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AGENDA — CITY COUNCIL MEETING 10/25/2021

AGENDA

 BENTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING

MONDAY OCTOBER 25, 2021

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. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF HIRING A WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT EMPLOYEE

 

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

 

  1. PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY REPORT                           COMMISSIONER STOREY
  2. APPROVAL OF PURCHASE ORDERS 
  3. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF POLICE UNION CONTRACT
  4. DISUCSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF DISPATCH NEGOTIATIONS/CONTRACT
  5. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF HIRING A 6TH FIREMAN
  6. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF REMOVAL OF PAID ON CALL FIREFIGHTERS
  7. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF ADDITION OF PAID ON CALL FIREFIGHTERS

 

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

 

  1. CITY ATTORNEY                                                             TOM MALKOVICH
  2. UPDATES   

 

  1. PUBLIC AFFAIRS REPORT                            MAYOR KONDRITZ
  2. UPDATES
  3. APPROVAL OF PURCHASE ORDERS
  4. PRESENTATION BY RICK LINTON ON THE 2022 NATIONAL ARCHERY TOURNAMENT PLANS
  5. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF RELEASE OF MORTGAGE DOC# 2014-0975

 

  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 10/21/21 AT 2:00 P.M./BC               

 

Notice of Public hearing for Zoning Change and Regular Business Meeting — Zoning and Planning Commission 11/03/2021

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Special Meeting Agenda — October 18, 2021

 

 

NOTICE

 

SPECIAL MEETING

BENTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING

OCTOBER 18, 2021

 

 

AGENDA

 

BENTON CITY COUNCIL WILL HOLD A SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING   MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2021 AT 8:30 A.M. IN THE BENTON MUNICIPAL BUILDING LOCATED AT 1403 SOUTH MAIN STREET, BENTON, ILLINOIS.

 

  • DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF HIRING FOR ZONING ADMINISTRATOR/CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER

 

  • EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

  1. DISCUSSION OF POSSIBLE ACQUISITION AND/OR SALE OF

REAL ESTATE

  1. DISCUSSION OF POSSIBLE AND/OR PENDING LITIGATIONS
  2.      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.

 

 

BEC

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10/12/21

City Council Meeting Minutes — September 27, 2021

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Public Hearing September 13, 2021

MINUTES OF THE PUBLIC HEARING OF THE BENTON CITY COUNCIL HELD MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2021 AT 5:45 P.M.  PURSUANT TO THE GOVERNOR’S EXECUTIVE ORDER IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 ISSUED MARCH 16, 2020, THIS MEETING WAS HELD BY TELEPHONE CONFERENCE, COMPUTER ATTENDANCE, AND IN PERSON.

 

MAYOR KONDRITZ DECLARED THE HEARING OPEN AND ASKED FOR ROLL CALL. THOSE PRESENT WERE GARAVALIA, MESSERSMITH, COCKRUM, STOREY, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT THIS PUBLIC HEARING WAS TAKING PLACE TO HEAR TESTIMONY FOR OR AGAINST VACATING AN ALLEY IN THE CORPORTATE LIMITS OF THE CITY AS DESCRIBED BELOW. 

 

AN ALLEY EIGHTEEN (18) FEET IN WIDTH RUNNING SOUTH AND NORTH AND ONE HUNDRED FORTY-ONE AND FIVE TENTHS (141.5) FEET IN LENGTH RUNNING EAST AND WEST LYING NORTH OF LOT 4 IN BLOCK 6 JOPLINS 4TH ADDITION AND LYING SOUTH OF LOT 3 IN BLOCK 6 JOPLINS 4TH ADDITION TO THE CITY OF BENTON, AND LYING WEST OF THE RAIL ROAD RIGHT OF WAY AND LYING EAST OF GRAND STREET TO THE CITY OF BENTON, SITUATED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY, ILLINOIS. 

 

TOM CARTER WAS IN THE AUDIENCE AND ASKED IF THERE WERE ANY UTILITIES IN THE ALLEY.  KIMBERLY LARSEN, WHO REQUESTED THE ALLEY VACATION, STATED THAT IT HAD BEEN CHECKED AND THERE WERE NONE.  NO ONE ELSE IN THE AUDIENCE SPOKE FOR OR AGAINST THIS ALLEY CLOSING. 

