Keithsburg City Council minutes

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Nov. 10, 2008

Mayor James Stewart opened the meeting at 7 p.m.

Alderman present: Davina Logsdon, Neil Nylin, George Askew and Arnold Askew. Linda O'Brien and Maxine Henry were absent.

Minutes of Oct. 13, 2008 Meeting: Neil made motion to accept, Davina seconded, accepted by all.

Cash receipts: Davina made motion to accept, Neil seconded, accepted by all.

Cash disbursements: Davina made motion to accept, Neil seconded, accepted by all.

The Blind Duck Revolving Loan Fund Application for $30,000: George explained they changed their application three times since he has seen the first application. Neil has concerns there simply is not enough money coming into to town to support this loan. Jim explained the flood has affected all the businesses and the meaning for the revolving loan fund program is to help generate businesses. Neil explained he is not sure about this business. The council will go into executive session at the end of the meeting for further discussion.

Trailers in Subdivision: This issue was tabled from the October meeting where the council discussed making an exception for flood victims by allowing mobile homes throughout the subdivision. The mobile home would have to be (10) ten years old or newer and absolutely no exceptions; must be tied down; and must have full skirting. The council agreed to make these exceptions for anyone not only flood victims. Arnold mentioned the city owned lots are still on hold for the flood victims. Davina made motion to accept with these restrictions, Arnold seconded, accepted by all.

Train and Caboose: Mayor Jim Stewart explained it took a few days to get the letter out to Pioneer Railcorp and the city has had no response to their intentions. Jim will call them tomorrow. The council discussed the importance of getting the train moved so we can get the levee repaired. Jim explained he has contacted Jason Hessman for some possible funding for the levee repairs and also mentioned our freebies are over. 

Revolving Loan Fund Administration Fees: Regarding the motion made last month to stop paying all administration fees. Neil made motion to pay Terri and Nancy the $300 every quarter out of revolving loan fund, Davina seconded, accepted by all.

Cleaning at City Hall: Regarding the motion made last month to hire Tammy Matthews to clean at city hall. After the meeting we were informed the going rate is $12 an hour. Jim explained the city does not have any employees making $12 an hour. Davina mentioned she does not agree to pay $12 per hour. Jim explained the last person made $10 per hour. Neil made motion to pay $10 an hour, Davina seconded, accepted by all.

Federal Surplus Resolution: Arnold made motion to accept, Neil seconded, accepted by all.

Water/Sewer: George Lyle explained there was a force main line break at the sewer plant and Craig Zink came to assist in the repair.

Streets and Sidewalks: George Lyle explained he has been preparing for winter. He will be starting to work on putting up Christmas decorations. Jim suggested purchasing some new decorations for the park next to Casey's and the Gazebo Park. Davina made motion to spend up to $500 for five new decorations for each park along with some new lights, Neil seconded, accepted by all.

Fire Department Telephone Reimbursements: This year they had (27) members and at $200 each the total contribution is $5,400. Neil made motion to accept, George seconded, accepted by all.   

Police Department: Officer Bill Engle was present and reported the squad car has been running good.

Campground: Jim explained Andy got all the picnic tables painted and they look good, and George already has them all moved and stacked for winter.

Annual Insurance Policy Renewal $18,766: Neil made motion to pay Illinois Municipal League as follows: 1/3 General Fund; 1/3 Water/Sewer; 1/3 Campground Fund, Davina seconded, accepted by all.

Davina made a motion to go into executive session to discuss litigation and personnel, Neil seconded, accepted by all. 

Police Department: Neil made a motion to give Officer Bill Engle a .75 raise per hour and he will be making $10.25 an hour up to 20 hours and if we need more we will call, Arnold seconded, accepted by all except Davina who abstained.

The Blind Duck Revolving Loan Fund Application for $30,000: Failed for lack of motion. Motion not carried.

George made motion to adjourn, Arnold seconded, accepted by all.

Time: 7:40pm

Terri Gibson,

City Clerk