City of Wyoming
November 16, 2020
Venue: Paramount Theater
including Video Conferencing via “ZOOM”
The Regular Council Meeting was called to order by Mayor Pat Maher at
6:09 p.m. (The Zoom application records the meeting) The Wyoming,
Illinois City Council met Monday, November 16, 2020 at the Paramount
Theater located at 104 S. 7th, Wyoming, IL along with the Zoom application.
Mayor Maher was presiding with Alderwoman Ginger Carlisle of the First
Ward, Aldermen Ryan Breese and Dave Lindahl of the Second Ward, and
Aldermen Daniel Hardman and Steve Hansard of the Third Ward were
present. Alderwoman Kathy Hardy of the First Ward was absent.
Minutes from the October 12, 2020 Regular Council Meeting were reviewed .
The motion was made by Ald. Carlisle to approve the minutes as presented.
This was seconded by Ald. Lindahl. Roll call votes all ayes and the motion
The Treasurer’s Report and Bills were reviewed. The Treasurer’s Report
showed a General Operation and CDs balance of $2,153,551.64. The motion
was made by Ald. Hansard to authorize Treasurer Lisa Evans to pay all the
bills listed on the City of Wyoming Board Listing dated 11/16/2020 and the
bill that was submitted the night of the meeting. Which was Core & Main
invoice N288045 dated 11/09/20 for $968.88. The motion was seconded by
Ald. Hardman. Roll call votes all ayes and the motion was carried.
Treasurer Lisa Evans handed out the differences in premiums and
coverage between the current healthcare provider (United Healthcare) and
the proposed new provider (Blue Cross Blue Shield). She reported that the
current provider premiums increased 16%. The motion was made by Ald.
Carlisle to approve changing the employee Health Insurance to Blue Cross
Blue Shield which will take effect December 1, 2020. The motion was
seconded by Ald. Hardman. Roll call votes all ayes and the motion carried.
City Attorney Michael Evans reported that he is ready to file a petition to
condemn the Locker property at 103 N. Galena. It could take up to 30 days
before the City could get possession. Once the City has possession they
will have 90 days to tear down the building and clean up the property.
City Superintendent, Joe Kinsella estimated that the city could tear the
building down themselves for around $10,000. This cost includes Renting
an excavator and trucks to haul out material including landfill fees. He also
mentioned that it should be cheaper to do the work during the winter
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After much discussion the motion was made by Ald. Hansard for the City to
tear down the condemned Locker themselves once they take possession of
the property. The motion was seconded by Ald. Carlisle. Roll call votes all
ayes and the motion carried.
Mike Evans reported that he is still gathering information to complete the
paperwork for the sale of City property to Mid Century Fiber.
City Superintendent Joe Kinsella reported to the Council that he talked to
the Manager of the City of Kewanee and asked if they charge the fiber-
optics company any fees. He said they charge a right-of-way fee to cover
city crews time to locate and repair problems caused by the fiber-optic
company. Joe said that he spends a large amount of his time helping Mid
Century Fiber with locates and fixing problems and is asking the Council
and Attorney Evans to look into the possibility of charging them a right-of-
Michael Evans agreed to look into this and report back to the Council.
Economic Development Advisor, Denny Rewerts is meeting with a group of
people to discuss their thoughts and suggestions for a Senior Living Facility. He
would like a committee within the Council for future meetings to brainstorm ideas.
Ald. Hansard and Ald. Carlisle volunteered to be on the committee..
Denny continues to be in touch with Representative Spain regarding a medical
facility for Wyoming. He also had a round table meeting with School
Superintendent Elliott, Stark County Mayors, some parents, and business people
to discuss ideas and ways to improve our communities in Stark County.
Chief of Police, Mark James reported 27 calls, 5 traffic stops, 4 arrests, and 3
He also requested to purchase 2 bullet proof vests for the part time police officers
at a total cost of $1605.00. He will apply for a Grant totaling $1200.00 and asked
that the City pay $405.00. The motion was made by Ald. Hardman to approve
the purchase of 2 vests for the part time police at a cost to the City of $405.00.
The motion was seconded by Ald. Lindahl. Roll call votes all ayes and the motion
Water and Sewer Manager, Greg McCauley was absent, however, he sent a
typed report for all of the Alderpersons and Mayor to review. It stated there is an
issue at the water plant. The caustic water line has a leak in it somewhere
underground between the main water plant building and the ground tank. Nate
Joos, from G.A. Rich, and Greg determined the caustic and chlorine lines
need to be replaced with Poly line inside of the conduit. This work will
begin this week.
Alderperson’s report: Ald. Carlisle reported a complaint regarding the
building next to the bowling alley that has broken windows and animals
going in and out of it. Ald. Carlisle asked that the building be condemned.
Mayor Maher stated that the City will contact the owner first to request they
clean up the property.
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Ald. Lindahl made a motion to go into Executive Session on the topic of
Personnel. The motion was seconded by Ald. Hansard. Voice all ayes and
the session started at 7:00 p.m.
A motion was made by Ald. Carlisle to go back into Regular Session. The
motion was seconded by Ald. Hardman. Voice votes all ayes and the
Regular Session started at 7:05 p.m.
The motion was made by Ald. Carlisle to give each of the full time city
employees a $500.00 Christmas Bonus and the three part-time officers a
$200.00 Christmas Bonus. The motion was seconded by Ald. Hardman. Roll
call votes all ayes and the motion carried.
Motion to Adjourn was made by Ald. Hansard and seconded by Ald.
Hardman. Voice votes all ayes and the meeting adjourned at 7:07 p.m.
Minutes submitted by,
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