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February 1, 2010

A regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Arthur, IL, was held on Monday, February l, 2010. Village President Ron Kingery called the meeting to order at 7:00pm. Roll call was answered by Trustees Terry Clark, Karen Good, Darrell Duzan, Matt Bernius, Mike McWilliams, and Iris Dicks.

Approval of Previous meeting minutes
The regular meeting minutes and the Executive Session minutes of January 18, 2010, were approved as presented.

President Comments and Announcements
President Kingery reminded everyone that tomorrow is Election Day and thanked the Village employees for preparing the polling place in the Community Room.

He stated several FOIA requests have been filled. He reminded everyone to turn in materials so they are available for requests.

He distributed a list of items for Trustees to think about including yard waste removal.

He distributed time cards to employees, and those are working well.

At the next meeting, Sue Perrine will have spreadsheets on CD for budget work.

Next Tuesday morning President Kingery will have a work session meeting at the R&I at 6 am. It will be a Q&A time for the public; he encouraged Trustees to attend if possible. If needed, there will be a follow up meeting an hour before a regular meeting in March.

Visitor Comments
Visitors present were Dave Allen, Dave Conlin,  Amber Mercer, Alice Ray, and Tim Singer, as well as Village employee Sue Perrine.

Trustee Reports
K. Good stated semi trucks are going west on Park Street and trying to turn south on Elm Street. The trucks are ruining a yard and smashing a culvert. Police Chief Goodman reviewed some of the history with signage for trucks going to / from MasterBrand in the past,  MasterBrand has not been willing to change their address to Progress Street to help the GPS systems direct drivers appropriately. He suggested asking the state to assist with signage on Route 133. M. Bernius requested we send a letter to MasterBrand as to why they are not willing to change their address.

D. Duzan stated he is delaying the implementation of job descriptions for the Street and Alley Department until fall.

M. Bernius distributed job description drafts for the Water and Sewer Departments employees.

I. Dicks attended the Amish Country of Central Illinois CVB meeting (Arcola, Arthur, Sullivan, and Tuscola); the next one will be in Arthur on February 18.

Police Chief Report
The monthly report for January 2010 and December 2009 and the 2009 yearly report was distributed.

He and S. Perrine have completed their FOIA certification.

All of the Village employees have completed their NIMS training; the Trustees need to complete their training. This needs to be completed to receive federal funding.

Village Attorney Report
R. Crossman stated there will be a meeting on February 3 with the Department of Natural Resources regarding flood plain variances.

A call was received from a billboard company regarding zoning. It looks like they might be doing some work outside the Village limits

Old Business
M. Bernius reviewed the previous discussions regarding the damage to the radio read water meters. He read a statement that R. Crossman added to the previous ordinance that states any damage to the meter or electronics not due to normal wear will be the responsibility of the landowner with a minimum repair cost of $100. M. Bernius made a motion to approve the updates to the ordinance. D. Duzan seconded. All Trustees voted YEA.

New Business
No representatives from the sixth grade were present, so M. Bernius stated the class wants to hold a bake sale in February at the gazebo to raise money for St. Jude's. M. Bernius made a motion to approve the request. D. Duzan seconded. All Trustees voted YEA.

Tim Singer presented a request from the Arthur Rotary Club for a $7,500 donation for the 2010 fireworks show on July 3. The show typically costs about $25,000. President Kingery reviewed the Village's budget and constraints. He tabled any action until after April 30, the end of the fiscal year. He urged the citizens to support this cause; there is an account at the State Bank to donate.

President Kingery stated the village needs to appoint an open Meetings designee. He suggested S. Perrine, with himself as an alternate. M. Bernius made a motion to approve the appointment; D. Duzan seconded. All Trustees voted YEA.

D. Duzan made a motion to approve S. Perrine attending a seminar in Peoria on February 10th with a registration fee of $50. L Dicks seconded. All Trustees voted YEA.

Approve Expenditures
T. Clark made a motion to approve expenditures in the amount of $5,496.66. K. Good seconded. All Trustees voted YEA.

Adjourn

President Kingery adjourned the meeting at 7:44pm.