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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 06:30 PM ON 05/02/2005
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 City Clerk Arletta D. Holmes, to call the roll, and the following Aldermen were present: Helen Heiland, Luis Puentes, Carol Doose, Rick Meredith, Gary Kelley, and Crotis Teague.
CORRECTION / ADDITIONS TO AGENDA:
City Attorney Phares requested an ExecutiveClose Session be added to discuss Pending Litigation.
Alderman Moreno arrived at 6:40p.m.
CITY CLERK’S REPORT
City Clerk passed.
· Approval of the City Council Minutes of April 18, 2005
· Approval of the Corrected City Council Minutes of April 4, 2005
· Approval of the Committee-of-the-Whole Minutes of April 18, 2005
· Approval of Salaries in the amount of $308,132,70
· Approval of the Bills in the amount of $913,439.48
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: Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, Teague, Heiland, and Puentes. Motion carried.
REPORT BY MAYOR
Mayor Moreno reported the progress that’s been made in the City of East Moline over the last 16 years, not just the last 4 years that he has served as Mayor, but the last 16 years that some of us have served on this City Council. Progress has occurred in the following areas:
Economic Development: The first ever Economic Development Summit was held to make Developers, Lenders, State and Federal Representatives, and others aware of Residential, Commercial, and Industrial opportunities in East Moline. Annexation of over 300 acres extending the City boundaries to I-80/I-88 Interchange, Mother Hubbard’s (Kennedy Drive & 16th Avenue), Subway, The Quarter Riverfront Development, Sherman Williams Paints located in the Industrial Park, Emerald Pointe, Anchor Lumber located in the GRIP, Beacon Harbor, public docks were installed, and construction of a Welcome Center, New Grocery Store opened on 15th Avenue in the Downtown, New Meat Market in the Watertown area, Redevelopment of Kennedy Square Shopping Center, including a new 54,000 square foot Jewel-Osco Store and Fuel Station, 20,000 square foot East Moline Glass Facility under construction in the GRIP, MetroLink Bus Transfer Center to be built in 2005 in the GRIP, Walgreen’s under construction at Archer Drive & Avenue of the Cities, New Skating Rink, Annexation of property in the Babcock and Meersman Subdivisions. REDEEM was formed as a recommendation of the Citizens Advisory Committee. Two fundraisers resulted in over $1.6 Million in private sector support of East Moline. The Great River Industrial Park (GRIP) was created to remove dangerous buildings and create new jobs.
Infrastructure Improvements: Intersection improvements at 13th Street & 13th Avenue, Mitchell Park ravine repairs, Water main extension in Meersman Addition. IBP water main extension, 7th Street reconstruction from 17th – 25th Avenues, Downtown drainage and Street improvements on 15th Avenue, Construction of new City Maintenance Garage, and Water and Sewer Plant upgrades.
Residential Development Projects: Applewood I & II Subdivisions, Revinia Subdivision, Forest Park Subdivision, Crowne Forest Apartment Complex, Kennedy Place Subdivision, McKinley School Redevelopment, Woodside Road Subdivision site preparation started, East Park Place Residential Subdivision presented for annexation, and the North Hill expansion
Community Pride & Quality of Life: Formed a Veterans Advisory Committee, Music in the Parks was created, Downtown Image Committee was formed, Centennial event of 2003 included fireworks at Soule Bowl, a frog race and the Frogs-A-Hoppin art creations, and the Centennial book, Empire Park and Millenium Park built by volunteers and donated funds, East Moline was the first city to construct the Great River Trail bike path from border to border, Established a Volunteer Corp to help clean parks, work festivals, and contributes to the community welfare, and Northeast Park development of youth soccer fields, youth baseball fields, and adult fields, including lighted fields, irrigation, and concession stands. Financial Conditions: Grants totaling over $6.8 Million were obtain from 1989-2005, The City’s bond rating from Moody’s Investor Service was upgraded to A2, best bond rating ever achieved by the City, and a joint safety Dispatch Center was created by East Moline and Moline.
Mayor Moreno stated that we have a great team of Elected Officials, Department Heads and Staff he is very proud of the team we have in place and each one of you have done a wonderful job over the years you are to be commended. We have made great strides in the overall team concept with recent additions of great and professional individuals. I’m especially proud of Terri Van Dyke, H.R., Eddy Boggs, I.T., Victor Moreno, Police Chief, Chip Drake, Water Plant, and Rick Keehner Economic Development & Assistant City Administrator. Mr. Keehner is well groomed to be our next City Administrator, hope that will take place, as he does a wonderful job for the City of East Moline.
