Village of Oblong

May 6, 2015

May 6th, 2015

The Village of Oblong Board of Trustees met in regular session on Wednesday May 6th, 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, Police Chief Chad Pusey, Tom Compton (Daily News), Chris Dewitt (WTYE/WTAY) and Mike McReynolds.

Before the meeting was called to order, Clerk Boyd swore in new trustee Teresa Fielder and reelected trustees Debi Wilson, Dave Hasty and Jay Haines.

The meeting was called to order at 7:01 pm by Mayor Rich; with everyone standing and saying the Pledge of Allegiance. Randy welcomed back the returning trustees and also welcomed Teresa to the Board.

The Regular Board Meeting Minutes of April 1st, 2015, were approved with a motion by Rick, and a second by Debi. All ayes, motion carried.

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

There was one Delinquent Water Bill customer at this month’s meeting. Mike McReynolds asked to be allowed to pay his water bill in two installments this month. The Board granted his request.

Motion by Dave, with a second by Jay, to adopt Ordinance #2015-O-568 “An Appropriation Ordinance” with a total of $1,359,905.00. Roll call vote: Rick – Aye, Dave – Aye, Jay – Aye, Ken – Aye, Teresa – Aye, Debi – Aye. Motion carried.

Mayor’s Comments:

Randy stated that the Village’s Spring Clean-up is May 21st. The company will not pick-up any appliances with Freon, car parts, paints or chemicals. Everything will need to be bagged, boxed or bundled.

Randy made the following committees: FINANCE-Rick Catt (Chairperson), Ken Russell, Jay Haines; POLICE-Teresa Fielder (Chairperson), Dave Hasty, Debi Wilson; BUILDING/PARK-Debi Wilson (Chairperson), Teresa Fielder, Rick Catt; WATER/SEWER-Ken Russell (Chairperson), Debi Wilson, Teresa Fielder; STREET/ALLEY-Jay Haines (Chairperson), Ken Russell, Dave Hasty; SIDEWALK/LIGHTS-Dave Hasty (Chairperson), Jay Haines, Rick Catt.

Randy reappointed Ladora Boyd as Clerk and Jan Miller as Treasurer for a 1 year term with Board approval.

Randy stated that the Village had received three letters from MediaCom. The first letter dated April 9th stated that they had attached a copy of the annual customer service report. Randy stated that it would be in the Clark/Treasurer’s office if anyone wanted to look at it. The second letter dated April 20th stated that there will be some additions and deletions to their line-up. The third letter dated April 30th stated that they were excited to announce that on or around June 1st, they would be launching Xtream, a new platform.

Reports of Committees:
Police: Teresa stated that she would defer to Chad. Chad stated that everyone had a copy of the monthly report for April.

Building and Park: Debi stated that the maintenance treatment had been done on the lake.

Sidewalks and Lights: Dave stated that he had nothing to report this month.

Street and Alley: Jay stated that he would defer to Gary. Gary stated that there are some potholes that will be fixed as soon as his Motor Fuel proposal is approved by IDOT.

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

Finance: Rick stated that the committee had met on April 27th. The decision was made that starting May 1st, the Village will be paying only 85% of the employees’ health insurance and will no longer be paying half of the employees’ deductible. Motion by Rick, with a second by Ken, starting May 1st, the Village will only pay 85% of the employees’ health insurance and will no longer pay half of their deductible. Roll call vote: Rick – Aye, Dave – Aye, Jay – Aye, Ken – Aye, Teresa – Aye, Debi – Aye. Motion carried. Jan stated that the auditors will be here the week of May 18th.

Development: Randy stated that there has been some interest in bringing new business to town.

Tourism: Debi stated that there was one application for the tourism fund request turned in. The Oblong Oil Field Museum has requested some tourism funds. Motion by Debi, with a second by Teresa, to give the Oblong Oil Field Museum $1,000 from the Tourism. All ayes, motion carried.

Motion by Jay, 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.

There was one other item of business this month. Rick thanked Ken for initialing the bills this month for him.

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

Respectfully submitted


Ladora Boyd, Clerk