 

COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO CLOSE THE HEARING.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.  YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0.  

 

TIME 5:59 P.M.

AGENDA — CITY COUNCIL MEETING ON OCTOBER 11, 2021

AGENDA

 BENTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING

MONDAY OCTOBER 11, 2021

6:00 P.M.

 

  1. CALL TO ORDER

 

  1. ROLL CALL

 

  1. READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

  1. PUBLIC PROPERTY REPORT            
  2. APPROVAL OF PURCHASE ORDERS
  3. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF LAKE LOT LEASE TRANSFERS
  4. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF HIGH SERVICE PUMP PROJECT BID AWARD

 

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

 

  1. PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY REPORT                           COMMISSIONER STOREY
  2. APPROVAL OF PURCHASE ORDERS 
  3. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF HIRING A 6TH FIREMAN
  4. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF POLICE UNION CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS
  5. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF DISPATCH CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS
  6. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF MANDATORY COVID-19 TESTING AND/OR MANDATORY VACCINATIONS

 

  1. ACCOUNTS & FINANCE REPORT            COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA
  2. APPROVAL OF PURCHASE ORDERS & MONTHLY BILLS
  3. APPROVAL OF PAYROLL
  4. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF APPROVING OPENING AN ACCOUNT FOR ARPA FUNDS
  5. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF RESOLUTION FOR CAFETERIA PLAN
  6. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF ENTRY OF INDIVIDUALS TO CITY HALL IN REGARDS TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

 

  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 STRIPPING OF NORTH EAST MUNICIPAL PARKING LOT OFF OF THE SQUARE
  5. DISCUSSOIN AND/OR APPROVAL OF MODIFICATION TO THE REAL ESTATE SALES CONTRACT WITH 618FIXMYRV, LLC TO AN ENTITY BY THE NAME OF 5HINMANHOLDINGS, LLC
  6. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF SPECIAL USE PERMIT FOR A 2022 FLEETWOOD 28 X 64 LOCATED AT 1399 BAILEY LANE
  7. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF ORDINANCE AMENDING I-57 ENTERPRISE ZONE TERRITORY
  8. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF AMENDMENT TO FRANKLIN COUNTY ENTERPRISE ZONE INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENT

 

  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 10/7/21 AT 7:00 P.M./BC

 

 

 

 

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Minutes of Benton Zoning and Planning Commission — September 1, 2021

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CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES — SEPTEMBER 13, 2021

MINUTES OF THE REGULARLY SCHEDULED BENTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING HELD MONDAY SEPTEMBER 13, 2021 AT 6:00 P.M.   THIS MEETING WAS HELD BY IN PERSON AND COMPUTER ATTENDANCE PURSUANT TO THE GOVERNOR’S EXECUTIVE ORDER IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 ISSUED MARCH 16, 2020. 

 

MAYOR KONDRITZ CALLED THE MEETING TO ORDER.  COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ WERE PRESENT FOR ROLL CALL.  COMMISSIONER STOREY ATTENDED VIA ZOOM CONNECTION AND COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ ATTENDED THE MEETING IN PERSON. 

 

COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE REGULARLY SCHEDULED CITY COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON MONDAY, AUGUST 23, 2021.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER COCKRUM.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.  YEAS:  4.  COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0.  COMMISSIONER STOREY ABSTAINED. 

 

MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE ATTORNEY MALKOVICH PRESENT ITEM (D) UNDER PUBLIC AFFAIRS, DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF ALLEY CLOSING.  ATTORNEY MALKOVICH STATED THAT A PUBLIC HEARING WAS HELD AT 5:45 P.M. REGARDING A PETITION RECEIVED FROM KIMBERLY A. LARSEN FOR AN ALLEY TO BE VACATED LYING WEST OF THE RAILROAD RIGHT OF WAY AND LYING EAST OF GRAND STREET.  COMMISSIONER COCKRUM MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE VACATION OF THIS ALLEY.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.  YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0.

