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Council Meeting Minutes — May 22, 2017

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BENTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING HELD MONDAY MAY 22, 2017 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. THOSE PRESENT WERE COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE WAS ABSENT.

COMMISSIONER MILLER MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE MAY 8, 2017 REGULAR BENTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WYANT. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 4. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

IN THE ABSENCE OF COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, COMMISSIONER WYANT MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PURCHASE ORDER #001752 TO ALAN ENVIRONMENTAL FOR 5 GALLONS OF GREASE GOBLIN IN THE AMOUNT OF $845.00. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 4. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER WYANT PRESENTED APPLICATION #4 FOR PAYMENT OF THE WASTE WATER TREATMENT PLANT CONSTRUCTION. COMMISSIONER MILLER MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THIS APPLICATION. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WYANT. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 4 . COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER WYANT MADE A MOTION TO ACCEPT THE CONCRETE SECTION OF BLUE RIDGE DRIVE AS A PART OF THE CITY ROADWAY SYSTEM. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MILLER. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 4. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER WYANT ASKED RODNEY POTTS TO UPDATE THE COUNCIL ON THE WASTENA STREET PROJECT. MR. POTTS STATED THAT IDOT STATED WE WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR RECEIVING FUNDING FOR THIS PROJECT, BUT THAT THERE IS NO TIMETABLE.

COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PURCHASE ORDER #001979 TO STOTLARS FOR MATERIAL FOR FENCING IN THE CONCRETE PAD AT THE NEW POLICE DEPARTMENT IN THE AMOUNT OF $957.77. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WYANT. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 4. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PURCHASE ORDER #001980 TO MORROW BROTHERS FOR TWO (2) 2017 FORD EXPLORERS IN THE AMOUNT OF $55,500.00. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MILLER. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 4. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER MILLER INTRODUCED MICHAEL WYANT. MR. WYANT IS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE AIRPORT BOARD AND HE PRESENTED A YEARLY REPORT. MR. WYANT STATED THAT THE AIRPORT HAD TOTAL EXPENSES OF $28,354.86 AND HAD A YEAR END FUND BALANCE OF $299,647.06.

COMMISSIONER MILLER MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PURCHASE ORDER #001045 TO JAY CHAMPLEY FOR LIGHTING REPAIRS AND UPGRADES THROUGH CITY HALL IN THE AMOUNT OF $6,525.00. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WYANT. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 4. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER MILLER MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PAYROLL FOR MAY 19, 2017 FROM THE GENERAL FUND IN THE AMOUNT OF $75,6998.24, WATER AND SEWER IN THE AMOUNT OF $32,999.28, AND AIRPORT CARETAKER IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,100.00 FOR A TOTAL PAYROLL OF $109,797.52. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 4. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER MILLER MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE SEWER ADJUSTMENTS FOR BRENDA PAULY OF 910 GLENDALE STREET, PATSY SCHWIER OF 304 BOLING, AND J.D. CARNEY OF 709 GRAND STREET AS THEY MEET THE CRITERIA SET FORTH IN THE ORDINANCE. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WYANT. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 4. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER MILLER MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE SWIMMING POOL ADJUSTMENTS FOR RAYNEE GOFFINET OF 507 WEST REED, MELINDA DOTY OF 719 BURKETT, PAIGE RIECHMAN OF 211 NORTH MAPLE, AND MARK MORMINO OF 506 WEST FIFTH AS THEY MEET THE CRITERIA SET FORTH IN THE ORDINANCE. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 4. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER MILLER MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE RESOLUTION #17-3 AUTHORIZING THE SALE OF SURPLUS REAL ESTATE AND PERSONAL PROPERTY OWNED BY THE CITY SUBJECT TO THE ADDITION OF PERSONAL PROPERTY FROM THE AIRPORT AND HEATING UNITS FROM THE LOG CABIN. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WYANT. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 4. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

ATTORNEY MALKOVICH STATED THAT THE CITY WILL BE HAVING AN AUCTION ON JULY 1, 2017 AT 500 WEST MAIN AT 10 A.M. PERSONAL PROPERTY WILL BE AUCTIONED AND REAL ESTATE WILL BE AUCTIONED AT 12 NOON. ATTORNEY MALKOVICH ALSO STATED THAT HE HAS AN ITEM FOR EXECUTIVE SESSION.

MAYOR KONDRITZ PRESENTED THERESA BATES OF FRANKLIN COUNTY RELAY FOR LIFE WITH A PROCLAMATION PROCLAIMING THE MONTH OF JUNE TO BE “PAINT THE TOWN PURPLE” IN THE CITY OF BENTON. COMMISSIONER MILLER MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THIS PROCLAMATION. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WYANT. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 4. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, AND. MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

NO MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS.

UNDER OLD BUSINESS, COMMISSIONER MILLER STATED THAT THE FINANCING ON THE FIRETRUCK HAS BEEN COMPLETED WITH US BANCORP AND WE WILL BEGIN MAKING MONTHLY PAYMENTS. COMMISSIONER MILLER ALSO STATED THAT DATALOCK HAD COMPLETED THE DOCUMENT SHREDDING REQUESTED BY THE CITY COUNCIL.

IN MATTERS FROM THE PUBLIC AUDIENCE, JULIE PAYNE HUBLER QUESTIONED WHAT THE PRICES WOULD BE FOR REAL ESTATE AT THE AUCTION AND SHE WAS TOLD THAT THE CITY MUST RECEIVE 80% OF THE APPRAISED VALUE. TOM CARTER STATED THAT HE FELT THAT THE PRIOR DEALS AT THE AIRPORT HAVE SET A BAD EXAMPLE FOR THE YOUTH IN OUR CITY. ROCKY MORRIS STATED THAT HE CONDUCTED A THREE (3) PERSON REVIEW OF THE AIRPORT AND HE WOULD LIKE AN INVESTIGATION TO BE DONE. NELSON HENRIETTO QUESTIONED IF THE CITY OF BENTON RESPONDS TO FIRE CALLS ON THE INTERSTATE AND HE STATED THAT THERE IS GARBAGE NOT IN CONTAINERS BLOWING IN HIS NEIGHBORHOOD.

COMMISSIONER MILLER MADE A MOTION TO GO INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION FOR ITEMS:

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.

SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WYANT. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 4. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, AND. MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

7:00 P.M.

COMMISSIONER MILLER MADE A MOTION TO RETURN TO REGULAR SESSION. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER
WYANT. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 4. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER
WYANT, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

7:30 P.M.

NO ACTION TAKEN DURING EXECUTIVE SESSION.

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

7:35 P.M.

Council Meeting Minutes — May 8, 2017

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BENTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING HELD MONDAY MAY 8, 2017 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. THOSE PRESENT WERE COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.

MAYOR KONDRITZ WELCOMED JUDGE ERIC DIRNBECK. JUDGE DIRNBECK SWORE IN PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY COMMISSIONER DON STOREY. THE OATH OF OFFICE WAS SIGNED BY COMMISSIONER STOREY, JUDGE DIRNBECK, MAYOR KONDRITZ, AND CITY CLERK BROOK CRAIG.

COMMISSIONER MILLER MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE APRIL 24, 2017 REGULAR BENTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WYANT. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PURCHASE ORDER #001790 TO HD SUPPLY FOR A HAND METER READER IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,600.00. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MILLER. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER WYANT MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE ORDINANCE #17-06 FOR A NO PARKING/TOW AWAY ZONE ON SOUTH MAIN FROM EAST CHURCH TO THE SQUARE ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE ROAD. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MILLER. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 4. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 1. COMMISSIONER STOREY.

COMMISSIONER WYANT MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE ORDINANCE #17-07 FOR A NO PARKING/TOW AWAY ZONE ON SOUTH MAPLE FROM WEST MAIN TO THE ALLEY ON THE WEST SIDE. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER WYANT MADE A MOTION TO ACCEPT THE BID FROM SESSER PAVE AND SEAL FOR RESURFACING OF THE TENNIS COURT AT THE POLICE DEPARTMENT IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,437.56. COMMISSIONER WYANT STATED THAT THIS WOULD BE PAID OUT OF THE $0.02 GAS TAX FUND. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER WYANT MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE TREATMENT OF JOPLIN STREET FROM FRISCO STREET TO NORTH MCLEANSBORO IN THE AMOUNT OF $3,700.00. COMMISSIONER WYANT STATED THAT THIS WOULD EXTEND THE LIFE OF THE ROAD SURFACE. COMMISSIONER WYANT STATED THAT THIS WOULD BE PAID FOR OUT OF THE ROAD AND BRIDGE FUND. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PURCHASE ORDER #000947 TO BOUND TREE MEDICAL FOR BASIC LIFE SUPPORT INITIAL ISSUANCE OF AMBULANCE SUPPLIES IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,497.59. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 4. COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0. COMMISSIONER MILLER ABSTAINED .

COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PURCHASE ORDER #001973 TO K&K STORAGE BARNS FOR A 10 X 10 DOG KENNEL WITH PARTIAL ENCLOSURE AND FULL ROOF IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,895.00. COMMISSIONER STOREY STATED THAT THE FUNDS TO COVER THIS PURCHASE WOULD COME FROM THE POLICE ASSET FORFEITURE FUND. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WYANT. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PURCHASE ORDER #001974 TO THE CITY OF CHARLESTON, ILLINOIS FOR K9 HANDLER TRAINING COURSE IN THE AMOUNT OF $3,300.00. COMMISSIONER STOREY STATED THAT THE FUNDS FOR THIS EXPENSE WOULD COME FROM THE POLICE ASSET FORFEITURE FUND. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER STOREY STATED THAT IN THE NEAR FUTURE HE WILL BE REQUESTING AT LEAST ONE, AND POSSIBLY TWO FULL-TIME POLICE OFFICERS. COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO TABLE THIS ITEM. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WYANT. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE HIRING JEREMY YOUNG AS A TEMPORARY FULL-TIME OFFICER FOR A 60-DAY APPOINTMENT. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER MILLER MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PURCHASE ORDER #001046 TO SCI BOX LLC FOR 277 CARDBOARD TRASH CONTAINERS TO BE USED DURING COMMUNITY EVENTS IN THE AMOUNT OF $909.28. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER MILLER MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE BILLS FOR 05/08/2017 IN THE AMOUNT OF $213,105.50. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WYANT. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER MILLER MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PAYROLL FOR MAY 5, 2017 FOR THE GENERAL FUND IN THE AMOUNT OF $71,873.72 AND WATER AND SEWER IN THE AMOUNT OF $30,316.12 FOR A TOTAL PAYROLL OF $102,189.84. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.
COMMISSIONER MILLER MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE SWIMMING POOL ADJUSTMENTS FOR JANIS THOMAS OF 1352 WHISPERWAY, JAMIE TUCKER OF 115 MCFALL, ROBERT WEIR OF 1401 NORTH MAIN, AND JAY SUEDMEYER OF 512 NORTH EIGHTH STREET AS THEY MEET THE CRITERIA SET FORTH IN THE ORDINANCE. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER MILLER MADE A MOTION TO DIRECT ATTORNEY MALKOVICH TO PREPARE A RESOLUTION TO SELL SURPLUS REAL ESTATE AND PERSONAL PROPERTY OWNED BY THE CITY. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER MILLER MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE SATISFACTION OF LIENS AND JUDGMENT OF DEMOLITION ON REAL PROPERTY LOCATED AT 1503 NORTH MAIN IN BENTON, ILLINOIS. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER MILLER MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PERSONAL PROPERTY DONATION OF OFFICE FURNITURE FROM THE OLD CITY HALL BUILDING TO THE BENTON MUNICIPAL AIRPORT. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

MAYOR KONDRITZ MADE A PRESENTATION REGARDING DUTIES OF THE MAYOR. MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT THE MAYOR HAS MAYORAL POWERS, THE MAYOR IS A SUPERINTENDENT, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, AND LIQUOR COMMISSIONER. THE MAYOR STATED THAT HE ATTENDS CUB SCOUT MEETINGS, GRADUATIONS, ETC. MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT “THE MAYOR” IS MENTIONED IN THE LIQUOR ORDINANCE 71 TIMES.

MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT NO ONE GETS A BREAK AND NO ONE WILL BE ALLOWED TO NOT FOLLOW RULES UNDER THE MAYOR. MAYOR KONDRITZ ALSO STATED THAT HE IS A WORKING MAYOR WHO SPENDS TIME PULLING WEEDS, PAINTING GUARD RAILS, ETC.

MAYOR KONDRITZ’ S PRESENTATION ALSO INCLUDED A CHART THAT SHOWED PROJECTED REVENUE FOR THE CITY OF BENTON IF PARLOR GAMING LICENSES WERE TO BE APPROVED BY THE COUNCIL. THE MAYOR STATED THAT IF THREE LICENSES WERE APPROVED THE CITY WOULD HAVE PROJECTED REVENUE OF $240,000.00 OVER A FIVE YEAR PERIOD, FOUR LICENSES WOULD HAVE PROJECTED REVENUE OF $450,000.00 OVER A FIVE YEAR PERIOD, AND FIVE LICENSES WOULD HAVE A PROJECTED REVENUE OF $700,000.00 OVER A FIVE YEAR PERIOD. MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT IF THE COUNCIL DOES NOT ALLOW THE ADDED LICENSES, THEY WOULD BE IMPEDING HIM FROM DOING HIS JOB.

MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE A MOTION TO INCREASE THE MAYOR’S SALARY TO $28,000.00 PER YEAR STARTING WITH THE NEWLY ELECTED MAYOR IN 2019. MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT HE CURRENTLY IS WORKING FOR $2.38 AN HOUR. HE STATED THAT THE MAYOR OF MARION HAS A SALARY OF NEARLY $50,000.00 AND THE MAYOR OF HERRIN AS A SALARY OF NEARLY $40,000.00. MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT HIS SALARY PAYS FOR HIS GAS, HIS TIRES FOR HIS VEHICLE AND HIS MEALS. COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE MADE A MOTION TO TABLE INCREASING THE MAYOR’S SALARY. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WYANT. VOTE WAS TAKEN. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, AND COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE. NAYS: 1. MAYOR KONDRITZ.

MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE A MOTION TO PROVIDE THE CURRENT MAYOR WITH AN ATTRACTIVE SUV OR COMPARABLE LATE MODEL CAR TO CONDUCT CITY BUSINESS IN. COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE STATED THAT THERE IS CURRENTLY A CITY VEHICLE AVAILABLE FOR USE. COMMISSIONER WYANT MADE A MOTION TO TABLE THE MOTION TO PROVIDE THE CURRENT MAYOR WITH AN ATTRACTIVE SUV OR COMPARABLE LATE MODEL CAR. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 4. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, AND COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE. NAYS: 1. MAYOR KONDRITZ.

MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE SOME REMODELING DONE AT TWIN OAKS INCLUDING PAVING OF THE UNLOADING AREA BY THE BACK DOOR. COMMISSIONER MILLER MADE A MOTION TO ALLOW PUBLIC PROPERTY COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE TO GET ESTIMATES FOR REMODELING AT TWIN OAKS. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WYANT. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A FLOATING DOCK PLACED AT LAKE HAMILTON FOR KAYAKS TO ENTER AND EXIT THE WATER. COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE MADE A MOTION TO CHECK ON THE PRICE OF THIS AS WELL AS THE LIABILITY INSURANCE NEEDED. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WYANT. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO REPLACE THE ENTIRE SPILLWAY AT LAKE BENTON. COMMISSIONER WYANT STATED THAT ONE SIDE HAS ALREADY BEEN REPLACED. COMMISSIONER MILLER MADE A MOTION TO ALLOW COMMISSIONER WYANT TO RESEARCH THE POSSIBILITY OF REPLACING THE SPILLWAY AT LAKE BENTON. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE THE OUTDATED ROAD SIGNS AT LAKE HAMILTON AND LAKE BENTON TO BE REPLACED. COMMISSIONER WYANT STATED THAT SOME OF THE SIGNS HAD BEEN REPLACED, BUT THAT HE WOULD LOOK FURTHER INTO REPLACING THOSE THAT HAVE NOT BEEN UPDATED. COMMISSIONER MILLER MADE A MOTION TO ALLOW COMMISSIONER WYANT TO RESEARCH REPLACING OF OUTDATED SIGNS AT LAKE BENTON AND LAKE HAMILTON. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.
MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO SEE ALL BOULEVARDS IN TOWN MOWED AND MAINTAINED. COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO ALLOW COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE THE AUTHORITY TO CHECK WITH THE UNION REGARDING HIRING TEMPORARY SEASONAL HELP TO MOW AND MAINTAIN THE BOULEVARDS IN THE CITY. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

NO ACTION WAS TAKEN ON WEED SPRAYING ALL STREET SIGNS IN BENTON AND ALSO SPRAYING AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SIGNS TO PREVENT WEED GROWTH.

MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT WE SHOULD HAVE FLAT SCREEN TELEVISIONS IN THE MAYOR’S OFFICE, THE HALLWAY ON THE MAIN FLOOR, AND ONE IN THE COUNCIL MEETING BOARD ROOM. MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT THEY SHOULD BE CONNECTED TO THE INTERNET. COMMISSIONER MILLER MADE A MOTION TO TABLE THIS ITEM. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE ADDITIONAL LANDSCAPING TO BE DONE AT THE POLICE DEPARTMENT. COMMISSIONER STOREY STATED THAT M&M LANDSCAPING HAS RESEEDED THE ENTIRE LAWN AT NO ADDITIONAL COST TO THE CITY. MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO STRIKE ITEM (N) DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF RECULTIVATING AND SEEDING THE LAWN OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT.

MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THE PARKING LOT AT THE CITY HALL LOCATED AT 1403 SOUTH MAIN TO BE REPAVED. COMMISSIONER WYANT STATED THAT THIS IS ALREADY A PROJECT BEING WORKED ON. COMMISSIONER MILLER MADE A MOTION TO ALLOW COMMISSIONER WYANT TO RESEARCH MORE INTO THE REPAVING OF THE PARKING LOT AT 1403 SOUTH MAIN. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE ALL UNUSED JUNK REMOVED FROM ALL DEPARTMENTS AND CITY BUILDINGS. COMMISSIONER MILLER STATED THAT AN AUCTION IS BEING PLANNED AND THIS WILL TAKE CARE OF THESE ISSUES.

MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT WITH 500 WEST MAIN REAL ESTATE, HE BELIEVES WE SHOULD HAVE THE SHRUBS CUT AND TRIMMED TO MAKE THE BUILDING LOOK PRESENTABLE. COMMISSIONER MILLER STATED THAT HE AND JOHN GIPSON HAD WORKED ON THE SHRUBS PREVIOUSLY AND THAT HE WOULD COORDINATE HIS SCHEDULE WITH MR. GIPSON TO SEE THIS GETS DONE AGAIN.

MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO SEE ALL BROKEN SIDEWALKS IN THE CITY OF BENTON REPLACED. COMMISSIONER WYANT STATED THAT CURRENTLY A CITIZEN PAYS FOR ½ OF THE SIDEWALK REPLACEMENT AND THE CITY PAYS FOR THE OTHER HALF. COMMISSIONER WYANT MADE A MOTION TO TABLE THIS ITEM AT THIS TIME. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MILLER. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

ITEM (S) DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF HIRING A WINDOW CLEANER OR DESIGNATING A PERSON TO CLEAN ALL CITY OWNED WINDOWS WEEKLY AND ITEM (T) DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF STRAIGHTENING ALL STREET SIGNS, BOTH HAD NO ACTION TAKEN.

MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED HE WOULD LIKE ALL STREET SIGNS THAT HAVE BEEN STOLEN OR DESTROYED TO BE REPLACED. COMMISSIONER WYANT STATED THAT THE SIGNS ARE REPLACED AS THE STREET DEPARTMENT SEES THEY ARE MISSING OR IF THEY ARE NOTIFIED THEY ARE MISSING.

MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE THE CITY VEHICLES TO BE WASHED ON A REGULAR BASIS. COMMISSIONER WYANT AND COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE BOTH STATED THAT THEY WASH THE VEHICLES WHEN THEY CAN GET TO THEM. COMMISSIONER STOREY STATED THAT THE POLICE DEPARTMENT VEHICLES WILL BE UNDERGOING AN INSPECTION PER THE CHIEF OF POLICE ON 05/21/2017.

MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE CITY EMPLOYEES TO EMPTY TRASH CONTAINERS AROUND TOWN THAT ARE OVERFLOWING IF REPUBLIC HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO PICK THEM UP YET. COMMISSIONER WYANT STATED THAT HIS DEPARTMENT WILL BE KEEPING AN EYE ON THIS.

MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT THERE IS A LOT OF UNDERGROWTH AND VINES GROWING ON THE RAILING OF THE DUQUOIN STREET BRIDGE. COMMISSIONER WYANT AND COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE STATED THAT THEIR DEPARTMENTS WILL LOOK INTO THIS.

MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE A DIGITAL SIGN PLACED AT THE POLICE DEPARTMENT ON WASHINGTON STREET. COMMISSIONER STOREY STATED THAT HE IS AGAINST THIS AS HE BELIEVES MONEY THAT WOULD BE SPENT ON A DIGITAL SIGN COULD BE ALLOCATED FOR A NEW POLICE OFFICER IN THE FUTURE. COMMISSIONER WYANT STATED HE DID NOT BELIEVE A DIGITAL SIGN WAS NEEDED AT THE POLICE DEPARTMENT. NO ACTION TAKEN.

MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT HE BELIEVES THE CITY OF BENTON POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS COULD USE A DRONE. COMMISSIONER STOREY STATED THAT A DRONE IS AVAILABLE THROUGH FRANKLIN COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY AND THAT THEY WILL SEND SOMEONE TO OPERATE THE DRONE AS WELL.

UNDER MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS, MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO LOOK INTO A TINY HOME PROJECT FOR HOMELESS VETERANS IN OUR AREA.

UNDER OLD BUSINESS, COMMISSIONER MILLER STATED THAT A GOOD WAY TO GENERATE REVENUE FOR THE CITY OF BENTON WOULD BE TO SELL THE SURPLUS PROPERTIES THE CITY OF BENTON CURRENTLY OWNS. COMMISSIONER MILLER STATED THAT COMBINED APPRAISED VALUES OF THESE PROPERTIES ARE $451,250.00. COMMISSIONER MILLER ALSO STATED THAT MAYOR KONDRITZ HAD BEEN QUOTED AS SAYING WEST CITY AND WEST FRANKFORT ARE “EATING OUR LUNCH” WHEN IT COMES TO GAMING. COMMISSIONER MILLER STATED THAT IN MARCH OF 2017, THE CITY OF BENTON RECEIVED $9,576.74 FROM 56 MACHINES, THE VILLAGE OF WEST CITY RECEIVED $3,461.57 FROM 10 MACHINES, AND THE CITY OF WEST FRANKFORT RECEIVED $5,999.10 FROM 29 MACHINES. HE STATED HE DID NOT UNDERSTAND HOW THIS WOULD EQUATE TO SOMEONE “EATING OUR LUNCH”.

MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO FOLLOW UP COMMISSIONER MILLER’S STATEMENT BY STATING THAT IN FEBRUARY OF 2017 MAC 1 IN HERRIN, ILLINOIS, ON ITS OWN, BROUGHT IN $3,471.00 TO THE CITY.

NO NEW BUSINESS.

IN MATTERS FROM THE PUBLIC AUDIENCE, TAMMI SHEPARD STATED THAT SHE WOULD LIKE TO SEE SIDEWALKS AROUND THE SQUARE FIXED. MS. SHEPARD STATED THAT SHE IS IN A WHEELCHAIR AND THAT THE SIDEWALKS HAVE MANY CRACKS THAT MAKE IT HARD FOR HER TO BE PUSHED AROUND THE SQUARE. MR. BILL SHEPARD STATED THAT THE CRACKS ON THE SIDEWALKS ON THE SQUARE ARE DESTROYING THE WHEELS ON HIS WIFE’S WHEELCHAIR.

JULIE PAYNE-HUBLER STATED THAT SHE WOULD LIKE TO SEE ONE OR TWO ADDITIONAL POLICE OFFICERS ADDED TO THE CITY OF BENTON POLICE FORCE. MS. HUBLER ALSO STATED THAT SHE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO SEE A PART-TIME CODE ENFORCER HIRED FOR THE CITY OF BENTON.

NELSON HENRIETTO REQUESTED MORE REMODELING AT TWIN OAKS. WILLIAM MCPHERSON OF THE GAZETTE QUESTIONED IF THE RUMOR HE HEARD OF TWIN OAKS BEING FOR SALE WAS TRUTHFUL.

MAYOR KONDRITZ PRESENTED A PROCLAMATION DECLARING MAY OF 2017 TO BE MOTORCYCLE AWARENESS MONTH. COMMISSIONER MILLER MADE A MOTION TO ABOVE THIS PROCLAMATION. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WYANT. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER WYANT MADE A MOTION TO ADJOURN. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MILLER.
VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER
WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

8:05 P.M.

