City of Oglesby City Council met May 6.
Here is the minutes provided by the council:
A REGULAR MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, MAY 6, 2019, AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.
PRESENT: COMMISSIONERS PORTER, RIVARA, ARGUBRIGHT, ZBOROWSKI, MAYOR FINLEY, ATTORNEY ANDREONI AND CITY CLERK MERTES.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to approve the regular meeting minutes from April 15, 2019. AYES: PORTER, RIVARA, ARGUBRIGHT, ZBOROWSKI, FINLEY.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY ZBOROWSKI to approve bills as presented Hometown National Bank, $138,868.63; P&D Signs, $2,725.00; USPS, $717.42; Ganz Greenhouse, $349.80; City of Oglesby, $18.57; A.G. Industrial, $415.00; AFLAC, $35.90; Alexander Publications, $1,948.90; Altec Industries, $384.00; Ameren IP, $2,626.13; Anixter, $199.90; ASK Enterprises, $498.75; Mike Baracani, $169.00; Benefit Planning Consultants, $264.70; BHMG Engineers, $1,446.56; Call One, $2,083.05; Chemco Industries, $2,228.40; Comcast Business, $516.18; Comcast Cable, $163.56; Communications Direct, $683.26; Connecting Point, $382.50; Core & Main, $3,733.00; De Lage Landen Financial Service, $481.42; Dollar General Charge, $41.20; Double M Trucking, $367.50; Dresbach Distrubuting, $179.75; Economic Development Group, $1,036.60; Efficient Billing Systems, $2,110.59; Patty Eichelkraut, $111.74; Electrical Resource Management, $1,249.00; Emergency Medical Products, $190.56; EMS Industrial & Service, $346.37; ESO Solutions, $240.00; Kevin Fay, $300.00; Feece Oil, $2,350.12; Fender Menders, $139.95; Gallagher Materials, $2,614.83; Grainco FS, $369.07; Grainger, $228.97; Grosenbach’s Auto Repair, $333.36; Halm’s Auto Parts, $17.98; Hawkins, $1,073.30; Health Care Service Corporation, $36,674.25; Briza Henry, $716.12; Holloway’s Portable Restrooms, $320.00; Hy Vee, $116.52; Il Public Risk Fund, $4,488.00; IV Cellular, $1,003.20; IV Crime, $834.00; IV Excavating, $925.00; IV Regional Dispatch, $5,586.00; Inman Electric, $247.50; IVCH, $34.01; Jack’s Gas, $30.00; Jacob & Klein, $7,742.65; Jim’s Repair, $48.00; John Deere Financial, $159.98; John’s Service & Sales, $1,101.51; JULIE, $659.73; Kendrick Pest Control, $105.00; King Tire, $389.00; Kittilson’s Garage, $7,691.02; Knoblauch Advertising, $1,005.32; LaFarge Aggregates Illinois, $307.01; La Salle Office Supply, $200.99; MABAS Division 25, $333.00; Casey Mackay, $150.00; Martin Equipment, $300.11; Mautino Distributing, $12.50; Menards, $769.48; Stacie Mertes, $300.00; Debbie Miller, $146.39; Mississippi Valley Pump, $1,750.00; Dan Moore, $330.00; Mike Naas, $300.00; NCPERS Group Life Insurance, $16.00; Samantha O’Mara-Sanchez, $245.83; Overhead Door, $1,497.00; Ray O’Herron, $4,676.28; Republic Services, $27,153.28; Rescue Direct, $653.23; Brianne Richter, $401.14; Dominic Rivara, $315.52; Sherwin Williams, $929.39; Springfield Electric, $155.75; Standard Insurance-Life, $697.62; Staples Credit, $181.14; Star Ford, $129.40; Stevens Service Center, $40.00; Streator Lawn and Garden, $482.72; Superior Lamp, $178.50; T&R Service, $806.00; TEST, $16,690.33; Technology Management Revolving Fund, $539.30; Steve Trunk, $50.00; Universal Asphalt & Excavating, $6,650.00; Universal Utility Supply, $670.94; USA Bluebook, $169.19; Verizon, $167.71; Vlastnik’s, $764.94; Western Aggregates, $381.42; WEX Fleet Services, $3,143.71 TOTAL $316,803.15
AYES: PORTER, RIVARA, ZBOROWSKI, ARGUBRIGHT, FINLEY.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to approve the April 2, 2019 Official Election Results. AYES: PORTER, RIVARA, ZBOROWSKI, ARGUBRIGHT, FINLEY.
