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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 12/06/2004

PLEDGE
Mayor Jose Moreno led the City Council and all those present in the Pledge of Allegiance To The Flag. A moment of silence was given for Robert Larson, who was a former Alderman for the City of East Moline who recently passed away.

ROLL CALL
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 Puentes, Luis Moreno, Carol Doose, Gary Kelley, and Crotis Teague. Absent: Alderman Meredith.

CORRECTION / ADDITIONS TO AGENDA:
Mr. Keehner: Approval/Acceptance of the Durbin Grant to be placed under the City Council Committee-of-the-Whole.

CITY CLERK’S REPORT
Today began the filing period of Petitions for the Primary Election to be held on February 22, 2005. The following Petitions were filed in the Clerk’s Office today.

Mayor: Jose Moreno and John Thodos Treasurer: William Vyncke
Alderman: Wards 1st Helen Heiland, Chad Vroman, and Connie Corcoran Wilson
3rd Luis Moreno, William McDermott, and Jeffrey Stulir
7th Joshua Sherrod, James Betcher, and Elroy Thomas

Petitions will be accepted until Monday December 13, 2004. A lottery will be held on Thursday December 16th at 8:00am in the Clerk’s Office.

CONSENT AGENDA
A) Approval of the City Council Minutes of November 15, 2004
B) Approval of the Committee of the Whole Minutes of November 15, 2004
C) Approval of Salaries from November 19th in the amount of $313,267.73
D) Approval of Salaries from December 3rd in the amount of $317,126.66
E) Approval of Bills in the amount of $1,473,546.93

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: Moreno, Doose, Kelley, Teague, Heiland and Puentes. Motion carried.

REPORT BY MAYOR
Mayor Moreno: Nominations for the Christmas Lighting Contest have been extended until Friday, December 10th at 5:00pm.

Mayor Moreno read a Thank You Letter he received from Marcia Lintz, thanking the Citizen Advisory Committee, those who nominated her, and the Committee for selecting her as the 2004 Citizen of the Year.

PROCLAMATION
Mayor Moreno read the Proclamation, in recognition of VFW Ybarra-Gomez Post 8890 Ladies Auxiliary, in honor of their 50th Anniversary and for their continuous service to the community. Mayor Moreno presented the Proclamation to the President of the Ladies Auxiliary. The Auxiliary President addressed the City Council and expressed her thanks and appreciation for the Proclamation.

PROJECT NOW 1ST TIME HOMEBUYERS PROGRAM GRANT
Mayor Moreno introduced Connie Barnett of Project Now. Ms. Barnett provided information as to who would be eligible, and what the requirements are to qualify for this program. It is aimed at low to moderate-income families who want to purchase a home. There will be a Homebuyer Education Seminar on Saturday, January 22, 2005 at the East Moline Fire Station, 1523 Morton Drive from 9:00am to noon. All interested parties are encouraged to register with Project Now.

LETTER OF APPRECIATION
Mayor Moreno received a letter from Chief DeFrance; on behalf of the entire Fire Department expressing their sincere appreciation to Firefighter Derrick Anderson for the work he has done to improve the station maps. Chief DeFrance stated his efforts have resulted in a much improved and more accurate map system to reference during emergencies.

CENTENNIAL BOOK PRESENTATION
Mayor Moreno introduced Judy Bylan, the Author of The History of East Moline. Ms. Belan presented Mayor Moreno and the City with a copy of the book. Ms. Belan thanked the Citizens, City Council, and Staff for their patience. Special thanks to the Centennial Committee, History Sub-Committee Members, Contributors, and Jeff Guthrie who designed the cover. There will be a book signing at the East Moline Public Library on Saturday, December 11, 2004 from 1:00 to 3:00pm. If any books are left over there will be another book signing on January 22, 2005. Beginning Monday, December 13, 2004 books can be picked up at the City Annex during regular business hours 8:00am to 5:00pm. The Mayor and City Council thanked Ms. Bylan and her committees for a job well done. All the Committee members in attendance were given the opportunity to address the City Council.

CITY ATTORNEY
ORDINANCE 04-42: An Ordinance Authorizing and Providing for the Issuance and Sale of $1,360,000 General Obligation Refunding Alternate Bonds, Series 2004, of the City of East Moline, Rock Island County, Illinois, for the purpose of refunding $1,240,000 of the Outstanding General Obligation Alternate Bonds, Series 1997a, of the City; Providing for the Pledge Of Tax Increment Revenues From The Great River Industrial Park Redevelopment Project Area to the Payment of Principal of the Interest on the Series2004 Bonds; Providing for the Levy of a Direct Annual Tax for the Payment of Principal Of And Interest On The Series 2004 Bonds; Providing for the Execution And Delivery of an Escrow Agreement in Connection with the Refunding of the Series 1997a Bonds; Providing for the Execution and Delivery of a Continuing Disclosure Undertaking in Connection with the Series 2004 Bonds; And Concerning Related Matters.

Mr. Hughes: Robert Baird & Company, has submitted a bid for the purchase of $1,315,000 General Obligation Refunding Alternate Bonds, Series 2004, being sold by the City of East Moline. Speer Financial, Inc. opinion is that the bid is favorable to the City and should be accepted. The sale will result in a savings of $60,365.64. It is therefore recommended that the bonds be awarded to the bidder at a true interest of 3.5441%.

A motion was made by Alderman Moreno, seconded by Alderman Puentes, to waive the reading of Ordinance 04-42. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Moreno, Doose, Kelley, Teague, Heiland, and Puentes. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Alderman Moreno, seconded by Alderman Teague, to approve the sell of $1,315.000, General Obligation Refunding Alternate Bonds, and award to Baird & Company, Inc. at the true interest cost of 3.5441%. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Moreno, Doose, Kelley, Teague, Heiland, and Puentes. Motion carried.

