The Carmi City Council met Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016 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. The prayer was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.
Mayor Pollard presided with the following Aldermen present: Steve Winkleman, Mark W. Blake, Keith Davis, Lance Yearby, Sheila Jo Headlee, Jack Lamont, Doug Hays and Mike Knight.
Minutes for the January 19th, 2016 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 Ordinance No. 1496, an ordinance approving redevelopment agreement #6 between the City of Carmi, White County, Illinois and HJP Properties LLC dba Taco Factory, LLC. Sandra Irvine stated that the TIF consultants recommended the amounts and the ordinance. She added that this is the sixth agreement and if this one is approved there will be over five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) in TIF funds. Motion made by Alderman Headlee and seconded by Alderman Winkleman to approve Ordinance No. 1496 as presented. The motion carried on roll call by each Alderman answering “yes.”
Reports and/or updates from Mayor Pollard
Mayor Pollard informed the council that the new building going up at Bradshaw Park is a new concession stand and storage area that the Summer Recreational League is building for the park. They are also accepting donations for the funding if anyone in the public is interested in donating.
He added that the city office is starting to get more phone calls and complaints about properties that need to be cleaned up again. Please work on your yards and haul off trash and debris. If not, the city is sending letters out to residents and if you do not comply with the letter you will be ticketed.
Mayor Pollard stated that as of last Friday all of the signs have been installed on Robinson Street between Jessup and Slocumb, so the police department will be start patrolling and enforcing the new ordinance.
He also wanted to give the alderman a quick reminder that all work orders have to be directed through the city office so that they have a record of work to be done and work that has to be completed.
City Supervisor Mike Buckman then gave a quick report. He stated that they had a seminar today at the light plant that was put on by Fairbanks Morse and there were eighteen (18) in attendance with two (2) being city employees. The program started with engine maintenance and fundamentals; such as fuel press and engine temperatures. Blower system maintenance was also discussed as well as compliance with the clean air act. In the afternoon they spoke about power plant control and conducted a black start which entails shutting the light plant down as if the power goes off and explaining how to bring power back on. Mr. Buckman stated that everything went smooth and was very good for the City of Carmi.
Reports from Standing Committees
Business or Comments from Visitors
Mayor Pollard stated that there is no closed session due to only one (1) employee signing the bid sheet for foreman position at the Street and Alley Department. With that being said, Brad Attebury is promoted to foreman at that department.
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 5:39 p.m. the council adjourned.
Brian K. Allen, City Clerk
Jeff Pollard, Mayor