Ordinance Committee Meeting Minutes

Date: Thursday, May 4, 2017
Place: City Hall Council Chambers
TIME: 1:17
Roll Call:
Short Present
Barfield Present
Canada Present
McGuire Present

Moved by Alderman Buford McGuire and Seconded by Alderman Charles Barfield to approve the minutes of the previous meeting held 2-8-2017 as presented:
MOTION CARRIED
Short Yea
Barfield Yea
Canada Yea
McGuire Yea

The Zoning Board of Appeals held a Public Hearing on April 11, 2017 to hear comments for a request to issue a Special Use Permit to Stanley Shinn of 1209 East 5th Street. He requested a manufactured home to be located where these types of homes are not permitted. We have areas throughout where overlays permit manufactured homes approved by the Zoning Board. The board voted unanimous to a NO vote and recommended the City Council not issue the Special Use Permit.

Moved by Alderman Buford McGuire and Second by Alderman Chuck Short to recommend to the full Council to take action Advisory Report for Special Use Permit and to affirm/reverse/modify, in whole or in part, the Zoning Board of Appeals’ recommendation as provided within the report;
MOTION CARRIED:
Short Yea
Barfield Yea
Canada Yea
McGuire Yea

The Planning Commission held a Public Hearing on April 11, 2017 to hear comments for a Zoning District Amendment. This change would rezone lots 31-35 at Kennedy Subdivision from R-1B Residential to C-2 Central Business. The board voted a unanimous YES and recommends the City Council approve the Zoning District Amendment.

Moved by Alderman Buford McGuire and Second by Alderman Charles Barfield to recommend to the full Council to take action Advisory Report for Zoning Boundary Amendment and to pass proposed amendment as recommended within the report or refer back to Planning Commission for further consideration;
MOTION CARRIED:
Short Yea
Barfield Yea
Canada Yea
McGuire Yea

We as a governing body work together to make each job/task easier. We are struggling to keep up with reports, insurance, union issues and our day to day duties. A Human Resources position is needed to make the City run more efficient. We have asked Christina (Chris) Burnham to bring her experience, knowledge and professionalism to the City of Metropolis. Chris comes with more than 15 years of leadership in HR. She will implement new policies, improve and strengthen our work force and settle employee and labor issues to name a few. Chris came before the Committee giving a background of herself and stated she is excited to be able to give her expertise to the City of Metropolis.

Moved by Alderman Chuck Short and Second by Alderman Don Canada to recommend to the full Council to Adopt a motion recommending the create an Ordinance for the office of Human Resources Director;
MOTION CARRIED:
Short Yea
Barfield Yea
Canada Yea
McGuire Yea


Moved by Alderman Chuck Short and Second by Alderman Buford McGuire to recommend to the full Council to give the Mayor authority to fill the position of Human Resources Director;
MOTION CARRIED:
Short Yea
Barfield Yea
Canada Yea
McGuire Yea

Moved by Alderman Chuck Short and Seconded Don Canada to adjourn;
MOTION CARRIED: TIME: 2:10
Short Yea
Barfield Yea
Canada Yea
McGuire Yea

























Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Time: 1:15 p.m.
Place: City Hall Council Chambers
Roll Call:
Short Present
Barfield Present
McManus Present
Canada Present

Moved by Alderman Chuck Short and Seconded by Alderman David McManus to approve the minutes of the previous meeting held 8-10-2016 as presented:
MOTION CARRIED
Short Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Canada Yea

The following motion is for the FEMA property that the City of Metropolis owns and has established a program for its use. The land can be used for playground areas, gardens or to place a portable storage unit and must be maintained.

Moved by Alderman Chuck Short and Second by Alderman David McManus to recommend to the full Council to take action to authorize the Mayor to lease the FEMA lots as part of an Adopt-A–Lot Program Ordinance;
MOTION CARRIED:
Short Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Canada Yea

Representatives from Comcast Cable South came to answer questions about their services offered and what they can do to make it better. The last contract expired in 2009 and the City has had several meetings with Comcast to establish another franchise agreement. A first reading will be brought to Council.
Moved by Alderman Chuck Short and Second by Alderman Charles Barfield to recommend to the full Council a First Reading on Cable Television Franchise Agreement by and between the City of Metropolis and Comcast of the South;
MOTION CARRIED:
Short Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Canada Yea

Corporate Counsel passed out draft ordinances to be discussed and brought to Council for adoption or first readings. He explained the new laws going into effect that we need to create/change ordinances to be compliant.

January 1st, 2017 new Employee Sick Leave Act states employees are now allowed to utilize sick leave benefits not only for their own personal medical needs, but also for the illness, injury or medical appointments of a broad spectrum of family members. He also stated we need a personnel policy limiting those to 6 days. The FMLA laws are the same having 12 weeks leave time.

Moved by Alderman Chuck Short and Second by Alderman David McManus to recommend to the full Council a First Reading on an Ordinance Amending the Sick Leave Benefit Policy of the City of Metropolis;
MOTION CARRIED:
Short Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Canada Yea

The following motion is for an Ordinance that states the City of Metropolis utilize FEMA funds to acquire and demolish twelve residential properties located in the City of Metropolis who holds the title. These properties may be used for open space, nature preserves, parks, wetlands areas or similar purposes and unimproved pervious parking areas.

Moved by Alderman Chuck Short and Second by Alderman David McManus to recommend to the full Council a First Reading on an Ordinance Authorizing the Lease of Properties Acquired with FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Funds;
MOTION CARRIED:
Short Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Canada Yea

A new law allows employees to use a maximum of two weeks (10 working days) of unpaid Child Bereavement Leave to attend the funeral or alternative to a funeral of a child, make arrangement necessitated by the death of the child or grieve the death of the child. In the event of more than one child in a 12 month period and employee shall be entitled up to a total of 6 weeks of bereavement leave during the 12 month period.

Moved by Alderman Chuck Short and Second by Alderman David McManus to recommend to the full Council to Adopt an Ordinance Adopting the Child Bereavement Leave Policy;
MOTION CARRIED:
Short Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Canada Yea


Illinois adopted the Local Government Travel Expense Control Act which goes into effect January 2017. The new law states the expenses for travel, meals, and lodging of any officer or employee of the City that exceeds the maximum allowed under the policy, shall be approved by a roll call vote of the City Council in open session. The Ordinance will comply with the Local Government Travel Expense Control Act listing the rules and regulations.



Moved by Alderman Chuck Short and Second by Alderman David McManus to recommend to the full Council to Adopt an Ordinance Adopting Travel Expense Policy;
MOTION CARRIED:
Short Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Canada Yea



Moved by Alderman David McManus and Seconded Chuck Short to adjourn: Time 2:18
MOTION CARRIED:
Short Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Canada Yea














Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Place: City Hall Council Chambers
Roll Call
Short Present
Barfield Present
McManus Present
Canada Present

Alderman Chuck Short made the motion to approve the minutes after the correction of a name change on page 2 of the 11-19-2015 minutes.

Moved by Alderman Chuck Short and Seconded by Alderman David McManus to approve the minutes of the previous meeting held 11-19-2015 as presented:
MOTION CARRIED
Short Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Canada Yea

Alderman Don Canada brought before the Committee the motion to discuss the amending compensation for Alderman’s insurance in order to save the City money. He has previously brought this up and was told to do his homework and know what he is asking. Alderman Canada has proposed that all existing Alderman seating now will keep their insurance and stipend; newly elected and or appointed Alderman beginning April 2017 will no longer receive insurance but will receive the stipend. His proposal led to argumentative discussion. Alderman McManus stated they are entitled to the insurance if worked 20 hours per week; while Alderman Short couldn’t find proof of that statement while he was researching. Alderman Short noted he read Il Attorney General 94-022 states insurance is compensation. Alderman Short asked how we eliminate that if it’s a law and if we revise this will we get a 1099 tax form. Corporate Counsel stated prior to 2004 there was not an Ordinance allowing Alderman insurance. Attorney General applies but going forward we can amend the Ordinance at any time. IMRF is looking at modifying the rules for elected officials Corporate Counsel stated. Alderman McGuire commented on the expenses of the city and questioned why we are having this conflict for approximately 2% of our budget when we discuss millions of dollars. Alderman Canada commented after sitting in the Finance Committee discussing the budget, he began to look for ways to save; pointing out the Police and Fire Pension as an example. Alderman McManus commented we need to treat all elected officials the same; Mayor, Treasure and the City Clerk. Alderman McGuire also commented he was looking at this from a union man’s point of view, when we take away things they do not come back. A motion was made to proceed to create an Ordinance amending compensation of elected officials. Alderman Short noted he would abstain for his vote.

Moved by Alderman Don Canada and Seconded by Alderman Charles Barfield to recommend to the full Council to take action to proceed on an Ordinance Amending Compensation of Elected (Alderman) Officials;
MOTION CARRIED
Short Abstain
Barfield Yea
McManus Nay
Canada Yea

The next two motions on the agenda were discussion only:

Corporate Counsel addressed the Committee for guidance on amending the City Code in relation to nuisances. We have several places that have nuisances and need to treat these rundown places as such. The dilapidated homes and empty non-living mobile homes are eyesores and dangerous to our residents. We can abate these properties that don’t pay the fines or refuse electricity until paid. They need to be cleaned off completely or cleaned up to the City’s standards. Discussion of putting the fine on their active electric bill was one way to insure payment.

Discussion to change the 5 year old mobile home ordinance to 10 year was the next order of business. We can still have size requirements and inspection to meet city requirements of wholesome living standards. Consensus was to extend the age of mobile homes to 10 years with the Ordinance clarifying the appearance and adding that the landlords maintain their properties. This only pertains to the city owned properties.

The Mayor brought up an issue of speeding in subdivisions. We have Speed signs and Children at Play signs but we are still having issues and complaints. Speedbumps was the next course of action. There are speedbumps made of vinyl material and come with an anchor kit making them portable. The state law states we can’t use them for regulating speed but we can use them for protection of children playing. This is a safety issue and the majority of the neighborhood must give consensus.





Moved by Alderman David McManus and Seconded Don Canada to adjourn: Time 2:14
MOTION CARRIED:
Short Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Canada Yea



















Date: Thursday, November 19, 2015
Time: 1:54 p.m.
Place: City Hall Council Chambers
Roll Call
Short Present
Barfield Present
McManus Present
Canada Present

Moved by Alderman David McManus and Seconded by Alderman Don Canada to approve the minutes of the previous meeting held 9-29-2015 as presented:
MOTION CARRIED
Short Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Canada Yea

The Committee came together to discuss and amend the ordinance pertaining to alcohol for a new business wanting to open a micro-brewery in our uptown area. The revised Ordinance was handed out to go over and set the amount of licenses to be issues for that type of business. The consensus for the new Class F, a Micro-brewery/Brew Pub license will not have a fee for the first year and the second year fee will not be higher than $600. The reason was to entice others to come to Metropolis with this new type of brewing and knowing they also had expensive state fees. They decided on a total of 3 Micro-Brewery licenses knowing they can always amend the Ordinance.




Moved by Alderman Chuck Short and Seconded by Alderman David McManus to recommend to the full Council to take action on an Ordinance pertaining to Location Restrictions (Section 110.14);
MOTION CARRIED
Short Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Canada Yea


Moved by Alderman Chuck Short and Seconded David McManus to adjourn: Time 2:10
MOTION CARRIED:
Short Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Canada Yea











Date: Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Place: City Hall Council Chambers
Roll Call
Short Present
Barfield Present
McManus Present
Canada Present

Moved by Alderman Chuck Short and Seconded by Alderman David McManus to approve the minutes of the previous meeting held 8-13-2015 as presented:
MOTION CARRIED
Short Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Canada Yea

Vacant Status accounts was the discussion again, fees and kilowatt usage are the items needing clarified to establish an ordinance. In order to be eligible for a vacant status account a 0-200 kilowatt usage will apply and a $40.00 maintenance fee added; we no longer have a repair/vacation account.

Moved by Alderman Chuck Short and Seconded by Alderman William Carrell to recommend to the full Council to take action on billing;
MOTION CARRIED
Short Yea McManus Yea
Canada Nay Barfield Yea

The next two items on the agenda had already been resolved and no further discussion needed.

