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Apr 18, 2014
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Apr 21, 2014 6:30 PM
City Council Meeting

Apr 26, 2014 8:00 AM
Nancy Tragarz Annual Spring Clean-up

Apr 26, 2014 9:00 AM
Watertown Clean Up

May 04, 2014
Cinco De Mayo Celebration

May 05, 2014
Cinco De Mayo Celebration

May 05, 2014 6:30 PM
City Council Meeting

May 19, 2014 6:30 PM
City Council Meeting

May 26, 2014
City Offices Closed - Memorial Day

May 26, 2014 1:00 PM
Memorial Day

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 09/02/2003

PLEDGE
Mayor Moreno led the City Council and all those present in the Pledge of Allegiance To The Flag. Mayor Moreno asked for a moment of silence in memory of Officer Robert Wolfe, who was a 22- year veteran of the East Moline Police Department.

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, Luis Puentes, Carol Doose, Gary Kelley and Crotis Teague. Absent: Rick Meredith (illness).

CITY CLERK'S REPORT
None

CONSENT AGENDA
City Clerk Holmes read the Consent Agenda as follows:
A. Approval of the City Council Minutes of August 18, 2003
B. Approval of the Committee Of The Whole Minutes of August 18, 2003
C. Approval of Salaries in the amount of $299,275.43
D. Approval of Bills in the amount of $1,270,695.45

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

REPORT BY MAYOR
Mayor Moreno introduced the winners of East Moline Centennial Royalty Court, and presented each with a Certificate of Recognition for their hard work and dedication on behalf of the City of East Moline.

King - Matthew Montez
Queen - Alison Daugherty
Prince - Charles Harris III
Princess - Taylor Jacquef
Duchess - Brook Ashcraft

Mayor Moreno, commend Alderman Doose and her Committee for doing a fantastic job in organizing this event. Alderman Doose, this was a team effort everything was donated and all proceed will go to the Park Board. The event raised well over $3,000.

Mayor Moreno directed City Clerk Holmes to read the proclamation declaring the week of September 1-6 as Union Label Week in support of all working men and women.

A motion was made by Alderman Puentes, seconded by Alderman Teague to accept the proclamation as presented. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Puentes, Doose, Kelley, Heiland and Teague. Motion carried.

CITY ATTORNEY
ORDINANCE 03-29: An Ordinance providing for the abatement of the Ad Valorem taxes levied to pay principal of and interest on certain of the outstanding General Obligation Alternate Bonds, Series 1995A, of the City of East Moline, Illinois.

Mr. Hughes, Ordinance 03-29 and Ordinance 03-30 are together. Ordinance 03-29 abates the taxes that were instituted as a back up guarantee to North Hill General Obligation Bonds. Both Ordinances reflects the refinancing of the North Hill TIF Bonds.

A motion was made by Alderman Doose, seconded by Alderman Kelley, to waive the reading of Ordinance 03-29. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Puentes, Doose, Kelley, Heiland and Teague. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Alderman Doose, seconded by Alderman Kelley, to adopt Ordinance 03-29 as presented. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Puentes, Doose, Kelley, Heiland and Teague. Motion carried.

ORDINANCE 03-30: An Ordinance authorizing and providing for the issuance and sale of $1,305,000 General Obligation Refunding Alternate Bonds, Series 2003C.

Mr. Hughes, Ordinance 03-30 authorizes sale of refunding Alternate bonds and re-institutement of required tax levy.

A motion was made by Alderman Puentes, seconded by Alderman Kelley, to waive the reading of Ordinance 03-30. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Puentes, Doose, Kelley, Heiland and Teague. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Alderman Puentes, seconded by Alderman Kelley, to adopt Ordinance 03-30 as presented. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Puentes, Doose, Kelley, Heiland and Teague. Motion carried.

ORDINANCE 03-31: An Ordinance amending Ordinance No. 88-22 as amended by Ordinance 98-41 relating to the establishment of an Enterprise Zone in the City of East Moline, Illinois.

A motion was made by Alderman Doose, seconded by Alderman Teague, to waive the reading of Ordinance 03-31. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Puentes, Doose, Kelley, Heiland and Teague. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Doose, to adopt Ordinance 03-31 as presented. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Puentes, Doose, Kelley, Heiland and Teague. Motion carried.

