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City Council Meeting Minutes — May 22, 2023

MINUTES OF THE REGULARLY SCHEDULED BENTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING HELD MONDAY MAY 22, 2023 AT 5:00 P.M. IN THE COUNCIL ROOM OF THE BENTON CITY HALL LOCATED AT 1403 SOUTH MAIN STREET, BENTON, ILLINOIS.

 

MAYOR MESSERSMITH CALLED THE MEETING TO ORDER.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH WERE PRESENT FOR ROLL CALL. 

 

MAYOR MESSERSMITH ASKED CODY WILLIFORD TO COME BEFORE THE COUNCIL.  MAYOR MESSERSMITH SWORE IN CODY WILLIFORD AS THE CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER. 

 

COMMISSIONER KAYS MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE REGULARLY SCHEDULED CITY COUNCIL MEETING OF MONDAY, MAY 8, 2023, WITH THE AMENDMENT OF ONE SENTENCE UNDER PUBLIC COMMENT REGARDING THE NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS RECEIVED BY THE CITY OF BENTON FOR THE POSITION OF THE CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER POSITION.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER COCKRUM.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER KAYS MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE CONTINUED MEETING HELD ON FRIDAY, MAY 12, 2023.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER COCKRUM.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  4.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0.  COMMISSIONER STOREY ABSTAINED. 

 

MAYOR MESSERSMITH ASKED MIKE TYSON OF TAKE ACTION TODAY TO DISCUSS THEIR PROGRAM WITH THE COUNCIL.  IT WAS STATED THAT THERE WAS NO COST ASSOCIATED WITH ENTERING INTO AN INTERAGENCY AGREEMENT WITH TAKE ACTION TODAY.  THE AGENCY WOULD PROVIDE NON-CLINICAL PEER SUPPORT SERVICES, AID WITH RESOURCE LOCATION AND UTILIZATION, RESPOND TO OPIOID OVERDOSE SCENES, ASSIST WITH MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS(S), AND ASSIST WITH LOCATING TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR INDIVIDUALS ENCOUNTERED BY THE BENTON POLICE DEPARTMENT.  COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE ENTERING INTO AN INTERAGENCY AGREEMENT WITH TAKE ACTION TODAY.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER COCKRUM.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PURCHASE ORDER #00501 TO HEARTLAND OFFICE SUPPLY FOR A BROTHER PRINTER IN THE WATER DEPARTMENT OFFICE IN THE AMOUNT OF $629.59.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER KAYS.    VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER STOREY STATED THAT HE HAD NO LAKE LOT LEASE TRANSFERS FOR THIS MEETING. 

 

COMMISSIONER STOREY ASKED ATTORNEY MALKOVICH TO HANDLE ITEM (C) DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF REND LAKE CONSERVANCY DISTRICT WATER CONTRACT.  ATTORNEY MALKOVICH STATED THAT THE CONSERVANCY DISTRICT WAS INCREASING RATES AND THAT WE HAD A CHOICE OF A 1-YEAR CONTRACT OR A 3-YEAR CONTRACT.  ATTORNEY MALKOVICH STATED THAT AFTER SPEAKING WITH THE FINANCE COMMISSIONER AND THE TREASURER, IT WAS DECIDED THAT THE CITY WOULD BE ABLE TO ABSORB THE RATE INCREASE FOR THE FIRST YEAR AND NOT HAVE TO RAISE RATES FOR THE CITIZENS OF BENTON.  COMMISSIONER KAYS STATED THAT HE RECEIVED A CALL FROM A BOARD MEMBER OF THE CONSERVANCY DISTRICT WHILE ON HIS WAY TO THE COUNCIL MEETING THAT SUGGESTED WE SHOULD ONLY DO THE 1-YEAR CONTRACT.  COMMISSIONER KAYS STATED THAT THE CONSERVANCY DISTRICT THINKS THEY MAY HAVE ESTIMATED HIGH AND THE RATE AFTER THE FIRST YEAR MAY NOT NEED TO BE AS MUCH OF AN INCREASE.  COMMISSIONER KAYS THEN MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE SIGNING A 1-YEAR CONTRACT WITH REND LAKE CONSERVANCY DISTRICT.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0. 

 

 

COMMISSIONER COCKRUM STATED THAT HE HAD NO PURCHASE ORDERS FOR THIS MEETING. 

 

COMMISSIONER COCKRUM STATED HE WOULD NEED TO GO INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION TO DISCUSS ITEM (B) DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT FOR THE PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR. 

 

COMMISSIONER COCKRUM MADE A MOTION TO ACCEPT THE LOW BID OF CA6/CA10 FROM BEELMAN TRUCKING IN THE AMOUNT OF $36,760.00 FOR 500 TONS OF CA/10 AND 1500 TONS OF CA/6.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER COCKRUM MADE A MOTION TO REJECT ALL THE BAM BIDS AND ASK FOR CONTRACTORS TO REBID BASED UPON CLARIFICATIONS DUE TO SOME CONFUSION IN THE PREVIOUS BID PROCESS.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER KAYS.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER COCKRUM MADE A MOTION TO NAME PSC ENGINEERING AND SURVEYING AS THE WEST MAIN PROJECT ENGINEER.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER COCKRUM MADE A MOTION TO ALLOW PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR CRAIG MILES TO ATTAIN PETROFF ROAD EASEMENTS.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER COCKRUM MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PUTTING THE WHISPER WAY OVERLAY PROJECT OUT FOR BID.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER KAYS.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PURCHASE ORDER #00395 TO ROGERS TOWING FOR TOWING OF FIRE TRUCK #803 TO DAVE SCHMIDT TRUCKING DUE TO TRANSMISSION FAILURE IN THE AMOUNT OF $725.00.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PURCHASE ORDER #00393 TO THIN LINE PUBLIC SAFETY IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,780.00 FOR REPLACEMENT OF BROKEN LIGHT BAR ON ENGINE #803.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PURCHASE ORDER #00394 TO DAVE SCHMIDT TRUCK SERVICE TO REPLACE THE TRANSMISSION IN ENGINE #803 IN THE AMOUNT OF $12,804.66.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PURCHASE ORDER #00395 TO WITMER PUBLIC SAFETY GROUP FOR ONE PAIR OF FIREFIGHTER BOOTS AND 1 FIREFIGHTER RESCUE BELT IN THE AMOUNT OF $830.95.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER KAYS.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE A BICYCLE RODEO AT THE BENTON POLICE DEPARTMENT WITH THE HELP OF THE BENTON CUB SCOUT PACK 7028 AND THE BENTON AREA VOLUNTEERS TO TAKE PLACE ON TUESDAY, JUNE 13, 2023 AT 6-7:30 P.M.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER COCKRUM.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE A MOTION TO ACCEPT THE 1-YEAR NOTIFICATION OF FIREFIGHTER JEFF COLEMAN’S RETIREMENT PER BARGAINING AGREEMENT.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER KAYS STATED THAT HE HAD NO PURCHASE ORDERS OR BILLS FOR THIS MEETING. 

 

COMMISSIONER KAYS MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PAYROLL FOR THE GENERAL FUND IN THE AMOUNT OF $68,732.17 AND WATER AND SEWER DEPARTMENT IN THE AMOUNT OF $24,952.71 FOR A TOTAL PAYROLL OF $93,684.88.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0. 

 

ATTORNEY MALKOVICH STATED THAT HE HAD NO UPDATES. 

 

IN THE PUBLIC AFFAIRS REPORT, MAYOR MESSERSMITH STATED THAT THE CITY HAD RECEIVED WORD FROM REG ANKROM WITH SIMEC, THE BROKER FOR THE CITY OF BENTON’S ELECTRIC AGGREGATION PROGRAM.  THE MARKET RATE THE CITY HAS BEEN LOCKED IN WITH IS $0.0866.  THIS RATE WILL TAKE EFFECT ON JULY 1, 2023 AND RUN THROUGH JUNE OF 2024. 

 

MAYOR MESSERSMITH STATED THAT HE HAD NO PURCHASE ORDERS. 

