Village of Oblong

December 4, 2013 Minutes

December 4th, 2013

The Village of Oblong Board of Trustees met in regular session on Wednesday, December 4th, 2013, in the Farley Room of the Municipal Building.

Members Present: Mayor Randy Rich, Clerk Ladora Boyd, Trustee Rick Catt, Trustee
Jay Haines, Trustee Ken Russell, Trustee Tony Madlem, Trustee Debi Wilson and Treasurer/Deputy Clerk Jan Miller.

Others Present: Police Chief Chad Pusey, Public Works Superintendent Gary Lanter, Tom Compton (Daily News), Chris Forde (WTYE/WTAY), Lou Ann Baker (Oblong Gem) and Nick Hinterscher.

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by Mayor Rich; with everyone standing and saying the Pledge of Allegiance.

The Regular Board Meeting minutes of November 6th, 2013 were approved with a motion by Rick and a second by Tony. Five (5) ayes, motion carried.

There were no additions or deletions to the agenda this month.

There were no Water Bill customers at this month’s meeting.

Nick Hinterscher came before the Board to ask if the taverns could stay open until 1:30 am for New Year’s Eve. The Board granted his request.

Motion by Tony, with a second by Ken, to approve payment to A. J. Walker Construction Co, Pay Estimate #5 for $4,864.47 and payment to Connor & Connor, Inc, for engineering fees of $5,168.49 for the North Range Street Project. Five (5) ayes, motion carried.

Mayor’s Comments:
a. Randy stated that the Village had received a letter from MediaCom stating what channels they will be adding or deleting and the name changes of some of their music channels on or about December 10th.

b. Randy mentioned that the owner of Check-Mart is wanting back on the fuel rotation. Randy stated that the owner also stated that the previous problem the Village was having have been resolved. The Board granted his request.

c. Randy stated that he had received a copy of the letter sent by the Village Attorney to Mr. Colmark about the redevelopment agreements for Park Meadow TIF.

d. Randy stated that he had received a letter from IL Commerce Commission’s Transportation Bureau/Rail Safety Section with a Stipulated Agreement for the South Adams Street Railroad Crossing repair work. Motion by Tony, with a second by Debi, to give the Board’s blessing for the Mayor to go ahead with the singing of the Stipulated Agreement. Five (5) ayes, motion carried.

e. Randy mentioned that there will need to be a wording change in the Village’s code book due to the concealed weapon State law. The following wording needs to be added to Section 27-2-19 Concealed Weapons.: “or unless person has a concealed carry permit issued by the State of Illinois”. This will need to be in ordinance form, will get it to the Village Attorney for next month. There were some questions on this issue.

f. Randy stated that the Village will need to pass a resolution so that some property can be put up for sell. The building is located at 112 West Main will be put up for bid to recoup the outstanding balance on the Revolving Loan of Walter and Debbie Knicely.

g. Randy stated that Joe Campanella has given his verbal resignation due to moving out of the Village limits. He will be getting a letter for the Board to accept

h. Randy stated that the Santa Train will be in town on Sunday, December 8th, from 11:15 am to 12:15 pm.

Reports of Committees:

Police: Chad stated that everyone had a copy of the monthly report for November.

Building and Park: Debi stated that she had nothing to report this month. Gary stated that the Park Decorations look really good.

Sidewalks and Lights: Jay stated that there is some sidewalk working on the west side of Henpeck Mercantile.

Street and Alley: Tony stated that he had nothing to report this month except for what had already been discussed about the North Range Street Project.

Water and Sewer: Ken stated that the committee had a meeting before the Board Meeting tonight. The committee recommends the following rate changes an increase in the minimum rate of $4 and from 1,001 to 10,000 gallons rate increase of $0.75, increase renter’s deposit from$100 to $150, and a new non-consumer fee of $25. Will be getting this information to the Village Attorney, so that he can draw up an Ordinance to be passed at the next Board Meeting. The last rate change was in 2006.

Finance: Rick stated that the Christmas Bonus was included in the Working Budget figures and will be given to the Village employee in their next payroll check. The amount will be the same as last year.

Development: Tony stated that he had nothing new to mention. The new CMH Clinic will possibly be completed by March or April, 2014. Rick stated that the new grocery store is open and it is nice to see cars parked along Main Street again.

Payment of Bills: Motion by Ken with a second by Jay, to pay the bills that were on the warranty list and any utility bills, bills that will incur a late charge or reimbursements to employees. Five (5) ayes, motion carried.

There were few other items of business this month. Randy also mentioned about the decorations out at the Park. He also mentioned that it was good to have a grocery store in Oblong again.

Motion by Rick, with a second by Tony, to adjourn the meeting at 7:21 pm. Five (5) ayes, motion carried.

Respectfully submitted


Ladora Boyd, Clerk

Revised 12/11/2013