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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 09/19/2005
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.
ADDITIONS/CORRECTIONS TO THE AGENDA.
Chief Moreno asked that item # 4 – ILEAS Grant from the Committee-of-the-Whole Agenda be moved and placed under item #7 of the City Council's Committee-of-the-Whole for final approval tonight, as the grant must be signed by 9/30/05.
CITY CLERK'S REPORT
A) Approval of the City Council Minutes of September 6, 2005
B) Approval of the Committee of the Whole Minutes of September 6, 2005
C) Approval of Salaries in the amount of $316,570.72
D) Approval of Bills in the amount of $636,308.25
E) Approval of a Proclamation proclaiming September 26th – October 2nd as "Dollar Wise" Week
For the Mayors National Campaign.
F) Approval of a proclamation proclaiming Sunday, October 2nd as "Make a Wish" Day.
A motion was made by Alderman Puentes, seconded by Alderman Kelley, 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 MAYOR
Mayor Thodos asked if anyone one was in attendance to accept the following Proclamations for " Make A Wish Day " or the "National Dollar Wise Campaign", seeing none, Mayor Thodos directed the Clerk to mail them to the appropriate persons.
Mayor Thodos received communications from State Representatives Pat Verschoore and Mike Boland. On October 13, 2005 they will present a Citizens Workshop on Social Security to be held at Blackhawk College, 6600 34th Avenue in Moline, from 2:30p.m. – 5:30p.m. All residents are invited to attend this forum to learn more about the history of Social Security, how the Social Security System currently functions, and the future of Social Security.
ORDINANCE 05-21: An Ordinance authorizing and providing for the issuance and sale of $260,000 of General Obligation Judgment Funding Bonds, Series 2005A, of the City of East Moline, Rock Island County, Illinois for the purpose of funding certain Judgment debts; providing for the levy of a direct Annual Tax for the payment of principal and interest on those bonds; and concerning related matters. (Complete copy on file at the Finance Office for review).
Mr. Hughes, Director of Finance stated the purpose of the issuance of the Funding Bonds is to pay for three (3) Workman's Compensation Claims. We have negotiated a sale price with Metro Bank; these are tax-exempt bonds in the amount of $260,000. We have an interest rate of 2.95% these bonds will be paid off within two (2) years. There is a tax levy behind these bonds guaranteeing payment.
A motion was made by Alderman Moreno, seconded by Alderman Heiland, to waive the reading of Ordinance 05-21. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, Westbrook, Heiland, and Puentes. Motion carried.
A motion was made by Alderman Westbrook, seconded by Alderman Moreno, to adopt Ordinance 05-21 as presented. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, Westbrook, Heiland, and Puentes. Motion carried.
ORDINANCE 05-23: An Ordinance authorizing the sale of surplus equipment formerly used by the City
Of East Moline, Illinois, in the Bi-State Auction.
A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Doose, to waive the reading of Ordinance 05-23. 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 Kelley, to adopt Ordinance 05-23 as presented. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, Westbrook, Heiland, and Puentes. Motion carried.
ORDINANCE 05-24: An Ordinance authorizing the trade in of used vehicles of the City of East Moline Police Department, and the purchase of a 1999 Ford Explorer for the Police Department use.
A motion was made by Alderman Doose, seconded by Alderman Kelley, to waive the reading of Ordinance 05-24. 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 Kelley, to adopt Ordinance 05-24 as presented. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, Westbrook, Heiland, and Puentes. Motion carried.
ORDINANCE 05-25: An Ordinance amending 9-3-1 entitled "No Parking Places" of Chapter 3, entitled "Parking Rules" of Title 9, entitled "Traffic", of the City Code of the City of East Moline of 1974 and as amended.
A motion was made by Alderman Doose, seconded by Alderman Kelley, to waive the reading of Ordinance 05-25. 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 Doose, to adopt Ordinance 05-25 as presented. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, Westbrook, Heiland, and Puentes. Motion carried.
ORDINANCE 05-26: An Ordinance Annexing Certain Territory to the City of East Moline, Rock Island County, Illinois. (Barstow Road Tract And East Moline Ready Mixed Tract)
Attorney Phares addressed certain legal issues that were raised at the Plan Commission Public Hearing held last Tuesday. Two legal issues were raised by objectors at the hearing held on the RiverStone Petition that was held before the Plan Commission on Tuesday, September 13, 2005. These two issues are as follows:
One of the statutory requirements for the annexation is that the territory to be annexed must be contiguous to the City of East Moline.
