Council approves donation for scout project

Council approves donation for scout project

CARLINVILLE (March 8, 2018) – Bailey Lippold, a junior at Carlinville High School, approached the city council Monday night about an upcoming scout project.

Lippold is working on becoming an Eagle Scout, and for his project would like to revamp the Welcome to Carlinville sign on Route 4 near the Carlinville Country Club.

Posts on the sign are rotting out, and the landscaping needs to be updated as well.

“I hope to bring a sense of freshness to town,” Lippold said.

With treated lumber to replace the four posts currently holding the sign in place, landscaping rock and other tools and supplies, Lippold estimated the cost at around $900. He was seeking  donations to help cover the costs.

While the posts need replaced, the sign should be salvageable, just updated with a coat of paint.

Mayor Deanna Demuzio also said the city should be able to garner up some tools to help with the project.

The city of Carlinville voted to donate the costs of the paint and the treated lumber to Lippold for his project as part of the city’s public land dollars.

Councilman Kim Heigert donated an additional $50 for the project.

City attorney

Dan O’Brien, city attorney, updated the council on a couple of items.

During public comment at the last meeting, a member of the public questioned  a member of the council directly, which is against city policy.

Any public comment, O’Brien said, should be directed to the presiding officer of the council, not to one particular individual.

This rule was not followed during the last council meeting.

“The error I didn’t notice was at our last meeting, there was questioning during public comment of an alderwoman, and that is not permitted under our rules,” O’Brien said. “All questions have to be addressed to the corporate body and the corporate body can decide whether to respond or don’t wish to respond.”

O’Brien also updated the council on a Freedom of Information Act  (FOIA) recent decision.

Council members’ personal e-mail and text messages are not subject to FOIA after a ruling from Cook County. But they are subject to FOIA if received during the process of a public body meeting.

“If you receive public information or items related to public business during a meeting of the public body, those are subject to disclosure under the city of Champaign case.”

In that case, a newspaper brought up that point that they should be disclosed if during a public meeting.

“I think it’s a good decision in that it helps draw a bright line saying for all of you elected officials, this is not subject to disclosure because it is not a public body under the FOIA law,” O’Brien said.

A further update on this situation will appear in next week’s edition of the Enquirer-Democrat

Other business

The council approved releasing the executive session minutes from Nov. 21, 2016 and May 15, 2017.

The council approved an ordinance authorizing the purchase of real property.

The Carlinville Public Library is seeking to sell property to MJM Electric Cooperative Inc. at a price of $105,000.

The city has the first right to purchase the property, but has declined to purchase the property.


The city of Carlinville placed on file the Macoupin County Cruisers’ request to use East Main St. as part of their car show on July 28.  Also, the group asked to use a grill for the FFA to make hamburgers during the event. Both requests were placed on file.

The Carlinville Lions Club submitted a request for use of the public square, contiguous streets and sidewalks and the traditional route for rides on West Main St. at the 74th annual carnival Sept. 7-8. That request was placed on file.

Also placed on file was a letter from the Attorney General’s office, stating that the city did not violate the Open Meetings Act during its Jan. 2 meeting.

Edgar County Watchdog John Kraft had argued that the council failed to provide proper notice on the agenda on a proposed ordinance in approving a sexual harassment policy ordinance.

The council voted to suspend its rules and then voted to approve the ordinance.

Kraft said the council should have labeled the ordinance agenda item differently if it had intended to vote on the item.

Section 2.02 of the open meetings act does not require an agenda to specify which items will be subject to final action, just listing a general subject matter of any item to which the council wishes to vote.

The attorney general’s office determined that no rule of the Open Meetings Act was broken.