East Moline City Council met July 17.
East Moline City Council met July 17.
Here is the minutes provided by the Council:
Mayor Freeman led the City Council and all those present in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
Mayor Freeman called the meeting to order and directed City Clerk Arletta D. Holmes to call the roll. The following Aldermen were present: Alissa Sallows, Gary Almblade, Nancy Mulcahey, Ed DeJaynes, Gary Miller, Robert Cheffer, and Mayor Freeman.
PUBLIC COMMENT: None
Alderman Rico arrived at 6:35p.m.
CITY CLERK’S REPORT
City Clerk Holmes informed the City Council that the City Clerk’s Office will be closed, beginning Thursday, August 3rd until Friday, August 11th. The Office will promptly re-open on Monday, August 14th, at 8:00a.m. In my absence, Wanda Roberts, will be the acting City Clerk for the August 7, 2017 City Council Meeting.
ADDITIONS/CORRECTIONS TO AGENDA: None
City Clerk Arletta D. Holmes read the Consent Agenda that included the following:
a. Approval of the City Council Minutes of July 3, 2017.
b. Approval of the Committee-of-the-Whole Minutes of July 3, 2017.
c. Approval of the Committee-of-the-Whole Minutes of June 19, 2017.
d. Approval of Salaries for July 14, 2017 in the amount of $436,179.13.
e. Approval of Bills in the amount of $1,099,993.55.
A motion was made by Alderman DeJaynes, seconded by Alderman Miller, to approve the Consent Agenda as presented. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Rico, Sallows, Almblade, Mulcahey, DeJaynes, Miller, and Cheffer. Motion carried.
REPORT BY MAYOR
Mayor Freeman read and presented to Mr. Andrew Kirkland of WQPT, a proclamation proclaiming July 27th through July 30th in “Commemoration of the Wall That Heals in the Quad Cities.” Mr. Kirkland addressed the City Council, thanking the Mayor and City Council for the proclamation.
CITY ATTORNEY GRAHAM LEE PRESENTED THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTIONS:
RESOLUTION 17-41: A Resolution Of The City Council Of The City Of East Moline, Illinois, Authorizing Approval Of The Replacement Police Officer For The City Of East Moline Police Department.
A motion was made by Alderman Cheffer, seconded by Alderman DeJaynes, to approve Resolution 17- 41. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Rico, Sallows, Almblade, Mulcahey, DeJaynes, Miller, and Cheffer. Motion carried.
RESOLUTION 17-42: A Resolution Of The City Council Of The City Of East Moline, Illinois, Approving An Easement Given To John Reynolds And Nancy Reynolds For The Use Of An Emergency Exit, For The City Of East Moline.
Discussion: Mr. Reynolds -is the owner of the property (Sharon’s Restaurant) stated that per the Fire Code they need an emergency exist to make the property sellable. It is just a door inside of them. It’s an emergency exist only, and it will not be used as an in and out door.
Administrator Girdler – This easement will be for an opening in the west wall about 57 feet back from the front wall of the structure opening into some landscaping. There is some writing on the wall there. They will cut a wall opening and install a steel door. This door will only be used from the inside of the property as an egress emergency exit door only.
A motion was made by Alderman Mulcahey, seconded by Alderman Miller, to approve Resolution 17- 42. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Rico, Sallows, Almblade, Mulcahey, DeJaynes. Miller, and Cheffer. Motion carried.
RESOLUTION 17-43: - Pulled A Resolution Of The City Council Of The City Of East Moline, Illinois, Authorizing The Sale Of Lots 9 And 10 Of The East Moline Industrial Park 1st Addition By Directing Staff To Negotiate The Sale At The Price Not Less Than 80% Of The Appraised Value, Pursuant To 65 ILCS 5/11 -76-4.1.
COMMITTEE-OF-THE-WHOLE (Alderman Miller)
Alderman Miller stated there were no items for discussion all items have been covered under the Consent Agenda, Ordinance or Resolutions.
CITY STAFF COMMUNICATION:
Each City Staff member present was given the opportunity to inform the City Council and those present of events in their departments:
John Reynolds, Chief of Police – Chief Reynolds reminded everyone that the Police Department’s Night Out Against Crime will be held Tuesday, August 1, 2017 from 6:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. at Willow Springs Swim Club, 3010 Archer Drive, East Moline, IL.
