Moline City Council met April 4.
Moline City Council met April 4.
Here is the minutes provided by the Council:
Council Meeting: The City Council meeting came to order at 7:11 p.m. The Council met in regular session in the Council Chambers at City Hall.
Pledge: The Council and audience recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
Invocation: There was no Invocation.
Roll Call: Roll call was taken with Mayor Raes, Aldermen Rodriguez, Parker, Wendt, Zelnio, Turner, Schoonmaker, Waldron and Acri present. Absent: None. Alderman Wendt attended electronically.
Items on Consent:
Approval of Minutes
Special Council meeting minutes of March 27, 2017, Special Council meeting minutes of March 28, 2017, and Committee-of-the-Whole and Council meeting minutes of March 28, 2017.
1. Council Bill/Resolution 1056-2017 A Resolution approving the remote electronic attendance of Third Ward Alderman Michael Wendt at the Committee-of-the-Whole and City Council meeting of April 4, 2017, due to his travel out of state as part of his current employment.
2. Council Bill/Resolution 1057-2017 A Resolution authorizing the Chief of Police to expend up to $101,671 from the 2017 contingency fund to pay for the projected City of Moline share of expenses to be incurred during the year for the Illinois Quad Cities Communications Center (QComm911) consolidated dispatch center project.
3. Council Bill/Resolution 1058-2017 A Resolution authorizing the Utilities General Manager to execute Amendment No. 1 to the January 9, 2015, Agreement for General Services South Slope Collection System Study with Strand Associates Inc.
4. Council Bill/Resolution 1059-2017 A Resolution authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute an Intergovernmental Agreement with the Village of Coal Valley to allow for the cooperative operation and maintenance of its drinking water system.
5. Council Bill/Resolution 1060-2017 A Resolution authorizing the purchase of four (4) trailer mounted leaf vacuums from Bonnell Industries Inc. for the total amount of $143,848.00.
6. Council Bill/Resolution 1061-2017 A Resolution authorizing the ceding of Home Rule Volume Cap Authority.
7. Council Bill/Resolution 1062-2017 A Resolution authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to grant an Underground Electric Easement at the North Slope Wastewater Treatment Plant.
8. Council Bill/Resolution 1063-2017 A Resolution authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute a payment to McCarthy Improvement Company in the amount of $37,168.83 related to slope repairs in Project #1214, John Deere Road Utility Relocation Project.
City Council Minutes of April 4, 2017 Page 2 of 3
9. Council Bill/Resolution 1064-2017 A Resolution authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute payments to Terracon and the Waste Commission of Scott County in the amount of $14,805.64 related to Environmental Cleanup at the 12th Street Parking Lot Construction Site.
10. Council Bill/Resolution 1065-2017 A Resolution declaring the City of Moline’s official intent to reimburse certain TIF #11 Project expenditures from the proceeds of future debt issues.
Omnibus Vote: Alderman Parker, seconded by Alderman Zelnio, moved to approve and adopt, by omnibus vote, these items. Motion carried on roll call with the following vote: ayes: Aldermen Rodriguez, Parker, Wendt, Zelnio, Turner, Schoonmaker, Waldron and Acri; nays: none.
Items Not on Consent:
First Reading Ordinances
11. Council Bill/Special Ordinance 4013-2017
A Special Ordinance closing certain streets more particularly described herein to vehicular traffic and authorizing the use of public right-of-way in conjunction with the Kiwanis Bags Tournament scheduled for Saturday, April 22, 2017.
