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7 Tuesday November 10 tO 0 By Mike Lakin When Smith saw that AMEREN hadwith repairs. In the initial review of bills being paid, lower rates going into the third-year he An update on the Open Meetings Act Councilmember Darrell Knauer asked had-residents switch back to AMEREN. was given. Several topics within the Under the new proposal, individual Act were discussed and questions were about the $65,589.48 insurance pay- residents will have a 28-day "Opt Out" answered as to proper procedure. ment to Illinois Municipal League Risk. It was divided into two payments Of option. If an individual resident wants Meeting adjourned at 7:30pm. $32,807_.00 and $32,782.48. Mayor Jim to continue with AMEREN they can. All Mt Pulaski Water/Sewer committee Fuhrer said this annual bill was about residents will receive information in the minutes the same as last year's payment. The mail concerning the program. Tuesday, October 27, 2015 5:30 PM Council approved the bill, along with Darrell explained that the first step of Present: Matt Bobell, Andrew the other bills, the new plan will operate January - May Neaville, and Matt Presswood Combined, the city is paying 2016 and then be reviewed by Smith. Topics $118,608.72 annually for liability and On the motion of Darrel Knauer and Matt Presswood gave update on the health insurances. Joyce Maxheimer the Council approved Water Tower Project progress. After Under public comments, Roger Bohn the aggregation agreement, draining and refilling the tower due said that the city code and state law bans On the suggestion of Councilmem- to back to back failed water samples, smoking in government building, he ber Andrew Neaville, the city will start the tower was refilled Saturday. Water asked the Council to review the matter, posting council minutes and upcom- samples are currently out being tested. as he believes the city is not enforcing ing agendas on the city website. This is Expects results back tomorrow and the ban by what he observes, inline with other city governments, could have the tower back online within Police Chief Lynn Freer reported on On the recommendation of Council- the week. the two seized vehicles - a Lincoln Town member Neaville, the city will review - Matt reported that 2-3 more meters Car and a Cadillac. The Lincoln is going options for the city water license. Cur- that weren't reading before are now to auction. The Cadillac is being junked rently the city operates under the water operational again. due to title issues, license of Mike Patridge. - Andrew brought up that our water Public Works Director Matt Press- The city budgets $10,000 per year for license holder contract would be expir- wood reported leaf collection is under- trimming and removal of trees on the ing at the end of the year. Since Matt way, an uphill battle as normal. Water city boulevards. In the fund, the city cur- P. has not obtained a license, Andrew tower has been back in service for two- rently has $7,200. The city will review believes we should start looking into weeks and operating as expected. Some requests that have been made and the other options to avoid last minute water meter issues are being attended requests will be prioritized. Tree trim- decisions. Andrew will seek out other to. Well testing is being schedule, ming and removal that can be done by options. Searching for water leaks; so far one Was the city will be scheduled. Tree trim- Matt P. is looking into training found, but it was on a water customer's ming and removal that will have to be options to allow him to pass his water property- not city property. City will be out-sourced will be based on bids sub- test with SIUE. scheduling fire hydrant flushings, mitted to the city. Public Works Direc Bliss Leak detection has started City Treasurer Jim Sutton reported tor Matt Presswood will be contacting surveying for leaks and believes he has city deposits for Oct. 27 - Nov. 11 companies to do the work. found a leak on S. Spring St under a totaled $383,630.81. Jim noted of that Now that Council Committees have large tree. This will wait till other leaks total, was a loan from INB for $336,585 been established, the Police Committee are found to build confidence before for the water tower project. In refer- and Water/Sewer Committee submitted taking down such a large tree. ence to the water tower project, City minutes of respective .committees held - Several water customers have asked Consulting Engineer Greg Gustafson Oct. 22 and Oct. 27... for credits on their water bills. Andrew is reviewing paperwork from the water Police Committee Minutes pointed out that we cannot afford to tower contractor before signing off on 10/22/2015 give away free water, but if water is not the project. The total loan on the water Meeting time: 6:30pm going down the sewer, we could give tower project is $442,000. Present: Darrell Knauer, Andrewadjustments for that. It was agreed, Vote on Electric Aggregation Neaville, Lynn Freer, and Doug McCart- since there is no ordinance to give dis- ney counts on water used, we will no longer After hearing presentations by Repairs to the police department give discounts. three brokers, Mayor Fuhrer and Dar- building were discussed. Damage to the - Meeting adjourned at 6:02 PM rell Knauer recommended going with frame of the building had been caused The next City Council meeting is the original broker, Steve Smith. Dar- by freezing and shifting of concrete. 6:30pm Tuesday November 24 in City rell explained that Smith handled the Estimate given by Larry Conaway was Hall. original 3-year agreement that saved approximately 500 dollars. The commit- ANTIQUES,..available at residents money in the first two-years, tee told me (Chief Freer) to go ahead Salt Creek Attic Do You Know Who You Can Trust? It's a hard choice in today's financial Marketplace. With So many banks and other financial companies trying to get your business, it's hard to know who really has your best interest at heart. What's the solution? Placing your trust in A Real Community Bank solves that problem. Because only banks qualified to display this banking seal of approval are dedicated to hometown values and hometown commitment. 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