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City Council Meeting Agenda — July 27, 2020

AGENDA

 BENTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING

MONDAY JULY 27, 2020

6:00 P.M.

 

  1. CALL TO ORDER

 

  1. ROLL CALL

 

  1. READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

  1. PUBLIC PROPERTY REPORT             COMMISSIONER PERKINS
  2. APPROVAL OF PURCHASE ORDERS 
  3. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF RAISING WATER RATES
  4. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF LAKE LOT LEASE TRANSFER
  5. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF AMENDING RESOLUTION #2019-18

 

  1. STREETS & IMPROVEMENTS                         COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH
  2. APPROVAL OF PURCHASE ORDERS

 

  1. PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY REPORT                           COMMISSIONER STOREY
  2. APPROVAL OF PURCHASE ORDERS 
  3. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF BID ACCEPTANCE FOR DOG KENNEL

 

  1. ACCOUNTS & FINANCE REPORT             COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA
  2. APPROVAL OF PURCHASE ORDERS & MONTHLY BILLS
  3. APPROVAL OF PAYROLL

 

  1. CITY ATTORNEY                         TOM MALKOVICH
  2. UPDATES

 

  1. PUBLIC AFFAIRS REPORT                            MAYOR KONDRITZ
  2. UPDATES
  3. EXTENDING LIQUOR LICENSE DUE DATE
  4. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF COMBINATION LIQUOR LICENSE
  5. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF MIDWEST PETROLEUM & EXCAVATING PAY ESTIMATE #2
  6. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF CONSTRUCTION VENDOR INVOICE #2
  7. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF AER 303 SPONSOR CERTIFICATION

 

  1. MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS

 

  1. OLD BUSINESS

 

  1. NEW BUSINESS

 

  1. MATTERS FROM THE PUBLIC AUDIENCE

 

  1. EXECUTIVE SESSION
  2. DISCUSSION OF POSSIBLE ACQUISITION AND/OR SALE OF REAL ESTATE
  3. DISCUSSION OF POSSIBLE AND/OR PENDING LITIGATIONS
  4. DISCUSSION OF POSSIBLE APPOINTMENT, EMPLOYMENT, COMPENSATION,

DISCIPLINE, PERFORMANCE, OR DISMISSAL OF SPECIFIC EMPLOYEES OF THE

PUBLIC BODY OR LEGAL COUNSEL FOR THE PUBLIC BODY, INCLUDING HEARING

TESTIMONY ON A COMPLAINT LODGED AGAINST AN EMPLOYEE OF THE PUBLIC

BODY OR AGAINST LEGAL COUNSEL FOR THE PUBLIC BODY TO DETERMINE ITS

VALIDITY.

 

ADJOURNMENT                                                                  POSTED 07/23/20 AT 6:00 P.M./BEC              

 

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Public Notice of Public Hearing and Regular Business Meeting of Benton Zoning and Planning Commission — 08/05/20

CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES — JUNE 22, 2020

MINUTES OF THE REGULARLY SCHEDULED BENTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING HELD MONDAY JUNE 22, 2020 AT 6:00 P.M.   PURSUANT TO THE GOVERNOR’S EXECUTIVE ORDER IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 ISSUED MARCH 16, 2020, THIS MEETING WAS HELD BY TELEPHONE CONFERENCE AND COMPUTER ATTENDANCE ONLY FOR THE PUBLIC. THE BENTON CITY COUNCIL MET IN THE COUNCIL ROOM AT THE BENTON CITY HALL LOCATED AT 1403 SOUTH MAIN STREET, BENTON, ILLINOIS. 

 

MAYOR KONDRITZ CALLED THE MEETING TO ORDER.  COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ WERE PRESENT IN PERSON.   COMMISSIONER PERKINS WAS PRESENT VIA TELEPHONE

 

COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE REGULARLY SCHEDULED CITY COUNCIL MEETING OF JUNE 8, 2020.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER PERKINS MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PARTIAL PAYMENT #3 TO WIGGS EXCAVATING IN THE AMOUNT OF $56,050.48.  COMMISSIONER PERKINS STATED THAT THIS WAS THE FINAL PAYMENT ON THIS PROJECT.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PURCHASE ORDER #00617 TO ENERGY CULVERT FOR DRAINAGE TILE IN THE AMOUNT OF $656.00.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH ASKED DAVE HARP OF CHASTAIN AND ASSOCIATES TO UPDATE THE COUNCIL ON THE I-57 INTERCHANGE PROJECT.  MR. HARP STATED THAT A COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING IS SET TO TAKE PLACE IN THE NEXT 30 DAYS. 

