Carlinville holds committee meetings

Carlinville holds committee meetings

By Chris Best

Former alderman Norm Semrock voiced concerns with the annual treasurer’s report at Carlinville’s Nov. 13 Finance Committee meeting. The report ,which the city paid to have published for a fee of $611.80, was difficult to read, according to Semrock.

“How would an ordinary citizen make sense of this?” Semrock asked the council after highlighting numerous aspects of the report which he considered troublesome. “If we’re going to spend 600 plus dollars to publish something the purpose of this is to shed light, to help people understand; this doesn’t.”

Fleming, Tawfall and Co. is in charge of preparing the report, according to Finance Chair Sarah Oswald. She recommended Semrock speak with Treasurer Jody Reichmann to voice his concerns.    

Mitch Newell spoke to the council regarding the insurance renewal due Dec. 1. There were no significant changes from last year with the exception of a 3 percent inflation guard increase for property insurance. The committee approved the renewal to be presented to the city council.

The committee approved a city worker recognition dinner set for 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 15 at Crabby’s restaurant. The dinner was given budget of $1,500.

Oswald spoke to the committee about the possibility of implementing solar energy for the city. The city could potentially install solar panels itself by working directly with Ameren or contract through third parties. The committee agreed that solar energy was something that should be researched and considered further.

Public Works

Dan Held of Woodard and Curran presented the 30-day report. Among the highlights of the report, 19.894 million gallons of water were treated by the wastewater treatment plant during the month of October, the water plant produced 23.1 million gallons of water, all of which were within the regulatory limits, and the Street Department completed 123 requests for services. For the month of October $223,552.57 was collected in utilities. As of Oct. 26, the yearly budget is $78,129 over what was anticipated.

In old business, the Illinois Alluvial Regional Water Company will extend a water main as far as Rinaker Road to meet with the city. Woodard and Curran have requested to be granted no more $10,000 for engineering fees for the connection.

“This isn’t new because we’ve discussed this a lot of times,” said Cindy Campbell, noting that every member entity will be responsible for their own cost of connecting to the master water line. “That is not included in the $66 million grant and it never was.”  The committee approved the expense of no more than $10,000 and will bring the matter before city council.

The city received complaints about trees at 911 and 915 Johnson Street that extend into the adjacent alley. Because the property owners did not respond to requests from the city to deal with the issue themselves, the committee moved to have the trees trimmed by the city and put a lien on the properties to pay for the expense.

Work on water mains in town has shown that chemical buildup has become significant inside of many of the water mains. To allow this to be safely eliminated, it is recommended that 5-10 mg per liter of Oracle be fed into the water supply to safely eliminate the build up. This would increase the chemical budget by roughly $50 a day despite being over-budget already. The committee agreed to move forward with the plan and present it to city council.

The Public Works account balances as of Nov. 13 were $213,401.14 in MFT, $69,287.61 in the water fund, $41,590.19 in savings and $236,122.43 in the bonds account.