 

MAYOR MESSERSMITH STATED THAT THERE WERE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS MADE TO CHAPTER 1 OF THE REVISED CODE OF ORDINANCES #19-02.  DISCUSSION WAS HELD REGARDING WHAT THE CHANGES WERE.  COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA STATED THAT SHE FELT LIKE THE CHANGES TOOK EMPLOYEES AWAY FROM ONE COMMISSIONER AND PUT OVER HALF OF THE EMPLOYEES UNDER JUST 1 COMMISSIONER.  SHE STATED THAT SHE FELT LIKE THAT WAS TOO MUCH ON 1 COMMISSIONER.  ATTORNEY MALKOVICH STATED THAT THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO WOULD CHANGE SUPERVISORS WOULD BE THE CITY CLERK, THE WATER CLERK, AND BILLING CLERK.  MAYOR MESSERSMITH STATED THAT EVERYTHING THAT THE WATER CLERK AND THE BILLING CLERK DO IS IN THE WATER DEPARTMENT AND THEREFORE THEY SHOULD ANSWER TO THE WATER AND SEWER COMMISSIONER.  COMMISSIONER KAYS STATED THAT THERE ARE OTHER ARTICLES IN THE REVISED CODE OF ORDINANCE THAT ALSO NEED TO BE WORKED ON AND CLEANED UP.  COMMISSIONER KAYS STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO SEE A SIDE-BY-SIDE COMPARISON OF ALL THE AMENDMENTS BEFORE A VOTE IS TAKEN ON THIS ITEM.  COMMISSIONER COCKRUM AGREED THAT HE ALSO WOULD LIKE TO SEE A SIDE-BY-SIDE COMPARISON.  COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE A MOTION TO TABLE THE APPROVAL OF AMENDING CHAPTER ONE – ADMINISTRATION OF THE REVISED CODE OF ORDINANCES #19-02.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0. 

 

MAYOR MESSERSMITH STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO DISCUSS ITEM (E) DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT FOR ZONING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATOR, IN EXECUTIVE SESSION. 

 

MAYOR MESSERSMITH ASKED ZONING ADMINISTRATOR BRIAN CALCATERRA TO ADDRESS ITEM (F) DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF THE PETITION FOR ANNEXATION OF LAND FOR CJ LANDS – FRANKLIN, LLC.  MR. CALCATERRA STATED THAT THIS IS FOR BEN’S LAWN SERVICE.  COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THIS PETITION FOR ANNEXATION.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER KAYS.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0. 

 

MAYOR MESSERSMITH STATED THAT THE CITY NEEDED TO APPOINT A MEMBER TO THE GREATER EGYPT REGION COMMISSIONER.  HE STATED THAT FOR THE PAST FEW YEARS’ PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR CRAIG MILES HAS BEEN ON THIS COMMISSIONER.  MAYOR MESSERSMITH STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO BE THE MEMBER THAT IS APPOINTED AT THIS TIME.  COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE A MOTION TO APPOINT MAYOR LEE MESSERSMITH AS A MEMBER TO THE GREATER EGYPT REGION COMMISSION.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER KAYS.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0. 

 

NO MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS.

 

NO OLD BUSINESS. 

 

IN NEW BUSINESS, COMMISSIONER STOREY STATED THAT THERE ARE TERMITES, RUST, AND IN GENERAL FALLING IN OF THE BUILDING CALLED THE WATER BARN.  HE STATED THAT THE STREET DEPARTMENT HAS MOLD AS WELL.  COMMISSIONER STOREY STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO BEGIN THE CONVERSATION OF BUILDING NEW BUILDINGS AT BOTH OF THESE PLACES.  COMMISSIONER STOREY ALSO STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE LEAD MEN IN THE WATER AND STREET DEPARTMENT BE ALLOWED TO DRIVE THEIR WORK VEHICLES HOME.  HE SAID IF THERE IS AN EMERGENCY AND THESE MEN ARE CALLED OUT, THEY HAVE TO DRIVE TO THE BARN AND RETRIEVE THEIR VEHICLE BEFORE THEY CAN GET TO THE EMERGENCY.  COMMISSIONER COCKRUM STATED THAT THIS SOUNDED LOGICAL TO HIM. 

 

IN MATTERS FROM THE PUBLIC AUDIENCE, TOM CARTER ASKED IF THE REPRESENTATIVE FOR THE CITY OF BENTON ON THE REND LAKE CONSERVANCY DISTRICT IS UP FOR RENEWAL.  MAYOR MESSERSMITH STATED THAT THIS ITEM WILL BE ON THE NEXT AGENDA.  MR. CARTER STATED THAT HE HAD QUESTIONS FOR THE REPRESENTATIVE REGARDING BORROWING MONEY FROM WATER FUNDS.  MR. CARTER ASKED IF A FIREMAN WILL BE HIRED BEFORE THE YEAR FOR COLEMAN IS OVER.  COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA STATED THAT THIS WILL BE THE CASE.  MR. CARTER STATED THAT HE BELIEVES CODY WILLIFORD SHOULD HAVE LIVED IN BENTON OR SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO MOVE INTO THE CITY LIMITS.  MR. CARTER ASKED IF THE COMMISSIONER OVER PUBLIC WORKS WOULD JUST BEFORE CRAIG MILES OR IF THE EMPLOYEES WOULD ALSO BE CONSIDERED HIS EMPLOYEES.  MR. CARTER STATED THAT CRAIG MILES SHOULD BE CONSIDERED NONUNION WITH NO CLAUSE AND BE ON EQUAL GROUND. 

 

KAREN FREEMEN ASKED THE COUNCIL ABOUT A CROSSWALK FOR KOA.  MAYOR MESSERSMITH STATED THAT HE WILL BE IN CONTACT WITH THE CITY ENGINEER IN REGARDS TO THIS REQUEST.   

 

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

 

5:55 P.M.

 

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

 

6:29 P.M. 

 

COMMISSIONER COCKRUM MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT FOR PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR CRAIG MILES.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  3.  COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  2.  COMMISSIONER KAYS AND COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA. 

 

COMMISSIONER COCKRUM MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT FOR ZONING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATOR BRIAN CALCATERRA.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION ADJOURN THE MEETING.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER COCKRUM.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0. 

 

 

6:32 P.M.

CITY COUNCIL CONTINUED MINUTES OF JULY 14, 2023

MINUTES OF THE CONTINUED MEETING OF THE BENTON CITY COUNCIL HELD FRIDAY, JULY 14, 2023, AT 8:30 A.M. AT THE BENTON CITY HALL LOCATED AT 1403 S MAIN STREET, BENTON, ILLINOIS

 

MAYOR MESSERSMITH CALLED THE MEETING TO ORDER.  COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER KAYS, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH WERE PRESENT FOR ROLL CALL.

 

COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO RESUME THE MEETING. SECONDED BY COMMISSIONER COCKRUM. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER KAYS, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH. NAYS: 0.

 

ATTORNEY THOMAS MALKOVICH DISCUSSED THE BIG PACKETS THAT WERE RECEIVED FOR THE CITY OF BENTON’S RESIDENTIAL TRASH AND RECOMMENDED TO MAKE A MOTION ACCEPTING ONE OF THE TWO BIDS PRESENTED.

 

COMMISSIONER KAYS MADE A MOTION TO ACCEPT THE TRASH BID FROM REPUBLIC SERVICES. SECONDED BY COMMISSIONER STOREY. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER KAYS, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH. NAYS: 0.

 

MAYOR MESSERSMITH ASKED ZONING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATOR BRIAN CALCATERRA TO DISCUSS THE BID LETTING PROCESS FOR THE UPCOMING WATER MAIN PROJECT. MR. CALCATERRA EXPLAINED THAT THE CITY HAD NOT RECEIVED THE NOTICE TO PROCEED FROM DELTA REGIONAL AUTHORITY, BUT THAT HE HAS HAD DISCUSSION WITH CARRY MINIS AND THE CITY COULD APPROVE STARTING THE PROCESSES PENDING THE APPROVAL OF THE TAKE NOTICE.

