Village of Oblong

November 1, 2017


November 1st, 2017

The Village of Oblong Board of Trustees met in regular session on Wednesday, November 1st, 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), Jami McDaniel 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 October 4th, 2017, were approved with a motion by Bill, and a second by Jeron.  All ayes, motion carried.

There was one addition to the agenda this month. Bill wanted to thank everyone, who helped with the Fall Follies.  He also mentioned that there were some issues brought up on social media. There was some ideas mentioned on how to take care of the issues.

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

Jami McDaniel came before the Board due to her concerns about wood burning stoves/furnaces in her neighborhood. She asked that the Board consider making an ordinance on regulations for wood burning stoves pertaining to stack height and type of wood to be burned.

Nick Hinterscher came before the Board to ask permission to stay open until 1 am on Wednesday, November 22nd with last call at 12:30 am. The Board granted his request.

Teresa stated that Cory Wartsbaugh has gotten the Kool Kreation building fixed to the satisfaction of the Village. She stated that she was glad that it was completed in time for the Fall Follies weekend.

Teresa stated that the Village had received an e-mail from Good Energy, which does the municipal aggregation for electric rates. Attached to the e-mail was a blend and extend agreement that if signed would lower the electric supply rate and extend that contract with Homefield Energy until December, 2020. Rates will be $0.057/kwh starting February, 2018, and then will lower to $0.05596/kwh starting June, 2019.

Motion by Jeron, with a second by Jay, to accept the Village’s Property – Liability - Workers’ Comp Insurance bid from Illinois Municipal League/Risk Management Association for $25,781. Roll Call Vote as follows: Debi – aye, Angie – aye, Jay – aye, Dave – aye, Bill – nay, Jeron – aye. Motion Carried. 

Mayor’s Comments: 

Teresa stated that the VFW will be having their Poppy Sales at the 4-way Stop on November 4th.

Teresa stated that there is a Resolution for the Support of the Illinois Bicentennial Celebrations. The celebration will be going on the whole year of 2018. See Attached Resolution.

Reports of Committees:

Police:  Jay stated that he had nothing to report this month. Chad mentioned that everyone had a copy of October’s Monthly Report.

Building and Park: Debi stated that she had nothing to report this month. 

Sidewalks and Lights:  Bill stated that the lights on the downtown buildings were working again.

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

Water and Sewer:  Dave mentioned that on-line Bill paying is doing well. Dave stated that the committee met earlier to talk about the water rate increase from Robinson-Palestine Water Commission. See attached sheets.

Finance:  Jeron stated that the Christmas Bonus for the Village employees needed to be set. In the past the bonuses were as follows:  Full-time received $115 and the Part-time received $85. Motion by Jeron, with a second by Angie, to keep the Christmas Bonus at $115 for Full-time employees and $85 for Part-time employees. All ayes, motion carried.

Development:  Bill mentioned that the County Revolving Loan will now be handled by the State. Bill stated that he is willing to let Alex Pleasant (CCDA) that Oblong is interested in helping to bring business to the county.

Ad Hoc (Dilapidated/Unsafe Buildings):  Teresa stated that there has been some good results in the community. Teresa stated that the committee will continue to meet once a month on the last Wednesday of the month until there is no longer a need for this committee.  She also stated that this committee and the Ad Hoc (Ordinance) will now be combined into one Ad Hoc committee.

Motion by Jay, with a second by Dave, 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 were no other items of business this month, but Teresa wanted to also thank all those who helped with the Fall Follies.

Motion by Jeron, with a second by Bill, to adjourn the meeting at 7:43 pm. All ayes, motion carried.

Respectfully submitted

Ladora Boyd