 

COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PURCHASE ORDER #00019 TO EMERGENCY REPORTING FOR STATE MANDATED REPORTING SOFTWARE ANNUAL PAYMENT IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,420.00.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA. 

VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PURCHASE ORDER #00020 TO MID AMERICA FIRE AND SAFETY FOR 100 FT SECTIONS OF 5” HOSE IN THE AMOUNT OF $654.00.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PURCHASE ORDER #00021 TO SENSIT TECHNOLOGY FOR REPAIR OF 4 GAS HAZMAT MONITORS IN THE AMOUNT OF $707.10.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER STOREY STATED HE WOULD LIKE TO DISCUSS ITEM (B) DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF HIRING OF NEW FIREFIGHTER IN EXECUTIVE SESSION. 

 

COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO TABLE ITEM (C) DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF AMENDING RESOLUTION #2020-01.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PAYROLL FOR 06/12/2020 FOR GENERAL FUND IN THE AMOUNT OF $74,251.18 AND FOR THE WATER AND SEWER FUND IN THE AMOUNT OF $29,440.31 FOR A TOTAL PAYROLL OF $103,691.49.  COMMISSIONER STOREY SECONDED THIS MOTION.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA STATED THAT ALL CITIZENS SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED A MAILER REGARDING THE CENSUS.  SHE STATED THAT FILLING OUT YOUR CENSUS IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR FUNDING OF OUR COMMUNITY. 

 

CITY ATTORNEY THOMAS MALKOVICH STATED THAT BARGAINING AGREEMENTS WERE CONTINUING WITH ALL THREE UNIONS. 

 

UNDER UPDATES FROM PUBLIC AFFAIRS, MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT ILLINOIS WILL BE MOVING TO PHASE 4 OF THE RESTORE ILLINOIS PLAN ON JUNE 26, 2020. 

 

MAYOR KONDRITZ ASKED ZONING ADMINISTRATOR/CODE ENFORCER DAVID GARAVALIA TO ADDRESS THE COUNCIL REGARDING CLEANUP OF 1002 NORTH MCLEANSBORO STREET PURSUANT TO THE TERMS OF COURT ORDER ENTERED FEBRUARY 19, 2020.  MR. GARAVALIA PRESENTED THE COUNCIL WITH PICTURES THAT HAVE BEEN TAKEN OF THE PROPERTY AS WELL AS THE COURT ORDER THAT WAS ENTERED IN ON FEBRUARY 19, 2020.  AFTER DISCUSSION, COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO GIVE THE HOMEOWNER FIVE (5) DAYS’ NOTICE TO CLEAN THE PROPERTY OR THE CITY WILL CLEAN THE PROPERTY AND FILE A LIEN ON THE PROPERTY.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER PERKINS.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

MAYOR KONDRITZ ASKED ZONING ADMINISTRATOR/CODE ENFORCER DAVID GARAVALIA TO ADDRESS THE COUNCIL REGARDING A PROPOSAL BY CHRIS MENCHOWSKI TO DEMOLISH CITY OWNED PROPERTY AT 511 EAST SMITH STREET, PARCEL #08-18-428-010.  COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THIS PROPOSAL IN THE AMOUNT OF $2,100.00 , INCLUDING DIRT, AND THE CITY WILL PAY FOR THE DUMPSTERS.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  4. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  1. COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH,

 

MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED ITEMS (D) DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF WORKFACE REDUCTION AND (E) DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF NEGOTIATING BARGAINING AGREEMENTS WILL BE DISCUSSED IN EXECUTIVE SESSION. 

 

UNDER MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS, CITY CLERK BROOK CRAIG STATED THAT SHE AND COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA WILL BE AT THE FARMER’S MARKET ON JUNE 25, 2020 TO HELP CITIZENS FILL OUT THE CENSUS . 

