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City of Galesburg City Council met August 5

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Sep 12, 2019

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City of Galesburg City Council met Aug. 5.

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, Peter Schwartzman, Wayne Allen, and Larry Cox, 8. 

Absent: None. 

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.

A moment of silence was observed in lieu of an invocation.

Council Member Dennis moved, seconded by Council Member Andersen, to approve the minutes of the City Council meeting from July 15, 2019.

Roll Call #2:

Ayes: Council Members Hix, Dennis, Hillery, Andersen, Schwartzman, Allen, and Cox, 7.

Nays: None

Absent: None

Chairman declared motion carried.

The Mayor left the meeting at 5:31 p.m. due to a conflict on the Bills and Advance Checks list.

CONSENT AGENDA #2019-15

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

19-3038

Approve the bid from Yemm Chevrolet in the amount of $25,739.80, with trade, for the purchase of one pick-up truck for the Fire Department.

19-3039

Approve the bid from K-COM in the amount of $21,038.16 for the purchase of 12 surveillance cameras and associated licensing for the building camera security system at the Public Safety Building.

19-5005

Receive the 2018 Annual Fire Fighters Pension Fund Annual Report.

19-5006

Receive the 2018 Annual Police Pension Fund Report.

19-6004

Approve the following appointments:

Brayden Bledsoe, Community Relations Commission, term expires February 2021

Desire Matthews, Community Relations Commission, term expires February 2021

19-8014

Approve bills in the amount of $890,943.74 and advance checks in the amount of $792,546.03.

Council Member Hillery moved, seconded by Council Member Hix, to approve Consent Agenda

2019-15.

Roll Call #3:

Ayes: Council Members Hix, Dennis, Hillery, Andersen, Schwartzman, Allen, and Cox, 7.

Nays: None

Absent: None

Chairman declared motion carried by omnibus vote.

The Mayor returned at 5:32 p.m.

PASSAGE OF ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS

19-1013

Council Member Allen moved, seconded by Council Member Hillery, to approve Ordinance 19-3589 on final reading amending Section 31.55 of the Galesburg Municipal Code to establish the position of City Treasurer as an appointed position.

Council Member Hix moved, seconded by Council Member Dennis, to amend the ordinance by removing Section (7) as follows: Serve as treasurer of the Boards of the Firefighters’ Pension Fund and the Police Pension Fund. The City Treasurer shall serve as a member of the Fire Pension Board.

Roll Call #4:

Ayes: Council Members Hix, Dennis, Hillery, Andersen, Schwartzman, Allen, and Cox, 7.

Nays: None

Absent: None

Chairman declared motion carried.

Roll Call #5:

Ayes: Council Members Hix, Dennis, Hillery, Andersen, Schwartzman, Allen, and Cox, 7.

Nays: None

Absent: None

Chairman declared motion carried.

19-1014

Council Member Dennis moved, seconded by Council Member Allen, to approve Ordinance 19-3590 on final reading amending Section 130.116 of the Galesburg Municipal Code regarding the sale and possession of tobacco products.

Roll Call #6:

Ayes: Council Members Hix, Dennis, Hillery, Andersen, Schwartzman, Allen, and Cox, 7.

Nays: None

Absent: None

Chairman declared motion carried.

19-2016

Council Member Andersen moved, seconded by Council Member Hillery, to approve Resolution 19-16 authorizing the transfer of $43,096.72 from the TIF II Fund to the TIF IV Fund for the Park Plaza and Parking Lot E project.

Roll Call #7:

Ayes: Council Members Hix, Dennis, Hillery, Andersen, Schwartzman, Allen, and Cox, 7.

Nays: None

Absent: None

Chairman declared motion carried.

BIDS, PETITIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS

19-3040

Council Member Dennis moved, seconded by Council Member Hillery, to approve the bid from Hood Demolition & Excavation in the amount of $58,000 for the demolition and clean-up of 426 South Chambers Street and 586-590 West South Street.

Roll Call #8:

Ayes: Council Members Hix, Dennis, Hillery, Andersen, Schwartzman, Allen, and Cox, 7.

Nays: None

Absent: None

Chairman declared motion carried.

19-3041

Council Member Hix moved, seconded by Council Member Dennis, to approve the revised bid from Gunther Construction in the amount of $652,400.52 for asphalt resurfacing projects on West Losey Street, East Losey Street, Monmouth Boulevard, and Lincoln Street. Council Member Hix inquired about road closures. Public Works Director Carl stated that they are not anticipating a full road closure and only a flagger should be needed.

Roll Call #9:

Ayes: Council Members Hix, Dennis, Hillery, Andersen, Schwartzman, Allen, and Cox, 7.

Nays: None

Absent: None

Chairman declared motion carried.

PUBLIC COMMENT

CITY MANAGER’S REPORT

MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS (Agreements, Approvals, Etc.)

19-4090

Council Member Hix moved, seconded by Council Member Hillery, to approve a Power Purchase Agreement with Community Power Group and easement agreement for solar power to the Water Treatment Plant at Oquawka.

Roll Call #10:

Ayes: Council Members Hix, Dennis, Hillery, Andersen, Schwartzman, Allen, and Cox, 7.

Nays: None

Absent: None

Chairman declared motion carried.

