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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 06/05/2006

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 Clerk Arletta D. Holmes, to call the roll. The following Aldermen were present: Helen Heiland, Luis Puentes, Luis Moreno, Carol Doose, Rick Meredith, Gary Kelley and Gary Westbrook.

CITY CLERK’S REPORT
City Clerk Holmes reported the following corrections were made to the May 15, 2006 minutes: Under Selection of the Mayor Pro-Tem, Alderman Kelley’s vote was omitted, and under Ordinance 06-11 was adopted by the City Council and not Ordinance 06-12.

ADDITIONS/CORRECTIONS TO AGENDA
None

CONSENT AGENDA
City Clerk Holmes read the Consent Agenda that included the following items:
Ø Approval of the City Council Minutes of May 15, 2006
Ø Approval of the Committee of the Whole Minutes of May 15, 2006
Ø Approval of Salaries for May 19, 2006 in the amount of $322,125.10
Ø Approval of Salaries for June 2, 2006 in the amount of $309,691.58
Ø Approval of Bills in the amount of $1,263,273.83
Ø Approval to accept the contract to the low bidder Electric Pump in the amount of
$5,794 for Replacement of Portable Pump.

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

REPORT BY THE MAYOR
APPOINTMENTS
Mayor Thodos had no report.

AFSCME Staff Representative Dino Leone requested he be allowed to address the City Council. Judith Scharer, and Joe Perez will also address the City Council on behalf of AFSCME Local 1234.

Mr. Leone stated that the City has been expanding, and that the employees are doing more work with less pay, yet the City comes to the bargaining table asking forgreat “take a ways”. There take a ways that affect our families’ lives. The City’s Negotiation Committee has submitted the following proposals:
1. An employee must have thirty (30) years of service with the City of East
Moline in order to be eligible for health insurance coverage upon retirement.
2. The City of East Moline would no longer pay health insurance premiums for surviving spouses. It would become the responsibility of the surving spouse to pay 100% of their health insurance cost.

Mr. Leone states that the City employees are the lifelines in the City of East Moline, and they are not second-class citizens, but first class all the way. This is a “working class” City and a Union City. He states that he knows that the way the City is acting at the bargaining table is not in good faith. The City is trying to take a way benefits that are near and dear to the employees and their families.

Mr. Leone stated that it is time for the City Council to tell its chief negotiator to take the harmful issues off the table now. Mr. Leone also states that the Health Insurance Committee has done a great job in holding down cost.

The City has gone for twelve (12) years with only one arbitration case; there are now pending about five (5) or six (6) cases moving to arbitration. AFSCME has won the first arbitration case. On Friday, June 2nd, the arbitrator ruled that the City violated the union contract when it hired five (5) seasonal employees in the spring of 2005. Ultimately what is happening at the bargaining table is the City Council responsibility, and you should know what is going on.

Judith ScharerThe City has several proposals in our negotiations that we feel should be addressed by our Health and Insurance Committee, and not negotiations. I believe that you have been provided with the booklet that we detail the forming of this committee and the decisions that have been made to keep insurance cost down.

We have raised deductibles, “out of pocket” expenses, drug co-pays, and the cost of benefits to retirees. One of the present proposals would make it necessary for me to work until the age of seventy-one (71) instead of the age of sixty-two (62) or sixty-five (65) that I have thought about. The Health Insurance Committee should make this and other proposals involving insurance, and not in negotiations as stated in our agreement with the City.

The Pledge of Allegiance that we said ends with the words “justice for all”. The Health Insurance Committee is how justice regarding insurance is best achieved.

Joe Perez – I have worked for the City of East Moline for 32 years. I grew up in the City of East Moline. I look around this table and see a lot of people that do know me. I hold you, the Mayor and the City Council as leaders, and we are the workforce. My concern is there should be no first or second-class citizens. I do not believe in that. We have racism and just throw that out the window.


When I put my hand out to shake your hand I believe to shake it as an individual. Mr. Perez states that there is a problem with Labor- Management and Employee relationships. The labor employees and management do not want to talk to each other. It is not working anywhere, and we are not gaining anything. My other concern is that I have worked 32 years and I am getting ready to retire. Health insurance is important. I have been married 30 years. What is going to happen to my wife? We are a “family City” and we work as a family and stand strong as a family and look at the issues.

We have problems, but lets get together as one, not individually, to work them out. The City has a lot of fine workers here with a lot of talent and experience. As we get older the City needs to be hiring, because as you loose your experienced employees you need to bring in younger people to train. It would be wonderful for them to learn from the experienced staff; it would also be helpful to the City of East Moline.

