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Revised Agenda — City Council Meeting Tuesday May 26, 2020

REVISED AGENDA

 BENTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING

TUESDAY MAY 26, 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 WATER MAIN RELOCATION BID

      ACCEPTANCE

  1. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF EXCAVATION PERMIT
  2. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF BID FOR BUSH HOG FOR AIRPORT

 

  1. STREETS & IMPROVEMENTS                         COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH
  2. APPROVAL OF PURCHASE ORDERS
  3. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF PAYMENT TO CHASTAIN AND ASSOCIATES FOR REPLACEMENT OF DUQUOIN STREET BRIDGE OVER SUGAR CREEK

 

  1. PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY REPORT                           COMMISSIONER STOREY
  2. APPROVAL OF PURCHASE ORDERS 
  3. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF K9 DONATION TO SPARTA POLICE DEPARTMENT
  4. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF FIRE CHIEF’S CONTRACT
  5. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF COUNCIL APPROVAL FOR SPLIT CREWS IN EACH DEPARTMENT

 

  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. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF PROPOSAL BY CHRIS MENCKOWSKI FOR CLEAN AND HAUL AWAY OF CONCRETE AND ROCK PILES FROM PARCEL 07-13-100-022 LOCATED IN THE BENTON INDUSTRIAL TIF
  4. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF WORKFORCE REDUCTION
  5. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF ALLEY AGREEMENT WITH KIRKPATRICK MOTORS
  6. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF PAYMENT FOR INVOICE #9 TO CHASTAIN AND ASSOCIATES FOR THE I-57 INTERCHANGE PROJECT
  7. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF USE OF MALKOVICH PARK, CAPITAL PARK, MUNICIPAL PARKING LOTS, AND ANY OTHER CITY OWNED PROPERTY FOR OUTDOOR DINING PURPOSES

 

  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 05/22/20 AT 7:45 A.M./BC               

 

Note:  Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order in response to COVID-19 issued March 16, 2020, this meeting will be held by telephone conference or computer attendance only. 

 

The call  # is +1 (872) 240-3412, access code:  823-289-173.  You can also attend via computer at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/823289173.  

City Council Meeting Agenda — Tuesday May 26, 2020

AGENDA

 BENTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING

TUESDAY MAY 26, 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 WATER MAIN RELOCATION BID

      ACCEPTANCE

  1. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF EXCAVATION PERMIT
  2. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF BID FOR BUSHHOG FOR AIRPORT

 

  1. STREETS & IMPROVEMENTS                         COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH
  2. APPROVAL OF PURCHASE ORDERS
  3. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF PAYMENT TO CHASTAIN AND ASSOCIATES FOR REPLACEMENT OF DUQUOIN STREET BRIDGE OVER SUGAR CREEK

 

  1. PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY REPORT                           COMMISSIONER STOREY
  2. APPROVAL OF PURCHASE ORDERS 
  3. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF K9 DONATION TO SPARTA POLICE DEPARTMENT
  4. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF FIRE CHIEF’S CONTRACT
  5. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF COUNCIL APPROVAL FOR SPLIT CREWS IN EACH DEPARTMENT

 

  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. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF ACCEPTION PROPOSAL BY CHRIS MENCKOWSKI FOR CLEAN AND HAUL AWAY OF CONCRETE AND ROCK PILES FROM PARCEL 07-13-100-022 LOCATED IN THE BENTON INDUSTRIAL TIF
  4. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF WORKFORCE REDUCTION
  5. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF ALLEY AGREEMENT ITH KIRKPATRICK MOTORS
  6. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF PAYMENT FOR INVOICE #9 TO CHASTAIN AND ASSOCIATES FOR THE I-57 INTERCHANGE PROJECT

 

  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 05/21/20 AT 4:00 P.M./BC               

 

Note:  Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order in response to COVID-19 issued March 16, 2020, this meeting will be held by telephone conference or computer attendance only. 

 

The call  # is +1 (872) 240-3412, access code:  823-289-173.  You can also attend via computer at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/823289173.  

