SAVANNA – A wide variety of ordinances were on the slate for the Savanna City Council at their July 9th, 2013 meeting, most of which will come up again for their second readings at the Council’s next meeting.l
Attending the meeting were Council members Bill Robinson, Merle Long, Ray Skiles, Peg Haffey, Christine Lee, Jeff Griswold, Lisa Robinson, and Gary Scott Law. Also in attendance were Mayor Tony McCombie, City Clerk Paul Hartman, City Attorney Phil Jensen, and department heads Michael Moon, Sheryl Sipe and John Lindeman, with Assistant Fire Chief Scott Wolfe also attending.
Haffey’s Hotel/Motel report included the news that McCombie is looking into somehow integrating the various city related websites, and that this work will most likely involve Gary Heide, who presently manages the Hotel/Motel site, Amy Trimble and/or others. McCombie said this move would be in an effort to eliminate double spending on the various sites.
Mr. Robinson delivered the Finance Committee report, which included a request for $150.00 to help finance the 64/84 Great Route Shop Hop as well as a request for funds from the IEPA for a $10,000.00 license charge. Both of these requests were approved by Council.
Robinson also noted a request for the City to pay up to 50 percent (not to exceed $5,000.00) for any demolition work. The mayor noted this move will be put into ordinance form. The previous “not to exceed” amount was $1,000.00 for this type of work.
Robinson also requested up to $15,000.00 to be allocated for replacement of the City’s Chevy Suburban which was totaled in an accident. $8,000.00 of this amount should come from the insurance on the vehicle. This request was also unanimously approved.
The City has received money from Mediacom in the amount of $5,467.32; this money was settled upon after the City and the company had a dispute over the company’s contractual obligations.
Robinson said that Sharon Pepin of Community Funding and Planning was following up on some money still owed the City from an old grant. $25,000.00 was received for funding of the boat dock, but $50,000.00 for sidewalk replacement was never received, and Robinson said “we finally have a chance to get that money.”
Griswold wondered if this move was worth the risk, given that one stipulation of obtaining that funding was that the City needed to do the work before they actually got the money. He wondered what would happen if they did the work and still didn’t receive the money.
“That money has been a joke from the get-go,” Griswold said. McCombie said that she’d been speaking with a new representative from the DCEO and that this person was very optimistic that there would be no problems.
The Council then passed an ordinance which will strengthen the present ordinance against abandoned or inoperable vehicles within City limits, on its second reading. It also quickly approved the awarding of the bid for the Sanitary Sewer Lining and System Repairs, Phase 3, to Hoerr Construction from Peoria, Illinois.
The agreement with the Meadows Development Group has been tabled until later meetings.
No less than six ordinances saw their first reading performed. Among other issues, these dealt with the police department’s work week, the scheduling of City meetings so as not to conflict with local elections (to wit, when the regularly scheduled meeting falls on a city holiday or on the day of a local election, the meeting will take place place on the following Wednesday), and duties of the Fire Chief and clothing allowance for City employees, both of which were passed upon first reading.
Council affirmed the signed agreement between the City and Computer Dynamics, LLC for use of the City’s property, namely, the Wacker Road Water Tower, to house it’s operating equipment, for a base payment of $1,200.00 annually. There was some confusion as to whether the lease was for a one or two year period, but McCombie noted that this information would be accessed.
Council also approved a resolution allowing the City to access MFT (Motor/Fuel/Tax) funds in order to provide for the maintenance of streets and highways in the City.
The final ordinance to be considered was one dealing with the dynamics of garbage and recycling collection. Lindeman directed the Council’s attention to one particular paragraph where he asked them to consider potentially raising the rate for private waste collectors and disposal from $50.00 per year to $100.00 per year.
4th of July comments
McCombie took a moment to thank all those who helped make the 4th of July activities a success, including the Savanna Fire Department.