City of Wyoming   

May 14, 2018

Council Meeting     

The Council Meeting was called to order by Mayor Pat Maher at 6:30 p.m. (The audio recorder was turned on.) The Wyoming, Illinois City Council met Monday, May 14, 2018 at City Hall. Located at 108 E. Williams Street, in a Regular Session. Mayor Maher was presiding Alderwoman Kathy Hardy of the First Ward. Aldermen Dave Lindahl and Ryan Breese of the Second Ward with Aldermen Daniel Hardman and Steve Hansard of the Third Ward, all present.

Minutes from the TIF District #1, Joint Review Board Meeting FY2016 & FY2017 and the April 9th Regular Session Council Meeting were reviewed. The motion was made to approve the minutes as presented by Ald. Breese and seconded by Ald. Lindahl. Voice votes all ayes and the minutes were approved.

The Treasurer’s Report and Bills were reviewed. The Treasurer’s Report showed a General Operation and CDs balance of $2,077,235.77. The motion was made by Ald. Hansard to authorize Treasurer Kathy Carter to pay all the bills listed on the City of Wyoming Board Listing dated 5/14/18 and the other bills that were submitted the night of the meeting. Which were, ABG Retirement Plan Services invoice # 1094989 for $746.05, and Menards – Kewanee invoice # 3264 for $34.41. The motion was seconded by Ald. Hardman. Roll call votes all ayes and the motion was carried.

Stark County Sheriff Steve Sloan addressed the council on holding the National Night Out on Tuesday, August 7th at Thomas Park. He will need the Park from 5 to 7 p.m.. They will have hot dogs and hamburgers and Policing information available.

Economic Development Advisor Dennis Rewerts talked about all the work being done at the Paramount. Wild Life Prairie Park will hold a petting zoo at the end of the month.

Engineer Justin Reese from the Farnsworth Group was absent from the meeting.

He had sent up copies of this year’s MFT Project along with a Map of the proposed project area. He had also provided another Map of what has been completed since 2015 to our targeted project this year. The motion was made by Ald. Hardman to approve Resolution 18/19-1, for Maintenance Under the Illinois Highway Code. At a dollar amount of $45,997.50 for the Maintenance Cost and $4,929.80 for Engineering. For a total cost of $50,927.30.  This was seconded by Ald. Hansard. Roll call votes all ayes and the motion was carried.

 Greg McCauley Manager of the R/O and Wastewater Treatment Plants had submitted this report. Per Greg the 1973 John Deere 1530 tractor needs to be replaced. The council and Greg discussed what the tractor was used for as in mowing, moving sludge etc. The Mayor said we will start looking around for another tractor.

 City Superintendent Joe Kinsella, submitted his report. To date the City has received three applications for summertime help which was advertised in the Prairie Shopper. The motion was made by Ald. Hansard to have Joe and the Mayor review the applications and hire Summertime Helpers and then to pay them $10.00 an hour. This was seconded by Ald. Breese. Roll call votes all ayes and the motion was carried.

The group discussed the sidewalks that are in need of repair in heavy foot traffic areas. Joe plans on starting sidewalks in June. 

The council reviewed the pricing received from Chuck Terwilliger on two new computers for City Hall. They will be used for the Locis and Neptune Software Programs with Pro Version Windows 10 at a cost of $826 each. Installation would be additional at a minimum of $100.00 per machine. The motion was made by Ald. Breese to purchase the computers and installation cost as per the quote. This was seconded by Ald. Lindahl. Roll call votes all ayes and the motion was carried.

 The council received in their packets a letter from Ameren which discussed an Electric Underground Easement on the existing electric line on the City’s property as well as the new line to serve the Stark County Fair Grounds. Bruce Fehrenbacher is to review the easement. Then an Engineer from Ameren will meet with the Mayor and do a site visit. The motion was made Ald. Breese if everything is in proper form the Mayor can go ahead and sign the Easement. This was seconded by Ald. Hansard. Roll call votes all ayes and the motion was carried.

City Attorney Bruce Fehrenbacher updated the council on the current legal proceeding on the Trailer at 601 N. Galena.

 Chief of Police Mark James submitted his report. His department had 35 calls, 4 traffic stops, 3 assists, 3 arrests and 3 ordinance violations.

Matt Reinhart is half way through his Police Training and is an asset to the Department. Therefore, the motion was made by Ald. Breese to increase his pay to $14.00. This was seconded by Ald. Hardman. Roll call votes all ayes and the motion was carried. 

The motion was made by Ald. Hardy to go into an executive session on the issue of Personnel. This was seconded by Ald. Breese. Voice votes all ayes and the executive session began at 7:37 p.m.                                                                                                                          

The motion was made by Ald. Hansard to return to a regular session. This was seconded by Ald. Hardman. Voice votes all ayes and the regular session started at 7:55 p.m..

The motion was made by Ald. Lindahl to give all full time employees a 3% raise. Alex Ingle and Jim Kinsella are to be given the 3% raise plus another $.50 an hour. Part-time helper Larry St. John is to be given a 3% raise as well. Our Part-time Police Officers will stay at $16.00 an hour. The motion was seconded by Ald. Hansard. Roll call votes all ayes and the motion was carried.

The motion was made by Ald. Hansard to adjourn the meeting. This was seconded by Ald. Breese. Voice votes all ayes and the meeting was adjourned at 7:59 p.m. 

Minutes submitted by,

Judy St. John

City Clerk