VILLAGE OF ST. JOSEPH
JULY 10, 2012
Mayor Hackler called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm.
The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all present.
Roll call was taken: HacklerPresent
Others in attendance: Julie Quednau, Village Office Manager; Amy McElroy-Fitzpatrick, Deputy Village Clerk; Deb Routh, Village Treasurer; Joe Lierman, Village Attorney; Nora Mayberry, The Leader;Amanda Stevens, Village Resident; Virginia Bolan, Village Resident; Tim King, King Financial Consulting; Peter Folk, Volo Broadband.
MINUTES:The minutes of the June 26, 2012 Village Board Meeting were approved as received.
TREASURER’S REPORT:Routh gave the Treasurer’s Report as of
July 10, 2012 (exhibit 1).Chism motioned and Fruhling-Voges seconded to accept the Treasurer’s Report as presented. Roll call vote was taken:
Rigdon – Aye, Spurlock – Aye, McCarty – Aye, Fruhling-Voges – Aye, Silver – Aye, and Chism – Aye.Motion passed 6-0.
INVESTMENT REPORT: Fruhling-Voges gave the Investment Report.First National Bank of Ogden rates were as follows: .15% for 3 months, .20% for 6 months. The Gifford State Bank’s rates were as follows: .05% for 3 months, .10 % for 6 months.Busey Bank did not submit bids.Fruhling-Voges proposed CD 16703 for $78,430 be rolled for 6 months at Gifford State Bank and that CD 51480 for $25,000 be rolled at FNB for 6 months and to designate that money back to equipment replacement.Chism motioned and Fruhling-Voges seconded the motion to accept the Investment Report and to roll the CDs.Roll call vote was taken: Rigdon – Aye, Spurlock – Aye, McCarty – Aye, Fruhling-Voges – Aye, Silver – Aye, and Chism – Aye.Motion passed 6-0.
BILLS:Silver requested $9,000 be transferred from the Park Bond to the Community Park Payment Account.Rigdon motioned and Chism seconded the motion to transfer this money and to pay bills.Roll call vote was taken: Rigdon – Aye, Spurlock – Aye, McCarty – Aye, Fruhling-Voges – Aye, Silver – Aye, and Chism – Aye.Motion passed 6-0.
PLANNING/ZONING: The board took a vote on Ordinance No 2012-10an Ordinance Granting Special Use Permit (109 S. Main Street).Roll Call Vote was taken: Rigdon – Aye, Spurlock – Aye, McCarty – Nay, Fruhling-Voges – Aye, Silver – Aye, and Chism – Nay.Motion passed 4 -2.
MAYOR’S DESK: The Liquor Ordinance was discussed and a new ordinance was proposed which is Title 3, Section 3-3-5 (B) 1 Class R Liquor License.This would remove the requirement that liquor must be served with food.The requirement that it must be served in a restaurant would remain.One option of the ordinance would also say that most of the revenue from the restaurant should be from food would have a % requirement and that the Liquor Commissioner can require an audit of sales.Another option has no percentage but still gives the Village the opportunity to monitor.All new licenses must report sales.Motion was made to adopt Ordinance 2012-11 Title 3, Section 3-3-4 (B) 1 Class R Liquor License by Chism and was seconded by Spurlock.Roll call vote was taken: Rigdon – Aye, Spurlock – Aye, McCarty – Aye, Fruhling-Voges – Aye, Silver – Aye, and Chism – Aye.Motion passed 6-0.
Peter Folk from Volo Broadband spoke the Village about looking to expand his broadband service into St. Joseph.His company uses optical fiber and has been in Champaign-Urbana for a while and his company services both the Champaign and Urbana governments.He stated that fiber broadband provides ultrafast broadband service for less.
Under the program he’s proposing broadband service would be as cheap or cheaper than water usage bills.He stated that traditional internet only goes so fast and over sells your bandwidth while his does not cap bandwidth.He is also looking to provide video and voice services by the end of the year.