Nuisance violations on grass and trash:
Abandoned mobile homes:

Moved by Alderman Chuck Short and Seconded Charles Barfield to adjourn: Time 2:45
MOTION CARRIED:
Short Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Canada Yea







Date: Thursday, May 27th, 2015
Time: 2:06 p.m.
Place: City Hall Council Chambers
Roll Call
Short Present
Barfield Present
McManus Present
Canada Present

Moved by Alderman David McManus and Seconded by Alderman Charles Barfield to approve the minutes of the previous meeting held 5-7-2015 as presented:
MOTION CARRIED
Short Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Canada Yea

Chad Murray came before the Committee giving an update from the City Planning Commission. He went over a handout sheet of changes made that will appear at the next Council meeting in a first reading. They discussed changes made on sign ordinances allowing paintable 4x4 posts, removing plexiglass covers from signs and changing the setback for signs at local businesses from 20 feet to 10 feet. He also noted Monday, May 26th, 2015 at Council changes to allow a site that is zoned R-1-D and requesting C-1 to develop a 50 unit+ senior independent living community was pasted as Ordinance 2015-06.


Moved by Alderman Chuck Short and Seconded David McManus to go into Executive Session for items listed on agenda: Time 2:15
MOTION CARRIED:
Short Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Canada Yea

Moved by Alderman David McManus and Seconded Don Canada to approve the minutes of the Executive Session and that they remain closed;
MOTION CARRIED:
Short Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Canada Yea

No motions came out of today’s meeting:

Moved by Alderman David McManus and Seconded Don Canada to adjourn: Time 3:08
MOTION CARRIED:
Short Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Canada Yea





Date: Thursday, May 7th, 2015
Time: 1:56 p.m.
Place: City Hall Council Chambers
Roll Call
Short Present
Barfield Present
McManus Present
Canada Present

Moved by Alderman David McManus and Seconded by Alderman Charles Barfield to approve the minutes of the previous meeting held 10-29-2014 as presented:
MOTION CARRIED
Short Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Canada Yea

Clyde Wills came before the Committee to give an update from the City Planning Commission. They discussed changes to be made on sign ordinances allowing paintable 4x4 posts and removing plexiglass covers from signs. They will also be changing the setback for signs at local businesses from 20 feet to 10 feet. Monday, May 11, 2015 will be a Planning Commission meeting at 6:00 to approve the necessary changes needed to allow residential development. The site is zoned R-1-D and the request is to C-1 to develop a 50 unit+ senior independent living community.

Don Canada brought up the subject of Alderman’s insurance; a subject that has been addressed many times over the years. He felt as Alderman we need to lead by example. He also stated the budget talks would begin soon and if there were cuts to be made this added savings would help and also felt before an employee was cut the Alderman’s insurance should be. There was discussion of how many hours Alderman work or need to work to be considered fulltime employees. Canada stated he would come off his wife’s insurance provided by the City, which he pays a premium, if all other Aldermen did as well. Alderman Carrell referred to Ordinance 1977-03 and 2004-34 which shows where insurance is provided for the Alderman. Treasure Kirsty Stephenson informed all they could release their insurance benefits on a volunteer basis, not waiting for the 180 days prior to election. Canada did note he will continue to bring this subject back to the table.

Moved by Alderman Chuck Short and Seconded David McManus to adjourn: Time 2:15
MOTION CARRIED:
Short Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Canada Yea






Date: Wednesday, October 29th, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Place: Community Center Conference Room
Roll Call:
Daughtery Present
Barfield Present
McManus Present
Midnight Present

Moved by Alderman David McManus and Seconded by Alderman Robert Midnight to approve the minutes of the previous meeting held 7-9-2014 as presented:
MOTION CARRIED
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Midnight Yea

The Committee met at the Community Center Conference room with Mike Wilson, SR Director of Government Affairs, Larry A. Williamson, VP Field Operations of the tri-state area and Steven E. Walker, Technical Operations Manager. They gave a brief introduction of Comcast, themselves and their positions with the company. The three representatives from Comcast came to discuss the contract with the City and to hear feedback how to improve services in the area. They shared information about an existing program called Internet Essentials. The program will help families with the internet costs if they meet the guidelines; InternetEssentials.com or 1855-8-INTERNET (1855-846-8376). Comcast feels technology is the core allowing them to continually offer more selections and better service. They shared the Comcast Corporation and Time Warner Cable had merged in February and will be able to deliver better technological innovations, including a superior video experience higher broadband speeds, and faster in-home Wi-Fi. The Alderman shared the citizen’s concerns and complaints as they took notes. They assured the complaints in today’s meeting will be addressed and strive to improve the concerns. The costs of the services were questioned and the answer was due to the rising cost of programs such as SCC and ESPN to name a few. Due to the rules and regulations of our government through the merge in order to reduce competitive concerns, Comcast is prepared to divest systems serving approximately 3 million subscribers. Comcast takes customer service seriously and has met 99% of the time window given on their services calls. Comcast has strived to make self-service easier for customers on its website, to make changes to their accounts and for tech support, adding you can always call in your problems or changes. Alderman Daughtery thanked them for their time and answers and called for the meeting to be adjourned.

Moved by Alderman David Daughtery and Seconded Charles Barfield to adjourn: Time 2:04
MOTION CARRIED:
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Midnight Yea















Date: Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
Time: 3:19 p.m.
Place: City Hall Council Chambers
Roll Call
Daughtery Present
Barfield Present
McManus Present
Midnight Present

Moved by Alderman Robert Midnight and Seconded by Alderman David McManus to approve the minutes of the previous meeting held 6-4-2014 as presented:
MOTION CARRIED
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Midnight Yea

The Committee discussed to remove the stop signs at S/B Yasoda at 3Rd, N/B Yasoda at 3rd and E/B 2nd at Yasoda. The memorandum from the Metropolis Police Department noted it is never a good idea to give up an intersection that we control even if the traffic is low. They suggested we leave the remaining stop signs as posted in those intersections. The consensus was to leave as is and not to make a motion.

Corporate Counsel noted there will be a first reading of the Bond Ordinance (refinance existing TIF bonds) on Monday night Council, July 14, 2014.

Moved by Alderman Robert Midnight and Seconded David McManus to adjourn: Time 3:35
MOTION CARRIED:
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Midnight Yea






Date: Wednesday, June 4th, 2014
Time: 1:05 p.m.
Place: City Hall Council Chambers

Roll Call
Daughtery Present
Barfield Present
McManus Absent
Midnight Present

Moved by Alderman Robert Midnight and Seconded by Alderman Charles Barfield to approve the minutes of the previous meeting held April 23rd, 2014 as presented:
MOTION CARRIED
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Absent
Midnight Yea

The Committee was given proposed increase rates for metered water and sewer customers. There are about 20 meters we have to deal with and we need fairness across the board. A water meter is at no cost to the business when they are making substantial remodeling and or in the TIF; when a business just asks for one they will pay the fee for the meter in the amount of $740.00 and we do the installation at no charge. They will make the cost up by only paying for what they use in approximately 2 or 3 years. All felt if you have water then you have sewer as well.

Moved by Alderman Robert Midnight and Seconded by Alderman David Daughtery to recommend to the full Council to make recommendations for metered rates for water and sewer;
MOTION CARRIED:
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Absent
Midnight Yea

Corporate Counsel noted the Bond Ordinance for the IEPA loan for LTCP (sewer separation projects) on the agenda to pass on Monday nights Council is preliminary action taken for EPA to consider the cities loan application. This just starts the process he added. Setting the borrowed amount at a high rate does not mean we are going to borrow that amount it simply allows us not to repeat the process if we needed more money from the bid going over the borrowed amount. The preliminary process is step one to know what our real options are.

Moved by Alderman Charles Barfield and Seconded by Alderman David Daughtery to recommend to the full Council to make recommendations for preliminary bond ordinance;
MOTION CARRIED:
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Absent
Midnight Yea

The next motion will just amend the current ordinance in the animal nuisance section to suit the new laws.

Moved by Alderman David Daughtery and Seconded by Alderman Robert Midnight to recommend to the full Council to make recommendations for amending nuisance or animal control ordinance to require owners of pets to properly pick up and remove animal feces;
MOTION CARRIED:
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Absent
Midnight Yea

Chief Masse has brought back up the extra towing fee charge to add to the existing towing ordinance. This goes along with arrests and the money can be used to purchase equipment that would ordinarily come out of General Fund.

Moved by Alderman David Daughtery and Seconded by Alderman Robert Midnight to recommend to the full Council to make recommendations to proceed to amend towing ordinance to provide for an administrative fee;
MOTION CARRIED:
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Absent
Midnight Yea

J.K. Thomas with the WFP requested the connection fees be raised; we are losing money for every tap connected. The current rate is $50.00 and our cost is $300.00 for materials alone. The fees were set in 2007.


Moved by Alderman David Daughtery and Seconded Robert Midnight to adjourn: Time 2:00
MOTION CARRIED:
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Absent
Midnight Yea





Date: Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Place: City Hall Council Chambers

Roll Call
Daughtery Present
Barfield Present
McManus Present
Midnight Present

Moved by Alderman David McManus and Seconded by Alderman Charles Barfield to approve the minutes of the previous meeting held February 19th, 2014 as presented:
MOTION CARRIED
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Midnight Yea

Discussion to modify the Zoning Ordinance regarding mobile/portable signs were heard from the citizens attending. Clyde Wills representing the Zoning Commission agrees with the decision that the signs are a distraction and unattractive since most of the signs are needing repairs. Clyde stated while they were working on the ordinance they made inquiries with other local towns to see their laws on mobile sign usage. Carbondale, IL and Paducah, KY does not allow sign usage. He asks the Committee to continue to stand with the decision. There 4 or 5 signs that look good Mike Souders commented but the rest are in bad need of repair. If we modify the ordinance allowing continued use we need a clause to make the necessary repairs on the existing signs. Mike stated he owns 2 of these and has already removed one and will remove the second. Jarred Holland with Holland Signs stated that the signs are over 10 years of age and all need to be removed. Holland noted these signs run approximately $400 in price and should not be this much of an issue; we are not moving forward but staying in one spot with this. Alderman Daughtery agreed we are backpedaling and need to move forward on this issue. There are only about 12 signs in use throughout the town and most of the owners are present at the meeting. Alderman Midnight would like to further discuss how we could offer our businesses other alternatives since the signs promote business. Chad Murray commented even if a sign has removed legs it is still a sign built with the intentions of being used as a portable sign. Current ordinance states they are prohibited and can’t be amended for 6 months after the ordinance is put in affect. A suggestion was made that if the signs are not in use as a daily basis they need to be hidden. Grandfathering in the existing ones after repairs are made was mentioned but no action can be made without amending the ordinance. Chief Massie was present to ask for guidance from the Committee since the issue has been raised to amend. Chad Murray was instructed to put notice in the paper giving more opportunity to the sign holders to remove them and become compliance with the new Zoning Ordinance.

Moved by Alderman David Daughtery and Seconded by Alderman Robert Midnight to recommend to the full Council to take action to continue discussion on modifying the Zoning Ordinance regarding mobile/portable signs;
MOTION CARRIED:
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Nay
McManus Yea
Midnight Yea

Chad Murray brought the City Limit & Ward Boundary Map showing corrections for approval at Council Monday, April 28th, 2014.
Moved by Alderman Robert Midnight and Seconded by Alderman David Daughtery to recommend to the full Council to accept the changes on the City Limit Ward Map;
MOTION CARRIED
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Midnight Yea

Corporate Counsel noted the Bond Ordinance for the IEPA loan for LTCP (sewer separation projects) on the agenda to pass on Monday nights Council is preliminary action taken for EPA to consider the cities loan application. This just starts the process he added.

The sewer rates are not ready for discussion and will be put on the agenda at a later day; CFO Trisha Suttles and Chad Vance with HMG are still working on the tables. This will allow consistent and fair pricing across the board.