 

COMMISSIONER KAYS MADE THE MOTION TO START THE BID LETTING PENDING THE APPROVAL OF THE NOTICE TO PROCEED FROM DELTA REGIONAL AUTHORITY. SECONDED BY COMMISSIONER COCKRUM. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER KAYS, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH. NAYS: 0.

 

COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO ADJOURN. SECONDED BY COMMISSIONER COCKRUM. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER KAYS, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH. NAYS: 0.

 

8:31 a.m.

 

MINUTES OF THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING — JULY 10, 2023

MINUTES OF THE REGULARLY SCHEDULED BENTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING HELD MONDAY JULY 10, 2023 AT 5:00 P.M. IN THE COUNCIL ROOM OF THE BENTON CITY HALL LOCATED AT 1403 SOUTH MAIN STREET, BENTON, ILLINOIS.

 

MAYOR MESSERSMITH CALLED THE MEETING TO ORDER.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH WERE PRESENT FOR ROLL CALL. 

 

COMMISSIONER KAYS MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE REGULARLY SCHEDULED CITY COUNCIL MEETING OF MONDAY, JUNE 26, 2023.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER COCKRUM.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER STOREY STATED THAT HE HAD NO PURCHASE ORDERS FOR THIS MEETING. 

 

COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE LAKE LOT LEASE TRANSFER FOR LOTS 109, 109A, AND 7 FROM DEBBIE HAMPLEMANN AND MARY LOU JONES TO ML& D JONES FAMILY TRUST.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  4.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0.  COMMISSIONER STOREY ABSTAINED. 

 

COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO FIX THE FIRE DEPARTMENT ROOF IMMEDIATELY.  DISCUSSION WAS HELD REGARDING WHETHER OR NOT TO SEEK BIDS AND WHETHER OR NOT THE PREVIOUS CONTRACTOR SHOULD BE CONTACTED.  COMMISSIONER STOREY STATED THAT HE JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE THE ROOF GOT FIXED.  MOTION WAS STILL ON THE TABLE AND WAS SUBSEQUENTLY SECONDED BY COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO AMEND THE ORDINANCE ALLOWING A ONE-TIME PER YEAR ADJUSTMENT FOR SEWER ON POOL FILLS.  AFTER DISCUSSION IT WAS STATED THAT IN ORDER TO GET THE ONE TIME PER YEAR ADJUSTMENT TO YOUR SEWER BILL, YOU MUST MEET ALL CRITERIA IN THE ORDINANCE.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER KAYS.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER COCKRUM STATED THAT HE HAD NO PURCHASE ORDERS OR OTHER BUSINESS FOR THIS MEETING. 

 

COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA STATED THAT SHE HAD NO PURCHASE ORDERS OR OTHER BUSINESS FOR THIS MEETING.  COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA DID STATE THAT SHE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A “NIGHT OUT” EVENT TO HONOR THE PD ON AUGUST 2, 2023 AND A BACK-TO-SCHOOL BLOCK PARTY WITH THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE FIRE DEPARTMENT FROM 4 P.M. TO 7 P.M. ON AUGUST 5, 2023.  COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA STATED THAT THE BENTON AREA VOLUNTEERS WILL BE HELPING WITH THIS EVENT.

 

COMMISSIONER KAYS STATED THAT HE HAD NO PURCHASE ORDERS.

 

COMMISSIONER KAYS MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE BILLS FOR THE AP FUND IN THE AMOUNT OF $314,862.39, OTHER FUNDS IN THE AMOUNT OF $34,775.83, AND MFT IN THE AMOUNT OF $38,524.06 FOR A TOTAL BILL AMOUNT OF $389,162.28.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY.  COMMISSIONER KAYS MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PAYROLL FOR THE GENERAL FUND IN THE AMOUNT OF $68,732.17 AND WATER AND SEWER DEPARTMENT IN THE AMOUNT OF $24,952.71 FOR A TOTAL PAYROLL OF $93,684.88.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER KAYS MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PAYROLL FOR THE DATE OF 07/07/2023 FOR THE GENERAL FUND IN THE AMOUNT OF $71,562.44 AND THE WATER AND SEWER DEPARTMENT FOR A TOTAL OF $25,426.76 FOR A TOTAL PAYROLL IN THE AMOUNT OF $96,989.20.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER COCKRUM.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER KAYS MADE A MOTION TO ALLOW ZONING ADMINISTRATOR/ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR BRIAN CALCATERRA, ATTORNEY THOMAS MALKOVICH, AND MAYOR LEE MESSERSMITH TO ATTEND THE ANNUAL TIF CONFERENCE IN CHICAGO IN SEPTEMBER.  COMMISSIONER KAYS STATED THAT THE UNION LEAGUE HOTEL WOULD BE COVERED BY THE CITY, TRAVEL WOULD BE REIMBURSED UP TO THE AMOUNT OF A BUSINESS CLASS TICKET ON AMTRAK, AND MEALS COVERED UP TO PER DIEM AMOUNT FOR COOK COUNTY WHICH IS CURRENTLY $59.25 ON TRAVEL DAYS AND $79.00 ON NONTRAVEL DAYS.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER KAYS STATED THAT HE DID NOT THINK THAT ALL THE COMMISSIONER SHOULD GO TO THE ANNUAL ILLINOIS MUNICIPAL LEAGUE CONFERENCE IN CHICAGO BEING HELD THIS SEPTEMBER.  COMMISSIONER KAYS STATED THAT HE BELIEVES THE COMMISSIONERS SHOULD GO ON A ROTATING BASIS TO HELP KEEP COSTS DOWN.  COMMISSIONER STOREY STATED THAT HE IS NOT INTERESTED IN GOING TO A CONFERENCE IN CHICAGO AND COMMISSIONER COCKRUM STATED THAT HE HAS PRIOR COMMITMENTS AND WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO ATTEND THIS YEAR EITHER.  COMMISSIONER KAYS STATED THAT AFTER READING THIS YEAR’S AGENDA, HE FEELS FINANCE SHOULD BE THE COMMISSIONER TO ATTEND THIS YEAR.  COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA STATED THAT SHE SHOULD LIKE TO BE CONSIDERED.  COMMISSIONER KAYS MADE A MOTION TO ALLOW ZONING ADMINISTRATOR/ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR BRIAN CALCATERRA, ATTORNEY THOMAS MALKOVICH, CITY CLERK BROOK CRAIG, FINANCE COMMISSIONER CHRISTOPHER KAYS, AND MAYOR LEE MESSERSMITH TO ATTEND THE ANNUAL IML CONFERENCE IN CHICAGO BEING HELD SEPTEMBER OF 2023.  THE HILTON HOTEL WILL BE COVERED BY THE CITY, TRAVEL WILL BE REIMBURSED UP TO THE COST OF A ROUNDTRIP BUSINESS CLASS AMTRAK TICKET, AND FOOD WILL BE REIMBURSED UP TO COOK COUNTY PER DIEM RATES OF $59.25 ON TRAVEL DAYS AND $79.00 ON NONTRAVEL DAYS.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER KAYS STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO DISCUSS ITEM (E) DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF HIRING A NEW EMPLOYEE IN WATER/SEWER DEPARTMENT WITH POSSIBLE NEW JOB CLASSIFICATION, IN EXECUTIVE SESSION. 