Council Meeting Minutes — April 24, 2017

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BENTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING HELD MONDAY APRIL 24, 2017 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. THOSE PRESENT WERE COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.

COMMISSIONER MILLER MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE APRIL 10, 2017 PUBLIC HEARING. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WYANT. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER MILLER MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE APRIL 10, 2017 REGULAR BENTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER MILLER MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE APRIL 17, 2017 SPECIAL CALLED MEETING. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

MAYOR KONDRITZ INVITED REG ANKROM OF SIMEC TO SPEAK TO THE COUNCIL REGARDING THE ELECTRIC AGGREGATION PROGRAM. MR. ANKROM THANKED THE COUNCIL FOR ALLOWING HIM TO HOLD A TOWN HALL MEETING PRIOR TO THE COUNCIL MEETING. HE STATED THAT IF ANY CITIZEN HAS QUESTIONS, THEY ARE WELCOME TO CONTACT HIM.

COMMISSIONER MILLER ASKED EVAN STEWART OF GET M.O.S.T. PEST CONTROL TO SPEAK TO THE COUNCIL REGARDING MOSQUITO CONTROL. MR. STEWART STATED THAT IF HIRED BY THE CITY HE WILL TREAT CITY OWNED AREAS FOR MOSQUITOS; HOWEVER, THE CITIZENS NEED TO BE TREATING THEIR PROPERTIES AS WELL. MR. STEWART STATED THAT HE WOULD BE USING TABLETS TO TREAT THE STANDING BODIES OF WATER AROUND TOWN AS HE DOES NOT FEEL THAT SPRAY WILL RID THE CITY OF MOSQUITOS.

COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PURCHASE ORDER #001751 TO COE EQUIPMENT FOR A WARTHOG SEWER NOZZLE IN THE AMOUNT OF $2,430.00. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MILLER. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER WYANT MADE A MOTION TO DIRECT ATTORNEY TOM MALKOVICH TO PREPARE AN ORDINANCE FOR A NO PARKING TOW AWAY ZONE ON SOUTH MAIN FROM EAST CHURCH TO THE SQUARE ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE ROAD. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER WYANT MADE A MOTION TO DIRECT ATTORNEY TOM MALKOVICH TO PREPARE AN ORDINANCE FOR A NO PARKING TOW AWAY ZONE ON SOUTH MAPLE FROM WEST MAIN TO THE ALLEY ON THE WEST SIDE. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: . 0.

COMMISSIONER WYANT MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE RESOLUTION #17-02 CLOSING THE SQUARE FOR FARM CITY DAYS. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER WYANT MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE RESOLUTION #17-03 CLOSING THE NORTH MAIN AND THE SQUARE FOR FARM CITY DAYS. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO PURCHASE A K9 UNIT WITH MONEY PREVIOUSLY ALLOCATED FOR SAID PURCHASE. COMMISSIONER WYANT STATED THAT THE INSURANCE WILL BE APPROXIMATELY $30.00 A YEAR AND LIABILITY INSURANCE WILL NOT INCREASE. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER STOREY STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO PUBLICALLY THANK THE WATER DEPARTMENT FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE WITH THE HOUSE FIRE ON NORTH MCLEANSBORO THIS MORNING.

COMMISSIONER MILLER MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PURCHASE ORDER #001044 TO AP EXCAVATING IN THE AMOUNT OF $3,800.00 FOR THE DEMOLITION OF A HOUSE LOCATED AT 220 NORTH MADISON. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WYANT. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER MILLER MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PAYROLL FOR APRIL 21, 2017 FOR THE GENERAL FUND IN THE AMOUNT OF $59,614.48, WATER AND SEWER IN THE AMOUNT OF $27,418.00, AND AIRPORT CARETAKER IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,100.00 FOR A TOTAL PAYROLL OF $88,132.48. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WYANT. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER MILLER MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE SEWER ADJUSTMENTS FOR TREVOR GIPSON OF 503 SOUTH MCLEANSBORO AND FRANCISCO CAMARGO OF 522 EAST SMITH AS THEY MEET THE CRITERIA SET FORTH IN THE ORDINANCE. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO RETAIN GET M.O.S.T. PEST CONTROL FOR MOSQUITO CONTROL IN THE CITY OF BENTON. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WYANT. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 4. COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0. COMMISSIONER MILLER ABSTAINED.

MAYOR KONDRITZ MADE A PRESENTATION REGARDING RETURN ON INVESTMENT WITH VIDEO GAMING. MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT VIDEO GAMING WAS A “GOLDEN EGG” AS THE CITY WOULD NOT HAVE TO INVEST ANYTHING AND WOULD STILL SEE A RETURN. MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT TO NOT ALLOW VIDEO GAMING LICENSES IN THE CITY OF BENTON WOULD BE MONETARY INSANITY.

MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A MOTION APPROVING THREE (3) VIDEO GAMING LIQUOR LICENSES. COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE CREATING THREE (3) VIDEO GAMING LIQUOR LICENSES. MOTION DIED FOR LACK OF SECOND.

MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO REAPPOINT LISA MENO TO THE POLICE PENSION BOARD. COMMISSIONER WYANT MADE THIS MOTION. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MILLER. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT A LETTER OF RESIGNATION HAD BEEN RECEIVED FROM DAVID MITCHELL FOR THE BENTON MUNICIPAL AIRPORT BOARD. COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE MADE A MOTION TO ACCEPT THE RESIGNATION OF DAVID MITCHELL FROM THE BENTON MUNICIPAL AIRPORT BOARD. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WYANT. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO APPOINT DARYL ICE TO THE AIRPORT BOARD VACANCY CREATED BY THE RESIGNATION OF DAVID MITCHELL. COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE MADE A MOTION TO APPOINT DARYL ICE TO THE AIRPORT BOARD. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WYANT. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0. COMMISSIONER MILLER ABSTAINED.

NO MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS.

UNDER OLD BUSINESS, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE STATED THAT AT THE SPECIAL MEETING HELD ON APRIL 17, 2017, THE CITY OF BENTON WATER DEPARTMENT HAD HIRED BART BRADLEY. COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE STATED THAT MR. BRADLEY HAS PASSED ALL TESTING REQUIRED FOR EMPLOYMENT. ALSO UNDER OLD BUSINESS, COMMISSIONER MILLER STATED THAT ALL DOCUMENTATION OF APPRAISALS OF CITY OWNED PROPERTIES HAVE BEEN RECEIVED AND AN AUCTION WILL BE SCHEDULED SOON. COMMISSIONER MILLER ALSO STATED THAT HE WILL BE CONTACTING DATALOCK IN MT. VERNON TO SCHEDULE A TIME FOR THEM TO SHRED ITEMS APPROVED BY THE STATE OF ILLINOIS.

NO NEW BUSINESS.

IN MATTERS FROM THE PUBLIC AUDIENCE, DARYL ICE STATED THAT HE WAS HAPPY TO BEGIN SERVING ON THE AIRPORT BOARD AND ASKED FOR OPINIONS REGARDING WHAT SHOULD BE DONE WITH THE AIRPORT. WILLIAM MCPHERSON, OF THE BENTON GAZETTE, QUESTIONED VIDEO GAMING LICENSES. DAVE SCHMIDT WITH UNIVERSAL GAMING ASKED THE COUNCIL WHAT THEIR OPPOSITION TO ALLOWING VIDEO GAMING PARLORS IN THE CITY OF BENTON IS, NO RESPONSE WAS PROVIDED.


COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO ADJOURN. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE.
VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER
WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

7:05 P.M.

Special Meeting Minutes — 04/17/2017

MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL CALLED BENTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING HELD MONDAY APRIL 17,
2017 AT 8:30 A.M. IN THE BENTON MUNICIPAL BUILDING LOCATED AT 1403 SOUTH MAIN STREET, BENTON, ILLINOIS. MAYOR KONDRITZ CALLED THE MEETING TO ORDER. THOSE PRESENT WERE COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.
COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE MADE A MOTION TO HIRE BART BRADLEY AS A FULL TIME WATER DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEE CONTINGENT UPON PASSING HIS DRUG TEST. COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE STATED THAT MR. BRADLEY HAS ALREADY PASSED THE MEDICAL AND ESSENTIAL FUNCTION PORTIONS OF THE PRE-EMPLOYMENT POST OFFER TESTING. COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE ALSO STATED THAT MR. BRADLEY WILL HAVE A 60 DAY PROBATION PERIOD PER CONTRACT. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY. VOTE WAS TAKEN. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.
COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE LAKE LOT #29 BEING TRANSFERRED FROM MARJORIE WILLIAMS TO VERNON RILEY ROBERTS AND LEANN ROBERTS NOT AS TENANTS IN COMMON BUT AS JOINT TENANTS. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MILLER. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE LAKE LOTS #77 AND #78 BEING TRANSFERRED FROM W. RICHARD SIMPSON TO JAMES BRADLEY WEATHERS AND CYNTHIA ANN WEATHERS NOT AS TENANTS IN COMMON BUT AS JOINT TENANTS. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WYANT. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER WYANT MADE A MOTION TO ADJOURN. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.
8:45 A.M.

