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City of Flora City Council met August 19

By East Central Reporter Reports | Oct 7, 2019


City of Flora City Council met Aug. 19.

Here is the minutes provided by the council:

OPENING CEREMONIES

At 4:30 p.m., Mayor Mike Stanford called the Regular Council Meeting of the City of Flora to order and City Clerk Becky Burgess called roll. Present were Mayor Mike Stanford, Commissioner Rick Slaughter, Commissioner Mike Genthe and Commissioner Phil Wiley.

Others in attendance were City Attorney Bob Coble, Chief of Police Guye Durre, Economic Development Director Luke Eastin, Director of Public Works & Building/Zoning Official Chad Bayles, Superintendent of Public Works Toby Rinehart, Fire Chief Bruce Dickey, City Clerk Becky Burgess, Media Representatives Mary Anne Maxwell and Randy Poole, and several guests. City Treasurer Dee McGehee was absent.

Mayor Mike Stanford led the Pledge of Allegiance and Chief of Police Guye Durre offered the Invocation.

CITIZENS REQUEST TO ADDRESS COUNCIL

John Bayler addressed Council on behalf of the Flora Rotary Club. Several Flora Rotarians were present as Mr. Bayler explained the Flora Rotary would like to do research on a biking/walking trail from the City to Charley Brown Park. In 3 years, Flora Rotary will be celebrating their 100th Anniversary and they want to launch a large project to honor that. City Council is in favor of Rotary exploring this project. Mayor Stanford thanked Rotary for everything they have done for the City noting it is very much appreciated.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA 

A MOTION TO APPROVE THE AGENDA FOR THE AUGUST 19, 2019 REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING FOR THE CITY OF FLORA WAS MADE BY COMMISSIONER SLAUGHTER; SECONDED BY COMMISSIONER WILEY.

Vote: Yes - Stanford, Slaughter, Genthe, Wiley

No - None Absent - None; Abstain - None

CONSENT AGENDA

The following items were listed under the Consent Agenda.

APPROVE MINUTES OF THE PUBLIC HEARING OF AUGUST 5, 2019

APPROVE MINUTES OF THE CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING OF AUGUST 5, 2019

APPROVE SCHEDULE OF BILLS FOR PERIOD ENDING AUGUST 15, 2019

APPROVE TREASURER'S REPORT FOR JULY 2019

ACCEPT POLICE ACTIVITY REPORT FOR JULY 2019

ACCEPT BUILDING AND ZONING REPORT FOR JULY 2019

APPROVE REQUEST FROM CLAY COUNTY FARM BUREAU TO USE CHARLEY BROWN PARK ON SEPTEMBER 19, 2019 FOR THEIR ANNUAL FARM SAFETY DAY (CHANGE DATE TO SEPTEMBER 20, 2019) 

APPROVE FORD CLASSIC DAYS EVENT ON SEPTEMBER 20 & 21, 2019, HOSTED BY FLORA TOURISM

A MOTION TO APPROVE THE CONSENT AGENDA, NOTING THE CHANGE IN DATE FOR FARM SAFETY DAY TO SEPTEMBER 20, 2019, WAS MADE BY COMMISSIONER GENTHE; SECONDED BY COMMISSIONER WILEY.

Vote: Yes – Stanford, Slaughter, Genthe, Wiley

No - None 

Absent - None; Abstain - None

REGULAR BUSINESS

Mayor Mike Stanford presented an ordinance to increase liquor license fees.

A MOTION TO PASS ORDINANCE NO. 19-3058, AN ORDINANCE AMENDING TITLE 3, CHAPTER 5, LIQUOR ORDINANCE WAS MADE BY COMMISSIONER WILEY; SECONDED BY COMMISSIONER GENTHE.

Vote: Yes - Stanford, Slaughter, Genthe, Wiley

No - None 

Absent – None; Abstain - None

Commissioner Phil Wiley sought Council approval for software enhancements.

A MOTION TO APPROVE THE AMI INTEGRATION WITH TYLER TECHNOLOGIES (INCODE) WITH A ONE TIME FEE OF $21,040.00 AND A RECURRING FEE OF $2,800.00 WAS MADE BY COMMISSIONER SLAUGHTER; SECONDED BY COMMISSIONER GENTHE.

Vote: Yes - Stanford, Slaughter, Genthe, Wiley

No - None 

Absent - None; Abstain - None

Economic Development Director Luke Eastin presented information regarding the bid opening of the NAL Parking Lot and requested an ordinance be passed accepting the winning bid.

