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City of Rock Island City Council met August 26

By Rock Island Today Reports | Sep 21, 2019


City of Rock Island City Council met Aug. 26.

Here is the minutes provided by the council:

1. Call to Order

Mayor Thoms called the meeting to order at 6:45 p.m. and welcomed everyone.

2. Roll Call

Mayor Thoms asked the City Clerk to call the roll.

Present: Mayor Mike Thoms, Alderman Mark Poulos, Alderman Dave Geenen, Alderman Randy Hurt, Alderwoman Jenni Swanson, and Alderman Dylan Parker

Absent: Alderman Ivory D. Clark and Alderman James Spurgetis

Staff: City Manager Randy Tweet, City Attorney Dave Morrison, City Clerk Judith Gilbert, and other City staff

3. Pledge of Allegiance

Mayor Thoms led in the saying of the Pledge of Allegiance.

4. Moment of Silence

Mayor Thoms asked for a moment of silence. A moment of silence was observed.

5. Public Comment

Lindsay Hocker, Rock Island resident, asked Council to pass a humane pet store ordinance prohibiting pet stores from purchasing animals from a puppy mill.

Jennifer Geis, Rock Island resident, presented facts about puppy mills.

Tim McGuire, Rock Island resident, presented the benefits of a humane pet store ordinance and asked Council to be the leader in the Quad Cities.

Peyton McGuire, Rock Island resident, presented statistics about puppy mills. She also asked Council to set an example for the Quad Cities.

Molly McGuire, Rock Island resident, said she agrees with all of the previous speakers and asked Council to to seriously consider passing the ordinance.

Mike Mertel, Rock Island resident, presented his opinion about the recent removal of the basketball hoops from Lincoln Park; he said it was shortsighted and counterproductive. Alderman Parker directed Mr. Mertel to Parks and Recreation Director John Gripp. City Manager Randy Tweet stated that staff is meeting later this week to discuss options regarding the hoops. Mr. Gripp stated it was never meant to be a permanent removal, just a time-out. Alderman Geenen asked that the two aldermen for Lincoln Park be included in the discussion process.

JoAnne Whitley, Taylor Ridge resident, said she volunteers at the Quad City Animal and Welfare Center in Milan and they see dogs brought in who came from puppy mills. She asked Council to consider passing the ordinance. She said if Rock Island passes the ordinance, other Quad Cities will follow.

6. Minutes of the August 12, 2019 meeting. 

MOTION:

Alderman Parker moved to approve the minutes as printed; Alderman Poulos seconded. 

VOTE:

Motion passed on a 5-0-2 voice vote. Aye: Poulos, Geenen, Hurt, Swanson, and Parker. Nay: None. Absent: Clark and Spurgetis.

7. Minutes of the Executive Session of August 12, 2019. 

MOTION:

Alderman Parker moved to approve the Executive Session minutes; Alderman Poulos seconded.

VOTE:

Motion passed on a 5-0-2 voice vote. Aye: Poulos, Geenen, Hurt, Swanson, and Parker. Nay: None. Absent: Clark and Spurgetis.

8. Update Rock Island by Mayor Thoms

Thursday Night Groove Concert – Get your groove on with ‘Wicked Liz and the Bellyswirls’ at Schwiebert Park sponsored by UnityPoint Health on August 29, 2019. Thursday Night Groove starts at 6:00 p.m. with concessions; including grilled items, Happy Joe's Pizza, & Bent River Brewing Company. Then at 6:30 p.m., dance lessons begin, and all of which is followed by the concert from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Admission is free, so come on out and enjoy the fun!

Rock Island Grand Prix - Professional kart racing, food, beverages and family activities will take place during the Rock Island Grand Prix on Friday, August 30, 2019 through Sunday, September 1, 2019 in The District of downtown Rock Island. Weekend activities run from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with practice runs highlighting Friday night starting at 5:00 p.m. Admission is free to all the races. For more information, go to WWW.ROCKISLANDGRANDPRIX.COM.

Labor Day Parade – The 35th annual Rock Island Labor Day Parade is scheduled for Monday, September 2, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. This year we celebrate ‘The Parade of Champions’, a look at past and present champions of our community. The parade will start on 33rd Street and goes west along 18th Avenue and takes a left turn on 24th Street and disbands at the Rock Island High School parking lot. Come out and celebrate and have a safe and Happy Labor Day!