Moved by Alderman David Daughtery and Seconded Robert Midnight to adjourn: Time 2:50
MOTION CARRIED:
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Midnight Yea




Date: Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
Time: 1:43 p.m.
Place: City Hall Council Chambers

Roll Call
Daughtery Present
Barfield Present
McManus Present
Midnight Present


Moved by Alderman Robert Midnight and Seconded by Alderman David McManus to approve the minutes of the previous meeting held November 20th, 2013 as presented:
MOTION CARRIED
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Midnight Yea

Discussion of peddler and vendor permits due to the fact that our licenses are very broad. The question of which business needs to have a permit and what classifies that answer.

Chief Masse came before the Committee to discuss the general provisions and penalties that should be on our tickets we issue. The tickets may be paid at the City Clerk’s Office or the Metropolis Police Department saving the resident money and the time in court. Traffic Codes, Animal Regulations, Land Usage, Weeds, Garbage and Nuisance Regulations were items listed. There will be an added fee of $10.00 if paid after the 14 day grace period but less than 30 days

Moved by Alderman Robert Midnight and Seconded by Alderman David McManus to recommendations on new penalty (Fines) provision ordinance;
MOTION CARRIED
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Midnight Yea

Moved by Alderman David Daughtery and Seconded David McManus to adjourn: Time 2:11
MOTION CARRIED:
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Midnight Yea








TIME: 1:24 p.m.
DATE: Tuesday, October 23rd, 2013
PLACE: Council Chamber in City Hall
ROLL CALL:
Daughtery Present
Barfield Present
McManus Present
Midnight Present

Moved by Alderman David McManus and Second by Alderman Robert Midnight to approve the minutes of the previous meeting held on 10-1-13 as presented;
MOTION CARRIED:
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Midnight Yea

Corporate Counsel went over the Zoning Ordinance changes the Alderman have requested and will bring the language changes to Counsel with the Ordinance for a first reading. Several items have been brought up and discussed such as storm shelters, mobile homes, school bus/ RV’s/ boat parking and empty lots to name a few; not all needed language changes after being clarified.

The issue of golf carts was the next order of business and the need to stop lawn mowers used on our city streets for transportation means.


Moved by Alderman David McManus and Seconded by Alderman Robert Midnight to go into Executive Session for items listed on agenda; Time 2:51
MOTION CARRIED

Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Midnight Yea

Moved by Alderman Robert Midnight and Seconded by Alderman David McManus to approve the minutes of the Executive Session and that they remain closed;
MOTION CARRIED

Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Midnight Yea

Moved by Alderman Jerry Mizell and Seconded by Alderman David Daughtery to adjourn; TIME 3:45
MOTION CARRIED
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Midnight Yea



Date: Tuesday, July 30th, 2013
Time: 2:43 p.m.
Place: City Hall Council Chambers


Roll Call
Daughtery Present
Barfield Present
McManus Present
Midnight Present


Moved by Alderman David McManus and Seconded by Alderman Robert Midnight to approve the minutes of the previous meeting held June 4th, 2013 as presented:
MOTION CARRIED
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Midnight Yea


Corporate Counsel passed out several Ordinances to go over and make the necessary changes needed to better serve our citizens or to become state compliant.



The bid changes in this Ordinance will raise the $10,000 bid contract to $20,000 and will bring us state compliant.

Moved by Alderman Robert Midnight and Seconded by Alderman David Daughtery to make a motion taking action on an Ordinance Amending Title III Chapter 35, Section 35.05, Purchase Orders and Contracts; Competitive Bids, of the Code of Metropolis;
MOTION CARRIED
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Midnight Yea


Adopting the following motion will allow the city construction projects greater than $50,000 having to pay prevailing wage allow our local contractors to bid more. Changing the amount to $150,000 on our public work projects only will give that opportunity to more local bidders. Tommy Reed came before the Committee stating he would like to see this motion be passed using his company as an example. He questioned the reason for a dollar amount in the first place but was told it was placed to help the local contractors and knew it might have to be revisited. Other contractors have put their input in and agree raising the dollar amount will allow more bidding.





Moved by Alderman Robert Midnight and Seconded by Alderman David McManus to make a motion taking action on an Ordinance Amending Title III Chapter 35, Section 35.66, Labor Agreements Required for Certain Construction Projects, of the Code of Metropolis;
MOTION CARRIED
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Midnight Yea


The changes in this Ordinance will give our police officers authority to give warning tickets or charge with a fine when people continue to let their animals go to the bathroom in our public facilities, ballparks and playgrounds.

Moved by Alderman Robert Midnight and Seconded by Alderman David McManus to make a motion taking action on an Ordinance Amending Title IX, Chapter 90, Animals, of the Code of Metropolis to add a Section 90.12, Prohibition of Dogs and Other Animals Upon or Within Playground Areas and Playing Fields Within City Parks;
MOTION CARRIED
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Midnight Yea



Revising our Liquor Control Ordinance was the next order of business but will be brought back to Committee when ready for discussion.

Nepotism information was handed out for discussion but the consensus of the Committee was to drop the issue due to negotiating contract issues.


Moved by Alderman David McManus and Seconded Robert Midnight to adjourn: Time 3:31
MOTION CARRIED:
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Midnight Yea


















Date: Tuesday, June 4th, 2013
Time: 1:15 p.m.
Place: City Hall Council Chambers


Roll Call
Daughtery Present
Barfield Present
McManus Present
Midnight Absent


Moved by Alderman David McManus and Seconded by Alderman Charles Barfield to approve the minutes of the previous meeting held April 30th, 2013 as presented:
MOTION CARRIED
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Midnight Absent

Corporate Counsel passed out to the Committee the new changes made on the ordinances that were discussed on 4-30-13 meeting to be approved at Council 6-10-13. The following motion is making changes on Hazardous Dilapidated Motor Vehicle Ordinance, parking fines, other than handicapped and vehicle impoundment fees. The wording in our current ordinances needs changing in order to better suit us and to become compliance with the state laws. The motion made was for the number 1,2 and 5 on the agenda.

Moved by Alderman David McManus and Seconded by Alderman David Daughtery to make a motion taking action on the following; Hazardous Dilapidated Motor Vehicle Ordinance, parking fines, other than handicapped and on vehicle impounded fees;
MOTION CARRIED
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Midnight Absent


The agenda had up for discussion handicapped parking violations but was updated and passed on Ordinance 2012-17.


Chief Masse brought back discussion of Ordinance 70.1 wording from the last meeting bringing a sample ticket to discuss and make changes to accommodate our needs. The Committee felt the ticket changes are better than our existing one.

Chad Murray had informed the Committee # 6 on the agenda for discussion was already discussed in the 4-30-13 meeting


Modifying our liquor license ordinance was the next order of business Charlie Eichorn asked to speak to the Committee and explained his needs for a possible new business venture. He would like to open up an event center serving many different purposes and would like to see a liquor license change or be created to meet these needs. He asked for Sunday liquor sales to be considered saying we need to be competitive with our surrounding towns. We need to consider the future of our city Charlie told them and meet the challenges that face us; bringing in jobs and new business. Alderman Corzine asked the Committee what we can do to help Charlie out to make this event center happen. All present agreed we do need to revisit the language in our liquor ordinance or create special licenses in order to meet the changing needs.

Chad Murray brought to the Committee the Ordinance Paul Osborne has modified, it took our old state flood plain model using simply guidelines for us to follow making us more compliant. On April 24 Ordinance number 1989 -05 was passed and now out of date, the newly modified one will have more flexibility for our residents. Chad gave the ordinance to Alderman Daughtery look over.


Moved by Alderman David McManus and Seconded Charles Barfield to adjourn: Time 2:27
MOTION CARRIED:
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Midnight Absent






Date: Tuesday, April 30th, 2013
Time: 2:07 p.m.
Place: City Hall Council Chambers


Roll Call
Daughtery Present
Barfield Present
McManus Present
Midnight Present


Moved by Alderman David McManus and Seconded by Alderman Charles Barfield to approve the minutes of the previous meeting held September 21st, 2012 as presented:
MOTION CARRIED
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Midnight Yea

Chief Masse came before the Committee to discuss items or wording in our current ordinances that need changing in order to suit us better or to become the same state compliance laws.

Hazardous Dilapidated Motor Vehicle Ordinance is as follows; gets put on the list, 30 days later a letter sent to the registered owner, 30 days later towed. We ask to observe violation, send letter to registered owner and 10 days towed.

Parking fines other than handicapped should be at least $25.00 instead of the current $7.00. The state is $250. 00 for handicapped and going to $300.00 I recommend we do the same to be in compliance.

Questions about Ordinance 70.1 wording was brought up by Chief Masse asking if we could design a ticket with common violations listed where the officer checks the applicable box. Multi use would benefit all who issue tickets and the Clerk’s Office as well.


The City of Metropolis is not taking advantage of state law in vehicle impounding fees. Numerous cities and counties impose these fees. They would go into the general fund and generate extra revenue. He included examples from other cities for the Committee to look over.

Chad Murray and Chief Morris came before the Committee to seek clarification and guidance on current construction, development and safety codes. They gave examples of ordinance variations from building permits, site plans and occupancy. We as a city adopted the Life Safety Code which makes every new home built have sprinkle systems. We just need to know how to address the problems that arise when one ordinance tells one thing and is offset by another. What point do we issue a permit? When it is required was a few questions asked by Chad. Discussion was if the square footage does not change and do not alter the structure of the building is a building permit required. Single family versus a commercial multi family, going to a 3 phase meter or needing a water tap were also mentioned. Guidance was needed from the Committee to deal with these issues. They asked Chad to come back with his ideas and discuss this further. Jason felt we need to educate the people about our codes.

Chad also pointed out Paul Osborne has modified our old flood plain model using simply guidelines for us to follow making us more compliant.

Alderman Richard Corzine thought we should address the issues of nepotism.

Corporate Counsel felt we should modify our liquor ordinance and gave out a draft for the Committee to look over.

We also need to clarify wording in our ordinance referring to animals we are having issues on our ball park playing fields.



Moved by Alderman David McManus and Seconded Charles Barfield to adjourn: Time 3:45
MOTION CARRIED:
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Midnight Yea

















Date: Tuesday, September 18st, 2012
Time: 2:11p.m.
Place: City Hall Council Chambers


Roll Call
Daughtery Present
Barfield Present
McManus Present
Midnight Present


Moved by Alderman David McManus and Seconded by Alderman Robert Midnight to approve the minutes of the previous meeting held August 21st, 2012 as presented: MOTION CARRIED
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Midnight Yea


The Committee discussed doubling the utility deposit fees and shortening the length of sending out the late notices; they have asked Corporate Counsel to prepare a new Ordinance on this issue.


Chief Masse came before the Committee asking for an Ordinance stating our City parks have a curfew. We hope this will be able to cut down the on vandalism. Having the Ordinance in place will allow us to take action when someone is violating the law whether it’s arrests or tickets.

Moved by Alderman Robert Midnight and Seconded David McManus to recommend to the full Council to take action on an Ordinance setting enforceable curfews in the City of Metropolis parks;
MOTION CARRIED
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Midnight Yea

Alderman Daughtery asked about having an Ordinance to delegate how the MFT monies be shared, as of now we have a “Gentleman’s Agreement” to work out how the money is distributed for the good of the City.

Moved by Alderman Robert Midnight and Seconded David Daughtery to recommend to the full Council to take action on a Resolution pertaining to MFT monies per ward;
MOTION CARRIED
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Midnight Yea





Chief Masse was also asking that we become compliant with the state regulations and laws of the following motion. Corporate Counsel informed the Committee he took the current information and applied it to an Ordinance which allows us to be able to write tickets for recommend charges.

Moved by Alderman Robert Midnight and Seconded David McManus to recommend to the full Council to take action on an Ordinance amending regulations for handicapped parking and use of disability license plates, decals and devices;
MOTION CARRIED
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Midnight Yea

We are just using the state statue regulations on Fireworks and applying it to our Ordinance for our local guidelines.

Moved by Alderman David Daugherty and Seconded Charles Barfield to recommend to the full Council to take action on an Ordinance enforcing Firework safety;
MOTION CARRIED
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Midnight Yea



The Committee was in consensus on not regulating towing rates; they all felt we should not dictate free enterprise. Chief Masse stated our local companies post their charges and we have the authority to regulate what they charge according to that.


