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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 05/15/2006

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 City Deputy Clerk Richard Van Raes, to call the roll. The following Aldermen were present: Helen Heiland, Luis Puentes, Carol Doose, Rick Meredith, Gary Kelley and Gary Westbrook.

CITY CLERK’S REPORT
City Clerk Holmes distributed copies of the April 17, 2006 City Council minutes noting the correction under Executive Closed Session, as to which Aldermen made the motions.

CONSENT AGENDA
City Clerk Holmes read the Consent Agenda that included the following items:
Ø Approval of the City Council Minutes of May 1, 2006
Ø Approval of the Committee of the Whole Minutes of May 1, 2006
Ø Approval of Salaries in the amount of $323,948.05
Ø Approval of Bills in the amount of $610,797.80
Ø Approval of a proclamation proclaiming May 14, - 20, 2006 as Emergency Medical
Service Week.

Alderman Moreno arrived at 6:34p.m.
A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Meredith, to approve
The Consent Agenda as presented. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Puentes,
Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, Westbrook, and Heiland. Motion carried.

ADDITIONS/CORRECTIONS TO AGENDA
Assistant City Administrator Rich Keehner, requested item number two (2) from the Committee-of-the-Whole Agenda (Health Insurance/Salary) be removed and placed on the City Council Agenda under the City Attorney Report for consideration this evening.

Mr. Keehner made the following clarification under Closed Session (AFSCME Arbitration Issue). The item to be discussed will be the current contract negotiations.

Attorney Phares: With respect to the Health Insurance/Salary item to be discussed. Attorney Phares asked Mr. Keehner if it is your intent then that this item be discussed in open session after the closed session? Mr. Keehner stated that is correct.


REPORT BY THE MAYOR APPOINTMENTS
Mayor Thodos reported to the City Council that he received E-mail from Michelle Huston, who was appointed to the Park Board last year. Due to her new schedule Michelle is unable to continue her commitment to be a member of the Park Board. Mayor Thodos then made the following appointments to the Park Board: Brian Stombaugh, re-appointment for a 2year term and Carol Westbrook for a 1-year term.

A motion was made by Alderman Moreno, seconded by Alderman Meredith, to concur with the Mayor’s appointments to the Park Board. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Puentes, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, Westbrook, and Heiland. Motion carried.

Mayor Thodos read a letter received from Dino Leone, which provided a brief outline of his presentation for the City Council meeting that will be held on May 15, 2006. The following AFSCME members will also address the City Council on behalf of AFSCME Local 1234: Kenneth Schultz, Judith Scharer, and Kathryn Motzer.

Dino Leone, AFSCME Staff Representative Council #31 – “We are here tonight not to blame the City Council, but to inform you of what has been going on in negotiations”. Mr. Leone gave the City Council background information on the working relationship that the Union has had with the City over the past twelve (12) years. The Union and the City have always been able to reach an agreement without mediation or binding arbritubtion.

He stated that that he hope this City Council would meet with their Negotiation Committee and give them direction, because ultimately it is the City’s your responsible to determine to what agreements are reached in negotiations and determine the final outcome. People believe that workers deserve respect and dignity on the job. We have been at the bargaining table since January 2006, and have had over eight (8) bargaining sessions. We are over the expiration date of our contract.

We are an essential part of this community and we want to be treated with respect and the dignity we deserve. that we work hard day in and day out. There are no other employee’s in the City of East Moline, managers or any other union that have lost more members through attrition than AFSCME Local 1234 has. We are working harder with less. The City’s offer on wages, insurance has been less. Cut backs and take a ways on health care is just ridiculous. It will ruin our families. Get involved. The City Council should be looking at what is going on in negotiations and should be giving your committee direction.

We gave a proposal that is more than fair and at the same time saving the City dollars on wages. However, we must keep our health insurance in tact. Hopefully this can be resolved at our next scheduled meeting. When you ask one union to pay more than other unions, when you ask one union to pay more than exempt employees for health care that
is wrong. We are all in one insurance plan and we will not pay any more than anyone else.

Mr. Leone thanked the City Council for their consideration.

Kenneth Schultz, Vice President of AFSCME Local 1234 – Mr. Schultz distributed a handout showing the number of retired AFSCME employees since May 1, 2003 (See Attachment). Eleven (11) employees have retired and only four (4) employees have been hired to replace those positions. The total yearly savings to the City is $348,067.20. That has nothing to do with negotiations there is no concessions on the Union’s part, and that has nothing to do with negotiations that we are now in, and that is a fact $348,067.20 is what the City saves every year on AFSCME employees.