Council, Staff and Citizen Comments:
Ray Forsythe, Planning & Development Director, shared a quick update on the Council goal of residential growth south of the Rock River. A couple things happened today. First, Mayor Raes and Mr. Forsythe attended the monthly Illinois Managers and Mayors Meeting, which is held at the Bi-State Regional Commission. They asked to put residential growth on the Illinois side of the Quad Cities on Bi-State’s agenda. Bi-State agreed to do so, and City staff and Bi-State will continue to work on that at their monthly meetings. Mr. Forsythe shared that the overall goal is a joint marketing program with all the cities on the Illinois side of the Quad Cities. Secondly, this morning, Public Works Director/Interim City Administrator J.D. Schulte, Utilities General Manager Tony Loete, and Planning & Development staff met with the bankers, buildings and realtor’s association to continue dialog about the Moline Initiative. City staff shared an update on utility expansion. Mr. Forsythe opined that it was a really good meeting. They embraced the utility expansion and are going to work with the City in their next meeting to bring potential builders for the City to continue to push the Moline Initiative. Then, after the City gets a handle on potential builders for the Moline projects, the City is going to open it up to the other Illinois Quad Cities. In addition, Mr. Schulte and Mr. Loete are doing work in Coal Valley, Milan and Silvis.
Lori Wilson, Parks Recreation Director, reminded the Council that this Saturday, April 8, 2017, is the Riverside Park Easter Egg Hunt. The first hunt kicks off at 9:45 a.m. This year, there is also a special flashlight Easter egg hunt at 8:00 p.m. Ms. Wilson encouraged everyone to invite children.
Bryon Lear, Library Director, shared that the Moline Public Library launched its new mobile app this past weekend. It is called “MPLTOGO.” It is located in the app stores for both Android and Apple devices. The app features a lot of interactive items including, but not limited to, streaming and downloading books, music, magazines and movies. Mr. Lear encouraged everyone to download it and provide him with feedback.
Alderman Rodriguez mentioned that the Citizens Police Academy wrapped up last week, and the ceremony is on April 5, 2017. He shared that it was a good experience, and he highly recommends attending it. In the future, he would like to see the City market this more to City residents to get them involved in it. It is a great way to show City residents what our Police and Fire Departments do for the City on a daily basis.
Alderman Rodriguez thanked Lori Wilson and the new Special Events Committee concerning the Food Truck event at the Mercado on 5th.
Alderman Waldron made a motion directing City staff to come back to the Council with some recommendations concerning the potential Trapkus/Midwest Palms, LLC, development, specifically referencing PVC vs. ductile iron piping, a review of Chapter 34 of the Moline Code of Ordinances to see if it needs to be updated, and bench mark with our neighboring communities to see what they do. City staff should consider whether the City should update its piping requirements, since City staff has been installing iron piping since the 1970’s. Alderman Waldron does not want to hinder construction. He simply wants to be aligned with other cities. Public Works Director/Interim City Administrator J.D. Schulte mentioned that he and Utilities General Manager Tony Loete are working with the EPA on rewriting portions of Chapter 34 of the Moline Code of Ordinances, along with City Attorney Maureen Riggs. Mr. Schulte also spoke with Alderman Schoonmaker concerning some other things that they want to do with Chapter 34, such as utility building and some other items. Mr. Schulte plans to bring this information back to Council. He inquired as to whether he should bring this information back at the same time as the proposed Chapter 34 re-write. Alderman Waldron agreed. Alderman Waldron’s motion was seconded by Alderman Schoonmaker. Motion passed unanimously.
Ray Forsythe, Planning & Development Director gave an update concerning the Brian Trapkus/Midwest Palms, LLC, development. Mr. Forsythe met with Mr. Trapkus on Friday, March 31, 2017. Mr. Trapkus is going to provide some numbers to Mr. Forsythe, and City staff will return to the Council with a recommendation. Mr. Forsythe shared that Mr. Trapkus completely understands Council’s questions. Mr. Forsythe shared that the ultimate challenge with the EPA is the change over concerning the water piping. He believes that the City has more latitude with the sewer portion than it does with the water portion. City staff will return to Council within the next week or two with a revised Agreement and recommendations concerning this matter.
There was no Executive Session.
On motion of Alderman Parker, seconded by Alderman Zelnio, Council adjourned at 7:23 p.m.
The next regularly scheduled City Council meeting is on April 11, 2017.