9. Presentation of the July 2019 Keep Rock Island Beautiful Award

Mayor Thoms announced that Keep Rock Island Beautiful awarded Colman Florist with the Beatification award for the month of July. Unfortunately, Colman Florist could not attend the Council meeting tonight to receive their award. Mayor Thoms thanked Colman Florist and all of the Rock Island businesses that work so hard to make and keep the city clean, safe and beautiful.

10. Presentation of the 2019 Rock Island Citizen of the Year Awards

Citizen of the Year Co-Chairs Alderman Dylan Parker and Alderwoman Jenni Swanson, along with Mayor Thoms stepped to the podium. Alderman Parker welcomed everyone to the awards ceremony. He said the Citizen of the Year Awards are meant to honor and recognize the people in the Rock Island community who are amazing and selfless in how they give to the Rock Island community. He said that Rock Island is unique with its awards program. He stated the nominees and award winners and the work they do in the community and their kindness, humanity, and giving back are what make Rock Island special and make all proud to be Rock Islanders.

The honorees in each category were introduced by a member of the current committee. The 2019 Rock Island Citizen of the Year Award winners are as follows:

Business: Cool Beanz Coffee House (Annette Hutto), introduced by Alderman Dylan Parker. Education: Andrea Parer, introduced by Alderwoman Jenni Swanson.

Individual: Heidi Huiskamp Collins, introduced by 2018 Individual winner Eudell Watts III.

Organization: Christian Care, introduced by 2018 Organization winner Broadway Historic District Association (represented by their President Bridget Ehrmann).

City Employee: Jeff VenHuizen, introduced by 2018 City Employee winner Pat O'Brien.

Honorary: The Arc of the Quad Cities, introduced by 2018 Honorary winner Tina Hayz of the Center for Living Arts.

Alderman Parker explained a new award for 2019: Committee's Choice.

Committee's Choice: Friends of Douglas Park, introduced by Edna Sowards, committee member.

Alderman Parker said Sarah Stevens was the Professional Citizen of the Year and Anna Darrow was the Youth Citizen of the Year; they received their awards at the last Council meeting. Alderman Parker congratulated all of the winners.

Grace Shirk invited everyone to attend the Labor Day parade.

Alderman Parker announced the overall 2019 Rock Island Citizen of the Year (and Grand Marshal of the Labor Day Parade) is Christian Care. Eudell Watts III spoke about the committee's selection of Christian Care as the overall winner.

Pictures were taken of award winners with Mayor Thoms.

11. Presentation of the Financial Management Report for the Second Quarter 2019

Finance Director Stephanie Masson presented the Financial Management Report for the Second Quarter of 2019. She said everything is on course and there are no major things to be concerned about. General Fund revenues are at 40% of budget and expenditures are at 45%; both are on track for this time of year.

Ms. Masson reported the City's total position is $54 million in revenues of $108 million budgeted and expenditures at 39%. She explained the expenditures budget was revised from $118 million to $134 million due to prior year projects being rolled over into the current fiscal year. Cash available at the end of the second quarter was $23.9 million which is in the 60 to 90 days fund balance range for reserves according to the City's policy. She said everything looks good there.

Ms. Masson said the General Fund is the largest fund and provides the basic core services. Expenditures in the General Fund are at 45% as of June 30. She stated salaries are the biggest expense.

Ms. Masson said Replacement Tax should make budget; she explained there are more distributions from the state in the first half of the year. Sales Tax is lagging slightly behind. She said the City should exceed Use Tax revenues even with the increased budget this year. The Municipal Utility Tax should meet budget, but it is lower that what the City has received in the past. Ms. Masson reported the Telecommunications Tax as a revenue source continues to decline. Ms. Masson said the Gaming Tax is a little behind, but she hopes it will meet budget.

Ms. Masson noted the 18-month history of the City's investments that was included in her report. The percentage of investments broken out by financial institution was also included. She watches this closely. Ms. Masson stated it is harder to diversify. She added that all deposits are collateralized and so the deposits are protected. A Capital and Major Project Status report was also included in Ms. Masson's report with a total budget of $19 million and with project completion at almost 43%.

12. A Special Ordinance establishing a handicapped parking space at 2203 16th Street. 

MOTION:

Alderman Parker moved to consider, suspend the rules, and pass the ordinance; Alderman Poulos seconded.

