Village of Oblong


February 4 , 2004

The Village Board of Trustees met in regular session on February 4th, 2004, in the Farley Room of the Municipal Building.

Members Present: Mayor Keith Waldrop, Clerk Ladora Boyd, Trustee Bill Hatch, Trustee Bonnie Finn, Trustee Jack Gallion, Trustee Carole Jones, Trustee Sherry Catt, Trustee Debi Wilson and Treasurer Jan Miller.

Others Present: Public Works Superintendent Gary Lanter, Police Chief Chad Pusey, Tom Compton (Daily News), Charlotte Cannon (Oblong Gem), Ron Tuel and Pam Tuel.

1. The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by Mayor Waldrop.

2. The Regular Meeting minutes of January 7th were approved with a motion by Jack and a second by Debi. All ayes, motion carried.

3. There was one addition to the agenda this month. Mr. and Mrs. Ron Tuel came before the board about an incident on Tuesday, January 27th. Mr. Tuel stated that Patrol Officer Randy Pine knocked on the Tuel's door to talk to them about a report on an ATV that was pulling a toboggan around in their yard. Mr. Tuel stated that Officer Pine stated that it was a Trustee that complained. Mr. Tuel stated that as far as he knew there was no law against riding an ATV in his yard. The Tuels feel that the Trustee was misusing their position on the board. Chief Pusey stated that he was the one that had called and told Officer Pine to go and talk to the Tuels. The Chief also stated that there was not a law against riding ATV's in property owner's yard but when there is a complaint made then the offense came under the nuisance ordinance. Mrs. Tuel asked a hypothetical question to the Chief. She asked if she was out mowing her yard with a riding lawnmower and a neighbor called in a complaint about it; would she have to stop mowing? The Chief said technically yes, that it would come under the nuisance ordinance. The mayor stated that he would get with Officer Pine and the Chief to find out what was done that day and get back with the Tuels.

4. There were no delinquent water bill customers at the meeting this month.

5. Motion by Sherry, with a second by Debi, to adopt Ordinance #2004-0-463 "An Ordinance to Amend Chapter 23, Manufactured Housing Code, Article I - General Provisions, Section 23-1-1, Definitions, Mobile Home, of the Revised Code of Ordinances of Oblong, Illinois". All ayes, motion carried.

6. There was some discussion about the wording of Ordinance #2004-0-462, so it was decided to amend the Ordinance. Motion by Bill, with a second by Debi, to adopt Ordinance #2004-0-464 "An Ordinance to Amend Chapter 3, Animals, Article I - General Provisions, Section 3-1-9, Animals, Etc. in Village, Of the Revised Code of Ordinances of Oblong, Illinois, as amended". Ayes: Bill, Carole, Sherry, Debi. Nays: Jack. Abstain: Bonnie. Motion carried.

7. Motion by Bill, with a second by Carole, to allow Labor Local #1280 to collect donation for The Therapy Center at the 4-way stop on Saturday, May 22nd, from 9 am to Noon (12 pm). All ayes, motion carried.

8. Under Mayor's Comments: a.) Keith stated the lien that the Village had on the property at 601 E. Kentucky was paid last month. He also stated that the house is starting to be torn down. The check was for $1,330.

b.) Keith brought up the fact that there are people riding horse in town; they should bring supplies to clean up manure if the animal goes while in town.

c.) Keith stated that Ashley Dart had sent a letter to all the board about recycling. The letter was a class project for her. Keith call to let her know that Oblong has a building for recycling.

d.) Keith stated that Mary Middleton had come in to see him about a neighbor's dog. Keith stated that Jack and the Chief looked into the problem.

e.) Keith said that the Crawford County Fair Board had sent a check with Gary for payment of half the cost of putting up the park entrance lights. The check was for $1307.35.

f.) Keith mentioned that with the bad weather Gary and the guys have had to put in some overtime to try and get the streets cleaned off. There was some discussion on how the streets are plowed and when they are plowed.

g.) Keith stated that the complaint from Mrs. Gish is being look into by the Chief. The Chief stated that he is waiting on DCFS to come and inspect the property. Keith mentioned that the trustees all had a copy of the letter from the Crawford County Health Department.

9. The treasurer's report was given by Jan. Jan stated that the trustees will notice that there has been a change in the investment list.

10. Motion by Debi, with a second by Sherry, to pay the bills that were on the voucher and any utility bills, bills that will incur a late charge or reimbursements to employees. All ayes, motion carried.

11. Reports of Committees:

A. Police: Carole stated that everyone had a copy of the monthly police report and also the year end report. Carole mentioned that everything seem to be quiet for the department. There will be a class for the Police on February 11th from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm here in Oblong on Verbal Judo. The Chief stated that he will be in class on February 17th thru 20th at Carterville. The class will be on Hostage Negotiations sponsored by the FBI.

B. Buildings and Park: Sherry stated that the budget will be worked on this month. Keith stated that there had been some damage done to the northside restrooms recently. There was some discussion and some solution talk about it. It was decided that the police officer on duty will start checking the restrooms on a more regular basis. There will be a piece put in crime stoppers to possibly find out who has done the damage.

C. Sidewalks and Lights: No Report.

D. Street and Alley: No Report.

E. Water and Sewer: Bill stated that Gary and Travis would like to attend classes in Effingham on February 25th and 26th sponsored by Illinois Rural Water Association at a cost of $60/each.

F. Finance: Keith stated that the cut off date for budgets to be turned in to the committee is March 12th.

12. Tom Compton mentioned that the Tourism Committee will met on February 17th at 6:30 pm in the Oilfield Museum Building.

13. Motion by Jack, with a second by Bonnie, to adjourn at 8:04 pm. All ayes, motion carried.

Respectfully Submitted,

Ladora Boyd, Clerk


2004 Board Meeting Dates

January 7th.
February 4th.
March 3rd.
April 7th
May 5th.
June 2nd.
July 7th.
August 4th.
September 1st.
October 6th.
November 3rd.
December 1st.