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City of Princeton City Council met May 20

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Aug 20, 2019

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City of Princeton City Council met May 20.

Here is the minutes provided by the council:

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Quiram. Upon roll call, the following answered present, constituting a quorum: Council Members Ray Mabry, Hector Gomez, and Jerry Neumann. Council Member Ray Swanson was absent. All present at the meeting offered the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America.

PUBLIC COMMENT: None.

MOTION # 1: Neumann (2nd Mabry) that the printed copy of the minutes for the Regular Meeting of May 6, 2019, be approved.

VOTE #1

ROLL CALL VOTE: Council Members Mabry, Gomez, Neumann, and Mayor Quiram voted Aye. Swanson was absent. Motion declared carried.

MOTION # 2: Neumann (2nd Mabry) that the printed copy of the minutes for the Special Meeting at 6:00 p.m. on May 6, 2019, be approved.

VOTE #2

ROLL CALL VOTE: Council Members Mabry, Gomez, Neumann, and Mayor Quiram voted Aye. Swanson was absent. Motion declared carried.

MOTION # 3: Neumann (2nd Mabry) that the bills and payrolls of the Department of Public Affairs and Department of Accounts and Finance, the Department of Streets and Public Improvements, the Department of Public Health and Safety, and the Department of Utilities and Public Properties, be allowed and paid.

VOTE #3

ROLL CALL VOTE: Council Members Mabry, Gomez, Neumann, and Mayor Quiram voted Aye. Swanson was absent. Motion declared carried.

MOTION # 4: Neumann (2nd Mabry) that Ordinance 0-19-006 Authorizing the issuance of Taxable General Obligation Refunding Bonds (Alternate Revenue Source), in one or more series, of the City of Princeton, Bureau County, Illinois, in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $2,800,000 for the purpose of refinancing outstanding obligations of the City and paying for costs related thereto, be approved.

VOTE #4

ROLL CALL VOTE: Council Members Mabry, Gomez, Neumann, and Mayor Quiram voted Aye. Swanson was absent. Motion declared carried.

MOTION # 5: Neumann (Second Mabry) that Ordinance 0-19-007 authorizing the issuance of Sewerage Revenue Bonds of the City of Princeton, Bureau County, Illinois, in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $400,000 or, in lieu thereof, General Obligation Bonds (Alternate Revenue Source) (said bonds being general obligation bonds for which property taxes, unlimited as to rate or amount, may be levied, but which are expected to be paid from (i) the net revenues of the sewerage system of said City, (ii) the City's distributive share of State of Illinois income taxes, and (iii) receipts of the Retailer's Occupation Taxes, Service Occupation Taxes, Use Taxes and Service Use Taxes) in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $400,000, for the purpose of paying the costs of improving said sewerage system of the City, be approved.

VOTE #5

ROLL CALL VOTE: Council Members Mabry, Gomez, Neumann, and Mayor Quiram voted Aye. Swanson was absent. Motion declared carried.

MOTION # 6: Neumann (2nd Mabry) that Ordinance 0-19-008 First Amendment to Asset Purchase Agreement Dated June 30, 2017, be approved.

VOTE # 6

ROLL CALL VOTE: Council Members Mabry, Gomez, Neumann, and Mayor Quiram voted Aye. Swanson was absent. Motion declared carried.

MOTION # 7: Neumann (2nd Mabry) that Ordinance 0-19-009 Amending the Liquor Code, be approved to a Second Reading

VOTE #7

ROLL CALL VOTE: Council Members Mabry, Neumann, and Mayor Quiram voted Aye. Gomez voted Nay. Swanson was absent. Motion declared carried.

MOTION # 8: Neumann (2nd Mabry) that the Motor Fuel Tax Cost Estimate and the Expenditure Statement for end-of-year close-out, be approved.

VOTE #8

ROLL CALL VOTE: Council Members Mabry, Gomez, Neumann, and Mayor Quiram voted Aye. Swanson was absent. Motion declared carried.

MOTION # 9: Neumann (2nd Mabry) that the Plan Commission recommendation to approve the Special Use Petition of Perry Memorial Hospital to construct a new clinic building in a residentially zoned district, be approved.

VOTE #9

ROLL CALL VOTE: Council Members Mabry, Gomez, Neumann, and Mayor Quiram voted Aye. Swanson was absent. Motion declared carried.

CITY MANAGER REPORT: City Manager Rachel Skaggs reviewed the monthly financial report for April 2019, which closed-out the fiscal year. She noted that there was a surplus in the Self Insurance Fund which helped to balance the deficit in the Water Fund, due to the unexpected purchase of a new Vactor truck. She also noted a spike in the hotel/motel tax receipts, which came from one of the hotels catching up with three months of arrearages. Pete Nelson reviewed the 2018 total and the 2019 year-to date building permits.

MAYOR REPORT: Mayor Quiram reported that the city council members have volunteered to attend certain city commission meetings, in order to cover attendance normally provided by the City Manager, while she is out on a leave-of-absence.

Quiram asked Council Member Gomez to explain his "Nay" vote on Ordinance 0-19-009 to amend the liquor code. Gomez explained that the proposed code allowed for more outdoor consumption of alcohol on the city sidewalks. He believed that, if passed, the sidewalks would become more congested for pedestrians, particularly for the disabled and families with children.

Quiram also sought a Motion for a board re-appointment.

MOTION #10: Neumann (2nd Mabry) that Matt Keutzer be re-appointed to the Plan Commission/Board of Zoning Appeals for a 3-year term ending on 4-30-2022.

VOTE # 10

ROLL CALL VOTE: Council Members Mabry, Gomez, Neumann, and Mayor Quiram voted Aye. Swanson was absent. Motion declared carried.

OLD BUSINESS: None.

NEW BUSINESS: Mabry offered thanks to the Street Department for making efficient work of disposing of all the city-wide junk during clean-up weeks.

PUBLIC COMMENT: Geraldine Woodlief expressed concern that the new hospital clinic would eliminate existing parking spaces. Scott Hartman, V.P. of Operations at Perry Memorial Hospital, responded that the spaces will be reconfigured, resulting in no net loss to the amount of parking.

Peggy Gomez reminded the public that Poppy Day sales will be observed on May 23 through May 28, 2019.

MOTION # 11: Neumann (2nd Mabry) that the Regular Meeting be adjourned. Convene in Executive Session under 5 ILCS 120/2(c)(1) to discuss the appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance, or dismissal of specific employees of the public body or legal counsel for the public body, including hearing testimony on a complaint lodged against an employee of the public body or against legal counsel for the public body to determine its validity. The next Regular Meeting of the City Council will be on Monday, June 3, 2019 at 7:00 p.m, at City Hall.

VOTE # 11

ROLL CALL VOTE: Council Members Mabry, Gomez, Neumann, and Mayor Quiram voted Aye. Swanson was absent. Motion declared carried. Adjournment at 7:19 p.m.

https://www.princeton-il.com/forms/meetings/1/M-05-20-2019.pdf

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