RC&D donation – Mayor Stern reminded everyone of John Huggins’s request at previous meeting. Huggins announced a grant of $10,000 is no longer available. Motion made by Alderman Kocal, seconded by Alderman Macomber to donate $500 to Blackhawk RC&D for John Huggins’s services. Roll call: Alderman Kocal-aye, Alderman Macomber-aye, Alderman Strohecker-aye, Alderman Fehlhafer-aye, Alderman Lindsay-aye and Alderman Weaver-aye. Motion carried.
TCEDA donation – Last year, donation was given of $1.50 per capita. TCEDA
is focused on job Pepin explained
contributions vary greatly. She has seen anything arrived at 8:37 PM.) Some Council members feel All seemed to agree to table this issue.
from $200 plus. (City Attorney, Ed Mitchell if give $500 to one, need to do for the other.
City Attorney, Ed Mitchell reported he and City Clerk, Treasurer and Mayor received subpoena for Andy Schott and Rob Groharing trial in Buffalo Grove. Mitchell called several times. He does not have to appear but maybe clerk and treasurer. Mitchell called Monday evening but Attorney Thomas McGuire did not know as yet if he will need clerk and treasurer. Mitchell had explained to McGuire treasurer has injury and cannot travel. It was suggested possibly a supposition could be taken. Mitchell announced clerk does not have to go tomorrow. Mitchell reported NFR letter was filed with County. Mitchell reviewed response to EPA. Filed copy was sent to EPA. Mitchell feels ordinance for appropriations is too simplified. Mitchell reviewed past requirements. Mitchell pointed out there is no line for library renovations. Mitchell suggested adding more information. It was agreed the treasurer will work on for next meeting. Mitchell discussed his concern of coyote citing on West Locust Street last week. Others reported other wildlife within city limits – fox, ground hogs, turkeys, etc.
Water, sewer and garbage rates – Mayor discussed increase process. Mitchell did not think rate increase requires a public hearing. Pepin thinks it is good public relations. Alderman Fehlhafer discussed water, sewer and garbage income and expenses – possibly adding line for CIP (Capital Improvements Plan) fund. Alderman Fehlhafer also wants to include in ordinance a rate increase percentage for the next couple of years. When asked if it will be used for emergencies only, Alderman Fehlhafer reported that will need to be looked at. Alderman Fehlhafer feels Alderman Macomber has best idea to install water meters. It would be done in phases with City paying half and customer paying half. Customer’s half would be put on their property tax bill. Mitchell did not know if this could be put on property tax bill. Alderman Fehlhafer announced it is done in other states. Pepin suggested getting estimates for meters. There are grants available for water system. Alderman Fehlhafer feels the State is going to come in and require us to put in meters or no more funding. Funding discussion continued. Pepin explained need to have all four components to figure rates – debt, operation costs, maintenance routine and reserve. Committee meeting was set for May 10th at 7:00 PM.
City park electrical – At the last meeting, it was questioned if we need a licensed electrician. Mayor Stern announced there is no State requirement. The Clerk checked with IMLRMA.
of Insurance is required. Kocal to approve Option
Motion made by Alderman Strohecker, seconded by
Strohecker-aye, Alderman Kocal-aye, Alderman Macomber-aye, Alderman Lindsay-aye and Alderman Weaver-aye. Motion carried.
Purchase trailer – Alderman Fehlhafer submitted information on trailers. Trailer is 8’X25’ with ramp. Motion made by Alderman Strohecker, seconded by Alderman Macomber to buy first trailer for $1500. Roll call: Alderman Strohecker-aye, Alderman Macomber-aye, Alderman