Public Hearing for Proposed Property Exchange on the Agenda November 19
By LYNNETTE FORTH | For The Prairie Advocate News
LANARK – Lanark City Council approved the installation of ground lighting for the newly installed flag pole at the Municipal Building during a regular meeting on November 5th, 2013. The cost will not exceed $2,000.00.
A bid of $1,110.00 was also accepted for the sale of the 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe, previously the old police vehicle, by the high bidder, Randy Craft.
Also discussed during the evening was the vacant property located on the 600 block of East Locust Street. Due to a fire, the property has been vacated, and three dumpsters have been filled with debris.
The demolition bid for the properties located at 101 and 105 North Broad Street has been extended to December 31st, 2013.
Council members reviewed the process for the exchange of City owned property, regarding 108/110 West Carroll Street, and 107 North Broad. A 3/4 vote of the governing body (6 alderman + mayor = 7) is required for the action to be legally approved. In order to pass, 5 yes votes need to be cast. The council heard that one alderman will not be in attendance at the November 19th Council meeting, in which a public hearing will be held at 111A S. Broad Street at 7:00 p.m. to consider an exchange of real estate.
If this action is approved, it will finally pave the way for cleanup of the pile of rubble at 101 N. Broad that has been an eyesore for over a year.
Regarding a previous inquiry about a City tax on residents Frontier bills, City Attorney Ed Mitchell advised that he is still investigating the issue, and is awaiting a return call from Frontier. Mitchell was advised by the council to proceed with the nuisance process regarding blighted buildings in the City.
City Clerk Jackie Hawbecker addressed the council, and informed those in attendance that she is still working on getting information on new software companies to use for the utility billing and finance programs. Hawbecker reported that a permit from the Illinois Department of Transportation will need to be obtained for the installation of a sign recognizing the track and basketball teams to be placed in the City, along with learning of new requirements. Hawbecker stated that she had received a “bucket list” from the library for review.
A new business to be located at 200 South School Street was discussed among council members, which will host Platinum Performance, which is currently located on North Broad Street (the former Shumway Building). The property at 200 South School Street was the former Eastland Grade School. Alderman approved allowing owner Weston Burkholder to receive one year’s free water and sewer service, due to the fact that the property is metered, and a free year is equivalent to standard residential property.
Hawbecker read a thank you note the City received from Doctor and Mrs. David Reese for laying the cement sidewalk through the parkway to the street for Mrs. Reese’s mother. Alderman heard from Hawbecker that bonding insurance with IMLRMA is now in place for elected officials, and also, the renewal of property/liability insurance with the same company has four options of payment this year. This matter will be further discussed, and placed on the agenda for possible action for the next council meeting.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:28 p.m., with the next meeting of the council scheduled for November 19th with a public hearing held prior to the meeting at 7:00 p.m. All residents are encouraged to attend.