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February 7, 2012
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Litchfield City Council

Minutes of Regular Meeting

February 7, 2012





Mayor Thomas F. Jones called the Regular Meeting to order February 7, 2012 at 6:00 pm. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. Present on roll call were Marilyn Sisson, Dwayne Gerl, Harold Ellinger, Dave Hollo, Tim Hancock, Gary Law, Gene Cailey and Woodrow Street.



The Appointment of William E. Hicks to fill unexpired term on Zoning Board of Appeals was removed from the agenda.



Alderman Hancock asked for Item 3 to be taken off the consent agenda. The Mayor moved this item to #3 Old Business.

Alderman Ellinger asked item 1 be taken off the consent agenda. The Mayor moved this item to #4 Old Business



Alderman Cailey made a motion seconded by Alderman Law to approve the following items on the consent agenda:



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 adopt an Ordinance Granting a Special Use Permit to Allow a Residential Use on the Upper Floor of a Structure Located in a General Commercial (C-2) Zoning District with a street address of 902 West Union Avenue, Litchfield, Illinois. (2nd Reading)

A motion to approve the Downtown Facade Grant application submitted by Litchfield National Bank for the property located at 316 North State Street for an amount not to exceed $5,443.50 contingent upon completed application and the Building Department granting final approval of materials used and work completed and to authorize the City Clerk to issue the check.

A motion to authorize the Mayor to sign the Montgomery County ETSB Agreement for the purpose of effective handling and routing of 9-1-1 emergency calls.

A motion to authorize the advertisement for bids of water treatment chemicals for the upcoming fiscal year.

A motion to approve an Ordinance declaring a 1993 Ford Ranger Pickup, a 1994 Ford F-150 Pickup, a 1997 Ford Explorer and a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica as surplus, and to authorize their disposal through electronic auction and the proceeds of this disposal to go toward supplementing the Police Department budget for equipment and training, through the DUI Equipment Fund.

The Mayor directed a roll call vote to approve the consent agenda:

Aye: Alderman Sisson, Gerl, Ellinger, Hollo, Hancock, Law, Cailey and Street

Nay: None

Motion Carried



Old Business:



Alderman Cailey made a motion seconded by Alderman Gerl to approve Curry Construction payment application number 8 for $400,108.36 for work completed on the Membrane Filtration System.

The Mayor directed a roll call vote:

Aye: Alderman Sisson, Gerl, Ellinger, Hollo, Hancock, Law, Cailey and Street

Nay: None

Motion carried.



Alderman Cailey made a motion seconded by Alderman Law to approve an Ordinance to

put up for sale 314 S. Brown, 336 & 338 S. Douglas and 119 S. Lincoln by placing a

minimum bid on 3 of the properties and a no reserve bid for 314 S. Brown. City Attorney

Hantla discussed the options the City has for the disposition fo real estate as outlined in

his memo distributed to the Alderman. Attorney Hantla recommends Option 1 where the

City advertises for 3 weeks, the bids are opened at the Council Meeting.

The Mayor directed a voice vote on disposing the property per the recommendation

outlined as option 1 in the City Attorney memo. Motion carried.



Alderman Cailey made a motion seconded by Alderman Law to approve an Ordinance Annexing Sunrise Hill Territory, known as Solar Circle, into the City of Litchfield, Montgomery County, Illinois, and lower lease fees to $50 per year. (2nd Reading) Alderman Gerl spoke in protest of annexation. He believes this is too much of a extra load for the City to bear and the annexation is not a good long range plan.

Alderman Hancock asked if the annexation passes, who will represent this area? City Attorney Hantla advised the ward boundaries will need to be established based upon population. At this time, this annexed area will be represented under Ward 4.

The Mayor directed a roll call vote:

Aye: Alderman Hollo, Law, Cailey and Street

Nay: Alderman Sisson, Gerl, Hancock and Ellinger

The Mayor elected to exercise his right to vote and voted Aye.

Motion carried.





Alderman Cailey made a motion seconded by Alderman Law to approve an Ordinance

changing the Time for the City Council Meetings from 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., as

approved at the December City Council Meeting. (2nd Reading)

The Mayor directed a roll call vote:

Aye: Alderman Hollo, Law, Cailey and Street

Nay: Alderman Sisson, Gerl, Hancock and Ellinger

The Mayor elected to exercise his right to vote and voted Aye.

Motion carried



New Business:



Alderman Cailey made a motion seconded by Alderman Hancock to approve request for proposal for $4,658 to Curry Construction, Inc., for flow meters for softened and non-softened water at the Water Treatment Plant. Ted LaBelle from CMT went through the change order proposal. There is $26,331 in total change order to date.

The Mayor directed a voice vote, motion carried.



Alderman Hancock made a motion seconded by Alderman Cailey to approve the appointment of Michael Quint as Fire Chief for the City of Litchfield at an annual salary of $62,500.

The Mayor directed a roll call vote:

Aye: Alderman Sisson, Gerl, Ellinger, Hollo, Hancock, Cailey and Street

Nay: None

Abstain: Alderman Law

Motion carried.



With no further business, Alderman Ellinger seconded by Alderman Gerl made a motion to adjourn the meeting. The Mayor directed a voice vote, motion carried.

The regular meeting of the City Council adjourned at 6:20 p.m.



Attest: Approved:









Denise M. Lueker Thomas F. Jones

City Clerk Mayor







 

 



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