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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 06:35 PM ON 05/06/2002

PLEDGE

Mayor Jose Moreno led the City Council and all those present in the Pledge of Allegiance To The Flag.

ROLL CALL

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, John Thodos, Luis Moreno, Carol Doose, Rick Meredith, Gary Kelley and Crotis Teague.

CITY CLERK’S REPORT

City Clerk Holmes appointed Kathryn VenHuizen as Deputy Clerk beginning May 1, 2002 until the end of the fiscal year April 30, 2003.

CONSENT AGENDA

· Approval of Public Hearing Minutes of April 15, 2002
· Approval of City Council Minutes of April 15, 2002
· Approval of Committee Of The Whole Minutes of April 15, 2002
· Approval of Salaries in the amount of $274,258.20
· Approval of bills in the amount of $944,651.42

A motion was made by Alderman Thodos, seconded by Alderman Moreno, to approve the Consent Agenda as presented. Upon roll call the following Aldermen voted in favor: Meredith, Kelley, Teague, Heiland, Thodos, Moreno and Doose. Motion carried.

OTHER:

City Administrator, Steve Verdict asked that under item 10 closed session, pending Litigation be pulled from the agenda.

REPORT BY MAYOR APPOINTMENTS:

Mayor Moreno made Appointments to the following Boards and Committees and they are as follows: Centennial Committee, Citizens Advisory Committee, Civic Center, Economic Development, Historic Preservation, Human Relations Commission, Library Board, Parks & Recreation Board, Plan Commission, QC Riverfront, Standard & Appeals Board and Zoning Board of Appeals (See Attachment). After much discussion, comments and questions.

A Motion was by Alderman Thodos, seconded by Alderman Moreno, to use the Omnibus vote. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Meredith, Kelley, Teague, Thodos, Moreno and Doose. Opposed: Alderman Heiland. Motion carried. 6-1

A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Moreno, to approve the Appointments by the Omnibus vote. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Meredith, Kelley, Teague, Moreno and Doose. Opposed: Aldermen Heiland and Thodos. Motion carried. 5-2.

Mayor Moreno acknowledged, Jay Verstraete, Cheryl Reger and Cheri Bustos as being newly appointed, they were all given the opportunity to address the City Council. Mayor Moreno made the following City Council Committee Assignments of Alderman to various Committees for Fiscal Year Ending 2002-2003 (See Attachment).

A motion was made by Alderman Thodos, seconded by Alderman Moreno, to use the Omnibus vote. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Meredith, Kelley, Teague, Heiland, Thodos, Moreno and Doose. Motion carried. A motion was made by Alderman Thodos, seconded by Alderman Moreno, to approve the City Council Assignments as presented. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Meredith, Kelley, Teague, Heiland, Thodos, Moreno and Doose. Motion carried.

Mayor Moreno received a letter from Fire Fighter Jeff Ward regarding an accident that happened on April 28, 2002. There was a van turned over in one of our creeks, South of 19th Street by the John Deere Foundry. Mr. Ward stated he was very honored and happy of the great communication and teamwork that exist between the Police Department, Fire Department, Illini Hospital, Grishman’s Towing Service and the Railroad. The Mayor commended all Departments Heads and Staff for a job well done. Mayor Moreno stated tonight is very special, as it marks his first year anniversary as Mayor of the City of East Moline, and what a wonderful Council, Department Heads and City Staff to have the opportunity of working with.

Some progress has been made in our Downtown with the addition of two new businesses The Racers Edge, Mother Hubbard’s & Subway and the retention of Ron’s Town Liquor. Industrial Park, 300 plus acres has been annexed; there is a lot of ongoing activity out there. The Quarter project is in bloom with the first Condo under construction, flowers and landscaping starting to bloom.

Emerald Pointe has great potential I-5 Corridor. Great River Industrial Park, lots of interest. New Quizno’s Restaurant on 42nd Avenue, Purchase of the Sammy G’s Bowling Alley, Opening of a Family Health Clinic on 42nd Avenue and a Senior Housing Project. Challenges for the City of East Moline: Closing of the Case New Holland Plant, Jewel Foods and the East Moline Correctional Center. We are in communication with all parties involved.

Others: Hiring of New Economic Development Manager, Interviewing for Water Department Superintendent. Building of a New City Garage, Creation of a new Citywide Safety Committee. Appointment of Mr. Tim Knanishu as the new Redeem President.

Mayor Moreno states he has a great working Council and City Staffers to work with, applauses were given.