VOTE:

Motion passed on a 5-0-2 roll call vote. Aye: Poulos, Geenen, Hurt, Swanson, and Parker. Nay: None. Absent: Clark and Spurgetis.

13. A Special Ordinance establishing a four-way stop intersection at 23rd Street and 6th Avenue. 

MOTION:

Alderman Parker moved to consider, suspend the rules, and pass the ordinance; Alderman Poulos seconded. 

VOTE:

Motion passed on a 5-0-2 roll call vote. Aye: Poulos, Geenen, Hurt, Swanson, and Parker. Nay: None. Absent: Clark and Spurgetis.

14. An Ordinance authorizing the issuance of four series of unlimited tax General Obligation Bonds,

Series 2019A for the refunding of all or a portion of the outstanding Taxable General Obligation Bonds, Series 2010A; Series 2019B for the refunding of all or a portion of the outstanding Taxable General Obligation Bonds, Series 2009C; Series 2019C for the refunding of all or a portion of the outstanding Taxable General Obligation Bonds, Series 2014B; and Series 2019D for the financing of street, alley and roadway improvement projects at an estimate cost of $2,000,000.

MOTION:

Alderman Poulos moved to consider the ordinance; Alderwoman Swanson seconded.

Alderman Parker asked Ms. Masson to explain what they were voting on with the agenda item. Ms. Masson replied they are considering the sale of bonds. She explained the detail of the first two series which is for refunding bonds at a savings of $400,000. The third series is for restructuring debt from the Watchtower TIF to move principal out and taking advantage of the life of the TIF. The fourth series is for reimbursement of the City's portion of costs for street improvement projects.

Alderman Parker said he has no problems with the first two series which result in savings for the City. His concern is for the restructuring of debt in the Watchtower TIF by lowering the debt for a few years and tacking it on the back end and increasing the total amount of debt to be paid. He also said the last series of bonds is to pay for street repairs with more debt. He wanted to make the point that the City has to have sufficient revenue to pay for the debt added in recent years. It can be done by raising revenue or cutting spending to pay off the debt. He said it will cost the City more in the long term and that is the point he is trying to make.

Alderman Parker asked if he could make a motion to amend the motion and split up the series of bonds. City Attorney Dave Morrison said there already is a motion. He explained someone would have to withdraw the motion and second to re-structure what they are voting on. Alderman Poulos withdrew his motion. Ms. Masson asked for clarification from Alderman Parker that his intent is to only approve the refunding bonds. Alderman Parker said that was his intent. Ms. Masson said that they would not go through the bond issuing process if they split up the bond series and only did the two series. There is a cost to issuing bonds. Alderman Parker said he does not think the City should bond for street improvement or restructure the Watchtower debt. He said the City can pay for it right now.

Ms. Masson responded that she appreciates pay as you go projects and she hopes to get back to that. She said the City has issued a lot of debt in the last five years pledging revenues that are declining against that debt service which is concerning. The City needs new revenue. She explained that 60% to 70% are payroll costs and payroll costs are increasing faster than the CPI. She said added revenue is needed just to keep up with these expenses. Budgeting has been extremely challenging. If the bond sale is not done as proposed, it will hamstring the 2020 budget. She understands Council has tough decisions to make and keep the City in a healthy position, but she believes this is the best move for now. Alderman Parker told Ms. Masson not to interpret his disagreements as criticisms of her talent. He believes at some point, the City has to bite the bullet and raise revenue even though it is not popular.

Mr. Tweet said Council agreed to move forward on the bond sale when they were last briefed on the subject. He asked if there was something staff was not aware of; Alderman Parker replied not from what he said at the previous meeting. Mr. Tweet said the budget for this year is based on the Watchtower debt refinancing. Mayor Thoms said he is concerned about making the budget work. He doesn't think property taxes are the answer; raising them could cause more flight out of Rock Island.

Alderwoman Swanson said to amend the motion, both the motion and the second would need to be withdrawn. She is not removing her second. Alderman Parker said they could vote on whether or not to amend the motion. Mr. Morrison said there is no withdrawal of the second. Mayor Thoms clarified they are calling the original question.

VOTE:

Motion passed on a 4-1-2 roll call vote. Aye: Poulos, Geenen, Hurt, and Swanson. Nay: Parker. Absent: Clark and Spurgetis.

15. Claims for the weeks of August 9, 2019 through August 15, 2019 in the amount of $2,013,015.98 and August 16, 2019 through August 22, 2019 in the amount of $397,078.63; and payroll for the weeks of July 29, 2019 through August 11, 2019 in the amount of $1,494,481.60.

