City Council Meeting
City of Carmi
November 18th, 2014
The Carmi City Council met Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 7:00 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 Winkleman to give the invocation. The prayer was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.
Mayor Pollard presided with the following Aldermen present: Steve Winkleman, Mark W. Blake, Kenny Carter, Keith Davis, Sheila Jo Headlee, Doug Hays, Jack Lamont and Mike Knight.
Minutes for the November 3rd, 2014 council meeting were presented. Motion made by Alderman Winkleman and seconded by Alderman Lamont to approve the minutes as presented. The motion carried on roll call by each Alderman answering “yes.”
October 2014 Financial Reports were presented. 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.”
November 2014 Vendor Invoices were presented. Motion made by Alderman Winkleman and seconded by Alderman Hays to approve the Vendor Invoices as presented. The motion carried on roll call by each Alderman answering “yes.”
Mayor Pollard asked the council to consider Resolution No. 11-18-14, Resolution of Support and Commitment of Funds for the City of Carmi to apply to the office of the Illinois State Fire Marshall Fire Truck Revolving Loan Program. He stated that the new truck would be replacing a small box van currently being used, because the Fire Department needs something bigger to haul safety equipment to fire scenes. There were two (2) prices; one for three hundred and twenty five thousand ($325,000) dollars and three hundred and forty three thousand ($343,000) dollars. If the Resolution is passed, the city will apply for a twenty (20) year loan. He added that they would also try to get a Assistance to Firefighters grant to pay for a portion of the new truck. Motion was made by Alderman Lamont and seconded by Alderman Headlee to approve Resolution No. 11-18-14 as presented. The motion carried on roll call by each Alderman answering “yes.”
Mayor Pollard then asked the council to consider installing a Golf Cart crossing with yellow flashing caution lights at the intersection of IL 14 (Oak Street) and 7th Street which was authorized by Illinois Department of Transportation, Permit No. 9L-14-2188. He stated that the state has given the approval to allow golf carts to cross the main roads so that the citizens living in-between Main Street and Oak Street can utilize their golf carts. Alderman Headlee commented that she thinks it would be the best place for a crossing. Alderman Winkleman asked where the flashing yellow lights would be placed and Police Chief Jason Carter answered that they would be placed on existing light poles. Chief Carter added that the signs and lights must be installed before the crossing would become effective. Motion was made by Alderman Carter and seconded by Alderman Lamont to approve installing the Golf Cart crossing as presented. The motion carried on roll call by each Alderman answering “yes.”
Reports and/or updates from Mayor Pollard
Mayor Pollard wanted to remind everyone that they will be moving in the Santa House soon, so Main Cross St. will be closed from Main Street to Robinson Street through the holidays. The Christmas Parade will start at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday November 29th followed by the tree lighting ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park. He hopes everyone remembers while out Christmas shopping to shop Carmi first, we have a lot of unique shops with all different kinds of Christmas gifts available.
Mayor Pollard stated that the electronic recycling will be held this Saturday (November 22nd) at the Newton Wire and Cable Building from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. He also wanted to remind the public that the city and the trash company do not pick up old TV’s and furniture. If you do not have a truck, call the city office building and they will give you a number for someone who can haul it off for you for a small fee.
Mayor Pollard said that Darrell Marshall and Greg McVey are having a meeting on Monday December 15th at 6:00 p.m. for anyone who wants to be involved with fundraising for the new amphitheater at Burrell’s Woods. The committee is called “Amp It Up.”
Reports from Standing Committees
Business or Comments from Visitors
Police Chief Jason Carter reminded everyone that the Reindeer Run is on Saturday November 22nd.
Motion made by Alderman Hays and seconded by Alderman Carter to go into closed session over probable litigation. The motion carried on roll call by each alderman answering “yes.”
At 7:11 p.m. the council went into closed session.
Motion was made by Alderman Headlee and seconded by Alderman Davis to return to open session. The motion carried on roll call by each alderman answering “yes.”
Motion was made by Alderman Headlee to direct the city attorney to initiate a foreclosure case against Phoenix Nursing Home and Rehabilitation for the delinquent Revolving Loan Note and to do so in the next sixty (60) to ninety (90) days and seconded by Alderman Carter. The motion carried on roll call by each Alderman answering “yes.”
Motion was made by Alderman Knight and seconded by Alderman Davis to adjourn. The motion carried on roll call by each Alderman answering “yes.”
At 7:53 p.m. the council adjourned.
Brian K. Allen, City Clerk
Jeff Pollard, Mayor