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City Council Minutes 02/04/2008
AGENDA
CITY OF SALEM
REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING
FEBRUARY 4, 2008
6:00 P.M.

I.      Call to Order
II.     Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance
III.    Approval of Minutes – January 21, 2008, Public Meeting 1/24/08
IV.     Presentation of Petitions/Public Comments
V.      Mayor’s Report and Presentations
        1.  Recommendation for Appointment to Zoning Board of Appeals
    M. F. Beauford, 110 Country Club Estates

VI.     City Council Action
1.      Request for Use of Bryan Park, Shelters 1, 2, & 8 for Car Show on May 17th
2.      Consideration of Adopting New Logo for City of Salem
3.    First Reading – Ordinance to Require the Registration of Business

After Reports
4       Executive Session
a.      Sale of Property
b.      Collective Bargaining
5.      Consideration of Placing Current Library Building For Sale
6.      Consideration of Amending Code of Ordinances Sec. 2-133 ( e) ( 1) and ( 3) – Residency

VII.    City Manager Report
VIII.   City Attorney Report
IX.     City Council Report
X.      Adjournment

Thomas F. Christie
City Manager
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CITY OF SALEM, ILLINOIS
Regular City Council Meeting Minutes
February 4, 2008
I.  Call to order
The Salem City Council met in regular session on February 4, 2008, at the hour of 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of Salem City Hall.  The meeting was called to order by Mayor Leonard E. Ferguson.   

The following Council Members were present upon roll call:
Councilman Tom Carr
Councilman Harold Blank
Councilman Joe Hotze
Councilman David Black
Mayor Leonard E. Ferguson

Other persons present:
City Manager Thomas F. Christie
City Attorney Michael R. Jones
City Clerk Jane Marshall
Finance Director Marilyn Shook
Public Works Director John Pruden
Chief of Police Ron Campo       
Assistant City Manager Bev West
Economic Development Director Tracey McDaneld
Recreation Director Sherry Daniels
Code Enforcement Officer Brad Crow
Library Director Kim Keller
Media:  Salem Times Commoner, WJBD Radio, Centralia Sentential
II.  Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag
Opening prayer was led by Councilman Carr, followed by Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  

III.  Approval of Minutes, January 21, 2008 and Public Meeting of January 24, 2008
Minutes of regular City Council Meeting of January 21, 2008 were presented for review.  Motion was made by Councilman Carr, seconded by Councilman Black to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of January 21, 2008 as written and waive the reading.  Roll call vote:  AYES:  Councilmen Carr, Hotze, Blank and Black.  NAYS:  None.  Motion declared carried.  

Motion was made by Councilman Carr, seconded by Councilman Black to approve the minutes of the public meeting of January 24, 2008 as written and waive the reading.  Roll call vote:  AYES:  Councilmen Hotze, Blank, Black and Carr.  NAYS:  None.  Motion declared carried.

IV.  Presentation of Petitions/Public Comments - None.
V.  Mayor’s Report and Presentations
Mayor Ferguson recommended M. F. Beauford, 110 Country Club Estates for appointment to the Zoning Board of Appeals to fill an unexpired term ending April 30, 2009.  Motion was made by Councilman Blank, seconded by Councilman Black to approve the appointment of M. F. Beauford to the Zoning Board of Appeals.  Roll call vote.  AYES:  Councilmen Blank, Black, Carr, and Hotze.  NAYS:  None.  Motion declared carried.  
 
Mayor Ferguson presented information from IML regarding police and fire pensions, suggesting that a resolution be passed urging the General Assembly to stop making costly benefit improvements and adopt reforms that protect police and fire pensions.  Motion was made by Councilman Blank, seconded by Councilman Black to approve Resolution 2008-03, a resolution urging the General Assembly to stop making costly benefit improvements and adopt reforms that protect police and fire pensions.   Roll call vote.  AYES:  Councilmen Black, Carr, Hotze, and Blank.  NAYS:  None.  Motion declared carried.  

VI.  City Council Action
        1.  Request for Use of Bryan Park, Shelters 1, 2, & 8 for Car Show on May 17th
City Manager Christie recommended approval of the request from Mr. Matt Buchanan for use of Bryan Park for a Car Show on May 17, indicating that a similar request was granted last year.  The show this year will not include bikes or a cruise as it did last year.  Motion was made by Councilman Black, seconded by Councilman Blank to approve the request from Mr. Buchanan for use of Bryan Park on May 17 for a car show.  Roll call vote.  AYES.  Councilmen Carr, Hotze, Blank, and Black.  NAYS:  None.  Motion declared carried.  