Mayor Moreno made the following recommendations regarding the establishment of a garbage collection fee, concerning motions that he feels would be necessary prior to the adoption of Ordinance 03-32.

1. Waive the reading of the ordinance.
2. A motion approving the garbage user fee.
3. A motion directing staff to reduce the Property Tax Levy in the Garbage Fund by at least $100,000. Also directed the Committee studying the minimum water usage, to eliminate the water and sewer-billing fee of $9.44.

Mayor Moreno reluctantly recommends the approving of the garbage user fee, but with the reduction of income taxes from the State of Illinois, the Mayor feels this leaves us little choice. The comments by Moody's concerning our bond rating, on how important the garbage user fee is to the City's financial well-being, were demonstrated earlier with the passage of Ordinance 03-29 & 03-30. The City was able to refinance a bond issue saving the City almost $70,000 in bond payments in the coming years.

With the addition of the garbage user fee, the reduction of property taxes and the elimination of the water and sewer billing fee that will provide the City with revenues needed and some residents with a reduction in expenses.

ORDINANCE 03-32: An Ordinance of the City of East Moline, Illinois, establishing a garbage collection fee to be imposed as a user fee upon residential customers within the City of East Moline, Illinois.

A motion was made by Alderman Teague, seconded by Alderman Puentes, to waive the reading of Ordinance 03-32. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Puentes, Doose, Kelley, Heiland and Teague. Motion carried.

Alderman Moreno 6:55p.m.

A motion was made by Alderman Teague, seconded by Alderman Puentes, to adopt Ordinance 03-32 as presented.

Alderman Heiland: Mr. Ed DeJaynes of 941-14th Avenue East Moline gave more petitions to her. We have 387 more signatures, which makes a total of 604 citizens that are objecting to the implementation of this fee, the petition states: The East Moline City Council has levied property taxes for the purpose of garbage collection. We believe that the arbitrary monthly fee is excessive in light of the current property tax levy. We believe that the matter should be further analyzed and no additional fees paid for garbage collection until next year's property tax levy is resolved. (The petitions will be placed on file in the City Clerk's Office).

A motion was made by Alderman Heiland to table this issue until the tax levy is set. Due to lack of a second, motion defeated.

A motion was made by Alderman Teague, seconded by Alderman Puentes, to adopt Ordinance 03-32 as presented. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Puentes, Moreno, Doose, Kelley and Teague. Against: Alderman Heiland. Motion carried 5-1

COMMITTEE-OF-THE-WHOLE (Alderman Heiland)
None

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 Departments.

Bruce Willemarck: Congratulated Alderman Moreno for another successful soccer tournament.

Leath Drake: The water conservation alert has been lifted, thanked residents for reducing their water usage over the past few days, allowing us to restore normal levels in the towers. However, to reduce the possibility of this problem re-occurring we request that residents keep outside water use for irrigation to a minimum and water during odd days of the month. On September 4th the American Society of Civil Engineers will release its 2003 Progress Report on America's Infrastructure.

Dean Piatt: Employee became ill last week; he plans on returning to work in two weeks once the medication takes effect.

Chief Freeman: We have started the Citywide Abandon Vehicle Sweep, the north end of the City has been done, we netted about 300 vehicles. Within the next 2 weeks the rest of the City should be completed.

Steve Verdick: Reminders, October 9th is the Citizen of the Year and Deny Jacobs Public Service Award Dinner at Quad City Downs. Nomonination forms have been published in the Dispatch Metro East. Also October 10th at Quad City Downs is the City's Annual Employee Recgoniciation Luncheon starting at 11:30a.m.

Jim Hughes: Apologized to the staff and residents for problems the City is having with its phone system. The phones have been malfunctioning for minutes or hours since a line was severed during construction outside of the building. Suggested a one-hour workshop session be held to discuss the upcoming property tax levy. It will be on Tuesday September 9th at 3:30p.m. in City Hall Council Chambers, notices will be posted.

FIVE-MINUTE AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION
Mayor Moreno gave member of the audience the opportunity to address the City Council. None

ADJOURNMENT
A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Teague, to adjourn. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Puentes, Moreno, Doose, Kelley, Teague and Heiland. Motion carried. 7:12p.m.

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

 

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