ORDINANCE 04-44: An Ordinance Amending Section 9-5-3 Entitled “Stop and Yield Streets” of Chapter 5, Entitled “Through, One-Way Streets” 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 Puentes, to waive the reading of Ordinance 04-44. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Moreno, Doose, Kelley, Teague, Heiland and Puentes. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Alderman Puentes, seconded by Alderman Doose, to adopt Ordinance 04-44 as presented. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Moreno, Doose, Kelley, Teague, Heiland, and Puentes. Motion carried.

RESOLUTION 04-30: A Resolution of the City Council of the City of East Moline, Illinois, evidencing the intention of The City of East Moline, Rock Island County, Illinois, to issue Single Family Mortgage Revenue Bonds and Related Matters.

A motion was made by Alderman Teague, seconded by Alderman Moreno, to adopt Resolution 04-30 as presented. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Moreno, Doose, Kelley, Teague, Heiland, and Puentes. Motion carried

RESOLUTION 04-31: A Resolution of the City Council of the City of East Moline, Illinois, accepting Delivery of a Quit Claim Deed for the Reynosa Cantina Property Located at 938-940 15th Avenue, East Moline, Illinois.
Attorney Pharse: On August 16, 2004 the City Council did pass an Ordinance authorizing the filing of a petition in Rock Island County Circuit Court, requesting the demolition of the building formerly known as Reynosa Cantina. Owner Luis Castro, through his Attorney, has tendered a quitclaim deed to the City of East Moline, which would convey title of the property to the City.
Attorney Graham Lee did indicate another person was interested in acquiring the property.

Mr. Motzer stated he did contact the interested party, regarding this item being on the agenda tonight, he thanked Mr. Motzer for contacting him.

A lengthy discussion was held concerning acceptance of the quitclaim deed and the City’s liability of the demolition since this building is very close to two other businesses.

A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Teague, to approve the acceptance of the quitclaims deed to the City as presented. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Moreno, Doose, Kelley, Teague, and Puentes. Passed: Heiland. Motion carried. 5-1 passed.

COMMITTEE-OF-THE-WHOLE (Alderman Moreno)
Alderman Moreno has two (2) items for discussion; all other items have been covered under the Consent Agenda, Ordinance or Resolution.

2004 Tax Levy (Hughes)
The 2004 Tax Levy was tentatively approved on October 18, 2004 in the amount of $4,320,922. This is an increase of $204,011, of which $183,948 (90.17%) was for increased pension cost which the City Council has no control over. This levy cannot be increased, but it can be lowered.

A motion was made by Alderman Puentes, seconded by Alderman Moreno, to direct the City Attorney, and the Finance Director to prepare the required Resolutions and Ordinances to adopt the 2004 tax levy in the amount of $4,320,922. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Moreno, Doose, Kelley, Teague, Heiland, and Puentes. Motion carried.

Durbin Grant (Keehner)
The City of East Moline has been awarded a Durbin Grant in the amount of $248,525 to be used for the River Front and to Revive the Downtown area. This grant requires no matching funds by the City. Requesting approval and acceptance of the Durbin Grant.

A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Moreno, to approve the acceptances of the Durbin Grant in the amount of $248,525. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Moreno, Doose, Kelley, Teague, 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.

Mr. Drake: Moving into colder weather and during this time it gets harder to treat our water. The plant is performing above expectations.

Chief Moreno: Reminder, the Police Department is continuing with the IDOT (Illinois Department of Transportation) Grant, so buckle - up.

Mr. Keehner: The City of East Moline received a visit Rene Cipiano Director of the IEPA (Illinois Environmental Protection Agency) on December 1, 2004. Ms. Cipiano toured two of our Brownfield sites The Quarter and The GRIP. The City of East Moline was specifically asked by IEPA staff to host a reception. The reception was held in the Quarter, City Staff received at lease 10 compliments from the IEPA staff. The visit went very well.

Mr. Verdick: Staff is working on next years Budget Workshops; they will take place on the off Mondays as in the pass. The focus will be on Capital Improvements and Infrastructure.

FIVE- MINUTE AUDIENCE PARTICPATION
Mayor Moreno gave members of the audience the opportunity to address the City Council.

Christina Hough-916-21st StreetEast Moline, Il. – On October 31, 2004 a water main broke in the alley behind my home. Called 911 and they notified the appropriate staff, a city employee responded in about 15 minutes. The employee did not cordon of the area, and it took 2 ½ to 3 hours to shut off the water, While we were going around informing our neighbors of the problem, my son fell into the hole with his bike. With the help of the City employee my son was okay, but upset about his bike being ruined.
Ms. Hough is asking the City to reimburse $90.00 the cost of her son bike that was purchased at Toys-R-Us. The Mayor asked her to meet with Mr. Verdick to file and claim so this issue can be resolved.

Mayor Moreno – On behalf of the City of East Moline, and staff we apologize because there was an error or misjudgment in not cordoning off the area. Mr. Willemarck will past this information on to his employees so this won’t happen again.

Alderman Puentes Thanked Mr. Lauper for the repair of the lights on 7th Street. The outage was due to an accident at that intersection.

Mr. Lauper explained the circumstance as to why the lights were not immediately repaired. The Control Box has to be special ordered.

ADJOURNMENT
A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Teague, to adjourn. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Moreno, Doose, Kelley, Teague, Heiland, and Puentes. Motion carried. 7:37p.m.

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

 

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