Attorney Phares, read from 65 ILCS 5/7 Section 7-1-1 of the Municipal Code, which provides what territory is considered to be contiguous, and what territory is considered not to be contiguous for annexation purposes. Under Illinois Law the Barstow Tract north of Barstow Road shall be considered contiguous to the City of East Moline, notwithstanding that the Northern Tract is separated from the City by the Burlington Northern right-of-way. Mr. Riel argues that since the Burlington Northern owns title to the right-of- way by a deed rather than an easement it did not qualify as a right-of-way. Mr. Riel argues that since the Burlington Northern owns the title to the right-of-way by a deed rather than an easement it did not qualify as a right-of-way.
Attorney Phares states that in his opinion under Illinois law a railroad can take interest in the land or an easement interest in the land for the purpose of extending railway tracts and operating a Railroad on that land. In either case the Courts upheld the Railway tracts and land on both sides of the tracts is to be considered the Railroad right-of-way. The statute further provides that the area included within that right-of-way shall not be considered annexed to the municipality and therefore that property not subject to City tax.
Second Issue raised by Mr. Riel is the Disconnection of the Fire District:
The statement that this annexation would disconnect a portion of the Barstow Fire Protection District from the remainder of the district, and therefore give the Barstow Fire Protection District the right to block the annexation. The applicable provision of the Fire District Protection Act 70 ILCS 705/20 provides that any territory within the Fire Protection District that has been annexed to a City that provided fire protection for the property will be disconnected from the Fire Protection District as of January 1, after the annexation unless within sixty (60) days after such annexation, the Fire Protection District files with the Circuit Court and the County Clerk a petition alleging that such disconnection would cause the territory remaining in the district to be non-contiguous, or that the loss of assessed valuation by reason of such disconnection will impair the ability of the district to render fully adequate fire protection service to the territory remaining with the district.
The first question is: Will the disconnection cause the remaining territory of the district to become non-contiguous?
Attorney Phares asks City Planner Richard Van Raes if he has obtained a map and will the disconnection cause the remaining territory to become non-contiguous. Mr. Van Raes responds that he has obtained a map (of the Fire District), and indicates that there is an area in the Southeast portion of the district that is privately held and thus will not render the remaining parts of the district non-contiguous. Attorney Phares ask who prepared the map of the Fire Protection District.
Mr. Van Raes responds that the map came from Rock Island County G.I.S. and was prepared by parcel number. Attorney Phares ask if the map is available to the public. Mr. Van Raes responds that it is.
The second question of that issue is that even if the court found a result of non-contiguity, would this render the annexation invalid? The answer is no.
The remedy is not invalidation, but to require the City to pay the Fire Protection District, for a period of five (5) years, based on the previous year's tax an amount equal to the Fire Protection tax received by the District for the preceding year, but declining from 100% to 80%, 60%, 40%, and 20% for each year for the five (5) years. The remedy for non-contiguity is financial, not invalidation of the annexation.
Addressing the finances of the Barstow Fire Protection District.
Historically, the City of East Moline has had a good working relationship with the Barstow Fire Protection District. A written agreement has been in place since December 15, 1999. Under that agreement the City agreed to make the District "Whole" upon each annexation and pay the District one hundred (100%) percent of the tax levy on the annexed parcels collected by the district based on the last assessment prior to annexation, plus a cost of living annual adjustment. In addition the City may pay additional funds to the District from TIF Funds for specialized equipment or supplies purchased by the District, in order to serve any development project. While this agreement is subject to termination by either party upon 90-day notice, Attorney Phares believes that the City of East Moline has been very fair to the District over the years. The City of East Moline, has always worked for the financial integrity of the Fire District.
The third legal issue is one raised by Mr. Riel in his written objection.
Mr. Riel in his written objections stated that the Public Hearing before the Plan Commission was not conducted in accordance with the recent Supreme Court Clarion Decision or in accordance with the Illinois Statue regarding Rezoning. The Clarion decision as reached by the Illinois Supreme Court, related to a special use application which this case before the City Council was not a special use application, it was an annexation petition, therefore the Clarion decision is not relevant to this particular matter. The basic holding of the Clarion decision, however was that all witnesses may be subject to questioning, any comments or questions from objectors not be artificially limited. The basic requirement of the Court was a due process hearing be held giving all parties the opportunity to question any witness of the City or to provide comments on their behalf or to raise objections. Attorney Phares stated that Mr. Sproul in conducting the Plan Commission hearing was very liberal in permitting unlimited comments, and questions from objectors and on numerous occasions asked if there were additional comments questions or objections.
The fourth legal issue was raised today by Mr. Riel, in which he filed a petition allegedly signed by 20% of the owners of the of the frontage of the annexed Barstow Road property.