 

COMMISSIONER KAYS ASKED CITY CLERK BROOK CRAIG TO OPEN THE SEALED TRASH BIDS.  CITY CLERK CRAIG STATED THAT THERE WERE TWO BIDS RECEIVED.  THE FIRST BID WAS FROM AAA DISPOSAL.  PRICES IN THE FIRST BID WERE AS FOLLOWS:

 

1ST YEAR

$14.58

1ST YEAR SENIOR CITIZEN

$13.99

2ND YEAR

$15.16

2ND YEAR SENIOR CITIZEN

$14.55

3RD YEAR

$15.77

3RD YEAR SENIOR CITIZEN

$15.14

4TH YEAR

$16.40

4TH YEAR SENIOR CITIZEN

$15.74

 

THE SECOND BID WAS FROM REPUBLIC SERVICES.  PRICES IN THE SECOND BID ARE AS FOLLOWS:

 

1ST YEAR

$14.49

1ST YEAR SENIOR CITIZEN

$13.04

2ND YEAR

$15.21

2ND YEAR SENIOR CITIZEN

$13.69

3RD YEAR

$15.98

3RD YEAR SENIOR CITIZEN

$14.38

4TH YEAR

$16.77

4TH YEAR SENIOR CITIZEN

$15.10

5TH YEAR

$17.61

5TH YEAR SENIOR CITIZEN

$15.86

 

COMMISSIONER KAYS STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO CONTINUE THE MEETING TO FRIDAY AND MAKE A DECISION ON ACCEPTING A BID AT THAT TIME.  NO FURTHER ACTION WAS TAKEN ON THESE BIDS AT THIS TIME.

 

ATTORNEY MALKOVICH STATED THAT HE HAD NO UPDATES. 

 

IN THE PUBLIC AFFAIRS REPORT, MAYOR MESSERSMITH STATED THAT HAVE BEEN 3 LOTS RECENTLY CLEANED UP.  THE COSTS TO CLEAN THESE LOTS UP WAS COVERED BY GRANT MONIES. 

 

MAYOR MESSERSMITH STATED THAT HE HAD NO PURCHASE ORDERS FOR THIS MEETING. 

 

MAYOR MESSERSMITH ASKED ZONING ADMINISTRATOR BRIAN CALCATERRA TO PRESENT ITEM (C) DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF RESOLUTION ACCEPTING GRANT FROM THE DELTA REGIONAL AUTHORITY CONCERNING WATER MAIN EXTENSION.  MR. CALCATERRA STATED THAT THIS RESOLUTION IS FOR THE $104,200.00 OF PUBLIC FUNDS TO BE PROVIDED BY THE CITY OF BENTON TO FUND THIS PROJECT.  COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE RESOLUTION #23-13 ACCEPTING THE GRANT FROM THE DELTA REGIONAL AUTHORITY.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER KAYS.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0. 

 

MAYOR MESSERSMITH STATED NO ACTION WOULD BE TAKEN ON ITEM (D) DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL TO ADVERTISE FOR BIDS FOR CONSTRUCTION OF WATER MAIN EXTENSION TO INDUSTRIAL PARK II.  MAYOR MESSERSMITH STATED THAT THIS WOULD BE DISCUSSED FURTHER AT THE CONTINUED MEETING ON FRIDAY. 

 

MAYOR MESSERSMITH ASKED MR. CALCATERRA TO HANDLE ITEM (E) DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF THE APPLICATION TO ZONE THE PROPERY LOCATED AT 1503 N. MAIN STREET FROM NOT ZONED TO B-2, MADE BY CJ LANDS FRANKLIN LLC.  MR. CALCATERRA STATED THAT THIS APPLICATION HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE ZONING BOARD AT THE JULY 5, 2023 ZONING AND PLANNING COMMISSION BOARD MEETING.  COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE APPLICATION TO ZONE THE PROPERTY LOCATED AT 1503 NORTH MAIN STREET FROM NOT ZONED TO B-2 MADE BY CJ LANDS FRANKLIN LLC.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER COCKRUM.  HAS BEEN VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0. 

 

MAYOR MESSERSMITH ASKED MR. CALCATERRA TO HANDL ITEM (F) DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF THE APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL USE PERMIT MADE BY CJ LANDS FRANKLIN LLC TO ALLOW FOR COMMERCIAL SALE OF FARM IMPLEMENTS AT 1503 NORTH MAIN STREET.  MR. CALCATERRA STATED THAT THE ZONING AND PLANNING COMMISSION APPROVED THIS APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL USE PERMIT AT THE JULY 5, 2023 BOARD MEETING.  COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL USE PERMIT MADE BY CJ LANDS FRANKLIN LLC TO ALLOW FOR COMMERCIAL SALE OF FARM IMPLEMENTS AT 1503 NORTH MAIN STREET.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER COCKRUM.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.  YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0. 

 

NO MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS.

 

NO OLD BUSINESS. 

 

IN NEW BUSINESS, COMMISSIONER STOREY STATED THAT HE WAS CONTACTED BY A MEMBER OF THE CONCRETE FINISHER’S UNION.  COMMISSIONER STOREY STATED THAT THEY ARE LOOKING FOR PROPERTY FOR A TRAINING SYSTEM.  COMMISSIONER STOREY ALSO STATED THAT THERE IS WATER COMING IN THE POLICE DEPARTMENT. 

 

IN MATTERS FROM THE PUBLIC AUDIENCE, MR. TOM CARTER ASKED WHICH COMMISSIONER IS ACTUALLY OVER THE WATER DEPARTMENT.  COMMISSIONER STOREY STATED HE DID NOT KNOW.  ATTORNEY MALKOVICH STATED THAT NOTHING HAS CHANGED FOR PUBLIC PROPERTIES AND THAT COMMISSIONER STOREY IS STILL OVER THE WATER DEPARTMENT.  MR. CARTER ALSO ASKED THE COUNCIL IF THEY HAD CONSIDERED GIVING PREFERENCE TO PEOPLE WITH IN-GROUND POOLS IN REGARDS TO ADJUSTMENTS AS AN IN-GROUND POOL RAISES PROPERTY VALUE AND AN ABOVE GROUND POOL DOES NOT.

 

COMMISSIONER COCKRUM 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 KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0. 

 

5:50 P.M. 

 

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

 

6:27 P.M. 

 

NO ACTION WAS TAKEN AFTER EXECUTIVE SESSION REGARDING ITEM 7(E) DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF HIRING NEW EMPLOYEE IN WATER/SEWER DEPARTMENT WITH POSSIBLE NEW JOB CLASSIFICATION.  MOTION TO TABLE THIS ITEM WAS MADE BY COMMISSIONER COCKRUM.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.  YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0. 

 

 

MOTION TO CONTINUE THE MEETING TO FRIDAY, JULY 14, 2023 AT 8:30 A.M. FOR APPROVAL OF TRASH BID AND TO ADVERTISE FOR THE WATER MAIN EXTENSION WAS MADE BY COMMISSIONER STOREY.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER KAYS.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.  YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0. 

 

6:28 P.M.

City Council Meeting Minutes – June 12, 2023

MINUTES OF THE REGULARLY SCHEDULED BENTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING HELD MONDAY JUNE 12, 2023 AT 5:00 P.M. IN THE COUNCIL ROOM OF THE BENTON CITY HALL LOCATED AT 1403 SOUTH MAIN STREET, BENTON, ILLINOIS.

 

MAYOR MESSERSMITH CALLED THE MEETING TO ORDER.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH WERE PRESENT FOR ROLL CALL. 

 

MAYOR MESSERSMITH ASKED GAVIN GENISIO TO COME BEFORE THE COUNCIL.  MAYOR MESSERSMITH READ A PROCLAMATION FOR MR. GENISIO RECOGNIZING HIM ON HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS ON THE TRACK TEAM AND HIS RECENT 1ST PLACE CHAMPIONSHIP IN STATE IN THE 1600-METER RUN. 

 

COMMISSIONER KAYS MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE REGULARLY SCHEDULED CITY COUNCIL MEETING OF MONDAY, MAY 22, 2023.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER COCKRUM.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER STOREY STATED THAT HE HAD NO PURCHASE ORDERS FOR THIS MEETING. 

 

COMMISSIONER STOREY ASKED MR. BRIAN CALCATERRA TO ADDRESS ITEM (C) DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF LAKE LOT LEASE TRANSFER FEE INCREASE TO $250.00 FOR THE ADDITIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES TO ACCOMMODATE FRANKLIN COUNTY.  MR. CALCATERRA STATED THAT THE COUNTY WILL NOT BE ABLE TO FILE OUR TRANSFERS WITHOUT ADDITIONAL PAPERWORK BEING COMPLETED AND RETURNED BY THE CITY AND THEREFORE HE FELT AN ADDITIONAL FEE SHOULD BE ADDED TO COVER THE WORK BEING COMPLETED. HE ALSO STATED THAT THIS FEE HAS NOT BEEN INCREASED AT ALL OVER THE LAST 15 YEARS.  COMMISSIONER COCKRUM MADE A MOTION TO INCREASE THE LAKE LOT LEASE TRANSFER FEE TO $250.00 PER LOT.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0.

