Village of Oblong

Minutes for April 4, 2012 Meeting

April 4, 2012

The Village of Oblong Board of Trustees met in regular session on Wednesday, April 4th, 2012, in the Farley Room of the Municipal Building.

Members Present: Mayor Randy Rich, Clerk Ladora Boyd, Trustee Rick Catt, Trustee Joe Campanella, Trustee Rick Houdasheldt, Trustee Ken Russell, Trustee Tony Madlem, Trustee Debi Wilson and Treasurer Jan Miller.

Others Present: Police Chief Chad Pusey, Public Works Superintendent Gary Lanter, Chris Forde (WTYE/WTAY), Tom Compton (Daily News), JJ Aten (Oblong Gem) and Mike McReynolds.

1. The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by Mayor Rich.

2. The Regular Board Meeting minutes of March 7th, 2012 were approved with a motion by Joe and a second by Tony. Five (5) ayes, motion carried. Rick Houdasheldt came in after the vote on the minutes.

3. There were no additions or deletions to the agenda this month.

4. There was one water bill customer at the meeting this month. Mike McReynolds asked for
an extension on his water bill until April 5th. The Board granted his request.

5. Chris Forde came before the Board to update them on the Reverse 911 System. He stated
that if you have a landline phone you are already in the system, but if you want to register your cell phone number or e-mail address you will need to go to the following web page address: HYPERLINK ""

6. Motion by Tony, with a second by Ken, to adopt Resolution #2012-R-2 “A Resolution for
Maintenance of Streets and Highways by Municipality Under the Illinois Highways Code”. All ayes, motion carried.

7. Motion by Rick C., with a second by Tony, to approve the 2012-2013 Working Budget at a
total of $1,388,903.85. All ayes, motion carried.

8. Motion by Rick H., with a second by Debi, to adopt Ordinance #2012-O-541 “Appropriation
Ordinance”. All ayes, motion carried.

9. Motion by Tony, with a second by Rick C., to sell the 1995 Ford F-250 to Oblong Township
for $2,200. All ayes, motion carried.

10. Under Mayor’s Comments:

A. Randy stated that April 19th will be Spring Clean-up for Republic paid-up customers. Everything will be the same as the last clean-up. Randy mentioned that the scrap metal pick-up will be with James Bruner, if he gets a copy of his liability insurance to Jan or Ladora. If not the Village will need to contact WTW Salvage to do the scrap metal pick-up.

B. It was asked if Mr. Bruner would pick-up televisions. Randy stated that Jan or Ladora will
call and ask him.

C. Randy stated that he had received a copy of an Animal Control Ordinance. He also stated that hopefully by the next Board Meeting the animal control issue will be settled and ready for a vote.

D. Randy stated that the Speaker System is back up and running for now. He stated that he has not received any complaints about popping or static.

E. Randy stated that he had received an e-mail from Brian of MidAmerican Energy stating that he wanted to extend the current electricity supply contract with his company for another year or two. The current contract is up May, 2013. Randy stated that he has been approached by a local gentleman who is wanting to give the Village a bid of supplying electricity to the Village. The Board gave Randy the okay to get a quote from the local gentleman just to see what he would bid.

F. Randy stated that Gary has been approached about helping an LTC student get some job experience. Randy stated that Gary had gotten a little more detail of what would be required. Randy passed around the e-mail Gary had received. The Board felt that this would not work for the Village.

G. Randy stated that he had received a list of addresses from Ameren about tree trimming in the Village.

H. Randy mentioned that Revolving Loan Account has a little over $20,000 that the Village could loan out to businesses in the Oblong School District.

11. Reports of Committees:
A. Police: Joe read the monthly report for March, 2012. Chad stated that April 11th will be the JPA students’ graduation ceremony at 6:30 pm in the Oblong Grade School Cafeteria. Prior to the ceremony starting at 6 pm there will be pizza for the student and their parents. Chad invited the Board to come to the ceremony. He stated that there were 37 students in the JPA. Joe stated that while the President of the National Junior Police Academy Organization was here on March 13th, he presented Chad with a plaque. Joe also stated that Chad had received a letter from Randy Fancil. Joe read the letter at the meeting.

B. Building and Park: Debi stated that the Park had received a $1,000 check from Jim McKinney representing the Elks Cripple Children’s Committee.

C. Sidewalks and Lights: Rick H. stated that the sidewalk project for the next fiscal year will be small projects that the public works department will do themselves as time allows. The sidewalks are those that are in dire need of repair work.

D. Street and Alley: Tony gave an update on the North Range Street Project. He stated that Connor & Connor was starting the surveying process this week.

E. Water and Sewer: Ken stated that he had nothing to report for this month.

F. Finance: Rick C. stated that he had nothing more to report for this month.

G. Development: Tony stated that there was nothing to report this month.

12. Motion by Debi, with a second by Ken, to pay the bills that were on the warranty
list and any utility bills, bills that will incur a late charge or reimbursements to employees. All ayes, motion carried.

13. There were no other items of business this month.

14. Motion by Rick C., with a second by Rick H., to adjourn the meeting at 7:41 pm. All ayes,
motion carried.

Respectfully submitted


Ladora C. Boyd