City of Altamont City Council met February 12
City of Altamont City Council met February 12.
Here is the minutes as provided by the council:
The Council of the City of Altamont met in regular session at 6:00 pm on February 12, 2018, in
the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building. The following members were present: Mayor
Jason Rippetoe; Commissioner Richard Frailey; Commissioner Dan Milleville; Commissioner
Jason Williams. Also present – Justin Osteen, Jon Berg, Nick Burrus, Milano & Grunloh; Mark
Hoskins, Altamont News; Alan Heiens, Altamont Police Chief; City Clerk Sarah Stephen.
Commissioner Todd Slingerland was absent.
The Omnibus Vote Agenda comprised of prior meeting minutes and payment of bills, was
approved on a motion by Commissioner Williams and seconded by Commissioner Milleville.
Members voted as follows: Commissioner Milleville, yes; Commissioner Frailey, yes;
Commissioner Williams, yes; Mayor Rippetoe, yes. (Attachment 1)
Chief Heiens presented the January 2018 police activity report.
Nick Burrus, Milano & Grunloh Engineers, reported Division Street project is awaiting DCEO
response. Water Department filter #1 project – received confirmation from Korte Luitjohn that
equipment should be arriving on March 5, 2018. EJ Water is requesting a meeting to discuss
Mayor Rippetoe read the bids received for the 2018 mowing contract. Commissioner Milleville
expressed concerns about awarding bids to different companies. He stressed he would be
watching the mowing companies and following up with them on a regular basis. Commissioner
Frailey voiced his concerns of the Union Cemetery mowing. He felt it was the most important
location for special care of the grounds. Commissioner Williams stated the importance of
contracting a local company. Commissioner Frailey motioned to award the 2018 mowing bids
accordingly: to Precision Lawn Care-Group 1, Union Cemetery; Group 2 Gilbert Park; Group 3
Schmidt & Klitzing Parks; to Jon Berg – Group 4 Frog Pond Park, Municipal Building, Triangle,
Incubator Building and Division & Third Parking Lot. Commissioner Williams seconded the
motion. Members voted as follows: Commissioner Milleville, yes; Commissioner Frailey, yes;
Commissioner Williams, yes; Mayor Rippetoe, recused.
A draft of Ordinance 632-18: Establishing Fees for Organized Leagues Utilizing Gilbert Park
was presented to the Council. Commissioner Milleville stated a meeting with league
representatives was held. During the meeting the possibility of a fee was mentioned. Those
present understood and had no objections. Excluding Altamont Youth Sports Commission, all
leagues, including the schools, are expected to pay. Mayor Rippetoe explained the fees will be
used for capital improvements to improve the ball diamonds. Fees will represent the calendar
year. Tournaments of more than three teams will also pay the $200 fee. A revised ordinance
will be presented at the next meeting for approval.
Council considered increases to penalties relating to grease trap interceptor violations. Each
penalty will be amended by ordinance and presented to Council for approval.
Commissioner Slingerland provided a written report of the water and wastewater departments
Mayor Rippetoe presented the report. Slingerland reported several water leaks were repaired.
Carbon in the water department filters 1 & 2 will need replaced for an estimated cost of $16,000.
Commissioner Frailey reported repairs to the digger truck have been completed. Altorfer has
been working at the generator plant repairing a defective engine valve.
Commissioner Williams reported the Street Department has been removing diseased trees,
rehabbing park picnic tables, and repairing water main leaks.
Commissioner Milleville reported progressive communications were opened at a January 29th
meeting of league representatives using Gilbert Park. He attended an AYSC meeting and a
meeting/practice of a youth league. He was pleased that topics discussed on January 29th had
carried over to other meetings. The batters building has been cleaned by users of the facility. A
historical picture will be rehung in the building. Limiting the time of lighting near the Klitzing
Park basketball courts was again discussed.
Mayor Rippetoe reported a draft agreement between the City and Wortman Holdings has been
received. The agreement provides rebate to Wortman Holdings of fuel tax collected, as a result
of the 1% business district tax. Agreement will be presented for approval at the February 26th
Council entered into Executive Session for the Purpose of Discussing Personnel 5ILCS 120/2 (c
) (1) on a motion by Commissioner Williams and seconded by Commissioner Frailey. Members
voted as follows: Commissioner Milleville, yes; Commissioner Frailey, yes; Commissioner
Williams, yes; Mayor Rippetoe, yes.
No action was taken as a result of Executive Session.
The meeting was adjourned on a motion by Commissioner Williams and seconded by
Commissioner Frailey. Members voted as follows: Commissioner Milleville, yes; Commissioner
Frailey, yes; Commissioner Williams, yes; Mayor Rippetoe, yes.