MOTION:

Alderman Parker moved to allow the claims and payroll; Alderwoman Swanson seconded.

VOTE:

Motion passed on a 5-0-2 roll call vote. Aye: Poulos, Geenen, Hurt, Swanson, and Parker. Nay: None. Absent: Clark and Spurgetis.

16. ACH payments for the month of July in the amount of $2,410,528.84. 

MOTION:

Alderman Parker moved to approve the ACH payments; Alderman Poulos seconded. 

VOTE:

Motion passed on a 5-0-2 roll call vote. Aye: Poulos, Geenen, Hurt, Swanson, and Parker. Nay: None. Absent: Clark and Spurgetis.

17. Purchase Card Claims for the period of June 27, 2019 through July 26, 2019 in the amount of $62,899.57.

MOTION:

Alderwoman Swanson moved to approve the purchase card claims; Alderman Parker seconded.

VOTE:

Motion passed on a 5-0-2 roll call vote. Aye: Poulos, Geenen, Hurt, Swanson, and Parker. Nay: None. Absent: Clark and Spurgetis.

18. Report from the Community and Economic Development Department regarding the purchase of fifteen (15) Rock Island County tax auction properties as listed in the report in the amount of $14,201.00.

MOTION:

Alderman Parker moved to approve the purchase as recommended; authorize the City Manager to execute the purchase contracts; and refer to the City Attorney for an ordinance; Alderwoman Swanson seconded.

VOTE:

Motion passed on a 5-0-2 roll call vote. Aye: Poulos, Geenen, Hurt, Swanson, and Parker. Nay: None. Absent: Clark and Spurgetis.

19. Report from the Public Works Department regarding bids for the Utility Patching Program, recommending the bid be awarded to Langman Construction Inc. of Rock Island, IL in the amount of $160,323.40.

MOTION:

Alderwoman Swanson moved to award the bid as recommended and authorize the City Manager to execute the contract documents; Alderman Poulos seconded.

Alderman Parker recused himself from the vote due to the nature of his employment. 

VOTE:

Motion passed on a 4-0-2 roll call vote. Aye: Poulos, Geenen, Hurt, and Swanson. Nay: None. Absent: Clark and Spurgetis.

20. Report from the Public Works Department regarding bids for the 2019 Water Service and Sanitary Lateral Repair Program, recommending the bid be awarded to McClintock Trucking & Excavating Inc. of Colona, IL in the amount of $165,383.75.

MOTION:

Alderwoman Swanson moved to award the bid as recommended and authorize the City Manager to execute the contract documents; Alderman Poulos seconded.

VOTE:

Motion passed on a 5-0-2 roll call vote. Aye: Poulos, Geenen, Hurt, Swanson, and Parker. Nay: None. Absent: Clark and Spurgetis.

21. Report from the Martin Luther King Center regarding a Request for Proposals for a community needs assessment in the West End, recommending the project be awarded to Enterprise Community Partners of Washington, D.C. in the amount of $80,899.73.

MOTION:

Alderman Parker moved to approve the selection of the consultant as recommended; direct staff to work with legal counsel to draft a contract not to exceed $81,000; and authorize the City Manager to execute the contract documents; Alderman Geenen seconded.

VOTE:

Motion passed on a 5-0-2 roll call vote. Aye: Poulos, Geenen, Hurt, Swanson, and Parker. Nay: None. Absent: Clark and Spurgetis.

Alderman Parker asked if Council would get a report from the consultant. Alderman Geenen thanked the City's partner, the John Deere Foundation, for funding half of the study. Martin Luther King Center Director Jerry Jones replied the consultant is contracted to provide a report to Council as well as to other stakeholders in the community.

22. Report from the Public Works Department regarding an agreement with Gordon Hartman of Milan, IL for the disposal of breakout debris at no cost to the City.

MOTION:

Alderwoman Swanson moved to approve the agreement as recommended and authorize the City Manager to execute the agreement document; Alderman Poulos seconded.

Alderman Parker asked if there are any requirements that the debris will be disposed of properly and legally. Mr. Morrison said there is a requirement in the agreement for proper disposal in accordance with state law.

VOTE:

Motion passed on a 5-0-2 roll call vote. Aye: Poulos, Geenen, Hurt, Swanson, and Parker. Nay: None. Absent: Clark and Spurgetis.