        2.  Consideration of Adopting New Logo for City of Salem
     City Manager Christie requested direction from Council regarding the new city logo. (SALEM with underlined shape of arrow pointing to shape of the State of Illinois).  Mayor Ferguson asked if the new logo would replace the City’s old “Spirit and Space” logo because he would like to keep that one for his business cards and letter head.  Following discussion, decision was made to approve the new logo for promotional purposes.  Motion was made by Councilman Carr, seconded by Councilman Black to approve the new logo for promotional purposes.   Roll call vote.  AYES:  Councilmen Hotze, Blank, Black, and Carr.  NAYS:  None.  Motion declared carried.  

3.  First Reading  – Ordinance to Require the Registration of Business

City Manager Christie recommended approval of the proposed ordinance to require registration of businesses.  He indicated the practice of adopting a business license was discussed at last meeting.  The purpose of the registration is to allow the City to keep track of all businesses operating in the City, especially new businesses and to assure that the City is receiving proper allocation of sales tax from the State.  He further indicated that the registration is mandatory, but requires no fee.   Councilman Black did not agree with the proposed ordinance, indicating that the reason that he had brought up the issue was for the City to work with the Chamber of Commerce to welcome new businesses.  Councilman Hotze was not in favor of the proposed ordinance and did not like asking them to register every year.  City Manager Christie indicated that the purpose is to gain information, not to place a burden on businesses.  This being first reading, Mayor Ferguson asked that this ordinance be revised to make it more business friendly and brought back for Council consideration.  

After Reports
4.  Executive Session
                a.  Sale of Property
                b.  Collective Bargaining

Motion was made at 6:33 p.m. by Councilman Black, seconded by Councilman Blank to enter into executive session to discuss the sale of property and collective bargaining.   Roll call vote.  AYES:  Councilmen Carr, Hotze, Blank, and Black.  NAYS:  None.  Motion declared carried.  

Open Session at 8:01 p.m.

Upon returning to open session at 8:01 p.m. the following items were acted upon:

5.  Consideration of Placing Current Library Building for Sale
Motion was made by Councilman Black, seconded by Councilman Blank to declare the present library building located at 217 West Main Street as surplus property and to advertise it for sale thru the bidding process.  Roll call vote.  AYES:  Councilmen Carr, Hotze, Blank, and Black.  NAYS:  None.  Motion declared carried.  

6.  Consideration of Amending Code of Ordinance Sec. 2-133 ( e) ( 1) and ( 3) – Residency
Motion was made by Councilman Carr, seconded by Councilman Black to table this item.  Roll call vote.  AYES:  Councilmen Hotze, Blank, Black, and Carr.  NAYS:  None.  Motion declared carried.  

    Approval of Closed Session Minutes
Motion was made by Councilman Black, seconded by Councilman Blank to approve closed session minutes of October 10, 2007; October 15, 2007; October 23, 2007; September 17, 2007; November 27, 2007; December 17, 2007; and January 7, 2008.  Roll call vote.  AYES:  Councilmen Blank, Black, Carr, and Hotze.  NAYS:  None.  Motion declared carried.  
VII.  City Manager Report - None
VIII.  City Attorney Report – None
IX.  City Council Reports
Councilman Carr asked if the City would be considering a smoking ordinance.   Chief Campo reported that they have only received six complaints and most of them were from the same location.  He further indicated that this State Statute is still a “work in progress”, indicating that it is still early for the City to enact any ordinances.  
Councilman Blank and Councilman Black complimented Public Works Director Pruden and the Public Works Department on the good job of cleaning the city streets after the wind storm.  
X.  Adjournment
There being no further business for discussion at 8:06 p.m., motion was made by Councilman Black, seconded by Councilman Carr to adjourn.  Roll call vote.  AYES:  Councilmen Black, Carr, Hotze, and Blank.  NAYS.  None.  Motion declared carried.  

Jane Marshall, CMC
City Clerk
 
Approved as written by City Council on February 18, 2008.