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City of Galesburg City Council met October 7

By Michael Abella | Nov 9, 2019

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City of Galesburg City Council met Oct. 7.

Here is the minutes provided by the council:

Called to order by Mayor John Pritchard at 5:32 p.m.

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

Absent: Council Member Lindsay Hillery, 1. 

Also present were City Clerk Kelli Bennewitz and City Manager Todd Thompson. 

Mayor Pritchard declared a quorum present.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Ruth Chandler gave the invocation.

Council Member Hillery entered the meeting at 5:34 p.m.

Council Member Hix moved, seconded by Council Member Dennis, to approve the minutes of the City Council meeting from September 16, 2019.

Roll Call #2:

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

Nays: None

Absent: None

Chairman declared motion carried.

Council Member Andersen moved, seconded by Council Member Hillery, to approve the minutes of the Special City Council meeting from September 23, 2019.

Roll Call #3:

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

Nays: None

Absent: None

Chairman declared motion carried

CONSENT AGENDA #2019-19

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

19-2021

Approve Resolution 19-21 ceding the City's 2019 private activity bonding authority to the Quad Cities Regional Economic Development Authority (QCREDA).

19-2022

Approve Resolution 19-22 authorizing the Mayor to sign the FY 2020 Grant Agreement for the Section 5311 Federal Operating Assistance Grant for the City’s transit program.

19-2023

Approve an MFT Resolution for professional services in the amount of $12,500 to address a drainage issue at the East Main Street underpass.

19-4113

Approve a quote from All Inclusive Rec in the amount of $8,388 for the purchase of playground mulch for various parks.

19-4114

Approve a quote from Alexis Fire Equipment Company in the amount of $5,190 for the purchase of helmets and boots for the Fire Department.

19-4115

Approve an Advance Subscription Agreement for services to LexisNexis in the amount of $2,626.33 for the City Attorney and Legal Department.

19-4116

Approve the renewal of auto liability insurance for Handivan operations in the amount of $10,457 from the Scottsdale Indemnity Company.

19-4117

Approve a payment in the amount of $8,122 to the Traffic Control Corporation for a new mast arm for the traffic signals at the intersection of Grand Avenue and Farnham Street due to a traffic accident. The City is currently seeking damages from the driver.

19-6007

Approve the following Commission appointments:

Public Transportation Advisory Commission

Mark Lee, term expires June 2021 John Hanlon, term expires June 2022 Rose Morris, term expires June 2022

Census Complete Count Committee

Kelsey Litchfield, Interim President, Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce 

Irene Ponce, Group Representative, Hispanic Resource Group

Mark Rudolph, Director, KCCDD

Vanya Peterson, Director, Stone Hayes

Laun Dunn, Director, United Way

Josh Gibb, Director, Galesburg Community Foundation

Brayden Bledsoe, Student, Carl Sandburg College

Amy Pickrel, Communications Director, CUSD #205

Connie Clague, Director, Center for Youth and Family Services

John Pritchard, Mayor, City of Galesburg

Judy Guenseth, Housing Coordinator, City of Galesburg

Becky Jollay, Associate Planner, City of Galesburg

Lisa M. Watson, Director, Election Office

Faith Burdick, Reference Librarian, Public Library

Angel Wright, Director of Compliance & Performance Management, Knox County Health Dept. 

David Amor, District 2 Rep, Knox County Board

Derek Antoine, Director, Knox County Housing Authority

Jacquie Stewart, Care Coordinator, Alternatives for the Older Adult

Shaila Hart, Administrator, Heartland Health Care Center

19-8018

Approve bills in the amount of $2,358,626.18 and advance checks in the amount of $661,951.72.

Council Member Allen moved, seconded by Council Member Cox, to approve Consent Agenda 2019-19, omitting agenda item 19-4113.

Roll Call #4:

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

Nays: None

Absent: None

Chairman declared motion carried by omnibus vote

19-4113

Council Member Andersen moved, seconded by Council Member Hillery, to approve a quote from All Inclusive Rec in the amount of $8,388 for the purchase of playground mulch for various parks.

Council Member Schwartzman inquired about the type of mulch that is being purchased. Parks & Recreation Director Oligney-Estill stated that this mulch is tested and rated for fall height, is conditioned and won’t cause splinters.

Roll Call #5:

Roll Call #5:

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

Nays: None

Absent: None

Chairman declared motion carried

PASSAGE OF ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS

Special Ordinance on first reading authorizing the purchase of 833 East Brooks Street from the Knox County Trustees at $823.

BIDS, PETITIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS PUBLIC COMMENT

CITY MANAGER’S REPORT

A. Trick or Treat hours in Galesburg: Thursday, October 31, 2019, 5-8 p.m.

MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS (Agreements, Approvals, Etc.)