Moved by Alderman David Daughtery and Seconded Charles Barfield to adjourn:
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Midnight Yea


















Date: Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Place: City Hall Council Chambers


Roll Call
Daughtery Present
Barfield Present
McManus Present
Midnight Present


Moved by Alderman Charles Barfield and Seconded David McManus by to approve the minutes of the previous meeting held July31th, 2012 as presented: MOTION CARRIED
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Midnight Yea


The Committee met with Landlords voicing their concerns and opinions of an existing Ordinance making Landlords responsible for their own property if a tenant left the City will the utility bill. Many spoke but all coming to the same conclusions that they felt it was unfair and wanted the Council to repeal the Ordinance. Suggestions were given to raise the Cities electrical deposit and allowing the Landlords to have authority to inquire on accounts that live in their rental property. They asked that a shorter time be allotted before cutting off an account that has not paid. All the things they have suggested, the Committee is already considering and trying to work out.


Moved by Alderman David McManus and Seconded Robert Midnight to recommend to the full Council to take action to recommend to repeal any part of any Ordinance that holds owners of properties responsible for payment of all charges assessed that is not in their name;
MOTION CARRIED
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Midnight Yea




Moved by Alderman David Daughtery and Seconded Robert Midnight to adjourn:
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Midnight Yea















Date: Wednesday, July 31st, 2012
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Place: City Hall Council Chambers


Roll Call
Daughtery Present
Barfield Present
McManus Absent
Midnight Present


Moved by Alderman Robert Midnight and Seconded David Daughtery by to approve the minutes of the previous meeting held June 25th, 2012 as presented: MOTION CARRIED
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Absent
Midnight Yea


The Committee continued the discussion on the RA/MF Account. Corporate Counsel gave another rough draft for discussion. He also reminded the Committee of another ordinance they had passed years ago that allows the collection of the past sewer, water and garbage fees from the property owner. This is mainly for landlords when the tenant leaves the City with the electric bill.
The fees can be collected before the owners put another tenant in their rental homes or before they put the utilities back in their names. Electricity will not be a part of that collection. We still maintain water/sewer lines around all properties and pay our employees to keep it running correctly. The landlords are still collecting rent and the City is left with a light bill; this will allow us to collect a partial amount back when we start enforcing the Ordinance. Alderman Carrell asked how we handle the issue of one meter and two residents connected to that. They were told by Corporate Counsel this would be easy if we had water meters. Other options were suggested and mulled over. Everyone still not seeing eye to eye on everything but the fact, if you have water and sewer… pay for it. Garbage was discussed and all felt everyone should be charged for this service according to the contract with Bulldog and the City. Discussion of hiring a City Inspector to see if the properties meet the codes of the City; but hiring and insuring another full time employee was out of the question.


Discussion on the City Ordinance pertaining to towing was brought to the Committee from the First Reading at Council. Chief Harry Masse explained we need leeway and to make the Ordinance compliance with state laws on towing. This new ordinance will make it more user friendly and efficient. Discussion of making one standard fee was questioned in order to make it fair to all who need a tow. The consensus was how could we classify what is standard. Chief Masse made the comment there was not pricing mentioned in the existing ordinance.

Moved by Alderman Robert Midnight and Seconded Charles Barfield to recommend to the full Council to take action on an Ordinance pertaining to towing services;
MOTION CARRIED
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Absent
Midnight Yea
Corporate Counsel just reaffirmed the information on the ordinance about the gambling machines come September 1st, 2012. Those who may have the machines are clubs, bars and truck stops of certain square footage. The new language just allows a business operator who has pool tables to have gambling machines under one roof; as the old one states they can’t have both.

Moved by Alderman Robert Midnight and Seconded Charles Barfield to recommend to the full Council to take action on an Ordinance pertaining to amusement and gambling;
MOTION CARRIED
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Absent
Midnight Yea

Chris Johnston our Animal Control Officer came to the Committee asking for help with our animals. Corporate Counsel gave the Committee an Ordinance to discuss. One question was should we govern how many dogs each resident should own to help avoid the residents who own so many and neglect the upkeep of these animals. Corporate Counsel did say the state recommends we limit the number of animals per location that is not a kennel. Some made and agreed on the comment we must not penalize the people who are not breaking the law by caring for the pets. Chris suggested we find a way to register these animals to their owners and include rabies vaccination tag. Water for the animals was a great concern if the residents power/water was shut off for non pay; to let them be taken somewhere to provide water. Tickets issued to a resident 3 times for the same offence to lose the pet were discussed. Stopping a resident to obtain a pet after neglect was proven by Animal Control for a period of 12 months was also mentioned. All felt we have some good things to work with and will continue to work on the ordinance.

It was brought back up about whether to disclose the information on the personal finances of DC Ventures and Corporate Counsel said it was not private, to come by his office to review anything but didn’t feel that it was public knowledge to openly display this material. He added they trusted us with this personal information to receive a loan.

Moved by Alderman Charles Barfield and Seconded David Daughtery by to adjourn: TIME 3:38
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Absent
Midnight Yea












Date: Wednesday, June 25th, 2012
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Place: City Hall Council Chambers


Roll Call
Daughtery Absent
Barfield Present
McManus Present
Midnight Present


Moved by Alderman David McManus and Seconded by Robert Midnight to approve the minutes of the previous meeting held May 30th, 2012 as presented: MOTION CARRIED
Daughtery Absent
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Midnight Yea


The Committee continued the discussion to come up with an Ordinance on the RA/MF Account on the electric bill. Corporate Counsel gave a rough draft to look over from the discussion of the last meeting. There were a few changes to be made before the final vote at Council.

Discussion on the City Ordinance revisions for Vehicle Code violations were brought to the Committee from Chief Harry Masse. The state is raising the fine up to $300.00 and has asked that we raise ours according to the new law. Corporate Counsel said the governor has not signed the bill yet but agree when the bill goes into effect we need to redo our ordinance to meet the new language. We also need to have new tickets printed for the Metropolis City Police Department when the ordinance is passed. All the Committee present agreed we need to raise our fee for the fine for parking in a handicapped parking area to the new fine charges.
When the law is passed we will examine our fines against the new law in all categories.


The bonus for the non-bargaining employees was discussed again with mixed feelings but the conclusion was they will not receive the boat bonus in back pay in the current budget. The budget ends June 30th, 2012. There has been past motions to pay the employees but an Ordinance supersedes a motion.

The gambling machines come September 1st, 2012 can be in a building owning a vendor liquor license with the City and have 5 machines per license. Those who may have the machines are clubs, bars and truck stops of certain square footage. The City will get a tax from the machines.


Moved by Alderman David McManus and Seconded by Charles Barfield to adjourn: TIME 2:03
Daughtery Absent
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Midnight Yea


















Date: Wednesday, May 9nd, 2012
Time: 1:03 p.m.
Place: City Hall Council Chambers


Roll Call
Daughtery Present
Barfield Present
McManus Present
Midnight Present


Moved by Alderman David McManus and Seconded by Robert Midnight to approve the minutes of the previous meeting held May 2nd, 2012 as presented: MOTION CARRIED
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Midnight Yea

The Committee met to come up with an answer on the RA/MF Account on the electric bill that was passed on March 26th, 2012 Ordinance 2012-02. After several ideas were given and discussed in great lengths on how to handle this they came to conclusion we still need a fee of some sort whether it be electric, water, sewer or garage separated on a bill according to what the property owner has. There also needs to be a kilowatt range to determined to know if they are a full service account. They did acknowledge someone has to pay for the electricity used when the bills are not paid or we have to find ways to come up with the money. There was no decision made today but all agreed another meeting was necessary to solve the issue and work out the details.



Moved by Alderman Robert Midnight and Seconded by Alderman David McManus to recommend to the full Council to take action on the City Clerk’s collection on repair accounts and repeal the existing parts of Ordinance 2012-02;
MOTION CARRIED:
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Midnight Yea


Moved by Alderman David Daughtery and Seconded by David McManus to adjourn: TIME 2:37
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Midnight Yea




















Date: Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Place: City Hall Council Chambers


Roll Call
Daughtery Present
Barfield Present
McManus Present
Midnight Present


Moved by Alderman David McManus and Seconded by William Carrell to approve the minutes of the previous meeting held January 17th, 2012 as presented: MOTION CARRIED
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Midnight Yea


The City Clerk asked to be able to read a letter before the discussion of the Ordinance changes to be made. The letter explained the fee and why it was generated in the first place, each Committee member was given a sheet showing the revenue it fee would have brought in over one year’s time. The request from the Clerk’s office was to ask when they revisit this motion to come up with a solution, to keep a fee on these types of accounts to recoup the money the City is out. We need to also come up with a solution to make landlords responsible for their properties with past due balances from renters who leave with City hanging with an electric bill. Someone has to pay for the electricity used when the bills are not paid or we have to find ways to come up with the money. Seeing electric bills come in on these types of accounts only generating 75 cents base fee to cover the costs of our meter reader, billing person and the mailing costs, made us take a look at the way we are doing things.

Bill Ed Souders and Jerry Mohr came before the Committee and asked to speak on the Repair Account/Maintenance Fee Ordinance. They felt the fee was too high for empty storage or rental property. When asked by the City Clerk what they felt a fair price was, they didn’t know, just expressed this was too high. They were explained; a Repair Account/Maintenance Fee is an account not charged for non metered services. When these homes are on a RA/MF account status with access to water and sewer services we do the following items for you at no charge during working hours; turn off water for any reason, if you turn your water valve on or off yourself and break the valve we fix it; if your sewer is stopped up and it’s on the City, we come check and/ or clean the City main; when a meter breaks or becomes damaged in any way we provide you a new one. All these services we offer have a cost to the City and we are trying to recoup a portion of this back considering we are in a budget crunch. The cost of an employee servicing any one of these customer accounts is far greater than the fee the repair accounts had been pulling in; the base fee is .75 for electric.

The Committee went over the new existing Ordinance and voted to take action and felt we need to call an Ordinance Meeting next week to work out all the details.


Moved by Alderman David McManus and Seconded by Alderman David Daughtery to recommend to the full Council to take action to suspend the rules on the Repair Account status;
MOTION CARRIED:
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Midnight Yea


The motion to take action on remove/discontinue insurance benefits for elected officials at the end of his/her term it to be brought back at a later date per Alderman Mizell

The motion to action take on an agreement with Brookport for the use of the Metropolis Animal Facility is tabled at this time

The Mayor stated we are not going to pick up Brookport’s dogs but we will let them use one side of our pens. The City and County share responsibility and have a good working relationship at our Animal Facility. The Mayor added would have to feed, house the dogs and have the materials and ability if we need to euthanize them for any reason. Alderman McManus asked if the City pays for the County dog food and was told yes but we trade services with them. Chris Johnston our Animal Facility care taker came before the Committee with concerns to let just anyone come to the pound because of the drugs we keep there and they are in his name. Judy Askew, the Mayor of Brookport called us for help and I feel we should be good stewards to our neighbors if we can the Mayor said. Alderman Midnight felt if we will not allow Chris to pick the dogs then this is between the County and Brookport how they work it out. It was the consensus of all that Brookport needs to pay for the costs the City is out handling their dogs. We charge a fee of $10.00 per day for a dog and try to adopt out as many as we can with the Humane Society or Project Hope Chris told the Committee; and added, the standard vet bill runs us around $40.00. We would need authority from Brookport if we adopt out their dogs or if sick and need to be put down. There needs to be a 3 way intergovernmental agreement. We need to define; cost for Brookport, what they want or what they want us to do and last hold us harmless.

The Mayor again told information about the FOIA Seminar he and Alderman Midnight went to at Rend Lake 3 weeks ago. They have a register to be put on the agenda and the topic of discussion and a limit on how long a citizen can speak, from 3 to 5 minutes. He said we are only putting this Ordinance into place to protect ourselves and our citizens. The Mayor added we have not had any problems in the past but it would cut down on time per citizen giving everyone a chance to speak. Corporate Counsel commented if a group of citizens come to address one particular subject a single speaker could represent them or we could limit the items one citizen wants to speak Council meeting. We just need to have a few guidelines and have the ordinance in place to refer to if any problems arise. Alderman Corzine asked if that was not the same as a gag order, are we not limiting our citizens to what they can say. They have the right to address us with anything and to be heard. Alderman Midnight said we are protecting the public from any filibustering. Alderman McManus said he agreed with the time restriction limit but not the subject right to be heard. The City has a right to have reasonable rules and keep meetings manageable Corporate Counsel stated.