 

COMMISSIONER COCKRUM MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PURCHASE ORDER #001773 TO THE TRAFFIC SAFETY STORE FOR 40 FOLDING BARRICADES IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,977.20.  COMMISSIONER COCKRUM STATED THAT THIS WOULD BE PAID FOR FROM THE ILLINOIS PUBLIC RISK FUND SAFETY GRANT.  COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA SECONDED THIS MOTION.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.  YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0.

 

COMMISSIONER COCKRUM STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A MOTION TO TABLE ITEM (B) DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF LAKE LOT LEASE TRANSFERS UNTIL MORE DISCUSSION CAN BE HELD ON THIS LEASE.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.  YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0.

 

COMMISSIONER COCKRUM MADE A MOTION TO HIRE COLE LEVANTI FOR A FULL-TIME POSITION IN THE WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT CONTINGENT ON POST OFFER, PREEMPLOYMENT TESTING.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.  YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0.

 

COMMISSIONER COCKRUM STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO LET THE COUNCIL NOW THERE IS CURRENTLY A PROBLEM WITH THE ELEVATOR AT CITY HALL.  COMMISSIONER COCKRUM STATED THAT HE, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR CRAIG MILES HAVE FORMED A COMMITTEE TO LOOK INTO THIS PROBLEM AND FIX THE SITUATION.  COMMISSIONER COCKRUM STATED THAT AT THIS TIME THE ELEVATOR IS CLOSED FOR SERVICE AND HE STATED THAT HE WILL UPDATE THE COUNCIL AS THE PROBLEM IS REMEDIED. 

 

COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE RESOLUTION #21-06 CLOSING VARIOUS ROADS FOR THE BENTON CONSOLIDATED HIGH SCHOOL HOMECOMING PARADE ON OCTOBER 1, 2021 FROM 1:15 P.M. TO 2:45 P.M.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER COCKRUM.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.  YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0.

 

COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH STATED THAT THERE WERE A LOT OF ACTIVITIES OVER THE PREVIOUS WEEKEND IN THE CITY OF BENTON.  COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH STATED THAT TRAFFIC FLOW WAS GOOD AND HE WAS VERY PLEASED WITH HOW OUR EMPLOYEES KEPT THE FLOW OF TRAFFIC THROUGH THE CITY. 

 

COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE SALE OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT BOAT FOR SURPLUS TO CLINTON COUNTY IN THE AMOUNT OF $7,500.00.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.  YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0.

 

COMMISSIONER STOREY STATED THAT ITEM (C) DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF POLICE UNION CONTRACT AND ITEM (D) DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF DISPATCH NEGOTIATIONS/CONTRACT WOULD BOTH BE DISCUSSED IN EXECUTIVE SESSION. 

 

COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE HIRING OF A 6TH FIREMAN.  MOTION DIED FOR LACK OF SECOND. 

 

COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE MONTHLY BILLS IN THE AMOUNT OF $559,302.03.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.  YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0.

 

COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA STATED THAT SHE HAS SPOKEN WITH ERICK CHRISTY REGARDING THE PURCHASE OF A CYBERSECURITY INSURANCE POLICY.  MR. CHRISTY STATED THAT HE BELIEVES THE CITY OF BENTON WOULD BENEFIT FROM HAVING THIS TYPE OF POLICY.  COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE A MOTION TO PURCHASE A CYBERSECURITY INSURANCE POLICY IN THE AMOUNT OF $4,895.00 FOR A ONE-YEAR TIMEFRAME.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.  YEAS:  4.  COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  1.  COMMISSIONER STOREY. 

 

CITY ATTORNEY MALKOVICH STATED THAT HE HAD SOME ITEMS TO DISCUSS IN EXECUTIVE SESSION.

 

MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT HE HAD NO UPDATES FOR THE MEETING AND NO PURCHASE ORDERS. 

 

MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO DISCUSS ITEM (C) DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF VIDEO GAMING PUSH TAX ORDINANCE IN EXECUTIVE SESSION. 