 

COMMISSIONER STOREY ASKED CITY CLERK BROOK CRAIG TO OPEN THE SEALED JANITORIAL BIDS THAT HAD BEEN SUBMITTED TO THE CITY FOR THE CLEANING OF CITY HALL, THE POLICE DEPARTMENT, TWIN OAKS, AND THE AIRPORT.  CITY CLERK BROOK CRAIG STATED THAT TWO BIDS HAD BEEN RECEIVED.  THE FIRST BID WAS FROM KEENER’S CLEANERS AND WAS FOR $143.75 WEEKLY FOR THE CITY HALL, $143.75 FOR THE POLICE DEPARTMENT, $143.75 MONTHLY FOR THE BENTON AIRPORT, AND $150.00 WEEKLY FOR THE TWIN OAKS LODGE.  THE SECOND BID WAS RECEIVED FROM PRIZM SERVICES AND WAS FOR $600.00 A MONTH AT CITY HALL UPSTAIRS, $115.00 PER MONTH FOR CITY HALL DOWNSTAIRS, $585.00 MONTHLY FOR THE BENTON POLICE DEPARTMENT, $90.00 PER MONTH AT THE AIRPORT, AND $145.00 AS NEEDED AT THE TWIN OAKS LODGE.  COMMISSIONER STOREY STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO STAY WITH KEENER’S CLEANERS WHO HAS PREVIOUSLY DONE THE JANITORIAL WORK, IS A LOCAL VENDOR, AND HAD THE LOWER BID.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER STOREY STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE LEAD MEN IN THE WATER AND STREET DEPARTMENTS BE ABLE TO DRIVE THEIR CITY VEHICLES HOME FROM WORK.  COMMISSIONER STOREY STATED THAT IF THERE IS AN EMERGENCY AND THEY ARE CALLED OUT, THIS COULD SAVE TIME.  COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE LETTING THE LEAD MEN IN THE WATER AND STREET DEPARTMENTS DRIVE THEIR CITY ISSUED VEHICLES HOME FROM WORK.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER COCKRUM.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER COCKRUM STATED THAT HE HAD NO PURCHASE ORDERS FOR THIS MEETING.  COMMISSIONER COCKRUM STATED THAT THE WASTENA STREET PROJECT SHOULD BE STARTING ANY DAY NOW.  COMMISSIONER COCKRUM ALSO STATED THAT THE STREET DEPARTMENT WILL BEGIN ON THE SUMMER ROAD PROGRAM SOON.   

 

COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PURCHASE ORDER #00106 TO ZURCHER TIRE, INC. FOR 4 GOODYEAR EAGLE TIRES IN THE AMOUNT OF $594.98.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER KAYS.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PURCHASE ORDER #00109 TO LARRY FREERICKS, LLC FOR 1 POINT BLANK LEVEL II B-5 BALLISTIC VEST FOR THE NEW HIRE IN THE POLICE DEPARTMENT IN THE AMOUNT OF $690.00.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PURCHASE ORDER #00105 TO RAY O’HERRON FOR NEW HIRE IN THE POLICE DEPARTMENT FOR UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,406.49.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER COCKRUM.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE LATERAL HIRE OF BRIAN CUNNINGHAM, JR. WITH A STARTING WAGE OF 18 MONTHS ON THE PAY SCALE IN THE BARGAINING AGREEMENT AND A START DATE OF JUNE 14, 2023.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY. VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0. 

 

MAYOR MESSERSMITH ASKED OFFICER CUNNINGHAM TO COME BEFORE THE COUNCIL.  MAYOR MESSERSMITH SWORE OFFICER CUNNINGHAM IN AT THAT TIME. 

 

COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE ORDINANCE #23-05 AMENDING RANK OF ORDER.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0.  

 

COMMISSIONER KAYS MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PAYROLL FOR THE DATE OF 05/26/2023 FOR THE GENERAL FUND IN THE AMOUNT OF $74,574.29 AND THE WATER AND SEWER DEPARTMENT FOR A TOTAL OF $25,206.99 FOR A TOTAL PAYROLL IN THE AMOUNT OF $99,781.28.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER KAYS MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PAYROLL FOR THE DATE OF 06/09/2023 FOR GENERAL FUND IN THE AMOUNT OF $70,429.98 AND WATER AND SEWER DEPARTMENT IN THE AMOUNT OF $24,745.70 FOR A TOTAL PAYROLL IN THE AMOUNT OF $95,205.68.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER KAYS STATED THAT HE HAD NO PURCHASE ORDERS.

 

COMMISSIONER KAYS MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE BILLS FOR THE AP FUND IN THE AMOUNT OF $294,819.55, OTHER FUNDS IN THE AMOUNT OF $45,470.14, AND MFT IN THE AMOUNT OF $15,833.67 FOR A TOTAL BILL AMOUNT OF $356,123.36.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY.  COMMISSIONER KAYS MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PAYROLL FOR THE GENERAL FUND IN THE AMOUNT OF $68,732.17 AND WATER AND SEWER DEPARTMENT IN THE AMOUNT OF $24,952.71 FOR A TOTAL PAYROLL OF $93,684.88.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER KAYS MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE A REVISION TO THE ZONING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATOR CONTRACT.  COMMISSIONER KAYS EXPLAINED THAT WHEN THE ORIGINAL CONTRACT WAS MADE, THE SALARY WAS NOT PUT IN CORRECTLY.  THE CHANGE BEING MADE RAISED FROM $48,000.00 TO $48,960.00.  COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA SECONDED THIS MOTION.    VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER KAYS MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE RESOLUTION #23-12 AMENDING THE PREVIOUSLY PASSED PAY RESOLUTION.  COMMISSIONER KAYS STATED THAT THE ONLY CHANGE TO THIS RESOLUTION IS THE REMOVAL OF THE ZONING ADMINISTRATOR AS HE IS NOW UNDER CONTRACT.  COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA SECONDED THIS MOTION.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER KAYS MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE ZOBRIO SERVICE AGREEMENT.  HE STATED THAT THIS AGREEMENT IS NECESSARY FOR OUR AP AND PAYROLL SYSTEM FOR UPDATES AND TO RUN NECESSARY REPORTS TO COMPLETE OUR TASKS NECESSARY TO RUN THESE PROGRAMS.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY. VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER KAYS MADE A MOTION TO BEGIN THE BID PROCESS FOR ACQUIRING A TRASH SERVICE CONTRACT.  THE CITY’S CURRENT CONTRACT EXPIRES ON JULY 31, 2023.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0. 

 

ATTORNEY MALKOVICH STATED THAT HE HAD NO UPDATES. 

 

IN THE PUBLIC AFFAIRS REPORT, MAYOR MESSERSMITH STATED THAT OVER THE WEEKEND THE AIRPORT HAD ITS FIRST FOOD TRUCK FLY IN AND A CONCERT ON THE SQUARE AND THAT BOTH HAD A GOOD RESPONSE.  MAYOR MESSERSMITH ALSO STATED THAT THIS COMING WEEK THE S3DA TOURNAMENT WILL BE TAKING PLACE IN OUR REGION AND THAT THE LITTLE BIG BAND WILL BE PERFORMING A FREE CONCERT ON THE SQUARE.  MAYOR MESSERSMITH STATED THAT THERE ARE LOTS OF FUN THINGS HAPPENING IN OUR COMMUNITY THIS SUMMER. 

