Eagle Scout honored with proclamation
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During the May 15 meeting of Carlinville’s City Council, Mayor Deanna Demuzio presented Lucas Mefford with a proclamation recognizing his efforts in achieving the rank of Eagle Scout.
“Whereas Lucas Paul Mefford’s commitment to leadership, service and the community is reflected in his steady, persistent progress through the ranks to achieve this prestigious award. Therefore, on behalf of the City Council and residents of the city of Carlinville, I do hereby honor Lucas Paul Mefford, of Boy Scout Troop 62, on his achievement of obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Boy Scouts,” Demuzio read.
Among the city’s correspondence was a request from Carlinville Rehab to hold a bake sale on the square on Saturday, June 10, in support of the Alzheimer’s Association’s annual walk; a request from the Carlinville Rotary to hold the annual Halloween parade on Saturday, Oct. 28, starting at 6:15 p.m.; a request from Lou’s Automotive Performance to block off the 700 block of North Broad Street to East Street for their annual customer appreciation day, Sunday, June 4, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; a request from CNB Bank & Trust to use the square on Thursday, Aug. 10, from 5:30-9:30 p.m., for a concert; a request from Advance Eye Care to hold a fundraiser called the Eye 5K on Saturday, July 1, at 9 a.m.
In addition, Kimberly Schmedeke addressed the council about the American Legion’s Poppy Day, which will be held Friday and Saturday, May 26-27.
“Poppy Day is something we do every year,” Schmedeke said, adding, “We give poppies for a donation and all that money goes to help veterans or the VA hospitals and different programs that we sponsor through the American Legion to help out veterans in different ways.”
When the floor was open for public comment, Demuzio reported on a case of vandalism on the square in which plants that were recently placed in the planters had been uprooted from more than half of the planters. She requested that anyone who witnessed or has knowledge about the vandalism contact the police department.
Alderman Joe Direso reported the Public Works Committee is revisiting the idea of a management company. He reported that Woodard and Curran and American Water were both contacted for information, copies of which were placed in the mailboxes of each councilman. “It’s strictly informational at this time,” said Direso, who noted representatives from Woodard and Curran will be available from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday, May 22, and in the evening on Thursday, May 15, to address any questions or concerns from elected officials. Direso asked that councilmen who wish to meet with the representatives can schedule a time with City Clerk Carla Brockmeier.
Other old business
Bids were opened for city projects under the 319 grant. The projects include the city Hamman pond, the city Joiner basin property and the city Gilmore cove project. Bids were received from Cole Excavating Services, Greenwalt Excavating and Mark Thursby. The council approved a motion to allow Lake Watershed Coordinator Bob Caveny to review the bids and consult with engineer Ronnie Paul. It was noted that the projects fall under the 60/40 percent 319 grant.
Regarding the Native Plan Regeneration project and the Blackburn Forestry Contract, the council approved a motion allowing an increase of up to $10,000 to continue the project. The increase was recommended by the Water Ad Hoc Committee. Funds are available to pay for the additional work.
Although the council tabled approving findings from the Motor Fuel Tax Audit Report, pending review by Direso. He was able to take a look at the figures during a break and executive session later in the meeting. The MFT report and resolution were approved later in the meeting.
Aaron Shipley was appointed as the city’s CEMA directory.
An agenda item regarding hiring a part-time police officer was tabled.
The council approved a recommendation by the Public Safety Committee to increase the salary of Chief David Haley to $60,000 with an annual cost-of-living increase. It was noted that Haley hadn’t had a salary increase in three years and had the lowest police chief salary in the area.
The council approved the purchase of three squad cars. Although squad cars had been budgeted, no purchases had been made in the last couple of years.
The council approved a budget amendment to accommodate for a 16 percent increase in city employee health insurance rates. The amended increase is for $19,740.
A motion was approved to seek pest control bids in an effort to get all city-owned buildings under a single contract.
The council approved the development of a lake and campground website at a cost of $554 plus $4.95 per month. It was noted the website will include links to and information about local hotels/motels, which qualifies it to be paid with hotel/motel tax funds.
The council approved the minutes of the previous meeting along with reports from the budget officer/treasurer, police department and fire department. Approval was also given to pay the bills, including those from the Lake Committee, Lake Ad Hoc Committee and Lake Watershed Committee.
Following an executive session, the council agreed to advertise for a new deputy city clerk. The current city clerk will retire in July.
Eagle Scout Lucas Mefford was presented with a proclamation from the city on achieving the highest rank in Scouting. Pictured above are Laura Mefford, Lucas Mefford, Mayor Deanna Demuzio and Scoutmaster Bill Link.