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AGENDA — CITY COUNCIL MEETING JULY 13, 2020

AGENDA
BENTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING
MONDAY JULY 13, 2020
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
B. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF RAISING WATER RATES
C. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF LAKE LOT LEASE TRANSFER
D. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF AMENDING RESOLUTION #2019-18

5. STREETS & IMPROVEMENTS COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH
A. APPROVAL OF PURCHASE ORDERS
B. UPDATE FROM DAVE HARP WITH CHASTAIN AND ASSOCIATES
C. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF STREET CLOSURE FOR CHAMBER CAR
SHOW
D. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF TEMPORARY STRUCTURE AT 1205 ELECTION DRIVE

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

8. CITY ATTORNEY TOM MALKOVICH
A. UPDATES

9. PUBLIC AFFAIRS REPORT MAYOR KONDRITZ
A. UPDATES
B. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF REZONING THE NORTH ½ OF PART OF PARCEL 08-07-401-003 CONSISTING OF 2½ ACRES DIRECTLY WEST OF MIDWEST TIRE DISPOSAL ON EAST ILLINOIS STREET
C. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF A SPECIAL USE PERMIT FOR JEFF SHOCKLEY TO PURCHASE AND RESIDE IN A MANUFACTURED HOME AT 405 WEST TAYLOR STREET
D. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL TO ACCEPT 427 WEST WEBSTER FOR DEMOLITION OF PROPERTY FROM OWNER BIG C PROPERTIES LLC
E. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL TO SELL VACANT LOT AT 210 BUCHANAN STREET ON THE CORNER OF EAST SMITH STREET, PARCEL #08-18-417-001
F. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL TO OBTAIN BIDS FOR THE EAST MAIN PARKING LOT EXTENSION
G. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL ON NEGOTIATING BARGAINING AREEMENTS
H. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF AMENDING LANGUAGE IN LAKE LOT LEASE AGREEMENTS AT LAKE BENTON
I. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF PAYMENT TO BROWN AND ROBERTS FOR NEW TERMINAL PROJECT

J.  DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF SEEKING BIDS FOR ROOF AT CITY HALL

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.

ADJOURNMENT POSTED 07/09/20 AT 6:00 P.M./BEC

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Meeting Minutes June 8, 2020

MINUTES OF THE REGULARLY SCHEDULED BENTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING HELD MONDAY JUNE 8, 2020 AT 6:00 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 AND COMPUTER ATTENDANCE ONLY FOR THE PUBLIC. THE BENTON CITY COUNCIL MET IN THE COUNCIL ROOM AT THE BENTON CITY HALL 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. 

 

COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE REGULARLY SCHEDULED CITY COUNCIL MEETING OF MAY 26, 2020.  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 PURCHASE ORDER 001767 TO PREMIER PUMP AND POWER, LLC FOR A TRAILER PUMP IN THE AMOUNT OF $24,630.00.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH.  COMMISSIONER PERKINS STATED THAT THE TIME AND PRODUCTIVITY SAVED BY USING THIS NEW PUMP WILL MORE THAN PAY FOR THE PUMP IN THE NEXT YEAR.  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 TRANSFER OF LAKE LOTS #93 AND #94 FROM MALLORY MARTIN AND MACKENZIE MARTIN TO CALLIE BROWN.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PURCHASE ORDER #001768 TO KEY EQUIPMENT FOR FIVE (5) GUTTER BROOMS IN THE AMOUNT OF $800.00.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER PERKINS.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE ORDINANCE #2020-09, EXCAVATION PERMIT.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH STATED THAT THE SIDEWALK PROJECT WILL BE SEEKING BIDS TO SELECT A CONTRACTOR.  COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH ALSO STATED THAT A SUMMER ROAD PROGRAM AND DITCHING PROJECTS ARE UNDERWAY. 

COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PURCHASE ORDER #00018 TO AMSOIL 40 GALLONS OF OIL FOR FIRE ENGINE OIL CHANGES IN THE AMOUNT OF $500.00.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO TABLE ITEM (B) DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF HIRING OF NEW FIREFIGHTER.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO ADVERTISE THAT THE CITY OF BENTON WILL BE ACCEPTING BIDS FOR THE FEMA GRANT EXHAUST SYSTEM.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO ADVERTISE THAT THE CITY OF BENTON WILL BE ACCEPTING SEALED BIDS FOR THE K9 KENNEL THAT WAS PREVIOUSLY PLACED AT OFFICER WILKEY’S HOME.  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 PURCHASE ORDER #00614 TO GROWMAIL FOR A POSTCARD TYPE MAILER ADVERTISING THE CENSUS IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,766.68.  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 PAYING BILLS IN THE AMOUNT OF $218,520.36.  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 05/28/2020 FOR GENERAL FUND IN THE AMOUNT OF $94,131.63 AND FOR THE WATER AND SEWER FUND IN THE AMOUNT OF $27,009.07 FOR A TOTAL PAYROLL OF $121,140.70.  COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH SECONDED THIS MOTION.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

CITY ATTORNEY THOMAS MALKOVICH STATED THAT BARGAINING AGREEMENTS WERE CONTINUING WITH ALL THREE UNIONS. 

 

UNDER UPDATES FROM PUBLIC AFFAIRS, MAYOR KONDRITZ CONGRATULATED ATTORNEY MALKOVICH ON HIS MARRIAGE.  MAYOR KONDRITZ ALSO STATED THAT THE WATER DEPARTMENT ATTENDED TO A LEAK ON EAST MAIN STREET, THE FIRE DEPARTMENT ATTENDED TO A FIRE AT THE COUNTY BARN, AND THE POLICE DEPARTMENT WERE PRESENT DURING A PEACEFUL PROTEST ON THE BENTON SQUARE THIS PAST WEEK.  MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT ALL THE EMPLOYEES OF THESE DEPARTMENTS DID A WONDERFUL JOB. 

 

MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT HE HAS NOTICED MULTIPLE PEOPLE RIDING ATV AND FOUR-WHEELERS AT LAKE BENTON.  HE STATED THAT HE WANTED TO REMIND OUR CITIZENS THAT IT IS ILLEGAL TO OPERATE THESE VEHICLES ON CITY OWNED PROPERTY OR ROADS. 

 

MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO TABLE ITEM (C) DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF WORKFORCE REDUCTION.  COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE THIS MOTION.  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 ATTORNEY MALKOVICH TO DISCUSS ITEM (E) DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF USING PUBLIC PROPERTIES, INCLUDING SIDEWALKS, BUT BUSINESSES, RESTAURANTS, AND/OR BARS.  ATTORNEY MALKOVICH STATED THAT THE COUNCIL WOULD NEED TO PREPARE AN EMERGENCY ORDER STATING THIS.  COMMISSIONER PERKINS MADE THIS MOTION. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

MAYOR KONDRITZ ASKED FOR A MOTION APPROVING PAYMENT OF AN INVOICE TO BROWN AND ROBERTS FOR THE AIRPORT TERMINAL PROJECT IN THE AMOUNT OF $10,469.42.  COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE THIS MOTION. 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 FOR A MOTION TO APPROVE PURCHASE ORDER #00615 TO MIDWEST PETROLEUM AND EXCAVATING FOR PAYMENT #1 TO CONSTRUCT THE NEW TERMINAL BUILDING IN THE AMOUNT OF $37,152.00.  COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE THIS MOTION. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

NO MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS. 

 

IN OLD BUSINESS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA STATED THAT SHE WANTED TO SAY SOME NICE THINGS ABOUT RACHEL GARTNER AS SHE FEELS THAT WAS LEFT OUT OF THE LAST MEETING.  COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA STATED THAT RACHEL WAS AN ASSET TO THE CITY OF BENTON WHILE SHE WORKED HERE.  COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA STATED THAT THE CITY HAS NOT COLLECTED LATE FEES OR DONE DISCONNECTION OF WATER DUE TO NONPAYMENT SINCE THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC BEGAN.  COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA STATED THAT THE CITY WILL BE GOING BACK TO BUSINESS AS USUAL AT SOME POINT IN THE NEAR FUTURE AND WANTED TO GIVE CUSTOMERS A HEADS UP SO THOSE THAT MAY BE BEHIND ON THEIR BILLS CAN MAKE ARRANGEMENTS.  COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA ALSO STATED THAT TWIN OAKS WILL BE OPERATED ACCORDING TO THE GOVERNOR’S ORDERS AND CAPACITY WILL BE CONSIDERED AS THE EXECUTIVE ORDER READS. 

