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 09/20/2004
Mayor Jose Moreno led the City Council and all those present in the Pledge of Allegiance To The Flag.
Mayor Moreno called the meeting to order and directed City Clerk Arletta Holmes, to call the roll, and the following Aldermen were present: Helen Heiland, Luis Puents, Luis Moreno, Carol Doose, Rick Meredith, Gary Kelley and Crotis Teague.
CORRECTION / ADDITIONS TO AGENDA:
CITY CLERK’S REPORT
Candidate Packets became available for pick-up on September 14, 2004 for the Consolidated Primary Election to be held Feb. 22, 2005 for the following offices: Mayor, City Clerk, City Treasurer and 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th Ward Aldermen. Ten (10) packets have picked up and they are available until December 6, 2004. The Annual Citizen of the Year, Denny Jacobs Public Service Award, and Rotarian of the Year Awards dinner will be held at Quad-City Downs on November 4th. More information to follow.
A) Approval of the City Council Minutes of September 7, 2004
B) Approval of the Committee of the Whole Minutes of September 7, 2004
C) Approval of Salaries in the amount of $301,053.77
D) Approval of Bills in the amount of $666,535.62
E) Approval of a proclamation proclaiming September 25 – October 3, as National Week of Prayer
A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Moreno, to approve the Consent Agenda as presented. . Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Heiland, Puentes, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley and Teague. Motion Carried.
REPORT BY MAYOR
Mayor Moreno reported the creation of the Special Service Area Committee that will serve our Downtown and the City of East Moline. The committee will consist of the following seven individuals:
1.) Rick Harris – MetroBank 2.) Marie Gellerstedt – Nixalite 3.) Karl Nissen – Car Quest Auto Parts
4.) Tony Banaszek – Property Owner 5.) Wendy Bonilla – Back Street Graphics
6.) Bob Baecke – Baecke Appraisers 7.) Joyce Danley- The Herald Printing
The Committee’s first meeting will be held at the East Moline City Annex on Tuesday, September 21, 2004 at 6:00p.m.
A motion was made by Alderman Teague, seconded by Alderman Moreno, to concur with the Mayor’s Appointments. Upon voice vote all those in attendance voted in favor. Motion Carried.
Mayor Moreno acknowledged Wendy Hilton-Morrow, Cathy Gibson, Alderman Doose, and Attorney Phares as the “GEM” (Great East Moliner) as they were the individuals behind the Music in the Parks this summer. They were given a token of appreciation from the Mayor and City Council. Mayor Moreno read background information on the inception of Music in the Parks (See Attached Letter).
Wendy Hilton-Morrow addressed the City Council thanking them for all the support they were given.
COMMENTS: Mayor Moreno- The Chairman of the Police Pension Board Frank Hodshire, asked the mayor to inform the City Council and Staff that he really appreciates the Councils support. It was a joint effort as it is with the Fireman’s Pension Fund. The message from the State Actuary, who held a Pension Board Workshop in the City Council Chambers on September 7, 2004, was that both Pension Boards are doing a great job. The combined ratio is above the State average; the Mayor commended both Boards for a job well done.
Chief DeFrance: Introduced his newly promoted officers in the Fire Department. City Clerk Holmes swore in the following newly promoted Fireman: Firefighter Curt Frerichs promoted to Lieutenant, Firefighter Jay McCowan promoted to Lieutenant, Lieutenant Gary Whitmer promoted to Captain, and Captain Steve Carlson, appointed to the position of Training Officer. Ms. Diane Hosford, Chairman of the Fire/Police Commission read and presented the Certificate of Promotion to the newly promoted officers.
Ms. Hosford addressed the City Council stating we can be proud that we have the fireman that we do. There was a 911 call just in the last ten (10) days, and the fire truck was there before the ambulance in les than five (5) minutes. Unfortunately if you need them it’s wonderful to know that they can respond that quickly.
04-34.1 An Ordinance authorizing the Sale of Surplus Equipment formerly used by the City of East Moline, Illinois, in the Bi-State Auction.
The Equipment is two (2) vehicles a 1993 Ford Crowne Victoria and a 1993 Dodge Van.
A motion was made by Alderman Moreno, seconded by Alderman Meredith, to waive the reading of Ordinance 04-34. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Heiland, Puentes, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley and Teague.
A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Moreno, to adopt Ordinance 04-34 as presented. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Heiland, Puentes, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley and Teague. Motion carried.