 

Notice of Continued Meeting

We continued our council meeting on Monday evening till Friday
May 15, 2020, at 9 a.m.
Continued City Council Meeting From Monday May 11, 2020
Fri, May 15, 2020 9:00 AM (CDT)
Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
You can also dial in using your phone.
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Access Code: 170-800-429

Minutes of the Special Called City Council Meeting — April 30, 2020

MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL CALLED CITY COUNCIL MEETING OF THE BENTON CITY COUNCIL HELD THURSDAY APRIL 30, 2020 AT 11:00 A.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.

 

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

 

COMMISSIONER PERKINS MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE RESOLUTION #2020-02 IN SUPPORT OF CAMP MANITOWA APPLYING TO THE STATE OF ILLINOIS FOR A COMMUNITY PROGRAM GRANT.  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 APPROVE RESOLUTION #2020-03 IN SUPPORT OF VALVOLINE APPLYING TO THE STATE OF ILLINOIS FOR A COMMUNITY PROGRAM GRANT.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH.  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 RESOLUTION #2020-04 IN SUPPORT OF ALL STARS –N- STITCHES APPLYING TO THE STATE OF ILLINOIS FOR A COMMUNITY PROGRAM GRANT.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.  YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

UNDER PUBLIC COMMENTS, DAVE SEVERIN STATED THAT HE APPRECIATES THE CITY HELPING WITH THIS PROCESS.  ALSO UNDER PUBLIC COMMENT, TOM CARTER STATED THAT HE DID NOT LIKE THE WAY THE STREET DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN HANDLED REGARDING COVID-19 AND THINKS THE CITY COULD DO A BETTER JOB IN THE FUTURE. 

 

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

 

TIME 11:10 A.M.

Minutes of the Public Hearing – April 30, 2020

 

MINUTES OF THE PUBLIC HEARING OF THE BENTON CITY COUNCIL HELD THURSDAY APRIL 30, 2020 AT 10:00 A.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.

 

MAYOR KONDRITZ DECLARED THE HEARING OPEN AND ASKED FOR ROLL CALL. THOSE PRESENT WERE GARAVALIA, STOREY, PERKINS, MESSERSMITH, AND  MAYOR KONDRITZ.  TAMMY CAMPBELL OF JOHN H. CRAWFORD, DAN GRAVEL OF CAMP MANITOWA, SARAH WIGGS OF VALVOLINE, DAVE SEVERIN OF ALL STARS –N- STITCHES, THOMAS MALKOVICH, DAVE GARAVALIA, BROOK CRAIG, LISA MENO, AND RICHARD HARP WERE ALSO PRESENT. 

 

TAMMY CAMPBELL STATED THAT THIS PUBLIC HEARING WAS CALLED TO DISCUSS THE DOWNSTATE SMALL BUSINESS STABILIZATION GRANT.  MS. CAMPBELL STATED THAT EACH GRANT WOULD BE FOR $25,000.00 TO THE BUSINESSES THAT WERE AWARDED.  THE BUSINESS WOULD HAVE 2 MONTHS TO SPEND THE MONIES OVER A 12-MONTH TIME PERIOD. 

 

NO QUESTIONS WERE ASKED.  DAVE SEVERIN, DAN GRABEL, AND SARAH WIGGS ALL THANKED THE CITY AND JOHN H. CRAWFORD AND ASSOCIATES FOR HELPINGTHEIR BUSINESSES APPLY FOR THIS GRANT.  COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO CLOSE THE HEARING.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER PERKINS.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.  YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

 

TIME 10:10 A.M.

CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES — APRIL 27, 2020

MINUTES OF THE REGULARLY SCHEDULED BENTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING HELD MONDAY APRIL 27, 2020 AT 9:00 A.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.

 

MAYOR KONDRITZ CALLED THE MEETING TO ORDER.  COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ WERE PRESENT VIA TELEPHONE/COMPUTER FOR ROLL CALL.  COMMISSIONER PERKINS JOINED THE CALL IMMEDIATELY AFTER ROLL WAS CALLED. 