The next item on the agenda was the swearing-in of the Oglesby City Council Commissioners and Mayor. City Attorney James Andreoni administered the Oath of Office to the Mayor and the Commissioners. After being sworn in, the new Mayor and Commissioners assumed their duties.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to approve the Rivara’s appointments. Commissioner Argubright as Commissioner of Accounts and Finances, Commissioner Cullinan is Commissioner of Public Health and Safety, Commissioner Curran as Commissioner of Streets, Public Improvements, Electric, Water and Sewer and Commissioner Lijewski as Commissioner of Public Property, Parks, Ambulance, Fire and Human Resources. Mayor Rivara Appointed Jim Knoblauch as Police Chief, Ruth Baldin as Treasurer, Brian Spelich as Building Inspector, Burton Lavens as Electrical Inspector, John Senica Jr. as Plumbing Inspector and Sam Senica as Mechanical Inspector. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve Ordinance 1063-050619, Amending Chapter 2.03 Council of Title 2, Administration and Personnel of the Oglesby City Code. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve Ordinance 1059-050619, Authorizing Execution of a Storm Water Sewer and Easement Agreement. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to Approve Ordinance 1060-050619, Authorizing the Sale of Municipally Owned Real Estate. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to Accept a Bid for Repair of the Water Treatment Plant Roof from Sterling Roofing Company in the Amount of $19,500.00. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to Approve the Oglesby Building Grant Funding Program. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to Go Out for Re-Bid for the Substation. Bids Received on the May 26, 2019 Bid Opening Were Not To Specifications. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to Place on File Ordinance 1062-052019, Authorizing the City of Oglesby to Enter into an Illinois Cash Farm Lease. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to Accept the Recommendations of Zoning Board of Appeals re: the Augustyniak Variance. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to Approve Ordinance 1064-050619, Granting a Variance from the Dimensional Standards of the Land Development Code (Augustyniak). AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to Place on File Ordinance 1065-052019, Authorizing the Execution of an Option and Land Lease Agreement with the City of Oglesby and New Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC (AT&T). AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to Place the Phoenix Sub-station Transformer Bids on File for awarding to the Lowest Bidder at the May, 20, 2019 Oglesby City Council Meeting. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA
The Mayor asked for comments from the public. Mr. Tom Searls asked whether he could be granted permission to plant cops on property currently zoned R1-Single Family Residential. The City Attorney advised Mr. Searls that agricultural production is not allowed on property zoned Single Family Residential pursuant to the provisions of the Oglesby Illinois Land Development Code. The City Attorney explained to Mr. Searls that the City Council could not grnt Mr. Searls permission to farm this property. The property in question would have to be rezoned to an agricultural district classification in order for Mr. Searls to farm the property.
Drew Merriman questioned the amount of the cash farm lease which the City of Oglesby placed on file allowing Don Siensa to farm property adjacent to the Oglesby fire Station and also reiterated his request that the City of Oglesby ban open burning within the corporate limits of the City of Oglesby.
Greg Stein asked whether he could obtain a copy of Ordinance 1063-050619, Amending Chapter 2.03 Council Title 2, Administration and Personnel of the Oglesby City Code. Mr. Stein was advised that he could stop by the City Clerk’s office on May 7, 2019 and obtain a copy of the ordinance.
Rich Rigazio asked whether the City of Oglesby could have microphones installed for amplification of the statements made by the council members during the open meeting and a podium for speakers interested in addressing the City Council.
Kathy Knoblauch addressed the council questioning why the council decided to split the duties of the Commissioner of Public Health and Safety by assigning the ambulance and the fire department to the Commission of the department of Public Property. Commissioner Lijewski responded to Kathy Knoblauch’s query by stating that she is in charge of the ambulance service because her employment background is in public health and because she has insurance experience. Additionally, Commissioner Lijewsk responded to Kathy Knoblauch’s concern that safety would be impacted by indicating that she did not feel this change would have any adverse impact on public safety.
A resident complained about a catch basin at Columbia and Durant Street in the City of Oglesby which is filled with debris. The resident asked when the City of Oglesby is going to begin street sweeping operations. Commissioner Curran indicated that he had just been appointed this evening, but that he would check into the matter and have an answer for her at the next meeting.
Commissioners and Mayor’s Report:
Cullinan- Commissioner Cullinan thanked the people who were present at the swearing-in and also expressed his thanks to the old council.
Curran- Commissioner Curran stated that he wanted to thank the out-going City Council for all of their hard work on behalf of the City of Oglesby and he offered his congratulations to the new members of the Oglesby City Council.
Lijewski- Commissioner Lijewski stated that she looked forward to working with the parks, the pool and public property, as well as human resource matters for the City of Oglesby. Commissioner Lijewsk also indicated that she wanted to assure the members of the public that the City of Oglesby will have a Summer Fun Fest this summer.
Mayor Rivara- Mayor Rivara read a statement thanking the people of Oglesby for the opportunity to serve the City of Oglesby. Mayor Rivara also thanked Mayor Finley and the previous commissioners who had served the City of Oglesby for the last four years. Mayor Rivara also indicated that there would be a special meeting of the Oglesby City Council on Monday, May 13, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. The purpose of the meeting would be to organize the Summer Fun Fest. Mayor Rivara directed the Oglesby City Clerk’s Office to post a notice of this meeting and agenda. A copy of Mayor Rivara’s statement is attached to these minutes.
A MOTION TO ADJOURN WAS MADE AT 8:00 pm by ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.