April 5, 2010
A regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Arthur, IL, was held on Monday, April 5, 2010. Village President Ron Kingery called the meeting to order at 6:40pm. Roll call was answered by
Trustees Terry Clark, Karen Good, Matt Bernius, Mike McWilliams, and Iris Dicks. Trustee Darrell Duzan was absent.
President Kingery announced that Darrell Duzan resigned from the Village Board; he thanked Darrell for his service and listed several of Darrell's accomplishments and activities in the community.
President Kingery announced that Larry E. Miller has accepted his request to serve on the Board. M. Bernius made a motion to accept President Kingery's appointment of Larry E. Miller as a new Village
Trustee. I. Dicks seconded. All Trustees voted YEA.
Oath of Office
Village Clerk Jennifer Perrine administered the Oath of Office to Larry Miller.
Visitors present were Junior Beachy, Randa Carson, Dave Conlin, Lyle Dorjahn, Dick and Anna Marie Lampe, and Bill Singer. Anna Marie Lampe requested clarification regarding the situation at the property on the corner on Illinois and Cedar Streets. R. Crossman gave a brief history of the situation and stated the property owner has complied with the variance that was approved by the Village.
Dick Lampe asked about drainage in his area of town.
Dave Conlin asked where the problems are with the budget. President Kingery explained the shortcomings in the general fund, D. Conlin suggested giving additional information in the newspaper
to explain the situation to the citizens. President Kingery encouraged anyone to ask questions to the Trustees and give them a list of what services are important.
Approval of Previous meeting minutes
The following meeting minutes were approved as presented:
Water and Sewer Committee meeting of March 15, 2010
Board meeting of March 15, 2010
Water and Sewer Committee meeting of March 18, 2010
Water and Sewer Committee Executive Session of March 18, 2010
Water and Sewer Committee meeting of March 21,2010
Water and Sewer Committee Executive Session of March 21,2 010
Special Board meeting of March 29, 2010
Special Board Executive Session of March 29, 2010
President Comments and Announcements
On March 23rd President Kingery attended a meeting with Representative Flider and other area mayors.
President Kingery reminded everyone about the census; there are extra forms at the Village Office.
He reminded everyone about the upcoming Clean Up Days. The Christian School has a community service project next Friday; they will be cleaning gutters and ditches along Route 133 to improve
drainage. He reminded lawn waste is picked up on the lst & 3rd Tuesdays. If residents can't wait for those designated days, they can drop it off on the railroad right-of-way by the Street Department. The
Police Department will be enforcing ordinances regarding debris in yards. He reminded everyone to clean up after their pets.
There will be a Tourism Committee meeting this Thursday night at 6pm.
Five candidates were interviewed for the sewer position.
The CIMOA meeting will be in Monticello; the program will be about energy pricing.
Some of the employee evaluations have been completed.
S. Perrine commented on the financial documents.
T. Clark stated he has logged concerns from residents: consider a sales tax increase to generate revenue, a low interest loan fund (is being worked on by the Economic Development Corporation), miscellaneous stuff on sidewalks downtown, bicycle riders are not allowed on sidewalks downtown, taxing bodies being charged to use the community building, and semi truck traffic on Luke and Park Streets (President Kingery will send a letter to MasterBrand regarding their address).
M. Bernius stated five people were interviewed for the sewer position. Brandon Potthast reports on April 19. There is a Water and Sewer Committee meeting tomorrow night.
M. McWilliams welcomed L. Miller to the Board.
I. Dicks reported on the volunteers for the Inforrmation Center and the statistics from those who signed the guest register. She thanked those who helped clean up the landscaping around the Center. The local CVB will be meeting on April 22nd at Yoder's.
Police Chief Report
The grant money for the new squad car has been received.
There's been an increase in arrest warrants.
Village Attorney Report-None
Lyle Dorjahn presented a request from the Moultrie-Douglas County Fair Board for a special event
liquor license for the Fair from July 14 through 17. He reviewed their budget status and ideas to generate revenue. M. McWilliams made a motion to approve a special liquor license for the Moultrie- Douglas Fair from July 14 to 17, with operation hours on July 14 and 15 from 5pm to 1am and on July 16 and 17 from 12pm to 1am. M. Bernius seconded. All Trustees voted YEA.
R. Crossman explained the funding for the West Prairie Water Company and the request for a 5 year extension. T. Clark made a motion to extend the agreement with West Prairie Water to October 1, 2055. K. Good seconded. All Trustees voted YEA.
President Kingery presented a Memorandum of Agreement between the Arthur Area Economic Development Corporation (AAEDC), the Arthur Area Association of Commerce (AAAOC), and the Village for discussion regarding the new position for a Coordinator. This will be a yearly agreement.
Some changes were suggested.
President Kingery reviewed a request from Stellar Tours to block two to three parking places on Vine Street in front of her business for loading / unloading of tour busses. There was discussion regarding the request. T. Clark made a motion to allow the request for 2010 Tourism season subject to review. K. Good seconded. A11 Trustees voted YEA.
S. Perrine reviewed the process for the Motor Fuel Tax. K, Good made a motion to approve $120,000 in Motor Fuel Tax expenditures to be submitted to the state to finalize projects. M. Bernius seconded. All Trustees voted YEA.
T.Clark made a motion to approve expenditures in the amount of $14,718.54. K.Good seconded. All Trustees voted YEA.
T. Clark made a motion to approve March expenditures not yet approved in the amount of $10,189.17. K. Good seconded. All Trustees voted YEA.
President Kingery adjourned the meeting at 8:31 pm.