Moved by Alderman David Daughtery and Seconded by Alderman Robert Midnight to recommend to the full Council to take action on Ordinance pertaining to procedures for Citizens Request;
MOTION CARRIED:
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Midnight Yea

Alderman Corzine wanted to bring up the sign at First Baptist Church on 6th Street since they have moved to their new location and vacating the property. What are we going to do because they had special permission to place the sign where it is located? Discussion of the new land owners to apply for a sign permit and it would not meet the requirements from Mapping and Zoning.

Moved by Alderman David Daughtery and Seconded by David McManus to adjourn: TIME 3:07
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Midnight Yea










Date: Tuesday, January 17th, 2012
Time: 2:10 p.m.
Place: City Hall Council Chambers


Roll Call
Daughtery Present
Barfield Present
McManus Present
Midnight Present


Moved by Alderman David McManus and Seconded by Charles Barfield to approve the minutes of the previous meeting held 11-22-11 and 12-14-2011 as presented: MOTION CARRIED
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Midnight Yea


The Committee went over the Noise Ordinance draft and felt it was needed. We only have a Disorderly Conduct Ordinance that is identical to our state criminal statue. It is based on more than noise; it defines issues more than noise more of a fight and should involve a bigger group. This would give the Police Department more authority if passed. They wrote tickets last week to a local business after warnings were given because of continuing noise.


Moved by Alderman Robert Midnight and Seconded by Alderman David McManus to recommend to the full Council to take action to adopt an ORDINANCES AMENDING TITLE XIII GENERAL OFFENSES, CHAPTER 132, OFFENSES AGAINST PUBLIC ORDER OF THE CODE OF METROPOLIS;
MOTION CARRIED:
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Midnight Yea


Alderman Jerry Mizell wanted to discuss the issue of Alderman having insurance. He felt the City discussing layoffs and making budget cuts the Alderman should think about giving up their health insurance. A few of the Alderman thought it should be a volunteer decision now that we have changed insurance companies. Blue Cross and Blue Shield our prior carrier made it mandatory to take the City insurance: Mutual Medical dropped that clause. Another idea was to make anyone at the age of 65 go with Medicare as their main source of insurance and some thought just the Alderman could take the insurance and leave dependents off. Several possibilities were discussed and will bring back up in a later meeting.


Properties with fire damage were discussed and the time frame for
Clean- up. When the property is a total loss it’s a 15 day condemned. This is sent out after giving the property owner time to contact their insurance company and allowing the adjusters to settle. When the property owner has no insurance we give a 7 day notices both by Ordinances. Abatements will be sent if debris is an issue. Alderman Daughtery asked if a dumpster is required and was told no. He informed of a home using our alleys and our regular trash pickup to dispense of things. Alderman Carrell stated Bill Parish provides trash pickup services. Mayor McDaniel commented that Bulldog will pick up some but is not required; they did assist us by picking up more during our ice storm and flood. Alderman Mizell informed everyone the Abatement Officer has talked to them giving 30 days to clean the property. Alderman Mizell questioned the intent of Willy Jacks since the fire, and was informed by Corporate Counsel he was working on that trying to speak to Becky Lagore to see her intentions for the building. Darren Tockstien and Corey Bowman have been told they are in a TIFF and Enterprise Zone but the amount of insurance they had on the building is uncertain.


Moved by Alderman David Daughtery and Seconded by David McManus to adjourn: TIME 2:42
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Midnight Yea






Date: Wednesday, December 14th, 2011
Place: City Hall Council Chambers

Due to absenteeism there was no quorum but items were discussed.


The Simplified Municipal Telecommunications Tax Rate Change Ordinance was discussed and everyone agreed to take our 1% tax rate and bring it up to 6% the maximum allowed by the State of Illinois to charge. Brookport and Joppa have already taken advantage of this tax rate. They all felt the extra revenue we would collect by the increase is another way to save jobs. There was not a quorum at the time when this was discussed the consensus of those present was to take it before the Council.

The Committee discussed if we are going to have an Advisory Council or let the existing Insurance Committee handle the issues. Either way we still can have a recommendation to the Council to have the final decision.

The Committee present decided we need a motion to allow Chad Murray with Mapping and Zoning to experiment the Teardrop Flag program

Chad Murray with Mapping and Zoning came before the Committee to inform them he had spoke with Stacy Watson about the Teardrop Flags, and she has several business interested. We would not need to modify the Ordinance we have now if they attached the flags to their buildings, only if we put them in a sleeve in the City sidewalks. Chad will keep the Committee informed when the business decide how they are going to the flags. Downtown is zoned a C-3 and uptown a C-2.



















Date: Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011
Time: 2:40 p.m.
Place: City Hall Council Chambers


Roll Call
Daughtery Present
Barfield Present
McManus Present
Midnight Present

Moved by Alderman David McManus and Seconded by Robert Midnight to approve the minutes of the previous meeting held 09-07-2011 as presented: MOTION CARRIED
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Midnight Yea



The Committee discussed the maximum time allowed for the Absenteeism Ordinance; the time was between 132 days -6 months or 198 days -9 months. The consensus of the Committee was 198 (9 months).





Moved by Alderman David Daughtery and Seconded by Alderman David McManus to recommend to the full Council to take action to adopt an Ordinance adopting a policy on Maximum Absenteeism;
MOTION CARRIED:
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Midnight Yea


Moved by Alderman David Daughtery and Seconded by Alderman Robert Midnight to recommend to the full Council to take action to adopt an Ordinance Amending Medical Leave Act Policy;
MOTION CARRIED:
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Nay
Midnight Yea

Moved by Alderman David Daughtery and Seconded by Charles Barfield to adjourn: TIME 3:00
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Midnight Yea

















Date: Thursday, September 7th, 2011
Time: 1:57 p.m.
Place: City Hall Council Chambers


Roll Call
Daughtery Present
Barfield Present
McManus Present
Midnight Present

Moved by Alderman Robert Midnight and Seconded by Charles Barfield to approve the minutes of the previous meeting held 07-07-2011 as presented: MOTION CARRIED
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Midnight Yea


Moved by Alderman David Daughtery and Seconded by Alderman Robert Midnight to recommend to the full Council to take action Nuisance Ordinance;
MOTION CARRIED:
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Midnight Yea

The standard abatement process is as follows:
John will give a notice, then he will check and determine if the property owner has complied, if not then he will turn it over to the City for mowing or debris removal; after the abatement occurs, the City provides the cost information. Notice of lien is prepared and recorded at the Court House, attaching the new ordinance, serving the person on the last tax bill by certified mail, within one year after the cleanup is done; the lien is good 2 years after it is recorded. When the property is abandoned for 90 days the City will make a good faith effort to find the owner of taxed property; notice will be recorded as before. The City will wait till the bank has foreclosed; we do not have to be present at the sheriff’s sale, but will get our money for the lien at the confirmation hearing. This is held to approve the sale and before the Sheriff’s deed is granted. This ordinance will allow the City to get some of their money back. Ordinarily foreclosure would wipe out all other liens. This new ordinances gives us some protection. We will have to document the abandon properties; if not we are just mowing. This just gives us more documentation even if we are still cleaning the property. We also have to give the bank 30 days notice before the property can be abated by the City. We can continue to write tickets; until a judge awards the property to the bank, the property holders are still the owner and responsible. Corporate Counsel added bankruptcy doesn’t affect abatement; we can still write tickets on the property.


Liquor by the drink ordinance was discussed and changes made before taking to full Council. Seating went from 75 minimum to 50. Alderman David McManus noted C-3 in the new ordinance might hurt the local clubs. The mayor stated this was not instrumented for Sunday afternoon drinking rather for restaurants and new restaurant business prospects. The hours were as follows Saturday “Last Call” shall occur at 12:30 a.m. and close 1:00 a.m. Sunday “Last Call” 10:30 p.m. closing at 11:00 p.m. The mayor also noted economics will regulate hours for each individual business. Corporate Counsel added we might need to look at the existing ordinance to see if changes need to be made.


Alderman Robert Midnight stated he wanted to see Budget Billing in place by October.



Moved by Alderman David Daughtery and Seconded by Robert Midnight to adjourn: TIME 2:56
Daughtery Present
Barfield Present
McManus Present
Midnight Present












Date: Thursday, July 7st, 2011
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Place: City Hall Council Chambers


Roll Call
Daughtery Present
Barfield Present
McManus Present
Midnight Present

Moved by Alderman David Daughtery and Seconded by David McManus to approve the minutes of the previous meeting held 06-1-2011 as presented: MOTION CARRIED
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Midnight Yea



No motions were made from this meeting to take to full Council but all items were discussed on the agenda. Corporate Counsel passed out information to the Committee concerning the Sunday liquor sales.

Zoning met and Gene will come back to work on maps one day with Chad and then work with the Council on new development ideas. Mr. Norber will be here July 18th and 19th. The Committee talked about manufactured homes whether we make a designated area and make a district to themselves or on an overlay with some of these homes already existing in areas. Also there could be a few areas designed for these homes with a certain amount of acreage involved. The Council also said we need to clarify how we would handle manufactured homes used for a short time for storage space or offices. They asked about making a time limit for such use of these manufactured homes.

Attorney Scott Bergthold sent a questionnaire to Chad, Gene and Rick to fill out on zoning sexually oriented business in our area.

Business and resident owners on U.S. 45 and Pullen Road all want City water. They also want to know time and cost of this if they annexed in. What services they would get and what their new property taxes cost. Corporate Counsel told the Committee after the flood more of the residents have been interested in annexing. They also would get Fire and Police protection if they come in which they all liked. A few residents mentioned a break on their taxes until the City services are fulfilled. The Committee agreed to work with this request.

Sunday liquor by the drink was discussed and Alderman McManus stated he was shocked we have not been challenged yet about the liquor laws on Sunday since Harrahs was allowed to serve alcohol. Rick explained the Riverboat was not using the City laws on this they are using the guidelines of the State for the boat and for the land partition they followed the City’s Ordinance. Corporate Counsel says he understands our community and how they feel on the issue of Sunday alcohol sales but will draft something up for the Committee to read and get a copy of our neighboring City, Paducah’s laws on Sunday sales. Alderman Kim Brown questioned if the Council has the right to pass this without putting it on a ballot. Alderman Corzine said he would like to poll the people to see how they feel in his ward. Alderman David Daughtery stands strong with the idea of only in a controlled environment for liquor sales.
Corey Bowman representing Willy Jak’s came before the Committee to support the sale of alcohol on Sunday. He stated a struggling business would benefit from the extra revenue and allow him to employ more people with this new law. He felt everyone around would benefit from this with the economy the way it is right now. The Alderman all stated they would like to see something in writing before making a final decision.

Alderman Richard Corzine asked about a public intoxication ordinance and will this be the next issue. Rick acknowledged to him the City has and follows a disorderly conduct ordinance law only.


Moved by Alderman David Daughtery and Seconded by David McManus to adjourn:
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
McManus Yea
Midnight Yea


















Date: Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011
Time: 1:15 p.m.
Place: City Hall Council Chambers
Roll Call
Daughtery Present
Barfield Present
Anderson Present
Midnight Present

Moved by Alderman Robert Midnight and seconded by Charles Barfield to approve the minutes of the previous meeting held 03-19-2011 as presented: MOTION CARRIED
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
Anderson Yea
Midnight Yea



Chairman Alderman David Daugherty opened the meeting by asking if anyone wanted to speak. Tommy Reed took the floor after handing out a letter from Tim Lawson and another example sheet. Tommy again told the Committee he felt the PLA would not benefit most of the local workers in Metropolis. Several citizens came to show support. He stated he thought 85% of the local workers in the area were non-union and this PLA would effect on how they bid jobs. Tommy again asked the Committee to take a second look at the PLA bringing it back to the Committee to make changes. Corporate Counsel Rick Abell addressed the citizens trying to explain the PLA Ordinance only affects you IF you bid a City job, it keeps the bids on a level playing field and competitive for contractors. The PLA is not for residential or private jobs. Several of the citizens didn’t realize this until the PLA was explained in great detail to them. After this, several citizens left, acknowledging that the ordinance did not affect their businesses. Attorney Rick Abell explained that this Ordinance would prevent companies like Shaw (that are working at Honeywell) from under bidding local or Illinois contractors on projects paid for with city tax dollars. Attorney Rick Abell explained that this ordinance will only affect the large projects such as sewer, water, street and electric which the city bids. He explained that the projects rarely are less than $500,000.00 to $750.000.00 and are usually in excess of $1,000,000.00 dollars. Corporate Counsel noted that the only local contractors that have ever bid such jobs are J.M. Walters and N&N Plumbing; neither of which was present. Tommy Reed stated that his company is composed of “inside wireman” who doesn’t perform this type of work.



