Carlinville City Council reorganized

Carlinville City Council reorganized

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Before beginning the reorganization process, Mayor Deanna Demuzio presented Councilman Tim Coonrod with a proclamation honoring his eight years of service on the council.

“Whereas Tim Coonrod has faithfully and tirelessly executed the duties placed upon him as alderman of Carlinville. Therefore, on behalf of the City Council and the residents of the city of Carlinville, it is an honor to express our appreciation to Tim Coonrod for his service to the city of Carlinville and to wish him continued success in his future endeavors,” Demuzio read.

The council then approved Demzuio’s recommendation to retain the services of Rick Bertinetti as city attorney.

As per the results of the April 4 Consolidated Election, Bertinetti then swore in Demuzio as the city’s mayor, at which point Demuzio swore in Carla Brockmeier as city clerk and Jody Reichmann as city treasurer. Re-elected councilmen, Doug Downey and Sarah Oswald were sworn in along with newly-elected councilmen Elaine Brockmeier and Cindy Campbell.

The council then approved Demuzio’s appointments as follows: David Haley, chief of police; Tim Hasara, public works director; and Claudia Leonatti, budget director.

Noting that the fire department is now a district with its own board of trustees, Demuzio read a letter from the district’s secretary, C. Brockmeier, listing the following nominations: Jess McKee, chief; John Schott, assistant chief; and three board members, Doug Koster, president, two-year term; Don Wieties, vice president, one-year term; Marcus Davis, secretary/treasurer, three year term. The nominations were all approved, along with the re-appointment of Jim Spoon as fire house manager.

Julie Griffith was re-appointed as the Carlinville Police Pension secretary and Courtney Dugger was re-appointed as a Carlinville Police Pension Board member.

The Library Board named William “Bill” Fanning to fill the vacancy recently left following the passing of James Fenton. The motion was approved.

Demuzio made the following committee assignments; Public Works, Chairman Joe Direso, Vice-chair  Oswald, Downey,  Campbell and Kim Heigert; Public Safety, Chairman Campbell, Vice-chair E. Brockmeier, Randy Bilbruck, Oswald, Direso; Finance and Public Lands, Chairman Oswald, Vice-chair Downey, Direso, E. Brockmeier, Beth Toon; Lake Ad Hoc, Bilbruck, Heigert, Toon, Bob Caveny, Keith Graham, Glen Krupica, Fran Goodman and Ken Reid; Tree City USA, Chairman Paul Mihalek, Vice-chair Bill McClain, Nancy Mihalek, Dr. Jim Bray and Demuzio; Lake Rec, Chairman Downey, Vice-Chair Oswald, Bilbruck, Heigert and Toon; Water Ad Hoc, Co-chair Brian Mitchell, Co-chair Coonrod, Bilbruck, E. Brockmeier, Campbell, Marsha Crane, Dick McClain, Dick Mottershaw and Richard Oswald.

Litchfield water study

Chairman Brian Mitchell of the Water Ad Hoc Committee ask that the council authorize the committee to spend up to $10,000 on a water study with Litchfield.

Councilman Sarah Oswald asked where the $10,000 would come from because the study was not budgeted.

It was noted that the study the city did to get information about the regional water concept in Jersey County was to be paid for with a grant. The study, which cost $40,000 to complete, was to be paid for with a $30,000 grant, with the remaining $10,000 coming from the Carlinville. Alderman Beth Toon asked if the city had received the $30,000 grant.

Hasara explained that the city submitted the paperwork for the grant and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) replied with some questions. According to Hasara, the city addressed the questions. “It’s been corrected and re-submitted. We should be reimbursed at any time for that.”

Oswald noted that the grant only pays for the regional water study and cannot be used for any other water study. “I’m just nervous to vote on something when we have no idea where the money’s coming from,” said Oswald.

Bertinetti recommended a preliminary contract be put together before any money is spent, so council members can have see what sort of contracts Litchfield has with its water customers. “I believe we need to see what kind of proposed purchase contract Litchfield wants to do with us.” Although Bertinetti believes Carlinville and Litchfield could probably get together on a contract, but if they can’t there’s no point in doing a study. “I’m not against it in any way, shape or form, but that should be part of the study and it should be at the head end of the study. Once we think we’ve got a likable or reasonable contract between the two parties, then go forward with the study.”

Campbell expressed her desire to compare the two possible water sources (the regional concept and the customer concept with Litchfield) so they can be compared “apples-to-apples.”

Leonatti explained the two concepts can’t be compared apples-to-apples because they are completely different concepts. An agreement with Litchfield would make Carlinville a water customer, whereas participation in a regional system would allow Carlinville to be part of an entity with members on a board of trustees.

“I understand that, and I think the people who were there understood that as well. I think what they were asking was ‘What is the length of the contract with Litchfield?’ ‘What is the money?’ ‘What is the cost per thousand gallons, or whatever, to the customer?’ That’s what they were talking about,” Campbell said.

Leonatti told the group that she agrees with Bertinetti and would like to see what a contract with Litchfield would look like before money is spent on engineering fees.

Litchfield Mayor Steve Dougherty told the council that he has examples of contracts the city has with its water customers. “With the volume that Carlinville would have, it [the contract] would be much more favorable.”

Although the council didn’t authorize spending $10,000 on the study, yet. A motion was approved giving the Water Ad Hoc Committee authorization to work with Litchfield and Max Middendorf of MECO Engineering to develop a preliminary contract.

In other business

The council approved a motion to suspend the rules and approved the re-platting of the properties of Jos. F. Boente Sons Inc. after the first reading.

The council also agreed to suspend the rules and agreed to grant the variance to the property at 36 Reid Street following the first reading.

A motion was approved to transfer the lake lease belonging to Paul Stanger to Michael Weaver.

An agenda item regarding an amendment to Carlinville’s utilities code was tabled. According to Councilman Joe Direso, work on the amendment had not been completed.

The council approved a motion to award the city’s sidewalk contract to Quarton Construction, which submitted the lowest bid.

Demuzio asked that any councilman wanting an updated Illinois Municipal League (IML) handbook contact C. Brockmeier.