Village of Oblong
August 5, 2015
The Village of Oblong Board of Trustees met in regular session on Wednesday August 5th, 2015, 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 Teresa Fielder, Trustee Debi Wilson and Treasurer/Deputy Clerk Jan Miller.
Others Present: Public Works Superintendent Gary Lanter, Chief Chad Pusey, Tom Compton (Daily News), Chris Dewitt (WTYE/WTAY), Karen Maddox, Laura Collier, Diane Houdasheldt, Dustin Childress and Mike McReynolds.
The meeting was called to order at 7 pm by Mayor Rich; with everyone standing and saying the Pledge of Allegiance.
The Regular Board Meeting Minutes of July 1st, 2015, were approved with a motion by Debi, and a second by Teresa. All ayes, motion carried.
There were no additions or deletions to the agenda this month.
There were two Delinquent Water Bill customers at this month’s meeting. Mike McReynolds asked to be allowed to pay his water bill in 2 installments. The Board granted his request. Dustin Childress asked to be allowed to pay his water bill in 2 installments. The Board granted his request.
Mike McReynolds came before the Board to ask permission to use the 4-way stop to collect donations for the local Alzheimer’s Group on August 15th from 8 am to 12 pm (Noon). The Board granted the request.
Diane Houdasheldt came to the meeting to update the Board on the new signs for the Village. She stated that the cost of the signs would be $8,700 a piece for a total of $17,400. The Chamber has $11,000 towards the price; they are hoping to have some donations and then some fundraisers for the rest of the cost. The hold-up right now is permission from the State for the sign at the west edge of the Village, because it is being moved due to the owner of the ground wanting to add a second drive to his business. Debi suggested that Diane apply for some tourism funds from the Village to help with the cost of the new signs.
Karen Maddox and Laura Collier (as a representatives of the Crawford County 4-H Foundation) came to the meeting to update the Board on the Foundation’s plans for their concession stand at the west gate of the grandstand. They are wanting to put a concrete pad measuring 26’ x 40’ on the eastside of the west gate of the grandstand, this would accommodate the concession building (16’ x 20’) and an area for picnic tables with an awning covering them. They also asked if it would be okay for them to stay connected to the electric and reimburse the Village for the cost of the electric. There was some discussion on this matter. Motion by Teresa, with a second by Rick, to allow the Foundation to use electric, with the stipulation that they will reimburse the Village for the cost, and install the concrete pad for the concession building and picnic shelter, pending approval from the Crawford County Fair Board. All ayes, motion carried.
Rick stated that the Village has received a clean Audit for FY2015.
There was some discussion on the impound yard. Motion by Teresa, with a second by Debi, to table the Ordinance to Amend Chapter 24, Article X – Vehicle Impoundment until November 4th’s Board Meeting so as to see if the Police Department receives a grant for the cost of building the impound yard. All ayes, motion carried.
Motion by Jay, with a second by Ken, to adopted Ordinance #2015-O-570 “ Am Ordinance to Amend Chapter 24, Motor Vehicle Code, Article III – Stop and Through Streets, Section 24-3-2, Section 24-3-4 and Article VI – Parking Rules, Section 24-6-3(C) of the Revised Code of Ordinances of the Village of Oblong, Crawford County, Illinois”. All ayes, motion carried.
Motion by Teresa, with a second by Ken, to adopted Resolution #2015-R-3 “Homecoming Parade Permit” held on October 2nd, from 1:30 pm to 3 pm. All ayes, motion carried.
Motion by Jay, with a second by Debi, to adopted Resolution #2015-R-4 “Halloween Parade Permit” held on October 31st, from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. All ayes, motion carried. There was some discussion about setting Trick or Treat Night. Motion by Dave, with a second by Teresa, to set Thursday, October 29th as Oblong’s Trick or Treat Night from 5 pm to 8 pm and only homes with a lit porch light. All ayes, motion carried.
Mayor’s Comments: Randy stated that he wanted to recognize Trustee Dave Hasty for his presentation on his Auschwitz trip.
Reports of Committees:
Police: Teresa stated that she wanted to thank Chad & his department, Oblong Fire Department and Licking-Prairie Fire Department for their services during the Crawford County Fair.
Building and Park: Debi stated that the bay window in the activity center will be repaired by Hayden Glass for a cost of $600.
Sidewalks and Lights: Dave stated that he had nothing to report this month.
Street and Alley: Jay stated that he had nothing to report this month. Gary stated that the Chamber has purchased lighting for the roof tops for the downtown businesses. They are asking the Board for help from the Village with installation. The Board grant the request.
Water and Sewer: Ken stated that he had nothing to report this month. Gary stated that he had ordered the material for a new service for J. Ackman. Gary stated that the cost of the material will be 100% reimburse to the Village by the Ackmans.
Finance: Rick stated that he had nothing else to report this month.
Development: Randy stated that there was nothing to report this month.
Tourism: Randy stated that there was nothing to report this month.
Motion by Ken, with a second by Dave, 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 was no other items of business this month.
Motion by Rick, with a second by Teresa, to adjourn the meeting at 7:47 pm. All ayes, motion carried.
Ladora Boyd, Clerk