COMMITTEE REPORTS ARE AS FOLLOWS:
FINANCE: Tim King was present to talk about municipal bonds.He presented the Village with a plan suggesting limited tax debt certificates. King is recommending $275,000 alternating maturity between FNB and Busey banks.The plan he was proposing would keep the payments under $30,000 and would be around $29,000 a year.The closing date on these bonds would be on July 24th, and keeps the flexibility and gives the option of paying off the debt early or possibly doing more in the future.The Village would pay both interests every 6 months with alternating principal payments.King will get the Village detailed payment information.This would provide the Village with the funds to resurface Main Street.
King also looked at the Village’s series 2005 bonds for refunding options.Two options for these Alternate Revenue Bonds were looked at.Option 1 saves the village more but not until the end of the payments and keeps a similar payment plan. Option 2 has a lower payment but would save the village $6000 a year.All savings listed were after fees involved in a refunding were taken into account. Fruhling-Voges prefers plan one since it saves the Village a larger amount of money.Rigdon and Chism also prefer option one.Rigdon motioned and Chism seconded proceeding with the limited tax debt certificates and refunding the Series 2005 Alternate revenue bonds.Roll call vote was taken: Rigdon – Aye, Spurlock – Aye, McCarty – Aye, Fruhling-Voges – Aye, Silver – Aye, and Chism – Aye.Motion passed 6-0.
Fruhling-Voges attended the RPC meeting and reported that she would leave the minutes for that meeting in the office but that there was nothing new to report from that meeting.
Fruhling-Voges brought up electric aggregation and stated that she and BJ met with Good Energy and several area communities that are going with them.Hackler stated that this must be on a fall referendum or Round 2 will be over and the company will most likely not have a round 3.Fruhling-Voges expressed concern that this would place additional stresses on the office staff and how would the $25 switch fee be handled for rental homes and homes and homes sold.There is an August 20th deadline to place something on the referendum.Mayor Hackler stated he will get copies of Good Energy’s proposal to the Trustees.Fruhling-Voges also suggested the possibility of having Good Energy come speak to the Trustees.
Fruhling-Voges presented the budget.Fruhling-Voges motioned and Chism seconded to accept the budget as presented.Roll call vote was taken..Roll call vote was taken: Rigdon – Aye, Spurlock – Aye, McCarty – Aye, Fruhling-Voges – Aye, Silver – Aye, and Chism – Aye.Motion passed 6-0.
SANITARY SEWAR:A bid was presented for International Decorators for $45, 398 to repaint the sewer plant.Motion was made by Rigdon and seconded by Chism to accept this bid.Roll call vote was taken: Rigdon – Aye, Spurlock – Aye, McCarty – Aye,
Fruhling-Voges – Aye, Silver – Aye, and Chism – Aye.Motion passed 6-0.
The contract with the Royer family was also discussed.The discussion was tabled for the time with the Village looking into some details.
PARKS AND RECREATION: Nothing to report.
PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY:Lierman spoke to the Village, residents and States Attorney on the vicious dog issue.Lierman stated that if the Village wants to ban vicious dogs after being declared by a court of law, require substantial tethering, and not allow tethering to reach beyond an owner’s property lines that should not be a problem.Lierman stated however that if the Village wishes to ban a vicious dog that has not been declared by the court then the issue becomes less clear on who can declare the dog vicious and not open the Village up to issues.Also Lierman brought up that the Village should have an appeal process and will bring a new ordinance with committee and include the Village’s wants/needs and will bring it to the next meeting.
BUILDING AND GROUNDS:Mr. Campbell, village resident, requested permission to put up a flag pole and was directed to speak to Peters.
STREETS AND ALLEYS: Chism stated that they had received one bid from Open Road Paving for the resurfacing of Grand between 3rd Street and 8th Street for $97,290.This was $6000 over the engineers estimate.Motion was made by Chism and was seconded by McCarty to accept this bid.Roll call vote was taken: Rigdon – Aye, Spurlock – Aye, McCarty – Aye, Fruhling-Voges – Aye, Silver – Aye, and Chism – Aye.Motion passed 6-0.
PARK DIRECTOR:Nothing to report.
CLERK’S DESK:Nothing to report.
ATTORNEY’S DESK: Nothing to report.
At 9:38 Silver motioned and Spurlock seconded a motion to adjourn the meeting.
These minutes are respectfully submitted.
Deputy Village Clerk