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Agenda — City Council Meeting October 14, 2019

AGENDA
BENTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING
MONDAY OCTOBER 14, 2019
6:00 P.M.

1. CALL TO ORDER

2. ROLL CALL

3. READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES

4. PUBLIC PROPERTY REPORT COMMISSIONER PERKINS
A. APPROVAL OF PURCHASE ORDERS

5. STREETS & IMPROVEMENTS COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH
A. APPROVAL OF PURCHASE ORDERS
B. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF PAYMENT TO JOHN H CRAWFORD FOR WASTENA STREET
PROJECT

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

7. ACCOUNTS & FINANCE REPORT COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA
A. APPROVAL OF PURCHASE ORDERS & MONTHLY BILLS
B. APPROVAL OF PAYROLL
C. APPROVAL OF SEWER ADJUSTMENTS
D. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF AMENDING THE RESOLUTION FOR THE SEWER SURCHARGE
E. DISCUSISON AND/OR APPROVAL OF RESOLUTION AMENDING THE TRANSFER AND RESTRICTION OF
FUNDS TO THE WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT
F. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF RESOLUTION RESTRICTING FUNDS FOR THE WASTEWATER
TREATMENT PLANT DEBT REDUCTION
G. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF RESOLUTION RESTRICTING FUNDS FOR WASTEWATER
INFRASTRUCTURE

8. CITY ATTORNEY TOM MALKOVICH
A. UPDATES

9. PUBLIC AFFAIRS REPORT MAYOR KONDRITZ
A. UPDATES
B. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF SUBMITTING A SEALED BID ON A SPECIFIC PROPERTY
C. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF MOVING FORWARD WITH THE LICENSING AND ZONING FOR THE SALE AND DISTRIBUTION OF CANNIBAS
D. PRESENTATION FROM AZAVAR GOVERNMENT SOLUTIONS

10. MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS

11. OLD BUSINESS

12. NEW BUSINESS

13. MATTERS FROM THE PUBLIC AUDIENCE

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

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October Spotlight Award

 

 

 

 

The Benton Zoning and Planning Commission awarded the October Spotlight Award to Joe’s Pizza and the Steve Browning residence. Each month, based on nominations, the Commission recognizes one business and one private residence in the City of Benton for their property upkeep, maintenance or decoration. Congratulations to this month’s award recipients! And thank you to those who turned in nominations!

Nomination forms can be picked up and are accepted throughout the month at the Benton City Hall.

9/4/19 Benton Zoning & Planning Commission Regular Meeting Minutes

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Please view the document below to review the Benton Zoning and Planning Commission’s regular meeting minutes from Wednesday, September 4, 2019.

10/2/19 Benton Zoning & Planning Commission Regular Meeting Agenda

Please see the document below for the Benton Zoning and Planning Commission’s regular meeting agenda for Wednesday, October 2, 2019. The meetings are held at the Benton City Hall Council chambers at 6 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.

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City Council Meeting Minutes — September 9, 2019

MINUTES OF THE REGULARLY SCHEDULED BENTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING HELD MONDAY SEPTEMBER 9, 2019 AT 6:00 P.M. IN THE BENTON MUNICIPAL BUILDING LOCATED AT 1403 SOUTH MAIN STREET BENTON, ILLINOIS.

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

COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE A MOTION TO BE MADE ON THE MINUTES OF THE REGULARLY SCHEDULED CITY COUNCIL MEETING OF SEPTEMBER 9, 2019. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER PERKINS MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PARTIAL PAY ESTIMATE 1 FOR WIGGS EXCAVATING FOR NORTH MAIN STREET TO JOPLIN STREET WATER MAIN RELOCATION IN THE AMOUNT OF $97,888.34. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH STATED THAT HE HAD SPOKEN WITH REPRESENTATIVE SEVERIN. REPRESENTATIVE SEVERIN STATED THAT THE WIDENING OF HIGHWAY 7 WOULD INCLUDE THE ADDING OF FOUR (4) FOOT BIKE LANES ON EACH SIDE OF THE HIGHWAY. COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH STATED THAT THIS IS SOMETHING THE STATE WILL MAINTAIN AND WHEN THE PROJECT IS FINISHED THERE WILL BE BIKE LANES FROM MT. VERNON TO MARION.

COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO APPROVE RESOLUTION #19-14 FOR A ROAD CLOSURE FOR THE BCHS HOMECOMING PARADE ON OCTOBER 4, 2019 FROM 1:00 P.M. TO 2:45 P.M. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH STATED THAT THE OIL AND CHIP WORK IS SLATED TO BE FINISHED THIS WEEK.