 

COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE REGULARLY SCHEDULED CITY COUNCIL MEETING OF APRIL 13, 2020.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER PERKINS STATED THAT AT THE PREVIOUS COUNCIL MEETING A PURCHASE ORDER WAS APPROVED TO DAVIS AUTO FOR REPAIRS TO THE COURTESY CAR FOR THE MUNICIPAL AIRPORT.  COMMISSIONER PERKINS STATED MULTIPLE REPAIR SHOPS WERE CONTACTED AND DAVIS AUTO WAS THE LOWEST PRICE FOR THE REPAIRS. 

 

COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PAYMENT OF $19,596.00 TO JOHN H. CRAWFORD FOR 100% OF THE DESIGN FOR THE SIDEWALK GRANT.  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 ORDINANCE #2020-04 FOR PATRON ONLY PARKING ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE PUBLIC SQUARE.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  4. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  1.   COMMISSIONER STOREY. 

 

COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE ORDINANCE #2020-05 DESIGNATING 15 MINUTE PICK UP AND DROP-OFF PARKING FOR ONE SPOT IN FRONT OF 601 PUBLIC SQUARE, ONE SPOT IN FRONT OF 506 PUBLIC SQUARE, AND

TWO SPOTS IN FRONT OF 205 EAST MAIN STREET.  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 ACCEPT THE RESIGNATION OF FIREFIGHTER JEFF SHEW.  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 AMENDING THE ORDINANCE SETTING IMPOUND FEES BY INCREASING THE FEES FROM $100 FOR FIRST OFFENSE, $200.00 FOR SECOND OFFENSE, AND $500.00 FOR THIRD OFFENSE TO $200.00 FOR FIRST OFFENSE, $400.00 FOR SECOND OFFENSE, AND $600.00 FOR THIRD OFFENSE.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER PERKINS.  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 THE DISPATCH AGREEMENT WITH WEST CITY FOR A FEE OF $9,146.04 FROM NOVEMBER 1, 2019, $9,320.32 PER MONTH FROM MAY 1, 2020 TO MAY 1, 2021, AND $9,530.70 FROM MAY 1, 2021 TO OCTOBER 30, 2021.  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 04/17/2020 FOR GENERAL FUND IN THE AMOUNT OF $60,806.48, FOR THE WATER AND SEWER FUND IN THE AMOUNT OF $26,509.02, AND FOR THE AIRPORT CARETAKER IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,100.00 FOR A TOTAL PAYROLL OF $92,475.68.  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 MADE A MOTION TO PLACE THE FISCAL YEAR 2020/2021 CITY OF BENTON BUDGET ON DISPLAY FOR A PERIOD OF TWO WEEKS.  COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA STATED A PUBLIC HEARING WILL BE HELD IMMEDIATELY BEFORE THE NEXT COUNCIL MEETING TO DISCUSS THE BUDGET BEFORE FINAL APPROVAL.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  4. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  1. COMMISSIONER STOREY. 

 

COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE ORDINANCE #2020-06 DISCONTINUING SEWER ADJUSTMENTS UNLESS THE CITY IS FOUND TO BE AT FAULT.  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 RESOLUTION #2020-05 FOR A “MOW TO OWN” PROGRAM FOR THE CITY OF BENTON REGARDING CITY OWNED VACANT PROPERTIES.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA ASKED TO HAVE A DISCUSSION WITH THE COUNCIL REGARDING THE RETURN OF ALL EMPLOYEES TO WORK IMMEDIATELY UNLESS ON FAMILY MEDICAL LEAVE ACT, VACATION, PERSONAL, OR SICK TIME.  DISCUSSION WAS HELD REGARDING HOW TO BRING ALL EMPLOYEES BACK TO WORK WHILE MAINTAINING SOCIAL DISTANCE. CHIEF COCKRUM STATED THAT HE HAD MASKS AVAILABLE FOR CITY EMPLOYEES AS WELL AS COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH STATED THAT CITY CLERK BROOK CRAIG HAD MASKS AVAILABLE IN HER OFFICE AS WELL. 

