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Boil Orders

Current Boil Orders in the City of Benton:
1. East Smith from North McLeansboro to Frisco Street.
2. North Main from Park Street to Petroff.
3. Webster Street between South Mcleansboro and Brinley.

Water Main Breaks

Currently the City of Benton is experiencing major problems with our water lines. We have had several breaks all over town. We are working as fast as we can to get these issues resolved. If you have been without water or have experienced low water pressure, you will be under a boil water order. Please call 618-439-6131 for any questions. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Boil Order Issued for Election Street

The City of Benton has a boil water order on Election Street between Reed and Charles. This boil water order is in effect until further notice. If you live in this area and had no water pressure or low water pressure yesterday evening or this morning, boil you water until further notice.

熱湯

Minutes of the Special Meeting — May 12, 2016

MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL CALLED BENTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING HELD THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2016 AT 8:30 A.M. IN THE BENTON MUNICIPAL BUILDING LOCATED AT 500 WEST MAIN STREET, BENTON, ILLINOIS.

MAYOR KONDRITZ CALLED THE MEETING TO ORDER AND DIRECTED ROLL TO BE CALLED. THOSE PRESENT WERE COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER STOREY, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. COMMISSIONER MILLER WAS ABSENT.

COMMISSIONER WYANT MADE A MOTION TO ACCEPT THE RESIGNATION OF ZONING ADMINISTRATOR/CODE ENFORCER CHRIS FLENER. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTEVOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 4. COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER STOREY, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER WYANT MADE A MOTION TO HIRE DAVID GARAVALIA AS ZONING AND CODE ENFORCER OFFICER/ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATOR. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 4. COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER STOREY, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

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

8:40 A.M.

Council Meeting Minutes — February 8, 2016

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BENTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING HELD MONDAY FEBRUARY 8, 2016 AT
6 P.M. IN THE BENTON MUNICIPAL BUILDING LOCATED AT 500 WEST MAIN STREET, BENTON, ILLINOIS.

MAYOR KONDRITZ CALLED THE MEETING TO ORDER. THOSE PRESENT WERE COMMISSIONER MOORE, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER MILLER, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.

COMMISSIONER MILLER MADE A MOTION TO WAIVE THE READING OF AND ACCEPT THE MINUTES OF THE JANUARY 25, 2016 REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING AS PRESENTED. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WYANT. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MOORE, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER MILLER, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

MAYOR KONDRITZ INVITED ROB WILT AND JEFF HAARMAN OF AGE (AFFORDABLE GAS & ELECTRIC) TO COME BEFORE THE COUNCIL. THEY ARE BROKERS AND WOULD BE INTERESTED IN PROVIDING THEIR SERVICES TO THE CITY OF BENTON. A BROCHURE AND HANDOUT CONTAINING PRICES WAS PROVIDED OUT TO THE COUNCIL. THE COUNCIL STATED THEY WOULD THINK ABOUT THE INFORMATION THAT HAD BEEN GIVEN AND REVISIT THIS AT A LATER DATE.

MAYOR KONDRITZ INVITED RICK KNIGHT, A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE BENTON CIVIC CENTER BOARD, TO COME BEFORE THE COUNCIL. MR. KNIGHT SAID HE WAS ACCOMPANIED BY CIVIC CENTER REPRESENTATIVES BILL KING AND RON SINK. MR. KNIGHT UPDATED THE COUNCIL ON THE EVENTS AND ATTENDANCE OVER THE LAST YEAR AT THE CIVIC CENTER. A HANDOUT WITH PROFIT/LOSS COMPARISON WAS ALSO PROVIDED TO THE COUNCIL.

COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE PRESENTED PURCHASE ORDER #001025 TO STOTLAR’ S FOR CONSTRUCTION ITEMS FOR THE TWIN OAKS RENOVATION IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,312.20. COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THIS PURCHASE ORDER. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WYANT. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MOORE, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER MILLER, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE PRESENTED PURCHASE ORDER #001026 TO HOME DEPOT FOR LIGHT FIXTURES FOR THE TWIN OAKS RENOVATION IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,319.90. COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THIS PURCHASE ORDER. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WYANT. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MOORE, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER MILLER, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER WYANT MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE ORDINANCE #16-01 AMENDING THE CURRENT ORDINANCE FOR NO PARKING/30 MINUTE LOADING ZONE/VIOLATORS WILL BE TOWED AT THEIR OWN EXPENSE ON THE NORTH SIDE OF WEST CHURCH FROM SOUTH MAIN TO CENTER DRIVE. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MILLER. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MOORE, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER MILLER, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER WYANT MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE ORDINANCE #16-02 AMENDING 24-6-8, PARKING VIOLATIONS, TO RAISE THE FINE FROM $10.00 TO $50.00 FOR ANY TICKETS, PLUS COURT COSTS WHEN APPLICABLE. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MILLER. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MOORE, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER MILLER, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER WYANT STATED THAT THE CITY’S CURRENT STREET SWEEPER IS 16 YEARS OLD AND IS REQUIRING MANY COSTLY REPAIRS. COMMISSIONER WYANT MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE PURCHASE OF A NEW PELICAN STREET SWEEPER IN THE AMOUNT OF $189,610.20 SUBJECT TO FINANCING. COMMISSIONER WYANT STATED THAT HE HAS $80,000.00 TO PUT AS A DOWN PAYMENT AND A TRADE IN AMOUNT OF $9,500.00. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MOORE, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER MILLER, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER WYANT MADE A MOTION TO PAY REED HEATING $1,500.00 TO INSTALL A FURNACE FROM THE BOY SCOUT CABIN IN THE STREET DEPARTMENT BARN. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MOORE, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER MILLER, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER MOORE PRESENTED PURCHASE ORDER #002305 TO THIN LINE PUBLIC SAFETY EQUIPMENT FOR TWO 10-8 IN CAR VIDEO SYSTEMS WITH INSTALLATION IN THE AMOUNT OF $4,038.000. COMMISSIONER MOORE MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THIS PURCHASE ORDER. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MOORE, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER MILLER, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER MOORE PRESENTED PURCHASE ORDER #002306 TO RAY O’HERRON FOR 9 ARMOR EXPRESS VESTS IN THE AMOUNT OF $6,975.000. COMMISSIONER MOORE MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THIS PURCHASE ORDER. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MILLER. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MOORE, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER MILLER, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER MOORE STATED THAT HE HAD RECEIVED TWO REQUESTS FOR REMOVAL OF PAID ON CALL FIREFIGHTERS; BRYCE SNEDDON AND MARK MACMANAWAY. COMMISSIONER MOORE MADE A MOTION TO REMOVE THESE PAID ON CALL FIREFIGHTERS. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WYANT. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MOORE, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER MILLER, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER MOORE STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO INVITE FIRE CHIEF SHANE COCKRUM TO SPEAK BEFORE THE COUNCIL. CHIEF COCKRUM STATED THAT IN THE PAST THE CITY HAS REPLACED A FIRE TRUCKS APPROXIMATELY EVERY 10 YEARS. THE CITY CURRENTLY OWNS A 32 YEAR OLD FIRE TRUCK, A 20 YEAR OLD FIRE TRUCK, AND A 10 YEAR OLD FIRE TRUCK. ACCORDING TO CHIEF COCKRUM, THE 32 YEAR FIRE TRUCK IS THE CITY’S ONLY AERIAL APPARATUS AND IS IN NEED OF REPLACEMENT. THE COUNCIL TOLD CHIEF COCKRUM THEY APPRECIATED HIS PRESENTATION, BUT THIS ITEM WOULD NEED TO BE REVISITED AT A LATER DATE DUE TO THE AMOUNT OF MONEY THE CITY IS OBLIGATED TO PAY THIS YEAR.