The City has grown you have new additions on 30th, 34th and 42nd Avenues just to name a few. The workforce has declined by at least seven (7) people, yet there are more areas to maintain, more streets, storm sewers, and developments. The workload has not been cut only the employees. All the Union is asking is to be treated fairly when it comes to negotiating the new contract. The City has a dedicated work force and I do not feel they deserve this. Take a look at what is going on and see if you think this is fair.

Judith Scharer - We have been told that Police and Fire are the employees that citizens care about since 9/11. We are not seen to be as important as they are. The Dispatchers are the public and the Police Officer’s and Firemen’s first line for receiving calls, learning information relating to these calls, and for officers safety while on calls. These are AFSCME employees too.

AFSCME Record Clerks enter valuable information in the computer everyday and help the officers’ search for information they need from their calls. The officers’ job would be much more difficult if this information could not be retrieved.


KathrynMotzer – TheHealth Care Planning Committee was established in 1998. Since then many changes have been made to better the cost savings to the insurance fund. Listed are some of the changes that have been instituted to

1. The Committee has changed 3rd Party Administrators two times, changed prescription vendors three times and is currently out for bids for both.
2. The Committee has made effective changes to the health plan itself for cost savings. Deductibles have been raised, out of pocket maximums have been raised, and the prescription co-pays have been raised with incentives in place for the use of generic drugs when available.
3. The Committee has also offered Wellness programs. They have offered a reimbursement for those participating in the Illini Plus Program. They have also offered “Prevent A Stroke” Screening for half price for all insured.

The Insurance Fund has taken a hit the last 3-4 years due to four (4) catastrophic illnesses. However the fund is recovering and the catastrophic illnesses are no longer an issue. At the most recent committee meeting, Finance Director Jim Hughes informed us that the Insurance Fund is the healthiest it has been in 2 years. As a matter of fact, the fund is healthy enough that the City will be submitting a resolution soon to start putting money into a designated fund for OPEB (Other Post Employment Benefits).

The Health Care Planning Committee meets quarterly to review insurance cost and discuss changes. We did receive the 1st Quarter review. The projected outlook for the Health Cost for 2006 is the same as the cost for Health Care for City employees as in 2001. The Committee is a good co-operative effort that allows Management and all three Unions to work together for fair and equal benefits City Wide. We are not asking for more than anyone else, we are asking for the same insurance plan, paying the same amount of money and that is a fair benefit for everyone.

SELECTION OF MAYOR PRO-TEM
A motion was made by Alderman Doose, seconded by Alderman Kelley, to appoint Alderman Meredith as the Mayor Pro-Tem. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Puentes, Moreno, Doose, Kelley, Westbrook, and Heiland. Abstain: Alderman Meredith. Motion carried.

CITY ATTORNEY
We have two (2) Ordinances, and two (2) Resolutions for consideration this evening.
Ordinance 06-11 - Depositories, Ordinance 06-12, Resolution 06-24, and Resolution 06-25 regarding Sale of Real Estate to Great River Holdings, Inc. Tempo Marine.

We ask that these three items (Ordinance 06-12 and Resolution 06-24 and 06-25) be deferred until after we meet with the City Council in Closed Session with respect to the Sale of Public Real Estate.

We would also ask that the item Mr. Keehner requested be placed on the agenda (Health Insurance/Salary) be deferred until after the Closed Session, and until after the City Council is brought up to date on AFSCME Arbitration issues.

ORDINANCE 06-11: An Ordinance amending 1-25-1 Entitled “Depositories” of Chapter 25, Entitled “Depositories”, of Title 1, Entitled “Administrative”, of the City Code of the City of East Moline, of 1974 and as amended.

A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Puentes, to waive the reading of Ordinance 06-11. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Puentes, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, Westbrook, and Heiland. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Westbrook to adopt Ordinance 06-11 as presented. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Puentes, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, Westbrook, and Heiland. Motion carried.

Attorney Phares concluded but requested that we bring back Ordinance 06-12, Resolution 06-24, and Resolution 06-25 and the Health Insurance/Salary issue after Closed Session.

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE (Alderman Puentes)
Alderman Puentes had 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 their Departments.

Chief DeFrance: The Department has been awarded a Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 from the Illinois Fire Chiefs’ Association Foundation (IFCA). This scholarship may only be used in the pursuit of educational goals as outlined in the application. The official presentation will take place at the IFCA 56TH Annual Conference, October 15th through the 18th, 2006 at the Peoria Civic Center.

Mr. Keehner: Informed the City Council that he has received a letter from the Bi-State Regional Commission. They are proposing to conduct an auction later in September. Forms are available for all Department Heads who want to add any materials or equipment in the auction.

Mr. VanRaes: Informed the City Council the Plan Commission will meet on May 30, 2006 at 7:00p.m. for the re-zoning of a lot west of 1st Street and Kennedy SquareSub-Division. This will enable more development in the Sub-division. The Commission will also start the map review for the Uniform Zoning Ordinances.

