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 08/07/2006
Mayor Thodos led the City Council and all those present in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
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
Clerk Holmes swore in Mr. Richard Keehner Jr., the newly appointed City Administrator for the City of East Moline.
ADDITIONS/CORRECTIONS TO AGENDA
City Clerk Holmes read the Consent Agenda that included the following items:
1. Approval of the City Council Minutes of July 17, 2006
2. Approval of the Committee- of- the- Whole Minutes of July 17, 2006
3. Approval of Salaries in the amount $305,328.00
4. Approval of Bills in the amount of $1,379,606.50
5. Approval for the 23rd Annual Labor Day Parade to be held within the City of East Moline.
A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Doose, to approve the Consent Agenda as presented. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Kelley, Westbrook, Heiland, Puentes, Moreno, Doose, and Meredith. Motion carried.
REPORT BY THE MAYOR
Mayor Thodos read a proclamation proclaiming the week of August 1st through August 7th as National Clown Week in the City of East Moline. No one was in attendance to accept the proclamation.
RESOLUTION 06-35: A Resolution of the City Council of the City of East Moline, Illinois, authorizing approval of the Facility Plan for Wastewater Treatment Plant improvements of the City of East Moline, as presented by Howard R. Green Company.
A motion was made by Alderman Doose, seconded by Alderman Meredith, to adopt Resolution 06-35 as presented. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Kelley, Westbrook, Heiland, Puentes, Moreno, Doose, and Meredith. Motion carried.
RESOLUTION 06-36: A Resolution of the City Council of the City of East Moline, Illinois, authorizing execution of an Interoperability Agreement among Bi-State Regional Commission, The Emergency Telephone System Board of Rock Island County, and the governments of Bettendorf, Davenport, and Scott County, Iowa, and East Moline, Milan, Moline, Rock Island, Silvis, and Rock Island County, Illinois.
A motion was made by Alderman Moreno, seconded by Alderman Puentes, to adopt Resolution 06-36 as presented. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Kelley, Westbrook, Heiland, Puentes, Moreno, Doose, and Meredith. Motion carried.
RESOLUTION 06-37: A Resolution of the City Council of the City of East Moline, Illinois, accepting the bid of Cummins Central Power of Rock Island, Illinois, for the purchase of a Portable Generator for the 21st Avenue Pump Station in the City of East Moline to be funded by a grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Meredith, to adopt Resolution 06-37 as presented. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Kelley, Westbrook, Heiland, Puentes, Moreno, Doose, and Meredith. Motion carried.
RESOLUTION 06-38: A Resolution of the City Council of the City of East Moline, Illinois, authorizing execution of the Water Tower Lease with option between The City of East Moline, Illinois, and Iowa Wireless Services, LLC, D/B/A I Wireless.
A motion was made by Alderman Moreno, seconded by Alderman Kelley, to adopt Resolution 06-38 as presented. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Kelley, Westbrook, Heiland, Puentes, Moreno, Doose, and Meredith. Motion carried.
RESOLUTION 06-39: A Resolution of the City of East Moline, Illinois, approving and authorizing the execution and delivery of an Intergovernmental Agreement for the Acquisition of Real Property through the exercise of the power of Eminent Domain and the transfer of said Real Property to the County of Rock Island, Illinois.
Attorney Phares noted that the legal description has been circulated among the members of the City Council.
Mr. Keehner: The City of East Moline received a request from the County of Rock Island for assistance in economic development project. The economic development project is their Oak Glen Home is looking for a new location. The County is very interested in the Curry property located South of Avenue of the Cities about 4.78 acres.
With the assistance being presented to the Council in this Resolution 06-39 the power of eminent domain for public purpose, the City firmly believes that this project will provide economic development benefits to the City of East Moline since this development will be located within our boundaries.
It is proposed to be a 250 bed complex. The project would provide the City of East Moline with additional revenues, provide places to live, places to visit for our residents, provide an opportunity for visitors to eat and shop in our area on Avenue of the Cities, It would also provide an opportunity for growth in an area that we have been trying to develop for some years.
This particular area is located in the Illinois Enterprise Zone, within a Tax Increment Finance (TIF) district. This development would not produce taxes, but would produce the above- mentioned benefits to the City of East Moline. This development will bring enough benefit to offset the property taxes, and we recommend providing assistance to Rock Island County to move this project forward.