23. Report from the Community and Economic Development Department regarding an Ordinance amending Chapter 11, Article II, Division 1, Sections 11-16 and 11-17 relating to the Citizens' Advisory Committee.

MOTION:

Alderman Parker moved to consider, suspend the rules, and pass the ordinance; Alderwoman Swanson seconded.

VOTE:

Motion did NOT pass on a 4-1-2 roll call vote. Aye: Poulos, Hurt, Swanson, and Parker. Nay: Geenen. Absent: Clark and Spurgetis.

Mr. Morrison stated that suspending the rules requires five votes.

24. Report from the Community and Economic Development Department regarding the renewal of the New Residential Construction Tax Reimbursement Program for an additional three years through 2021.

MOTION:

Alderman Parker moved to approve the renewal of the program as recommended; Alderwoman Swanson seconded.

VOTE:

Motion passed on a 5-0-2 roll call vote. Aye: Poulos, Geenen, Hurt, Swanson, and Parker. Nay: None. Absent: Clark and Spurgetis.

25. Sunset Marina Requests:

a. Report from the Public Works Department and Sunset Marina regarding a joint request from Sunset Marina and Kavanaugh's Hilltop Tavern for an outdoor event on Friday, August 30, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in the parking lot and grassy area at the marina for an end of the month boat party.

b. Report from the Public Works Department and Sunset Marina regarding a joint request from Sunset Marina and CCKMA for an outdoor event on Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. in the parking lot near 600 Dock at the marina for a fundraising poker run and a request from CCKMA to hang a banner at the drive-in entrance to Sunset Marina.

MOTION:

Alderman Hurt moved to approve the events and requests for items a and b as recommended; Alderman Geenen seconded.

VOTE:

Motion passed on a 5-0-2 roll call vote. Aye: Poulos, Geenen, Hurt, Swanson, and Parker. Nay: None. Absent: Clark and Spurgetis.

26. Report from the Mayor regarding the appointment of Mary K. Garrison to the Labor Day Parade Advisory Committee.

MOTION:

Alderwoman Swanson moved to approve the appointment as recommended; Alderman Hurt seconded.

VOTE:

Motion passed on a 5-0-2 voice vote. Aye: Poulos, Geenen, Hurt, Swanson, and Parker. Nay: None. Absent: Clark and Spurgetis.

27. Report from the City Clerk regarding an Activity permit application for the St. Patrick's Day Parade to be held on Saturday, March 14, 2020 beginning at 11:00 a.m. and a Resolution authorizing the use of a portion of 15th Street from 2nd Avenue to the Master Sergeant Stanley Talbot Memorial Bridge and the northbound lanes of the Master Sergeant Stanley Talbot Memorial Bridge.

MOTION:

Alderman Hurt moved to approve the event as recommended and adopt the resolution;

Alderman Parker seconded. 

VOTE:

Motion passed on a 5-0-2 roll call vote. Aye: Poulos, Geenen, Hurt, Swanson, and Parker. Nay: None. Absent: Clark and Spurgetis.

28. Report from the City Clerk regarding an Activity permit application from the Cornbelt Running Club for their 30th annual Nancy Kapheim Memorial Classic 5K and 10K Run on Sunday, September 29, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

MOTION:

Alderwoman Swanson moved to approve the event as recommended; Alderman Poulos seconded.

VOTE:

Motion passed on a 5-0-2 roll call vote. Aye: Poulos, Geenen, Hurt, Swanson, and Parker. Nay: None. Absent: Clark and Spurgetis.

29. Report from the City Clerk regarding an Activity permit application for the 35th annual Rock Island Labor Day Parade to be held on Monday, September 2, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

MOTION:

Alderman Poulos moved to approve the event as recommended; Alderwoman Swanson seconded.

VOTE:

Motion passed on a 5-0-2 roll call vote. Aye: Poulos, Geenen, Hurt, Swanson, and Parker. Nay: None. Absent: Clark and Spurgetis.

30. Report from the City Clerk regarding an Activity permit application for the Rock Island High School Homecoming Parade to be held on Friday, September 20, 2019 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

MOTION:

Alderman Hurt moved to approve the event as recommended; Alderman Poulos seconded.

VOTE:

Motion passed on a 5-0-2 roll call vote. Aye: Poulos, Geenen, Hurt, Swanson, and Parker. Nay: None. Absent: Clark and Spurgetis.