Chief Moreno: Informed the City Council that on May 4, 2006, three (3) officers graduated from the Police Training Institute (PTI).

FIVE- MINUTE AUDIENCE PARTICATION
Mayor Thodos gave members of the audience the opportunity to address the City Council.

Larry Weimer – 4134 4th Avenue B, East Moline, IL. – Expressed his concern regarding a draining problem with standing water in front of his house. He states that this creates health problems especially with mosquitoes. Mr. Weimer also stated he called the City to see if they could assist him, but was told that since it is on private property City personnel could not work on the problem. Response: Mr. Willemarckstated since it is in the ditch area staff will come up and take a look at it.

Chief Moreno: Updated the City Council on Stop sign at 3rd Street & 15th Avenue, regarding Mr. Beaver’s concerns. This has been passed on to Engineering for review and to verify that a stop sign is needed there.

Alderman Heiland: Asked if drivers could see the speed machine before there speed is actually recorded. Chief Moreno stated depending on which direction they are coming from they possibly can.

Alderman Westbrook: Does the speed machine take the first reading, or the reading once you slow down? Chief Moreno stated the machine takes the first reading; it is like a radar gun it locks in.

RECESS COUNCIL MEETING
A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Meredith, to recess the City Council meeting and proceed with the Committee of the Whole Meeting. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Puentes, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, Westbrook, and Heiland. Motion carried. 7:14p.m.

The Mayor announced a short break.

RECONVENE COUNCIL MEETING
A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Westbrook, to reconvene the City Council meeting. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Puentes, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, Westbrook, and Heiland. Motion carried. 7:34p.m.

EXECUTIVE CLOSED SESSION
A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Westbrook, to go into Executive Closed Session to discuss the following:
· Sale of Public Real Estate
· AFSCME Arbitration Issue
· Health Insurance/Salary.

Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Puentes, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, Westbrook, and Heiland. Motion carried. 7:34p.m.

OPEN SESSION
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: Puentes, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, Westbrook, and Heiland. Motion carried. 8:49p.m.

Action taken from Closed Session:

Attorney Phares: The first item is with respect to the Sale of Real Estate to Tempo Marine Great River Holdings, Inc. The first portion of that transaction would be the consideration by the City Council of the following.

RESOLUTION 06-24: A Resolution of the City Council of the City of East Moline, Illinois, authorizing execution of an Agreement for Covenants to Survive the Closing and between the City of East Moline, and Great River Holdings, Inc,

This is the agreement that will not be recorded, it has been amended. We have
provided copies of the amended agreement to the Council and to the press
and we submit this Resolution for your consideration.

A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Doose, to adopt Resolution 06-24 as presented. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Puentes, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley. Passed: Aldermen Westbrook, and Heiland. Motion carried.

RESOLUTION 06-25: A Resolution of the City Council of the City of East Moline, Illinois, authorizing execution of an Agreement for Covenants to survive the closing and be recorded and be recorded between the City of East Moline and Great River Holdings, Inc.

A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Moreno, to adopt Resolution 06-25 as presented. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Puentes, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley. Passed: Aldermen Westbrook, and Heiland. Motion carried.

ORDINANCE 06-12: An Ordinance of the City Council of the City of East Moline, Illinois, authorizing Execution and Delivery of a Deed to Great River Holdings, Inc. for the purchase of Lot 2C of the Replat of Lot 2 of Outlot A of the Great River Industrial Park, in the City of East Moline, situated in the County of Rock Island, and State of Illinois.

A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Moreno, to waive the reading of Ordinance 06-12. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Puentes, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, Westbrook, and Heiland. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Moreno, to adopt Ordinance 06-12 as presented. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Puentes, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, and Heiland. Passed: Alderman Westbrook. Motion carried.

Health Insurance/Salary
Increase insurance premiums relating to exempt (excluding fire and police exempt) employees from ten (10) percent to thirteen (13) percent in year 2006, to sixteen (16) percent in year 2007, and twenty (20) percent in year 2008. Increase salary relating to exempt (excluding fire and police exempt) employees 2.60% in year 2006, 2.70% in year 2007, and 2.90% in 2008. Direct the City Attorney to draft a Resolution for formal consideration at the next City Council meeting

A motion was made by Alderman Meredith, seconded by Alderman Kelley, to concur with the recommendation as presented. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Puentes, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, Westbrook, and Heiland. Motion carried.

ADJOURNMENT
A motion was made by Alderman Moreno, seconded by Alderman Kelley, to adjourn the City Council meeting. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Puentes, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, Westbrook, and Heiland. Motion carried. 8:55p.m.

Minutes taken and submitted by,
_______________________________
Arletta D. Holmes, City Clerk

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