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COUNCIL MINUTES

CITY OF LAWRENCEVILLE, ILLINOIS

DECEMBER 13, 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, December 13, 2018 at the hour of 7:00 p.m. The following Aldermen were present on roll call: Fritch, Holcomb, Courtney, Volkman, Waldrop, Blacketer, Howder and Stevens. Absent: None.

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 November 8, 2018. Mayor Wagner asked for questions or comments. Waldrop made a motion to approve the minutes of the meeting of November, 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 November. Mayor Wagner asked for questions or comments. Courtney made a motion to approve paying the bills for November. Blacketer seconded the motion. Motion passed on a roll call vote 8-0. Yeas: Holcomb, Waldrop, Fritch, Courtney, Volkman, Blacketer, Howder and Stevens. Nays: None.

The Mayor reported the City’s accounts to the Council. The City working budget increased after paying the City’s insurance after 7 months of the 18-19 fiscal year. Mayor Wagner praised all City employees for their hard work and dedication to the City.

The Council recognized two retiring police officers. Kevin Higgins served for 20 years and 7 months on the Lawrenceville Police Department. Annette Akers, the only female officer in the history of the City’s police force, will retire on January 3 after 21 years and 8 months of service. Both officers were presented plaques by Mayor Wagner and received watches from Police Chief White. White noted their badges will be retired.

Mike Bell from Midwest Meters spoke to the Council about water meters installed five years ago. An upgrade in new software and wireless communicated water meters have been introduced, and replacing the old system with a new system is recommended. Council members agreed to take a look at the issue.

Mayor Wagner presented Ordinance #1537 to the Council. Ordinance #1537 would establish hours at all City parks. Official park hours will now be from 6:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m., from April 1 through the end of November, and from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. from December 1 through the end of March. Exceptions will be made for special events. Mayor Wagner asked for questions or comments. Stevens made a motion to approve Ordinance #1537. Fritch seconded the motion. Motion passed on a roll call vote 8-0. Yeas: Stevens, Blacketer, Waldrop, Courtney, Fritch, Howder, Holcomb and Volkman. Nays: None.

Attorney Neal presented an agreement to access City-owned land by Chevron to the Council. Chevron needs access to City property to do some remediation work. Mayor Wagner asked for questions or comments. Courtney made a motion to approve the agreement with Chevron. Stevens seconded the motion. Motion passed on a roll call vote 8-0. Yeas: Blacketer, Howder, Courtney, Fritch, Volkman, Holcomb, Stevens and Waldrop. Nays: None.

A purposed resolution was handed out to the Council. The resolution declared the taxing bodies within Lawrence County pursue a 10-year tax abatement on “new residential housing” and on “newly constructed” businesses that employed 50 employees in an effort to encourage growth in Lawrence County. After discussion, Council will hand the resolution over to the Legislative committee for further study. The Mayor asked for questions or comments. Courtney made a motion to table the purposed Resolution regarding a 10-year tax abatement within the County of Lawrence. Fritch seconded the motion. Motion passed on a roll call vote 8-0. Yeas: Fritch, Courtney, Holcomb, Howder, Stevens, Volkman, Waldrop and Blacketer. Nays: None.

Mayor Wagner noted that the Lawrence/Crawford Association for Exceptional Citizens is requesting a stipend. The Lawrence/Crawford Association for Exceptional Citizens operates a workshop in Lawrenceville to help the community. Mayor Wagner asked for questions or comments. Waldrop made a motion to approve a $500.00 stipend to L/CAEC. Fritch seconded the motion. Motion passed on a roll call vote 8-0. Yeas: Blacketer, Howder, Courtney, Fritch, Volkman, Holcomb, Stevens and Waldrop. Nays: None.

“Christmas at the Park” is sponsored by Sigma Epsilon Chapter at the Lawrenceville City Park pavilion on December 15 and 22. Call City Hall at 943-2116 for hours.

City Hall will be closed on December 24-25 for Christmas and December 31 at noon for New Year’s Eve.

Blacketer made a motion to adjourn. Holcomb seconded the motion. The motion was approved by voice vote. Time: 8:05 p.m. The next city council meeting is January 10, 2019.

Rodney Nolan, City Clerk