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COUNCIL MINUTES

CITY OF LAWRENCEVILLE, ILLINOIS

OCTOBER 11, 2018

MINUTES

 

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, October 11, 2018 at the hour of 7:00 p.m. The following Aldermen were present on roll call: Fritch, Holcomb, Courtney, Volkman, Blacketer, Howder and Stevens. Absent: Waldrop.

 

Mayor Wagner called the meeting to order. Holcomb 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 September 13, 2018. Mayor Wagner asked for questions or comments. Fritch made a motion to approve the minutes of the meeting of September 13, 2018. Stevens 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 September. Mayor Wagner asked for questions or comments. Courtney made a motion to approve paying the bills for September. Blacketer seconded the motion. Motion passed on a roll call vote 7-0-1. Yeas: Holcomb, Fritch, Courtney, Volkman, Blacketer, Howder and Stevens. Nays: None. Absent: Waldrop.

 

Mayor Wagner reported the City’s accounts to the Council. The City working budget is on pace after 5 months of the 18-19 fiscal year. Mayor Wagner praised all City employees for their hard work and dedication to the City.

 

Mayor Wagner presented Ordinance #1533, a proposal to approve the Annual Levy of $ 486,500 for 2018. This is a 4.77 % raise. Mayor Wagner asked for questions or comments. Fritch made a motion to approve Ordinance #1533. Courtney seconded the motion. Motion passed on a roll call vote 7-0-1. Yeas: Stevens, Blacketer, Courtney, Fritch, Blacketer, Holcomb, Volkman and Howder. Nays: None. Absent: Waldrop.

 

Mayor Wagner presented Ordinance #1534 to the Council. Ordinance #1534 was proposed to adopt a policy of ethical conduct to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse in local government in the City of Lawrenceville, Illinois. The Mayor asked for questions or comments. Courtney made a motion to approve Ordinance #1534. Holcomb seconded the motion. Motion passed on a roll call vote 7-0-1. Yeas: Stevens, Blacketer, Courtney, Fritch, Holcomb, Volkman and Howder. Nays: None. Absent: Waldrop.

 

Mayor Wagner presented Resolution 10-1-18 to the Council. This resolution would authorize an application by the City to the State of Illinois for a Community Development Block grant of $ 500,000 to reline sanitation lines in the City. The Mayor asked for questions or comments. Fritch made a motion to approved Resolution #10-01-18 to apply for the block grant. Blacketer seconded the motion. Motion passed on a roll call vote 7-0-1. Yeas: Fritch, Courtney, Holcomb, Howder, Stevens, Volkman and Blacketer. Nays: None. Absent: Waldrop.

 

Rachel Hipsher, of the Chamber of Commerce, stated the City has been a loyal supporter of the Capital Classic Basketball tournament. Hipsher requested $400.00 for being a “Gold Sponsor” of the basketball tournament. Mayor Wagner asked for questions or comments. Courtney made a motion to approve a $400.00 stipend for the basketball tournament. Blacketer seconded the motion. Motion passed on a roll call vote 7-0-1. Yeas: Blacketer, Courtney, Volkman, Fritch, Holcomb, Howder and Stevens. Nays: None. Absent: Waldrop.

 

Mayor Wagner noted the Lawrence County Firefighters Association is requesting a stipend. The stipend will help with procurement of needed equipment, maintenance of current equipment, promote community outreach and to cover training costs to ensure proper education for our first responders. Mayor Wagner asked for questions or comments. Fritch made a motion for a $500.00 stipend to Lawrence County Firefighters’ Association. Stevens seconded the motion. Motion passed on a roll call vote 7-0-1. Yeas: Holcomb, Courtney, Fritch, Stevens, Blacketer, Volkman and Howder. Nays: None. Absent: Waldrop.

 

The Mayor announced the City is working with the Lawrenceville Elks on a Christmas lighted parade and the Sigma Epsilon chapter for Santa in the City Park on December 1st. Mayor Wagner asked for questions or comments. Courtney made a motion to approve a $900.00 stipend for the Christmas celebration in the park. Holcomb seconded the motion. Motion passed on a roll call vote 7-0-1. Yeas: Blacketer, Courtney, Volkman, Fritch, Holcomb, Howder and Stevens. Nays: None. Absent: Waldrop.

 

Chief White reported the City scheduled Halloween trick or treat hours on October 31st from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Police Department encourages participating residents to go to houses with lights on for the event.

 

Chief White recommended putting a sign to notify City residents with hours of operation in Wishnick Park.

 

The City hired John Austin Staley as a full-time employee in the Street Department.

 

Lawrence County Firefighters Association’s 2nd annual First Responders’ Competition is October 13th on the City square.

 

The Downtown Revitalization Committee’s “Party on the Roof” is also October 13th.

 

Meet the Judges at Havoline Hall is October 18th.

 

The Buildings and Grounds Committee will meet on October 22nd.

 

Mayor Wagner read a note from Freedonia Conover thanking the Street Department for its help.

 

The CEO program invited the public to a November 10th dinner at Lawrenceville High School. Tickets are $10.00 a person. The dinner begins at 5:30 p.m.

 

Blacketer made a motion to adjourn. Volkman seconded the motion. The motion was approved by voice vote. Time: 7:45 p.m.

 

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Rodney Nolan, City Clerk