 

MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT HE NEEDED A MOTION TO ACCEPT THE RESIGNATION FROM ZONING AND PLANNING COMMISSIONER BOARD MEMBER KYLE NEAL.  COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE THIS MOTION.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.  YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0.

 

MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT HE NEEDED A MOTION TO ACCEPT A RESIGNATION FROM ZONING AND PLANNING COMMISSIONER BOARD MEMBER COY COCKRUM.  COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH MADE THIS MOTION.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.  YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0.

 

MAYOR KONDRITZ ASKED FOR A MOTION TO APPOINT JOHN MOHR TO THE ZONING AND PLANNING COMMISSIONER BOARD.  COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE THIS MOTION.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER COCKRUM.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.  YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0.

 

MAYOR KONDRITZ ASKED FOR A MOTION TO APPOINT ADRIENNE MASON TO THE ZONING AND PLANNING COMMISSIONER BOARD.  COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH MADE THIS MOTION.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER COCKRUM.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.  YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0.

 

MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO SET TRICK OR TREAT HOURS FOR OCTOBER 30, 2021 FROM 5 P.M. TO 8 P.M. IN THE CITY OF BENTON.  COMMISSIONER COCKRUM MADE THIS MOTION.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY. 

 

IN MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS, MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO COMMENT ON HOW GREAT THE LARGE FLAG HUNG BY THE FIRE DEPARTMENT AT CAPITAL PARK AND THE FOOTBALL GAME ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2021 LOOKED.  MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED HOW NICE IT WAS TO SEE EVERYONE WORKING TOGETHER TO MAKE ALL THE EVENTS HAPPEN.  COMMISSIONER COCKRUM STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO THANK LISA MENO, MELISSA HUNGATE, AND BROOK CRAIG FOR THE WORK THEY PUT IN ON THE PHOTO COLLAGE THAT WAS PLACED AT CAPITAL PARK FOR THE VETERANS AND FIRST RESPONDERS.  MAYOR KONDRITZ ALSO THANKED COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA FOR ALL THE WORK SHE DID IN PUTTING THE 9/11 MEMORIAL PROGRAM TOGETHER. 

 

ALSO, UNDER MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE THE COUNCIL CONSIDER SAYING A PRAYER BEFORE BEGINNING COUNCIL MEETINGS.  HE STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO INVITE PASTORS FROM THE COMMUNITY TO LEAD THIS PRAYER BEFORE THE COUNCIL MEETINGS.  ATTORNEY MALKOVICH STATED THAT HE WOULD DO SOME RESEARCH ON THIS TOPIC AND GET BACK TO THE COUNCIL WITH WHAT COULD LEGALLY BE DONE. 

 

NO OLD BUSINESS. 

 

IN NEW BUSINESS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH STATED THAT HE RECENTLY ATTENDED A BACK TO BUSINESS GRANT WORKSHOP THROUGH THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.  HE STATED THAT THIS WAS LED BY JASON SIGLER OF THE SIU OFFICE OF ECONOMIC AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT.  COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH HAD MENTIONED TO MR. SIGLER THAT THIS WAS A GREAT PROGRAM, HOWEVER, HE WISHED IT WOULD HAVE BEEN IN THE EVENING WHERE THERE COULD BE GREATER ATTENDANCE.  MR. SIGLER HAS AGREED TO DO ANOTHER WORKSHOP ON SEPTEMBER 28TH AT 6 P.M.  THIS WORKSHOP WILL BE FREE OF CHARGE AT THE BUZZ IN BENTON AND IT WILL BE HOSTED BY THE CITY OF BENTON AND THE BENTON/WEST CITY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.  COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH STATED THAT THERE IS NO CHARGE TO THE CITY FOR THIS EVENT.

