City of Wyoming
June 08, 2020
Venue: Paramount Theater
with Video Conferencing via “ZOOM”
The Council Meeting was called to order by Mayor Pat Maher at 5:36 p.m.
(The Zoom application records the meeting) The Wyoming, Illinois City
Council met Monday, March 23, 2020 at the Paramount Theater located
at 104 S. 7th, Wyoming, IL, in a Regular Session.
Mayor Maher was presiding with Alderwomen Kathy Hardy and Ginger
Carlisle of the First Ward, Aldermen Ryan Breese and Dave Lindahl of
the Second Ward, and Aldermen Daniel Hardman Third Ward, all
present. Alderman Steve Hansard of the Third Ward arrived after the
vote on Minutes, Treasurer’s Report and Bills, TIF 1 Ordinance, and TIF 2
City Engineer Justin Reeise of the Farnsworth Group announced that the
State of Illinois unexpectedly closed the Department of Commerce and
Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Fast Grant that we were preparing to apply
for. (DCEO) suggested we roll our application into a similar Grant called
Reinvest in Illinois Public Infrastructure. This is similar to the( DCEO) Fast
Grant with a Cap of $2 Million of which we would apply for $1.8 Million. There
is no match required, and the application is due 6/30/2020. Justin explained
the main focus of the WWTP project is to rehabilitate and replace parts to
make it more updated and functional to take us into the future. This includes
replacing aeration equipment, filters, electrical services and controls. Also
grading an area to prevent run off. There were no questions from the council
or the public at this time.
Minutes from the May 11, 2020 Regular Council Meeting and the
Continuance of May 11, 2020 Meeting on May 14, 2020 including
Executive Session, and May 26, 2020 Special Council Meeting were
reviewed . The motion was made by Ald. Carlisle to approve the minutes
as presented. This was 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 $1,908,892.75. The
motion was made by Ald. Hardman to authorize Treasurer Lisa Evans to
pay all the bills listed on the City of Wyoming Board Listing dated
6/8/2020 and the other bills that were submitted the night of the meeting.
Which were, A Few of My Favorite Things invoices 13854 for $265.00 and
13802 for $50.00, Washburn Welding invoice 812253 for $150.00, Menards
invoice 42719 $12.84, PDC Laboratories, Inc. Inv I9418736 for $18.50, AG
View FS, Inc. Invoice 20007980 for $229.48, invoice 20008015 for $267.85,
invoice 20008117 for $342.31, and Wigand Disposal Co. invoice 4598494 for
$79.32. The motion was seconded by Ald. Breese. Roll call votes all ayes and
the motion was carried.
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Minutes from 6/08/2020
Economic Development Advisor, Denny Rewerts presented the Council
with a timeline that tells what needs to be done for the Proposed TIF
District #2. It was noted , that a Public Meeting for the Proposed TIF
District No. 2 will be held Monday July 13, 2020 at 5:30 prior to the
regular scheduled Council Meeting, at the Paramount Theater in
The purpose of the meeting is to enable the City to advise the public,
taxing districts having real property in the proposed redevelopment
project area, taxpayers who own property in the proposed
redevelopment project area, and residents in the area as to the City’s
possible intent to prepare a Redevelopment Plan and designate a
Redevelopment Project Area and to receive public comment. Note, a
notice was posted on the door and windows at City Hall on 6/08/2020,
telling of the meeting and it’s purpose.
Denny presented an Ordinance to Approve a TIF Redevelopment
Agreement with Omkar Foods, Inc (d/b/a Hunt Brothers Pizza and Subs)
and Chandresh “Chad” Patel for Wyoming TIF District 1 with an
estimated project cost of $3,500.00. A motion was made by Ald. Hardy to
accept the Ordinance as presented and seconded by Ald. Hardman. Roll
call all ayes except 1 abstain vote by Ald. Breese of the Second Ward
and the motion carried. (Ordinance No. 20/21-4)
Denny also presented an Ordinance Approving a TIF Predevelopment
Agreement with RIBCO, LLC (d/b/a PUB 91) and Julie Maher and Jenna
Maher for Wyoming TIF District 2. The estimated eligible project costs
total $15,750.00. A motion was made by Ald. Carlisle to accept the
Ordinance as presented and seconded by Ald. Lindahl. Roll call all ayes
except 1 abstain vote by Ald. Breese of the Second Ward and the motion
carried. (Ordinance No. 20/21-5)
City Superintendent, Joe Kinsella reported the boys had completed
painting downtown curbs and did a great job. They are now working on
replacing bad sections of sidewalks in town. Joe stated there is a storm
sewer backing up that needs to be lined. It is located in the back yards
of William Ramsay at 1017 N. 7th and George Knowles at 1014 N.
