City of Carmi
March 3, 2014
The Carmi City Council met Monday, March 3, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Room of the Municipal Building, 225 East Main Street, Carmi, Illinois.
Prior to opening the council meeting, Mayor Pollard asked Alderman Steve Winkleman to give the invocation followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.
Mayor Pollard presided with the following aldermen present: Steve Winkleman, Mark W. Blake, Keith Davis, Kenny Carter, Mike Knight, Doug Hays, Jack Lamont and Sheila Jo Headlee.
Minutes for the February 17, 2014 council meeting were presented. A motion was made by Alderman Hays and seconded by Alderman Winkleman to approve the minutes as presented. The motion carried on roll call by each alderman answering “yes.”
Mayor Pollard presented for council consideration and approval a thirty (30) day notification to terminate contract with airport management, due to budget restraints. No discussion or comments from alderman. A motion was made by Alderman Carter and seconded by Alderman Davis to approve the thirty (30) day notification to terminate contract with airport management as presented. The motion carried on roll call by each alderman answering “yes.”
Report and/or Updates from Mayor Pollard
- Mayor Pollard thanked the city crews for staying out late to clean the city streets of snow and ice.
- Mayor Pollard announced that a “Thank You” card was sent to the city from Loretta Ritsch thanking the city for repairing the deep dip between Schumaker Street and her driveway.
Report from City Supervisor Mike Buckman
- Mr. Buckman gave an update of this year’s planned street projects funded by the Motor Fuel Tax. Repairs on Rosebud Street in East Carmi, Burris Street next to East Side Package, Disposal Plant Road (due to the construction upgrades on the plant and all of the heavy equipment being brought in), the road next to Jumpin’ Jimmy’s, and additionally there are several alleys that need to be oil and chipped. Mr. Buckman asked the alderman to notify him of any repairs that were needed in their respective wards.
- Mr. Buckman will be meeting with all department Foremen to discuss what projects they have planned for the year and their priorities for those projects.
- Mr. Buckman gave a reminder that the emergency sirens will be set off as usual on the first Tuesday of every month. The sirens will go off if there is any severe weather that is headed to Carmi or White County and are set off by the National Weather Service out of Paducah, Kentucky.
Reports from Standing Committees
- Alderman Knight agreed with Mayor Pollard that the city crews were doing a great job cleaning the snow and ice off the city streets. Bradshaw Park project is continuing as planned and going well.
- Alderman Davis gave notice that himself, Alderman Carter and City Supervisor Mike Buckman had met with David Coston of United Energy recently and he has information on that meeting if anyone is interested in looking at it.
Business or Comments from Visitor
- Mr. Bob Kline and his daughter Bree of Kline Flying Services, who are agricultural pilots, addressed the council about their concerns over the Carmi Airport. Mr. Kline’s concerns are that all agricultural pilots would be treated fairly and there would be no unseen costs to them for using the airport during airplane crop spraying season. Mr. Kline commented that he had always been treated fairly and courteously by Larry Bozic and Lorelei Stone. The Mayor and council assured him that there would not be any unseen costs and it will stay open to the public.
- Mr. Rick Houston from Kentucky has been working off the Carmi Municipal Airport since 2007 with Chris Rogers and CPS, he had the same concerns as Mr. Kline.
- Mr. Ken Wallace who serves on the airport board at Harrisburg expressed how well Larry Bozic and Lorelei Stone were to work with and what an excellent job they had done in managing the airport. Mr. Wallace has served on the airport board at Harrisburg for twenty (20) years and expressed how difficult it was to find good airport management.
Motion made by Alderman Lamont and seconded by Alderman Headlee to go into closed session for the purpose of discussing personnel and/or property issues with no action to follow. The motion carried on roll call by each alderman answering “yes.”
At 5:45 p.m. council went into closed session.
Motion made by Alderman Knight and seconded by Alderman Carter to return to open session and adjourn. The motion carried on roll call by each alderman answering “yes.”
At 7:52 p.m. council adjourned.
Brian K. Allen, City Clerk
Jeff Pollard, Mayor