 

ATTORNEY MALKOVICH STATED THAT THE BARGAINING UNITS WERE STILL IN NEGOTIATION. 

 

MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT ITEM (C) DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR, WOULD NEED TO BE DISCUSSED IN EXECUTIVE SESSION. 

 

MAYOR KONDRITZ ASKED ZONING ADMINISTRATOR/CODE ENFORCER DAVID GARAVALIA TO DISCUSSION ITEM (D) DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF PURCHASING REAL PROPERTY FROM THE FRANKLIN COUNTY TAX AGENT AT 511 EAST SMITH STREET.  MR. GARAVALIA STATED THAT THE CITY HAS BEEN MOWING THIS PROPERTY AND WE CAN PURCHASE THE PROPERTY AT THIS TIME FOR $815.00.  MR. GARAVALIA ALSO STATED THAT AFTER HAVING THE ASBESTOS REMOVED, THE STREET DEPARTMENT COULD DEMOLISH THIS HOME.  COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO PURCHASE 511 EAST SMITH STREET FOR $815.00 AND PROCEED WITH ASBESTOS REMOVAL OF THIS PROPERTY BEFORE DEMOLITION BY THE STREET DEPARTMENT.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED HE HAD RECEIVED COMMUNICATION FROM THE ILLINOIS LIQUOR CONTROL COMMISSION STATING THAT ALL STATE LIQUOR LICENSE SET TO EXPIRE IN MARCH, APRIL AND MAY OF 2020 WOULD BE EXTENDED UNTIL JULY 1, 2020.  MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO FOLLOW THE STATE GUIDANCE.  COMMISSIONER PERKINS MADE A MOTION TO EXTEND CITY LIQUOR LICENSE RENEWAL DATES TO JULY OF 2020.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

NO MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS. 

 

NO OLD BUSINESS

 

NO NEW BUSINESS.

 

UNDER MATTERS FROM THE PUBLIC AUDIENCE, TOM CARTER ASKED WHERE THE BUDGET WOULD BE ON DISPLAY.  CITY CLERK BROOK CRAIG STATED THAT SHE WAS IN THE PROCESS OF GETTING THIS POSTED ON THE CITY WEBSITE.  MR. CARTER ALSO STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE CITY GET AN EMA PLAN TOGETHER FOR THE FUTURE IN ORDER TO DEAL WITH SOMETHING IN THE NATURE OF THE COVID-10 PANDEMIC.  JULIE PAYNE HUBLER STATED SHE HATED TO SEE A WORKFORCE REDUCTION AT THE CITY, BUT UNDERSTOOD THAT IT MAY BE NECESSARY.  MS. HUBLER STATED SHE THOUGHT THE “MOW TO OWN’ PROGRAM WAS A GREAT IDEA AND WANTED TO COMMEND COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA ON THIS IDEA. MS. HUBLER ALSO STATED THAT SHE WAS VERY DISAPPOINTED WITH THE WAY THE STREET DEPARTMENT WAS HANDLED DURING THIS PANDEMIC. 

 

COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA 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. 

 

10:35 A.M.

 

COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE A MOTION TO GO OUT OF EXECUTIVE SESSION.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER PERKINS. VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  4. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, AND COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0. 

 

11:40

 

COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE A MOTION TO RETURN TO REGULAR SESSION.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER PERKINS.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  4. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, AND COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH. NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE A MOTION TO ALLOW COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, AND CRAIG MILES TO EXPLORE THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS POSITION AND REPORT TO THE COUNCIL ON 05/11/2020.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  3. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  1.   COMMISSIONER STOREY. 

 

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

 

TIME 11:40 A.M.

Public Hearing Notice — May 11, 2020

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE

 

THE CITY OF BENTON WILL HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING MONDAY,

MAY 11, 2020, AT 5:45 P.M. VIA TELEPHONE CONFERENCE. 