Alderman Puentes asked Attorney Phares, in his opinion, does this project met the State or Federal Statue for eminent domain acquisition. Attorney Phares stated yes, as he has reviewed the statues and the cases under the State Statues interpretation the eminent domain powers of the City. It is for a public purpose, not for a private purpose. The courts have authorized intergovernmental agreements between units of local governments for this purpose, and therefore meet the criteria of the statues and the cases.
Alderman Moreno questioned if the family was aware of this process, also are they okay with what the City is doing. Mayor Thodos stated that the family is in full understanding of this process.
Alderman Meredith asked about the easements and the entrance to and from the property. Mayor Thodos stated access would be through the Kennedy Drive frontage road.
Alderman Doose asked for an explanation and the meaning of Counterparts on page 3 under item number 6 of the agreement. Attorney Phares informed her that it means the number of copies of the agreement; there may be 6 or 7 multiple copies of the agreement. Alderman Doose also asked who would be signing this agreement. Attorney Phares informed her that it would be the Mayor and City Clerk on behalf of the City, Country Board Chairman on behalf of the County, and the County Clerk on behalf of the Rock Island County.
A motion was made by Alderman Meredith, seconded by Alderman Kelley, to adopt Resolution 06-39 as presented. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Kelley, Puentes, Moreno, Doose, and Meredith. Opposed: Westbrook, and Heiland. Motion carried. 5-2.
COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE (Alderman Meredith)
Alderman Meredith had no items for discussion. All items have been covered under the Consent Agenda or by 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 Moreno: Informed the City Council that he has provided them with a Quarterly report from the Special Operation Unit for their review.
Don Mayhew: Capital Improvement Projects are ongoing in Wards 3,4& 5. Mr. Mayhew announced that Xstream Cleanup would be held on Saturday August 19, 2006 from 8:30 until Noon. Anyone interested in volunteering can call for more information.
Rich Keehner: Informed the City Council that City Staff met to discuss policies and guidelines for future events.
Alderman Westbrook: Reminded the City Council and those in attendance that “ Music in the Park” will be on Saturday August 12, 2006 at 2:00p.m. at Hereford Park. This event is sponsored by the Watertown Neighborhood Watch Committee.
FIVE- MINUTE CITIZEN PARTICATION
Mayor Thodos gave members of the audience the opportunity to address the City Council.
Dwayne Trautman – 4540 6th Street Ct. East Moline, IL. - Mr. Trautman asked what Mayor Thodos comments are regarding the article that was in the Dispatch today (Letters to the Editor) regarding “Triumphville”.
Mayor Thodos stated that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, however he does not share the viewpoint of the article. Mr. Trautman inquired as to how is the Water System Study coming along.
Mayor Thodosstated studies have been done and the Council has not voted on any increases as of yet. There will be suggestions, recommendations, that have already been made by the Engineering Firms and we are currently evaluating those.
Systems that Cities share such as sewage (we are the Regional Plant) East Moline does process sewage for other municipalities. The Mayor is currently meeting with the Mayors and City Administrators of those municipalities, that we are serving.
Mr. Trautman also asked if the work will be completed prior to the opening of the meat processing plant. Mayor Thodos stated that one of the items approved this evening was a mandate of the Environmental Protection Agency (EDP). We have a plan that has to address specific EPA violations is to be completed by 2008.
Larry Simoens – 4114 - 8th Avenue, East Moline, IL. – Expressed his concerns over the noise that is coming from the Cement Plant that is directly behind his house the noise starts as early as 2:30a.m. Mr. Simoens asked if the City has a Noise Ordinance, as this is an ongoing problem. Alderman Westbrook, and City Planner Richard Van Raes have been very helpful in assisting him with this problem.
Alderman Westbrook: Wayne Lawson, Manager of the Cement Operation has assured him they will try to alleviate the problem; otherwise we may need to explore other avenues.
Attorney Phares: There is a regulation with respect to noise. Generally speaking the noise is prosecuted through disorderly conduct. This is an industrial area and it is a different standard.
Robert Edwards – 1803 35th Avenue, East Moline, IL. – Mr. Edwards addressed the City Council requesting that he be given permission to hold a Street Party on September 16th, 2006. Mr. Edwards was directed to get a special events permit.
A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Meredith, to adjourn the City Council meeting. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Kelley, Westbrook, Heiland, Puentes, Moreno, Doose, and Meredith. Motion carried. 7:02p.m.
Minutes taken and submitted by,
Arletta D. Holmes, City Clerk
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