 

NO NEW BUSINESS.

 

NO MATTERS FROM THE PUBLIC AUDIENCE

 

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

 

TIME 6:50 P.M.

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Public Hearing Notice 07/01/2020

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Late Fees/Disconnect Notices for Water Bills

Effective June 26, 2020:
 
The City of Benton will be entering into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan on Friday, June 26, 2020. Please remember that balances carried forward during the COVID-19 pandemic will remain on accounts. We will begin assessing late fees to the water bills again on July 16, 2020. The fees will not be assessed on the previous balance, only on the current balance due for July 15th if the balance has not been paid.
 
We will also be sending out disconnect notices once again. The tentative date to disconnect water will be Wednesday, July 29, 2020.
 
Please contact our office at 618-439-6131 to set up payment arrangements if you cannot pay your previous balance in full. Also, do not hesitate to contact us for any questions or concerns during this time.

City Council Meeting Agenda — June 22, 2020

AGENDA

 BENTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING

MONDAY JUNE 22, 2020

6:00 P.M.

 

  1. CALL TO ORDER

 

  1. ROLL CALL

 

  1. READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

  1. PUBLIC PROPERTY REPORT             COMMISSIONER PERKINS
  2. APPROVAL OF PURCHASE ORDERS 
  3. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF PARTIAL PAY ESTIMATE #3 TO WIGGS EXCAVATING

 

  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 OF NEW FIREFIGHTER
  4. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF AMENDING RESOLUTION #2020-01

 

  1. ACCOUNTS & FINANCE REPORT             COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA
  2. APPROVAL OF PURCHASE ORDERS & MONTHLY BILLS
  3. APPROVAL OF PAYROLL
  4. UPDATE ON CENSUS 2020

 

  1. CITY ATTORNEY                         TOM MALKOVICH
  2. UPDATES

 

  1. PUBLIC AFFAIRS REPORT                            MAYOR KONDRITZ
  2. UPDATES
  3. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL FOR THE CLEAN UP OF 1002 NORTH MCLEANSBORO PURSUANT TO TERMS OF COURT ORDER ENTERED FEBRUARY 19, 2020.
  4. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL ON PROPOSAL BY CHRIS MENCHOWSKI TO DEMOLISH CITY OWNED PROPERTY AT 511 EAST SMITH STREET, PARCEL #08-18-428-010
  5. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF WORKFORCE REDUCTION
  6. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL NEGOTIATING BARGAINING AGREEMENTS

 

  1. MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS

 

 

 

  1. OLD BUSINESS
  2. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF FOLLOW UP TO PROPOSAL FROM JIM EMBERTON TO REMOVE SPECIFIED ITEMS FROM THE REAL ESTATE OF 1107 HIGHLAND STREET PURSUANT TO COURT ODER AND SUGESTION BY GENERAL COMMISSIONERS TO REVISIT THIS ISSUE IN JUNE OF 2020 AS PER COUNCIL ACTION ON DECEMBER 23, 2019, TABLING THE MATTER AT THAT TIME TO PURSUE ASSISTANCE FROM VOLUNTEER OR RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS.

 

  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 06/18/20 AT 3:00 P.M./BEC               

 

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City Council Meeting Minutes — May 26, 2020

MINUTES OF THE REGULARLY SCHEDULED BENTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING HELD TUESDAY MAY 26, 2020 AT 6:00 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 AND COMPUTER ATTENDANCE ONLY.

 

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

 

COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE REGULARLY SCHEDULED CITY COUNCIL MEETING OF MAY 11, 2020.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE CONTINUED CITY COUNCIL MEETING OF MAY 15, 2020.  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 THE LOW BID SUBMITTED BY WIGGS EXCAVATING FOR WATER MAIN RELOCATION ON ROUTE 7 IN THE AMOUNT OF $157,732.00.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER PERKINS ASKED COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH TO PRESENT ITEM (C) DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF EXCAVATION PERMIT DURING HIS REPORT.  