I am asking you tonight that you would take this into consideration. Health insurance is a problem, but we can deal with it as one. Think of management, AFSCME, and the unions, Lets get together and talk.

Mayor Thodos: Some of the statements made this evening a lot of us share, and some we will have some disagreement with. Those are the things we should be discussing. This needs to be done at the bargaining table. Health insurance is an expensive issue and should be done at the bargaining table. Ten years ago the cost per employee was approximately $2,500, now the cost is $8,500 to $10,000 per employee. Cost is going up and City revenues are down.

CITY ATTORNEY
ORDINANCE 06-13:
An Ordinance amending Chapter 2 Entitled “Housing Code” of Title 4, Entitled “Building Regulations” of the City Code of the City of East Moline, Illinois of 1984 and as amended.

A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Moreno, to waive the reading of Ordinance 06-13. 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 Moreno to adopt Ordinance 06-13 as presented. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, Westbrook, Heiland, and Puentes. Motion carried.

ORDINANCE 06-14: An Ordinance amending Chapters 1, Entitled “Building Code”, Chapter 4, Entitled “Electrical Code” and Chapter 11, Entitled “Mechanical Code” of Title 4, Entitled “Building Regulations” of the City Code of the City of East Moline, Illinois of 1984 as amended.

A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Doose, to waive the reading of Ordinance 06-14. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, Westbrook, Heiland, and Puentes. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Alderman Doose, seconded by Alderman Kelley, to adopt Ordinance 06-14 as presented. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, Westbrook, Heiland, and Puentes. Motion carried.

RESOLUTION 06-26: A Resolution of the City Council of the City of East Moline, Illinois, authorizing the City of East Moline, to seek approval from the Village of Carbon Cliff, Illinois, and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) to use the Village of Carbon Cliff’s Allocation of remaining IEPA Brownfield Funds.

A motion was made by Alderman Doose, seconded by Alderman Kelley, to adopt Resolution 06-26 as presented. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, Westbrook, Heiland, and Puentes. Motion carried.

RESOLUTION 06-27: A Resolution of the City Council of the City of East Moline, Illinois, authorizing an Increase in Salaries and Employee Contributions for Health Care Premiums relating to Exempt Employee’s, excluding Fire Department Employees and Police Department Exempt Employees. Attorney Pharses requested this Resolution be deleted.

RESOLUTION 06-28: A Resolution of the City Council of the City of East Moline, Illinois, authorizing Execution of an agreement between the City of East Moline, and Builders Sales & Service Company of Moline, Illinois, for the Repair of the Shared Wall Located at 936 15th Avenue, East Moline, Illinois.

Mr. Keehner gave the background information on Resolution 06-28

A motion was made by Alderman Doose, seconded by Alderman Kelley, to adopt Resolution 06-28 as presented. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, Westbrook, Heiland, and Puentes. Motion carried.

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE (Alderman Moreno)
Alderman Moreno 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.

Mr. VanRaes: Reported to the City Council that the Plan Commission held a public hearing to re-zone Lot 8 of the Kennedy Square Subdivision. The Plan Commission unanimously approved it. The ordinance should appear on the next City Council agenda.

Mr. Willemarck: Informed the City Council that tomorrow construction will start the 10th Street Water project (New Watermain and Street Drains on 10th Street and 21st Avenue). There will be traffic control on 17th and 18th Avenues. This project will last the entire summer. The cost of this project is $150,000.

Mr. Drake: Reported that he and Don Mayhew have been working on the public notice to receive bids on a Portable Generator for the 21st Avenue pump station. Funding for this item is provided for by a grant from State Senator Mike Jacobs Office.

Mayor Thodos:Reported that the City of East Moline, has received 179,000 from Senator Mike Jacobs Office in this fiscal year.

Capt. DeLaere: Informed the City Council that Deere & Company has requested the use of Archer Drive on June 29, 2006 between the hours of 10:00a.m. to 2:00p.m. for their Antique Tractor Run. This is an annual event. They will go Northbound on Archer Drive to the Service Road than proceed Eastbound to Reynolds Ford.

A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Moreno, to concur with Deere & Company request as presented. Upon voice vote all those in attendance voted in favor. Unamanious.

Mr. Keehner: This evening Resolution for the use of Carbon Cliff Funds. (Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Funds) (IEPA) was approved. Mr. Keehner informed the City Council that he has had several discussions with representatives from the Village of Carbon Cliff, and a representative of IEPA, and the City will be drafting a grant amendment to use some of those funds in the very near future. This agreement will be presented at the appropriate time.