PROCLAMATION:

Mayor Moreno directed City Clerk Holmes to read the Proclamation, proclaiming the week of May 15th as National Police Week. Chief Freeman informed the Council normally we would have a service in honor of Officer Richard Morton, who was killed in the line of duty in 1967. This year again there will be a Quad City Memorial Service, honoring all officers who have died in the line of duty on Saturday May 11, 2002. We will be leaving in procession from UTHS about 9:30a.m. To First Congregational Church in Moline. We will then proceed to the Rock Island County Justice Center, where the names of all fallen officer will be read. A motion was made by Alderman Teague, seconded by Alderman Thodos, to accept the proclamation and place it on file. Upon voice vote all those present voted in favor. Motion carried.

Census Adjustment Report: The U.S. Census Bureau has adjusted the 2000 Census to reflect an increase in the population count for the City of East Moline. City Planner, Mr. Van Raes, The Bi-State Regional Commission called it to our attention. The East Moline Correctional Center’s, address is 100 Hillcrest Road; there count was placed in the Village of Oak Grove. The City of East Moline filed a challenge to the 2000 census the proper documentation was filed with the U.S. Department of Commerce. On April 19, 2002 our confirmation count increased from 20,333 to 21,431. Mr. Van Raes stated this will increase revenue to the City of East Moline, per Mr. Hughes that is about $125.00 per person.

CITY ATTORNEY ORDINANCE 02-16: An Ordinance annexing certain territory to the City of East Moline, County of Rock Island, Illinois. City Planner Mr. Van Raes gave background information on Ordinance 02-16. The City of East Moline received a request from Steven L. Nelson and Dennis F. Dedecker, authorized agents for Short Hills County Club, a Not-for-profit Corporation, and located at 2500 11th Street East Moline, Illinois to Annex 55.18 acres into the City of East Moline. The Plan Commission met on April 30, 2002 and approved the Pre-Annexation Agreement. The commission also recommended that the territory be annexed to the City and zoned A-R Agriculture and one family residence. A motion was made by Alderman Thodos, seconded by Alderman Moreno, to approve the Pre-Annexation Agreement. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Meredith, Kelley, Teague, Heiland, Thodos, Moreno and Doose. Motion carried. A motion was made by Alderman Thodos, seconded by Alderman Kelley, to waive the reading of Ordinance 02-16. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Meredith, Kelley, Teague, Heiland, Thodos, Moreno and Doose. Motion carried. A motion was made by Alderman Thodos, seconded by Alderman Teague, to adopt Ordinance 02-16 as presented. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Meredith, Kelley, Teague, Heiland, Thodos, Moreno, and Doose. Motion carried.

RESOLUTION 02-15: A Resolution of the City Council of the City of East Moline, Illinois, concerning State Income Tax and Photoprocessing Tax Shared with Municipalities. Finance Director Mr. Hughes gave a brief explanation of the Shared Taxes. A motion was made by Alderman Moreno, seconded by Alderman Thodos, to approve Resolution 02-15 as presented. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Meredith, Kelley, Teague, Heiland, Thodos, Moreno and Doose. Motion carried.

RESOLUTION 02-16: A Resolution of the City Council of the City of East Moline, Illinois, applying for a Community Development Assistance (CDAP) grant. A motion was made by Alderman Thodos, seconded by Alderman Moreno, to approve Resolution 02-16 as presented. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Meredith, Kelley, Teague, Heiland, Thodos, Moreno, and Doose. Motion carried.

RESOLUTION 02-17: A Resolution of the City Council of the City of East Moline, Illinois, authorizing execution of an agreement for regulation of parking of motor vehicles and traffic at Ridgewood Towers, Fox Pointe Apartments, Deerfield Woods Apartments and Summit Ridge Condominiums in the City of East Moline, Illinois. A motion was made by Alderman Thodos, seconded by Alderman Meredith, to approve Resolution 02-17 as presented. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Meredith, Kelley, Teague, Heiland, Thodos, Moreno and Doose. Motion carried.

OTHER: Economic Development Loan Requests (Keehner) Mr. Keehner, We have two (2) Economic Development Loan request, first being Craig and Helen Cutler for the development of a Quizno’s Restaurant located at 435 Avenue of the Cities, East Moline, Illinois. Mr.& Mrs. Cutler could not be in attendance tonight, however Ms. Donna Scalf from BlackHawk College Outreach Program is here to answer any questions. This request is in the amount of $30,000 it was unanimously passes by the Economic Development Commission. This loan request is being recommended to the Council for consideration. The loan will be paid back over a five-year period at a 4 percent interest rate. Ms. Scalf stated the Cutlers hope to open on or before August 15, 2002. Ms. Scalf answered questions, also felt this was an excellent opportunity for the City of East Moline. A motion was made by Alderman Teague, seconded by Alderman Moreno, to approve the $30,000 loan request for the Quizno’s Restaurant. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Meredith, Kelley, Teague, Heiland, Thodos, Moreno and Doose. Motion carried.