COMMISSIONER MOORE STATED THAT AS A MATTER OF INFORMATION, HE WOULD LIKE TO LET THE COUNCIL KNOW THAT THE FIREMEN WILL BE HAVING A FIRE AND ICE GALA HOSTED BY HERITAGE WOODS ON FEBRUARY 11, 2016. THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

COMMISSIONER MILLER MADE A MOTION TO PAY MONTHLY BILLS IN THE AMOUNT OF $189,352.92 WITH THE ADDITION OF BILLS FROM CENTERPOINT ENERGY, REPUBLIC SERVICES, AND TERRA PRO EXCAVATING IN THE AMOUNT OF $30,475.32 FOR A TOTAL AMOUNT OF BILLS TO BE PAID OF $219,828.24. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WYANT. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MOORE, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER MILLER, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.

COMMISSIONER MILLER MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PAYROLL DATED 01/29/2016 FROM THE GENERAL FUND IN THE AMOUNT OF $57,648.75, FROM THE WATER AND SEWER FUND IN THE AMOUNT OF $28,178.18, AIRPORT CARETAKER IN THE AMOUNT OF $850.00, AND AUXILIARY POLICE IN THE AMOUNT OF $240.13 FOR A TOTAL PAYROLL OF $86,917.06. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MOORE, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER MILLER, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER MILLER PRESENTED SEWER ADJUSTMENTS FOR GARY GERBER OF 107 COPPLE, EDDIE VAUGHN OF 626 EAST JOPLIN, BRADLEY NOEL OF 1106 S LICKLITER LOT #7, AND KRISTEN HEAVRIN OF 601 EAST SMITH. COMMISSIONER MILLER MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THESE SEWER ADJUSTMENTS AS THEY MEET THE CRITERIA SET FORTH IN THE ORDINANCE. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WYANT. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MOORE, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER MILLER, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER MILLER STATED THAT HE WANTED THE COUNCIL TO BEGIN THINKING ABOUT HAVING A PLANNING RETREAT THIS SPRING AT TWIN OAKS. THE TENTATIVE DATE FOR THE RETREAT WOULD BE MARCH 5, 2016.

COMMISSIONER MILLER STATED THAT THE CONTRACT THE CITY HOLDS WITH CENTERSTONE FOR CLEANING OF CITY HALL EXPIRES IN MARCH OF 2016. COMMISSIONER MILLER MADE A MOTION TO DISCUSS WITH CENTERSTONE AND/OR PREPARE A BID FOR A CLEANING CONTRACT FOR CITY HALL. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MOORE, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER MILLER, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER MILLER MADE A MOTION TO AMEND ORDINANCE #05-11, NAMING THE CITY ATTORNEY AS ETHICS MUNICIPAL ADVISOR. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WYANT. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MOORE, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER MILLER, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

ATTORNEY MALKOVICH PRESENTED ORDINANCE #16-03 AMENDING CHAPTER 6, BUILDING REGULATIONS. COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE MADE A MOTION TO ACCEPT THIS ORDINANCE. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WYANT. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MOORE, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER MILLER, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT THERE ARE MANY UPDATES GOING ON AT TWIN OAKS. THE UPDATES INCLUDE ELECTRICITY, HEATING, AND AIR. MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED HE IS VERY EXCITED ABOUT THE UPDATES THAT ARE HAPPENING.

MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT ZONING ADMINISTRATOR/CODE ENFORCER CHRIS FLENER WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK TO THE COUNCIL ABOUT THE USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA FOR THE CITY. MR. FLENER STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO BRING UPDATES TO OUR CITIZENS VIA FACEBOOK. COMMISSIONER WYANT MADE A MOTION TO ALLOW MR. FLENER TO UPDATE CITIZENS ON THINGS HAPPENING IN THE CITY OF BENTON THROUGH THE CITY HALL FACEBOOK PAGE. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MOORE, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER MILLER, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE AN ORDINANCE PREPARED FORMING A BENTON TOURISM BOARD. HE STATED THAT THIS TOURISM BOARD WOULD OVERSEE HAPPENINGS AT TWIN OAKS. COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE MADE A MOTION TO ALLOW ATTORNEY MALKOVICH TO PREPARE AN ORDINANCE FORMING THE BENTON TOURISM BOARD. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WYANT. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MOORE, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER MILLER, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