Mike Souders apologized to the Committee stating that the Ordinance was not at all what he had been told it was. Mike also expressing his concerns for private development; however after finding out it was not for residential or private contractors, he thanked the Committee for the time and said his business would not be affected. Tommy Gentry also had similar feelings when he thought it was also including private jobs. He later stated that this would not affect his business.

Orville Bailey stated he thought the PLA was going to hurt his bids and offered ideas to the Committee. Orville suggested a clause allowing using 5 permits of his workers first then use 5 of the union’s men. Attorney Abell said to Orville that was not the City’s decision and he needed to go to the union and work something out. The City only wanted to make the wages and bids competitive and by making the PLA an Ordinance this will happen. Attorney Rick Abell told the citizens we really have not had enough time to see if the PLA works for the City.

Charles Eichorn raised his hand and asked, “Who does the PLA benefit and what is the City trying to accomplish by passing the ordinance? “ Attorney Rick Abell repeated the same reasons why this is a good ordinance for the City and the jobs needing bids.

Mayor Billy McDaniel told the citizens “At no time was private or residential work ever mentioned to be put into the PLA Ordinance. “ Mayor McDaniel also told the contractors that the City has went beyond the call of duty to use local contractors who did not meet all the legal requirements for bidding.

Alderman David Daughtery had to ask that we keep this a gentleman’s conversation and thanked all of them for sharing their concern but had to move on with the meeting.


No motions were made at this time concerning the PLA Ordinance.

No actions were taken on the signage for 12th street.


Moved by Alderman David Daughtery and seconded by Robert Midnight to adjourn:
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
Anderson Yea
Midnight Yea












Date: Wednesday, January 19th, 2011
Time: 1:55 p.m.
Place: City Hall Council Chambers

Present:
Alderpersons William Carrell, David McManus, Charles Barfield, Robert Midnight, Nathan Anderson, Kim Brown and David Daughtery. Also present Mayor Billy McDaniel, City Clerk Jan Adams, Corporate Counsel Rick Abell and Michele Longworth
Roll Call
Daughtery Present
Barfield Present
Anderson Present
Midnight Present

Moved by Alderman Robert Midnight and seconded by Charles Barfield to approve the minutes of the previous meeting held 12-08-2010 as presented: MOTION CARRIED
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
Anderson Yea
Midnight Yea


Corporate Council continued to discuss the PLA Ordinance with the committee. Questions and concerns were answered by Attorney Rick Abell about the differences of City Rule vs State Rule. No action taken at this time.


ADULT BUSINESS
Corporate Counsel Rick Abell and the committee continue to go over the Ordinance that has been drafted for sexually oriented business within the city. Attorney Rick Abell took notes on the concerns and issues regarding this to present to Attorney Scott Bergthold with a law firm out of Tennessee that deals with adult entertainment.

Moved by Alderman David Daughtery and seconded by Robert Midnight to adjourn:
Daughtery Yea
Barfield Yea
Anderson Yea
Midnight Yea






Date: Wednesday, December 8th 2010
Time: 2:00 (2:16) p.m.
Place: City Hall Council Chambers

Present:
Alderpersons Jerry Mizell, William Carrell, David McManus, Charles Barfield, Robert Midnight, Nathan Anderson with Kim Brown and David Daughtery absent. Also present Mayor Billy McDaniel, City Clerk Brenda Westbrooks, Attorney Rick Abell, Jan Adams, Channel 3 news media, Penny Emery, Tera Temple

Roll Call
Daughtery Absent
Barfield Present
Anderson Present
Midnight Present

Moved by Alderman Charles Barfield and Seconded by Nathan Anderson to approve the minutes of the previous meeting held 11-17-2010 as presented: MOTION CARRIED
Daughtery Absent
Barfield Yea
Anderson Yea
Midnight Yea





PLA Ordinance
Rick gave the committee a draft ordinance to review and the following changes were made:
Page 1, #1 $25,000.00 to $50,000.00
Page 1, #2 $350,000.00 to be added

Moved by Alderman Robert Midnight and Seconded by Charles Barfield to recommend to the full Council to place PLA Ordinance on first reading at next Council Meeting: MOTION CARRIED
Daughtery Absent
Barfield Present
Anderson Nay
Midnight Present


ADULT BUSINESS
Attorney Rick Abell said we have hired Attorney Scott Bergthold with a law firm out of Tennessee that deals with adult entertainment.
He will be working with us regarding Place, Time and Manor in order to regulate these types of business. We may be meeting with Mr. Bergthold by the end of the month. The firm’s basic fee is $4,000.00


Number of Liquor License
Discussed changing the # of liquor licenses available, but the committee felt it might hinder a restaurant or other business coming to town. No action taken



Alley’s in Fairmount
The committee has been discussing possibility of vacating allies in Fairmount. A map was given to all to show the allies along with the steps to vacate and right of way
Alderman Robert Midnight had to leave 3:12
The committee went over the maps and discussed to vacate the North and leave the South half alone. The councilmen were asked to go out and take another look at this area and review their findings.
Attorney Rick Abell also mentioned that a charge for vacating allies and streets could be set if the council wished to do so.


Moved by Alderman Charles Barfield and Seconded by Nathan Anderson to adjourn: TIME 3:20
Daughtery Absent
Barfield Present
Anderson Present
Midnight Present













DATE: Wednesday, November 17, 2010
TIME: 2:00 p.m. (2:13 p.m.)
PLACE: City Hall Council Chambers

PRESENT:
Alderpersons; David Daugherty, Charles Barfield, Nathan Anderson, Robert Midnight, Jerry Mizell, David McManus and William Carrell with Alderwoman Kim Brown absent. Also present were Mayor Billy McDaniel, Corporate Counsel Rick Abell, City Clerk Brenda Westbrooks, Joe Matesevac, Mr. & Mrs. Don Snodgrass, Tera Temple from the Planet and Channel 6 News Media.

ROLL CALL
Daugherty Present
Barfield Present
Anderson Present
Midnight Present

Moved by Alderman Robert Midnight and Second by Alderman Nathan Anderson to approve the minutes of the previous meeting held on September 29, 2010 as presented: MOTION CARRIED
Daugherty Yea
Barfield Yea
Anderson Yea
Midnight Yea




Recommendations for Draft PLA Ordinance
Attorney Rick Abell passed out what he referred to as a very rough draft of a PLA (project labor agreement). He asked the Councilmen to take it, review it, mark it up and be ready to discuss it at another meeting.
Copy attached to these minutes.

Internet Usage Policy and Security Software
It seems that some sites are being visited that shouldn’t be and Tom Swinford who is our IT person said we have software to help protect against this but we probably need to step it up. He has provided a quote for some security software in the amount of $5,758.89. Mr. Abell said we will need 3 connection points. He said that Tom said he would be glad to come and talk with the Council on this if they need him too.
Mr. Abell gave the Council a draft of an Internet Usage Policy to review and consider approving.

Moved by Alderman David Daugherty and Second by Alderman Charles Barfield to recommend to the full Council to approve both the Internet and E-mail Usage Policy and the software purchase agreement with Kemper Technology Consulting with a 2 year service agreement:
MOTION CARRIED
Daugherty Yea
Barfield Yea
Anderson Yea
Midnight Yea


Adult Use Ordinance
Mr. Abell said that Adult Usage is a complicated area by law. He said the good news is that the City did adopt an ordinance in 1993 that regulates conduct but you have to consider secondary effects as well. We can enforce conduct regulations with the 1993 Ordinance but they didn’t make any finding in that ordinance and they should have.
It seems that later in1999 another ordinance was drafted and it does have findings but it was never passed. Mr. Abell said he knows the former Mayor is saying she passed one during her term but that one was never passed.
Alderman Carrell said he remembers and the threat of a business of that nature coming went away so the ordinance just disappeared as well.
Mr. Abell said to adopt an ordinance takes time and a public hearing will have to be held and Penny Emery has been trying for some time to get enough members of the Planning & Zoning Board together to have a meeting and he can’t get 6 of the 14 members to meet on one date.
Mr. Abell said he believes we can take the 1993 Ordinance and beef it up, add regulations to it and it will stand. He said we can’t stop the business from coming here but we can regulate it.
Everyone was in agreement that they should make the needed additions to the 1993 Ordinance and that they need to get the new Zoning Ordinance passed as soon as possible.
Alderman Anderson found where there is a bill hanging out here by Representative Black, that if passed would take care of this kind of thing in the future.
Mr. & Mrs. Don Snodgrass were in the audience and evidently he had his hand raised but the Committee Chairman didn’t see it from the way he was sitting so he became very upset and left the meeting but before doing so he told the Committee they were acting like Administrators and not elected officials and that the City issued a liquor license that they shouldn’t have.
Mr. Abell tried to explain to Mr. Snodgrass but they stormed out of the room.
Mr. Abell went on to say that it is not true, that the City had no choice but to issue the liquor license. You can’t legally keep a business from coming into town and if they fill out a liquor license application and meet all the requirements a license has to be issued. He understands the frustration of the people but perhaps they don’t understand that the Mayor and Council are frustrated too. They don’t want the business her but do have to follow the law whether they like it or not.
Mayor McDaniel said it literally made him sick that the business is coming here and he told the gentleman that to his face that we don’t want his business here and that he won’t be at any ribbon cutting.
Mr. Abell said we have to follow the law and we can make them follow the law as well and he will work on the 1993 Ordinance as fast as he can.
Alderman Carrell added that not only are our hands tied but the
Police as well. Nothing can be done until they violate the ordinance or break the law.


Moved by Alderman Robert Midnight and Second by Alderman Charles Barfield to adjourn: MOTION CARRIED – TIME: 3:08 P.M.
Daugherty Yea
Barfield Yea
Anderson Yea
Midnight Yea








DATE: Wednesday, September 29, 2010
TIME: 2:00 p.m. (2:26 p.m.)
PLACE: City Hall Council Chambers

PRESENT:
Alderpersons David Daugherty, Charles Barfield, Nathan Anderson, Robert Midnight, Kimberly Brown, Jerry Mizell, David McManus and William Carrell along with Mayor Billy McDaniel, CFO Patricia Suttles, City Clerk Brenda Westbrooks, Attorney Rick Abell and representatives from IMEA; “Doc” Mueller, Mike Gina and Rodd Whelpley.

ROLL CALL
Daugherty Present
Barfield Present
Anderson Present
Midnight Present

Moved by Alderman Robert Midnight and Second by Alderman Nathan Anderson to approve the minutes of the previous meeting held on March 10, 2010 as presented: MOTION CARRIED
Daugherty Yea
Barfield Yea
Anderson Yea
Midnight Yea



Hiring Practices
Alderman David McManus had this put on today’s agenda so he could suggest that the Council do all hiring accept that of Police Chief, Fire Chief, Street Superintendent, Light Superintendent and other appointments such as those.
Attorney Rick Abell said that the Council has no authority under our form of Government to do anything but advise and consent.
Mr. McManus said ok, he just threw it out there to see what everyone thought.


Budget Billing
City Clerk Brenda Westbrooks told the Committee that her office is working on this. They are working with Encode, on the software and have contacted another Municipality that uses the same software and is doing budget billing. She and some of the girls in her office are to go there on the 19th of October to see just how the program works. They hope to be able to put some regulations for it together at that point and then get the program started.
No action at this time.