Galena. He mentioned that some areas are 9′ to 10′ deep and several
trees would be involved. Joe also suggested the City line the Sanitary
sewer on Thomas Street as well. Hoerr Construction estimated that the
12″ lining would cost $55.00 per foot and require 3 caps. The 6″ lining
for the sanitary sewer was estimated at $51.00 per foot requiring 4 caps.
Ald. Breese asked Joe if he could give us an estimate of the cost to dig it
up and replace it. He will check that out and get back to the council.
Water and Sewer Manager, Greg McCauley stated that his contract with
the City expires August 15, 2020. He presented a proposal for a three
year extension of the contract through August 15, 2023. The council will
review the proposal and discuss in next Council meeting.
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Mayor Maher announced that he will be crediting 2 months off of all
liquor license fees for businesses in town due to the Covid-19
The Mayor requested the City Treasurer, Lisa Evans discuss accepting
Debit and Credit Card payments for water bills. She will be contacting
the State Bank of Toulon to set up this feature and would like some
feedback from the Council. One question was how do we recover the
fees the City will be charged for accepting these payments. After some
discussion, Ald. Breese suggested that the City make this as simple as
possible by establishing a flat rate fee to the customer for the
convenience of using a card to pay their water bill. This charge will be
the same for using a Debit or Credit card. Lisa will get with the State
Bank of Toulon and start the process.
Mayor Maher asked City Attorney, Mike Evans for an update on the
abandoned properties located on 103 N Galena- Locker (PIP- Group) and
408 N. Main (Hoffman). Mike has drafted a letter for the Locker owners,
PIP-Group, regarding the condition of the building and the land, and also
alerting them a lien will be placed for mowing and upkeep expenses.
In regards to condemning the Hoffmann property, Mike will contact the
owner with a proposal to deed the property over to the City of Wyoming
and the City will clean up the property. If they don’t agree to that
proposal they will be responsible to clean up the property at their own
Chief of Police, Mark James informed the Council that he had 14 traffic
stops, 15 calls, and 6 assists. The Tahoe is back from being fixed and now
has a radiator fluid leak. He will be taking back to have that fixed. Mark also
mentioned he was having computer issues. His computer is 10 years old and
is shutting down during use. The Mayor will look into replacing it.
He added that golf cart stickers are due June 11, 2020 and will cost $20.00
instead of $40.00 this year.
Public Discussion: Several restaurant and bar owners addressed the
Council about the constant police presence near their outdoor serving
areas. This is hurting business and they would like the police to park
somewhere other than downtown. Police Chief Mark James stated that
they are monitoring the 4 way stop area as they have always done. Ald.
Breese suggested the Police monitor the 4-way stop at the busy times
of the day and park away from the downtown area after 7:pm. This will
help out the businesses. All of the Council agreed.
Mayor and Alderperson’s:
A motion was made by Ald. Carlisle to go into Executive Session
regarding Personnel Annual Wage Reviews and seconded by Ald.
Hardman. Executive Session began
at 6:32 p.m.
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Regular Session returned from Executive Session at 6:45 p.m.
Motion was made by Ald. Lindahl to increase the pay of all full time hourly
employees by 2%. This pay raise will be retroactive beginning May 1, 2020.
The motion was seconded by Ald. Carlisle. Roll call vote all ayes and the
Ald. Lindahl mentioned there is a dead ash tree on 415 N. Main that needs to be
He also mentioned a few properties that need notices to clean up junk in their
Ald. Hardman reported the city sidewalk at 504 W. Smith is a mess and needs to
be removed or fixed. There is also a large Maple tree at this same address that
needs to be removed. Mayor Maher will have City Superintendent, Joe Kinsella,
check it out.
Denny Rewerts mentioned there are 2 dogs at 211 W. Smith that pull at there
chains to the city sidewalk and bark at anyone that walks near the area. They
need to be warned that the dogs chains must not reach the sidewalk.
Motion to Adjourn was made by Ald. Breese and seconded by Ald. Hardy.
Voice votes all ayes and the meeting adjourned at 7:17 p.m.
Minutes submitted by,
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Minutes from 6/08/2020