City of Wyoming
October 12, 2020
Venue: Paramount Theater
including Video Conferencing via “ZOOM”
The Regular Council Meeting was called to order by Mayor Pat Maher at 6:07 p.m.
(The Zoom application records the meeting) The Wyoming, Illinois City Council
met Monday, October 12, 2020 at the Paramount Theater located at 104 S. 7
Mayor Maher was presiding with Alderwomen Ginger Carlisle of the First Ward,
Alderman Dave Lindahl of the Second Ward, and Aldermen Daniel Hardman and
Steve Hansard of the Third Ward were present. Alderperson’s Kathy Hardy of the
First Ward and Ryan Breese of the Second Ward were absent.
Minutes from the September 14, 2020 Regular Council Meeting were reviewed .
The motion was made by Ald. Carlisle to approve the minutes as presented. This
was seconded by Ald. Hansard. Roll call votes all ayes and the motion carried.
The Treasurer’s Report and Bills were reviewed. The Treasurer’s Report showed a
General Operation and CDs balance of $2,088,771.62. The motion was made by
Ald. Hardy to authorize Treasurer Lisa Evans to pay all the bills listed on the City
of Wyoming Board Listing dated 9/30/2020 and the additional bills that were submitted
the night of the meeting. Which were; Shirley Striping, LLC invoice dated 10/11/20 for
$900, and Truck Centers, Inc invoice F140314934:01 dated 10/9/20 for $74.53. There
were also three bills to be paid through the MFT fund. They were Lenz Oil Service,
Peoria, Inc invoice 18685 dated 9/1/20 for $3250.80, Lenz Oil Service, Peoria, Inc
invoice 18755 dated 9/25/20 for $2716.20, and Tri-Con Materials, Inc invoice 34220
dated 9/19/20 for $273.78. The motion was seconded by Ald. Hardman. Roll call votes
all ayes and the motion carried.
Treasurer Lisa Evans presented a quote from Karen Parrott with the Illinois FBFM
Association to do the City’s payroll. Lisa compared the figures with our current
payroll provider, ADP, and FBFM’s quote averages $900.00 to $1000.00 less per
year. The motion was made by Ald. Hardman to accept the bid from Illinois FBFM
Association to process the City’s payroll. The motion was seconded by Ald.
Carlisle. Roll call votes all ayes and the motion carried.
Lisa also presented the Council with a special price offer from AEP Energy with a
fixed rate of $0.04556 per kWh to begin February 2021 for 3 years. Our current rate
is $0.04856 per kWh). This is a potential annual savings, based on current usage,
of $445.00. This offer will expire on October 19, 2020. After some discussion the
motion was made by Ald. Hardman to lock in this lower rate of $0.04556 per kwh
beginning February 2021 for 3 years. The motion was seconded by Ald. Hansard.
Roll call votes all ayes and the motion carried.
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Bebe Groter who lives at 305 Henderson Street requested a donation for Toys for
Kids. Last year at Christmas time they supplied kids with clothing, toys, and gift cards
from local stores. They gave to 20 families last year with 34 kids. They also supply the
school with hand sanitizer, Kleenex, wipes, and personal products for boys and girls. The
City donated $4,000.00 last year and she is requesting the same amount this year. The
motion was made by Ald. Carlisle to donate $4,000.00 and seconded by Ald.
Hansard. Roll call votes all ayes and the motion carried.
Michelle Owens of 105 N. Galena addressed the council regarding the dangerous
condition of the old Locker building at 103 N Galena. She presented several pictures
of the dilapidated building and has seen animals go in and out of it including feral cats.
There is a cement pit in the building and children could be seriously injured. She
requests that the City take immediate action to condemn this building and tear it down.