 

IN OLD BUSINESS, MAYOR KONDRITZ ASKED ZONING ADMINISTRATOR AND CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER DAVID GARAVALIA ADDRESS THE COUNCIL.  MR. GARAVALIA STATED THAT A PROPOSAL WAS GIVEN TO THE COUNCIL BY HIM EMBERTON TO REMOVE SPECIFIED ITEMS FROM THE REAL ESTATE OF 1107 HIGHLAND STREET PURSUANT TO COURT ORDER AND SUGGESTION BY GENERAL COMMISSIONERS TO REVISIT THIS ISSUE IN JUNE OF 2020 AS PER COUNCIL ACTION ON DECEMBER 23, 2019.  THE ITEM WAS TABLED AT THAT TIME WHILE PURSUING ASSISTANCE FROM VOLUNTEER OR RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS.  AFTER DISCUSSION, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE A MOTION TO NOTIFY THE HOMEOWNER THAT THEY HAD FIVE (5) DAYS TO CLEAN UP THE PROPERTY, OR THE CITY WOULD PURSUE CLEAN UP THROUGH MR. EMBERTON AND A LIEN WOULD BE PUT ON THE PROPERTY.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.  YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

UNDER NEW BUSINESS COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA STATED THAT AS WE ENTER PHASE 4, THE CITY WILL BEGIN APPLYING PENALTIES TO WATER BILLS AS WELL AS SENDING DISCONNECTION NOTICES OUT AGAIN. 

 

COMMISSIONER STOREY STATED THAT ANOTHER SQUAD CAR HAS BEEN DAMAGED BY SOMEONE WHO WAS BEING ARRESTED.  COMMISSIONER STOREY STATED THAT THIS IS THE THIRD SQUAD CAR DAMAGED THIS YEAR. 

 

IN MATTERS FROM THE PUBLIC AUDIENCE, JULIE PAYNE HUBLER ASKED THE COUNCIL IF REND LAKE CONSERVANCY HAD RAISED THEIR RATES ON THE WATER THE CITY PURCHASES FROM THAT ORGANIZATION.  COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA STATED THAT THIS IS TRUE, BUT THAT INSTEAD OF THE RATE INCREASE OCCURRING IN MAY, THE RATE INCREASE IS NOT SET TO HAPPEN UNTIL JULY OF 2020. 

 

COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO GO INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION FOR ITEM (C) DISCUSSION OF POSSIBLE APPOINTMENT, EMPLOYMENT, COMPENSATION, DISCIPLINE, PERFORMANCE, OR DISMISSAL OF SPECIFIC EMPLOYEES OF THE PUBLIC BODY OR LEGAL COUNSEL FOR THE PUBLIC BODY, INCLUDING HEARING TESTIMONY ON A COMPLAINT LODGED AGAINST AN EMPLOYEE OF THE PUBLIC BODY OR AGAINST LEGAL COUNSEL FOR THE PUBLIC BODY TO DETERMINE ITS VALIDITY.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.  YEAS 5.  COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

6:55 P.M. 

 

COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO RETURN TO REGULAR SESSION.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER PERKINS.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.  YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER STORY MADE A MOTION TO HIRE JAMES NEFF AS A FULL TIME FIREMAN FOR $42,999.00 ON A PROBATIONARY BASIS FOR 1 YEAR.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER PERKINS.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.  YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  1.  COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH.  COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH STATED THAT HE VOTED “NO” BECAUSE HE FELT THERE WERE MORE DISCUSSIONS NEEDED BEFORE THIS DECISION WAS MADE.  COMMISSIONER STOREY STATED THAT MR. NEFF WOULD START IN JULY. 

 

COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH MADE A MOTION TO CONTINUE NEGOTIATING OF THE BARGAINING AGREEMENTS.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.  YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE A MOTION TO ADJOURN.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER PERKINS.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.  YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH MADE A MOTION TO ADJOURN.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER PERKINS.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.  YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

TIME 8:00 P.M.

SPECIAL MEETING AGENDA — FRIDAY, JULY 17, 2020

A G E N D A

THE CITY OF BENTON WILL HOLD A SPECIAL CALLED BENTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING FRIDAY 07/17/2020 AT 8:30 A.M. VIA TELEPHONE CONFERENCE, COMPUTER ATTENDANCE, OR IN PERSON ATTENDANCE.

