & Associates to formally conduct a feasibility study for this property to be either clarified as a TIF or not meeting the States creatira as a TIF (Tax Increment Finance District). Mr. Keehner gave a brief legal description of the area, and a list of the taxing districts that would be affected (Exhibits A & B are Attached).
A motion was made by Alderman Doose, seconded by Alderman Moreno, to adopt Resolution 04-18 as presented. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Meredith, Kelley, Teague, Heiland, Puentes, Moreno and Doose. Motion carried.
COMMITTEE-OF-THE-WHOLE (Alderman Doose)
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.
Verdick: Reminder: On March 8th at 6:30pm in City Council Chambers, we will be presenting to the public information regarding increasing the sales tax from 6.25% to 6.75%. The referendum will be voted on March 16, 2004.
Willemarck: On March 23, 2004 we will start moving equipment to the new Maintenance Garage. Dates to Remember: April 17th - Volunteer Clean -Up Day, and April 19th - 23rd - City wide pick-up of bulk items on the residents regular garbage day.
FIVE- MINUTE AUDIENCE PARTICPATION
Mayor Moreno gave members of the audience the opportunity to address the City Council.
Drucilla Johnson - 1351 Morton Drive East Moline, IL. The Watertown Neighborhood Watch will be having their neighborhood clean up on Saturday April 17, 2004 starting at 9:00am. We have developed a calendar of events for are neighborhood watch and will make them available to the City Council at the next meeting. The second week in March is Women's Health Week, there is a coalition between the Illinois and Iowa Quad Cities to have a kick-off walk /brunch. We are asking all of the cities to participate in these activities, a letter will be sent to the City Council outlining what the activities will be for the entire week.
Dave Nowack - 3904 1st Street East Moline, IL. Expressed his concern and presented pictures of the property located at 612- 2nd Street showing how the roof is caving in. Is this property scheduled for demolish? Cottage Tot Lot is located next to this property and my concern is safety issues for the children. Mayor Moreno stated that they have been scheduling meeting with some of the residents, regarding this problem. The mayor has asked Mr. Keehner and Mr. Motzer to look into to this matter.
Mayor Moreno read a thank you letter received from the East Moline Main Street Association Promotional Committee, thanking the Mayor, City Council, Fire, Police and Maintenance Services Department for their continued support of there Fall and Winter Events.
A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Doose, to go out of City Council Meeting and go directly into Committee-of-the-Whole. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Meredith, Kelley, Teague, Heiland, Puentes, Moreno and Doose. Motion carried. 7:05p.m.
A motion was made by Alderman Moreno, seconded by Alderman Kelley, to reconvene the City Council Meeting. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Meredith, Kelley, Teague, Heiland, Puentes, Moreno and Doose. Motion carried. 7:35p.m.
A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Moreno, to go into Closed Session to discuss Fraternal Order of Police (F.O.P.) Contract Negotiations. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Meredith, Kelley, Teague, Heiland, Puentes, Moreno and Doose. Motion carried. 7:40p.m.
A motion was made by Alderman Puentes, seconded by Alderman Moreno, for the City Council to go back into open session. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Meredith, Kelley, Teague, Heiland, Puentes, Moreno and Doose. Motion carried. 7:55p.m.
Mayor Moreno reported no action was taken in Closed Session.
Mayor Moreno expressed his concern regarding the passage of the upcoming sale tax referendum. Presentations have been made to various organizations and I encouraged all to provide information to the public, as March 16th is fast approaching.
Attorney Phares read State Statute 10ILCS 5/9 "b. No public funds shall be used to urge any electors to vote for or against any candidate or proposition. This Section shall not prohibit the use of public funds for dissemination of factual information relative to any proposition appearing on an election ballot."
The Mayor could authorize staff to put together an advertisement to go into the newspaper, which would present only factual information, because a great majority of the electors do not know the sales tax rate of other municipalities in comparison to East Moline's sales tax rate. This would be in compliance with State Statute and would educate the public to where they would be in favor of supporting this proposition.
A motion was made by Alderman Moreno, seconded by Alderman Meredith, to proceed with a reasonable expense for the fact to be printed in an ad. Upon voice vote all those in attendance voted in favor.
A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Puentes, to adjourn. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Meredith, Kelley, Teague, Heiland, Puentes, Doose and Moreno. Motion carried. 8:04p.m.