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COUNCIL MINUTES

CITY OF LAWRENCEVILLE, ILLINOIS

July 12, 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, July 12, 2018 at the hour of 7:00 p.m. The following Aldermen were present on roll call: Fritch, Holcomb, Stevens, Volkman, Waldrop and Blacketer. Absent: Courtney and Howder.

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 June 14, 2018. Mayor Wagner asked for questions or comments. Blacketer made a motion to approve the minutes of the meeting of June 14, 2018. Volkman 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 June. Mayor Wagner asked for questions or comments. Fritch made a motion to approve paying the bills for June. Holcomb seconded the motion. Motion passed on a roll call vote 6-0-2. Yeas: Holcomb, Fritch, Waldrop, Stevens, Volkman and Blacketer. Nays: None. Absent: Howder and Courtney.

Mayor Wagner announced the passing of 98-year-old World War II veteran and beloved longtime Bridgeport resident Sam Potts.

Mayor Wagner reported the City’s accounts to the Council. The City working budget is 12.5%, 4.2% under budget after 2 months into the 2018-19 fiscal year. Mayor Wagner praised all City employees for their hard work and dedication.

Mayor Wagner presented the second reading of Ordinance #1530 to the Council. Ordinance #1530 purposed the approval of the Annual Appropriation for 2018-2019. Mayor Wagner stated the appropriation will be a 3.6% increase over last year with a projected amount of $5,841,000.00 million dollars.

Mayor Wagner asked for questions or comments. Waldrop made a motion to approved Ordinance #1530. Stevens seconded the motion. Motion passed on a roll call vote 6-0-2. Yeas: Blacketer, Volkman, Waldrop, Fritch, Holcomb and Stevens. Nays: None. Absent: Howder and Courtney.

Mayor Wagner presented Ordinance #1531 to the Council. Attorney Neal told the Council the State has passed the Small Wireless Facilities Act, which recommends that municipalities require applications from wireless companies to gain access to public right-of-way poles. While existing access is not affected, new services must apply for a permit.

Mayor Wagner asked for questions or comments. Fritch made a motion to approve Ordinance #1531. Volkman seconded the motion. Motion passed on a roll call vote 6-0-2. Yeas: Blacketer, Volkman, Waldrop, Fritch, Holcomb and Stevens. Nays: None. Absent: Howder and Courtney.

Police Chief White reported to the Council the eight new portable digital radios purchased are performing well. There were no issues at the fireworks display on July 4.

The City is in discussion upon acquiring several condemned properties in the City.

Mayor Wagner read a letter requesting a stipend in helping to erect a veterans monument on the Lawrenceville Courthouse square. Wagner asked for questions or comments. Blacketer made a motion to give a $500 stipend toward building a veterans monument. Waldrop seconded the motion. Motion passed on a roll call vote 6-0-2. Yeas: Blacketer, Volkman, Waldrop, Fritch, Holcomb and Stevens. Nays: None. Absent: Howder and Courtney.

Mayor Wagner said street repaving should start around July 23 or 24.

Waldrop made a motion to adjourn to an Executive Session to discuss a Legislation issue. Fritch seconded the motion. Motion passed on a roll call vote 6-0-2. Yeas: Blacketer, Fritch, Holcomb, Stevens, Volkman and Waldrop. Nays: None. Absent: Howder and Courtney. Time: 7:23 p.m.

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Mayor Wagner called the regular session back to order at 8:03p.m. The following Aldermen were present on roll call: Blacketer, Fritch, Volkman, Stevens, Waldrop and Holcomb. Absent: Howder ad Courtney.

Mayor Wagner reported to the Council the United Methodist Village has forced the City to make public the United Methodist Village’s non-payment of its water bill. The United Methodist Village monthly water bill is more than $6,000. Currently, the United Methodist Village debt is $62,865.95. Mayor Wagner said the city has been working with United Methodist Village for “almost a year” with regard to its water bills, but communication has halted at this time.

In Executive Session, the Council decided the United Methodist Village Chief Executive Officer Paula McKnight be “required” to meet with the City utilities board to discuss the water bill situation and payment terms.

The City will be shutting off “non-essential” water meters to the UMV facility on Monday, July 16.

Mayor Wagner said clearly this is an undesirable situation, but the city will not shut off water to any residents who are bed-ridden, especially the elderly. “That’s not what the city is about, but the city does have to do something for the taxpayers of Lawrenceville,” Mayor Wagner said.

Waldrop made a motion to adjourn. Blacketer seconded the motion. The motion was approved by voice vote. Time 8:06 p.m.

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Rodney Nolan, City Clerk