In accordance with the statuary provision of 65 ILCS 5/11-13-14, in the event twenty percent (20%) of the owners of the frontage were to be found as having signed the objection this under the statue would require a vote of two-thirds (2/3rd) of the Aldermen to approve the annexation with the rezoning as I-2 General Industrial District. This is the same numerical requirement as it presently stands with the statutory requirement except that the approval for the annexation agreement requires 2/3rd vote of the Corporate Authorities. Since there will be a requirement of the Mayor voting, there will have to be six (6) out of eight (8) Corporate Authorities voting in favor of the annexation.
Mayor Thodos received a letter at 2:00pm today from Mr. Douglas Riel President of the Board of Trustees for the Barstow Fire Protection District, requesting that he be allowed to speak at the regularly scheduled City Council meeting on September 19, 2005, prior to their voting on the applicable Ordinances associated with annexation and rezoning. Mayor Thodos allowed Mr. Riel request, but asked that he keep his comments germane to the discussion. If there is new subject matter that the Council needs to know, that has not previously been presented to the Plan Commission, please feel free to speak about it now.
Douglas Riel – 21912 Barstow Road, Barstow IL. Mr. Reil informed the Council that several things were not discussed at the hearing. Going through the list of adjoining property owners we found two (2) that were not notified of the annexation.
1. Mrs. Shirley Roman 1124 172nd Street Carbon Cliff, IL.
2. BN&SF Railroad- 2600 Lou Menk Drive Ft. Worth, TX.
Mr. Riel states that they have spoken with the Ft. Worth Texas people for the Railroad, and they consider this legitimately owned property deeded to them. He believes the annexation may cause a part of the district to be disconnected, thereby making us non-contiguous. Mr. Riel showed photographs of the floodwaters of 1973, since 1980 the area has flooded twelve (12) times.
We are very concerned about the health and well being of our citizens in the area. The flooding causes us problems; anything that's going to increase that flooding today is going to be even more so. In 2002 Illini Hospital would not come into any water area to recover people or to administer medications (Attached is a letter from Genesis stating their flood policies).
We do believe legal Counsel for and for the plaintiff gave some misguidance to the Commission. Points relevant to the Fire District: yes we believe we will be disconnected, and yes we believe we are going to be made non-contiguous.
Mr. Riel stated he has pulled the latest plat map from the area, there is no property below that except the river that I can identify, and that as far as be knows the area stops at the edge of the river, not the center of the river. We Plan to avail ourselves of going to court within the next sixty (60) days to make ourselves whole and protect our people and also making sure are tax base is their. Mr. Riel asks that the City of East Moline, not annex this land into the City.
Mayor Thodos asked Mr. Riel do you agree by annexing the ground that it does not change the hydrology of the area? Mr. Riel response was that pure annexation by itself does not, it is what's allowed by the annexation and zoning.
City Planner Richard VanRaes reported that the annexation applies to the following Ordinances;
05-26, 05-27, and 05-28. For the record these are two (2) separate sites that we have for this particular annexation. One is the "Ready Mix site", which is the Westerly portion, just South of, and adjacent to, the Downs, and the other is area A, further East, North and South of Barstow Road. Both these area are subject to the annexation agreement. The Agreement is in your agenda, I've passed out two (2) location maps and the plats. Both areas are contiguous to the City of East Moline; both areas are not within the jurisdiction of any other municipality, there are no electors residing on either of the tracts.
All properties in this group are considerated for annexation our owned by RiverStone Group, Inc. He addressed Mr. Riel's comments:
1. Notification – all 102 contiguous property owners were notified.
2. Regarding the Railroad – It's like a State right-of-way, it's included but, not subject to notification (like the State, you take it in or go over it).
3. Notices were prepared off the GIS of Rock Island County.
Out of the 102 notices sent some one may have been missed and we will certainly look that up.
The Plan Commission held a Public Hearing on September 13, 2005. The Resolution from the Commission is in your packets. They unamaniously passed a resolution to recommended, adoption of the Annexation, Development Agreement and the updated land use map.
Assistant City Administrator Rich Keehner, City Staff firmly believes that the I-2 zoning classification for this site is appropriate. The annexation of the property is in the best economic interest of the City of East Moline, and it's residents. The petitioner has met all the requirements regarding annexation of the certain property to the City of East Moline. City Staff's recommendation to the City Council is to approve the annexation.
Attorney Robert H. Alvine, offices are located in Moline, and has particed law in Rock Island County for 36 years. Mr.Alvine is representing the RiverStone Group, Inc., who is the owner and petitioner in the Annexation Agreement, Development Agreement, and Petition for Annexation, all before you tonight. All of the Ordinances and provisions are in the agenda and it' scheduled for City Council action to be taken this evening.
