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News Title December 7, 2010

Litchfield City Council
Minutes of Regular Meeting
December 7, 2010


Mayor Thomas F. Jones called the Regular Meeting to order on December 7, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. The pledge of allegiance was recited. Present on roll call vote were Gary Wise, Marilyn Sisson, Pat Timmons, Harold Ellinger, Gary Law, Bob Ostendorf, Bill Dees and Gene Cailey.

Mayor Jones announced to removed items #3 and #4 under New Business.

Mayor Jones recognized Bob Hermsmeyer who spoke regarding redistricting ward boundaries. Ward 2 is so small and Ward 4 will grow with the annexation of the lake property. City Attorney Hantla advised once the census figures arrive the City will work with the County Clerk to get number of registered voters and decide at that time concerning the possible redistricting. Until we get the census there will be no action.

Alderman Cailey, seconded by Alderman Law made a motion to appoint Christy Rieck to the zoning board. The mayor called for a voice vote, motion carried.

Alderman Timmons, seconded by Alderman Wise made a motion to accept the following items on the Consent agenda:

Reading of Minutes
Report of Departments and City Clerk
Authorization to Transfer Funds and to Pay Bills

Other Items as Assigned:

A motion to approve an Ordinance Increasing Ambulance Rates (2nd Reading).
A motion to accept the proposed Illinois Counties Risk Management Trust (ICRMT) Insurance Program for professional liability, operational liability, and fleet coverage from December 1, 2010 to December 1, 2011 for $114,466.
A motion to accept the proposed Illinois Counties Risk Management Trust (ICRMT) Part V, Workers’ Compensation Proposal from December 1, 2010 to December 1, 2011 for $142,935.
A motion to pay for an emergency repair of the turbo charger for the out-of-town ambulance from Victory Lane for an amount of $2,142.60.
A motion to adopt an Ordinance declaring a 2003 Cadillac (VIN #1G6KD54Y93U194747), seized by the Police Department as part of a criminal proceedings, as surplus. (1st Reading) Also to authorize its disposal via electronic auction, the proceeds from which to be used by the Police Department to augment equipment replacement needs in the Police Department not supported by budgetary allocations.
A motion to approve the payment of $2,028.41 to Brian’s Auto Repair for the replacement of a motor in the Animal Control Truck.
A motion to approve the purchase of 4 Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) components from AutomationDirect.com, Inc. for $2,443.
The Mayor directed the City Clerk to call a roll call vote:
Aye: Alderman Wise, Sisson, Timmons, Ellinger, Law, Ostendorf, Dees and Cailey
Nay: None
Motion Carried.

Old Business

Alderman Dees made a motion seconded by Alderman Wise to approve an amendment to the 2009 Fire Act Grant to allow the purchase of 10-year smoke detectors from First Alert Store for an amount not to exceed $7,000 from those Federal Funds and Local Match obligations. The Mayor directed a roll call vote, motion carried.

Alderman Dees made a motion seconded by Alderman Cailey to extend the third party supplier electricity contract with Ameren Energy Marketing for the period of 2 years. Information update will be provided at meeting. City Administrator Ritchie spoke. Even though the rates have increased, Ameren Energy Marketing will honor their quote based on the City’s good customer rating. Per Attorney Hantla, there is no need to bid this under statute; utility services are exempt from the bidding process. Dave Kitzmiller provided the updated rate information on a spreadsheet which was distributed to Alderman. Proposal for 2 year extension is .04992 per KWH. The Mayor directed a voice vote, motion carried.

New Business

Alderman Timmons made a motion seconded by Alderman Wise to approve the bid of $8,892.83 from Recreation Concepts for the purchase of playground equipment at Lake Lou Yaeger. Superintendent Cadwell advised $8,500 of this is grant money obtained through the Estelle Beach Davis Trust. This will complete the playground project. The Mayor directed a voice vote, motion carried.

Alderman Timmons made a motion seconded by Alderman Ostendorf to approve an Ordinance Supplementing and Amending the Enterprise Zone Intergovernmental Agreement by and among the County of Montgomery, Illinois, the Cities of Hillsboro, Litchfield, Coffeen, Nokomis and Witt and the Villages of Schram City, Taylor Springs, Coalton, Irving and Raymond, Illinois which is the Montgomery County Enterprise Zone. (1st Reading). The Mayor directed the City Clerk to call a roll call vote which resulted in the following:

Ayes: Alderman Wise, Sisson, Timmons, Ellinger, Law, Ostendorf, Dees and Cailey.
Nay: None
Motion Carried.

Alderman Ostendorf made a motion seconded by Alderman Law to enter into Executive Session. The Mayor directed the City Clerk to call a roll call vote which resulted in the following:
Aye: Alderman Wise, Sisson, Timmons, Ellinger, Law, Ostendorf, Dees and Cailey.
Nay: None
Motion Carried.

Following Executive Session, Alderman Timmons made a motion seconded by Alderman Ellinger to adjourn the meeting. The Mayor directed a voice vote, motion carried. The Regular meeting adjourned at 8:05.

Attest: Denise M. Lueker City Clerk
Approved: Thomas F. Jones Mayor