Council Meeting Minutes — 04/10/2017

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BENTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING HELD MONDAY APRIL 10, 2017 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. THOSE PRESENT WERE COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.

COMMISSIONER MILLER MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE MARCH 27, 2017 BENTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WYANT. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE STATED THAT REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE B.A.T.S. BOARD WERE PRESENT TO SPEAK TO THE COUNCIL ABOUT THE RECENT BASEBALL TOURNAMENT HELD AT THE BENTON PARK. CLINT BAUMGARTE AND SETH TATE ADDRESSED THE COUNCIL. THEY STATED THAT THE B.A.T.S. ORGANIZATION RECENTLY HELD THE FIRST B TOWN BASEBALL TOURNAMENT AND THIS TOURNAMENT HOSTED 37 BASEBALL TEAMS. THE GENTLEMEN STATED THAT THEY WANTED TO THANK THE CITY OF BENTON AND ALL OF ITS CITIZENS FOR THE VOLUNTEERISM THAT TOOK PLACE DURING THIS TOURNAMENT. THEY STATED THAT THEY ARE PLANNING ON HOLDING MULTIPLE TOURNAMENTS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE WATER AND SEWER SUPERINTENDENT EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT FOR CRAIG MILES STARTING APRIL 10, 2017 WITH A BEGINNING SALARY FOR $65,000.00. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE A CHANGE ORDER FOR THE NEW WASTE WATER TREATMENT PLANT FOR REMOVAL OF UNSUITABLE SOILS FROM THE CONSTRUCTION AREA IN THE AMOUNT OF $14,357.00. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PAY REQUEST #3 FOR CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW WASTE WATER TREATMENT PLANT IN THE AMOUNT OF $863,193.60. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MILLER. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER WYANT MADE A MOTION TO HIRE ANTHONY BRYAN AS A FULL-TIME STREET DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEE PER CONTRACT WITH A START DATE OF APRIL 11, 2017. COMMISSIONER WYANT STATED THAT MR. BRYAN HAS PASSED THE PRE-EMPLOYMENT PHYSICAL, ESSENTIAL FUNCTION TESTING, AND DRUG TESTING. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0. MR. BRYAN STATED THAT HE HAD BEEN THROUGH THE PRE-EMPLOYMENT POST OFFERING TESTING REQUIRED BY THE CITY OF BENTON WITH SIH WORKCARE AND THAT HE BELIEVED IT WAS VERY THOROUGH.

COMMISSIONER WYANT MADE ASKED RODNEY POTTS WITH JOHN. H. CRAWFORD AND ASSOCIATES TO UPDATE THE COUNCIL ON THE WASTENA STREET PROJECT. MR. POTTS PRESENTED DIAGRAMS OF WHAT IS TO OCCUR WITH THE WASTENA STREET PROJECT. MR. POTTS STATED THAT WE ARE WAITING ON FUNDING TO BEGIN THE PROJECT. THE DIAGRAMS WERE LEFT FOR THE CITY.

COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PURCHASE ORDER #001971 TO M&M LANDSCAPING FOR 2 TONS OF DECORATIVE ROCK, 34 FOOT OF BULLET EDGERS, 7 BURNING BUSHES, 7 BOXWOODS, AND LABOR CALCULATED WITH PREVAILING WAGE FOR A TOTAL OF $1,600.00. COMMISSIONER STOREY STATED THIS LANDSCAPING WILL BE DONE AT THE NEW POLICE STATION LOCATION ON WASHINGTON STREET. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PURCHASE ORDER #000946 TO NOVACOM FOR STORM SIREN REPAIR AND LABOR IN THE AMOUNT OF $750.00. COMMISSIONER STOREY STATED THAT THIS WAS FOR REPLACEMENT OF INOPERABLE POWER SUPPLY ON THE BENTON GRADE SCHOOL STORM SIREN. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WYANT. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER STOREY PRESENTED A BILL FOR $283,739.00 TO PAY FOR THE CHASSIS OF THE NEW FIRE TRUCK. COMMISSIONER STOREY STATED THAT THIS IS PART OF THE TOTAL PRICE OF $750,000.00 FOR THE FIRE TRUCK, BUT THAT THE COMPANY THAT MAKES THE CHASSIS SENDS A SEPARATE BILL AND IT IS TO BE PAID UPON COMPLETION OF THE CHASSIS. COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO PAY THIS BILL. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER MILLER MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE MONTHLY BILLS IN THE AMOUNT OF $300,010.66. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WYANT. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER MILLER MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PAYROLL FOR APRIL 4, 2017 FOR THE GENERAL FUND IN THE AMOUNT OF $60,780.46 AND WATER AND SEWER IN THE AMOUNT OF $43,729.99 FOR A TOTAL PAYROLL OF $104,510.45. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER MILLER MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE ORDINANCE #17-05, FISCAL YEAR 2016/2017 BUDGET. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER MILLER MADE A MOTION TO PROCEED WITH FINANCING THE NEW FIRE TRUCK THROUGH US BANCORP COMMISSIONER MILLER STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO FINANCE FOR 84 MONTHS AND HAD RECEIVED AN INTEREST FRATE FROM FIRST FINANCIAL BANK OF 3.25% AND FROM US BANCORP OF 2.41%. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WYANT. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER MILLER STATED THAT WE HAVE $150,000.00 AVAILABLE FOR A DOWN PAYMENT ON THE NEW FIRE TRUCK. COMMISSIONER MILLER MADE A MOTION TO PUT $150,000.00 FOR A DOWN PAYMENT ON THE FIRE TRUCK AND FINANCE $600,000.00 THROUGH US BANCORP. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER MILLER MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE IDOT ACQUISITION FOR RIGHT AWAY CONCERNING 1403 SOUTH MAIN. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WYANT. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER MILLER MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE TRANSFER OF PROPERTY AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF BENTON AND THE BENTON CIVIC CENTER AUTHORITY BOARD IN REGARDS TO THE HUDELSON STREET PROPERTY. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

UNDER UPDATES, MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED HE HAS BEEN MADE AWARE THAT THE AIRPORT BOARD IS A SEPARATE BOARD. MAYOR KONDRITZ REPORTED THAT HE DID NOT BELIEVE WE NEED AN AIRPORT AT THIS TIME.

MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO TABLE ITEM (B) DISCUSSION AND/OR APPROVAL OF POUR LICENSE. COMMISSIONER WYANT MADE A MOTION TO TABLE THIS ITEM. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MILLER. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

MAYOR KONDRITZ PRESENTED THE NEW CITY LOGO, WHICH IS A “B” WITH MAROON AND GRAY COLORING. MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT RICK LINTON HAD COME UP WITH THE NEW LOGO. MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT THIS WOULD BE ON NEW LETTERHEAD, THE CITY VEHICLES, AND USED ON CLOTHING IN THE FUTURE. COMMISSIONER MILLER MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE NEW CITY LOGO. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT MOST TERMITE AND PEST CONTROL HAD SUBMITTED AN AGREEMENT FOR MOSQUITO ABATEMENT FOR 2017. COMMISSIONER STOREY STATED THAT HE HAD SOME QUESTIONS REGARDING MOSQUITO CONTROL AND WOULD LIKE TO TABLE THIS ITEM UNTIL ALL QUESTIONS COULD BE ANSWERED. COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO TABLE THE APPROVAL OF THIS AGREEMENT. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WYANT. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 4. COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0. COMMISSIONER MILLER ABSTAINED.

NO MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS.

UNDER OLD BUSINESS, COMMISSIONER MILLER STATED THAT WE HAD RECEIVED THE APPRAISAL ON THE LOGAN GRADE SCHOOL PROPERTY. THIS APPRAISAL CAME IN AT $70,500.00.

