City of Dixon City Council met September 4.
City of Dixon City Council met September 4.
Here is the minutes provided by the Council:
Call To Order:
The meeting was called to order by Mayor Arellano at 5:30 pm.
Councilman Marshall, Marx, Venier, Considine, and Mayor Arellano answered Roll Call. Absent: None. The Pledge of Allegiance was cited. Reverend Michael Cole gave the invocation.
Water Meter Project
Assistant City Manager/Public Works Director Matt Heckman and team gave a presentation regarding the newly adjusted ordinance for the Water Meter Project, explaining points on the new billing and answered questions from the council. He stated that the updated ordinance needs to be passed next council meeting to make sure there is no delay in the project.
Approval Of Minutes:
Councilman Venier moved that the minutes of the Regular Session Council Meeting of Monday, August 20, 2018 be accepted and placed on file. Seconded by Councilman Considine. Voting Yea: Councilman Marshall, Marx, Venier, Considine, and Mayor Arellano. Voting Nay: None. Motion Carried.
Approval Of Total Labor And Outside Claims:
Councilman Marshall moved that the total labor and outside claims in the amount of $647,784.90 be approved and ordered paid. Seconded by Councilman Marx. Voting Yea: Councilman Marshall, Marx, Venier, Considine, and Mayor Arellano. Voting Nay: None. Motion Carried.
Change Of Agenda Order:
Mayor moved Resolution 14b regarding the Special Use Permit for Marvin Gerdes. Due to the fact that the representative for the solar company was here to present to the council.
Resolution Objecting The Petition Of Marvin Gerdes For A Special Use Permit:
Karey Neary from Summit Ridge Energy presented to the council about their company and the extent of betterment of the land they would occupy with year round vegetation, and how they will work with the surrounding land owners for the natural sight barriers. Discussion ensued regarding the purpose of this resolution on giving the County the City’s opinion on the permit. Concerns were brought up about the company abiding by the city codes, and to storm management to not contribute to Fargo Creek, and annexation of the land. Ultimately this project is a lottery from the State and it may not be awarded the project. It was decided to not make a motion for the resolution, but to get each councilmembers opinion on the project for the City’s Attorney to take back to the County. The majority of the council was in favor of the project moving forward without requiring annexation, but abiding by the City Codes.
City Manager Report:
City Manager Langloss reported: 1) Great job to Matt and his team on the ADA Ramps. 2) City Hall Remodel demolition started today. 3) Safe Routes to School Grant: The school crossing at Galena and Division is a bad intersection, there have been a lot of near misses. He is getting in contact with IDOT and the school district. Only municipalities can apply for this grant. Money for this grant was not budgeted, but he will look at the budget and may bring back to the council. 4) Expenses related to the ITEP Grant: He gave information on the action that has been taken so far on the grant. There is a need for clarification on the intent of the council on where to pay the bills that do not go towards the match, the May 1, 2017 resolution didn’t clarify. Does the Council want them paid from recovery money or from capital. The majority of the council was in favor of paying the engineering bills, that are not included in the match, from capital expenses.
Mayor Arellano – 1) More roads are getting done. 2) He will be announcing potential theater board members this week. 3) Blackhawk Water Works: NW IL being promoted at the state level. 4) Capital works bill at the state level, ideas are being passed forward at the state level.
Councilman Considine – None
Councilman Marshall – None
Councilman Marx – He witnessed the “floating of the docks” over the holiday weekend, thanked the employees for their work on a holiday to try to save the docks from the rising river.
Councilman Venier – 1) The weekend weather was not good for the Blues, Brews, and BBQ, it had to be cancelled. They were looking at how to bring forward some of the fest. The veteran’s honoring and the Bags for the Brave and music will be incorporated into the Scarecrow Fest on Sunday, September 16th. 2) Thanked the Mayor for the names of people on the Theater Board. 3) He has seen an ad on television for another municipality and will be sending a copy of it to Amanda, Chamber/Main Street and the Mayor to look at for something that could benefit Dixon.
Board & Commissions Reports:
Minutes on file: Veterans Memorial Park Committee.
Ord# 3109 – Disposal Of Personal Property (Office Furniture):
Asst. City Manager/Public Works Director Heckman explained the request to sell or dispose of furniture that is not needed, and the process for the sale of the items. Councilman Marx motioned to authorize the sale of certain Personal Property owned by the City of Dixon (office furniture and supplies). Seconded by Councilman Marshall. Voting Yea: Councilman Marshall, Marx, Venier, Considine, and Mayor Arellano. Voting Nay: None. Motion Carried.
Resolution #2633-18 – Appoint Greg Gates To The Plan & Commissions Board:
Mayor Arellano talked about Greg Gates’ involvement in the community and his involvement with the City’s grant planning. He recommends Greg Gates for appointment to the Plan & Commissions Board. Councilman Considine motioned that a Resolution confirming the appointment of Greg Gates to the Plan Commissions Board for a term commencing September 4, 2018 and ending August 31, 2022, or until his successor is duly appointed and qualified, be adopted. Seconded by Councilman Venier. Voting Yea: Councilman Marshall, Marx, Venier, Considine, and Mayor Arellano. Voting Nay: None. Motion Carried.
Resolution #2635-18 – Authorizing The Opening Of An Account With Midland States Bank For Purposes Of Administering Illinois Department Of Commerce And Economic Opportunity Cdbg Grant #15-242012 In Respect Of The Palmyra Street Water Main Lining Project:
Councilman Venier moved to authorize the opening of an account with Midland States Bank for purposes of administering Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity CDBG Grant #15-242012 in respect of the Palmyra Street Water Main Lining Project. Seconded by Councilman Marshall. Voting Yea: Councilman Marshall, Marx, Venier, Considine, and Mayor Arellano. Voting Nay: None. Motion Carried.
Took A Brief Recess
Authorize The Fire Chief To Sign An Agreement For The Purchase Of A New Fire Truck:
City Manager Langloss gave a background on the purchase of the new fire truck. He went over changes from the 1993 truck to the new truck and the NFPA standards for fire trucks. Discussion ensued regarding the fleet, and what they carried, and how engines are dispatched out. Councilman Marshall moved to authorize the Fire Chief to sign an agreement for the purchase of a new fire truck. Seconded by Councilman Venier. Voting Yea: Councilman Marshall, Marx, Venier, Considine, and Mayor Arellano. Voting Nay: None. Motion Carried.
Notation: Councilman Considine excused himself at 8:06 pm
Approval Of A Memorandum Of Agreement With Officer Oros On An Unpaid Leave Of Absence:
City Manager Langloss gave an explanation on the motion. Discussion ensued. Councilman Marx moved to authorize the City Manager to sign the Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Dixon and Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council/Dixon. Seconded by Councilman Venier. Voting Yea: Councilman Marshall, Marx, Venier, and Mayor Arellano. Voting Nay: None. Absent: Councilman Considine. Motion Carried.
Executive Session was cancelled.
Councilman Venier moved that the Regular Council Meeting of Tuesday, September 4, 2018, be adjourned to meet in Regular Session on Monday, September 17, 2018 at 5:30 pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall. Seconded by Councilman Marshall. Voting Yea: Councilman Marshall, Marx, Venier, and Mayor Arellano. Voting Nay: None. Absent: Councilman Considine. Motion Carried.
The meeting adjourned at 8:12 pm.