LANARK – An executive session took up more time than the regular meeting of the Lanark City Council held December 17th, 2013 in City Hall.
During the 30-minute regular meeting, Council members heard from Attorney Ed Mitchell on the status of blighted buildings within the city. Mitchell stated that he has received some inquiries on the possible purchase of one property.
The exchange of real estate with Amy Barnes of Isenhart Realty has been finalized, with the closing taking place last week.
Now that the exchange is complete, as soon as Barnes and company can have the former downtown location vacated, demolition of the buildings at 105-107 N. Broad St. will take place, and the debris on the corner of 101 N. Broad will be removed.
The City will then have 3 lots available for development in the downtown location, which is also in the City’s Tax Increment Finance (TIF) District. And the new Isenhart Realty offices will be remodeled and open for business at 106 W. Carroll St.
The status of liquor licenses was discussed, as Nino Novakovic, owner of Charlie’s Bar & Grill in downtown Mount Carroll was in attendance. He notified Council that he was in the negotiation phase of purchasing the former Mac’s Tavern building. If the closing takes place by the end of the year, he hopes to have the business up and running in April 2014.
The condition of the City’s Christmas decorations was also discussed. Members unanimously agreed that following this holiday season, the search for new downtown décor will take place.
Attorneys & treasurers
A brief discussion took place in regard to the possibility of utilizing the services of a second City Attorney. Council members decided to hire another attorney on an as-needed basis, in such instances that Ed Mitchell may have a conflict of interest, or may be busy. It was decided among the council, that Betsy Shaulis of Lanark’s Meyers & Shaulis Law Firm should be the second attorney if needed.
Seven applications for the replacement of City Treasurer Michelle Barnes have been received, and the personnel committee will be holding a meeting in January for the purpose of resume review.
Council members approved a payment of invoices from G&K Grainger
Council members entered Executive Session at 8:00 p.m for the discussion of personnel issues, and litigation. Upon exiting the Executive Session at 9:00 p.m, council members accepted the retirement of Director of Public Works Les Guenzler on February 21st, 2014, pending the receipt of a formal letter of retirement.