 

COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH STATED THAT THE EDGE CLASS, WHICH CONSISTS OF STUDENTS FROM VARIOUS FRANKLIN COUNTY SCHOOLS AND IS TAUGHT BY HIM, WILL BE HOLDING A FALL FESTIVAL AND WOULD LIKE PERMISSION TO USE THE NORTH EAST MUNICIPAL PARKING LOT.  THIS WOULD BE FROM 9 A.M. TO 2 P.M. ON OCTOBER 23, 2021.  ALSO, DURING THIS TIME, A GROUP THAT CALLS THEMSELVES “CHALK BENTON” WOULD LIKE TO DO HALLOWEEN THEMED CHALK PORTRAITS AROUND THE SQUARE.  ATTORNEY MALKOVICH STATED THAT THIS WOULD NEED TO BE PLACED ON THE NEXT AGENDA AND APPROVED BY THE COUNCIL.  ATTORNEY MALKOVICH STATED THAT THE EDGE PROGRAM WOULD ALSO HAVE TO FOLLOW ALL THE RULES OTHER GROUPS HAVE FOLLOWED IN ORDER TO USE THE MUNICIPAL PARKING LOT FOR THE FESTIVAL. 

 

MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT THE MURAL ON THE SIDE OF THE BENTON/WEST CITY CHAMBER BUILDING WAS TOUCHED UP OVER THE WEEKEND.  MAYOR KONDRITZ ENCOURAGED PEOPLE TO GO AND SEE HOW NICE THE MURAL LOOKS. 

 

IN MATTERS FROM THE PUBLIC AUDIENCE, MR. TOM CARTER ASKED IF THE NEW HIRE FOR THE WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT HAS ELECTRICAL EXPERIENCE.  COMMISSIONER COCKRUM STATED THAT HE WAS NOT SURE.  MR. CARTER STATED THAT IF THE NEW HIRE NEEDED SOME HELP WITH IT, MR. CARTER WOULD VOLUNTEER TO TEACH HIM.  MR. CARTER ALSO ASKED COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA WHY THE NEW HIRES ARE HAPPENING AFTER THE VERBAL AGREEMENT WAS MADE TO NOT HIRE ANYONE IN EXCHANGE FOR INSURANCE COVERAGE OF RETIREES.  MR. CARTER STATED THAT HE DID NOT FEEL THIS WAS RIGHT.  COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA STATED THAT SHE RESPECTED MR. CARTER’S OPINION. 

 

COMMISSIONER COCKRUM MADE A MOTION TO GO INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION FOR (B) DISCUSSION OF POSSIBLE AND/OR PENDING LITIGATIONS AND (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 MESSERSMITH.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.  YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0.

 

6:45 P.M.

 

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

 

7:50 P.M.

 

COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO CONTINUE POLICE UNION CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER COCKRUM.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.  YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0.

 

COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH MADE A MOTION TO CONTINUE DISPATCH CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.  YEAS:  5.  COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, COMMISSIONER COCKRUM, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0.

 

COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE ORDINANCE #21-07 FOR A VIDEO GAMING PUSH TAX ORDINANCE.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.  YEAS:  3.  COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  1.  COMMISSIONER COCKRUM.  ABSTAINED:  1.  COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH. 

 

 

 

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

 

7:55 P.M.

 

CITY COUNCIL AGENDA — SEPTEMBER 27, 2021

AGENDA

 BENTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 27, 2021

6:00 P.M.

 

  1. CALL TO ORDER

 

  1. ROLL CALL

 

  1. READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

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

 

  1. STREETS & IMPROVEMENTS                                          COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH
  2. APPROVAL OF PURCHASE ORDERS
  3. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF USE OF MUNICIPAL PARKING LOT FOR FALL FESTIVAL

 

  1. PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY REPORT                           COMMISSIONER STOREY
  2. APPROVAL OF PURCHASE ORDERS 
  3. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF HIRING A 6TH FIREMAN
  4. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF POLICE UNION CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS
  5. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF DISPATCH CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS

 

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

 

  1. CITY ATTORNEY                                                             TOM MALKOVICH
  2. UPDATES   

 

  1. PUBLIC AFFAIRS REPORT                            MAYOR KONDRITZ
  2. UPDATES
  3. APPROVAL OF PURCHASE ORDERS
  4. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF SALE OF SURPLUS REAL ESTATE
  5. PRESENTATION OF AUCTION RESULTS FROM G. DAVID GREEN

 

  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 09/21/21 AT 4:00 P.M./BC

 

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