 

COMMISSIONER PERKINS STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO DISCUSS ITEM (D) DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF BID FOR BUSH HOG FOR THE AIRPORT AT A LATER TIME. 

 

COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH MADE A MOTION TO DIRECT ATTORNEY MALKOVICH TO PREPARE AN ORDINANCE FOR AN EXCAVATION PERMIT.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PAYMENT OF $2,091.81 TO CHASTAIN AND ASSOCIATES FOR REPLACEMENT OF THE DUQUOIN STREET BRIDGE OVER SUGAR CREEK.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER PERKINS.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH STATED THAT THE SIDEWALK PROJECT IS STILL GOING TO TAKE PLACE, BUT A ONE (1) YEAR EXTENSION ON THAT PROJECT HAS BEEN GRANTED.  COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH STATED THAT A CONTRACTOR WILL STILL NEED TO BE SELECTED FOR THIS PROJECT. 

 

COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PURCHASE ORDER #00015 TO ALAN ENVIRONMENTAL FOR DISINFECTANT AND WASH IN THE AMOUNT OF $497.17.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH.  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 #00016 TO THE FIRE STORE FOR A HELMET TO REPLACE 005 HELMET IN THE AMOUNT OF $358.38.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER PERKINS.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PURCHASE ORDER #00017 TO THE DOOR DOCTOR OF SOUTHERN ILLINOIS FOR EMERGENCY DOOR REPAIR, AS THE DOOR WOULD NOT SHUT, IN THE AMOUNT OF $399.00.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER PERKINS.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER STOREY PRESENTED A MEMO FROM POLICE CHIEF MIKE ANDREWS ANNOUNCING THE RESIGNATION OF OFFICER MARK WILKEY AS THE K9 HANDLER.  COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE DONATION OF THE BENTON POLICE DEPARTMENT K9 TO THE SPARTA POLICE DEPARTMENT.  ATTORNEY TOM MALKOVICH ASKED COMMISSIONER STOREY TO PRESENT THE COUNCIL WITH A LETTER FROM THE SPARTA POLICE DEPARTMENT STATING THAT THEY WOULD ACCEPT THE DONATION OF THE BENTON POLICE DEPARTMENT K9.  COMMISSIONER STOREY THEN MADE THE MOTION TO APPROVE THE DONATION OF BENTON POLICE DEPARTMENT K9 PENDING A LETTER FROM ACCEPTING THE DONATION FROM THE SPARTA POLICE 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 FIRE CHIEF SHANE COCKRUM’S CONTRACT FOR THREE (3) YEARS.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER PERKINS.  COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA STATED THAT SHE HAD SOME QUESTIONS REGARDING THE CONTRACT THAT SHE HAD NOT HAD ANSWERED AT THIS POINT AND WOULD NOT BE VOTING YES ON THE CONTRACT AT THIS TIME.  COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH SECONDED THAT HE FELT THE CONTRACT HAD SOME ISSUES THAT SHOULD BE ADDRESSED AND WOULD BE VOTING NO AT THIS TIME AS WELL.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.  YEAS:  3. COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  2. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA AND COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH. 

 

COMMISSIONER STOREY STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO TABLE ITEM (D) DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF COUNCIL APPROVAL FOR SPLIT CREWS IN EACH DEPARTMENT.  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 PAYROLL FOR 05/15/2020 FOR GENERAL FUND IN THE AMOUNT OF $61,165.84, FOR THE WATER AND SEWER FUND IN THE AMOUNT OF $27,365.24, AND FOR THE AIRPORT CARETAKER IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,100.00 FOR A TOTAL PAYROLL OF $89,631.08.  COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH SECONDED THIS MOTION.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT THE STATE GOVERNMENT HAD MADE AN ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING THE BUDGET AND IT WOULD BE A “FLAT” BUDGET.  MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT HISTORICALLY DURING A “FLAT” BUDGET MUNICIPALITIES WERE GIVEN LESS MONEY THAN WHAT WAS IN THE BUDGET FOR THEM TO RECEIVE. 

