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City of Galesburg City Council met February 17

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Mar 20, 2020

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City of Galesburg City Council met Feb. 17.

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 T. Pritchard, Council Members Bradley Hix, Corine Andersen, Peter Schwartzman, Wayne Allen, and Larry Cox, 6. Absent: Council Members Wayne Dennis, and Lindsay Hillery, 2. Also present were City Manager Todd Thompson, Deputy City Clerk Ericka Welch and City Attorney Brad Nolden. Mayor Pritchard declared a quorum present.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Semenya McCord gave the invocation.

Fred Kimble addressed the Council regarding the recent passing of his father Robert “Bob” Kimble and his many contributions to the community. Bob Kimble was the Mayor of Galesburg from 1977 to 1981 and prior to that he was Ward 3 Alderman for seven year. Bob also served on the Knox County board for many years. Bob Kimble was a veteran who served during World War II and the Korean War. Bob was involved in several service groups such as the VFW, American Legion, and Rotary Club just to name a few. The Kimble family requests that the City Council consider honoring Bob and his service to the community when naming any future dedications for the City.

Council Member Andersen moved, seconded by Council Member Hix, to approve the minutes of the City Council meeting from February 3, 2020.

Roll Call #2:

Ayes: Council Members Hix, Andersen, Schwartzman, Allen, and Cox, 5.

Nays: None

Absent: Council Members Dennis and Hillery, 2.

Chairman declared motion carried.

CONSENT AGENDA #2020-04

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

20-2005

Approve a Motor Fuel Tax Resolution for 2020 for annual sealcoating in the amount of $250,000.

20-3005

Approve the bid submitted by Yemm Ford in the amount of $476,858.68, without trade in, for the purchase of twelve new police units. Existing vehicles will be migrated to other departments or evaluated for sale either via Ebay or the City Auction.

20-3006

Approve the bid submitted by Rogers Pump Sales & Service Inc. in the amount of $29,908.50 for replacement of the rotating assembly on the pump at the Water Treatment Plant in Oquawka.

20-5002

Receive 2019 Galesburg Landmark Commission Annual Report.

20-8003

Approve bills in the amount of $902,972.70 and advance checks in the amount of $318,039.78.

Council Member Cox moved, seconded by Council Member Andersen, to approve Consent Agenda 2020-04.

Roll Call #3:

Ayes: Council Members Hix, Andersen, Schwartzman, Allen, and Cox, 5.

Nays: None

Absent: Council Member Dennis and Hillery, 2.

Chairman declared motion carried by omnibus vote.

PASSAGE OF ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS

20-1002

Council Member Andersen moved, seconded by Council Member Hix, to approve Special Ordinance 20-595 on final reading granting the Galesburg Public Library Board of Trustees authority to use eminent domain to acquire property for the construction of a new public library.

Roll Call #4:

Ayes: Council Members Hix, Andersen, Schwartzman, and Cox, 4.

Nays: Council Member Allen, 1.

Absent: Council Members Dennis, and Hillery, 2.

Chairman declared motion carried.

20-1003

Ordinance on first reading creating Chapter 118 of the Galesburg Municipal Code creating an annual Video Gaming Terminal License with a fee of $250 per terminal/machine.

BIDS, PETITIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS

PUBLIC COMMENT

CITY MANAGER’S REPORT

A. Traffic Advisory Report for February.

B. Weekly yard waste collection will resume on Monday, March 2, 2020.

MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS (Agreements, Approvals, Etc.)

20-4018

Council Member Cox moved, seconded by Council Member Allen, to authorize Roanoke Concrete Products, Co. to connect to City water prior to completing the annexation process.

Roll Call #5:

Ayes: Council Members Hix, Andersen, Schwartzman, Allen, and Cox, 5.

Nays: None

Absent: Council Members Dennis, and Hillery, 2.

Chairman declared motion carried.

20-4019

Council Member Hix moved, seconded by Council Member Andersen, to approve an agreement with the Tri-County Regional Collection Facility for electronics and liquid paint recycling and disposal.

Roll Call #6:

Ayes: Council Members Hix, Andersen, Schwartzman, Allen, and Cox, 5.

Nays: None

Absent: Council Members Dennis, and Hillery 2.

Chairman declared motion carried.

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

TOWN BUSINESS

20-9003

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

Fund Title

Amount

Town Fund

$9,088.48

General Assistance Fund

$5,874.96

IMRF Fund

$2,319.68

Social Security/Medicare Fund

Liability Fund

Audit Fund

Total

$17,283.12

Roll Call #7:

Ayes: Trustees Hix, Andersen, Schwartzman, Allen, and Cox, 5.

Nays: None

Absent: Council Members Dennis, and Hillery, 2.

Chairman declared motion carried.

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

CLOSING COMMENTS

Council Member Hix extended his condolences to the Kimble family and commended Bob Kimble for his service to the community.

Council Member Cox echoed Council Member Hix sentiments.

Council Member Allen announced that Thrushwood Farms retail store will be closing soon but this will allow for their expansion on production and will also add new jobs. He urged the community to continue to support local businesses such as Thrushwoods.

Council Member Schwartzman mentioned the recent articles in the Register Mail regarding solar energy and efforts like these in our community will make Galesburg a model city for Solar. Schwartzman also invited the public to Knox County Brewing Company for a live podcast on Wednesday February 19, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The podcast is called, Many Paths: Dreaming Galesburg Into the Future. There will be expert panelists and audience participation is encouraged.

Council Member Andersen also stated that the retail store at Thrushwood Farms will be missed and thanked owners Jim and Kay Hankes for their great products.

Mayor Pritchard added that his family has had a long time friendship with the Hankes Family and that the store will be missed.

Council Member Cox moved, seconded by Council Member Hix, to adjourn into Executive Session a 5:51 p.m. for the purpose of discussing personnel, litigation, and approval of the minutes from the January 21, 2020, executive session meeting (5 ILCS 120/2 (c) (1), (11), and (21).

Roll Call #8:

Ayes: Council Members Hix, Andersen, Schwartzman, Allen, and Cox, 5.

Nays: None

Absent: Council Members Dennis, and Hillery, 2.

Chairman declared motion carried.

During the Executive Session, Council Member Schwartzman moved, seconded by Council Member Hix, to adjourn the Executive Session at 6:12 p.m.

Roll Call #9:

Ayes: Council Members Hix, Andersen, Schwartzman, Allen, and Cox, 5.

Nays: None

Absent: Council Members Dennis, and Hillery, 2.

Chairman declared motion carried.

There being no further business, Council Member Cox moved, seconded by Council Member Hix, to adjourn the regular meeting at 6:12 p.m.

Roll Call #10:

Ayes: Council Members Hix, Andersen, Schwartzman, Allen, and Cox, 5.

Nays: None

Absent: Council Members Dennis, Hillery, 2.

Chairman declared motion carried.

https://www.ci.galesburg.il.us/assets/1/20/02172020_Council_Meeting_Minutes.pdf

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