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City of Galesburg City Council met August 19

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Sep 12, 2019

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City of Galesburg City Council met Aug. 19.

Here is the minutes provided by the council:

Called to order by Mayor John Pritchard at 5:30 p.m.

Roll Call #1: Present: Mayor John Pritchard, Council Members Bradley Hix, Lindsay Hillery, Wayne Dennis, Corine Andersen, Wayne Allen, and Larry Cox, 7. 

Absent: Council Member Peter Schwartzman, 1. 

Also present were City Clerk Kelli Bennewitz, City Manager Todd Thompson, and City Attorney Bradley Nolden. Mayor Pritchard declared a quorum present.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Semenya McCord, Allen Chapel AME, gave the invocation.

Council Member Dennis moved, seconded by Council Member Andersen, to approve the minutes of the City Council meeting from August 5, 2019.

Roll Call #2:

Ayes: Council Members Hix, Dennis, Hillery, Andersen, Allen, and Cox, 6.

Nays: None

Absent: Council Member Schwartzman, 1.

Chairman declared motion carried.

CONSENT AGENDA #2019-16

All matters listed under the Consent Agenda are considered routine by the City Council and is enacted by one motion.

19-2017

Approve Resolution 19-17 appointing Gloria P. Osborn as the City Treasurer.

19-2018

Approve Resolution 19-18 adding the signature of Gloria P. Osborn, City Treasurer, as those authorized to sign checks from the City’s various financial institutions where accounts are held.

19-4098

Approve the Subordination of Mortgage agreement with Pegasus Manufacturing Inc.

19-4099

Approve an Indemnity Agreement with the owner of 64 South Prairie Street for work associated with the demolition of the West Twin Cinema formerly located at 42 South Prairie Street.

19-8015

Approve bills in the amount of $1,333,987.45 and advance checks in the amount of $178,179.21.

Council Member Allen moved, seconded by Council Member Cox, to approve Consent Agenda 2019-16.

Roll Call #3:

Ayes: Council Members Hix, Dennis, Hillery, Andersen, Allen, and Cox, 6.

Nays: None

Absent: Council Member Schwartzman, 1.

Chairman declared motion carried by omnibus vote.

PASSAGE OF ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS

19-1015

Ordinance on first reading amending Chapters 35 and 152 of the Galesburg Municipal Code to allow for the zoning and taxation of recreational cannabis.

19-1016

Special Ordinance on first reading to authorize the sale of approximately 5,000 cubic yards of surplus clay from the Transit Facility property to Hein Construction in the amount of $1 per cubic yard.

Council Member Allen moved, seconded by Council Member Dennis, to suspend the rules and place the Special Ordinance on final reading.

Roll Call #4:

Ayes: Council Members Hix, Dennis, Hillery, Andersen, Allen, and Cox, 6.

Nays: None

Absent: Council Member Schwartzman, 1.

Chairman declared motion carried.

Council Member Allen moved, seconded by Council Member Hix, to approve Special Ordinance 19-580 on final reading authorizing the sale of approximately 5,000 cubic yards of surplus clay from the Transit Facility property to Hein Construction in the amount of $1 per cubic yard.

Roll Call #5:

Ayes: Council Members Hix, Dennis, Hillery, Andersen, Allen, and Cox, 6.

Nays: None

Absent: Council Member Schwartzman, 1.

Chairman declared motion carried.

19-1017

Ordinance on first reading amending Section 72.28 of the Galesburg Municipal Code regarding parking near public or private driveways. It was noted that this will not apply to a homeowner’s own driveway.

BIDS, PETITIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS

Council Member Allen moved, seconded by Council Member Cox, to approve the bid from Otis Elevators in the amount of $79,899 to complete an elevator modernization project at the Galesburg Public Safety Building. Funds used for the purchase will be from the Foreign Fire Fund and Special Enforcement Fund 16.

Roll Call #6:

Ayes: Council Members Hix, Dennis, Hillery, Andersen, Allen, and Cox, 6.

Nays: None

Absent: Council Member Schwartzman, 1.

Chairman declared motion carried.

19-3043

Council Member Dennis moved, seconded by Council Member Hillery, to approve the quote from Breslin’s in the amount of $9,908 to re-carpet Lakeside Recreation Facility.

Roll Call #7:

Ayes: Council Members Hix, Dennis, Hillery, Andersen, Allen, and Cox, 6.

Nays: None

Absent: Council Member Schwartzman, 1.

Chairman declared motion carried.

PUBLIC COMMENT

Barb Peterson addressed the Council stating that there is a home in her neighborhood on Bateman Street that has major trash and debris issues, rats, loose dogs, and believes they are selling drugs from the home. Mayor Pritchard stated that staff would look into the issue.