COMMISSIONER STOREY STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO HIRE MORE FIRST RESPONDERS. COMMISSIONER STOREY STATED THAT THERE ARE MULTIPLE SHIFTS PER WEEK WHERE THE CITY OF BENTON HAS ONE (1) OFFICER ON DUTY AT A TIME AND HE FEELS THAT WE ARE NOT ADEQUATELY COVERED. COMMISSIONER STOREY ALSO STATED THAT TWO (2) TO THREE (3) TIMES PER WEEK THE FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS ONE GUY ON SHIFT BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 4 P.M. AND 8 A.M. COMMISSIONER STOREY STATED THAT THE FIRE CHIEF BELIEVES THE CITY CAN SAVE $28,000.00 A YEAR IN OVERTIME BY ADDING ANOTHER FIREMAN. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA QUESTIONED THIS STATEMENT. COMMISSIONER STOREY STATED THAT BY NOT TAKING THE CITY OFFERED INSURANCE HE WAS SAVING THE CITY $10,000.00 PER YEAR AND HE WANTED THAT TO GO TOWARDS A NEW FIRST RESPONDER. COMMISSIONER STOREY ALSO STATED THAT IF THIS DOES NOT HAPPEN HE WILL TAKE THE CITY OFFERED INSURANCE IN THE FUTURE.

COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE MONTHLY BILLS IN THE AMOUNT OF $484,241.95. THIS AMOUNT INCLUDES $93,010.37 TO CHASTAIN AND ASSOCIATES FOR THE I-57 INTERCHANGE PROJECT. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PAYROLL FOR 09/06/2019 FOR GENERAL FUND IN THE AMOUNT OF $65,586.38 AND FOR THE WATER AND SEWER FUND IN THE AMOUNT OF $26,425.15 FOR A TOTAL OF $92,011.53. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA STATED THAT SHE WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE ORDINANCE CONCERNING ADJUSTMENTS FOR SEWER AND POOL FILLS. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA STATED THAT SHE WOULD LIKE CLARIFICATION REGARDING WHAT THE ORDINANCE CONSIDERS AS EXCESSIVE WATER USAGE VERSUS WATER LOSS.

COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA PRESENTED AN ADJUSTMENT FOR DON OWENS OF 804 EADS STREET AND MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THIS ADJUSTMENT AS IT MEETS THE CRITERIA SET FORTH IN THE ORDINANCE. 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 DENY ADJUSTMENT FOR GERALD PYRON 412 WEST SMITH AS HE STATES THE USE OF THE EXCESSIVE WATER IS UNKNOWN AND THEREFORE DOES NOT MEET THE CRITERIA SET FORTH IN THE ORDINANCE. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

MAYOR KONDRITZ ASKED ZONING ADMINISTRATOR DAVID GARAVALIA TO PRESENT ITEM (B) DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF AMENDING ORDINANCE 19-12 PROHIBITING RAZOR WIRE TO MAKE I ZONING AND GOVERNMENT ENTITIES EXEMPT FROM THIS ORDINANCE. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

MAYOR KONDRITZ ASKED ZONING ADMINISTRATOR DAVID GARAVALIA TO PRESENT ITEM © DISCUSSION AND OR APPROVAL OF BIDS FOR DEMOLITION OF 20 EAST TAYLOR STREET AND 411 NORTH BUCHANAN STREET. MR. GARAVALIA STATED THAT THESE DEMOS WILL NOT TAKE PLACE UNTIL NEXT FISCAL YEAR, BUT APPROVING THEM NOW WOULD GIVE HIM THE NECESSARY TIME TO HAVE ALL STEPS COMPLETED BY THE TIME OF DEMOLITION.

COMMISSIONER PERKINS MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE BID FOR DEMOLITION OF 203 EAST TAYLOR FROM AP EXCAVATING IN THE AMOUNT OF $3,600.00. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA. 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 THE BID FOR DEMOLITION OF 411 BUCHANAN STREET IN THE AMOUNT OF $4,200.00. 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 THAT THE AIRPORT SUBMITTED RECOMMENDATIONS INCLUDING A NEW FUEL PUMP HOSE IN THE AMOUNT OF $21,176.89, HAVING THE AIRPORT MANAGER ENGAGE AN APPROPRIATE VENDOR TO DIAGNOSE/REPAIR THE RUNWAY IDENTIFIER LIGHTS SYSTEM, TO DIRECT THE AIRPORT MANAGER TO ENGAGE AN APPROPRIATE VENDOR TO REPLACE A BROKEN FUEL TANK SUMP PUMP, AND THE FILL THE VACANT SEAT ON THE ADVISORY BOARD AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. COMMISSIONER PERKINS MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE AIRPORT RECOMMENDATIONS AS PRESENTED. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

NO MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS.

