City of Lacon City Council met August 13
City of Lacon City Council met August 13.
Here is the minutes as provided by the council:
Acting Mayor John Wabel opened the meeting with the pledge of allegiance. Answering roll call were Aldermen: Jason; Hattan; Modro; Wabel & Strawn. City Clerk Anderle and Treasurer Terri Davis were also present. Alderman Hoskins was absent.
Approval of Minutes
Alderman Hattan moved to approve the minutes for the July 9, 2018 Public Hearing minutes. Alderman Jason seconded. Roll call: 5 ayes.
Alderman Modro moved to approve the minutes for the July 9, 2018 Regular City Council minutes. Alderman Hattan seconded. Roll call: 5 ayes.
Pay Monthly Bills
Alderman Jason moved to authorize payment of bills as presented, with the addition of a bill from John Davis concrete for $6,372 for sidewalk work. Alderman Strawn seconded. Roll call: 5 ayes.
Amanda Barnett addressed the council asking for permission to install a sign for her business Lacon Fitness & Tan. The location of the sign is on the right-of-way of State Route 17. Amanda has contacted IDOT; their paperwork states she needs permission from the city to install a sign. Council suggested Amanda get permission from IDOT to install the sign first, then if she needs the city to approve, contact the Zoning Officer.
Amanda Barnett addressed the council for permission to have a Chocolate Mile Run for St. Jude at Johnson’s Grove Park on October 12th from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Amanda stated she has volunteers to help at intersections, they will run in the residential area only. Alderman Strawn made a motion to approve request for Chocolate Mile Run on October 12, 2018. Alderman Jason seconded. Roll call: 5 ayes.
Acting Mayor Wabel stated the Zoning Board approved the application for a Special Use permit. Alderman Hattan made a motion to pass Ordinance 2018-8 Granting a Special Use Permit for Sustainable Holdings, LLC to allow a Solar Power Generating Facility located on property zoned I-1 Light Industrial that the city owns. Alderman Jason seconded. Roll call: 5 ayes.
Alderman Jason made a motion to pass Ordinance 2018-9 to enter into a Lease of Municipal Real Estate with Sustainable Holdings, LLC for approx. 20 acres of city owned property in the Industrial Park for 26 years with 2 successive renewal terms of 5 years each. Alderman Hattan seconded. Roll call: 5 ayes.
Alderman Modro made a motion to approve a donation to the 2018 Canoe/Kayak Jaunt of $200. Alderman Strawn seconded. Roll call: 5 ayes.
Alderman Jason made a motion to approve outside Live Music Permits for the Marshall County Old Settler’s Association for August 24th & 25th and a 1 hour extension for taverns. Alderman Modro seconded. Roll call: 5 ayes.
Alderman Hattan made a motion to request a temporary IDOT street closure from Noon to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 25th. Alderman Jason seconded. Roll call: 5 ayes.
Alderman Hattan stated the city has been approached by an individual interested in purchasing property in the Industrial Park that the city owns. Alderman Strawn made a motion to authorize the Mayor to proceed with appraisal of property located in the Industrial Park. Alderman Hattan seconded. Roll call: 5 ayes.
Alderman Strawn reported two bids for Tar & Chip came in with Steffen’s 3D being the lowest bidder at $45,189.80 and Pavement Maintenance at $68,251.50. It was decided to move forward with the project being paid out of General Fund. Strawn also reported Midland School has fixed the drainage issue in the west alley; the berm was raised to keep water from draining across the alley and into the neighbor’s yards. Strawn stated the school will not be fixing the curb in the front of the drop off parking lot.
Alderman Hattan reported we have had several water leaks; one on Route 26 by the courthouse and the other on School Street and one at 10th Street & N. Fulton Street. Also on we have an issue with sanitary sewer at N. Broad Street and 8th Street, we are waiting to hear from Hoerr on which method they will recommend to repair the line. Hattan stated all the repairs for the N. Prairie lift station have been completed.
Wabel reported he has received a Revolving Loan application from a man by email to borrow $80,000 to start a business in town. The First National Bank has reviewed the application and thinks it is a scam. I have shared the information with Alderman Modro the Chairperson of Finance and she agrees that the application should be rejected. Wabel stated he emailed the applicant back to inform him of the rejected application and if he wanted to have a face to face meeting to discuss this decision he should contact him.
Alderman discussed a letter of complaint about property located on S. High and 4th Street that has left items on city property for several years also garbage laying and a deteriorating shed that attracts rodents. The city attorney stated a letter can be sent asking to remove these items on city property. The letter also stated there was constant burning in the evening from another property in the same block. The Attorney states the police can issue violations for burning after dark.
General Fund: Water & Sewer Fund:
Checking: $130,274.72 Checking: $ 173,372.30
General Fund MMDA $280,376.83 W & S MMDA: $ 64,489.02
US Bank (Illinois Funds) $ closed
Band Fund: $10,888.04
Motor Fuel Tax: TIF Fund:
Checking: -0- TIF I MMDA: $936,805.99
MMDA: $372,868.57 TIF II MMDA: $ 39,172.19
US Bank $ closed TIF III MMDA: $ 89,615.63
TIF IV MMDA: $ 1,920.04
TIF V MMDA: $ 12,215.45
Alderman Strawn moved to adjourn at 7:50 p.m. Aldermen Hattan seconded. Roll call: 5 ayes.