Village of Oblong

  December 6, 2017


Draft Minutes

The Village of Oblong Board of Trustees met in regular session on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017, in the Farley Room of the Municipal Building.

Members Present:  Mayor Teresa Fielder, Clerk Ladora Boyd, Trustee Debi Wilson, Trustee Angie Fear, Trustee Jay Haines, Trustee Dave Hasty, Trustee Bill Burke, Trustee Jeron Harris and Treasurer/Deputy Clerk Jan Miller.

Others Present:  Police Chief Chad Pusey, Public Works Superintendent Gary Lanter, Chris DeWitt (WTAY/WTYE), Tom Compton (Daily News), Tahnee Dunlap (Leadership Crawford County), Anne Marie Hopkins (Leadership Crawford County), Hillary McCrillis (Leadership Crawford County), Tim Price (Leadership Crawford County), Agnus Bay (Boy Scout Troup #219), Jaime Bay, Valerie Ping (Boy Scout Troup #219), Jerrett Ping (Boy Scout Troup #219), David Wilson (Boy Scout Troup #219), Chance Goodwin (Boy Scout Troup #219), Cassy Goodwin (Boy Scout Troup #219), Joe Stephenson (Crawford County Fair Board) and Nick Hinterscher.

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

The Regular Board Meeting Minutes of November 1st, 2017, were approved with a motion by Debi, and a second by Jeron.  All ayes, motion carried.

There was one addition to the agenda this month. Dave stated that the Water/Sewer Committee met to discuss the water rate increase that the Village of Oblong will have to implement to offset the increase from Robinson-Palestine Water Commission rate increase. The committee is recommending a $2.00 increase on the minimum charge (for in town user would go from $17.00 to $19.00 and the out-of-town user would go from $23.20 to $25.20) and a $0.25/per 1,000 gallon increase to each additional 1,000 gallons (the charge would be from $6.20 per gallon to $6.45 per gallon).  The Board will vote on the changes to the water rates at the January 3rd, 2018, Board Meeting.

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

Anne Marie from Leadership Crawford County came before the Board to present her group’s proposal of a dog park. The Board gave their approval of the proposal as long as there is a suitable area for the park. See attached pages.

Nick Hinterscher came before the Board to ask permission to stay open until 1:30 am on Saturday, December 30th with last call at 1am for the New Year’s celebration. The Board granted his request.

Jeron opened the bids for the 2002 Chevrolet K2500 Pick-up with no bed. They are as follows:

Brett Neeley $4,050.00

Greg Brown $3,150.00

Higgs Welding, LLC $3,200.00

Motion by Jeron, with a second by Bill, to accept the bid from Brett Neeley of $4,050.00.  All ayes, motion carried.

Mayor’s Comments: 

Teresa welcomed the Boy Scout Troup #219 to the Board Meeting.

Teresa stated that the Board had received a “Thank You” card from the employees for the Christmas meal on December 5. 

Teresa stated that the Village had received a letter from MediaCom stating what increases would be implemented on or about January 1st, 2018. See attached letter.

Teresa stated that the Village has received the Illinois Bicentennial Flag. She stated that the Village will start flying the flag in 2018.

Reports of Committees:

Police:  Jay stated that he had nothing to report this month. Chad mentioned that the department had received a grant from Mary Heath which will go towards the impound lot cost, body-cams and body armor. Chad stated that the department has hired David Houser.

Building and Park: Debi stated that she had nothing to report this month. It was mentioned that there has been some vandalism done to the bathroom doors out at the Park. It has been taken care of. There was some discussion on helping with taking donation for the Lights in the Park.

Sidewalks and Lights:  Bill stated that he had nothing to report this month.

Street and Alley:  Angie stated that she had nothing to report this month. 

Water and Sewer:  Dave stated that he had nothing else to report this month.

Finance:  Jeron stated that he had nothing to report this month.

Development:  Bill stated that he had nothing new to report this month.

Ad Hoc (Dilapidated/Unsafe Buildings):  Teresa stated that there will be no awards during the winter months. She stated that she and Chad are working on some changes needed on the Non-Highway Vehicle codes, planning to have the changes ready for a vote at the January meeting. The next committee meeting will be January 31st, 2018.

Motion by Jay, with a second by Angie, 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. All ayes, motion carried.

There was one other item of business this month. Chad stated that there will be no solicitor’s permits issue the rest of 2017.

Motion by Jeron, with a second by Bill, to adjourn the meeting at 7:36 pm. All ayes, motion carried.

Respectfully submitted

Ladora Boyd