MAYOR KONDRITZ ASKED ZONING ADMINISTRATOR/CODE ENFORCER CHRIS FLENER TO SPEAK TO THE COUNCIL ON THE ZONING AND PLANNING COMMISSION. MR. FLENER STATED THAT THE CITY CURRENTLY HAS A ZONING BOARD AND A PLANNING COMMISSION. MR. FLENER WOULD LIKE TO OVERHAUL THESE 2 BOARDS INTO ONE 7-MEMBER BOARD FOR ZONING AND PLANNING. COMMISSIONER MILLER MADE A MOTION TO AMEND THE ZONING AND PLANNING COMMISSION ORDINANCES. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MOORE, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER MILLER, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

MAYOR KONDRITZ ASKED FOR A MOTION TO REAPPOINT TO THE HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION, MICHAEL MCGUIRE FOR A TERM OF 3 YEARS, TOM MALKOVICH FOR A TERM OF 2 YEARS, AND ROBERT REA FOR A TERM OF 2 YEARS. MOTION WAS MADE BY COMMISSIONER MILLER. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MOORE, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER MILLER, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

MAYOR KONDRITZ ASKED FOR A MOTION TO APPOINT , TO THE HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION, CHRISTOPHER FLENER FOR A TERM OF 1 YEAR AND KAREN MULLINS FOR A TERM OF 1 YEAR. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WYANT. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 4. COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER MILLER, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 1. COMMISSIONER MOORE.

NO MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS.

UNDER OLD BUSINESS, COMMISSIONER MOORE STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE THE COUNCIL TO RECONSIDER ALLOWING A POUR LICENSE FOR K&M LIQUORS TO OPEN A GAMING PARLOR. COMMISSIONER MOORE STATED HE WOULD REVISIT THIS AT THE NEXT MEETING.

IN MATTERS FROM THE PUBLIC AUDIENCE, TOM CARTER STATED HE WANTED THE CITY COUNCIL TO BE AWARE THAT THE AGENDA FOR THE LAST AIRPORT BOARD MEETING HAD NOT BEEN POSTED. MR. CARTER STATED THAT HE WILL BE SEEKING AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE MATTER WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE.

COMMISSIONER MOORE 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 BAUMGARTE. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MOORE, COMMISSIONER
BAUMGARTE, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER MILLER, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

7:37 P.M.

COMMISSIONER MOORE MADE A MOTION TO RETURN TO OPEN SESSION. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WYANT. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MOORE, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER MILLER, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

8:20 P.M.

NO ACTION TAKEN IN EXECUTIVE SESSION.

COMMISSIONER MILLER MADE A MOTION TO CONTINUE THE MEETING TO 8:30 A.M. ON THURSDAY FEBRUARY 11, 2016. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WYANT. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MOORE, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER MILLER, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

8:20 P.M.

Flu Clinic

The City of Benton will be hosting a flu shot clinic on Thursday, October 29, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The public is welcome!

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Missing Person — Ira Goff

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Cooling Center

Heat advisory in effect for today.  The Benton City Hall will be open as a cooling center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Please be careful outside today!

City Council Minutes — March 9, 2015

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BENTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING HELD MONDAY MARCH 9, 2015 AT 7:00 P.M. IN THE BENTON MUNICIPAL BUILDING LOCATED AT 500 WEST MAIN STREET, BENTON, ILLINOIS.

MAYOR KRAFT CALLED THE MEETING TO ORDER. THOSE PRESENT WERE COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BURNETT, AND MAYOR KRAFT. COMMISSIONER MILLER WAS ABSENT.