Laura Porter addressed the Council and believes the City is violating their own ordinances by demolishing historic homes on Ella Street.

CITY MANAGER’S REPORT

A. Traffic Advisory Committee for August received.

The City Manager congratulated Captain Russ Idle on his appointment to Police Chief. He stated that the official swearing-in ceremony will take place on September 9th.

Mr. Thompson also addressed the issue on Bateman Street and added that staff has met on the issue and the City is pursuing several active cases at the property.

MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS (Agreements, Approvals, Etc.)

19-4100

Council Member Hix moved, seconded by Council Member Hillery, to approve waiving normal purchasing policies and approve the purchase of a forcible entry door simulator in the amount of $6,990 from East Coast Rescue Solutions.

Roll Call #8:

Ayes: Council Members Hix, Dennis, Hillery, Andersen, Allen, and Cox, 6.

Nays: None

Absent: Council Member Schwartzman, 1.

Chairman declared motion carried.

19-4101

Council Member Dennis moved, seconded by Council Member Hillery, approve a sole-source five-year VoIP phone support agreement with Communication Innovators in the amount of $25,826.

Roll Call #9:

Ayes: Council Members Hix, Dennis, Hillery, Andersen, Allen, and Cox, 6.

Nays: None

Absent: Council Member Schwartzman, 1.

Chairman declared motion carried.

19-4102

Council Member Allen moved, seconded by Council Member Cox, to approve waiving normal purchasing policies and approving the installation of a redundant fiber circuit as part of the City’s existing five-year PRI contract with Stratus Networks in the amount of $34,800.

Roll Call #10:

Ayes: Council Members Hix, Dennis, Hillery, Andersen, Allen, and Cox, 6.

Nays: None

Absent: Council Member Schwartzman, 1.

Chairman declared motion carried.

19-4103

Council Member Andersen moved, seconded by Council Member Hillery, to approve a purchase agreement with Rob Benedict for property adjacent to Parking Lot M (362 East Simmons Street) in the amount of $15,000 plus resurfacing costs for three parking spaces.

Roll Call #11:

Ayes: Council Members Hix, Dennis, Hillery, Andersen, Allen, and Cox, 6.

Nays: None

Absent: Council Member Schwartzman, 1.

Chairman declared motion carried.

19-4104

Council Member Hix moved, seconded by Council Member Dennis, to approve an emergency repair to the Hawthorne Pool roof by Dowers Roofing in the amount of $19,899.

Roll Call #12:

Ayes: Council Members Hix, Dennis, Hillery, Andersen, Allen, and Cox, 6.

Nays: None

Absent: Council Member Schwartzman, 1.

Chairman declared motion carried.

19-4105

Council Member Allen moved, seconded by Council Member Cox, to approve a change order for the tree inventory in the amount of $3,095.20

Roll Call #13:

Ayes: Council Members Hix, Dennis, Hillery, Andersen, Allen, and Cox, 6.

Nays: None

Absent: Council Member Schwartzman, 1.

Chairman declared motion carried.

Council Member Allen moved, seconded by Council Member Dennis, that the City Council sit as the Town Board. The motion carried by voice vote.

TOWN BUSINESS

19-9019

Trustee Andersen moved, seconded by Trustee Hix, to approve Town bills and warrants be drawn in payment of same.

Fund Title

Amount

Town Fund

$1,351.27

General Assistance Fund

$4,723.13

IMRF Fund

Social Security/Medicare Fund

Liability Fund

Audit Fund

Total

$6,074.40

Trustee Allen moved, seconded by Trustee Dennis, to resume sitting as the City Council. The motion carried by voice vote.

CLOSING COMMENTS

Council Member Hillery congratulated Captain Idle on his appointment to Police Chief.

Council Member Hix thanked all those involved with the Heritage Days event.

Council Member Allen reminded citizens to be watchful for all the construction around town as well as the children starting back to school.

Mayor Pritchard commended Administration on the selection for the new Police Chief and the professional nature of the entire process, including the internal and external candidate interviews and the community panel.

There being no further business, Council Member Dennis moved, seconded by Council Member Hillery, to adjourn the regular meeting at 5:59 p.m.

Roll Call #15:

Ayes: Council Members Hix, Dennis, Hillery, Andersen, Allen, and Cox, 6.

Nays: None

Absent: Council Member Schwartzman, 1.

Chairman declared motion carried

https://www.ci.galesburg.il.us/assets/1/20/08192019_Council_Meeting_Minutes.pdf

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