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City of Oregon City Council met August 13

By Philip Gonzales | Sep 11, 2019

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City of Oregon City Council met Aug. 13.

Here is the minutes provided by the council:

Present: Mayor Ken Williams

Commissioner Melanie Cozzi

Commissioner Tim Krug

Commissioner Terry Schuster

Commissioner Kurt Wilson

City Clerk/Treasurer Charlene Ruthe

Chief Darin DeHaan

City Attorney Paul Chadwick

City Clerk Charlene Ruthe started the pledge of allegiance.

Public Comment

Mayor Ken Williams moved to hire Maison Crawford as a Police Officer, Seconded by Commissioner Kurt Wilson.

Discussion: Chief DeHaan announced that he will need to pass the psychological test tomorrow and then will be leaving on Sunday for PTI. He worked at Kunes Country in the Service Department.

Roll Call: Cozzi, Krug, Schuster, Wilson, Williams. No Nays.

Mayor Ken Williams sworn in Maison Crawford as a Police Officer.

Commissioner Terry Schuster moved to approve the July 23, 2019 minutes, Seconded by Commissioner Melanie Cozzi.

Roll Call: Cozzi, Krug, Schuster, Wilson, Williams. No Nays.

Commissioner Terry Schuster moved to approve the payroll in the amount of $55,818.93 and current warrants as listed:

Barbeck Communications, $135.00

Bobcat of Rockford, $1,600.00

Byron Bank, $2,288.55

Byron Bank, $194.03

Central Bank of Illinois, $2,909.12

Charlene Ruthe, $35.87

Cintas, $59.20

City of Oregon, $5,401.33

Comcast, $138.01

Comcast, $150.55

ComEd, $2,555.94

Debit, $31.98

Debit, $315.56

Debit, $489.11

Dixon Paint Co., $119.28

Dynamics Horizons, $187.50

Dynamics Horizons, $725.00

Dynamics Horizons, $1,650.00

Ecolab, $145.41

Ehmen, $1,132.33

Engel Electric, $161.99

Engel Electric, $449.80

Envision, $180.00

Envision, $46.00

Ferguson Waterworks, $3,013.85

Ferguson Waterworks, $276.42

Fidelity Security Life Insurance, $174.74

First Midwest Bank, $4,071.22

Fischer’s, $545.41

Frontier, $401.25

Glass Enhancements, $433.50

GMX Jumpers Inc., $100.00

Hagemann Horticulture, LLC, $1,300.00

Healthcare Service Corp., $17,264.17

Ifiber, $340.00

Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshall, $75.00

IP Communications, $618.96

James Taylor, $160.00

Jeff Pennington, $253.72

Kunes Country Auto Group, $343.89

Kunes Country Auto Group, $676.75

Macon County Law Enforcement Training, $485.00

Martin & Company, $228.09

MCLETC, $303.00

MCS Advertising, $75.00

Menards, $264.90

Menards, $129.78

Metropolitan Industries Inc., $2,901.00

Mobile Electronics, $115.00

Moring Disposal, $113.00

Municipal Clerks of Illinois, $55.00

National Business Furniture, LLC, $11,122.70

NICOR, $19.77

Ogle County Clerk, $120.00

Ogle County Clerk, $121.00

Ogle County Highway Dept., $50.00

PDC Laboratories Inc., $302.50

Physicians Immediate Care, $163.00

Polland Water, $4,976.11

Sauk Valley Newspaper, $26.8

Sauk Valley Newspaper, $20.10

Steve Benesh & Sons, $21,927.16

Steve Benesh & Sons, $260.40

Stillman BancCorp, $1,400.00

Stillman BancCorp, $353.75

Stillman BancCorp, $675.48

Sun Life Financial, $370.00

Wes Hughes, $375.00

Seconded by Commissioner Kurt Wilson.

Roll Call: Cozzi, Krug, Schuster, Wilson, Williams. No Nays.

Commissioner Melanie Cozzi moved to approve the Engineering Agreement for the Watermain Replacement-Phase 2 Project, Seconded by Commissioner Tim Krug.

Roll Call: Cozzi, Krug, Schuster, Wilson, Williams. No Nays.

Commissioner Terry Schuster moved to approve authorizing funds to move Iron Mike, Seconded by Commissioner Melanie Cozzi.

Discussion: Iron Mike is a historic icon of Oregon. It will be moved 15 feet into the County property have bricks around it and a couple of benches. Will be like a park setting. Mike Bowers is going to be the supervisor of the project. A couple of suggestion were to add lights and flowers.