 

MAYOR KONDRITZ ASKED ZONING ADMINISTRATOR AND CODE ENFORCER DAVID GARAVALIA TO SPEAK TO THE COUNCIL.  MR. GARAVALIA STATED THAT HE HAD A PROPOSAL FROM CHRIS MENCKOWSKI FOR CLEAN AND HAUL AWAY OF CONCRETE AND ROCK PILES FROM PARCEL #07-13-100-022 LOCATED IN THE BENTON INDUSTRIAL TIF.  MR. MENCKOWSKI’ S PROPOSAL WAS FOR $13,000.00.  COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO ACCEPT THE $13,000.00 PROPOSAL FROM CHRIS MENCKOWSKI FOR CLEANUP AND HAUL AWAY OF CONCRETE AND ROCK PILES FROM PARCEL 07-13-100-022 LOCATED IN THE BENTON INDUSTRIAL TIF.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER PERKINS.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO DISCUSS ITEM (C) DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF WORKFORCE REDUCTION IN EXECUTIVE SESSION. 

 

MAYOR KONDRITZ ASKED MR. GARAVALIA TO ADDRESS THE COUNCIL AGAIN REGARDING ITEM (D) DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF ALLEY AGREEMENT WITH KIRKPATRICK MOTORS.  MR. GARAVALIA STATED THAT MR. JORDAN KIRKPATRICK WOULD LIKE TO ASPHALT A PORTION OF AN ALLEY THAT RUNS ADJACENT TO HIS CAR LOT AND MAKE THE LOT LOOK CLEAN AND UNIFORM.  COMMISSIONER PERKINS MADE A MOTION TO ENTER INTO AN ALLEY AGREEMENT WITH KIRKPATRICK MOTORS.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

MAYOR KONDRITZ ASKED FOR A MOTION APPROVING PAYMENT OF INVOICE #9 TO CHASTIN AND ASSOCIATES FOR THE I-57 INTERCHANGE PROJECT IN THE AMOUNT OF $54,382.81.  THIS MOTION WAS MADE BY COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH.  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 IN RESPONSE TO GOVERNOR PRITZKER ORDERING ENTRANCE TO STAGE  OF THE RESTORE ILLINOIS PLAN, HE WOULD LIKE TO APPROVE THE USE OF MALKOVICH PARK, CAPITAL PARK, MUNICIPAL PARKING LOTS, AND ANY OTHER CITY OWNED PROPERTY FOR OUTDOOR DINING PURPOSES.  COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE THIS MOTION.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER PERKINS.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

NO MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS. 

 

IN OLD BUSINESS, COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA STATED THAT CITY HALL WOULD BE OPENING TO THE PUBLIC ON FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2020 ALLOWING ONE (1) PERSON IN THE LOBBY AT A TIME AND REQUIRING FACE MASKS BE WORN. 

 

NO NEW BUSINESS.

 

UNDER MATTERS FROM THE PUBLIC AUDIENCE, TOM CARTER STATED THAT HIS NEIGHBORS HAD SOME SEWER ISSUES AND HE WANTED TO THANK THE WATER DEPARTMENT FOR HELPING AND STATED THAT THEY DID A GOOD JOB.  MR. CARTER ALSO ASKED IF ANYONE IN THE CITY WAS TAKING THE IMRF BUYOUT.  MR. CARTER WAS TOLD THAT MORE INFORMATION NEEDED TO BE GATHERED AT THIS TIME BEFORE THE CITY COULD RESPOND TO THAT QUESTION.  MR. CARTER ALSO ASKED WHO HAS CONTROL IN REGARDS TO SPLIT SHIFTS.  THE COUNCIL STATED THAT IN THE FUTURE THIS SHOULD BE A COUNCIL DECISION. 

 

COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE A MOTION TO GO INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION FOR ITEM (C) DISCUSSION OF POSSIBLE APPOINTMENT, EMPLOYMENT, COMPENSATION, DISCIPLINE, PERFORMANCE, OR DISMISSAL OF SPECIFIC EMPLOYEES OF THE PUBLIC BODY OR LEGAL COUNSEL FOR THE PUBLIC BODY, INCLUDING HEARING TESTIMONY ON A COMPLAINT LODGED AGAINST AN EMPLOYEE OF THE PUBLIC BODY OR AGAINST LEGAL COUNSEL FOR THE PUBLIC BODY TO DETERMINE ITS VALIDITY. 