UNDER NEW BUSINESS, MAYOR KONDRITZ READ FROM THE ILLINOIS MUNICIPAL HANDBOOK REGARDING PUBLIC AUDIENCE SPEAKING AT COUNCIL MEETINGS. IT READ “ANY PERSON SHALL BE PERMITTED AN OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS PUBLIC OFFICIALS UNDER THE RULES ESTABLISHED AND RECORDED BY THE PUBLIC BODY. ALL PUBLIC BODIES THEREFORE MUST DEVELOP A PROCEDURAL RULE THAT ALLOWS THE PUBLIC TO HAVE THE ABILITY TO ADDRESS THE PUBLIC BODY. WHILE THIS AMENDMENT PERMITS THE PUBLIC TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS PUBLIC OFFICIALS, IT DOES NOT REQUIRE THE PUBLIC OFFICIALS TO ENGAGE IN A DEBATE, TO MAKE THEMSELVES AVAILABLE FOR ABUSIVE OR HARASSING BEHAVIOR BY A MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC, OR TO PROVIDE ON-THE-SPOT ANSWERS TO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ON THE TOPICS THAT ARE RAISED BY THE PUBLIC.” MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED ALL COMMENTS WOULD BE WELCOME, BUT IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION HE WOULD ASK THAT AN APPOINTMENT IS MADE SO THAT THE COUNCIL CAN HAVE TIME TO GATHER ANSWERS.

IN MATTERS FROM THE PUBLIC AUDIENCE, ROCKY MORRIS REQUESTED A MEETING WITH LEGAL COUNSEL WITH QUESTIONS REGARDING THE AIRPORT. JULIE PAYNE HUBLER ALSO REMARKED ABOUT AIRPORT ACTIVITY.

COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE MADE A MOTION TO GO INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION FOR:

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.

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

7:10 P.M.

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

7:35 P.M.

NO ACTION WAS TAKEN DURING EXECUTIVE SESSION.


COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE MADE A MOTION TO ADJOURN. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WYANT.
VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER
WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

7:40 P.M.

Public Hearing — 04/10/2017

MINUTES OF THE PUBLIC HEARING ON THE PROPOSED BUDGET WAS HELD MONDAY APRIL 10, 2017 AT 5:45 P.M. IN THE BENTON MUNICIPAL BUILDING LOCATED AT 1403 SOUTH MAIN STREET, BENTON, ILLINOIS.

MAYOR KONDRITZ CALLED THE PUBLIC HEARING TO ORDER. THOSE PRESENT WERE COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. THE AUDIENCE CONSISTED OF BARRY WRIGHT, JULIE PAYNE HUBLER, JANE MILLER, KYLE NEAL, CRAIG MILES, SARAH TEBBE, AND VICTOR SHOCKLEY.

JULIE PAYNE HUBLER ASKED IF THE BUDGET WAS COMPARABLE TO THE PREVIOUS FISCAL YEAR’S BUDGET. COMMISSIONER MILLER STATED THAT IT WAS.

NO OTHER COMMENTS WERE HEARD FROM THE AUDIENCE.

COMMISSIONER MILLER MADE A MOTION TO CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISISONER STOREY, COMMISIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

5:55 P.M.

Council Meeting Minutes — March 27, 2017

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BENTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING HELD MONDAY MARCH 27, 2017 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. THOSE PRESENT WERE COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.

COMMISSIONER MILLER MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE MARCH 13, 2017 BENTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WYANT. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 4. COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0. COMMISSIONER MILLER ABSTAINED.

MAYOR KONDRITZ ASKED BARB GRABNER-KERNS FROM TREES FOREVER TO COME BEFORE THE COUNCIL. MS. GRABNER-KERNS STATED THAT TREES FOREVER IS A PROGRAM THAT ASSISTS COMMUNITIES IN CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN ILLINOIS TO PLANT AND CARE FOR HEALTHY AND DIVERSE COMMUNITY FORESTS. SHE STATED THAT THEY WOULD LIKE TO HELP US RECOVER, REPLANT, AND RESTORE THE TREES IN OUR COMMUNITY. THE COUNCIL THANKED MS. GRABNER-KERNS FOR HER TIME AND STATED THAT THEY WOULD LIKE TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THIS PROGRAM.

COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PURCHASE ORDER #001750 TO ALAN ENVIRONMENTAL PRODUCTS FOR 5 UNITS OF GREASE GOBLIN IN THE AMOUNT OF $845.00. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PURCHASE ORDER #0017523 TO BEN’S LAWN SERVICE FOR A HUSTLER SUPER Z MOWER IN THE AMOUNT OF $7,582.00. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WYANT. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE MADE A MOTION TO CONSTRUCT A NEW SEWER MAIN ON THE AIRPORT NORTH INDUSTRIAL PARK PROPERTY, CONTINGENT UPON PROJECT FUNDING BEING AVAILABLE. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MILLER. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE MADE A MOTION TO AUTHORIZE CRAWFORD AND ASSOCIATES ENGINEERING TO APPLY FOR A PERMIT FOR THE AIRPORT NORTH SEWER MAIN. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WYANT. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER WYANT MADE A MOTION TO POST A FULL-TIME STREET DEPARTMENT POSITION PER CONTRACT. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MILLER. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER WYANT MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE 2017 MFT ROCK BID, AWARDED TO BEELMAN LOGISTICS IN THE AMOUNT OF $10.49 PER TON …. 2,000 TONS FOR A TOTAL OF $20,980.00. COMMISSIONER WYANT STATED THE ONLY OTHER BID RECEIVED WAS FROM CARTER AND SONS IN THE AMOUNT OF $14.86 PER TON …. 2,000 TONS FOR A TOTAL OF $29,700.00. COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE SECONDED THE MOTION TO ACCEPT THE BID FROM BEELMAN LOGISTICS. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER WYANT STATED THAT THE RECYCLING BINS PREVIOUSLY PLACED AT THE STREET DEPARTMENT HAVE BEEN MOVED ONE (1) BLOCK SOUTH. COMMISSIONER WYANT ALSO STATED THAT THE ADAMS STREET PROJECT IS SET TO BEGIN IN THE COMING WEEKS.

COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO CREATE AN ORDINANCE TO ESTABLISH A CITY AMBULANCE SERVICE. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WYANT. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 4. COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 1. COMMISSIONER MILLER.

COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO HIRE KEENER’S CLEANERS FOR JANITORIAL SERVICE AT THE POLICE DEPARTMENT. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER MILLER MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PAYROLL FOR MARCH 24, 2017 FOR THE GENERAL FUND IN THE AMOUNT OF $59,815.65, WATER AND SEWER IN THE AMOUNT OF $29,045.62, AND AIRPORT CARETAKER IN THE AMOUNT OF $2,200.00 FOR A TOTAL PAYROLL OF $91,061.27. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WYANT. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER MILLER MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE A SEWER ADJUSTMENT OF HELPING HANDS AT 703 BEATRICE AS IT MEET THE CRITERIA SET FORTH IN THE ORDINANCE. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER MILLER MADE A MOTION TO DENY SEWER ADJUSTMENTS FOR EARNEST HEINRICH OF 713 LOCUST AND ALICE BLASCZCYNSKI OF 204 CAPITAL AS NEITHER MEET THE CRITERIA SET FORTH IN THE ORDINANCE. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 4. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 1. COMMISSIONER STOREY.

COMMISSIONER MILLER MADE A MOTION TO PLACE THE FISCAL YEAR 2016/2017 BUDGET ON DISPLAY IN THE CITY CLERK’S OFFICE FOR TEN (10) DAYS, WITH A PUBLIC HEARING AT 5:45 P.M. ON APRIL 10, 2017. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 4. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 1. COMMISSIONER STOREY.

MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT THE LIGHTING IN THE CITY HALL BUILDING HAS BEEN AN ONGOING PROCESS AND HE WOULD LIKE TO LOOK INTO A LED LIGHTING SYSTEM. MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT THE MAC 1 IS BEING BUILT IN WEST CITY AND THIS IS THE NEXT GENERATION OF TRUCK STOPS/CONVENIENCE STORE/VIDEO GAMING. MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT WE NEED TO CONSIDER LEVELING THE PLAYING FIELD AND ESTABLISH POUR LICENSES IN BENTON.

