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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 March 19, 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: Helen Heiland, Luis Puentes, Luis Moreno, Carol Doose, Rick Meredith, Gary Kelley, Gary Westbrook and Mayor Thodos.  Absent: none.  

ADDITIONS/CORRECTIONS TO AGENDA Victor Moreno, Police Chief, requested that Item Number Two (2) on the Committee-of-the-Whole agenda, ILLINOIS CRIMINAL JUSTICE INFORMATION AUTHORITY ASFO GRANT, be considered at the regular City Council meeting in order to meet time constraints.  Mayor Thodos placed this item on the City Council's Committee-of-the-Whole report.  

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 March 5, 2007

b)      Approval of the Committee-of-the-Whole Minutes of March 5, 2007

c)      Approval of Salaries paid in the amount of $321,596.55

d)      Approval of Bills in the amount of $666,186.68

e)      Approval to request the City Attorney to draft a resolution to implement the Legislative Review policy.   A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Moreno, to approve the Consent Agenda as presented.  Upon roll call, the following voted in favor: Heiland, Puentes, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, and Westbrook.  Motion carried.  

REPORT BY THE MAYOR ·        Mayor Thodos read a proclamation for Quad Cities "Moon Walk".   ·       

Alderman Helen Heiland presented a "Key to the City" plaque to the Mayor.  The plaque came from retired Alderman Ralph VandeCasteel.  The plaque was made in 1971.   ·       

Mayor Thodos reported to the Council that they would be receiving notice for the Northwest Municipal Association meeting to be held on April 4th, 2007.  

Mayor Thodos noted that on March 27, 2007, Angelus Retirement Community would hold a dedication ceremony for their new building – to be dedicated to former Mayor Bill Ward.   ·       

Mayor Thodos noted that on Tuesday, March 27, 2007, at 10:00am, there would be a news conference for the Gateway Park RiverFront Condominium Project.   ·       

Mayor Thodos noted that the Christian Care Center (located in Rock Island) will be holding a "food-clothing-shelter" drive.  Contact the Mayor's office for more information.  

CITY ATTORNEY       

City Attorney William Phares presented Resolution 07-08, A resolution of the city council of the city of east moline, illinois, authorizing execution of an engineering services agreement with veenstra & kimm, Inc., to provide professional engineering services that will be required for wastewater treatment plant and related improvments.   A motion was made by Alderman Moreno, seconded by Alderman Kelley, to adopt Resolution 07-08.  Upon roll call, the following voted in favor: Heiland, Puentes, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, and Westbrook.  Motion carried.   

City Attorney William Phares presented RESOLUTION 07-09, A Resolution of the City Council of the City of East Moline, Illinois, authorizing execution of an assignment of vacant land option agreement assigning to triumph foods, llc, all its right, title and interest in and to a certain vacant land option agreement entered into on october 4, 2005, between riverstone group, inc., an illinois corporation, and the city of east moline, illinois, for the purchase of a 116 acre tract located on barstow road, city of east moline, county of rock island, illinois.   A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Puentes, to adopt Resolution 07-09.  Upon roll call, the following voted in favor: Heiland, Puentes, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, and Westbrook.  Motion carried. 

 Alderman Meredith asks City Attorney Phares about procedures to list City Council Resolutions on the Council agenda.  

COMMITTEE-OF-THE-WHOLE (Alderman Meredith) Alderman Meredith asked Police Chief Victor Moreno to present information on the ILLINOIS CRIMINAL JUSTICE INFORMATION AUTHORITY ASFO GRANT.  

BACKGROUND AND DISCUSSION This is a grant-funded position of the Quad City MEG; QC MEG has been awarded this grant for approximately 15 years.  A requirement of this grant is expansion for the MEG unit.  The beneficiary of the grant is one of the participating agencies of the QC MEG unit.  Acceptance of the grant would require the assignment of an additional officer to the MEG unit and the hiring of one additional officer to fulfill the obligation.  

RECOMMENDATION: To accept the grant and approve the hire of an additional police officer.  The new officer would be hired and attend the PTI class starting June 24, 2007.   BUDGET IMPACT:  This is a reimbursement grant for $31,895.00 per year.  The grant period is currently in the middle of the year (period is from October until September).  Although we will only hire for a four-month period during this period, we are entitled to a full six months reimbursement ($15,947.50).  Therefore, we will be reimbursed for more than a current officers' starting salary the first year.   A discussion was held on the specifics of the grant, officers assigned to QC MEG, and the method of receiving grant funds.   A motion was made by Alderman Moreno, seconded by Alderman Puentes, to accept the grant and hire the additional police officer.  Upon roll call, the following voted in favor: Heiland, Puentes, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, and Westbrook.  Motion carried.  

CITY STAFF COMMUNICATION: Each city staff member present was given the opportunity to inform the City Council and those present of events in their departments:  

Ø      Jim Hughes, Finance Director, reported on conference calls to Illinois Municipal League held each Tuesday. 

 Ø      Chip Drake, Director of Water Treatment, reported that, due to lack of bids, fence repairs have been delayed.  

Ø      Bill Vyncke, City Treasurer, reported on status of city finances. 

 Ø      Tim Kammler, Director of Engineering, reported that the problems with the traffic signal at 19th Street and 18th Avenue have been resolved.  

Ø      Rich Keehner, City Administrator, reported on the City Official's trip to Washington, DC.  

Ø      Rob DeFrance, Fire Chief, reported on a house fire on 8½ Street Court.  

Ø      Jim Hughes, Finance Director, announced the cancellation of Wednesday's budget "Workshop" meeting (March 21st).  The meeting will be rescheduled.  

Ø      Mayor Thodos commented on the City Official's trip to Washington DC, and the list of proposed projects presented. Also, meeting with Senator Hillary Clinton. 

 Ø      Alderman Meredith reminded the Council of the March 26th, 2007, "Town Hall" meeting.  

Ø      Alderman Moreno asked City Attorney Phares to draft the document to transfer ownership of the soccer goals at Northeast Park.  City Attorney Phares indicated that he would draft the document.  

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

ADJOURNMENT: A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Moreno, to adjourn the City Council meeting. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Kelley, Westbrook, Heiland, Puentes, Moreno, Doose and Meredith.  Motion carried.  7:02 p.m.

Minutes taken and submitted by, 

 _______________________________________

Richard Van Raes, Deputy City Clerk   

 

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