 

7:05 P.M.

 

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

 

7:40 P.M.

 

COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE A MOTION TO LAYOFF THE NONESSENTIAL POSITION OF COMMUNICATION DIRECTOR, RACHEL GARTNER.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0.   ALL OF THE COUNCIL STATED THAT THIS WAS A REGRETFUL DECISION. 

 

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

 

TIME 7:45 P.M.

 

City Council Meeting Minutes — May 11, 2020

MINUTES OF THE REGULARLY SCHEDULED BENTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING HELD MONDAY MAY 11, 2020 AT 6:00 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 AND COMPUTER ATTENDANCE ONLY.

 

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

 

COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE REGULARLY SCHEDULED CITY COUNCIL MEETING OF APRIL 27, 2020.  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 THE MINUTES OF THE PUBLIC HEARING OF APRIL 30, 2020.  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 THE MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL CALLED CITY COUNCIL MEETING OF APRIL 30, 2020.  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 PURCHASE ORDER #001766 TO MUNICIPAL EQUIPMENT IN ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI FOR ENAQUA PARTS AND SERVICE IN THE AMOUNT OF $8,240.00.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PURCHASE ORDER #00230 TO WARNING LITES FOR 40 STOP SIGNS, 20 SPEED LIMIT SIGNS, 30 NO PARKING SIGNS, 2 SCHOOL ZONE SIGNS, AND 6 NO ATV SIGNS IN THE AMOUNT OF $2,000.00.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PURCHASE ORDER #00231 TO ENERGY CULVERT IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,020.00.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER PERKINS.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH STATED THAT HE HAS BEEN IN CONTACT WITH RODNEY POTTS OF JOHN H. CRAWFORD AND ASSOCIATES REGARDING THE SIDEWALK PROJECT.  COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH STATED THAT THE PROJECT IS MOVING FORWARD. 

 

COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE ORDINANCE #2020-07 AMENDING CHAPTER 24, ARTICLE 10-8 OF THE CODIFIED ORDINANCES INCREASING THE FEES FOR VEHICLE SEIZURE AND IMPOUNDMENT PENALTIES TO TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS ($200.00) FOR A FIRST OFFENSE, FOUR HUNDRED DOLLARS ($400.00) FOR THE SECOND OFFENSE, AND SIX HUNDRED DOLLARS ($600.00) FOR THE THIRD AND ANY SUBSEQUENT OFFENSE.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO TABLE ITEM (C) DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF FIRE CHIEF’S CONTRACT.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH.  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 PROPOSED SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER CONTRACT FOR THE BENTON HIGH SCHOOL.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER PERKINS.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE PROPOSED SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER CONTRACT FOR THE BENTON GRADE SCHOOL.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER PERKINS.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE RESOLUTION #2020-06 FOR A ROAD CLOSURE FOR THE BENTON HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION PARADE.  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 #00613 TO ALL STARS N STITCHES FOR CENSUS SIGNS IN THE AMOUNT OF $406.00.  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 CONTINUE THE MEETING UNTIL FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2020 AT 9 A.M. TO APPROVE BILLS BECAUSE ALL THE STATEMENTS HAD NOT BEEN RECEIVED AT THIS TIME. 

 

COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PAYROLL FOR 05/01/2020 FOR GENERAL FUND IN THE AMOUNT OF $73,067.13 AND FOR THE WATER AND SEWER FUND IN THE AMOUNT OF $33,854.74 FOR A TOTAL PAYROLL OF $106,912.87.  COMMISSIONER STOREY SECONDED THIS MOTION.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE ORDINANCE #2020-09 FOR FISCAL YEAR 2020-2021 BUDGET AS IT HAS BEEN ON DISPLAY FOR A PERIOD OF TWO WEEKS AND A PUBLIC HEARING WAS HELD TO RECEIVE COMMENTS REGARDING THE BUDGET.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY WITH THE PROVISION THAT THE COUNCIL UNDERSTAND HE WILL NOT AGREE TO PLACING TIME CLOCKS FOR EMPLOYEES EVEN THOUGH THE LINE ITEM IS IN THE BUDGET.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  4. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  1. COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH.  COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH STATED THAT HE IS VOTING NO ON THIS MOTION DUE TO ITEMS IN THE BUDGET HE BELIEVES HAVE NOT BEEN THOROUGHLY DISCUSSED. 

