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September 7, 2010
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Litchfield City Council
Minutes of Regular Meeting
September 7, 2010

Mayor Thomas F. Jones called the Regular Meeting to order on September 7, 2010 at 7: 00 pm. The pledge of allegiance was recited. Present on roll call were Gary Wise, Marilyn Sisson, Harold Ellinger Jr., Pat Timmons, Robert Ostendorf, Gary Law, William Dees and Gene Cailey.

Item 5 from the consent agenda was moved to item 6 on Old Business.

Consent Agenda

Alderman Dees made a motion, seconded by Alderman Cailey to approve the following items on the consent agenda:
Reading of Minutes
Report of Departments and City Clerk

Other Items as Assigned:
1. A motion to authorize the Mayor to sign a cable franchise agreement renewal with Telecommunications Management, LLC, known as NewWave Communications locally, when the final agreement is returned to the City and reviewed by the City Administrator and legal counsel.
2. A motion to adopt an ordinance changing the zoning classification from the current zoning of (S-1) Single Family Residential to (C-2) General Commercial for the property with a legal description of Lot (9) Nine, Lot (10) Ten, Block 42, P.C. Huggins Addition, situated in the City of Litchfield, Montgomery County, Illinois, and all that part of West St. John Street and West Sargent Street abutting or adjoining Lots (9) Nine and (10) Ten
vacated by the City of Litchfield, Ordinance #2571, adopted June 20, 1990. (1st Reading)
3. A motion to approve the expansion of the West Side Station by Arch Helicopter, at no expense to the City, pending building plan approval by the Building Department for proper building permit fees have been paid.
4. A motion to enter into a service agreement with Luby Equipment Services for the annual servicing of the generator at the water treatment facility for $2,048.
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
Absent: None
Motion Carried.

Old Business
Alderman Timmons made a motion, seconded by Alderman Cailey to consolidate the Citys employee benefits program, which includes but is not limited to group health coverage, group life insurance and ancillary benefits, being provided by Prairie State Insurance Agency in Springfield, Illinois with the property, equipment, commercial crime, and liabilities coverage currently provided by Scheller Insurance Agency in Litchfield, Illinois.
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
Absent: None
Motion Carried.

Alderman Timmons made a motion, seconded by Alderman Cailey to consolidate the six City coverages listed below being provided by Prairie State Insurance Agency in Springfield, Illinois, with the property, inland marine, electronic data processing equipment, equipment breakdown, and commercial crime coverage currently provided by Scheller Insurance Agency in Litchfield, Illinois, and to authorize the City Administrator to execute an agent/broker of record letter for Tom Franzen, CIC, ARM and the Scheller Insurance Agency in Litchfield.
1) Commercial General Liability, 2) Commercial Auto Liability and Physical Damage, 3) Law Enforcement Liability, 4) Public Officials Liability, 5) Excess/Umbrella Liability and 6) Workers Compensation and Employers Liability.
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
Absent: None
Motion Carried.

Alderman Timmons made a motion seconded by Alderman Ellinger to direct the City Clerk to transfer funds from the City Sales Tax to the Citys General Fund and to issue checks and the authorization to pay the bills except for registration, travel and attendance at the IML Meeting in Chicago, IL.
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
Absent: None
Motion Carried.

Alderman Timmons made a motion seconded by Alderman Wise to adopt an ordinance
changing the zoning classification from the current zoning of (S-1) Single Family Residential to
(C-2) General Commercial for the property with a legal description of Lot (9) Nine, Lot (10)
Ten, Block 42, P.C. Huggins Addition, situated in the City of Litchfield, Montgomery County,
Illinois, and all that part of West St. John Street and West Sargent Street abutting or adjoining
Lots (9) Nine and (10) Ten vacated by the City of Litchfield, Ordinance #2571, adopted June 20,
1990. (2nd 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, Dees and Cailey
Nay: None
Abstain: Alderman Ostendorf
Motion Carried.

Alderman Timmons made a motion, seconded by Alderman Wise to direct the City Clerk to pay
the bills accrued to date for registration, travel and attendance at the IML Meeting in Chicago,
IL. Alderman Cailey voiced his opinion as he does not believe the Council should spend the
money on IML when we had to reduce our workforce.
The Mayor directed the City Clerk to call a roll call vote which resulted in the following:
Ayes: Alderman Wise, Timmons and Law
Nay: Alderman Sisson, Ellinger, Ostendorf, Dees and Cailey
Absent: None
Motion failed.

Alderman Timmons made a motion, seconded by Alderman Wise to approve pay request #6 in the amount of $7,200 to S&S Excavating, Inc. for work completed on the water treatment plant demolition project. Engineer Ted LaBelle advised that not much work has been done and September 14, 2010 is the deadline. Alderman Ellinger asked for a recommendation and LaBelle advised this amount is for work completed and we still have the retainage fee. The project is 85% complete and S&S did post a performance bond. Alderman Cailey made a motion, seconded by Alderman Dees to table the motion 30 days.
The Mayor directed voice vote, motion carried.

Mayor Jones asked for the Committee studying the trash proposal from Allied Waste to set a public meeting. The public meeting for the trash committee was set for Thursday, September 16 at 6:30.

Alderman Ostendorf made a motion, seconded by Dees to adjourn the meeting, motion carried, meeting adjourned at 7:17 pm.

Attest: Denise M.
Approved: Thomas F. Jones

 

 



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