 

MAYOR MESSERSMITH STATED THAT HE HAD A PURCHASE ORDER FOR ALL STARS-N-STITCHES TO PLACE A SIGN AT THE GRAND STREET PLAYGROUND IN THE AMOUNT OF $325.00 THAT WILL BE PAID FOR WITH LEFT OVER FUNDS FROM THE BUILDING OF THE PLAYGROUND.  COMMISSIONER KAYS MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PURCHASE ORDER #00481 TO ALL STARS-N-STITCHES IN THE AMOUNT OF $325.00 FOR A SIGN AT THE GRAND STREET PLAYGROUND.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0. 

 

MAYOR MESSERSMITH STATED THAT HE HAD A PURCHASE ORDER FOR MULCH TO BE PLACED AT THE GRAND STREET PLAYGROUND IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,334.00.  HE STATED THAT THIS WILL BE PAID FOR FROM FUNDS LEFT FROM THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE PLAYGROUND.  COMMISSIONER KAYS MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PURCHASE ORDER #00482 TO WAL-MART FOR GROUND SMART RUBBER MULCH IN THE COLOR OF ESPRESSO BLACK IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,334.00.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0. 

 

MAYOR MESSERSMITH STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO REAPPOINT TODD THOMAS TO THE REND LAKE CONSERVANCY DISTRICT BOARD.  COMMISSIONER COCKRUM MADE THIS MOTION.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER KAYS.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0. 

 

MAYOR MESSERSMITH ASKED ZONING ADMINISTRATOR BRIAN CALCATERRA TO PRESENT ITEMS (E) DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF PLAT OF RE-SUBDIVISION KNOWN AS THE JRN SUBDIVISION, (F) DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF THE APPLICATION TO REZONE THE PROPERTY LOCATED AT 504 E. WEBSTER STREET FROM I-1 TO R-3, (G) DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF THE APPLICATION TO REZONE THE PROPERTY LOCATED AT 502 E. WEBSTER STREET FROM I-1 TO R-3, AND (H) DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF THE APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL USE PERMIT SUBMITTED BY LINDA KLEINE TO OCCUPY AN EXISTING SINGLE WIDTH MOBILE HOME LOCATED AT 502 E. WEBSTER. 

 

  1. CALCATERRA STATED THAT THE PLAT OF RE-SUBDIVISION HAS BEEN REVIEWED BY THE PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION. THE ZONING AND PLANNING COMMISSION RECOMMENDED THAT THE PLAT BE TABLED BY THE CITY COUNCIL UNTIL ZONING CAN BE CORRECTED TO EITHER MATCH THE PROPOSED LOT LINES OR REFLECT THE SAME ZONING. MR. CALCATERRA STATED THAT HE WOULD RECOMMEND THE COUNCIL MOVE FORWARD WITH APPROVING THE PLAT AT THIS TIME.  COMMISSIONER KAYS MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE PLAT OF RE-SUBDIVISION KNOWN AS THE JRN SUBDIVISION.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0. 

 

  1. CALCATERRA STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO REZONE THE PROPERTY LOCATED AT 502 AND 504 E. WEBSTER STREET FROM I-1 TO R-3. COMMISSIONER KAYS MADE THIS MOTION. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0. 

 

  1. CALCATERRA STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO APPROVE THE APPLICATION FOR A SPECIAL USE PERMIT SUBMITTED BY LINDA KLEINE TO OCCUPY AN EXISTING SINGLE WIDTH MOBILE HOME LOCATED AT 502 E. WEBSTER STREET. MR. CALCATERRA STATED THAT THE ZONING AND PLANNING COMMISSIONER HAVE APPROVED THIS APPLICATION. HE STATED THAT THIS MOBILE HOME IS IN GOOD CONDITION AND IMPROVEMENTS ARE ALSO BEING MADE TO THE HOME AND PROPERTY.  COMMISSIONER COCKRUM MADE THIS MOTION.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0. 

 

MAYOR MESSERSMITH STATED THAT THE COUNCIL HAD RECEIVED THE NEW AMENDMENTS TO CHAPTER 1 OF THE REVISED CODE OF ORDINANCES #19-02.  AT THIS TIME THERE WILL BE NO CHANGES TO THE WATER AND SEWER DEPARTMENTS, TO THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC PROPERTIES, OR TO THE STREETS AND IMPROVEMENTS DEPARTMENT.  COMMISSIONER KAYS MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER COCKRUM.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  4.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  1.   COMMISSIONER STOREY. 

 

IN MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS, COMMISSIONER KAYS STATED THAT THE REPAIRS TO THE ROOF AT THE FIRE DEPARTMENT IS IN THE DISCOVERY PHASE.  COMMISSIONER KAYS ALSO STATED HE HAS A MEETING THIS UPCOMING WEEK WITH BOB REA REGARDING CYBERSECURITY COVERAGE FOR THE CITY OF BENTON.  COMMISSIONER KAYS ALSO STATED THAT HE WILL BE MEETING WITH ATTORNEY MALKOVICH AS WELL AS MELISSA AND DAMIEN IN THE WATER DEPARTMENT TO DISCUSS THE CREATION OF A BAD DEBT POLICY. 

 

NO OLD BUSINESS. 

 

NO NEW BUSINESS.

 

NO MATTERS FROM THE PUBLIC AUDIENCE.

 

COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION ADJOURN THE MEETING.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER KAYS.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER KAYS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND MAYOR MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0. 

 

 

5:46 P.M.

CITY COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA — MAY 8, 2023

AGENDA

 BENTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING

MONDAY, MAY 8, 2023 

5:00 P.M.

 

  1. CALL TO ORDER

 

  1. ROLL CALL

 

  1. READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

  1. PUBLIC PROPERTY REPORT                 COMMISSIONER STOREY
  2. APPROVAL OF PURCHASE ORDERS
  3. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF LAKE LOT LEASE TRANSFERS
  4. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF PRICE INCREASE FROM KEENER’S KLEANERS

 

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

 

  1. PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY REPORT                 COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA
  2. APPROVAL OF PURCHASE ORDERS 
  3. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF DIRECTING THE MERIT BOARD TO BEGIN THE PROCESS FOR A LATERAL HIRE

IN THE POLICE DEPARTMENT

  1. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF UPDATE ON DISPATCH AGREEMENT
  2. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF NEW APPOINTMENT TO THE CENTRAL DISPATCH BOARD

 

  1. ACCOUNTS & FINANCE REPORT                 COMMISSIONER KAYS
  2. APPROVAL OF PURCHASE ORDERS & MONTHLY BILLS
  3. APPROVAL OF PAYROLL
  4. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF ACTUARIAL REPORT AGREEMENT WITH LAUTERBACH & AMEN

 

  1. CITY ATTORNEY TOM MALKOVICH
  2. UPDATES

 

  1. PUBLIC AFFAIRS REPORT                  MAYOR MESSERSMITH
  2. UPDATES
  3. APPROVAL OF PURCHASE ORDERS
  4. SWEARING IN OF POLICE OFFICER MATTHEW PEMBERTON
  5. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF NAMING BUDGET OFFICER
  6. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF AMENDING CHAPTER ONE – ADMINISTRATION OF THE REVISED CODE OF ORDINANCE
  7. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF REAPPOINTMENT OF LISA MENO TO POLICE PENSION BOARD
  8. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF SPECIAL USE PERMIT APPLICATION BY SUSAN SMOTHERS TO OWN AND OCCUPY A DOUBLE WIDE MOBILE HOME AT 113 VIRGINIA
  9. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF RATE SELECTION FOR THE WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT SOLAR PROJECT WITH KEYSTONE POWER HOLDINGS, LLC
  10. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF HIRING CODY WILLIFORD AS CODE ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATOR FOR THE CITY OF BENTON

 

  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 PROBABLE 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 05/04/23 AT 2:00 P.M./BC

April 24, 2023 – Council Meeting Minutes

MINUTES OF THE REGULARLY SCHEDULED BENTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING HELD MONDAY APRIL 24, 2023 AT 5:00 P.M. IN THE COUNCIL ROOM OF THE BENTON CITY HALL LOCATED AT 1403 SOUTH MAIN STREET, BENTON, ILLINOIS.