Mayor Moreno presented Alderman Crotis Teague with the Key to the City, in appreciation of his many years of dedicated service to the Citizens, and City of East Moline. Alderman Teague thanked the Mayor, City Council and staff for being very supportive of him for 16 years that we’ve worked together. Alderman Teague stated he has mixed emotions about stepping down but it’s time for him to move on to the next stage of his life whatever it may be. Alderman Teague spoke of the progress that the City has accomplished over his 16 years such as the hiring of the first African American Police Chief, first Spanish Mayor, first African American City Clerk, first African American Human Resource Person, first African American Firefighter, first female Firefighter, we have accomplished a lot over the past 16 years, without the support of the full Council these achievements would not have been possible as each Alderman only has one vote. Alderman Teague to the newly Elected Alderman remember you only have one vote and the support of the full Council is important as well as working with City Staff.
Mayor Moreno directed City Clerk Holmes, to read the Proclamation proclaiming Anne Frank as a Citizen of the Quad-Cities. In the City of East Moline, and commend this observance to all citizens.
A motion was made by Alderman Teague, seconded by Alderman Moreno, to accept the Proclamation as read. Upon voice vote all those in attendance voted in favor. Motion carried.
Mayor Moreno directed City Clerk Holmes, to read the Proclamation proclaiming the Month of
May, 2005 as Anne Frank, in the City of East Moline, and commend this observance to all citizens.
A motion was made by Alderman Puentes, seconded by Alderman Doose, to accept the Proclamation as read. Upon voice vote all those in attendance voted in favor. Motion carried.
Mayor Moreno presented to Ms. Drucilla Johnson a Proclamation designation May 7th –14th as Quad-Cities National Women’s Health Week. Ms. Johnson expressed her sincere thanks to the Mayor and City Council for the proclamation. Ms. Johnson stated this is the 2nd year that this event has taken place in the Quad-Cities, calendar of events for the week was made available to all.
Mayor Moreno presented the Great East Moliner Award to Mr. James Peoples for his daughter Turrie Peoples who is currently serving in Iraq. Ms. Peoples received the GEM for her many years of Military Service and receiving the Bronze Star. Ms. Peoples is the first woman to lead men in combat and we are very proud of her. Mr. Peoples addressed the City Council and expressed his sincere thanks to the Mayor, City Council, and the Citizenry.
Mayor Moreno: In closing it’s been an honor and a privilege to serve you in this capacity, I’ve truly enjoyed every minute of it especially the last 4 years. I know Mayor Elect Thodos will appreciate it and enjoy every moment as well. I’m very proud of the accomplishments, and the seeds that we’ve planted for future development along the way. I leave behind a good team and there are challenging times ahead as was for us and I truly believe that the progress that was made is not just one individual, but a team effort.
These last 4 years have been very difficult not only for the City of East Moline, but the entire country with 911 that changed a lot of going-on in the City, fortunately I had the honor of serving during our Centennial Year, and that I will always cherish. I’ll have more time to spend with my family, hobbies and time to re-charge my batteries. I look forward to the promises made of lowering taxes and the creation of new jobs. Mayor Moreno stated he loved being Mayor and, in his heart felt he did a good job for the City of East Moline.
COMMENTS & SPECIAL REMARKS
Mrs. Eva Salava: As a retired International Union United Auto Workers Representative, and a Political Activist, and Civil Rights Activitist, thank you for everything.
Alderman Moreno: Mayor you have much to be proud of nothing to be ashamed of, you did a great job and you are highly respected.
Alderman Puentes: Ditto Alderman Moreno’s remarks, also thank you 12 years of service as Alderman, as 4 year as Mayor. You have done an excellent job, you are a tireless worker and I know you will continue that. Alderman Teague 16 years of service you are a great leader and statesman, Alderman Westbrook will have big shoes to fill best of luck to you both.
Alderman Doose: We will miss you, and I know as dedicated as you are to the community we will see you here and there.
Alderman Kelley: You will be missed and I’m just a phone call away.
Anthony Moreno: On behalf of my mother and the family, my dad has served 16 years of dedicated service. My dad has become an icon in the City of East Moline, and made it a better place to live. I challenge young people to get involved in the community.
Alderman Meredith: Wish you god speed and best of luck, and whatever your endeavors are there is life after politics. Alderman Teague I respect you it was nice to have you on my left hand best wishes.
