MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE MAYOR
AND CITY COUNCIL
OF THE CITY OF EAST MOLINE,
COUNTY OF ROCK ISLAND, STATE OF ILLINOIS,
AT 06:30 PM ON 03/21/2005
Mayor Jose 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 Deputy City Clerk Kathryn VenHuizen, 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.
CORRECTION / ADDITIONS TO AGENDA:
Steve Verdick requested that the collective bargaining under closed session be removed and Attorney Phares asked that the item regarding Workers Compensation under closed session have the words pending litigation added to them.
CITY CLERK’S REPORT
Deputy Clerk asked that anyone wishing to go to the NWML dinner on March 30th have their reservations in as soon as possible
§ Approval of the City Council Minutes of March 7, 2005
§ Approval of the Committee of the Whole Minutes of March 7, 2005
§ Approval of Salaries in the amount of $297,591.69
§ Approval of Bills in the amount of $450,941.33
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: Heiland, Puentes, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, and Teague. Motion carried.
REPORT BY MAYOR
Mayor Moreno reported that last week he and Mr. Keehner went with the QC Development Group to Springfield and met with several key people to plead their case for the Quad Cities and East Moline specifically.
Mayor Moreno reported that this last weekend on Saturday he attended a ground breaking for the Habitat for Humanity home being built at 738 22nd Street. Alderman Teague commented that this is the 3rd Habitat house in the 7th Ward.
CITY ATTORNEY – City Attorney Passes
COMMITTEE-OF-THE-WHOLE (Alderman Moreno)
Tentative FYE 2006 Budget – Verdick
Steve Verdick informed the council that in their packet is a summary sheet for the FYE 2006 budget and that a motion would be in order per the State Statute to approve the tentative budget so that a public hearing could be set for April 4 with final approval of the budget on April 18th in Ordinance form. Mr. Verdick informed the council that changes can be made to the budget up to the final approval date.
CITY STAFF COMMUNICATION
Each Department Head was given the opportunity to inform the City Council and all those present of events going on in their Departments.
Chief Moreno: There was shooting last Friday in East Moline and that within 30 minutes they had a suspect in custody.
Mr. Keehner: Received an email from Metrolink and construction should start in April with an October completion. There was trouble with the bidding process and the 1st bid was thrown out and the contract was awarded to the 2nd bidder. Discussion was held on other businesses that may come to the Metrolink building.
DeFrance: Received a truck load of special equipment, about $150,000 worth, from a grant and is on location at the Morton Drive Station.
Verdick: Received an appraisal on the Old City Garage and is working on an agreement with Mr. Guthrie to bring back to council
Willemarck: Discussed Music in the Park and that Senator Mike Jacobs donated $500. Spring cleanup is April 18 – 22 on the residents regular trash day.
A motion was made to recess the City Council Meeting by Alderman Teague, seconded by Alderman Kelley. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Heiland, Puentes, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley and Teague. 6:45 PM
A motion was made to reconvene the City Council Meeting by Alderman Moreno, seconded by Alderman Puentes. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Heiland, Puentes, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley and Teague. 7:15 PM
FIVE- MINUTE AUDIENCE PARTICPATION
Mayor Moreno gave members of the audience the opportunity to address the City Council.
Mr. Trautman, 4540 6th Str Court, questioned what exactly the topics were discussed in Springfield.
Mayor Moreno gave a brief summary and Mr. Keehner informed Mr. Trautman that several topics were discussed but three main projects were hit upon, Case, the Quarter and Downtwon Revitalization. A list of priority projects for 2005 were discussed in detail with funding requirements. Mr. Keehner and Mr. Kananashu went one day early and met with the staff of the delegates and felt this was a very productive day.
A motion was made by Alderman Moreno, seconded by Alderman Kelley, to go into executive closed session to discuss the workman comp pending litigation and an employment issue. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Heiland, Puentes, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley and Teague. 7:20 PM
A motion was made by Alderman Moreno, seconded by Alderman Meredith, to go into open session of the City Council meeting. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Heiland, Puentes, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley and Teague. 7:55 PM
Mayor Moreno read a letter to the Council and those in attendance from Mr. Steve Verdick announcing his intent to retire as of June 25, 2005.
A motion was made by Alderman Moreno, seconded by Alderman Meredith, to accept with regrets the retirement letter and retirement agreement of Steve Verdick. Upon voice vote all those in attendance voted in favor. Motion carried.
Several council members expressed their gratitude to Mr. Verdick for his years of service and his helpfulness over the years.
A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Meredith, to adjourn. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Heiland, Puentes, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, and Teague. Motion carried. 8:05 pm
Minutes taken and submitted by,
Kathryn VenHuizen, Deputy City Clerk
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