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City of Altamont City Council met July 22

By East Central Reporter Reports | Sep 5, 2019

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City of Altamont City Council met July 22.

Here is the minutes provided by the council:

The Council of the City of Altamont met in regular session at 6:00 pm on July 22, 2019, in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building. The following members were present: Mayor Jason Rippetoe; Commissioner Dan Milleville; Commissioner Todd Slingerland; Commissioner Mike Walker and Commissioner Tayler Polk. Also present –Nick Burrus, Milano & Grunloh; Shelby Niehaus, Altamont News; Clarence Pagel; Art & Judy Trost; Ted & Stella Myers; Brenda McDonald; Judy Pilger; Charles Mills, Effingham Daily News; Mark Workman and City Clerk Sarah Stephen.

The Omnibus Vote Agenda comprised of prior meeting minutes and payment of bills, was approved on a motion by Commissioner Slingerland and seconded by Commissioner Walker. Members voted as follows: Commissioner Milleville, yes; Commissioner Walker, yes; Commissioner Slingerland, yes; Commissioner Polk, yes; Mayor Rippetoe, yes. (Attachment 1)

Nick Burrus, Milano & Grunloh, reported sanitary sewer project plans have been submitted to EPA. South Central Regional Planning & Development are working on grant documents. Division Street project has started. Road closure will continue until completion.

Clarence Pagel asked about ash tree removal, as there are two on a neighboring property. He offered to cut up trees if the City would get them down. Mayor Rippetoe explained there are over 200 ash trees. Removal is being prioritized according to the damage.

Mark Workman questioned if Jack Flash was obtaining a liquor license. Mayor Rippetoe stated he was not fully aware of the business plan.

Council approved a Special Event Liquor License Request by Altamont Schuetzenfest for IL Men’s State Wooden Bat Fastpitch Tournament, Gilbert Park, August 2 -4, 2019. Commissioner Slingerland motioned for approval. Commissioner Walker seconded. Members voted as follows: Commissioner Milleville, yes; Commissioner Walker, yes; Commissioner Slingerland, yes; Commissioner Polk, yes; Mayor Rippetoe, yes.

Council approved Special Event Liquor License for Wright Mansion Wine Tasting Event to be Held September 21, 2019 on a motion by Commissioner Slingerland. Motion seconded by Commissioner Walker. Members voted as follows: Commissioner Milleville, yes; Commissioner Walker, yes; Commissioner Slingerland, yes; Commissioner Polk, yes; Mayor Rippetoe, yes.

Ordinance 668-19; FYE 2020 Appropriation was approved on a motion by Commissioner Slingerland and seconded by Commissioner Milleville. Members voted as follows: Commissioner Milleville, yes; Commissioner Walker, yes; Commissioner Slingerland, yes; Commissioner Polk, yes; Mayor Rippetoe, yes. The appropriation totaled $6,981,631.

July Pilger, Brenda McDonald, Stella Myers and Art Trost explained their reasons opposing a home occupation request at 401 South Tenth Street.

Ordinance SP-1573 denying a Home Occupation at 401 South Tenth Street was approved by Council on a motion by Commissioner Slingerland and seconded by Commissioner Milliville. Members voted as follows: Commissioner Milleville, yes; Commissioner Walker, yes; Commissioner Slingerland, yes; Commissioner Polk, yes; Mayor Rippetoe, yes.

Ordinance VA-1574, Side Yard Setback, 1204 South Main Street was approved on a motion by Commissioner Slingerland and seconded by Commissioner Walker. Members voted as follows: Commissioner Milleville, yes; Commissioner Walker, yes; Commissioner Slingerland, yes; Commissioner Polk, yes; Mayor Rippetoe, yes. Ordinance allows a primary setback on the southwest property line.

Council discussed a request made at the prior meeting for the City to install a residential sewer lift at 15 Lincoln Drive. Commissioner Slingerland read the Municipal Code regarding private sewer connections. Mayor Rippetoe stated approval would set a future precedence. Commissioner Slingerland motioned to not provide repair service to that sewer service. Commissioner Polk seconded. Members voted as follows: Commissioner Milleville, yes; Commissioner Walker, yes; Commissioner Slingerland, yes; Commissioner Polk, yes; Mayor Rippetoe, yes.

City Clerk Sarah Stephen provided Council with the existing golf cart ordinance and a map indicating the approved golf cart route. She explained individuals have requested a highway crossing and to extend operation hours past dusk. IDOT was contacted for updated information. Obtained IDOT revised golf cart highway crossing rules provide for approval in areas where the highway speed is 35 mph or less and IDOT deems the location safe. This opens possiblities to limited crossings on Rt 40, but none on 128/Main Street. Mayor Rippetoe stated operation after dark becomes a safety issue, as carts cannot be seen or heard. However, he saw the crossings beneficial. Commissioner Milleville also understood the crossings to be helpful. Commissioner Polk didn’t see any harm to operate after dark. IDOT will be contacted again and an ordinance will be prepared for future presentation.

Commissioner Slingerland reported the water tower blasting is complete, painting progress should soon be visible.

Commissioner Walker reported the Electric Department has removed trimmed alley limbs between north 8th & 9th streets. Replaced street lights and assisted with water tower cabling. The City is searching for an Electric Department vehicle replacement.

Commissioners Milleville and Polk and Mayor Rippetoe had nothing to report.

The meeting was adjourned on a motion by Commissioner Walker and seconded by Commissioner Slingerland. Members voted as follows: Commissioner Milleville, yes; Commissioner Walker, yes; Commissioner Slingerland, yes; Commissioner Polk, yes; Mayor Rippetoe, yes.

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