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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 07/03/2006

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

CITY CLERK’S REPORT
Passed

ADDITIONS/CORRECTIONS TO AGENDA
None

CONSENT AGENDA
Deputy City Clerk Van Raes read the Consent Agenda that included the following items:
Ø Approval of the City Council Minutes of June 19, 2006
Ø Approval of the Committee- of- the- Whole Minutes of June 19, 2006
Ø Approval of Salaries in the amount of $322,302.44
Ø Approval of Bills in the amount of $1,324,826.87

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

REPORT BY THE MAYOR
Mayor Thodos reminded those in attendance of the fireworks display scheduled for later this evening.

CITY ATTORNEY
RESOLUTION 06-32: 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 Employees, excluding Fire Department Exempt Employees and Police Department Exempt Employees.

A motion was made by Alderman Meredith, seconded by Alderman Doose, to adopt Resolution 06-32 as presented. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Heiland, Puentes, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, and Westbrook. Motion carried.

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE (Alderman Doose)
Alderman Doose had one (1) item to report on. All other items have been covered under the Consent Agenda or by Ordinance or Resolution.

Alderman Doose reported that the “Strike It, LLC.” Development Agreement had been removed from the agenda.

Alderman Meredith commented that the item had been removed in order to clarify items in the agreement. This item should be on the agenda in two (2) weeks.

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: Commented on the Fire Department’s overtime report.

Dean Piatt: The City has submitted the necessary paperwork to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) for a State Revolving Fund loan (SRF). The
East Moline Wastewater Treatment Plant project is currently ranked 10th out of more than 70 projects in the State for SRF loan. This ranking is very favorable, however we are only eligible for SRF funds with an approved Facility Plan. We can anticipate the IEPA will take at lease 3 to 6 months to review the Facility Plan, so it is very important to submit the plan to the IEPA as soon as possible. Mr. Piatt distributed copies of the Facility Plan to each Council members. We would like to have a Council action item at the July 17th Council meeting to approve and submit the Facility Plan to the IEPA.

We have an unaddressed issue of a failed bar screen. This piece of equipment is over 50 years old and falling apart. We will need to replace the bar screen to protect the downstream pumps and treatment processes. We will need to start the process of designing, bidding and constructing a replacement bar screen in the coming weeks once a financing plan is in place. Discussion was held on priorities of repairs.

Chief Moreno: Distributed report from the Special Operation Unit. Discussion on dispositions of confiscated items and value to the City.

Don Mayhew: Informed the City Council of status of various City projects.

Rich Keehner: Informed the City Council on the status of recruitment for Engineering and Economic Development positions.

Alderman Doose: Presented Mayor Thodos with a “Firecracker Run” T-Shirt for the 4th of July.

Alderman Puentes: Informed the City Council members on the City’s float for the 4th of July Parade.

Alderman Heiland: Commented on the work in the ravine by Mitchell Park. Citizens were pleased with the work.

FIVE- MINUTE AUDIENCE PARTICATION
Mayor Thodos gave members of the audience the opportunity to address the City Council.
None.

ADJOURNMENT
A motion was made by Alderman Doose, seconded by Alderman Heiland, to adjourn the City Council meeting. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Heiland, Puentes, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, and Westbrook. Motion carried. 6:49p.m.

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



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