MAYOR KONDRITZ BELIEVES THAT IN THE NEXT 10-15 YEARS THE GOVERNMENT WILL REQUIRED TO USE A LED LIGHTING SYSTEM. HE STATED THAT LAKE BENTON SPILLWAY IS DARK AND WE SHOULD CONSIDER INSTALLING LED LIGHTS AT THIS LOCATION.

NO MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS.

NO OLD BUSINESS.

NO NEW BUSINESS.

IN MATTERS FROM THE PUBLIC AUDIENCE, ROCKY MORRIS QUESTIONED DECISIONS MADE BY THE AIRPORT BOARD. JULIE PAYNE HUBLER THANKED THE FIRE DEPARTMENT FOR WANTING TO START AN AMBULANCE SERVICE, QUESTIONED WHERE THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE NORTH AIRPORT SEWER WOULD BE, AND SHE QUESTIONED GETTING AN ANSWER ON THE FOIA REQUEST SUBMITTED TO THE AIRPORT BOARD. TONY LANG ASKED QUESTIONS REGARDING WHY LED LIGHTS WERE NOT INSTALLED IN THE CITY HALL WHEN THE FIRST ROUND OF LIGHT REPAIRS WAS DONE. MR. LANG ALSO STATED THAT THERE MAY BE SOME TREES IN THE DITCHES BEHIND HIS HOUSE THAT NEED TO BE CUT DOWN BY THE CITY.

COMMISSIONER WYANT MADE A MOTION TO ADJOURN. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

7:22 P.M.

Council Meeting Minutes — March 13, 2017

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BENTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING HELD MONDAY MARCH 13, 2017 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. THOSE PRESENT WERE COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. COMMISSIONER MILLER WAS ABSENT.

COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE FEBRUARY 27, 2017 BENTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 4. COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE ORDINANCE #17-04 INCREASING WATER RATES. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WYANT. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 4. COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE MADE A MOTION TO MAKE PAYMENT #2 FOR THE WASTE WATER TREATMENT PLANT IN THE AMOUNT OF $440,663.40. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 4. COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE MADE A MOTION TO ACCEPT THE EMPLOYEE RESIGNATION OF STEVE SHOULTZ. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WYANT. BOTH COMMISSIONERS STATED THAT THE ACCEPTANCE OF THIS RESIGNATION WAS WITH DEEP REGRET. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 4. COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER WYANT STATED THAT THERE WOULD BE A BID LETTING ON 03/22/17 AT 9 A.M. AT THE BENTON CITY HALL LOCATED AT 1403 SOUTH MAIN FOR THE 2017 MFT CA-10 ROCK. COMMISSIONER WYANT ALSO STATED THAT HIS ENTIRE DEPARTMENT HAD ATTENDED FLAGGING SCHOOL RECENTLY.

COMMISSIONER STOREY STATED THAT THE CITY HAD BEEN OFFERED A DONATION OF AN AMBULANCE BY THE CITY OF WEST FRANKFORT, ILLINOIS. COMMISSIONER STOREY STATED THAT THIS AMBULANCE WOULD BE A BACKUP FOR ABBOTT AMBULANCE SERVICE. COMMISSIONER STOREY ALSO STATED THAT THIS AMBULANCE WOULD BE AVAILABLE TO CITY EMPLOYEES WHILE ON DUTY AT NO CHARGE. COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO ACCEPT THE DONATION OF AN AMBULANCE BY THE CITY OF WEST FRANKFORT, ILLINOIS. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 4. COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER STOREY STATED THAT SOME OF THE STORM SIRENS IN THE CITY OF BENTON COULD BE MOVED TO A BETTER LOCATION. COMMISSIONER STOREY ASKED FIRE CHIEF SHANE COCKRUM TO ADDRESS THE COUNCIL REGARDING THESE SIRENS. CHIEF COCKRUM STATED THAT THE STORM SIRENS WE CURRENTLY HAVE ARE DESIGNED FOR OUTDOOR NOTIFICATION ONLY AND THAT THERE SEEMS TO BE A PROBLEM ALERTING CITIZENS BECAUSE OF UPDATES IN THEIR HOMES MAKING THEM MORE SOUND PROOF. CHIEF COCKRUM STATED THAT IF WE REPOSITIONED SOME SIRENS ON THE EAST SIDE OF TOWN, NOTIFICATION MAY BE BETTER. COMMISSIONER STOREY STATED THAT TO MOVE A STORM SIREN THE COST WOULD BE APPROXIMATELY $8,000.00 AND TO PURCHASE A NEW STORM SIREN, THE COST WOULD BE APPROXIMATELY $25,000.00. COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO TABLE THIS ITEM UNTIL A FURTHER DATE. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 4. COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

CHIEF COCKRUM ALSO STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE THE PUBLIC TO BE AWARE THAT IF THEY PURCHASE A WEATHER RADIO, THE RADIOS CAN BE BROUGHT TO THE FIRE DEPARTMENT AND PROGRAMMED. HOWEVER, CHIEF COCKRUM STATED HE WOULD PREFER PEOPLE DID NOT COME DURING A WEATHER EVENT TO HAVE THEIR RADIOS PROGRAMMED. CHIEF COCKRUM ALSO STATED THAT IN THE CASE OF A SEVERE WEATHER EVENT, THE BENTON COMMUNITY BUILDING IS A STORM SHELTER AND WILL BE OPENED FOR CITIZENS THAT NEED TO TAKE COVER.

IN THE ABSENCE OF COMMISSIONER MILLER, ATTORNEY MALKOVICH PRESENTED MONTHLY BILLS TO BE PAID IN THE AMOUNT OF $282,474.97. COMMISSIONER WYANT MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THESE BILLS. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 4. COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

ATTORNEY MALKOVICH PRESENTED PAYROLL FOR MARCH 10, 2017 FOR GENERAL FUND IN THE AMOUNT OF $58,390.22 AND FOR WATER AND SEWER IN THE AMOUNT OF $28,702.15 FOR A TOTAL PAYROLL OF $87,092.37. COMMISSIONER WYANT MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THIS PAYROLL. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 4. COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

ATTORNEY MALKOVICH PRESENTED A SEWER ADJUSTMENT FOR RODNEY MANDRELL OF 103 MILL STREET AND FOR MICHAEL CODY SHOCKLEY OF 1006 EAST DIAMOND STREET. COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE 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: 4. COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

ATTORNEY MALKOVICH STATED THAT THERE WAS A SEWER ADJUSTMENT FORM TURNED IN FOR ALICE BLASCZCYNSKI, BUT MORE INFORMATION WILL NEED TO BE COLLECTED TO MAKE A DECISION.

MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT HE HAD NO UPDATES FOR THIS COUNCIL MEETING.

MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT THE BENTON ZONING AND PLANNING COMMISSION ANNUAL REPORT HAD BEEN SUBMITTED TO THE CITY COUNCIL AND ASKED FOR A MOTION TO APPROVE THIS. COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE BENTON ZONING AND PLANNING COMMISSION ANNUAL REPORT. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WYANT. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 4. COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT A VARIANCE WAS SUBMITTED TO THE ZONING AND PLANNING COMMISSIONER BY MINCON ROCKDRILLS. MAYOR KONDRITZ ASKED FOR A MOTION APPROVING THIS VARIANCE. COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE VARIANCE SUBMITTED BY MINCON ROCKDRILLS. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 4. COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT TWO (2) TERMS HAVE EXPIRED ON THE ZONING AND PLANNING COMMISSION.

MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO APPOINT KYLE NEAL TO A ONE (1) YEAR TERM. COMMISSIONER WYANT MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE APPOINTMENT OF KYLE NEAL TO A ONE (1) YEAR TERM ON THE ZONING AND PLANNING COMMISSIONER. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 4. COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO APPOINT VICTOR SHOCKLEY TO A ONE (1) YEAR TERM. COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE APPOINTMENT OF VICTOR SHOCKLEY TO A ONE (1) YEAR TERM. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 4. COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

UNDER MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS, MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE EMERGENCY PERSONNEL THAT HELPED DURING THE RECENT STORM THAT PASSED THROUGH OUR AREA. MAYOR KONDRITZ ALSO STATED THAT IF CITIZENS HAVE NOT DRIVEN BY THE SEWER PLANT, THEY SHOULD DRIVE DOWN PETROFF ROAD AND SEE THE PROGRESS THAT HAS BEEN MADE.

NO OLD BUSINESS.

NO NEW BUSINESS.

