MOUNT CARROLL – The Mount Carroll City Council met for its regular meeting at 7:30 pm on December 10, 2013 with the mayor and all aldermen present. The meeting was very brief, lasting only 15 minutes.
The council approved the minutes from the November 26, 2013 meeting and the accounts payable.
The council approved the holiday bonuses for employees as written in the employee handbook. Mayor Carl Bates announced the employees would work a half day on Christmas Eve and a half day on New Year’s Eve.
Mayor Bates mentioned possibly using Tax Increment Financing (TIF) funds toward the Campbell Center loan.
City Attorney Ron Copland noted the next court date for the Haas building would be on December 18. Mayor Bates stated that Mrs. Haas had called him and asked if she could let renters move back into the building. Bates said he talked to the engineer and the mason and they both saw no reason why they couldn’t move in.
The mayor recommended that the city use NIUNet as their service provider to connect to the iFiber system. The cost will be $25 per month. That will only provide enough bandwidth for city hall. So, at this time, the city will not be providing service for the downtown like they were researching.
Currently, the city gets free service from JCWifi as part of their contract for having equipment on the city’s water tower. They will renegotiate with them since they will no longer need their service.
A resident that lives on Benton Street spoke during the general audience portion of the meeting. He was concerned at how fast some vehicles travel on the street. He noted that children live in the area and he worries that one of them may get hit.
He asked if the city can do anything to get motorists to slow down, such as a “slow - children playing” sign be posted or increased patrols by the police department. The council will discuss it at the next police committee meeting.
In other business, Council approved a holiday ad in the local paper at a cost of $88.00.