 

MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT IN THE FUTURE COUNCIL MEETINGS HE WOULD LIKE EACH COMMISSIONER TO REPORT THE HIGHLIGHTS FROM THEIR DEPARTMENTS OVER THE PREVIOUS TWO WEEKS.  HE WOULD LIKE TO HEAR REPORTS ON THE PROJECTS THEY ARE WORKING ON OR HAVE COMPLETED AND ANYTHING ELSE THAT MAY BE RELEVANT FOR THE COUNCIL TO HEAR. 

 

MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT ITEMS (B) DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF BARGAINING AGREEMENTS NEGOTIATIONS, (C) DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF NEGOTIATION OF LABORER’S 318 GROUP GRIEVANCE, (D) DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR, AND (F) DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF WORKFORCE REDUCTION WOULD BE DISCUSSED IN EXECUTIVE SESSION. 

 

MAYOR KONDRITZ ASKED ATTORNEY MALKOVICH TO DISCUSS ITEM (E) DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF AMENDING ORDINANCE #1396 FOR THE SOUTHEASTERN ILLINOIS ELECTRIC OPERATIVE FRANCHISE.  ATTORNEY MALKOVICH STATED THAT THE COUNCIL HAD A LETTER FROM SOUTHEASTERN ILLINOIS ELECTRIC IN THEIR PACKETS.  ATTORNEY MALKOVICH STATED THE LETTER IS REQUESTING THE COUNCIL TO PASS AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE PREVIOUS FRANCHISE AGREEMENT AS THE CURRENT ONE IS SET TO EXPIRE ON JUNE 12, 2020.  COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO PASS ORDINANCE #2020-08 FOR A NEW FRANCHISE AGREEMENT WITH SOUTHEASTERN ILLINOIS ELECTRIC COOP.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED HE WOULD LIKE TO TABLE ITEM (G) DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF AIRPORT MANAGER CONTRACT.  COMMISSIONER PERKINS MADE A MOTION TO TABLE THIS.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO APPOINT BROOK CRAIG TO THE POLICE PENSION BOARD.  COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE APPOINTMENT OF BROOK CRAIG TO THE POLICE PENSION BOARD.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER PERKINS.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

MAYOR KONDRITZ ASKED ZONING ADMINISTRATOR AND CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER DAVID GARAVALIA TO SPEAK TO THE COUNCIL ABOUT MOWING OF VACANT AND ABANDONED LOTS.  A DISCUSSION WAS HELD REGARDING THE PROS AND CONS OF CITY MOWING OF THESE PROPERTIES.  NO DECISION WAS MADE AT THIS MEETING. 

 

NO MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS. 

 

NO OLD BUSINESS

 

NO NEW BUSINESS.

 

UNDER MATTERS FROM THE PUBLIC AUDIENCE, TOM CARTER ASKED THE MAYOR IF A PLAN WAS IN THE PROCESS OF BEING IMPLEMENTED FOR TIMES LIKE THE CORONA VIRUS PANDEMIC.  MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT THIS WAS IN PROCESS.  JULIE PAYNE HUBLER STATED THAT SHE BELIEVES EVERYONE WILL HAVE A NEW NORMAL TO GET USED TO DUE TO THE CORONA VIRUS.  MS. HUBLER ALSO STATED THAT SHE BELIEVES THE CITY SHOULD NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR MOWING OTHER PEOPLE’S PROPERTY THIS YEAR AND SAVE THE MONEY FOR THE COSTS THAT ARE INCURRED WITH THIS PROCESS. 

 

COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE A MOTION TO GO INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION FOR ITEMS (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 PERKINS.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. 

 

7:10 P.M.