COMMISSIONER BURNETT MADE A MOTION TO WAIVE THE READING OF AND APPROVE THE MINUTES FROM THE FEBRUARY 23, 2015 REGULAR MEETING. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE. VOTE WAS TAKEN: YEAS: 4. COMMISSIONER WYANT, AND MAYOR KRAFT. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PURCHASE ORDER #002255 TO ERA FOR MISCELLANEOUS LABORATORY ITEMS IN THE AMOUNT OF $529.89. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WYANT. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 4. COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BURNETT, AND MAYOR KRAFT. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER WYANT MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE ORDINANCE #15-6
AMENDING CHAPTER 24 – MOTOR VEHICLE CODE BY AMENDING SCHEDULE K – NO PASSING ZONE ON EAST FOREST STREET FROM SOUTH MCLEANSBORO STREET TO KENNETH STREET. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 4. COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BURNETT, AND MAYOR KRAFT. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER BURNETT PRESENTED THE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT FOR FEBRUARY 19, 2015 THROUGH MARCH 3, 2015. THE BENTON POLICE DEPARTMENT HANDLED A TOTAL OF 157 DISPATCH CALLS FOR SERVICE. THESE INCLUDED 3 TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS, 18 TRAFFIC STOPS, 9 DOMESTIC DISPUTES, 1 THEFT REPORT, AND SEVERAL OTHER CALLS FOR SERVICE. THE DEPARTMENT COMPLETED A TOTAL OF 43 WRITTEN REPORTS.

COMMISSIONER BURNETT PRESENTED THE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORT FOR FEBRUARY 23, 2015 THROUGH MARCH 8, 2015. THE FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO 13 CALLS WHICH INCLUDED 2 FIRST RESPONDER CALLS, 4 SERVICE CALLS, 3 FALSE ALARMS, AND 1 MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDDENT/FIRE. ALL 3 FIRE ENGINES ARE IN SERVICE. THE EMERGENCY STORM SIRENS ARE OPERATIONAL WITH NO MALFUNCTIONS. UNDER ITEMS TO REPORT, REVOLUTION RECYCLE HAS CONTACTED THE FIRE DEPARTMENT REGARDING THE RECYCLING DUMPSTER. THEY ARE REQUESTING THAT THE DUMPSTER POSSIBLY BE MOVED DUE TO TROUBLE BEING ABLE TO EMPTY IT. THE COUNCIL SAID THEY WOULD MAKE A DECISION ON THIS IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF MEETINGS.

COMMISSIONER BURNETT STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO ADVERTISE FOR THE POSITION OF A FIRE CHIEF. AFTER DISCUSSION WITH THE COUNCIL, THIS MATTER WAS TABLED. IT WAS DECIDED THAT THE PROCESS OF HIRING A NEW FIRE CHIEF WOULD BE HANDLED BY THE NEXT SEATED COUNCIL.

IN THE ABSENCE OF COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE HANDLED MATTERS FOR THE ACCOUNTS AND FINANCE DEPARTMENT.

COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PAYROLL FOR 02/27/2015 FOR A TOTAL GENERAL FUND PAYROLL OF $60,409.99, WATER AND SEWER OF $26,822.85, AND AIRPORT CARETAKER OF $850.00 FOR A TOTAL PAYROLL OF $88,082.84. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER BURNETT. VOTE WAS TAKEN: YEAS: 4. COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BURNETT, AND MAYOR KRAFT. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PAYROLL FOR 03/13/2015 FOR A TOTAL GENERAL FUND PAYROLL OF $57,376.77 AND WATER AND SEWER OF $29,308.41 FOR A TOTAL PAYROLL OF $86,685.18. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER BURNETT. VOTE WAS TAKEN: YEAS: 4. COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BURNETT, AND MAYOR KRAFT. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE PRESENTED SEWER ADJUSTMENT APPLICATIONS FOR LINDA ALVAREZ OF 607 EAST JOPLIN, RICHARD EUBANKS OF 207 WEST SIXTH, SHANE CASEY OF 311 SOUTH POPE, AND JOHN JOHNSON OF 509 SOUTH LICKLITER. COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THESE SEWER ADJUSTMENTS. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WYANT. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 4. COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BURNETT, AND MAYOR KRAFT. NAYS: 0.

ATTORNEY THOMAS MALKOVICH PRESENTED AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 21 LIQUOR CODE, ARTICLE II – LICENSE CLASS “A” – LIMITING THE NUMBER OF LICENSE FROM 9 (NINE) TO 7 (SEVEN). MOTION TO APPROVE ORDINANCE #15-7 WAS MADE BY COMMISSIONER WYANT. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 4. COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BURNETT, AND MAYOR KRAFT. NAYS: 0.

