City Council Meeting
City of Carmi
March 3rd, 2015
The Carmi City Council met Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 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, Keith Davis, Kenny Carter, Sheila Jo Headlee, Jack Lamont, Doug Hays and Mike Knight.
Minutes for the February 17th, 2015 council meeting were presented. Motion made by Alderman Winkleman and seconded by Alderman Blake to approve the minutes as presented. The motion carried on roll call by each alderman answering “yes.”
Mayor Pollard asked the council to consider rescheduling of the council meeting on Tuesday, April 7th, 2015 to Monday, April 6th, 2015. Motion was made by Alderman Davis and seconded by Alderman Carter to move the council meeting 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 spoke with Chamber Director Holly Healy and that she started taking reservations for the Spring Fling at Burrell Woods on Monday March 2nd and as of this afternoon, only has two (2) camping spots left. If you have not made your reservations yet, you need to call her tomorrow at the Chamber Office.
He also stated that at the next council meeting, the council needs to discuss and possibly approve no parking on the south side of Herbert Ave. in front of Don White’s house. They have had some complaints that the bus drivers cannot make that turn with vehicles parked there.
City Supervisor Mike Buckman then gave a report. He asked the council if they had any reports on the new street lights in front of the High School. All aldermen agreed that they are very nice and have had many good compliments on the lighting. Alderman Davis stated that they need to put signage in front of the High School for “no parking” in certain areas during events. He stated that people have been blocking the crosswalk. Mr. Buckman then asked the aldermen to start thinking about projects in all of the wards that need to be done. They need to set meetings with the foremen and the aldermen to make sure that all projects get done.
Reports from Standing Committees
Business or Comments from Visitors
Citizen Jerry Applewhite stated that traffic on 5th Street is really bad during pickup times at Jefferson School when the snow is plowed. He asked if the traffic can be moved to 4th Street. He believes that traffic would be less restricted.
Mr. Applewhite then asked if the city is going to put a sidewalk on Commerce Street. Mayor Pollard answered that he talked to Sandra Irvine and she said that it can be looked into. He then said that he will offer rides to anyone that needs one during an ice or snow storm. He also has a funding page to raise money for air beds, generators and other items for people that have disabilities. Mr. Applewhite will set up a generator at people’s homes at no cost to them if they are in need.
Motion was made by Alderman Headlee and seconded by Alderman Davis to go into closed session to discuss litigation with no action to follow.
At 7:10 p.m. the council went into closed session.
Motion made by Alderman Carter and seconded by Alderman Davis to return to open session and adjourn. The motion carried on roll call by each alderman answering “yes.”
At 8:48 p.m. the council adjourned.
Brian K. Allen, City Clerk
Jeff Pollard, Mayor