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Minutes: City Council Meeting of January 17th, 2017

The Carmi City Council met Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Room of the Municipal Building, 225 East Main Street.

Prior to opening the council meeting, Mayor Pollard asked Alderman Winkleman to give the invocation followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Mayor Pollard presided with the following Aldermen present: Steve Winkleman, Mark W. Blake, Lance Yearby, Sheila Jo Headlee, Jack Lamont, Doug Hays and Mike Knight. Alderman Keith Davis was absent.

Minutes for the January 3rd, 2017 council meeting were presented. Motion made by Alderman Knight and seconded by Alderman Hays to approve the minutes as presented. The motion carried on roll call by each Alderman answering “yes.”

Mayor Pollard asked the council to approve December 2016 Financial Reports. Motion made by Alderman Headlee and seconded by Alderman Winkleman to approve the Financial Reports as presented. The motion carried on roll call by each Alderman answering “yes.”

Mayor Pollard then asked the council to approve January 2017 Vendor invoices. Motion made by Alderman Winkleman and seconded by Alderman Headlee to approve the Vendor Invoices as presented. The motion carried on roll call by each Alderman answering “yes.”

Mayor Pollard presented Sandra Irvine to ask the council to approve Tim Pollard with Seiler Heating, Air Conditioning, and Electrical, LLC application for a thirty thousand dollar ($30,000) loan from the City of Carmi’s Revolving Loan Fund. Mrs. Irvine stated that Seiler’s has been in business for forty-three years (43) and Mr. Pollard has worked there for fifteen years (15). Mr. Pollard has recently purchased the business from his father-in-law. He is seeking the money to purchase some materials and equipment. Motion made by Alderman Hays and seconded by Alderman Blake to approve the Revolving Loan Fund Application as presented. The motion carried on roll call by each Alderman answering “yes.”

Mayor Pollard then asked the council to consider Ordinance No. 1521, an Ordinance approving TIF #2 Redevelopment Agreement #2 between the City of Carmi, White County, Illinois and Seiler Heating, Air Conditioning, and Electrical, LLC. Mrs. Irvine explained that it is the same agreement the council approved last month with Harms Construction. Since Mr. Pollard’s business is in TIF #2 district, she is recommending the one-time grant of eight thousand dollars ($8,000) to help re-do the parking lot and help with cosmetic issues on the building itself. Mr. Pollard will give the city the receipts for the work that is completed. Motion made by Alderman Headlee and seconded by Alderman Winkleman to approve Ordinance No. 1521 as approved. The motion carried on roll call by each Alderman answering “yes.”

Mayor Pollard asked the council to consider renewal of the agreement with Mutual Medical Plans, Inc. to serve as the City of Carmi’s third party administrator for the health insurance plan from 02/01/2017 to 01/31/2018. David Andreas with Mutual Medical was then presented. He first talked about the two (2) year cost comparison: Dental and Vision equaled forty-four thousand eight hundred and thirty-five dollars ($44,385), and Medical Claims equaled four hundred and twenty thousand and ninety-seven dollars ($420,097). There were no stop loss claims. Prescription drug claims equaled fifty-five thousand nine hundred and fifteen dollars ($55,915) which is down from ninety thousand eight hundred and forty-nine dollars ($90,849) from last year. Mr. Andreas stated that this decrease can be attributed to the ACP and the Shur Wellness Program. The fixed cost total equaled two hundred sixty-nine thousand six hundred and forty-five dollars ($269,645) which consists of Admin fee, Symetra Premium and PPO fee. He stated that last year there was a six (6) percent increase on stop loss premium.

Mr. Andreas then presented the 2017 Health Care Plan Renewal. Forty-three dollars (43) per employee per month with admin fees. Renewal A is a seven thousand one hundred and twenty-two dollar ($7,122) increase which is a three (3) percent increase. He explained that they are spreading increase throughout Symetra clients. The max plan cost increase of 0.65%, which is seven thousand one hundred and twenty-two dollars ($7,122). Mr. Jeremy Billington with mutual Medical stated that Blue Cross Blue Shield’s renewal for the City of Carmi in 2010 was one million one hundred dollars ($1,100,000). Motion made by Alderman Headlee and seconded by Alderman Winkelman to approve Renewal A as presented. The motion carried on roll call by each Alderman answering “yes.”

Reports and/or updates from Mayor Pollard

Mayor Pollard stated that he is pleased to announce that the City of Carmi received a two thousand dollar ($2,000) grant from Wal-Mart to purchase new playground equipment. He thinks they are going to use it for swing sets at Bradshaw Park because there aren’t any right now and maybe a couple pieces of equipment on top of the hill by the campground at Burrell’s Woods.

He then stated that there have been issues with the Street Sweeper all summer long. He stated that they spent around eleven thousand dollars ($11,000) on it in 2016 and another ten thousand to twenty thousand dollars ($10,000-20,000) needs to be spent on it. He stated that the council needs to think about what they want to do with it.

Reports from Standing Committees

Alderman Knight stated that the crew at the Parks Department is doing well and the campground is open.

Alderman Lamont wanted the council members to let him know about the street sweeper before the next meeting so they can get it on the agenda.

Business or Comments from Visitors

None

Motion made by Alderman Headlee and seconded by Alderman Knight to adjourn. The motion carried on roll call by each Alderman answering “yes.”

At 5:51 p.m. the council adjourned.

Brian K. Allen, City Clerk

Jeff Pollard, Mayor