SWEARING IN OF NEWLY ELECTED
City Clerk Holmes Administered the Oath of Office to the Newly Elected Mayor John Thodos, outgoing Mayor Moreno wished him well. Mayor Thodos Administered the Oath of Office to
Re-Elected City Clerk Arletta D. Holmes. City Clerk Holmes swore in the Newly Elected Officials. Alderman Helen Heiland 1st Ward, Luis Moreno 3rd Ward, Rick Meredith 5th Ward, and
Gary Westbrook 7th Ward.
Mayor Thodos presented Alderman Teague with a Distinguished Community Service Award for his 16 years of dedicated service to the Citizens and City of East Moline, Illinois from 1985-2005. Mayor Thodos also has a Community Service Award for former Mayor Moreno he will make sure that it’s presented to him.
ORDINANCE 05-14: An Ordinance of the City Council of the City of East Moline, Illinois, Amending Section 9-3-1 Entitled “No Parking Places” of Chapter 3, Entitled “Parking Rules”, of Title 9, Entitled “Traffic’ of the City Code of the City of East Moline of 1974 And As Amended.
A motion was made by Alderman Moreno, seconded by Alderman Meredith, to waive the reading of Ordinance 05-14. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, Westbrook, Heiland and Puentes. Motion carried.
A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Doose, to adopt Ordinance 05-14 as presented. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, Westbrook, Heiland, and Puentes. Motion carried.
ORDINANCE 05-15: An Ordinance Authorizing the execution and delivery of an Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement and Certain Documents in connection therewith; And Related Matters in connection with Single Family Mortgage Revenue Bonds.
A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Meredith, to waive the reading of Ordinance 05-15. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, Westbrook, Heiland and Puentes. Motion carried.
A motion was made by Alderman Heiland, seconded by Alderman Moreno, to adopt Ordinance 05-15 as presented. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, Westbrook, Heiland, and Puentes. Motion carried.
Attorney Phares: Will again request that the Council will go into Executive Close Session at the conclusion of this meeting in order to discuss Pending Litigation Prime Co U.S. Cellular vs. City of East Moline.
COMMITTEE-OF-THE-WHOLE (Alderman Meredith)
Alderman Meredith has no items for discussion; all items have been covered under the Consent Agenda, Ordinance or Resolution
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.
Mr. Verdick: Welcome aboard
Mr. Hughes: Welcome, the Finance Office is now working on the Annual Budge Report and hopefully that will be handed out by the next meeting.
Mr. Willemarck: Tomorrow I will check out the Air Conditioner to see why it’s not working, I really appreciated working with the that left and I look forward to working with you.
Mr. Drake: Welcome aboard to the newly Elected Officials. There has been a public notice put out for bids for Air Conditioning at the Water Plant, as part of our capital improvements.
Mr. Piatt: Welcome aboard.
Chief Moreno: Welcome aboard and I look forward to working with you.
Mr. Lauper: Welcome aboard.
Mr. Keehner: Welcome aboard.
Chief DeFrance: Welcome aboard your honor and Alderman.
Alderman Doose nominated Alderman Luis Moreno as Mayor Pro-Tem sighting his work in the entire community.
Alderman Meredith suggested that this be tabled until the next meeting, due to the short meeting and not being aware that this was going to be up for discussion.
A motion was made by Alderman Meredith, seconded by Alderman Heiland to table the selection of the Mayor Pro-Tem until the meeting. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Alderman Meredith, and Heiland. Opposed: Alderman Doose, and Kelley. Passed: Alderman Moreno, Puentes, and Westbrook. Tie 2-2. Mayor Thodos voted in favor. Motion carried 3-2.
FIVE- MINUTE AUDIENCE PARTICPATION
Mayor Thodos gave members of the audience the opportunity to address the City Council.
Alderman Heiland: There will be a get together at the American Legion in East Moline directly after this meeting and everyone is invited.
A motion was made by Alderman Meredith, seconded by Alderman Heiland, to go directly into Executive Closed Session to discuss Pending Litigation. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, Westbrook, Heiland, and Puentes. Motion carried. 7:40p.m.
A motion was made by Alderman Meredith, seconded by Alderman Heiland, for the City Council to go back into open session. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, Westbrook, Heiland, and Puentes. Motion carried. 7:55p.m.
Mayor Thodos reported no action was taken in Closed Session
A motion was made by Alderman Meredith, seconded by Alderman Moreno, to authorize the City Attorney to prepare the appropriate documents, to be presented at the next City Council meeting. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, Westbrook, Heiland, and Puentes. Motion carried.
A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Heiland, to adjourn. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, Westbrook, Heiland, and Puentes. Motion carried. 8:00 pm
Minutes taken and submitted by,
Arletta D. Holmes, City Clerk
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