 

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE ON THE AGENDA FOR CONSIDERATION AND POSSIBLE ACTION CONCERNING:

 

  1. OPENING AND DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF BID(S)  FOR EXHAUST SYSTEM AT FIRE DEPARTMENT
  2. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF AIRPORT MANAGER POSITION.

 

 

 

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BEC

07/14/2020

AGENDA — CITY COUNCIL MEETING JULY 13, 2020

AGENDA
BENTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING
MONDAY JULY 13, 2020
6:00 P.M.

1. CALL TO ORDER

2. ROLL CALL

3. READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES

4. PUBLIC PROPERTY REPORT COMMISSIONER PERKINS
A. APPROVAL OF PURCHASE ORDERS
B. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF RAISING WATER RATES
C. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF LAKE LOT LEASE TRANSFER
D. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF AMENDING RESOLUTION #2019-18

5. STREETS & IMPROVEMENTS COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH
A. APPROVAL OF PURCHASE ORDERS
B. UPDATE FROM DAVE HARP WITH CHASTAIN AND ASSOCIATES
C. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF STREET CLOSURE FOR CHAMBER CAR
SHOW
D. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF TEMPORARY STRUCTURE AT 1205 ELECTION DRIVE

6. PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY REPORT COMMISSIONER STOREY
A. APPROVAL OF PURCHASE ORDERS

7. ACCOUNTS & FINANCE REPORT COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA
A. APPROVAL OF PURCHASE ORDERS & MONTHLY BILLS
B. APPROVAL OF PAYROLL

8. CITY ATTORNEY TOM MALKOVICH
A. UPDATES

9. PUBLIC AFFAIRS REPORT MAYOR KONDRITZ
A. UPDATES
B. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF REZONING THE NORTH ½ OF PART OF PARCEL 08-07-401-003 CONSISTING OF 2½ ACRES DIRECTLY WEST OF MIDWEST TIRE DISPOSAL ON EAST ILLINOIS STREET
C. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF A SPECIAL USE PERMIT FOR JEFF SHOCKLEY TO PURCHASE AND RESIDE IN A MANUFACTURED HOME AT 405 WEST TAYLOR STREET
D. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL TO ACCEPT 427 WEST WEBSTER FOR DEMOLITION OF PROPERTY FROM OWNER BIG C PROPERTIES LLC
E. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL TO SELL VACANT LOT AT 210 BUCHANAN STREET ON THE CORNER OF EAST SMITH STREET, PARCEL #08-18-417-001
F. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL TO OBTAIN BIDS FOR THE EAST MAIN PARKING LOT EXTENSION
G. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL ON NEGOTIATING BARGAINING AREEMENTS
H. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF AMENDING LANGUAGE IN LAKE LOT LEASE AGREEMENTS AT LAKE BENTON
I. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF PAYMENT TO BROWN AND ROBERTS FOR NEW TERMINAL PROJECT

J.  DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF SEEKING BIDS FOR ROOF AT CITY HALL

10. MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS

11. OLD BUSINESS

12. NEW BUSINESS

13. MATTERS FROM THE PUBLIC AUDIENCE

14. EXECUTIVE SESSION
A. DISCUSSION OF POSSIBLE ACQUISITION AND/OR SALE OF REAL ESTATE
B. DISCUSSION OF POSSIBLE AND/OR PENDING LITIGATIONS
C. DISCUSSION OF POSSIBLE APPOINTMENT, EMPLOYMENT, COMPENSATION,
DISCIPLINE, PERFORMANCE, OR DISMISSAL OF SPECIFIC EMPLOYEES OF THE
PUBLIC BODY OR LEGAL COUNSEL FOR THE PUBLIC BODY, INCLUDING HEARING
TESTIMONY ON A COMPLAINT LODGED AGAINST AN EMPLOYEE OF THE PUBLIC
BODY OR AGAINST LEGAL COUNSEL FOR THE PUBLIC BODY TO DETERMINE ITS
VALIDITY.