Dr. John Lanciloti has requested a $20,000 Economic Development Loan for a Family Health Care to establish his business, located at 1180 Avenue of the Cities, East Moline, Illinois. The Economic Development Commission unanimously passed this request. The loan request is being recommended to the Council for consideration. The loan will be paid back over a five-year period at a 4 percent interest rate. Dr. Lanciloti addressed the City Council, and expressed his sincere thanks to the Council and City of East Moline. A motion was made by Alderman Moreno, seconded by Alderman Kelley to approve the $20,000 Economic Development Loan request as presented. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Meredith, Kelley, Teague, Heiland, Thodos, Moreno and Doose. Motion carried.

COMMITTEE-OF-THE-WHOLE (Alderman Meredith)

Elected Compensation Discussion Alderman Meredith informed the Council the above topic is the only item that needs to be discussed. Alderman Thodos recommended that the committee be formed and to begin the process. Alderman Thodos, Finance Director Jim Hughes and Mr. Ken Pauley a resident will serve on the committee. A motion was made by Alderman Thodos, seconded by Alderman Teague, to officially form the committee and begin the process. Upon voice vote those in favor: Meredith, Kelley, Teague, Heiland, Thodos, and Moreno. Opposed: Alderman Doose. Motion carried. 6-1

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 Department.

Dean Piatt, We have been cleaning out the Anaerobic Digesters. They haven’t been cleaned for some 27 years, due to circumstances such as Construction, Replacement Projects, Weather, and not enough personnel, one did not get done. The construction projects in those areas have been completed, and we anticipate in the upcoming future to tackle the last one.

Howard Ross, Informed the Aldermen he has put a draft copy of this years Consumer Confidence Report, in their mailboxes. Between June thru August is our Tri-Annual sampling of Cooper/Lead about thirty (30) houses will be included, residents will receive cards regarding this.

Jim Hughes, The annual audit has started, the Auditors will be around the City for the next few months. 3 on 3 basketball is going to be back on the streets of Downtown East Moline. Rotary will be running that event in connection with the Fest on August 17, 2002.

Chief DeFrance, Final copy of the Fire Fighter Contract has been ratified. We had a Pre-Construction meeting on our Fire Truck; made a few minor changes our targareted truck delivery date is still on schedule.

Rich Keehner, On May 2, 2002 a press conference was held at BlackHawk College Outreach Center. 42nd Avenue has been officially re-named to Avenue of the Cities, which includes 23rd Avenue, Moline, 42nd Avenue, East Moline, and Colona Road, Silvis. Each City will have their logo in the upper left hand corner of the new sign; they should be installed on October 2, 2002.

Bill Lauper, Burlington Northern/Santa Fe Railroad will be coming into town next week to propose replacing or repairing the crossing on 12th Avenue near the Water Plant. 12th Avenue will be closed, traffic will be detoured, also on the list for repair is 13th Street at John Deere Harvester Plant they will try to take care of that site.

Alderman Teague, Thanked Mr. Ross for the update on the Water Plant, and Mr. Hughes for the update on the Chicago Trip and things that are happening in the City of East Moline.

Steve Verdick, Reminder, our May 20th Meeting will be held at North Hill Retirement Village.

FIVE MINUTE AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION Mayor Moreno gave member of the audience the opportunity to address the City Council. Mr. Tony Banaszek informed the Council that Main Street has a new event called Fiesta on 15th Avenue it will be held on June 14, 2002 from 6:00 to 11:00p.m. on 15th Avenue between 9th & 10th Streets. Saturday May 11, 2002 will be our Track and Alley clean up between 6th to 13th Streets. All volunteers are to meet on 7th Street & 15th Avenue in the alley at 8:00a.m.

Ms. Jane Cabor of 1325 13th Avenue, East Moline, Illinois addressed the City Council informing them of an incident that took place over the weekend, involving approximately 350 individuals, which resulted into damage to her vehicle by gun firer. Ms. Cabor states these are individuals who frequent one of three of the liquor establishment. Mayor Moreno asked Mr. Cabor to attend the meeting he will be having tomorrow in the City Annex at 3:30p.m. With the owner of the Sugar Shack.

Mr. Tim Scott of 925-10th Street, East Moline, Illinois, addressed the City Council stated the main problem is people who come into East Moline after the bars close in there Cities. Domino Lounge has hired two (2) Police Officers to alleviate the problem. Mayor Moreno also invited Mr. Scott to attend the meeting tomorrow as well.

Mr. Percy Atwater, owner of Percy’s states he does not have that problem, because

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