The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.

La Harpe Special Council Meeting

by Michael Rodeffer, The Quill

The LaHarpe City Council met September 10, 2018, at City Hall at 7:00 pm for the regular meeting.

Answering roll call were: Dave Clover, Jerry Burford, Kelly Harkey, Randy Shumaker, Greg Wisslead , Brian Covert, Treasurer-Maggie Link, City Clerk-Lucretia McPeak, and Mayor Katherine Hasten-Reed.

Christopher Scholz joined the council at 7:03 pm.

Also present: Larry Finch, Kent Wilson, David Little, Eric Moe, Monalisa Graves, Tim Graves, Dan Gillett, Max Owsley, Trevor Finch, and Bradon Finch.

Everyone recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

Public Works reported there would be a bill for the city's dump truck.

The City's ESDA Representative Max Owsley reported that September is "Preparedness" month. Everyone should have at least 3 months of supplies ready in case of an emergency situation.

Tim Graves reported the raw meter should be in and ready to install by Wednesday or Thursday this week.

City Clerk Lucretia McPeak reported that Max Owsley has submitted a petition for disconnection for his property at 600 S. G Street.

She also asked the council to approve appropriating funds from Motor Fuel Tax to pay Central Stone Co. $80.19; McDonough County Highway Department $307.13; and Gray Quarries $264.60.

She also praised the council on having a 1 page agenda again!

Treasurer Maggie Link announced the City Auditor will be at the next meeting. The action will be on the next agenda.

City Attorney Chris Scholz reported the Illinois Attorney General requests to install a raw meter to be included as part of the proposed consent order to the IEPA charges.

Eric Moe informed the council the DCO agreement for $500,000.00 has arrived and is ready.

Permits are in for the Rural Development project. The Letter of Conditions are here.

The City Council will set up a meeting with Lynn Armstrong to go over the Letter of Conditions.

The council will have a Special meeting on September 24th, at 6:00 pm, prior to the Regular Council meeting to go over the Letter of Conditions.

Moe announced the City should be getting approximately $2,500,000.00 for the water improvements. The City would still need to pay approximately $4,000,000.00!

Public comments:

Kent Wilson, with Premium Quality Lighting addressed the council concerning LED lighting for the City street lights.

The Company is offering rebates of $.75 per Watt on City street lights if changed over. The council will check into this offer.

Bradon Finch spoke to the council on behalf of the building on South Center Street. There were a few options discussed. One being to negotiate to a lesser charge owed, and another to leave it to the court decision. The council concurred to leave it at the court decision.

He will be put on the next agenda.

In other business:

Motions were made and carried to:

There was no action needed on:

There was discussion pertaining to the building on Main Street.

There was no action needed on updating the water billing software until quotes are received. This will be on the next agenda.

There was discussion on the City crew picking up storm debris if left on the City right-of-way. This is well within the State statutes to do so if there are limbs, etc., that have fallen after a storm.

There was discussion on an IDOT Safe Routes to School Grant. This will be looked into further.

Fall cleanup dates will be looked into for October.

The regular La Harpe City Council meeting adjourned at 8:36 pm.