ADJOURNMENT POSTED 07/09/20 AT 6:00 P.M./BEC

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Meeting Minutes June 8, 2020

MINUTES OF THE REGULARLY SCHEDULED BENTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING HELD MONDAY JUNE 8, 2020 AT 6:00 P.M.   PURSUANT TO THE GOVERNOR’S EXECUTIVE ORDER IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 ISSUED MARCH 16, 2020, THIS MEETING WAS HELD BY TELEPHONE CONFERENCE AND COMPUTER ATTENDANCE ONLY FOR THE PUBLIC. THE BENTON CITY COUNCIL MET IN THE COUNCIL ROOM AT THE BENTON CITY HALL LOCATED AT 1403 SOUTH MAIN STREET, BENTON, ILLINOIS. 

 

MAYOR KONDRITZ CALLED THE MEETING TO ORDER.  COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ WERE PRESENT. 

 

COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE REGULARLY SCHEDULED CITY COUNCIL MEETING OF MAY 26, 2020.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER PERKINS MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PURCHASE ORDER 001767 TO PREMIER PUMP AND POWER, LLC FOR A TRAILER PUMP IN THE AMOUNT OF $24,630.00.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH.  COMMISSIONER PERKINS STATED THAT THE TIME AND PRODUCTIVITY SAVED BY USING THIS NEW PUMP WILL MORE THAN PAY FOR THE PUMP IN THE NEXT YEAR.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER PERKINS MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE TRANSFER OF LAKE LOTS #93 AND #94 FROM MALLORY MARTIN AND MACKENZIE MARTIN TO CALLIE BROWN.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PURCHASE ORDER #001768 TO KEY EQUIPMENT FOR FIVE (5) GUTTER BROOMS IN THE AMOUNT OF $800.00.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER PERKINS.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE ORDINANCE #2020-09, EXCAVATION PERMIT.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH STATED THAT THE SIDEWALK PROJECT WILL BE SEEKING BIDS TO SELECT A CONTRACTOR.  COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH ALSO STATED THAT A SUMMER ROAD PROGRAM AND DITCHING PROJECTS ARE UNDERWAY. 

COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PURCHASE ORDER #00018 TO AMSOIL 40 GALLONS OF OIL FOR FIRE ENGINE OIL CHANGES IN THE AMOUNT OF $500.00.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO TABLE ITEM (B) DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF HIRING OF NEW FIREFIGHTER.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO ADVERTISE THAT THE CITY OF BENTON WILL BE ACCEPTING BIDS FOR THE FEMA GRANT EXHAUST SYSTEM.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO ADVERTISE THAT THE CITY OF BENTON WILL BE ACCEPTING SEALED BIDS FOR THE K9 KENNEL THAT WAS PREVIOUSLY PLACED AT OFFICER WILKEY’S HOME.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER PERKINS.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PURCHASE ORDER #00614 TO GROWMAIL FOR A POSTCARD TYPE MAILER ADVERTISING THE CENSUS IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,766.68.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PAYING BILLS IN THE AMOUNT OF $218,520.36.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PAYROLL FOR 05/28/2020 FOR GENERAL FUND IN THE AMOUNT OF $94,131.63 AND FOR THE WATER AND SEWER FUND IN THE AMOUNT OF $27,009.07 FOR A TOTAL PAYROLL OF $121,140.70.  COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH SECONDED THIS MOTION.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

CITY ATTORNEY THOMAS MALKOVICH STATED THAT BARGAINING AGREEMENTS WERE CONTINUING WITH ALL THREE UNIONS. 

 

UNDER UPDATES FROM PUBLIC AFFAIRS, MAYOR KONDRITZ CONGRATULATED ATTORNEY MALKOVICH ON HIS MARRIAGE.  MAYOR KONDRITZ ALSO STATED THAT THE WATER DEPARTMENT ATTENDED TO A LEAK ON EAST MAIN STREET, THE FIRE DEPARTMENT ATTENDED TO A FIRE AT THE COUNTY BARN, AND THE POLICE DEPARTMENT WERE PRESENT DURING A PEACEFUL PROTEST ON THE BENTON SQUARE THIS PAST WEEK.  MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT ALL THE EMPLOYEES OF THESE DEPARTMENTS DID A WONDERFUL JOB. 

 

MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT HE HAS NOTICED MULTIPLE PEOPLE RIDING ATV AND FOUR-WHEELERS AT LAKE BENTON.  HE STATED THAT HE WANTED TO REMIND OUR CITIZENS THAT IT IS ILLEGAL TO OPERATE THESE VEHICLES ON CITY OWNED PROPERTY OR ROADS. 