19-4091

Council Member Dennis moved, seconded by Council Member Hillery, to waive normal purchasing policies and approve the purchase of a new canine officer for the price of $10,500 from Shallow Creek Kennels Inc. Council Member Hix asked if the canine officers use a bulletproof vest. Captain Idle confirmed that they do wear ballistic vests and that the canines typically serve 7-10 years with the Department.

Roll Call #11:

Ayes: Council Members Hix, Dennis, Hillery, Andersen, Schwartzman, Allen, and Cox, 7.

Nays: None

Absent: None

Chairman declared motion carried.

19-4092

Council Member Dennis moved, seconded by Council Member Hix, to approve demolition action on the following properties:

1. 261 North Arthur Avenue

2. 358 Huston Street

3. 1025 Accommodation Avenue

4. 161 Division

5. 1976 Grand Avenue

Roll Call #12:

Ayes: Council Members Hix, Dennis, Hillery, Andersen, Schwartzman, Allen, and Cox, 7.

Nays: None

Absent: None

Chairman declared motion carried.

19-4093

Council Member Hillery moved, seconded by Council Member Andersen, to approve a professional services agreement with Bruner, Cooper, and Zuck Inc., in the amount of $7,500 for preparation of bid documents for the repair of the east wall of 120 East Main Street.

Roll Call #13:

Ayes: Council Members Hix, Dennis, Hillery, Andersen, Schwartzman, Allen, and Cox, 7.

Nays: None

Absent: None

Chairman declared motion carried.

19-4094

Council Member Andersen moved, seconded by Council Member Hillery, to approve a professional services agreement with TransSystems in the amount of $12,600 to review feasible transit and paratransit service options for the City to consider for countywide service.

Roll Call #14:

Ayes: Council Members Hix, Dennis, Hillery, Andersen, Schwartzman, Allen, and Cox, 7.

Nays: None

Absent: None

Chairman declared motion carried.

19-4095

Council Member Andersen moved, seconded by Council Member Hillery, to approve a change order in an amount of $43,096.72 to Illinois Civil Contractors Inc. for additional work to be performed as part of the Park Plaza and Parking Lot E reconstruction, and $1,561.10 change order amount to Bruner, Cooper & Zuck for additional design work that was provided as part of that additional work. The total net change order is $43,096.72.

Roll Call #15:

Ayes: Council Members Hix, Dennis, Hillery, Andersen, Schwartzman, Allen, and Cox, 7.

Nays: None

Absent: None

Chairman declared motion carried.

19-4096

Council Member Andersen moved, seconded by Council Member Schwartzman, to approve a professional services agreement with Huff and Huff in the amount of $5,534.01 to provide a preliminary environmental site assessment required by IDOT to complete the ITEP grant application for a bike path along South Lake Storey Road.

Roll Call #16:

Ayes: Council Members Hix, Dennis, Hillery, Andersen, Schwartzman, Allen, and Cox, 7.

Nays: None

Absent: None

Chairman declared motion carried.

19-4097

Council Member Schwartzman moved, seconded by Council Member Dennis, to approve a change order request in the amount of $2,350 to I-Tech Solutions Inc. for the necessary addition of a mobile user trip planning service for the fixed route bus service as part of the automatic vehicle locator system.

Roll Call #17:

Ayes: Council Members Hix, Dennis, Hillery, Andersen, Schwartzman, Allen, and Cox, 7.

Nays: None

Absent: None

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

19-9018

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

Fund Title

Amount

Town Fund

$2,170.78

General Assistance Fund

$2,261.63

IMRF Fund

$2,043.09

Social Security/Medicare Fund

$2,629.69

Liability Fund

Audit Fund

Total

$9,105.19

Roll Call #18:

Ayes: Trustees Members Hix, Dennis, Hillery, Andersen, Schwartzman, Allen, and Cox, 7.

Nays: None

Absent: None

Chairman declared motion carried.

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

motion carried by voice vote.

CLOSING COMMENTS

Council Member Andersen was glad to see the demolition of the property at 586-590 West South Street approved tonight.

Council Member Dennis asked how the Galesburg Police Department would handle a similar situation like what happened in New York with an officer being doused with water. Captain Idle stated that in an event like that officers would likely defuse the situation as best they could and mitigate any possible riot behavior. They would review the situation and video footage later to make any arrests, but the primary goal would be to keep people safe.

Council Member Hix commended Bryan Luedke, Bunker Links Golf Pro, for the excellent job he has done with two golf outings he has personally been involved with planning. He added that the community is very fortunate to have such a top notch golf course.

Council Member Hix also thanked Chief Simkins and Captain Dave Farrell for allowing him to spend a couple of hours with the Fire Department to see their daily routine. He thanked them for their service.

Council Member Allen reported that Thrushwood Farms was moving into their new building.

He stated that Jim Hankes, CEO and Owner, expressed his appreciation to the City, Fire

Department, and others to Council Member Allen.

There being no further business, Council Member Dennis moved, seconded by Council Member Hix, to adjourn the regular meeting at 6:09 p.m.

Roll Call #19:

Ayes: Council Members Hix, Dennis, Hillery, Andersen, Schwartzman, Allen, and Cox, 7.

Nays: None

Absent: None

Chairman declared motion carried.

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