The law provides that the Development Agreement, the petition for Annexation be passed with a majority vote, unless twenty (20) percent of the adjacent land owners object. We have filled an objection to the "Written Protest" filed by certain alleged adjacent landowners to the premises pending for annexation.
The statute 65ILCS 5/11-13-14 specifically states that the objectors must "sign and acknowledge" by the owners of twenty (20) percent of the frontage proposed to be altered, Ect. It is, clear from the face of the document that the alleged signatures of the alleged owners are not acknowledged, and the document is statutorily defective, and should be stricken.
However as Attorney Phares pointed out, the law does requires 2/3rd vote of the Corporate Authority to pass the Annexation Agreement by a vote of six (6) in the affirmative. Illinois law requires a Public Hearing, which was held before the Plan Commission on September 13, 2005. The Plan Commission unanimously endorsed the Annexation Agreement and passed it on to the full Council for consideration.
The owners, City Staff, and other groups have testified at the Plan Commission Hearing (Q.C.Development Group, Rock Island County Chairman). All feel that this plan is the highest and best long term investment for Economic Development. No special request for a particular land use is before you at this time.
Attorney Alvine thanked the City Council for their time and consideration.
Alderman Doose thanked the audience for attending, but felt they has been misinformed. She also stated that she understands their position, as she was in same situation living on the Rock River, which flooded four (4) of the five (5) years she was there. The land will be developed in the future; at that point we will take all the necessary steps ensure that things are done as required by law.
Alderman Meredith we are only looking at annexation, not development at this time, stated that he appreciated all of the letter and E-mails he received.
Alderman Kelley stated he does sympathizes with the residents in Barstow, but ultimately we must do what's best for the City of East Moline. As elected Officials we are charged with the duty of doing what is in the best interest of our citizens.
Mayor Thodos responded to the following questions from the audience.
If the land is going to be annexed, and you are not talking about development at this time why can't the zoning remain the same, which is Agriculture? Response I-2 zoning, also includes some of the requirements that RiverStone will be doing such as Rock Crushing, and Concrete Recycling, things that they currently do. There will be some sort of development their someday we know that, whatever the development is we will do what is in the confines of the law.
Mayor Thodos stated that he has property on the river (North Shore Drive) and he remembers what it was like when they did the development in Moline, also what the floods were like I completely understand. I remember the flood of 2002, going out there and the RiverStone Group opening up their sand pits allowing people to fill up sand bags. I completely understand what you are talking about, but that's not what we are addressing this evening.
The discussion is whether or not it should be in the corporate confines of the City of East Moline, or not. I could not have addressed the conversation any better than Aldermen Doose, Meredith, and Kelley had made mention. We have already done things in the past with our neighbors, such as running water out to the IBP, we were requested to put in three (3) fire hydrants, it doesn't service use, it services the Barstow Fire Protection District.
We process and handle all the Sewers regionally, we help our sister cities when it comes to garage pick-up, housing inspections. We are part of the community, one way or the other providing services. In some cases making investments that don't serve us. So, long term, when we get into developing, then we can discuss all those matters. No one wants you to flood out there nor do we want it to worsen.
When you start the discussion on development will the property owners be notified by certified mail?
Response: when we begin the development process it is very public, so when we come to that point and time there will be press notification rather than letters.
A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Meredith, to waive the reading of Ordinance 05-26. 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 Meredith, to adopt Ordinance 05-26 as presented. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, Westbrook, Heiland, Puentes, and Mayor Thodos. Motion carried.
ORDINANCE 05-27: An Ordinance Authorizing the Execution of an Annexation and Development Agreement. (Barstow Road Tract and East Moline Ready Mixed Tract)
A motion was made by Alderman Doose, seconded by Alderman Kelley, to waive the reading of Ordinance 05-27. 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 Meredith, to adopt Ordinance 05-27 as presented. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, Westbrook, Heiland, Puentes, and Mayor Thodos. Motion carried.
ORDINANCE 05-28: An Ordinance changing the future land use map of the City of East Moline, Illinois, attached to and made a part of the Comprehensive Plan of the City of East Moline, Illinois, of July 6, 1999, and as amended.
A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Meredith, to waive the reading of Ordinance 05-28. 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 Puentes, to adopt Ordinance 05-28 as presented. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, Westbrook, Heiland, and Puentes. Motion carried.