MAYOR KRAFT STATED THAT THE POLICE AND FIRE PENSION BOARDS NEEDED BOARD MEMBERS APPOINTED. MAYOR KRAFT ASKED TO APPOINT BROOK CRAIG TO THE POLICE PENSION BOARD. COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE MADE A MOTION TO APPOINTMENT BROOK CRAIG TO THE POLICE PENSION BOARD. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WYANT. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 4. COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BURNETT, AND MAYOR KRAFT. NAYS: 0.

MAYOR KRAFT ASKED TO REAPPOINT LISA MENO TO THE FIRE PENSION BOARD. COMMISSIONER WYANT MADE A MOTION TO REAPPOINT LISA MENO TO THE FIRE PENSION BOARD. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER BURNETT. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 4. COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BURNETT, AND MAYOR KRAFT. NAYS: 0.

MAYOR KRAFT STATED THAT THE CIVIC CENTER BOARD HAD RECEIVED A LETTER OF RESIGNATION FROM VICKEE COCKRUM. MAYOR KRAFT STATED HE WOULD LIKE TO STATE HIS APPRECIATION FOR THE WORK THAT MRS. COCKRUM HAD DONE SINCE BEING PLACED ON THE CIVIC CENTER BOARD. COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE MADE A MOTION TO ACCEPT THE RESIGNATION OF CIVIC CENTER BOARD MEMBER VICKEE COCKRUM. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER BURNETT. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 4. COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BURNETT, AND MAYOR KRAFT. NAYS: 0.

MAYOR KRAFT ASKED TO APPOINT JOELLEN BAUER AS A NEW MEMBER TO THE CIVIC CENTER BOARD. COMMISSIONER WYANT MADE A MOTION TO APPOINT JOELLEN BAUER TO THE CIVIC CENTER BOARD. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 4. COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BURNETT, AND MAYOR KRAFT. NAYS: 0.

MAYOR KRAFT PRESENTED A RESOLUTION URGING THE GOVERNOR AND GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO PROTECT FULL FUNDING OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT DISTRIBUTIVE FUND REVENUES. COMMISSIONER WYANT MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THIS RESOLUTION, #15-4. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 4. COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BURNETT, AND MAYOR KRAFT. NAYS: 0.

MAYOR KRAFT STATED THE COUNCIL WOULD TABLE ITEM (F) DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF RESOLUTION TO EXPEND MONIES FOR CITY HALL PROJECT.

NO MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS.

NO OLD BUSINESS.

NO NEW BUSINESS.

IN MATTERS FROM THE PUBLIC, JOHN OWENS, A PAID ON CALL FIREFIGHTER WITH THE CITY OF BENTON, ADDRESSED THE COUNCIL. MR. OWENS READ A LETTER DRAFTED BY THE FIRE DEPARTMENT. THE LETTER STATED THAT THERE WERE 18 FIRE FIGHTERS “YES” VOTES AND 1 ABSTAIN VOTE STATING THEY HAD NO CONFIDENCE IN PUBLIC SAFETY COMMISSIONER BURNETT. JULIE PAYNE HUBLER ADDRESSED COMMISSIONER BURNETT AND STATED SHE WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING AT THE BENTON FIRE DEPARTMENT.

COMMISSIONER WYANT MADE A MOTION TO CONTINUE THE COUNCIL MEETING TO FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2015 AT 8:30 A.M. TO PAY BILLS. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 4. COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BURNETT, AND MAYOR KRAFT. NAYS: 0.

TIME: 8:00 P.M.

!!!MISSING PERSON ALERT!!!

!!!MISSING PERSON ALERT!!!

Ira_GoffIra Eugene Goff (M/W DOB:12/29/1954)

Reported Missing on 12/18/14 from 605 N. Ward street, Benton, IL. 62812 .

Last seen at Huck’s Convenience store in Benton, IL. on 12/14/14 at approximately 9:00am leaving store on foot.

Subject last seen wearing a Mossy Oak style camo hat, Mossy Oak style camo jacket, red hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

If you know the where abouts of Mr. Goff or have seen him recently please contact Inv. Chris Funkhouser of the Benton Police Dept. 618 438-4504 extension 209.