A MOTION TO PASS ORDINANCE NO. 19-3059, AN ORDINANCE APPROVING A CONTRACT AND NOTICE OF AWARD FOR THE NAL PARKING LOT WITH EFFINGHAM ASPHALT CO., IN THE AMOUNT OF $542,736.50, WAS MADE BY COMMISSIONER WILEY; SECONDED BY COMMISSIONER SLAUGHTER.

Vote: Yes - Stanford, Slaughter, Genthe, Wiley

No - None 

Absent - None; Abstain - None

Superintendent of Public Works Toby Rinehart brought two items before Council for their consideration.

A MOTION TO PASS AN IDOT RESOLUTION FOR IMPROVEMENT UNDER THE ILLINOIS HIGHWAY CODE, SUPPLEMENTAL RESOLUTION FOR THE NORTH AVENUE RESURFACING PROJECT IN THE AMOUNT OF $12,790.08, WAS MADE BY COMMISSIONER GENTHE; SECONDED BY COMMISSIONER SLAUGHTER.

Vote: Yes - Stanford, Slaughter, Genthe, Wiley

No - None 

Absent - None; Abstain - None

A MOTION TO APPROVE THE PURCHASE OF A SKID STEER (MODEL T770) IN THE AMOUNT OF $56,295.47 FROM BOBCAT OF ST. LOUIS WAS MADE BY COMMISSIONER WILEY; SECONDED BY COMMISSIONER GENTHE.

Vote: Yes - Stanford, Slaughter, Genthe, Wiley

No - None 

Absent - None; Abstain - None

Rinehart announced the City will be flushing water hydrants from August 26-28, 2019.

Fire Chief Bruce Dickey mentioned Harter Stanford Fire District and the Flora Fire Department will be hosting a luncheon showcasing the new fire truck and their other trucks. This will be at the Flora Fire Station on September 6, 2019.

There were no other comments from City Attorney Bob Coble or the remainder of the Administrative Staff.

CLOSED SESSION

Mayor Stanford requested a motion to enter into closed session pursuant to:

5 ILCS 120/2(c)(1) The appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance, or dismissal of specific employees of the public body or legal counsel for the public body, including hearing testimony on a complaint lodged against an employee of the public body or against legal counsel for the public body to determine its validity.

5 ILCS 120/2(c)(2) Collective negotiating matters between the public body and its employees or their representatives, or deliberations concerning salary schedules for one or more classes of employees.

5 ILCS 12012(c)(3) The selection of a person to fill a public office, as defined in this Act, including a vacancy in a public office, when the public body is given power to appoint under law or ordinance, or the discipline, performance or removal of the occupant of a public office, when the public body is given power to remove the occupant under law or ordinance,

AT APPROXIMATELY 4:43 P.M., COMMISSIONER WILEY MADE A MOTION TO ENTER INTO CLOSED SESSION; SECONDED BY COMMISSIONER GENTHE.

Vote: Yes - Stanford, Slaughter, Genthe, Wiley

No - None 

Absent - None; Abstain - None

OPEN SESSION

AT APPROXIMATELY 4:57 P.M. COMMISSIONER WILEY MADE A MOTION TO ENTER INTO OPEN SESSION; SECONDED BY COMMISSIONER GENTHE.

Vote: Yes - Stanford, Slaughter, Genthe, Wiley

No - None 

Absent - None; Abstain - None

A MOTION TO RATIFY THE MAYORAL APPOINTMENT OF LINDA SPICER AS NEW COMMISSIONER OVER THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY, EXPIRING APRIL 31, 2021, WAS MADE BY COMMISSIONER WILEY; SECONDED BY COMMISSIONER GENTHE.

Vote: Yes - Stanford, Slaughter, Genthe, Wiley

No - None Absent - None; Abstain - None

A MOTION FOR A PAY INCREASE FOR TYLA KNAPP, KACI O'DELL AND DEANNA RINEDOLLAR BY FIFTY-CENTS PER HOUR, EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 1, 2019, WAS MADE BY COMMISSIONER SLAUGHTER; SECONDED BY COMMISSIONER WILEY.

Vote: Yes - Stanford, Slaughter, Genthe, Wiley

No - None 

Absent - None; Abstain - None

Discussions were held on various projects going on within the City. All of these topics were for information only and no action was taken.

ADJOURN

At approximately 5:31 p.m., with no further business to discuss, Mayor Stanford requested meeting be adjourned. Council Members concurred and Mayor Stanford declared said meeting adjourned.

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