Chief DeFrance: Informed the City Council on the Firefighter who was recently injured. The firefighter underwent surgery on May 31st at Genesis West. He did very well and was released from the hospital on June 1st. He visited the station that same day and appeared to be in good spirits. He has a long recovery time and his prognosis for returning to work remains in question.

Chief DeFrance has received two (2) requests for EMT’s to work at the BMX Racing event at the BMX tract near the Rock Island County Fairgrounds. The race dates are asfollows: August 4th to 6th with an expected daily attendance of 1,500, and September 16th & 17thwith an expected daily attendance of 1,000.

The Department responded to a significant house fire on Saturday, June 3, 2006 located at 2319 6th Street Court. No injuries were reported, however the house was heavily enveloped on arrival and the residents have been displaced. The Red Cross provided temporary lodging arrangements. The City has an ongoing investigation.

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

Eva Salava - 437 41st Avenue, East Moline, IL. – I am a taxpayer and long time resident of the City of East Moline. We briefly moved to Moline and quickly moved back to East Moline because of the excellent services that the City employees give us. I urge you, this City Council, to give them a fair contract. The insurance issue is a very important issue and we know that everyone here has insurance, so I don’t think it should be denied to our City employees. As far as I am concerned they are the best employees in the whole county. I salute them and wish them well.

Kenny Beaver, 315 15th Avenue, East Moline, IL. – Mr. Beaver questioned why there is a new stop sign in his alley, but cannot get a stop sign on 3rd Street & 15th Avenue to slow down speeders. He states the Mobile Meter was there for such a short length of time and only worked for one week. He feels that is not an adequate assessment of the traffic problems that are occurring. Mr. Beaver states that he was here a month ago no one has called to address the situation, and he feels ignored. Response: Mayor Thodos informed him that the mobile sign was defective and is still being repaired. As far as placing a stop sign at 3rd Street and 15th Avenue, thereare certain procedures and requirements that the City of East Moline must follow.

Karen Kay Madison – 3339 2nd Street Ct. East Moline, IL. Expressed her concerns over a property line dispute with her neighbor and being physically threatened by her neighbor. Ms. Madison stated she did call the police (911) regarding this situation. She is concerned that she was issued a disorderly conduct ticket after being threatened. She feels that for the police to not support her was a disservice. She is also concerned about the trucks dumping in a ravine that is on her property.

RECESS COUNCIL MEETING
A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Moreno, to recess the City Council meeting and proceed with the Committee-of- the-Whole meeting. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, Westbrook, Heiland, and Puentes. Motion carried. 7:15p.m.

Mayor Thodos 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: Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, Westbrook, Heiland, and Puentes. Motion carried. 7:33p.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:
· Personnel Matters
· Pending Litigation – Fire Fighters
· Pending Litigation – Worker’s Compensation Settlement
· AFSCME 1234 Negotiations

Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, Westbrook, Heiland, and Puentes. Motion carried. 7:40p.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: Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, Westbrook, Heiland, and Puentes. Motion carried. 10:40p.m.

Action taken from Closed Session:

A motion was made by Alderman Doose, seconded by Alderman Kelley, to roll back the May 1, 2006 increased salaries relating to exempt employees 2.60% in year 2006, 2.70% in year 2007, and 2.90% in year 2008 as was approved by oral vote three (3) weeks ago. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, Westbrook, Heiland, and Puentes. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Alderman Moreno, seconded by Alderman Westbrook, to direct the Director of Maintenance Services to discuss with representatives of AFSCME Local 1234, the hiring of two (2) additional employees. If agreeable, the summer part time employees would be retained. In the event they are not retained, the City Council would further direct that the temporary summer help would be given two (2) weeks servance pay and the City would not hire the two (2) employees for Maintenance Services. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, Westbrook, Heiland, and Puentes. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Alderman Puentes, seconded by Alderman Kelley, to direct Human Resources, and the Assistant City Administrator, to immediately start the process to seek candidates for the positions of Director of Economic Development, and Director of Engineering Services. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, Westbrook, Heiland, and Puentes. Motion carried.

ADJOURNMENT
A motion was made by Alderman Westbrook, seconded by Alderman Kelley, to adjourn the City Council meeting. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, Westbrook, and Heiland. Motion carried. 10:48p.m.
Minutes taken and submitted by,
_______________________________
Arletta D. Holmes, City Clerk


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