 

IN THE ABSENCE OF MAYOR KONDRITZ, FINANCE COMMISSIONER CATHY GARAVALIA CALLED THE MEETING TO ORDER.  COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, AND COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH WERE PRESENT FOR ROLL CALL.  MAYOR KONDRITZ WAS ABSENT.

 

COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE REGULARLY SCHEDULED CITY COUNCIL MEETING OF MONDAY, APRIL 10, 2023.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  4.  COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, COMMISSIONER STOREY, AND COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER COCKRUM STATED THAT HE HAD NO PURCHASE ORDERS OR LAKE LOT LEASE TRANSFERS FOR THIS MEETING. 

 

COMMISSIONER COCKRUM STATED THAT THERE WAS NO WRITTEN DEPARTMENT REPORT FOR THIS MEETING, BUT THAT GROUND STORAGE IS BEING DRAINED TO BEGIN REPAIRS AFTER PARTS ARRIVE.  COMMISSIONER COCKRUM STATED THAT HE IS WAITING ON A QUOTE FOR THE FIRE DEPARTMENT ROOF TO BE ABLE TO DO THE NECESSARY REPAIRS ON THAT BUILDING. 

 

COMMISSIONER COCKRUM MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE HIRING OF A NEW EMPLOYEE IN THE WATER DEPARTMENT.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  4.  COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, COMMISSIONER STOREY, AND COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH STATED THAT HE HAD NO PURCHASE ORDERS FOR THIS MEETING.  COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH STATED THAT THE STREET DEPARTMENT HAD BEEN WORKING ON CORRECTING SIGNS, THE DRIVE AT THE FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND GETTING READY FOR THE UPCOMING MFT PROGRAM. 

 

COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE RESOLUTION #2023-11 FOR CROSS INTERSTATE 57 AT PETROFF ROAD.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER COCKRUM.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  4.  COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, COMMISSIONER STOREY, AND COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER STOREY STATED THAT HE HAD NO PURCHASE ORDERS FOR THIS MEETING.  IN WAY OF A DEPARTMENT REPORT, COMMISSIONER STOREY STATED THAT THE FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN VERY BUSY ON THE INTERSTATE.  HE ALSO STATED THAT THE FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS ONE TRUCK DOWN AND IT WOULD COST $12,000.00 TO FIX THIS TRUCK. 

 

COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION APPROVE ORDINANCE #2023-03, AMENDMENT TO THE LATERAL HIRE ORDINANCE FOR THE POLICE DEPARTMENT.  THIS CHANGES THE TIME WORKED AT ANOTHER DEPARTMENT FROM 3 YEARS DOWN TO 18 MONTHS TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR A LATERAL HIRE.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  4.  COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, COMMISSIONER STOREY, AND COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER STOREY STATED THAT THE MERIT BOARD HELD TESTING FOR THE POLICE LIST ON THE PREVIOUS SATURDAY.  HE STATED THAT THERE WERE THREE APPLICANTS THAT TESTED. 

 

COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA STATED THAT SHE HAD NO PURCHASE ORDERS FOR APPROVAL AT THIS MEETING. 

 

COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE BILLS IN THE AMOUNT OF $20,483.20.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  4.  COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, COMMISSIONER STOREY, AND COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PAYROLL DATED 04/14/2023 FROM THE GENERAL FUND IN THE AMOUNT OF $67,654.35 AND WATER AND SEWER DEPARTMENT IN THE AMOUNT OF $23,574.14 FOR A TOTAL PAYROLL OF $91,228.49.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  4.  COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, COMMISSIONER STOREY, AND COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE #2023-03 FISCAL YEAR 2023/2024 BUDGET.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  4.  COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, COMMISSIONER STOREY, AND COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA.  NAYS:  0. 

 

ATTORNEY MALKOVICH STATED THAT HE HAD NO UPDATES. 

 

IN THE PUBLIC AFFAIRS REPORT, THERE WERE NO UPDATES AND NO PURCHASE ORDERS. 

 

ATTORNEY MALKOVICH ASKED ZONING ADMINISTRATOR/ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR BRIAN CALCATERRA TO HANDLE ITEM (9C) DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF HISTORICAL PRESERVATION COMMISSION MEMBERS.  MR. CALCATERRA STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A MOTION TO PLACE HIMSELF ON THIS COMMISSION.  COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH MADE A MOTION TO PLACE BRIAN CALCATERRA ON THE HISTORICAL PRESERVATION COMMISSION.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  4.  COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, COMMISSIONER STOREY, AND COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA.  NAYS:  0. 

 

  1. CALCATERRA STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A MOTION TO PLACE JOE SPRAGUE ON THIS COMMISSION. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE A MOTION TO PLACE JOE SPRAGUE ON THE HISTORICAL PRESERVATION COMMISSION. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  4.  COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, COMMISSIONER STOREY, AND COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA.  NAYS:  0.  

 

  1. CALCATERRA STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A MOTION TO PLACE LESLIE COX ON THIS COMMISSION. COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH MADE A MOTION TO PLACE LESLIE COX ON THE HISTORICAL PRESERVATION COMMISSION. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER COCKRUM.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  4.  COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, COMMISSIONER STOREY, AND COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA.  NAYS:  0. 

 

  1. CALCATERRA STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A MOTION TO PLACE MATT WYNN ON THIS COMMISSION. COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH MADE A MOTION TO PLACE MATT WYNN ON THE HISTORICAL PRESERVATION COMMISSION. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER COCKRUM.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  4.  COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, COMMISSIONER STOREY, AND COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA.  NAYS:  0. 

 

  1. CALCATERRA STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A MOTION TO PLACE GARY KRAFT ON THIS COMMISSION. COMMISSIONER COCKRUM MADE A MOTION TO PLACE GARY KRAFT ON THE HISTORICAL PRESERVATION COMMISSION. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  4.  COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, COMMISSIONER STOREY, AND COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA.  NAYS:  0. 

 

ZONING ADMINISTRATOR/ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR BRIAN CALCATERRA STATED THAT HE AND ATTORNEY MALKOVICH HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH 5 HINMAN HOLDINGS, LLC (618 FIXMYRV) TO FORM A REDEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT BETWEEN THEMSELVES AND THE CITY OF BENTON.  THIS WOULD BE FOR 60% REIMBURSEMENT.  COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THIS REDEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT IN THE AMOUNT OF 60% REIMBURSEMENT FOR THE LIFE OF THE IJRL TIF.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  4.  COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, COMMISSIONER STOREY, AND COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA.  NAYS:  0. 

 

ATTORNEY MALKOVICH PRESENTED THREE PROCLAMATIONS FOR VOLUNTEER AWARENESS MONTH. 

 

THE FIRST PROCLAMATION WAS FOR HAYDEN SMITH.  COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE A MOTION TO ACCEPT THE PROCLAMATION FOR VOLUNTEER AWARENESS MONTH FOR HAYDEN SMITH.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  4.  COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, COMMISSIONER STOREY, AND COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA.  NAYS:  0.  

 

THE SECOND PROCLAMATION WAS FOR LOGAN SMITH.  COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO ACCEPT THE PROCLAMATION FOR VOLUNTEER AWARENESS MONTH FOR LOGAN SMITH.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER COCKRUM.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  4.  COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, COMMISSIONER STOREY, AND COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA.  NAYS:  0. 

 

THE THIRD PROCLAMATION WAS FOR THE BENTON AREA VOLUNTEERS.  COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE PROCLAMATION FOR VOLUNTEER AWARENESS MONTH FOR THE BENTON AREA VOLUNTEERS.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  4.  COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, COMMISSIONER STOREY, AND COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA.  NAYS:  0. 

 

NO MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS.

 

NO OLD BUSINESS. 

 

NO NEW BUSINESS. 

