Village of Oblong
April 2, 2014
The Village of Oblong Board of Trustees met in regular session on Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014, in the Farley Room of the Municipal Building.
Members Present: Mayor Randy Rich, Clerk Ladora Boyd, Trustee Rick Catt, Trustee Dave Hasty, Trustee Jay Haines, Trustee Ken Russell, Trustee Tony Madlem, Trustee Debi Wilson and Treasurer/Deputy Clerk Jan Miller.
Others Present: Police Chief Chad Pusey, Public Works Superintendent Gary Lanter, Tom Compton (Daily News), Lou Ann Baker (Oblong Gem), Heidi Schulte (The Discloser) and Chris Forde (WTYE/WTAY).
The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by Mayor Rich; with everyone standing and saying the Pledge of Allegiance.
The Regular Board Meeting minutes of March 5th, 2014 were approved with a motion by Tony, and a second by Ken. All ayes, motion carried.
There were no additions or deletions to the agenda this month.
There were no Water Bill customers at this month’s meeting.
Randy stated that he and the Village Board of Oblong would like to recognize Sarah Griesemer and staff of Ridgeview Care Center for their excellent care and being ranked as one of the best nursing homes in the nation, which was reported in the US News & World Report. Randy stated that Sarah was not able to be at the meeting tonight, but he will try to meet with Sarah tomorrow (4/3/2014) and get a picture of him presenting the plaque to Sarah and the staff. He stated that he would send pictures to the newspaper for their use.
Motion by Jay, with a second by Tony, to adopt Resolution #2014-R-1 “A Resolution Authorizing the Execution of a Law Enforcement Mutual Aid Agreement and the Existence and Formation of the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System by Intergovernmental Cooperation”. All ayes, motion carried.
Motion by Tony, with a second by Debi, to adopt Resolution #2014-R-2 “A Resolution for Maintenance of Streets/Highways by Municipality under the Illinois Highways Code” in the amount of $45,000. All ayes, motion carried.
Motion by Rick, with a second by Jay, to adopt the Working Budget with a total amount of $1,409,057.98. Roll Call Vote: Rick-aye, Dave-aye, Jay-aye, Ken-aye, Tony-aye, Debi-aye. Motion carried.
Motion by Debi, with a second by Ken, to adopt Ordinance #2014-O-560 “Appropriation Ordinance” with a total amount of $1,824,410.00. Roll Call Vote: Rick-aye, Dave-aye, Jay-aye, Ken-aye, Tony-aye, Debi-aye. Motion carried.
There was some discussion on requesting a speed reduction on the west edge of the Village Limits. Chad stated that the Village was turned down a couple of years ago when Dollar General was built, due to there being no sever accidents out there. But now that the CMH-Oblong Clinic has relocated west of Dollar General, Chad stated that he was told to request again for the speed reduction. Motion by Rick, with a second by Debi, to give the go ahead to Chad to summit the request for the reduction of speed on the west edge of the Village Limits. All ayes, motion carried.
Randy stated that the Village had received a “Thank You” from Jan and Charlie Miller for the concrete bench sent in memorial of Jan’s mother (Shirley Whitmer).
Randy stated that the Village has received 4 letters from MediaCom since last month’s meeting. The first letter, dated March 12, was letting the Village know of a few changes to the Channel Line-Up on or about April 14, 2014. Enclosed with the letter dated March 12, was a copy of what was sent to the customers in Oblong. The second letter was letting the Village know of a few channel additions and deletions to their line-up beginning in April. Enclosed with the letter dated March 14 was a copy of what was sent to the customers in Oblong. The third letter, dated March 18, was giving the Village a copy of the Annual Customer Report, which is required by law. The fourth letter, dated March 26, was giving an update on the additions and deletions to the Channel Line-Up, some of the changes were a repeat of the March 12 letter.
Randy mentioned that Connor & Connor, Inc. had finished their survey of the property lines dealing with the building located at 112 West Main Street. They have given the information to the Village Attorney. He did not have the paperwork ready for this month, but hopefully everything will be ready by next month’s Board Meeting.
Randy stated that Spring Clean-Up is April 24th with Republic.
Reports of Committees:
Police: Jay stated that everyone has a copy of the monthly report for March, 2014. Chad stated that he will be taking School Resource Officer Training on April 14th – 18th. Chad also mentioned that his department will be issuing nuisances warnings starting next week for two weeks.
Building and Park: Debi stated that she had nothing to report this month.
Sidewalks and Lights: Dave stated that he had nothing to report this month.
Street and Alley: Tony stated that AJ Walker Construction have started back on the North Range Street Project and were planning on being done in 8 weeks weather permitting.
Water and Sewer: Ken stated he had nothing to report this month. Gary mentioned that there was a sewer line that needed to be relocated due to the North Range Street Project.
Finance: Rick stated that he wanted to thank all those who worked on the budget figures for the next fiscal year.
Development: Tony stated that he had spoken with Mark Rich, Maintenance Coordinator for CMH and they are hoping to have the Clinic completed by May weather permitting. Gary stated that the water/sewer was completed last month.
Payment of Bills: Motion by Debi, with a second by Tony, 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.
There were no other items of business this month.
Motion by Rick, with a second by Tony, to adjourn the meeting at 7:21 pm.
All ayes, motion carried.
Ladora Boyd, Clerk