 

MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO TABLE ITEM (C) DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF WORKFORCE REDUCTION.  COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE THIS MOTION.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

MAYOR KONDRITZ ASKED ATTORNEY MALKOVICH TO DISCUSS ITEM (E) DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF USING PUBLIC PROPERTIES, INCLUDING SIDEWALKS, BUT BUSINESSES, RESTAURANTS, AND/OR BARS.  ATTORNEY MALKOVICH STATED THAT THE COUNCIL WOULD NEED TO PREPARE AN EMERGENCY ORDER STATING THIS.  COMMISSIONER PERKINS MADE THIS MOTION. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

MAYOR KONDRITZ ASKED FOR A MOTION APPROVING PAYMENT OF AN INVOICE TO BROWN AND ROBERTS FOR THE AIRPORT TERMINAL PROJECT IN THE AMOUNT OF $10,469.42.  COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE THIS MOTION. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

MAYOR KONDRITZ ASKED FOR A MOTION TO APPROVE PURCHASE ORDER #00615 TO MIDWEST PETROLEUM AND EXCAVATING FOR PAYMENT #1 TO CONSTRUCT THE NEW TERMINAL BUILDING IN THE AMOUNT OF $37,152.00.  COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE THIS MOTION. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

NO MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS. 

 

IN OLD BUSINESS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA STATED THAT SHE WANTED TO SAY SOME NICE THINGS ABOUT RACHEL GARTNER AS SHE FEELS THAT WAS LEFT OUT OF THE LAST MEETING.  COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA STATED THAT RACHEL WAS AN ASSET TO THE CITY OF BENTON WHILE SHE WORKED HERE.  COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA STATED THAT THE CITY HAS NOT COLLECTED LATE FEES OR DONE DISCONNECTION OF WATER DUE TO NONPAYMENT SINCE THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC BEGAN.  COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA STATED THAT THE CITY WILL BE GOING BACK TO BUSINESS AS USUAL AT SOME POINT IN THE NEAR FUTURE AND WANTED TO GIVE CUSTOMERS A HEADS UP SO THOSE THAT MAY BE BEHIND ON THEIR BILLS CAN MAKE ARRANGEMENTS.  COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA ALSO STATED THAT TWIN OAKS WILL BE OPERATED ACCORDING TO THE GOVERNOR’S ORDERS AND CAPACITY WILL BE CONSIDERED AS THE EXECUTIVE ORDER READS. 

 

NO NEW BUSINESS.

 

NO MATTERS FROM THE PUBLIC AUDIENCE

 

COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE A MOTION TO ADJOURN.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER PERKINS.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.  YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

TIME 6:50 P.M.

Continued Meeting Minutes — May 15, 2020

MINUTES OF THE CONTINUED BENTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON FRIDAY MAY 15, 2020 AT 9:00 A.M. IN THE BENTON MUNICIPAL BUILDING LOCATED AT 1403 SOUTH MAIN STREET BENTON, ILLINOIS.

 

MAYOR KONDRITZ CALLED THE MEETING TO ORDER.   COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ WERE PRESENT FOR ROLL CALL.  COMMISSIONER PERKINS WAS ABSENT. 

 

COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE BILLS PAYABLE ON MAY 15, 2020 IN THE AMOUNT OF $262,005.60.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  4. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO ADJOURN.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.  YEAS:  4.  COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

 

9:02 A.M.

Zoning and Planning Commission Agenda

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Public Hearing Notice 07/01/2020

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Late Fees/Disconnect Notices for Water Bills

Effective June 26, 2020:
 
The City of Benton will be entering into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan on Friday, June 26, 2020. Please remember that balances carried forward during the COVID-19 pandemic will remain on accounts. We will begin assessing late fees to the water bills again on July 16, 2020. The fees will not be assessed on the previous balance, only on the current balance due for July 15th if the balance has not been paid.
 
We will also be sending out disconnect notices once again. The tentative date to disconnect water will be Wednesday, July 29, 2020.
 
Please contact our office at 618-439-6131 to set up payment arrangements if you cannot pay your previous balance in full. Also, do not hesitate to contact us for any questions or concerns during this time.