31. Report from the City Clerk regarding requests from Evelyn Day for a street closing of 43rd Street between 20th Avenue and 22nd Avenue with sound amplification on Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for a birthday and block party.

MOTION:

Alderman Geenen moved to approve the requests as recommended; Alderman Poulos seconded.

VOTE:

Motion passed on a 5-0-2 roll call vote. Aye: Poulos, Geenen, Hurt, Swanson, and Parker. Nay: None. Absent: Clark and Spurgetis.

32. Report from the City Clerk regarding requests from Kavanaugh's Hilltop Tavern for outdoor entertainment with sound amplification at Sunset Marina on Friday, August 30, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and the outdoor sale and consumption of alcohol at Sunset Marina in their fenced-in parking lot on Friday, August 30, 2019 and and for another event at the marina on Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

MOTION:

Alderman Hurt moved to approve the requests for outdoor entertainment and sound amplification and the outdoor sale and consumption of alcohol subject to complying with all liquor license regulations and subject to being shut down early if complaints are received; Alderman Parker seconded.

VOTE:

Motion passed on a 5-0-2 roll call vote. Aye: Poulos, Geenen, Hurt, Swanson, and Parker. Nay: None. Absent: Clark and Spurgetis.

33. Report from the City Clerk regarding a request from Tammy Johnson for a street closing of 13th Avenue between 12th Street and 14th Street on Monday, September 2, 2019 from noon to 4:00 p.m. for a community cook-out.

MOTION:

Alderman Poulos moved to approve the request as recommended; Alderwoman Swanson seconded.

VOTE:

Motion passed on a 5-0-2 roll call vote. Aye: Poulos, Geenen, Hurt, Swanson, and Parker. Nay: None. Absent: Clark and Spurgetis.

34. Sound Amplification Requests:

a. Report from the City Clerk regarding a request for sound amplification from the Office of Student Life at Augustana College on Sunday, September 1, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. for their student welcome week concert in the Lower Quad on campus.

b. Report from the City Clerk regarding a request for sound amplification from St. George Greek Church on Friday and Saturday, September 6 and 7, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. for their annual Greek Festival at 2930 31st Avenue.

c. Report from the City Clerk regarding a request for sound amplification from South Park Presbyterian Church on Sunday, September 8, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for their outdoor concert in their parking lot on the south side of the church at 1501 30th Street.

MOTION:

Alderman Poulos moved to approve the requests for sound amplification as recommended for items a through c; Alderwoman Swanson seconded.

VOTE:

Motion passed on a 5-0-2 roll call vote. Aye: Poulos, Geenen, Hurt, Swanson, and Parker. Nay: None. Absent: Clark and Spurgetis.

35. Report from the Fire Marshal regarding a request from Kyle Norris of Uncle Norm's Fireworks for a pyrotechnic display permit for fireworks to be held on August 30, 2019 at 9:00 p.m. at the Quad City Botanical Center at 2525 4th Avenue.

MOTION:

Alderman Parker moved to approve the request as recommended; temporarily waive Chapter 10, Article 1, Sec. 10-9(a) of the Code of Ordinances to allow for the issuance of the pyrotechnic display permit; and authorize the Fire Marshal to issue the permit; Alderman Geenen seconded.

VOTE:

Motion passed on a 5-0-2 roll call vote. Aye: Poulos, Geenen, Hurt, Swanson, and Parker. Nay: None. Absent: Clark and Spurgetis.

36. Other Business

Alderman Parker announced he is having a 5th Ward meeting tomorrow night at the Hauberg Civic Center from 6 to 8 p.m. He said department heads, the City Manager, the City Clerk, and Mayor Thoms will all be there. Pizza will be served. He invited all to attend.

Mayor Thoms read a letter from the City of East Moline thanking the Rock Island Fire Department for their assistance during a large fire in downtown East Moline. Mayor Thoms thanked Fire Chief Yerkey for their teamwork and helping other cities. He said they deserve public recognition. The audience applauded.

37. Motion to Adjourn 

MOTION:

Alderman Parker moved to adjourn; Alderman Hurt seconded. 

VOTE:

Motion passed on a 5-0-2 voice vote. Aye: Poulos, Geenen, Hurt, Swanson, and Parker. Nay: None. Absent: Clark and Spurgetis.

The meeting adjourned at 8:22 p.m.

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