UNDER OLD BUSINESS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA ASKED IF A NEW RESOLUTION WOULD NEED TO BE PASSED IN ORDER FOR MORE THAN ONE COMMISSIONER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ILLINOIS MUNICIPAL RETIREMENT FUND. ATTORNEY MALKOVICH STATED THAT THIS RESOLUTION WOULD NEED TO BE AMENDED IF INDEED ANOTHER COMMISSIONER WISHED TO PARTICIPATE AS RESOLUTION #19-13 WAS PASSED FOR ONLY THE FINANCE COMMISSIONER.

UNDER NEW BUSINESS, COMMISSIONER STOREY STATED THAT HE HAS NOTICED 19 INOPERABLE VEHICLES IN THE NORTHWEST QUADRANT OF THE CITY AND THESE OWNERS WILL BE NOTIFIED OF THEIR ORDINANCE VIOLATION.

IN MATTERS FROM THE PUBLIC AUDIENCE, CINDY BRITTON ASKED THE COUNCIL WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF A CITIZEN CHOSE NOT TO PAY THE TICKET FOR AN ORDINANCE VIOLATION. MRS. BRITTON ALSO STATED SHE WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE BOARD, ESPECIALLY CATHY GARAVALIA, FOR THEIR WORK INTO LOOKING INTO WAYS TO HANDLE THE BUDGET. MRS. BRITTON ALSO ASKED COMMISSIONER PERKINS IF HE HAD A POLICY OF WHAT WOULD HAPPEN WITH EMPLOYEES WHO ALWAYS REFUSED OVERTIME. COMMISSIONER PERKINS STATED THAT HE DID NOT HAVE ANY OVERTIME REFUSED TO HIS KNOWLEDGE SINCE HE HAS TAKEN OVER AS COMMISSIONER.

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

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9/23/19 Benton City Council Meeting Agenda

Please refer to the document below to view the full agenda for Benton City Council’s regular meeting set for Monday, September 23, 2019. The meeting will be held at the Benton City Hall at 6 p.m.

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City Council Meeting Minutes — August 26, 2019

MINUTES OF THE REGULARLY SCHEDULED BENTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING HELD MONDAY AUGUST 26, 2019 AT 6:00 P.M. IN THE BENTON MUNICIPAL BUILDING LOCATED AT 1403 SOUTH MAIN STREET BENTON, ILLINOIS.

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

COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE A MOTION TO BE MADE ON THE MINUTES OF THE REGULARLY SCHEDULED CITY COUNCIL MEETING OF AUGUST 12, 2019. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER PERKINS MADE A MOTION TO HIRE ROBERT “JIMMY” WELLS FOR THE POSITION OF WATER DEPARTMENT MAINTENANCE WITH A START DATE OF 08/27/2019. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO TALK ABOUT AMENDING THE TERMINATION DATE OF FREE TRASH SERVICES TO THE CIVIC CENTER, KIWANIS HALL, CITY PARK, BENTON LIBRARY, AND CHURCHES. COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH STATED THAT HE WANTED TO GIVE THESE ENTITIES MORE TIME TO GET THEIR BUDGETS PREPARED FOR THIS. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA STATED THAT SHE DID NOT FEEL THIS WAS A COST THE CITY COULD AFFORD TO CONTINUE TO INCUR. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA ALSO STATED THAT SHE WAS PERSONALLY THANKED BY THE BENTON PUBLIC LIBRARY FOR THE CITY PROVIDING TRASH AS LONG AS THEY HAD. NO ACTION WAS TAKEN ON THIS ITEM.

COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PURCHASE ORDER #001994 TO NOVACOM, DUNAGAN’S COLLISION, GPS CITY, AND THIN LINE PUBLIC SAFETY IN THE AMOUNT OF $20,000.00 TO EQUIP THE TWO NEW 2019 FORD TAURUS SQUAD CARS INCLUDING STRIPING AND INSTALLATION COSTS. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER STOREY PRESENTED PURCHASE ORDER #001142 TO LEO ELLEBRACHT COMPANY FOR ONE SET OF MORNING PRIDE BUNKER GEAR TO REPLACE AN EXPIRED SET IN THE AMOUNT OF $2,136.00. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PURCHASE ORDER #001143 TO MID-AMERICA FIRE AND SAFETY IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,532.58 FOR ONE SET OF BUNKER GEAR TO REPLACE EXPIRED GEAR. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PURCHASE ORDER #001141 TO OSCAR’S SERVICE FOR AN ICE MACHINE FOR THE FIRE DEPARTMENT. 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 THE EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT FOR MICHAEL ANDREWS AS THE POLICE CHIEF TO BEGIN ON AUGUST 22, 2019 FOR FOUR (4) YEARS AT A STARTING PAY OF $70,000.00 WITH A $5,000.00 STIPEND FOR FORENSICS. 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 PURCHASE ORDER #COB1 TO CONCEPTE OF ILLINOIS FOR A BLOCK OF 50 HOURS FOR TECHNICAL SUPPORT FOR ALL DEPARTMENTS. 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 PURCHASE ORDER #00080 GREENLEAF LANDSCAPING FOR LANDSCAPING AT CITY HALL IN THE AMOUNT OF$465.00.

COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PAYROLL FOR 08/23/2019 FOR GENERAL FUND IN THE AMOUNT OF $66,769.70, FOR THE WATER AND SEWER FUND IN THE AMOUNT OF $32,695.72, AND AIRPORT CARETAKER IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,100.00 FOR A TOTAL OF $100,565.42. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER PERKINS. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE SEWER ADJUSTMENTS FOR DAVE CLARK OF 11228 STATE HIGHWAY 37, SCOTT CAMERON OF 1106SOUTH LICKLITER (LOT 30), AND CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON OF 90 NORTH FAIRLAND AS THEY ALL MEET THE CRITERIA SET FORTH IN THE ORDINANCE. 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 DENY ADJUSTMENT FOR CONNIE KEY OF 210 WEST PARK AND WILLIAM WYSONG OF 212 NORTH MAPLE STREET AS THEY DO NOT MEET THE CRITERIA SET FORTH IN THE ORDINANCE. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 3. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 1. COMMISSIONER STOREY. ABSTAIN: 1. COMMISSIONER PERKINS.

COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE RESOLUTION #19-13 RELATING TO PARTICIPATION BY ELECTED OFFICIALS IN THE ILLINOIS MUNICIPAL RETIREMENT FUND. MOTION WAS SECONDED BY COMMISSIONER STOREY. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT HE WAS SADDENED TO HEAR ABOUT THE SHOOTING OF AN ILLINOIS STATE POLICEMAN THIS PAST WEEK. HE STATED THAT HE CONSTANTLY WORRIES ABOUT THE EMPLOYEES OF THE CITY OF BENTON.

MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT THERE WILL BE A CENSUS IN 2020. MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT THE CITY NEEDS TO APPOINT A POINT PERSON FOR THE CITY’S INVOLVEMENT IN THE 2020 CENSUS. MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO APPOINT RACHEL GARTNER TO THIS POSITION. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE A MOTION TO APPOINT RACHEL GARTNER AS THE CITY OF BENTON’S POINT PERSON FOR THE 2020 CENSUS. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

NO MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS.

UNDER OLD BUSINESS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA STATED THAT SHE WOULD LIKE ALL THE COMMISSIONERS TO KEEP UP WITH THE CHECKS AND BALANCES FOR THE CITY OF BENTON. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA STATED THAT SHE WOULD LIKE TO ASK EACH COMMISSIONER CHECK ALL BILLS EACH MONTH.

NO NEW BUSINESS.

IN MATTERS FROM THE PUBLIC AUDIENCE, TOM CARTER ASKED WHY IF THE WATER DEPARTMENT COULD USE $1.2 MILLION FROM THE SEWER FUND, WHY THEY ARE DOING WORK AT THE AIRPORT AND NOT CHARGING THE AIRPORT? JULIE PAYNE HUBLER ASKED HOW LONG THE CONTRACT FOR THE POLICE CHIEF IS. CINDY BRITTON ASKED COMMISSIONER PERKINS HOW MANY PEOPLE APPLIED FOR THE NEW MAINTENANCE POSITION. COMMISSIONER PERKINS STATED THAT FOUR OR FIVE PEOPLE HAD APPLIED IN ADDITION TO THE CLOSE TO 40 THAT APPLIED WITH THE FIRST OPEN POSITION THIS SUMMER. MRS. BRITTON ASKED WHO ALL WERE INTERVIEWED. COMMISSIONER PERKINS STATED THAT HE USED THE INTERVIEWS FROM THE FIRST POSITION TO FILL THIS POSITION.

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

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2019 Trash Rate Increase

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8/7/19 Benton Zoning & Planning Commission Regular Meeting Minutes

Please refer to the document below for the minutes from the Benton Zoning and Planning Commission’s regular meeting held on Wednesday, August 7, 2019.

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