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
Mr. Verdick requested that the Tentative Budget for FY 2004/2005 be include in the agenda and presented under the Committee-of-the-Whole.
CITY CLERK'S REPORT
A) Approval of the City Council Minutes of March 1, 2004
B) Approval of the Committee Of The Whole Minutes of March 1, 2004
C) Approval of Salaries in the amount of $296,742.31
D) Approval of Bills in the amount of $799,953.08
A motion was made by Alderman Doose, seconded by Alderman Moreno, to approve the Consent Agenda as presented. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Kelley, Teague, Heiland, Puentes, Moreno, Doose and Meredith. Motion carried.
REPORT BY MAYOR
Mayor Moreno introduced Mrs. Jeanne Hagg and her 4th Grade Social Studies Class from Wells School. Mrs. Hagg stated that it is an honor to be here and explained that her class is currently studying the three branches of government, and wanted her class to see government at work. Wyatt Barnett along with his classmates did a presentation showing what the three branches of government and their functions. Mayor Moreno thanked Mrs. Hagg for bringing her class to City Council Meeting, and it is an honor to have you with us. Mayor Moreno presented Mrs. Hagg and her class with Centennial Nickels, Clappers and The City of East Moline Board Game.
Mayor Moreno received letters from the 4th grade students at Ridgewood Elementary School. Mayor Moreno read a letter from Clara Sierra, thanking him for reading books to them.
ORDINANCE 04-06: An 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.
Chief DeFrance: This is a unitifed Ordinance to amend the International Fire Code of 2000. Ordinance 04-06 amends Section 5-2-1 of the Fire Code to allow a fee structure when issuing permits for hazardous Materials.
A motion was made by Alderman Moreno, seconded by Alderman Meredith, to waive the reading of Ordinance 04-06. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Kelley, Teague, Heiland, Puentes, Moreno, Doose and Meredith. Motion carried.
A motion was made by Alderman Moreno, seconded by Alderman Puentes, to adopt Ordinance 04-06 as presented. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Kelley, Teague, Heiland, Puentes, Moreno, Doose and Meredith. Motion carried.
COMMITTEE-OF-THE-WHOLE (Alderman Doose)
Alderman Doose has two (2) items for discussion; all other items have been covered under the Consent Agenda, Ordinance or Resolution.
Yard Waste Subscription Program (Bruce Willemarck)
On March 1, 2004 we asked that the City consider implementing a yard waste subscription program, since we are in the process of moving into the new maintenance garage, which takes precedence at this time, asking that this item be tabled.
A motion was made by Alderman Heiland, seconded by Alderman Teague, to indefinitely table action on the yard waste subscription program. Upon voice vote all those in attendance voted in favor.
Tentative Budget FYE 2004-2005 (Steve Verdick)
Mr. Verdick distributed a memo with the tentative budget summary for the fiscal year ending April 30, 2005. Total Revenue $16,704,050 and Total Expenditures of $16,806,365 that is a deficit of $102,315, which we will balance by transferring $115,000 from the Landfill Host Fee Fund resulting in a estimated budget surplus of $12,685. In order to be in compliance with the Budget Act, the City Council needs to adopt the tentative budget tonight. The next step is a Public Hearing on April 5th at 6:00p.m. Following the Public Hearing the City Council can make changes to the budget prior to the adoption of the budget ordinance on April 19th.
A motion was made by Alderman Teague, seconded by Alderman Kelley, to adopt the tentative budget as presented. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Kelley, Teague, Heiland, Puentes, Moreno, Doose and Meredith. Motion carried.
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.
Chief DeFrance: Next Monday thru Friday we will be working at a house donated to the Fire Department by Short Hills for fire training, on Friday the house will be burned down.
Keehner: Update of the trip to Washington D. C. Alderman Moreno, and Tim Knanishu the Vice- President of Reedem, were part of the Q. C. Delegation that went to Washington D.C. to lobby for legislative issues concerning the Quad Cities. We met with Congressmen Evans and Hasert, also Senators Durbin, Fitzgerald and Iowa Senator Grassley. We gave numerous presentations our topic was Riverfront Development, other topic presented was the I-74 Bridge, and the R.I. Arsenal. Alderman Moreno stated that Mr. Keehner did a great presentation, and overall the trip was productive and successful.
Lauper: Construction has resumed on the River Front Welcome Center, and hopefully we will have it up by early summer.
Piatt: On March 24th we will be conducting some refresher training including the Water Plant on lock out. Mary Daniel of Tressel Graham & Toole will be the facilitator.