Hot Weather Termination Policy
Attorney Rick Abell prepared a policy for the Councilpersons to review. Alderman Midnight said it looks like all the Council really needs to do at this point is to set a temperature.
After some discussion it was determined to not cut in temperatures over 90 degrees.
Mr. Abell had to leave the meeting earlier so was not present for this discussion. The Councilpersons basically said that the Clerk and The Attorney probably just need to get together and bring back to them what they feels needs to be in the policy.

“Doc” Mueller, Mike Gina and Rodd Whelpley who are all with IMEA were in the area and came by to say hello to Mr. Abell and was in the meeting for a few minutes. Mr. Mueller did comment briefly on the energy efficient light funds from IMEA. He said the City has received $20,000 for the next 3 years and are well on the way to use their portion for this year. He did say that it could be used to replace equipment as well.

Not on Agenda but briefly discussed:

Mayor McDaniel said that he has received a call from a tower company regarding a possible tower agreement.
Alderman Midnight said he believes the towers are tied up in the agreement with Utility Services although he said he believes some communities make a lot of money with such agreements.
Mayor said he would pull the contract and see if there is anything the City can do regarding tower agreement.

Alderman Barfield said he was shocked that it was his niece that the Police Chief hired last Council Meeting and wanted to know if anyone present was aware that she was his niece that he didn’t know until he received a call after the meeting.
The Mayor, Nathan Anderson and possible a couple more said they knew she was his niece.
The Mayor did say that he told Mr. Worthen that it is his decision to make and that sometimes it works out hiring relatives and sometime not but again that was his decision.
Alderman Anderson said he didn’t think anything of it since we have a lot of relatives working for the City in one department or another and have for years.
Alderman Midnight did ask if it would be a problem since she is related and would be working directly under him.
It was thought that might need to be researched.

Moved by Alderman David Daugherty and Second by Alderman Robert Midnight to adjourn: MOTION CARRIED – TIME: 3:07 P.M.
Daugherty Yea
Barfield Yea
Anderson Yea
Midnight Yea










DATE: Wednesday, March 10, 2010
TIME: 1:30 p.m.
PLACE: City Hall Council Chambers

PRESENT:
Aldermen David Daugherty, Charles Barfield, Nathan Anderson, Robert Midnight, Kimberly Brown, Jerry Mizell, David McManus and William Carrell, along with Mayor Billy McDaniel, Corporate Counsel Rick Abell, City Clerk Brenda Westbrooks, Penny Emery with Mapping & Zoning, Steve Vantreese and Tera Temple from the media.

ROLL CALL
Daugherty Present
Barfield Present
Anderson Present
Midnight Present


Moved by Alderman Charles Barfield and Second by Alderman Robert Midnight to approve the minutes of the previous meeting held on February 16, 2010 as presented: MOTION CARRIED
Daugherty Yea
Barfield Yea
Anderson Yea
Midnight Yea


New Boundary and Ward Maps
Penny Emery provided copies of the new boundary and ward maps showing the newest changes. The newest annexation was that of Richard Mathis on East 12th Street by the City’s Public Works property.
Mr. Rick Abell said that we may be having more annexations in the future that Richard gave some property to his sons and they maybe bringing them into the City later.
Alderman Nathan Anderson asked about the possibility of forcing Mr. Forest Denis to annex in on Barger Drive and anyone else that is still out and can come in.
Mr. Abell said you can make them but we have tried to do it on a voluntary basis but if that is what the Council wants it can be done.
Penny Emery was asked to show the railroad tracks on the maps and he said he would.

Moved by Alderman Robert Midnight and Second by Alderman Charles Barfield to recommend to the full Council to approve boundary and ward maps as presented by Penny Emery: MOTION CARRIED
Daugherty Yea
Barfield Yea
Anderson Yea
Midnight Yea

Address numbers on all dwellings & businesses
Penny Emery discussed with the Committee the possibility of mandating numbers be placed and visible on all residents and dwellings. He said it would benefit not only the utility companies, Police, Fire and Ambulance Services but the mail delivery as well. He said he felt it was a safety issue.
Alderman Jerry Mizell said this was brought up before and Mayor McDaniel said yes it was and the Fire Chief was to look into a possible grant to do this and there wasn’t one at the time. He said he was going to talk with the Fire Chief and see if there are any available grants out there now. He said he would also talk with 911 Director Keith Davis.
Everyone recognized the need for visible numbers on all dwellings and feel they should look into possible grant funds to do it.

Proposals for Trash Services
Mr. Rick Abell said we have had a lot of confusion regarding bids versus proposals so he tried to clarify the issue.
Mr. Abell said in the first place it is hard to bid out garbage contracts because so much goes into them, but the fact is that garbage contracts are not a part of the bidding law.
Mr. Abell said that whether it is legal for the City to contract out for commercial pickup has been questioned as well. He said that the City contracted both residential and commercial pickups until this last contract and we can seek and award proposals with no problem. He said that the law that was quoted was only part of the law and he read from the Illinois Code that you cannot seek proposals on commercial if you have never done it before and the City has done commercial pickup in the past.
Mr. Abell said that in Bulldog’s new proposal they are willing to pay for carts going forward without billing the customers that it is built in their contract and that they will all be city carts but Bulldog will pay for them, maintain them and replace them as needed.
Their new rate structure proposed for residential is as follows:
1st year 2nd year 3rd year 4th year 5th year
$9.65 $10.70 $11.75 $12.30 $12.85

Mr. Abell said their present contract expires the end of May and the new rates would take effect June 1st.
Mr. Abell was asked if the rates could be raised say to $11.25 the first year then froze for the duration of the contract.
Mr. Abell said he could check on it and figure it both ways depending on which the Council wishes to approve.
Alderman William Carrell said that he wants to see us keep the transfer station and to do that, we have to have everyone using it and it is not being used by everyone. He said we want to keep rates as affordable as possible.
Rick Abell added that Bulldog’s has two Massac County people working at the transfer station and 3 Massac County residents working on the garbage trucks.
CWI’s general manger was present and he asked to speak. He said that the City’s float control and ordinances requiring everything picked up in Massac County has to go through the transfer station is illegal. He said that there has to be a hearing within 6 months and a 15 month waiting period before the City could even touch a commercial business. He said CWI would sue the City if they take the option to take proposals for commercial pickup.
Mr. Abell said he respectfully differs with the gentleman and doesn’t usually take legal advice from a garbage removal company. The law they quoted was only part of the law and he read from the Illinois Code book the whole section not just part of it as was quoted.
Mr. Abell said he is recommending that the City renew Bulldog’s contract with the new proposal presented and that he will research it further on the commercial but if we do have to wait to be safe he will be recommending that we go ahead and approve their commercial contract effective in 15 months. Bulldog has said they will honor the same proposal regarding commercial in 15 months.
Besides, Mr. Abell asked why anyone would want to keep dealing with a company that continually threatens lawsuits to get their way.
The gentleman from Laidlaw also received complaints about CWI picking up trash in the City all hours of the night and disturbing the sleep of our residents.
The gentleman said that he could get that address if it was a problem. He was told it was a problem.
The consensus of the council members present was that we need to put time limits in our contracts so that our residents sleep is not disturbed in the middle of the night.

(New City Code Book Additions)
Alderman William Carrell said that Mr. Abell might want to look over the new sheets to be put in our code book that he thinks there are errors in the section on garbage (Page 17-item A and Page 15 – 51.01.
Mr. Abell said he would and that maybe in the future we should take all new additions to the code to Committee for review before approving. Everyone thought that was probably a good idea.

Moved by Alderman Robert Midnight and Second by Alderman Charles Barfield to recommend to the full Council to accept Bulldog’s new proposal and renew their contract for 5 years: MOTION CARRIED
Daugherty Yea
Barfield Yea
Anderson Yea
Midnight Yea

Moved by Alderman Robert Midnight and Second by Alderman Charles Barfield to adjourn: MOTION CARRIED – TIME: 2:30 P.M.
Daugherty Yea
Barfield Yea
Anderson Yea
Midnight Yea











DATE: Tuesday, February 16, 2010
TIME: 2:00 p.m. (2:32 p.m.)
PLACE: City Hall Council Chambers

PRESENT:
Aldermen David Daugherty, Charles Barfield, Nathan Anderson, Robert Midnight, Jerry Mizell, David McManus and William Carrell with Alderwoman Kim Brown absent. Also present were Mayor Billy McDaniel, Corporate Counsel Rick Abell, Corporate Finance Officer Patricia Suttles, and City Clerk Brenda Westbrooks

ROLL CALL
Daugherty Present
Barfield Present
Anderson Present
Midnight Present

Moved by Alderman Nathan Anderson and Second by Alderman Robert Midnight to approve the minutes of the previous meeting held on January 20, 2010 as presented: MOTION CARRIED
Daugherty Yea
Barfield Yea
Anderson Yea
Midnight Yea




Bulldog Contract – solid waste removal
Mr. Abell told the Committee that the present solid waste removal contract with Bulldog expires in May and it is being brought before them early so they can decide what they wish to do. He has a copy of a 3 year proposal from Bulldog that he gave to everyone to review. He said he asked them for a 5 year one also that he thought it would be better to have prices locked in for 5 years versus 3 years.
After some discussion it was the consensus of the Committee to recommend to the full Council to place the contract out for bids.
Mr. Abell asked if they wanted him to go ahead and work on the specs so it will be ready to bid out and he was told yes.

Moved by Alderman Nathan Anderson and Second by Alderman Charles Barfield to recommend to the full Council to bid out the City’s Solid Waste Removal Contract for both commercial and residential: MOTION CARRIED
Daugherty Yea
Barfield Yea
Anderson Yea
Midnight Yea


Moved by Alderman Nathan Anderson and Second by Alderman Charles Barfield to adjourn: MOTION CARRIED – TIME: 2:51 P.M.
Daugherty Yea
Barfield Yea
Anderson Yea
Midnight Yea







DATE: Wednesday, January 20, 2010
TIME: 1:15 p.m. (1:32 p.m.)
PLACE: City Hall Council Chambers

PRESENT:
Aldermen David Daugherty, Charles Barfield, Nathan Anderson, Robert Midnight, Kimberly Brown, Jerry Mizell, David McManus and William Carrell; Mayor Billy McDaniel, City Clerk Brenda Westbrooks, Corporate Counsel Rick Abell, Police Chief Mike Worthen, and owner of C & W Towing, Curt Collins.

ROLL CALL
Daugherty Present
Barfield Present
Anderson Present
Midnight Present


Moved by Alderman David Daugherty and Second by Alderman Nathan Anderson to approve the minutes of the previous meeting held on December 8, 2009 as presented: MOTION CARRIED
Daugherty Yea
Barfield Yea
Anderson Yea
Midnight Yea



Adopt Recommendation on C & W Towing Privileges

Committee Chairman Alderman David Daugherty said that the City has received a number of complaints on C & W Towing Company services and the Company’s owner, Mr. Curtis Collins is here to address the matter.
Mr. Collins gave everyone a copy of all the local towing companies’ rates along with a copy of a portion of the law governing towing companies.
Mr. Collins was told that the City has received a number of complaints on C & W Towing but none on any other company.
Alderman Daugherty said that the company’s actions are affecting the City and the complaints have to stop.
Mr. Collins maintained that he and his drivers are always as courteous as they can be to the customers.
Mr. Collins was also told by City Attorney Mr. Rick Abell that he has been accused of overcharging people, and making them sign a waiver for damages to their vehicle before they can get their vehicle back which is not legal.
Mr. Abell told Mr. Collins he was only quoting a section of the law and he read him several other sections of the law which do not justify his practices as a towing company.
Mr. Abell told the Committee that his recommendation to the Police Chief is to take C & W Towing off the towing list for 1 year.
He said that it is up to the Chief but Mr. Worthen would like to know if the Committee and Council support him in this matter.

Moved by Alderman Robert Midnight and Second by Alderman Nathan Anderson to recommend to the full Council to support Police Chief Mike Worthen’s discretion concerning C & W Towing Company’s towing privileges: MOTION CARRIED
Daugherty Yea
Barfield Yea
Anderson Yea
Midnight Yea


Freedom of Information Act:

Attorney Rick Abell provided everyone with a copy of the new ordinance implementing provisions of the Illinois Freedom of Information Act and the Illinois Open Meeting Act.
He went over the recent changes to the Acts and the effects on the City. He said the ordinance needs to be passed this month if possible.