 

THE PURPOSE OF THE HEARING IS TO HEAR TESTIMONY FOR OR AGAINST THE CITY’S FISCAL YEAR 2020/2021 BUDGET.

 

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05/07/2020

 

Note:  Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order in response to COVID-19 issued March 16, 2020, this meeting will be held by telephone conference or computer attendance only. 

 

The call # is 1 (646) 749-3131, access code:  506-575-317.  You can also attend via computer at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/506575317.  

 

 

City Council Agenda — May 11, 2020

AGENDA

 BENTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING

MONDAY MAY 11, 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  

 

  1. STREETS & IMPROVEMENTS                         COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH
  2. APPROVAL OF PURCHASE ORDERS
  3. SIDEWALK PROJECT UPDATE FROM JOHN H. CRAWFORD AND ASSOCIATES

 

  1. PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY REPORT                           COMMISSIONER STOREY
  2. APPROVAL OF PURCHASE ORDERS 
  3. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF AMENDING ORDINANCE INCREASING IMPOUND FEES
  4. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF FIRE CHIEF’S CONTRACT
  5. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF SRO CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS FOR BENTON HIGH SCHOOL AND BENTON GRADE SCHOOL
  6. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF RESOLUTION FOR GRADUATION PARADE

 

  1. ACCOUNTS & FINANCE REPORT             COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA
  2. APPROVAL OF PURCHASE ORDERS & MONTHLY BILLS
  3. APPROVAL OF PAYROLL
  4. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF FY 2020/2021 BUDGET

 

  1. CITY ATTORNEY                         TOM MALKOVICH
  2. UPDATES

 

  1. PUBLIC AFFAIRS REPORT                            MAYOR KONDRITZ
  2. UPDATES
  3. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF BARGAINING AGREEMENTS NEGOTIATIONS
  4. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF NEGOTIATION OF LABORER’S 318 GROUP GRIEVANCE
  5. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR
  6. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROAL OF AMENDING ORDINANCE #1396, SOUTHEASTERN ILLINOIS ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE FRANCHISE
  7. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF WORKFORCE REDUCTION
  8. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF AIRPORT MANAGER CONTRACT
  9. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF APPOINTMENT OF BROOK CRAIG TO THE POLICE PENSION BOARD
  10. DISCUSSION OF CITY MOWING OF VACANT AND ABANDONED LOTS

 

  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 05/07/20 AT 3:00 P.M./BC               

 

Note:  Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order in response to COVID-19 issued March 16, 2020, this meeting will be held by telephone conference or computer attendance only. 

 

The call  # is 1 (646) 749-3131, access code:  506-575-317.  You can also attend via computer at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/506575317.  

Public Notice — Police and Fire Merit Board

PUBLIC NOTICE

The Board of Fire and Police Commissioners for the City of Benton IL will hold a special meeting on Friday, May 1, 2020, at the Benton City Hall in Benton IL. The time of the meeting will be 2:00 PM. The purpose of the meeting is:

1. Review and possibly act on a request from the City of Benton and Benton Fire Chief for the possible employment of 60 day temporary hires to the Benton Fire Department.
2. Review and possibly act on a request from the City of Benton to fill a vacancy on the Benton Fire Department for a full time probationary firefighter. The appointment would come from the current eligibility list of firefighter candidates in accordance with applicable statutes.

John D. Aiken, Chairman
City of Benton IL Fire and Police Commission

Agenda – Special Called Council Meeting

A G E N D A

THE CITY OF BENTON WILL HOLD A SPECIAL CALLED BENTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING THURSDAY 04/30/2020 AT 11:00 A.M. VIA TELEPHONE CONFERENCE OR COMPUTER ATTENDANCE ONLY.

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

1. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF RESOLUTION FOR THE DOWNSTATE SMALL BUSINESS STABILIZATION GRANT.

Note: Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order in response to COVID-19 issued March 16, 2020, this meeting will be held by telephone conference or computer attendance only.

The call # 1-872-240-3311, access code: 540-011-637. You can also attend via computer at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/540011637.

BEC
04/24/2020