IN MATTERS FROM THE PUBLIC AUDIENCE, JULIE PAYNE HUBLER ASKED QUESTIONS REGARDING THE START OF AN AMBULANCE SERVICE. MAYOR KONDRITZ STATED THAT AN AMBULANCE SERVICE HAD NOT BEEN APPROVED YET AND IT WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE TO PROVIDE ACTUAL ANSWERS AT THIS TIME. ROCKY MORRIS ALSO ASKED ABOUT EQUIPPING AN AMBULANCE. FIRE CHIEF SHANE COCKRUM STATED THAT IT WOULD TAKE $5,000.00 OR LESS TO EQUIP AN AMBULANCE.

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

6:48 P.M.

Council Meeting Minutes — February 27, 2017

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BENTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING HELD MONDAY FEBRUARY 27, 2017 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. THOSE PRESENT WERE COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ.

COMMISSIONER MILLER MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE FEBRUARY 13, 2017 BENTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WYANT. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER MILLER MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE FEBRUARY 17, 2017 SPECIAL CALLED BENTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE PRESENTED PURCHASE ORDER #001749 TO RABEN TIRE TO REPLACE ALL FOUR TIRES ON THE BACKHOE 580 SUPER N IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,134.00. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MILLER. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE MADE A MOTION TO DIRECT ATTORNEY MALKOVICH TO PREPARE AN ORDINANCE INCREASING WATER RATES. THE MINIMUM RATE WOULD BE INCREASED BY $2.00 AND EACH OTHER INCREMENT WOULD BE INCREASED BY $1.00. COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE STATED THAT WATER RATES HAD NOT BEEN RAISED IN FOUR YEARS. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY.
VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER WYANT PRESENTED ORDINANCE #17-02 FOR A THREE-WAY STOP SIGN AT THE INTERSECTION OF ASH STREET AND WASHINGTON STREET. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER WYANT PRESENTED ORDINANCE #17-03 FOR A FOUR-WAY STOP SIGN AT THE INTERSECTION OF JESSE STREET AND WASHINGTON STREET. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER STOREY. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO APPOINT JOHN OWENS AS A TEMPORARY FULL-TIME FIREFIGHTER DURING THE TIME DYLAN DEFOREST IS GONE TO FIREFIGHTER SCHOOL. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MILLER. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO ADD DANNY STOWERS AS A PAID ON CALL FIREFIGHTER TO THE CURRENT ROSTER. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MILLER. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

POLICE CHIEF KYLE MELVIN GAVE THE COUNCIL AN UPDATE ON THE NEW POLICE STATION. HE STATED THAT THE GENERATOR IS SCHEDULED TO BE PUT IN ON MARCH 1, 2017 AND THEY WOULD BEGIN DOING BUSINESS AT THE WASHINGTON STREET ADDRESS ON MARCH 6, 2017. A FORMAL RIBBON CUTTING WILL TAKE PLACE ON MARCH 13, 2017.

COMMISSIONER MILLER MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE PAYROLL DATED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 FOR THE GENERAL FUND IN THE AMOUNT OF $62,954.01 AND WATER AND SEWER FUND IN THE AMOUNT OF $28,640.96 FOR A TOTAL PAYROLL OF $91,594.97. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WYANT. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER MILLER MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE SEWER APPLICATIONS FOR JUSTIN MORNEWEG OF 204 NORTH COLLEGE, DUSTIN GOODWIN OF 510 WEST FIFTH STREET, RYAN MCCOLLUM OF 502 WEST FIFTH STREET, AND DEAN SEVERIN OF 806 SOUTH MCLEANSBORO STREET AS THEY MEET THE CRITERIA SET FORTH IN THE ORDINANCE. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISSIONER MILLER STATED THAT A LIST OF CITY OWNED REAL ESTATE AND PERSONAL PROPERTY IS BEING PUT TOGETHER FOR AN AUCTION. COMMISSIONER MILLER STATED THAT THIS AUCTION WILL LIKELY TAKE PLACE IN MAY OR JUNE OF 2017.

UNDER CITY UPDATES, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE STATED THAT THE OLD WATER PLANT ON GRAND STREET HAS BEEN TORN DOWN. COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE STATED THAT THE PLANT HAD BEEN THERE SINCE THE 1940’S. ALSO UNDER UPDATES, COMMISSIONER WYANT STATED THAT THE RECYCLING DUMPSTER HAS BEEN SET AT THE STREET DEPARTMENT AND IT HAS ONLY BEEN EMPTIED ONCE IN A TWO WEEK PERIOD.

NO MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS.

UNDER OLD BUSINESS, COMMISSIONER STOREY STATED THAT THE VILLAGE OF CYPRESS HAD PICKED UP THE FIRE TRUCK THE CITY DONATED TO THEM. COMMISSIONER MILLER STATED THAT SHAWNEE ENGINEERING HAS BEEN SPEAKING WITH ZONING ADMINISTRATOR DAVID GARAVALIA ABOUT MOVING FORWARD WITH THE GIS MAP.

NO NEW BUSINESS.

IN MATTERS FROM THE PUBLIC AUDIENCE, ROCKY MORRIS STATED THAT HE HAD RECEIVED MULTIPLE CALLS FROM CITIZENS REGARDING THE CITY HAVING AN AIR CONDITIONING/HEATING UNIT PLACED BY RSP. MR. MORRIS STATED THAT HE DID NOT FEEL THAT THE COUNCIL SHOULD HAVE USED A COMPANY FROM CARTERVILLE WHEN THE CITY OF BENTON HAS A HEATING AND COOLING DEALER IN TOWN. JULIE PAYNE HUBLER STATED THAT SHE ALSO FELT THE CITY SHOULD HAVE USED A COMPANY IN BENTON. TOM CARTER STATED THAT IF THERE WAS A REASON NOT TO USE THE COMPANY IN BENTON, HE FELT THAT THE CITY SHOULD HAVE USED DARNELL HEATING FROM WEST FRANKFORT IN AN EFFORT TO KEEP THE MONEY IN FRANKLIN COUNTY.

6:30 P.M.

MAYOR KONDRITZ Z ASKED FOR A SHORT RECESS TO ALLOW TIME FOR FRANKLIN COUNTY REPRESENTATIVES TO ARRIVE AT THE MEETING.

6:40 P.M.

THE MEETING RESUMED.

MAYOR KONDRITZ ASKED RANDAL CROCKER, FRANKLIN COUNTY BOARD CHAIRMAN, TO SPEAK TO THE COUNCIL AND THE AUDIENCE REGARDING THE PROPOSED 1% COUNTY WIDE TAX INCREASE. MR. CROCKER STATED THAT THE CURRENT FRANKLIN COUNTY COURTHOUSE WAS BUILT IN 1875 AND IS EXPERIENCING FUNCTION AND MECHANICAL ISSUES. MR. CROCKER STATED THAT THE BOARD WOULD LIKE TO BUILD A NEW COURTHOUSE WITH A POSSIBLE SOUTH MAIN OR EAST MAIN LOCATION. MR. CROCKER STATED THAT THE PROPOSED 1% TAX WOULD HAVE A 20 YEAR SUNSET THAT COULD BE REACHED EARLIER. MR. CROCKER STATED THAT THE TAX WOULD NOT BE INCLUDED ON FOOD, DRUGS, TITLED VEHICLES, AND FUEL. JIM MUIR, FRANKLIN COUNTY CIRCUIT CLERK, AS SPOKE REGARDING THIS ISSUE. HE STATED THAT HE BELIEVED THE TAX WAS A GOOD MOVE TO SECURE THE FUNDS NEEDED FOR THE PROJECT.

COMMISSIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO ADJOURN. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WYANT. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

7:15 P.M.

Continued Council Meeting Minutes — February 17, 2017

MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL CALLED BENTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING HELD FRIDAY FEBRUARY 17, 2017 AT
8:30 A.M. IN THE BENTON MUNICIPAL BUILDING LOCATED AT 1403 SOUTH MAIN STREET, BENTON, ILLINOIS.

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

COMMISSIONER MILLER MADE A MOTION TO AUTHORIZE CITY OFFICIALS TO SIGN REPLAT OF LOTS 123-124 OF LAKE BENTON CITY PARK. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

COMMISIONER STOREY MADE A MOTION TO ADJOURN. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WYANT. VOTE WAS TAKEN. YEAS: 5. COMMISSIONER MILLER, COMMISSIONER STOREY, COMMISSIONER WYANT, COMMISSIONER BAUMGARTE, AND MAYOR KONDRITZ. NAYS: 0.

8:30 A.M.