Moved by Alderman Robert Midnight and Second by Alderman Nathan Anderson to recommend to the full Council to pass ordinance implementing provisions of the Illinois Freedom of Information Act and the Illinois Open Meeting Act: MOTION CARRIED
Daugherty Yea
Barfield Yea
Anderson Yea
Midnight Yea

Moved by Alderman David Daugherty and Second by Alderman Robert Midnight to adjourn: MOTION CARRIED – TIME: 2:54 p.m.
Daugherty Yea
Barfield Yea
Anderson Yea
Midnight Yea











DATE: Tuesday, December 8, 2009
TIME: 2:30 p.m.
PLACE: City Hall Council Chambers

PRESENT:
Aldermen Charles Barfield, Nathan Anderson, Robert Midnight, Kimberly Brown, and Jerry Mizell with Aldermen David Daugherty, David McManus and William Carrell absent. Also present were Mayor Billy McDaniel, CFO Patricia Suttles, Penny Emery, Gene Norber and City Clerk Brenda Westbrooks.

ROLL CALL
Daugherty Absent
Barfield Present
Anderson Present
Midnight Present


Moved by Alderman Nathan Anderson and Second by Alderman Robert Midnight to approve the minutes of the previous meeting held on November 18, 2009 as presented: MOTION CARRIED
Daugherty Absent
Barfield Yea
Anderson Yea
Midnight Yea




Changes to Zoning Ordinance
Mr. Gene Norber with EDR which is the firm that revised the City’s Zoning Ordinance was present to go over some of the request the Councilmen have made to their draft in hopes to be able to finalize the new Ordinance. The following were discussed:

Page A-3; Section 11, #5
Consensus was to have no restrictions in the back yard other than normal setbacks. But to have restrictions in front yard up to 12 feet or ½ of setback whichever is less.

Page A-23; Section 7, #3
50% changed to 75% other than flood plain areas which is 50% per federal law.

Page A-28; Section 4, #1
Delete last sentence in #1 then add “excluding detached garages and the design to be kept with principal building or structure.

Tricia Suttles had to leave around 2:55 p.m.

Page A-95; Section 14, #1
Change the word Marquees to “Signs” then leave #1 in. If taken out would allow portable sings everywhere per Mr. Norber. But to note there are exceptions listed in sections 26 & 27.



Page A-96; Section 15
Mr. Norber is to insert wording to allow Veteran signs on Utility Poles within this section.

Page A-99; Section 25, #2b
To leave this in but not to allow any future billboards in certain areas such as (12th & East 5th Street through town to HWY 45 and Airport Road).

Page A-29; Section 3, #3
This was discussed in regards to RV Parking but was left as is.

Moved by Alderman Nathan Anderson and Second by Alderman Robert Midnight to adjourn: MOTION CARRIED – TIME: 4:00 p.m.
Daugherty Absent
Barfield Yea
Anderson Yea
Midnight Yea

















DATE: Wednesday, November 18, 2009
TIME: 1:00 p.m.
PLACE: City Hall Council Chambers

PRESENT:
Aldermen Charles Barfield, Nathan Anderson, Robert Midnight, Jerry Mizell and William Carrell, along with Mayor Billy McDaniel, Attorney Rick Abell, CFO Patricia Suttles, City Clerk Brenda Westbrooks, Clyde Wills, and Police Chief Mike Worthen.

ROLL CALL
Daugherty Absent
Barfield Present
Anderson Present
Midnight Present


Moved by Alderman Robert Midnight and Second by Alderman Nathan Anderson to approve the minutes of the previous meeting held on June 1, 2009 as presented: MOTION CARRIED
Daugherty Absent
Barfield Yea
Anderson Yea
Midnight Yea





Establishing limit for all leaves of absence
This subject has been discussed before due to the fact the City has experienced numerous instances of excessive absenteeism in recent years leading to excessive overtime, excessive health care costs and inefficient work performances.
Once again Mr. Abell provided everyone with a copy of the proposed ordinance that would adopt a policy on maximum absenteeism.
In the policy all employees will be discharged if absent or otherwise inactive from their job for a cumulative period of 6 calendar months within any rolling twelve calendar months, regardless of the reason for the absence.
Alderman Midnight asked if the Unions would have problems with this.
Mr. Abell said that they could file on it but that it falls under Management Rights Clause.
It was recognized that the City has had employees off anywhere from 2 to 4 years which makes this ordinance very much needed for the City.
Alderman Robert Midnight asked if they could be given a list of possible employees this could affect before taking action.
He was told that a list could be obtained but that it wouldn’t effect but a few at present. Some of the others are no longer in our employee.
The general consensus was to bring it up at another meeting for consideration.

Policy requiring workman’s compensation leave and FLMA to run simultaneously
Mr. Abell also provided a proposed ordinance amending the City’s FMLA Policy to requiring that FMLA leave run concurrent with the use of sick leave and workmen’s compensation leave.
Mr. Abell added that there are very few places of business that do not run their FLMA concurrent with sick and workman’s compensation leaves.
This was briefly discussed but no action taken.


Require all municipal solid waste generated within the City of Metropolis be hauled to City of Metropolis Transfer Station (residential, commercial and industrial)
Mr. Abell told the Committee that the County passed an ordinance since the transfer station is in the County but they are not enforcing it. The City needs to pass an ordinance so that we can enforce it.
The general consensus was to pass the ordinance as presented by Mr. Abell at the next Council Meeting.

Moved by Alderman Robert Midnight and Second by Alderman Charles Barfield to recommend to the full Council to adopt ordinance providing for the method of disposal of garbage refuse and ashes: MOTION CARRIED
Daugherty Absent
Barfield Yea
Anderson Yea
Midnight Yea

New Zoning Ordinance
Proposed changes to this ordinance were sent to Mr. Gene Norber; however he has questions on some suggested changes to porches, site plan, height & area and portable signs within the ordinance.
Mr. Norber couldn’t be present for this meeting however is on hold and available for a phone conference.
The Committee and Councilmen present thought they would like to review the items before talking with Mr. Norber so that is what they did.
They discussed the following:
Page 3, Section 11 #5
They thought the word “rear” should be taken out.
Page A23, Section 7 –Site Plan #3
Mr. Norber took out 50% & 75% and made it read as it does now. It was decided that this did not include decks.
Page 29, Section 4
The Committee wanted to delete this section altogether but Mr. Norber and Penny Emery both thought that something is needed in this section. Mr. Norber’s recommendation was that it not include driveways, patios, decks, or pools.
Page 29, Section 3, #5
This section deals with parking of RV’s and Boats in front and side yards. Everyone thought they shouldn’t be in the front or side yards but able to park in the back or build garages to store them.




It was decided that Mr. Norber should be here in person to discuss this further and it would take time so Mr. Abell called him and released him from the phone conference and was to ask him for 2 or 3 dates that he would be available to come to Metropolis and meet with the Committee.


Time limited parking on west 7th St. between Ferry St. & Market St.
Police Chief Mike Worthen had this put on today’s agenda for discussion because he is getting request to have parking limited on West 7th Street between Ferry St. and Market Street the same as the City did on the north side of West 8th Street.
The consensus was that they all want to be fair but need to consider everyone involved. They wouldn’t want to restrict the whole block but not sure how far to restrict.
The general consensus was to discuss this further before taking any action.

Traffic Control Device on Barger Drive
Mayor McDaniel said that the residents on Barger Drive are having issues with people speeding through coming and going from Hayden Lane in Mr. Gower’s Trailer Court.
Chief Worthen has suggested erecting two stop signs and 1 yield sign. However after some discussion it was the consensus of the committee that a 3-way stop so that everyone stops should take care of the problem.

Moved by Alderman Charles Barfield and Second by Alderman Robert Midnight to recommend to the full Council to authorize the City Attorney to prepare an Ordinance placing a 3-way stop on Barger Drive: MOTION CARRIED
Daugherty Absent
Barfield Yea
Anderson Yea
Midnight Yea


Moved by Alderman Nathan Anderson and Second by Alderman Robert Midnight to adjourn: MOTION CARRIED – TIME: 2:55 P.M.
Daugherty Absent
Barfield Yea
Anderson Yea
Midnight Yea










DATE: Wednesday, July 1, 2009
TIME: 12:00 Noon
PLACE: City Hall Council Chambers

PRESENT:
Aldermen David Daugherty, Nathan Anderson, Robert Midnight, Jerry Mizell, David McManus, and William Carrell with Alderman Charles Barfield absent. Also present Mayor Billy McDaniel, Corporate Counsel Rick Abell and City Clerk Brenda Westbrooks.

ROLL CALL
Daugherty Present
Barfield Absent
Anderson Present
Midnight Present


Moved by Alderman David Daugherty and Second by Alderman Robert Midnight to approve the minutes of the previous meeting held on May 20, 2009 as presented: MOTION CARRIED
Daugherty Yea
Barfield Absent
Anderson Yea
Midnight Yea





Family Medical Leave Act Policy
This was not really intended to be on today’s agenda. Mr. Abell said the Act had a lot of changes made to it so he will be bringing something before the Committee later on.

Adopting Policy on Maximum Absenteeism
Everyone was in agreement that the Council needs to set a limit as to the length of time an employee can be absent before being terminated.
Mayor McDaniel said that we have some good employees that take care of us and we certainly need to take care of our employees but because of the abuse we need to have a time limit.
Mr. Abell said that the Hospital uses temporary employees to fill in while an employee is off and the City might want to consider that avenue.
Everyone seemed ok with the idea of using rolling 12 months for this policy the same as our Family Medical Leave Act runs.
Mr. Abell will do a draft ordinance for the Councilmen to review before passing.


Zoning Ordinance Review & Possible Changes
At the Ordinance Committee Meeting on November 5, 2008 the Councilmen starting reviewing the proposed Zoning Ordinance prepared by Mr. Gene Norber and today they continued that review with the following additional changes to be made:

Page A-23 Section 7; #3
Change 50% to 75%

Page A-72 Section 7: #5
Take out “No chain Link” and add “No Agricultural type wire fence”.

Page A-83 Section 8: #1
Discussed and decided to leave as is.

Page A-95 Section 14: #1
Delete #1

Page A-96 Section 15: #11 & #13
Change the number 16 to 32
Page A-97 Section 16:
Change 14 to 15
Page A-98 Section 20:
Change 17 to 18
Page A-100 Section 26 & 27
Delete the words “Mobile/Portable Marquees” where they appear throughout this section.
Delete the last sentence of both paragraphs of this section.
Take Section 27 out completely

Page A-104 Section 40
Change $50.00 to $150.00




NOT ON AGENDA
Mayor McDaniel informed the Councilmen of an incident that took place last week.
With the Hot weather we had some transformers blow fuses which is what they are suppose to do.
One blew around 10:00 am last Friday in the area of Rube’s. Several in the area were affected by the power being out for about 20 minutes. However Rube’s was the only one with damage. Their Air-conditioner that cools the front of the building burned up. It seems that they have part of the building on single phase and the air-conditioner in question on 3 phase power. The owners weren’t there and their daughter didn’t realize something was wrong until late in the afternoon. The owners are blaming the City for the damage because they said they should have been informed the transformer blew and the power was off.
Mayor McDaniel said he talked with Mrs. Stoner and told her she could fill out a claim form and he would see it was taken to the Insurance Company and if they find us at fault we will pay it but he didn’t feel the City is responsible.
Mayor McDaniel said that he had Light Superintendent Jackie Sawyers to talk with Jim Walters since they are licensed electricians and our men are only linemen. He told him what happened and Jim Walters said the power being off for 20 minutes should not have caused it. That unit is designed to cool down before asking for more power and it would have taken that long to cool down. The fact they didn’t realize the unit wasn’t working for several hours and it kept asking for power probably caused it to burn up.



Mayor McDaniel wanted the Aldermen to be informed of this incident since the owners will probably be talking with some of them.




Moved by Alderman David Daugherty and Second by Alderman Nathan Anderson to adjourn: MOTION CARRIED
Daugherty Yea
Barfield Absent
Anderson Yea
Midnight Yea