 

COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE A MOTION TO GO OUT OF EXECUTIVE SESSION.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY. VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, AND COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH.  NAYS:  0. 

 

8:00 P.M.

 

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

 

COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO CONTINUE THE GRIEVANCE PROCESS WITH THE WATER, SEWER, AND STREET UNION.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER PERKINS.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  5. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0.  

 

COMMISSIONER PERKINS MADE A MOTION TO APPOINT CRAIG MILES AS THE PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.  YEAS:  4. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER PERKINS, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  1.  COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH.

 

COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA MADE A MOTION TO TABLE ITEM (F) UNDER PUBLIC AFFAIRS REPORT – DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF WORKFORCE REDUCTION.  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 CONTINUE THE MEETING TO FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2020 AT 9 A.M.  SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH.  VOTE WAS TAKEN.   YEAS:  4. COMMISSIONER GARAVALIA, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER MESSERSMITH, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.  NAYS:  0. COMMISSIONER PERKINS ABSTAINED. 

 

8:05 P.M.

City Council Agenda — June 8, 2020

AGENDA

 BENTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING

MONDAY JUNE 8, 2020

6:00 P.M.

 

  1. CALL TO ORDER

 

  1. ROLL CALL

 

  1. READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

  1. PUBLIC PROPERTY REPORT             COMMISSIONER PERKINS
  2. APPROVAL OF PURCHASE ORDERS 
  3. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF ORDINANCE FOR PERMIT TO EXCAVATE
  4. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF LAKE LOT LEASE TRANSFER

 

  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 OF NEW FIREFIGHTER
  4. DISCUSSION AND/OR BIDDING FEMA GRANT EXHAUST SYSTEM
  5. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF SEALED BIDS FOR DOG KENNEL

 

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

 

  1. CITY ATTORNEY                         TOM MALKOVICH
  2. UPDATES

 

  1. PUBLIC AFFAIRS REPORT                            MAYOR KONDRITZ
  2. UPDATES
  3. DISCUSSION OF ATV AND FOUR-WHEELERS AT LAKE BENTON
  4. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF WORKFORCE REDUCTION
  5. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL NEGOTIATING BARGAINING AGREEMENTS
  6. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF USING PUBLIC PROPERTIES, INCLUDING SIDEWALKS, BY BUSINESSES, RESTAURANTS, AND/OR BARS

 

  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 06/04/20 AT 4:00 P.M./BEC               

 

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

 

The call  # is +1 (646) 749-3129, access code:  151-683-053.  You can also attend via computer at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/151683053.  

Revised Agenda — City Council Meeting Tuesday May 26, 2020

REVISED AGENDA

 BENTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING

TUESDAY MAY 26, 2020

6:00 P.M.

 

  1. CALL TO ORDER

 

  1. ROLL CALL

 

  1. READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

  1. PUBLIC PROPERTY REPORT             COMMISSIONER PERKINS
  2. APPROVAL OF PURCHASE ORDERS 
  3. DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF WATER MAIN RELOCATION BID

      ACCEPTANCE

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

  1. CITY ATTORNEY                         TOM MALKOVICH
  2. UPDATES

 

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

 

  1. MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS

 

  1. OLD BUSINESS

 

  1. NEW BUSINESS

 

  1. MATTERS FROM THE PUBLIC AUDIENCE

 

  1. EXECUTIVE SESSION
  2. DISCUSSION OF POSSIBLE ACQUISITION AND/OR SALE OF REAL ESTATE
  3. DISCUSSION OF POSSIBLE AND/OR PENDING LITIGATIONS
  4. DISCUSSION OF POSSIBLE APPOINTMENT, EMPLOYMENT, COMPENSATION,

DISCIPLINE, PERFORMANCE, OR DISMISSAL OF SPECIFIC EMPLOYEES OF THE

PUBLIC BODY OR LEGAL COUNSEL FOR THE PUBLIC BODY, INCLUDING HEARING

TESTIMONY ON A COMPLAINT LODGED AGAINST AN EMPLOYEE OF THE PUBLIC

BODY OR AGAINST LEGAL COUNSEL FOR THE PUBLIC BODY TO DETERMINE ITS VALIDITY.

 

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

 

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

 

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