City finance committee meeting held

City finance committee meeting held

The Carlinville City Finance Committee discussed an array of topics  at its monthly meeting Monday evening.

Dick and Bill McClain addressed the board about their efforts to help spruce up the square.

The main item they want to do is to help shape the shrubs on the square in various shapes. The committee gave the go-ahead for the McClain brothers to work with Public Works Director Tim Hasara and Tree City USA in helping spruce up the shrubery.

A couple of other items they would like to do will be taken to next Public Safety committee, including the possible installment of security cameras and designating dead parking spaces around the square as special event parking or motorcycle parking.

City council member Randy Bilbruck addressed the committee about the recent water study meeting and why he was not informed of the meeting, which took place on a Wednesday afternoon.

“It was an unfortunate oversite and we are sorry you didn’t get notified,” said Carlinville Mayor Deanna Demuzio.

Members of the Carlinville City Council plan to attend a tour of the Gateway Regional Water Plant in Sandoval on Friday to get information on their company. The city is getting information on how a change in water source would benefit the city. Gateway would be providing the lead in possibly getting the change should the city decide to go that route.

The committee held off on paying an invoice from the Illinois Depatment of Transportation, tabling it until next month.

The city owes $9,782.41 as part of an agreement for construction costs on sidewalk improvements along Loveless Park. The commitee will look at past bills to verify that it is still owed, as the agreement was from April, 2012.

The committee agreed to pay bills of $240 to Marcus Davis Lawn Care for mowing of abandoned property; and bills of $5,210 and $26,600 to Heneghan and Associates of Jerseyville for work already completed on the Plum St. project.

Committee member Beth Toon representing Shop Local First wants to place a 8 x 2 banner on the gazebo every second week of the month to promote the Cash Mob, which takes place on the second Saturday.

Mayor Demuzio said that the group will need to check to see if there are other conflicts with the dates that they want to promote the banner on the gazebo.

Health insurance was discussed. The current health insurance with the city expires on Sept. 1, and committee chair Sarah Oswald wants to look at different options available.

CMS, a state-aided program, pools money from municipalities, townships and park districts, but does not use state money. The state runs the program. Oswald and Toon plan to talk with a representative from CMS and report back to the committee at a later date.

No decision on a possible change was discussed, they are just seeking possible information on options.