19-4118

Council Member Hix moved, seconded by Council Member Hillery, to approve the quote submitted by MES-Municipal Emergency Services in the amount of $17,384 for the purchase of eight sets of turnout gear for the Fire Department.

Roll Call #6:

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

Nays: None

Absent: None

Chairman declared motion carried.

19-4119

Council Member Dennis moved, seconded by Council Member Allen, to approve waiving normal purchasing policies and repair an air conditioning unit at the Pavilion by JP Benbow Plumbing & Heating Co. Inc. in the amount of $6,158.

Roll Call #7:

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

Nays: None

Absent: None

Chairman declared motion carried.

19-4120

Council Member Hillery moved, seconded by Council Member Andersen, to approve an Engineering Services Agreement with Hanson Professional Services Inc. to provide professional services related to addressing a drainage issue at the East Main Street underpass in the amount of $12,500.

Roll Call #8:

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

Nays: None

Absent: None

Chairman declared motion carried.

Council Member Hillery moved, seconded by Council Member Hix, to approve a quote from Layne Christensen in the amount of $14,650 for the inspection and installation of the HC-5 pump in the Ranney Collector Well located at the Oquawka Pumping Station.

Roll Call #9:

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

Nays: None

Absent: None

Chairman declared motion carried

19-4122

Council Member Hillery moved, seconded by Council Member Andersen, to approve waiving normal purchasing policies and approve a quote in the amount of $15,750 from M&O Environmental Co. to complete designated asbestos abatement at 120 East Main Street.

Council Member Schwartzman asked if the need for asbestos removal was known prior to this meeting and expense. Public Works Director Carl stated that the asbestos report came back one week prior to the last approval and it will only be removed on the ceiling tile and up the steps. The majority of the asbestos is in the basement and it will not be removed by the City; only the asbestos that is in conflict with the construction of the wall will be removed.

Roll Call #10

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

Nays: None

Absent: None

Chairman declared motion carried.

19-4123

Council Member Hix moved, seconded by Council Member Hillery, to approve waiving normal purchasing policies and approve the quote in the amount of $21,475.15 provided by Gunther Construction for street repairs at Main Street and Cherry Street.

Roll Call #11:

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 Hillery, that the City Council sit as the Town Board. The motion carried by voice vote.

TOWN BUSINESS

19-9022

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

Fund Title

Amount

Town Fund

$683.83

General Assistance Fund

$9,444.82

IMRF Fund

$1,859.04

Social Security/Medicare Fund

2,408.50

Liability Fund

$59.30

Audit Fund

Total

$14,455.49

Roll Call #12:

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 Hix, to resume sitting as the City Council. The motion carried by voice vote.

CLOSING COMMENTS

Council Member Hix thanked Joe Brignall, Firefighter union president, for inviting him to attend

the FIRE OPS 101 training day over the weekend in Naperville, IL. The FIRE OPS program is designed to give elected officials hands-on experience and insight into the day-to-day operations of the fire service. He also reminded citizens that the Fremont Street railroad closing started today and will be closed for approximately two weeks. He added that law enforcement will be monitoring the through streets, such as Florence and Brown Avenues, for speeding.

Council Member Cox thanked all the volunteers who give of their time and talents to the City’s boards and commissions. He also thanked Chief Simkins for his service to the City as he nears his retirement date.

Council Member Schwartzman stated that the Census Complete Count Committee is very important to communities and was pleased to see such a large and diverse group appointed. He asked that census information be published on the City’s website.

He also asked about the ongoing solar project in Oquawka and the anticipated completion date. Director Carl stated that now that the crops have recently been harvested, they intend to be operational by the end of the year.

Council Member Schwartzman announced that he and Bruce Weik plan to have a column in the newspaper twice per month and would appreciate feedback, comments, and thoughts from the community. Most recently they discussed cannabis and climate control. They will also be doing a podcast on the 4th Thursday of each month at Knox County Brewing Company and would invite people to come out.

Council Member Andersen stated that she recently attended the Galesburg Public Library Foundation’s annual dinner and silent auction where Peter Schwartzman was recognized for his contributions to our community with the Mike Kroll Leadership Award.

Mayor Pritchard added that the Census Complete Count Committee help the Census Bureau get a complete count in 2020 through partnerships with local governments and community organizations. He noted that a census under count costs an average of $1,400 per person in loss federal revenue. The Mayor also made citizens aware that they will receive a census postcard in the mail with an access code to participate online.

There being no further business, Council Member Hillery moved, seconded by Council Member Dennis, to adjourn the regular meeting at 5:57 p.m.

Roll Call #13:

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

Nays: None

Absent: None

Chairman declared motion carried.

https://www.ci.galesburg.il.us/assets/1/20/10072019_Council_Meeting_Minutes.pdf

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