LANARK – A lengthy council meeting for the city of Lanark was held on March 12th, rescheduled from March 5, due to the Eastland High School Boys Basketball Supersectional game.
Alderman Ken Weaver was absent. The minutes from the February 5th meeting were approved, along with several finance reports.
The January treasurer’s report was approved with Mayor Stern noting, “It was kind of a hard month.”
Police Chief Matt Magill was on hand while council members voted on allowing the purchase of a 2013 Chevy Tahoe at a cost of $30,403.00. Council members approved Magill to go ahead with the purchase.
Discussion took place over the current mowing contract, with City Clerk Jackie Hawbecker questioning who is mowing West Lanark Avenue? Hawbecker was told that the city crew is providing the mowing for that particular area, and it was decided that Alderman Tom Kocal will be going in person to notify the party at that residence that he is responsible for doing the mowing. Kocal will also speak with the City crew and advise them that they are not to be doing the mowing in that area. Council members are seeking a few revisions on the quote before approval will be granted.
Denny Pate of Moring Disposal was present in hopes of approving the city’s garbage and recycling removal contract. A lengthy discussion took place with City Attorney Ed Mitchell regarding some wording on the contract that he feels should be removed. It was decided that if Pate would allow for the particular revisions, the council would approve the contract with Moring Disposal.
J.L Hunter spoke on behalf of the library board, commenting “Thank you for choosing the same furniture that we did.” Hunter advised that Rachael Burkholder will be designing a donation plaque to be hung in the new library.
Kevin Barnes has been contacted about providing some sample removable stickers to display the hours on the front door. Hunter explained that new shelving will be coming hopefully on March 29th, with the tentative move in date is set for April 6th.
Library board members would like to plan a ribbon cutting ceremony for April 15th, during National Library Week, and hold an open house during Old Settlers Days in June.
Discussion took place over the possibility of holding an auction to get rid of some surplus equipment that needs to be sold. Alderman Ed Fehlhafer said, “It’s time to clean house.” Mark Macomber added “We need to start on this soon.”
There are a variety of items including: a three wheel grader, a leaf vac, tables and chairs, and the old library building that need to be sold.
Aldermen approved the Nicor Gas ordinance #874. An audit agreement with Wipfli was discussed. Aldermen felt it necessary to add a provision to the current agreement that the audit needs to be completed by a certain date to avoid being late like it was this current year. The fee for the audit will be the same as before, $9,650.00.
Discussion regarding water fees with Jeff Lessman of Eastland Motor Sports was discussed. Lessman is the only business currently on the new water line which was installed when the building was built. The water from the line is often not drinkable, so Lessman would like to see a portion of his bill lowered. There is low water pressure most of the time. Discussion is ongoing over this issue, and remains unresolved.
A closed session was held for the purchase or lease of real property for the use of the public body, including meetings held for the purpose of discussing whether a particular parcel should be acquired.
The next meeting is scheduled for March 19th at 7:30.