04-20 A Resolution of the City Council of the City of East Moline, Illinois, Authorizing Execution of an Intra-Governmental Agreement between the City of East Moline and the Village of Carbon Cliff for Inspection Services to be provided to the Village of Carbon Cliff.
Discussion was held regarding the resolution, Alderman Puentes expressed his concerns over enforcement polices, cost of the project, and wear & tear on City vehicles, therefore he could not support this resolution.
Mr. Keehner informed the Council that a yearly review of the agreement would be done. The City of East Moline would be responding to permits being issued only. The Rock Island County Sheriffs Office would do enforcement.
A motion was made by Alderman Doose, seconded by Alderman Kelley, to adopt Resolution 04-20 as presented. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Heiland, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley and Teague. Against: Puentes. Motion carried. 6-1
04-21 Resolution of the City Council of the City of East Moline, Illinois, Authorizing the Execution of an Agreement with Clear Consulting Services, Inc., to perform a Phase II Environmental Assessment upon the former Maintenance Service Facility Site.
A motion was made by Alderman Moreno, seconded by Alderman Meredith, to adopt Resolution 04-21 as presented. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Heiland, Puentes, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, and Teague. Motion carried.
COMMITTEE-OF-THE-WHOLE (Alderman Moreno)
Alderman Moreno reported that all items have been covered under the Consent Agenda, Ordinances or Resolutions.
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.
Keehner: We have reached an assess agreement with East Moline Glass, which allows them to place materials on the site. Construction is moving forward.
MetroLink received bids for their new 5,000 square foot building; the new building was expected to cost 1.1 Million, when they received their bids (there were 3 bidders) the bids ranged from 2.7 Million to over 3 Million. MetroLink is not approving the bids. They will contact the bidders to see if there was any one single unit that cost the escalations of the bids. The site will still be developed and the grant is not in jeopardy due to the delay.
Marty Coe will be having his Grand Opening at his new building on 16th Avenue Tuesday, September 28th at 10:00a.m.
Bill Lauper: Construction continues in the area of Avenue of the Cities and Kennedy Drive with the new 1st street. There is a lot of construction going on with installing the Water and Sewer.
Chief Moreno: We have secured an IDOT Grant for FY-2005 to be used for seat belt enforcement.
Willemarck: Annual Bi-State Auction will be at the Rock Island County Fairgrounds on Saturday, September 25th at 8:00a.m.
FIVE- MINUTE AUDIENCE PARTICPATION
Mayor Moreno gave members of the audience the opportunity to address the City Council.
Alderman Doose: Acknowledged and thanked Drucilla Johnson for hosting the Neighborhood Watch Block Party, they had a great turnout.
Drucilla Johnson, 1351 Morton Drive: We had a committee of 10 – 15 people who have worked very hard putting together our 6th Annual Neighborhood Watch Block Party. Ms. Mable Branch, one of our residents and faithful member of our Neighborhood Watch was missed this year due to her passing about a month ago.
Ms. Johnson thanked the following individuals for their participation and support: Alderman Teague, Alderman Kelley, Chief Moreno, Liaison Officer Crippen, Fire Department and Chief DeFrance, Kimberly Grandinetti, Richard Van Raes, Bruce Willemarck and the Maintenance Department.
We had some distinguished guest that included Bruce Willemarck & Wife, Alderman Heiland, Doose, Teague, and Mr. John Thodos. We are very appreciative of Bruce and his department for the services you provide for us each year.
Alderman Teague: This is one of the best Neighborhood Watch groups in the City. Alderman Teague complimented Ms. Johnson for her hard work and commitment, also her leadership abilities and skills. Thanked Chief Moreno for attending their meeting, answering questions and his open door policy to the residents.
Alderman Kelley: Thanked Ms. Johnson for all the hard work she does in making the Block Party a yearly success.
Tony Banaszek, 2552 7th Street: Thanked Mayor Moreno and the City Council for the appointment to the SSA Committee. I know that things are going to happen with this committee for the Downtown.
Alderman Moreno: The Park Board has targeted three (3) more parks for improvements, they will be meeting with the residents to get their input. On October 10th at 1:00p.m Mitchell Park and October 17th at 1:00p.m 8th Avenue Tot Lot, and Garfield Park at 3:00p.m.
Alderman Doose: The EMVC will be sponsoring a Chili Supper on October 10th at the UAW on Morton Drive from 5:00p.m. to 7:30p.m. All proceeds will go to the Police Department.
A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Puentes, to adjourn. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Heiland, Puentes, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley and Teague. Motion carried. 7:18p.m.
Minutes taken and submitted by,
Arletta D. Holmes, City Clerk
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