RESOLUTION 05-34: A Resolution of the City Council of the City of East Moline, Illinois authorizing entering into a four year contract with the Village of Carbon Cliff for collection of refuse in the Village of Carbon Cliff with fuel cost addendum.
Discussion was held regarding employee liability issues (injuries), fuel consumption and cost. Both Mr. Willemarck and Mr. Keehner addressed these issues.
Mr. Willemarck reminded everyone that Maintenance Services employees not only pick up garbage from Carbon Cliff, but also have other duties within the City of East Moline.
A motion was made by Alderman Doose, seconded by Alderman Moreno, to adopt Resolution 05-34 as presented. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, Westbrook, Heiland, and Puentes. Motion carried.
Former Maintenance Garage EDC Recommendation
A motion was made by Alderman Heiland, seconded by Alderman Meredith, to move this issue to the Committee-of-the-Whole for further discussion. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, Westbrook, Heiland, and Puentes. Motion carried.
COMMITTEE-OF-THE-WHOLE (Alderman Puentes)
Alderman Puentes has two (2) items for discussion; all others have been covered under the Consent Agenda, Ordinance, or Resolution.
3rd Shift Sewer Plant Position (Mr. Piatt)
City Staff and the Union Representative met and discussion was held regarding safety issues and how they are being addressed. Option 6 is to remain satus quo and have this item opened during contract negotiations.
Mr. Keehner, we are currently looking into repairs for the stairs to the digesters, handrails, and electrifying the operational gates. Mr. Piatt has receives several quotes regarding the repairs.
Alderman Doose stated she couldn't support option 6 (satus quo the one-man shift) all safety issues must be taken care of.
Alderman Puentes asked for clarification as to whether this position is just unfilled or eliminated.
Mr. Keehner responded that the City's position is that position no longer exists. It was abolished when the former employee retired, and it was eliminated as part of our saving for the fiscal year purposes.
Mr. Ken Schultz, AFSCME states the Union does not feel this position is eliminated. The Union feels this is a vacant position that the City is not filling at this time and this item will be discuss during contract negotiations in January, 2006.
Mr. Keehner, according to the AFSCME 1234 Contract it does not specifically states that the City of East Moline, has to have a 3rd shift at the Sewer Plant. that position may still be in the contract, but currently it is our intention not to fill that 3rd shift position.
A motion was made by Alderman Heiland, seconded by Alderman Kelley, to approve the recommendation of keeping the position to 1 man and have staff continue to work on safety issues. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Moreno, Meredith, Kelley, Westbrook, Heiland, and Puentes. Opposed: Alderman Doose. Motion carried. 6-1.
ILEAS GRANT (Chief Moreno)
East Moline Police Department applied for an Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System Grant and was awarded the grant contingent on our ability to purchase equipment that would meet the specifications and be compatible with our current Records and CAD system as well to be able to interface with software mandated by the grant.
The grant is for $45,665.00 and allows us to purchase (7) Itronix lap top style computers as replacement for our current Mobile Data Computers (in-car computers). Our current computers have reached their life expectancy and will soon be no longer serviceable. The new Itronix computers are part of the Police Departments move in the direction of going to wireless connectivity for our data.
Recommendation: Have the City Attorney review the attached grant agreement and prepare a Resolution authorizing East Moline Police Department to enter into an agreement with the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System. Budget Impact: None. This is a fully funded grant with no matching funds.
A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Moreno, to concur with the recommendation as presented. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, Westbrook, Heiland, and Puentes. Motion carried.
CITY STAFF COMMUNICATION
Each Department Head was given the opportunity to inform the City Council and all those present of events going on in their Departments.
Chief DeFrance: The Quad City fire departments that make up MABAS Division 43 were call upon to send replacement fire engines with firefighters and command personnel to the New Orleans area. Participating in the deployment are: Bettendorf, East Moline, Moline, Rock Island, and the Rock Island Arsenal Fire Department. The first group departed on Sunday at 4:00a.m. and the second group departed this morning at 6:00a.m. and should arrive at the base camp by late Tuesday evening. Thanks to all for the support we received City leaders and Fire Department personnel. Special thanks to Mr. Scott Reynolds of Reynolds Ford in East Moline for supplying us with a 2003 Ford Excursion for transporting personnel to the stricken area.
Mr. Willemarck: Recommended that we have our intercom system checked out. We are getting a lot of feedback from the microphones. He is willing to call some one and have the problem checked out.
Chief Moreno: Thanked the Community and Staff for their support to the Sutton family in the passing of our former Police Chief Gary Sutton.
Mayor Thodos: Complimented the Police Departments, all the officers and Staff who participated. The Honorary Guard was excellent; I know the family appreciated it very much.