Mayor Freeman- encouraged all to come out and participate in this event.
Ms. Petersen, Finance Director – Ms. Petersen updated the City Council on the budget that was recently passed by the State of Illinois, and how it will affect the City of East Moline as a Municipality. Our Non-Home Rule sales tax will now be withheld and transferred into a tax complainant and administration fund. This will result in a loss of about $9,000 per year. The two percent (2%) deduction is on-going. Ms. Petersen also informed the Council that for one year only (July, 2017 through June, 2018) the City is going to have a ten percent (10%) reduction in income tax that we receive. This will result in a loss of about $210,000 half of that will be in FY-2017, and half in FY-2018.
Mayor Freeman made additional comments regarding this issue.
Alderman Mulcahey- suggested that we contact our State Representative Mike Halpin, who could possibly assist the city regarding this issue.
Mr. Kammler, Engineering Services Director – Mr. Kammler updated the City Council on construction projects that are going on in the city.
• Pavement Markings - 41st Avenue behind Jewel/Osco the center lane has been shifted and a parking lane has been put on the north side of the road.
• The concrete paving is continuing 9th Street and the second half of this road could be starting (weather permitting) at the end of this week, or early next week.
• Water main is in the ground on 12th Street and 2/3rd of it is done down the hill on 11th Street. The next thing they will be doing once all the pressure test and bacteria test has satisfactorily passed, the only thing left to do is hook up water services
• Zoning Ordinance – Tuesday morning, July 17, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. the first of two (2) Public Informational Meetings will be held. Mr. Kammler will be in attendance, along with the Zoning Commission and Representatives from the Bi-State Regional Commission. The second meeting is on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. It will be an open house format.
• The Plan Commission has a formal Public Hearing scheduled for Monday, July 31, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chamber.
Mayor Freeman ask that Mr. Kammler give the City Council an update on the status of 7th Street from 26 Avenue to Avenue of the Cities. Mayor Freeman asked if there has been consideration to keeping the lanes the same way or changing it? Mr. Kammler stated that there was a piece of information that they were waiting on from the state to determine if going to the 3 lanes versus 4 lanes, would have an impact on funding. We have not received a response back from the State regarding our questions. Mr. Kammler stated that he is not sure why, but this item should be on the next City Council Agenda.
Chief DeFrance, Fire Chief – Chief DeFrance informed the City Council that they have closed the acceptance of application for Firefighters on Friday, July 7, 2017. Thirty-seven (37) applications were received. On Saturday, July 15, 2017 and Saturday, July 22, 2017 they will be having orientation and physical agility test at the QCA building in Rock Island starts at 8:00 a.m.
Mayor Freeman ask about the house located at Jacob’s Park formally known as “North East Park.” There are some concerns regarding when the fire department is going to do an experimental fire?
Chief DeFrance stated that they were initially going to have it done in the Spring. The University of Illinois is having a fire investigation class soon, and may want to use portions of that building for the practice. The plan now is to take it down in the Fall.
Mr. Lambrecht, Maintenance Services Director – Mr. Lambrecht informed the City Council that Administrator Girdler passed on information regarding MidAmerican Energy doing a street lighting program through 2020. As they are going to replace all lights that MidAmerican Energy owns which will be updated to the new LED’s and there will be no cost to the city. The only requirement is that the City sign up and there will be energy savings to the city.
Mayor Freeman made additional comments regarding where the street lights will be installed. Mr. Lambrecht replied everywhere in the City except for the Industrial Park and 15th Avenue.
Alderman Almblade asked if lighting would be the same lumens? Mr. Lambrecht replied that it would be the same lumens but less watts.
Mr. Banaszek, City Treasurer - Mr. Banaszek has a complaint that when he walks down 7th Street on the East side from the bottom of the hill all the way up to 20th Avenue that used to be taken care of by Summit Ridge. The weeds are so over grown and going onto the sidewalk. Summit Ridge has always taken care of their property. Summit Ridge access road on up 7th Street it looks like garbage because of the bricks coming off and the overgrown weeds.
Mayor Freeman stated that he will have the Administrator Girdler and Mr. Lambrecht contact them regarding the area.
A motion was made by Alderman DeJaynes, seconded by Alderman Miller, to adjourn the City Council meeting. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Rico, Sallows, Almblade, Mulcahey, DeJaynes, Miller, and Cheffer. Motion carried. 7:04 p.m.