Roll Call: Cozzi, Krug, Schuster, Wilson, Williams. No Nays.

Commissioner Tim Krug moved to approve Resolution No, 2019-3 Autumn on Parade Route, Seconded by Commissioner Kurt Wilson.

Roll Call: Cozzi, Krug, Schuster, Wilson, Williams. No Nays.

Commissioner Tim Krug moved to approve Resolution No. 2019-4 to Appropriate ITIP Funds for Sidewalk Work, Seconded by Commissioner Melanie Cozzi

Discussion: This will be for sidewalk work along Route 64 between 4th and 5th Street on the North side. Will also be changing the downtown lights to LED bulbs. Commissioner Cozzi asked if a pedestrian sign could be put at the intersection of Rt. 64 and 5th Street and possibly down by Jays Drive-In at Rt. 64 and 2nd Street. What would it take, and does it need IDOT approval? Will investigate what would need to be done.

Roll Call: Cozzi, Krug, Schuster, Wilson, Williams. No Nays.

Mayor Ken Williams moved to approve the Façade Grant Application for Oregon Chamber of Commerce, Seconded by Commissioner Kurt Wilson.

Discussion: Since Commissioner Schuster is on the Chamber Board he will be abstaining from voting. The match will be $800.00, work completed was $1,600.00.

Roll Call: Cozzi, Krug, Wilson, Williams. No Nays. Abstained: Schuster,

Commissioner Kurt Wilson moved to approve the Raffle License for Oregon Volleyball sponsored by Oregon Rotary Foundation, Seconded by Commissioner Melanie Cozzi.

Roll Call: Cozzi, Krug, Schuster, Wilson, Williams. No Nays.

The Council discussed the Cannabis law that will be effective January 2020. Commissioner Wilson asked what direction the Plan Commission will have with this? Mayor Williams said the city would need to decide where the dispensaries would be so would need to amend the zoning ordinance. Commissioner Schuster feels that he can’t see the city allowing it. We are a family friendly place. Commissioner Wilson said what about the clean air act. Can’t smoke in a public place or when a minor is present, and no daycare. Commissioner Cozzi said it could possibly bring more tourism to the city and other benefits. Mayor Williams said we will be getting input from the Plan Commission, Economic Development Committee, and Chamber of Commerce. Chief DeHaan said like any other law they have concerns.

Chief DeHaan thanked the Council for hiring Maison Crawford and reminded everyone that school starts this Thursday.

Commissioner Wilson asked if CMAA is going to give another presentation for the Coliseum. The Committee is meeting with the Council members individually. Commissioners Cozzi and Krug are meeting with them next week.

Moring Disposal is wanting to talk to the City Council about recycling for residents, they want to start charging to pick up. Larry Moring will be coming to a future Council meeting to discuss. They are currently working with the City of Polo, so will see what they end up doing.

Commissioner Schuster will be having the ECDC Committee review and possibly update the Façade Grant application and look at increasing the number of grants given out per year. He is also currently working on a rental survey. We need some more affordable housing in the community. Once study is complete will share with the realtor’s association.

Attorney Chadwick announced he has court with Paul Shaffner this coming up Thursday. Commissioner Krug asked what violations he has on the property. The City Clerk will forward the list to him tomorrow. What if we gave him more time to complete? This has been an ongoing thing for several years, will see what the Judge decides. The City can always give him more time if they want to.

Commissioner Cozzi said the watermain replacement and sewer lining projects are moving forward. Visu Sewer is working on the sewer lining project could possibly see steam coming out of the manholes.

Dave Kent, Wastewater Supervisor, announced that Jeff Pennington has been nominated for Illinois Potable Water Employee of the year. Will announce the winner in September at their luncheon.

Commissioner Krug asked the Council what their thoughts were of the Dayton Superior property. They are asking $400,000.00 for the property. No takers on the property so will probably going to auction. Will wait to see what they end up doing. Would like to do something before winter so the equipment doesn’t have to set outside.

City Clerk handed out information on 2020 Census she received from the Municipal Clerks Seminar. Need to realize the number of citizens is based on how much money the city receives for state taxes.

Commissioner Terry Schuster moved to adjourn the meeting, Seconded by Commissioner Melanie Cozzi.

Roll Call: Cozzi, Krug, Schuster, Wilson, Williams. No Nays.

Adjourn: 6:35 P.M.

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