Hughes: Distributed a memo last week regarding the City's financial forecast, it's important that everyone read this report, and if you have any questions call.
Verdick: Assuming that the sales tax referendum is successful, there will be a need for a Special City Council Meeting within the next two weeks. If it passes we will need to adopt an ordinance and certify that ordinance and send it to the Department of Revenue prior to April 1st we can start collecting the taxes by July 1, 2004, otherwise it will be January, 2005 before we can begin collecting the taxes.
FIVE- MINUTE AUDIENCE PARTICPATION
Mayor Moreno gave members of the audience the opportunity to address the City Council. The following 4th grade students from Mrs. Hagg's Social Studies Class asked questions during the audience participation.
Tayvian Johnson - 4000 Archer Drive East Moline, IL. Why did the Eagle's Store close?
Mr. Keehner: The stores were found by the owners to be less than profitable and buildings were sold to pay off debts. Mayor Moreno: The economy is very difficult right now, and that's all over not just East Moline. Mr. Verdick: Sometimes customers like to shop at other stores and there were more people shopping at other stores and when that happens they can't stay in business.
Wyatt Barnett - 447 20th Street East Moline, IL. Why are they not allowed to ride motorbikes in front of our home?
Chief Freeman: By State Law it states that you must be a certain age to ride a motor driven vehicle, and you must have a drivers license that's mandated by State Statute. If you are on your private property and stay within that private property you can ride your vehicle there. Once you enter the public sidewalk or public street that's in violation of the State Code and our City Code.
Kayla Vincent - 3007 17th Street Court East Moline, IL. Why do we need an increase in sales tax?
Mayor Moreno: The City of East Moline has the lowest sales tax rate in the area, we are at 6.25% and want to increase our sales tax to 6.75%. Compared to other cities within our area, the City of East Moline's tax rate would still be one of the lowest even if the voters approved the referendum. The money has been earmarked for improvements to our streets, alleys, roads and sidewalks.
Jessica Sawyer - 915 40th Avenue East Moline, IL. Why did we sell the frogs?
Alderman Meredith: The twenty-seven live frogs were put back into wild. Mr. Hughes: During the planning of the Centennial Celebration last year, a gentleman who is a fundraiser approached the City of East Moline and said he would volunteer his time to go out and sale frogs. Each frog had a sponsor at the cost of $1,200 no City Funds were involved. At the end of the summer the frogs were auctioned off and the monies given to various charities this raised about $40, 000 dollars.
Les Taylor - 1953 Y Avenue East Moline, IL. Mr. Taylor asked when would the City be having an open house at the new Maintenance Service Garage? Mr. Willemarck informed him they are still in the process of moving things in, but at the next Council Meeting he will provide that information.
A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Moreno, to go out of City Council Meeting and go directly into Committee-of-the-Whole. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Kelley, Teague, Heiland, Puentes, Moreno, Doose and Meredith. Motion carried. 7:05p.m.
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: Kelley, Teague, Heiland, Puentes, Moreno, Doose and Meredith. Motion carried. 7:13p.m. CLOSED SESSION:
A motion was made by Alderman Doose, seconded by Alderman Kelley, to go into Closed Session to discuss Fraternal Order of Police (F.O.P.) Collective Bargaining Agreement. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Kelley, Teague, Heiland, Puentes, Moreno, Doose and Meredith. Motion carried. 7:15p.m.
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: Kelley, Teague, Heiland, Puentes, Moreno, Doose and Meredith. Motion carried. 7:50p.m.
Mayor Moreno reported no action was taken in Closed Session.
City Administrator Steve Verdick presented the tentative agreement with Fraternal Order of Police (F.O.P.). The contract agreement was ratified by the membership by a vote of 23-6. He outlined the tentative agreement as follows:
1. A three year agreement with new wage scale and date change:
· 2.99% increase in 2004 and up to $500 bonus for those with less than $500 increases (bonus payable in May). Longevity pay discontinued.
· May 1, 2005 = 2.70% ABI Sgt & Lt increases
· May 1, 2006 = 2.5% ABI & Sgt & Lt increases
Attached is copy of the contract changes for the following Articles: 9,10,13,16,17,18,19,25, Appendix D.
A motion was made by Alderman Doose, seconded by Alderman Kelley, to approve the contract as ratified by the union and presented to the City Council. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Kelley, Teague, Puentes, Moreno, Doose and Meredith. Passed: Alderman Heiland. Motion carried.
A motion was made by Alderman Moreno, seconded by Alderman Puentes, to adjourn. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Kelley, Teague, Heiland, Puentes, Moreno, Doose and Meredith. Motion carried. 7:55p.m.