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City of Princeton City Council met July 15

By Michael Abella | Sep 19, 2019


City of Princeton City Council met July 15.

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 Swanson, Ray Mabry, Hector Gomez, Neumann. All present at the meeting offered the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America.

PUBLIC COMMENT: Bob Warren offered information claiming that a provision in the new state law legalizing recreational use of marijuana could allow smoking in restaurants, hotels, bars, and other indoor gathering places. He encouraged the city to be aware.

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

VOTE #1

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

MOTION # 2: Neumann (2nd Swanson) 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 #2

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

MOTION #3: Neumann (2nd Swanson) that Ordinance 0-19-012 authorizing and providing for the issue of not to exceed $1,400,000 General Obligation Bonds (Alternate Revenue Source), Series 2019-A, of the City of Princeton, Bureau County, Illinois, and providing for the levy and collection of a direct annual tax sufficient for the payment of the principal of and interest on said bonds for the purpose of financing the costs of certain capital projects within the City and paying for costs related thereto, be approved.

VOTE # 3

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

MOTION #4: Neumann (2nd Swanson) that Ordinance 0-19-013 authorizing and providing for the issue of not to exceed $2,800,000 Taxable General Obligation Refunding Bonds (Alternate Revenue Source), Series 2019-B, of the City of Princeton, Bureau County, Illinois, and providing for the levy and collection of a direct annual tax sufficient for the payment of the principal of and interest on said bonds for the purpose of refinancing an outstanding obligation of the City and paying for costs related thereto, be approved.

VOTE #4

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

MOTION # 5: Neumann (2nd Swanson) that Ordinance 0-19-014 authorizing and providing for the issue of not to exceed $400,000 General Obligation Bonds (Alternate Revenue Source), Series 2019-C, of the City of Princeton, Bureau County, Illinois, and providing for the levy and collection of a direct annual tax sufficient for the payment of the principal of and interest on said bonds for the purpose of financing the costs of improving the sewerage system of said City and paying for costs related thereto, be approved.

VOTE #5

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

MOTION # 6: Neumann (2nd Swanson) that Ordinance 0-19-015 amending the city parking code, be approved to Second Reading.

VOTE #6

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

MOTION # 7: Neumann (2nd Swanson) that Ordinance 0-19-016 authorizing the sale of surplus property, be approved to Second Reading,

VOTE # 7

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

MOTION # 8: Neumann (2nd Swanson) that Resolution R-19-027 authorizing an Intergovernmental Agreement for School Resource Officer services, be approved.

VOTE #8

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

MOTION # 9: Neumann (2nd Swanson) that Resolution R-19-028 authorizing an employment contract with the city manager, be approved.

VOTE #9

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

CITY MANAGER REPORT: City Manager Rachel Skaggs offered review of the Police Pension report for May 2019. City Clerk Nelson also reported on the Building Permit report for June 2019.

MAYOR REPORT: Mayor Quiram asked for clarification from Mabry and Gomez on their Nay votes on the proposed parking ordinance 0-19-015. Gomez cited that he believed there was not enough communication with the business owners prior to proposing the ordinance. He also believed there are other alternatives to achieving the necessary level of safety without as big a change as the ordinance would require. Mabry also offered that the majority of the business owners he spoke with were not in favor of the change as it would negatively affect their businesses. He further stated that parking behind the Prouty Building does not offer safe passage of pedestrians to reach the stores on Main St. Mayor Quiram thanked the members for their points-of-view and continued that the fact that parking had been removed from the North End district had not prevented those business owners from attracting customers.

OLD BUSINESS: None.

NEW BUSINESS: None.

PUBLIC COMMENT: None.

MOTION # 10: Neumann (2nd Swanson) that the Regular Meeting be adjourned. The next Regular Meeting of the City Council will be on Monday, August 5, 2019, 7:00 p.m. at City Hall.

VOTE # 10

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

https://www.princeton-il.com/forms/meetings/1/M-07-15-2019.pdf

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