City of Wyoming
July 26, 2021
Venue: Paramount Theater
Special Council Meeting
The Regular Council Meeting was called to order by Mayor Pat Maher at 6:01 p.m. (The audio recorder was turned on) The group in attendance Pledged their Allegiance to the Flag.
The Wyoming Illinois City Council met Monday July 26, 2021, at the Paramount Theater located at 104 S. 7th, Wyoming, IL.
Mayor Maher was presiding with Alderwoman Kathy Hardy of the First Ward, Alderman Dave Lindahl of the Second Ward, Aldermen Daniel Hardman and Steve Hansard of the Third Ward were present. Alderwomen Ginger Carlisle of the First Ward and Alderman Jim Mercer from the Second Ward were absent.
Treasurer Lisa Evans presented the Hjerpe/Tennison Engagement Letter for the Council to vote on. The letter states that the audit will cost no more than $9800.00, which was the same as last year. The motion was made by Ald. Hardy to accept. The motion was seconded by Ald. Hansard. Roll call vote all ayes and the motion was carried.
She also informed the Council that a 15-month $68,000 C.D. had come due and after checking with all local banks, State Bank of Toulon was the highest rate.
Attorney Mike Evans presented Annual Budget Ordinance 21/22-1 (May1, 2021 through April 30, 2022) for the Council to vote on. The motion was made by Ald. Hansard to accept Ordinance 21/22-1. The motion was seconded by Ald. Hardman. Roll call votes all ayes and the motion carried.
The Mayor asked if Mike contacted Mid Century regarding our Right of Way Ordinance. He said he contacted the Director of Operations and explained the Ordinance. The Director will report this to the company and get back to us in a couple of weeks. Mike will continue to keep in touch with them.
Economic Development Advisor Denny Rewerts presented a TIF application from Bo/Gar for putting in a flagpole in front of their building on S. 7th Street. It would look nice to see the flag as people come into town. Denny wasn’t sure that it will qualify for TIF funds. The motion was made by Ald. Hansard to approve the application and submit it for qualification of TIF funds. The motion was seconded by Ald. Hardman. Roll call votes all ayes and the motion carried.
Regarding the preliminary City Map accuracy Denny was at the courthouse and looked into whether the houses on the north edge of Wyoming were actually in the City limits and they were. City Clerk, Diane Baker will contact Chamlin & Associates and report that everything looks accurate.
City Engineer Josh Brown introduced himself to the council. Justin Reeise updated him on all that was going with the city. He will continue to follow up on the WasteWater Treatment Loan and the IDOT approval of MFT bid.
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Superintendent Joe Kinsella: Absent
Water and Sewer Manager Greg McCauley: Absent
Chief of Police, Mark James has nothing new to add regarding the police vehicle. Lead time could be anywhere from September to December.
The mayor had more complaints about the profane signs in town. He asked Officer James what the city could do about them. He suggested the City get with Attorney Evans and come up with a City Ordinance.
Mayor Maher reported he talked to Mid Century Communications for quotes on phones and internet for the City. He decided signed the paperwork to get fiber optic phones and internet through them. The total cost of phones and internet is half the cost of our current phones alone. The frontier phones for City Hall, the police, the city guys, and WWTP total $820.00 per month.
Finance Committee Ald. Hardman reported that the Parks and Trees fund was historically funded by franchise fees from Frontier and Mediacom. These fees have been reduced significantly. The current balance in the Parks and Trees is $20,00.00. He reported the City receives a new gaming tax revenue that Denny Rewerts confirmed was an average of $2000.00 per month added to the General Fund. Ald. Hardman suggested that a percentage of those funds be used for Parks and Trees. Ald. Hansard suggested 50%. Ald. Hardman made the motion to put 50% of the gaming tax fees into the Parks and Trees fund each month. The motion was seconded by Ald. Hardy. Roll call votes all ayes and the motion was carried.
Ald. Hardman gave an update on the new concession building at North Park ball diamond. All interior walls are up except ones that need plumbing and the next step is to insulate. He said the building looks great.
Mayor Maher mentioned he received an email from Representative Spain informing the City that they has been allocated $173,056.98 which the City can apply for. This is for infrastructure- water, sewer or broadband and expenses incurred due to Covid. Diane believed this was a separate grant from the previous one for $150,000 we were waiting to hear back from the government on. She will be contacting North Central Council to help hr get the application done in a timely manner.
Alderman’s report: Ald. Hansard was asked by Denny Leadley at S. Main Street if the shed sitting behind his property was the City’s. He would like it to be moved. It had a den of foxes and other animals under it at one time. The Mayor will contact Joe Kinsella to see if it belongs to the City before getting back to Mr. Leadley.
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Ald. Lindahl was impressed with the new Diamond shed. It looks very nice.
Motion to Adjourn was made by Ald. Hardy and seconded by Ald. Hansard. Voice votes all ayes and the meeting adjourned at 6:49 p.m.
Minutes submitted by
Diane Baker, City Clerk
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