 

IN MATTERS FROM THE PUBLIC AUDIENCE, TOM CARTER ASKED COMMISSIONER COCKRUM IF PREFERENCE WOULD BE SHOWN WHEN HIRING THE NEW EMPLOYEE IN THE WATER DEPARTMENT IF THEY WERE FROM BENTON, IF THEY WOULD HAVE PREFERENCE SHOWN FOR HAVING EXPERIENCE, AND IF A WATER LICENSE WOULD BE REQUIRED AS THIS WAS NOT INCLUDED IN THE HELP WANTED AD.  ANGIE MESSERSMITH ASKED COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA WHY THE TWO TEENAGERS WERE GIVEN PROCLAMATIONS.  SHE WANTED TO KNOW WHAT THEY DID TO RECEIVE THIS HONOR.  COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA STATED THAT THESE BOYS SHOWED UP AT THE FALL FEST, HOMETOWN CHRISTMAS, AND EASTER EGG HUNT AND WORKED THE ENTIRE EVENTS. 

 

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

 

5:25 P.M.

Agenda — City Council Meeting 03/09/2023

AGENDA

 BENTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING

MONDAY, MARCH 13, 2023 

5:00 P.M.

 

  1. CALL TO ORDER

 

  1. ROLL CALL

 

  1. READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

  1. PUBLIC PROPERTY REPORT                 COMMISSIONER COCKRUM
  2. APPROVAL OF PURCHASE ORDERS
  3. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF LAKE LOT LEASE TRANSFERS
  4. DEPARTMENT REPORT
  5. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF ACCEPTANCE OF BID FOR DUQUOIN STREET FORCEMAIN FOR THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS

 

  1. STREETS & IMPROVEMENTS                                                          COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH
  2. APPROVAL OF PURCHASE ORDERS
  3. DEPARTMENT REPORT
  4. I-57 INTERCHANGE UPDATE FROM CHASTAIN AND ASSOCIATES
  5. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF HIRING A STREET DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEE
  6. DISCUSSION AND/OR RESOLUTION FOR STREET CLOSURE FOR REND LAKE PARADE

 

  1. PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY REPORT                 COMMISSIONER STOREY
  2. APPROVAL OF PURCHASE ORDERS 
  3. DEPARTMENT REPORTS
  4. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF DRUG TASK FORCE PARTICIPATION

 

  1. ACCOUNTS & FINANCE REPORT                 COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA
  2. APPROVAL OF PURCHASE ORDERS & MONTHLY BILLS
  3. APPROVAL OF PAYROLL
  4. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF EASTER EGG HUNT AT TWIN OAKS
  5. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF REFINISHING TWIN OAKS FLOORS
  6. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF PAY RESOLUTION FOR NONUNION EMPLOYEES

 

  1. CITY ATTORNEY TOM MALKOVICH
  2. UPDATES

 

  1. PUBLIC AFFAIRS REPORT                  MAYOR KONDRITZ
  2. UPDATES
  3. APPROVAL OF PURCHASE ORDERS
  4. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF PROCLAMATION FOR EAGLE SCOUT JADEN COURTER
  5. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF PROCLAMATION FOR EAGLE SCOUT LUCAS SLOAN
  6. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF LETTER OF INTENT WITH KEYSTONE POWER HOLDINGS
  7. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF THE APPLICATION FOR ZONING CHANGE MADE BY JAMES NEFF, SR. TO REZONE THE PROPERTY LOCATED AT 912 NORTH MCLEANSBORO STREET FROM B-6 TO R-3
  8. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF THE SPECIAL USE PERMIT APPLICATION MADE BY JAMES NEFF, SR. TO PLACE A MOBILE HOME ON 912 NORTH MCLEANSBORO STREET
  9. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF THE CODE ENFORCEMENT COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION FOR ESTABLISHING A NEW CODE ENFORCEMENT POSITION.

 

  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 PROBABLE 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 03/09/23 AT 2:00 P.M./BC

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City Council Meeting Agenda — December 22, 2022

AGENDA

 BENTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING

MONDAY DECEMBER 22, 2022 

10:00 A.M.

 

  1. CALL TO ORDER

 

  1. ROLL CALL

 

  1. READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

  1. PUBLIC PROPERTY REPORT                 COMMISSIONER COCKRUM
  2. APPROVAL OF PURCHASE ORDERS
  3. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF LAKE LOT LEASE TRANSFERS
  4. DEPARTMENT REPORT
  5. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF PARTIAL PAY ESTIMATE #2 FOR PUMP HOUSE RENOVATIONS
  6. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF NON-HAZARDOUS WASTE SERVICE AGREEMENT

 

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

 

  1. PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY REPORT                 COMMISSIONER STOREY
  2. APPROVAL OF PURCHASE ORDERS 
  3. DEPARTMENT REPORTS
  4. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF REMOVAL AND ADDITION TO THE PAID ON-CALL ROSTER
  5. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF TEMPORARY APPOINTMENT IN THE FIRE DEPARTMENT

 

  1. ACCOUNTS & FINANCE REPORT                 COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA
  2. APPROVAL OF PURCHASE ORDERS & MONTHLY BILLS
  3. APPROVAL OF PAYROLL
  4. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF DRAFT OF THE FY 21-22 AUDIT
  5. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF OPENING CHECKING ACCOUNT FOR OPIOID MONIES

 

  1. CITY ATTORNEY TOM MALKOVICH
  2. UPDATES

 

  1. PUBLIC AFFAIRS REPORT                  MAYOR KONDRITZ
  2. UPDATES
  3. APPROVAL OF PURCHASE ORDERS
  4. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF A RESOLUTION OF SUPPORT AND COMMITMENT OF LOCAL FUNDS FOR AN APPLICATION FOR A COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT
  5. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF FAÇADE PROGRAM GRANT APPLICATION MADE BY JOE SPRAGUE AT 302 AND 303 PUBLIC SQUARE
  6. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF SURVEY PERMIT FOR PRECISION GEOPHYSICAL, INC
  7. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF ACCEPTING RESIGNATION OF ZONING ADMINISTRATOR/ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR BRIAN CALCATERRA
  8. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF ADVERTISING FOR POSITION OF ZONING ADMINISTRATOR/ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

 

  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 12/20/22 AT 8:00 A.M./BC

AGENDA — CITY COUNCIL MEETING 10/24/2022

AGENDA

 BENTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING

MONDAY OCTOBER 24, 2022  

6:00 P.M.

 

  1. CALL TO ORDER

 

  1. ROLL CALL

 

  1. READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

  1. PUBLIC PROPERTY REPORT                 COMMISSIONER COCKRUM
  2. APPROVAL OF PURCHASE ORDERS
  3. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF LAKE LOT LEASE TRANSFERS
  4. DEPARTMENT REPORT

 

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

 

  1. PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY REPORT                 COMMISSIONER STOREY
  2. APPROVAL OF PURCHASE ORDERS 
  3. DEPARTMENT REPORTS
  4. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT ACCEPTING INTERNSHIP PROGRAM WITH A PRIVATE UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE

 

  1. ACCOUNTS & FINANCE REPORT                 COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA
  2. APPROVAL OF PURCHASE ORDERS & MONTHLY BILLS
  3. APPROVAL OF PAYROLL
  4. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF HEALTH INSURANCE RATES FOR 2023

 

  1. CITY ATTORNEY TOM MALKOVICH
  2. UPDATES

 

  1. PUBLIC AFFAIRS REPORT                  MAYOR KONDRITZ
  2. UPDATES
  3. APPROVAL OF PURCHASE ORDERS
  4. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF “DAY TRIP” PROPOSAL WITH RICK LINTON
  5. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF BENTON AIRPORT MANAGER JOB DESCRIPTION
  6. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF AIRPORT FARM LEASE BID
  7. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF ACQUISITION OF LOT COMMONLY KNOWN AS 506 SOUTH COMMERCIAL STREET FOR DEMOLITION
  8. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF PROPOSED SALE OF A CITY LOT, COMMONLY KNOWN AS 208 WEST PARRISH STREET AS SURPLUS PROPERTY
  9. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF APPOINTING BROOK CRAIG TO THE POLICE PENSION BOARD
  10. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF APPOINTING BROOK CRAIG TO THE FIRE PENSION BOARD

 

  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 10/20/22 AT 3:30 P.M./BC