Mayor Maher stated that the City had received quotes to remove the building as
high as $25,000.00. Mike Evans stated that the company that owns the property,
PIP-Group, LLC, is not interested in tearing it down and we will first have to file a
petition to condemn the property. Once we receive the deed we have 90 days to
tear it down. The Mayor asked if there were any Grants through the state to help
with the expense of the City removal of condemned properties. Mike was not
aware of any at this time. Joe Kinsella mentioned that some of the materials from
the building need to be taken to the landfill. Ald. Hardman stated that the
Wyoming Fire Department could possibly burn the rest of the structure. After
much discussion, Mayor Maher asked Joe to look into costs to rent equipment and
trucks to haul out material including landfill fees and bring the costs to our next
Troy Kirgan with Mid Century Fiber presented the Council with a Franchise
Agreement Ordinance granting a franchise to Century Enterprises, Inc. to
construct, operate and maintain a fiber optics communication system in the City
of Wyoming for the internet. This document was reviewed by City Attorney,
Michael Evans prior to being reviewed by the Council. Mike asked for clarification
that there would not be a fee for the City. There will be no fees for the City nor will
the City receive revenue. The motion was made by Ald.Hardman to approve the
Franchise Agreement Ordinance with Century Enterprises, Inc.The motion was
seconded by Ald. Hansard. Roll call votes all ayes and the motion carried. Ordinance#
Troy also stated that Mid Century Fiber would like to purchase a 25’x25′ piece of
land, between the city maintenance shed and the water tower, to build a small tool
cabinet. They offered $3000.00 for the property. The company will pay for all legal
costs, survey costs, and insurance. In addition they will pay the City to mow the
property. After some discussion the motion was made by Ald. Hansard to sell the
25’x25′ piece of property located between the city maintenance building and the
Water Tower for $3,000.00 to Mid Century Fiber. The motion was seconded by Ald.
Lindahl. Roll call votes all ayes and the motion carried. Attorney Evans will
prepare the paperwork for this transaction.
Economic Development Advisor, Denny Rewerts is working with the School
Superintendent to organize a round table discussion called Stark County Council
of Continuous Improvement (SCOCI). This will include mayors, board members,
and Parents from Bradford, Wyoming, and Toulon to discuss ideas and
suggestions to improve Stark County. Denny is sending out invitations for the
first meeting to be held on Wednesday November 4
th at 6 p.m.
Denny is also coordinating a date and time to do ribbon cutting ceremonies for
our 4 new businesses in town. They are Curry’s Carry Out Pizza, Pub 91, Maker’s
Mall, and Perfectly Polished.
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City Attorney, Mike Evans reported that he received the signed Release Deed from
Mr. Mutz allowing the City to use the properties he donated to the city in any way they
Mike updated the Council on the WWTP Annexation Ordinance. The notice of
annexation needs to be posted in the paper before the Waste Water Treatment Plant
Annexation Ordinance can be ready to vote on at our November 9
Lastly he mentioned that the Hoffmann property at 408 N. Main still looks unsightly but it
has been boarded up (windows, doors and holes in the house) to keep the animals out
and make it a safer . He will contact Mr. Hoffmann to finish cleaning up the property as
City Superintendent, Joe Kinsella reported he was finished with spray patching the
streets and is ready to pour cement floor for the new ball diamond’s shed.
Greg McCauley, Manager of the Wastewater Treatment Plant reported he has still not
received the Auger screen. Hopefully it will arrive in the next couple of weeks. He said
that Joe Kinsella told him that Jarod Ely found a large leak near 504 N Madison and fixed
it. Due to all of the leaks that have been fixed around town the water plant’s water usage
is down to between 120,000 and 130,000 gallons a day and the R/O only runs about 7
hours per day. Previously, a common average was around 180,000 gallons a day with
the R/O running about 10 hours a day. Four or Five years ago was the highest usage
he’d seen, averaging over 240,000 gallons a day with the R/O running 14 to 15 hours a
Police Chief Mark James reported 42 calls, 6 assists, 2 arrests, 10 traffic stops.
City Clerk, Diane Baker has Petition Packets ready for the April 6, 2021 Election in her
Ald. Hansard mentioned there is a City tree that needs to be trimmed on the corner of
South Street and Seventh Street. It is currently blocking the view of oncoming traffic. He
also reported that a homeowner on E. South street asked if he could purchase a small
parcel of land from the city to build a shed. This land is right next to his property. The
Mayor stated that the City has plans to sell larger lots for new housing development on
Ald. Hardman reported a complaint from Bob Clark at 115 W. Williams. There is a semi
that delivers to Morrissey’s Refrigeration
that instead of backing into the parking lot
from Williams St. drives through the alley
behind Bob’s house and makes ruts in his
yard. The Mayor asked Joe Kinsella to put a
“No Trucks Allowed” sign at the alley
Motion to Adjourn was made by Ald. Lindahl and seconded by Ald. Hardman.
Voice votes all ayes and the meeting adjourned at 7:32 p.m.
Minutes submitted by,
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