City of Wyoming
December 14, 2020
Venue: Video Conferencing via “ZOOM”
The Regular Council Meeting was called to order by Mayor Pat Maher at 6:24 p.m. (The Zoom
application records the meeting) The Wyoming, Illinois City Council met Monday, December 14,
2020 using video conferencing through the ”Zoom” application.
Mayor Maher was presiding with Alderwomen Ginger Carlisle and Kathy Hardy 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 all present.
Minutes from the November 16, 2020 Regular Council Meeting and Executive Session were
reviewed . The motion was made by Ald. Breese to approve the minutes as presented. This
was seconded by Ald. Carlisle. 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 $2,176,280.19. The motion was made by Ald. Carlisle to authorize
Treasurer Lisa Evans to pay all the bills listed on the City of Wyoming Board Listing dated
12/16/2020 and the extra bills that were submitted the night of the meeting. Which were Menards
invoice 51918 dated 12/09/20 for $65.12, and Illinois Valley Cellular invoice dated 12/09/20 for
$179.15. The motion was seconded by Ald. Breese. Roll call votes all ayes and the motion was
Treasurer Lisa Evans submitted a renewal quote from Ferguson Waterworks for 2021
software maintenance including Neptune’s latest version of software for water meter
reading. This software imports the readings to our LOCIS billing software. The quote was
for $2086.09 for service from 2/1/2021 to 1/31/2022. The motion was made by Ald. Breese to
accept the quote from Ferguson Waterworks for a total of $2086.09. The motion was seconded
by Ald. Hansard. Roll call votes all ayes and the motion carried.
John and Ben Leezer, of Leezer Insurance Agency, presented a bid for the City’s Property and
Liability Insurance Coverage Renewal. The Aldermen were given packets of information prior to
the meeting to review. Ald. Carlisle asked if the Council members needed to be bonded. John
stated that the council is covered by $50,000.00 for employee dishonesty. The bid was for
$45,703.00 with an add on Option of $1232.00 for full replacement coverage of the Paramount
Theater. Ald. Breese made a motion to accept the bid from Leezer Insurance including the Option
for full replacement cost for the Paramount Theater of $1232.00. The motion was seconded by
Ald. Hardy. Roll call votes all ayes and the motion was carried.
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Engineer Justin Reeise from the Farnsworth Group reported that everything has slowed down
with the IEPA. This allowed us to apply for 2021 grant money that we should know the results of in
a few months. The Debt Ordinance is a required step in obtaining the IEPA low interest loan that
the City is pursuing to complete the upgrade work at the Wastewater Treatment Plant. The loan
program requires this ordinance be passed by the City utilizing these funds.
The motion was made by Ald. Hardman to approve the Water Pollution Control Loan Program
Ordinance Authorizing Loan Agreement in the principal amount of $1,606,000.00. The motion was
seconded by Ald. Hansard. Roll call votes all ayes and the motion carried. (Ord. 20/21-23)
Justin also presented a Motor Fuel Tax Maintenance Resolution of $65,000.00 for oil and chip on
streets and to do the work we were unable to get bids on this year. Ald. Hansard made the motion
to approve the Resolution for $65,000.00. The motion was seconded by Ald. Hardman. Roll call
votes all ayes and the motion carried. (Resolution 20/21-24)
City Attorney Michael Evans updated the Council on several items. First he reported that he has
prepared the petition to condemn the Locker property at 103 N. Galena and the process is on
Mayor Maher asked for the status on paperwork for completing the sale of city property to Mid
Century Fiber. Attorney Evans has arranged for a survey and provided pictures along with a
sketch of the property to Mid Century Fiber. Once they provide the Legal description to him, he will
conclude the transaction. Mid Century is responsible for all charges.
Regarding the proposed Right of Way fees, Attorney Evans does not think it possible to make an
Ordinance retroactive for repairs and disruptions to the city. He would like to make the Ordinance
for future disruptions to the city. He will hopefully present the Ordinance to the Council at our next
Attorney Evans presented the Council with the 2020 Tax Levy Ordinance for the amount of
$126,865.00. The motion was made by Ald. Carlisle to approve the yearly Tax Levy
Ordinance, for the amount of $126,865.00. The motion was seconded by Ald. Hansard. Roll
call votes all ayes and the motion was carried. (Ord. 20/21-25)
Ald. Carlisle has had several calls from Daniel Hatch at 105 W. Grove Street regarding drain
problem. Superintendent Joe Kinsella stated that there are issues with the placement of the
manhole and he will have to wait until this Spring to fix it.
Economic Development Advisor, Denny Rewerts updated the council on the complaint of a
worn out faded cone being used at the cross walk in front of the Congregational Church on
7 th Street. The School Superintendent has replaced it with a larger brighter cone.
Denny also reported that he met with 12 people from the community to discuss ideas they
would want to see in a Senior Living Facility. The architect will redo the drawings based on
the input they have received. Denny hopes to do a presentation to the Council at the next
Denny reported that the CEO of Graham Hospital & Associates decided they were not
interested in having a facility in Wyoming but were willing to meet with Denny to share
their expertise with him for marketing a medical facility. Denny also continues to keep in
touch with Representative Ryan Spain regarding a medical facility for Wyoming.
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Denny announced that the City received a check for $58,000.00 through the DCEO CURE
Reimbursement Program. The North Central Council of Governments helped the city apply
for this allocated money. They will continue to help us apply for future grants during this
Corona Virus pandemic.
Chief of Police, Mark James reported 10 calls, 2 traffic stops and 2 assists.
He also reported that the alternator on the Ford had to be replaced. Mark also mentioned he has
not seen a grant check for the police vests and will not order them until he does.
Water and Sewer Manager, Greg McCauley reported that he replaced the chlorine and caustic
lines at the Water Plant. There are still no updates on parts needed for the Waste Water
Treatment Plant so work on the facility will be moved out to Spring.
Mayor Maher reminded everyone that the Certificate of Completion for the Sexual
Harassment Prevention Training must be turned in to the City Clerk before the end of the
Alderwoman Carlisle asked the Mayor for an update on the stop signs. He contacted Chad
Allen with the Toulon Township regarding adding a stop sign and they both agreed that
they should not. This has been done in the past and due to several complaints were taken
down. The Mayor asked Chief Mark James to keep an eye on that area and report to him.
Ald. Hardy made a motion to go into Executive Session on the topic of Personnel. The
motion was seconded by Ald. Lindahl. Roll call votes all ayes and the session started at
7:05 p.m. A motion was made by Ald. Hansard to go back into Regular Session at 7:15
p.m. The motion was seconded by Ald. Hardman. Voice votes all ayes and the Regular
Session started at 7:15 p.m.
Ald. Hardman made the motion to give each of the seven full time employees a one time
$1200.00 bonus for their work done during the Covid-19 pandemic. The motion was
seconded by Ald. Breese. Roll call votes all ayes and the motion was carried.
Ald. Hansard made the motion to give the City Aldermen and Mayor a pay raise of $50.00
each per meeting. Attorney Evans will verify when this raise can take effect. The motion
was seconded by Ald. Hardy. Roll call votes all ayes and the motion carried.
Motion to Adjourn was made by Ald. Hardy and seconded by Ald. Carlisle. Voice votes all
ayes and the meeting adjourned at 7:20 p.m.
Minutes submitted by,
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