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Charleston City Council meeting focuses on payroll, raffle licenses

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By East Central Reporter Reports | Jul 7, 2016

Members of the Charleston City Council met Tuesday, June 21.

"The City Council is the duly elected legislative and policy-making body of the City of Charleston. The fundamental job of the City Council is to make policy decisions for the City based on relevant and accurate information received from the full-time City Manager and his staff. Committees and Advisory Boards of the City Council render recommendations to the full body regarding municipal projects, facilities, services, finance and personnel as well as issues of health, safety, and welfare of the community at large. The City Council solicits and receives the support of many volunteer citizen committees to ensure a democratic, citizen-centered process."

Here are the meeting minutes as provided by the Charleston City Council:

City of Charleston

Regular City Council Meeting

Minutes

June 21, 2016

State of Illinois

County of Coles ss.

City of Charleston

The Council of the City of Charleston, Coles County, Illinois, met for the regular scheduled session at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at 520 Jackson Avenue, Charleston, Illinois, with Mayor Brandon Combs, presiding. The meeting commenced at 6:30 p.m. The Mayor directed the City Clerk to call the roll and the following were physically present and answered affirmatively to the call of his or her name: Council Members Jim Dunn, Jeff Lahr, Tim Newell, and Mayor Brandon Combs were physically present. Other City Officers present were: City Attorney Rachael Cunningham; City Clerk Deborah Muller; Public Works Director Curt Buescher; Police Chief Bryan Baker; Fire Chief Steve Bennett; City Planner Steve Pamperin; Comptroller Heather Kuykendall; Parks & Recreation Director Brian Jones; and Building Code Official Alex Winkler.

Mayor Combs welcomed everyone and then led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Mayor Combs then introduced and reviewed the CONSENT AGENDA, which consisted of the following: 

1) MINUTES—The Regular City Council Meeting held on June 7, 2016; 

2) PAYROLL—Regular Pay Periods ending on May 28 and June 11, 2016; 

3) BILLS PAYABLE—June 24, 2016; 

4) COMPTROLLER’S REPORT— May 2016; 

5) RAFFLE LICENSE—Coles County Extension Foundation on August 4, 2016, at 8:30 p.m. at the Coles County Fairgrounds to raise funds to support University of Illinois Extension Educational Programs and to provide maintenance to the 4-H Extension Center; 

6) RAFFLE LICENSE—Charleston Red, White & Blue Committee on June 26, 2016, from 2:00-5:00 p.m. at Morton Park, to raise funds for future Red, White & Blue Days Activities; and 

7) RAFFLE LICENSE—ICCS (a DCFS License Child Welfare Agency) on July 22, 2016, at 1;00 p.m. at 825 18th Street, to raise funds for ICCS and Open Door Programs.

A written motion was made by Council Member Hutti and seconded by Council Member Newell that the Consent Agenda be approved as presented Mayor Combs directed the City Clerk to call the roll and the following voted Yea: Council Members Dunn, Hutti, Lahr, Newell, and Mayor Combs. Mayor Combs declared the motion carried by a vote of 5 Yeas, Nays—0.

ITEM 8: A written motion was made by Council Member Newell and seconded by Council Member Hutti that the Resolution authorizing Street Closures for the C.T.F. Illinois Muse Fest—Art & Craft Fair on the Historic Courthouse Square, on August 13, 2016, be approved and the layover period waived.

Mayor Combs directed the City Clerk to call the roll and the following voted Yea: Council Members Dunn, Hutti, Lahr, Newell, and Mayor Combs. Mayor Combs declared the motion carried by a vote of 5 Yeas, Nays—0.

ITEM 9: A written motion was made by Council Member Lahr and seconded by Council Member Dunn that the Resolution authorizing Tourism Funds to the Will Rogers Theater Project in the amount of $3,500 to cover expenses relating to WILLSTOCK 2016, to be held on August 20, 2016, at Kiwanis Park, be approved and the layover period waived.

Mayor Combs directed the City Clerk to call the roll and the following voted Yea: Council Members Dunn, Lahr, Newell, and Mayor Combs. Mayor Combs declared the motion carried by a vote of 4 Yeas, Nays—0, and 1 Abstention.

With regard to Item #10, Mayor Combs noted that Mike Day and Stan Braden had already been approved for a TIF grant in the amount of $8,666.00 for work totaling $17,332.00 at 504 Monroe Avenue. The original color of the west wall surrounding the existing mural was white, which is prohibited in the Downtown Charleston District by City Code. To repaint the west wall in a new neutral color would add an additional $3,600.00 to the cost of the project, so the owners had requested that the City approve half the cost of the additional work or $1,800.00 in additional TIF grant funds.

ITEM 10: A written motion was made by Council Member Dunn and seconded by Council Member Lahr that the Ordinance amending Ordinance 16-O-13; Providing for Sensible Rehabilitation within the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District for 504 Monroe Avenue (Mike & Stan’s 504 Club Inc.), be approved and the layover period waived.

Mayor Combs directed the City Clerk to call the roll and the following voted Yea: Council Members Dunn, Hutti, Lahr, Newell, and Mayor Combs. Mayor Combs declared the motion carried by a vote of 5 Yeas, Nays—0.

The Mayor said that this concluded the Agenda items.

The Mayor then opened the floor to any public comments, communications and presentations. He asked that those doing so come up to the podium and give the Clerk their name and address for the record. He noted that this was solely for the benefit of the Clerk, and was not required. He asked that they limit their comments to 3 minutes and avoid repetition. No one came forward.

The Mayor asked if there were any comments from Council; there were not.

The Mayor asked if there were any comments from City Attorney Cunningham at this time; there were not.

Mayor Combs said that he did have one thing to add. He noted that this was the second meeting of June which, one year ago, was the last meeting that the late Mayor Larry Rennels presided over prior to his death on June 25, 2015. Mayor Combs asked that everyone remember the late Mayor and his wife and family as the anniversary of that date approached.

Mayor Combs said that he would entertain a motion to adjourn.

A written motion was made by Council Member Lahr and seconded by Council Member Dunn to adjourn.

Mayor Combs directed the City Clerk to call the roll and the following voted Yea: Council Members Dunn, Hutti, Lahr, Newell, and Mayor Combs. Mayor Combs declared the motion carried by a vote of 5 Yeas, Nays—0.

Mayor Combs declared the motion carried by a vote of 5 Yeas, Nays—0.

Adjournment: 6:36 p.m.

Minutes approved this 5th Day of July 2016.

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Brandon T. Combs, Mayor

ATTEST:

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Susan R. Fasig, Deputy City Clerk

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