CITY OF LAWRENCEVILLE, ILLINOIS
FEBRUARY 8, 2018
The Council of the City of Lawrenceville, Lawrence County, Illinois met in regular session in the City Council Chambers of the City Hall Building on Thursday, February 8, 2017 at the hour of 7:00 p.m. The following Aldermen were present on roll call: Fritch, Holcomb, Courtney, Volkman, Waldrop, Howder, Stevens and Blacketer.
Mayor Wagner called the meeting to order. Waldrop gave the prayer. All present then recited the Pledge of Allegiance while facing the flag.
The Council had earlier received copies of the minutes of the regular Council meeting of January 11, 2018. Mayor Wagner asked for questions or comments. Courtney made a motion to approve the minutes of the meeting of January 11, 2018. Blacketer seconded the motion. Motion passed on a voice vote.
The Council had earlier received copies of the bills of the City, Sewer and Water Departments for January. Mayor Wagner asked for questions or comments. Blacketer made a motion to approve paying the bills for January. Volkman seconded the motion. Motion passed on a roll call vote 8-0. Yeas: Holcomb, Fritch, Courtney, Volkman, Waldrop, Stevens, Howder and Blacketer. Nays: None.
Mayor Wagner reported the City’s accounts to the Council. The City’s working budget is inline after 9
months of the 17-18 fiscal year. Mayor Wagner praised all City employees for their hard work and dedication to the City.
Mayor Wagner, in a brief State of the City address, said “The City is moving in the right direction. City workers are working hard, the Police are doing a good job and my job has been easier because everybody is trying and working hard. 2017 was successful; the City is looking forward to more progress in 2018.”
Stevens informed the Council that the Cemetery Committee has received 3 bids for a dump bed to convert a pickup truck into a dump truck. The low bid came from Triple B Sales in Lawrenceville for $7,135.00.
Mayor Wagner asked for questions or comments. Stevens made a motion to purchase a dump bed for $7,135.00. Blacketer seconded the motion. Motion passed on a roll call vote 8-0. Yeas: Fritch, Courtney, Holcomb, Howder, Stevens, Volkman, Blacketer and Waldrop. Nays: None.
Mayor Wagner presented Ordinance #1526 to the Council. Ordinance #1526 is to terminate and dissolve the special tax allocation of Lawrenceville’s T.I.F #1 district. Wagner noted the T.I.F #1 had been in operation for 28 years and there is no more available property within the district. Mayor Wagner asked for questions or comments.
Courtney made a motion to approve Ordinance #1526. Waldrop seconded the motion. Motion passed on a roll call vote 8-0. Yeas: Blacketer, Waldrop, Courtney, Howder, Fritch, Stevens, Holcomb and Volkman. Nays: None.
Aaron Tipsword, assistant Superintendent of the Utilities Department, addressed the Council. Tipsword explain the City does not have a proper routine maintenance schedule for the city’s wells. Well 13 has a build-up of iron that needs to be addressed, the work will be done by Brotcke Well & Pump Service from Fenton, Missouri.
Mayor Wagner asked for questions or comments. Fritch made a motion to approved spending up to $60,000.00 to repair a well. Stevens seconded the motion. Motion passed on a roll call vote 8-0. Yeas: Courtney, Fritch, Howder, Holcomb, Volkman, Blacketer, Waldrop and Stevens. Nays: None.
Aaron Tipsword reported that a motor was pulled and replaced at the Toyota Boshoku lift station and work on the 8th Street water line project was “moving right along.”
The Parking and Street Committees meet with the mayor to discuss traffic issues on Circle Drive, off of Springfield Avenue. Because of Circle Drive’s narrow width, it would be difficult for emergency vehicles to get around. The Parking Committee’s recommendation is to make Circle Drive a no parking area.
Mayor Wagner asked for questions or comments. Holcomb made a motion to approved a no parking area on Circle Drive. Stevens seconded the motion. Motion passed on a roll call vote 7-1. Yeas: Courtney, Fritch, Howder, Holcomb, Volkman, Waldrop and Stevens. Nays: Blacketer.
Mayor Wagner noted that the “Southern Illinois Spring Classic” is requesting a stipend for the Kids Shopping Day. Kids Shopping Day helps children county wide to start their school year.
Courtney made a motion for a $250.00 stipend to Kids Shopping Day. Fritch seconded the motion. Motion passed on a roll call vote 8-0. Yeas: Holcomb, Courtney, Fritch, Stevens, Blacketer, Waldrop, Volkman and Howder. Nays: None.
Chief White reported to the Council that LPD has ticketed people for trapping in the North Industrial Park area.
Mayor Wagner read a thank you note from the Lawrence County I.D.C. for the stipend.
A Representative of John Shimkus will be in Lawrenceville on February 13th with office hours 9:00 to 10:30.
Wagner announced a ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Yost Housing Development for the Indian Point Apartments at the corner of James Street and Courtney Drive, scheduled for February 23rd at 10:30.
City Hall will be closed on February 12th for Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday and February 19th for President’s Day.
Courtney made a motion to adjourn. Stevens seconded the motion. The motion was approved by voice vote. Time: 7:40 p.m.
Rodney Nolan, City Clerk