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City Council Minutes 01/07/2008
AGENDA
CITY OF SALEM
REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING
MONDAY, JANUARY 7, 2008
6:00 P.M.

I.      Call to Order
II.     Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance
III.    Approval of Minutes, December 17, 2007
IV.     Presentation of Petitions/Public Comments
V.      Mayor’s Report and Presentations
VI.     City Council Action
1.      Request From Steve Smith for “Support Our Troops” Signs    
2.      Report from Pool Committee

After Reports
3.      Executive Session – Acquisition of Property
4.      Consideration of Acceptance of Donation of Property     

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

Thomas F. Christie,
City Manager

MINUTES
CITY OF SALEM
REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING
MONDAY, JANUARY 7, 2008
6:00 P.M.

I.      Call To Order
The Salem City Council met in regular session on January 7, 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.    
Council Members present upon roll call:
Councilman Tom Carr
Councilman Harold Blank
Councilman Joe Hotze
Councilman David Black   
      Mayor Leonard E. Ferguson
Others Present:
City Manager Thomas F. Christie
City Attorney Michael R. Jones  
City Clerk Jane Marshall
Finance Director Marilyn Shook
Public Works Director John Pruden  
Asst. City Manager for Planning & Administrative Services Bev West
Economic Development Director Tracey McDaneld
Recreation Director Sherry Daniels
Chief of Police Ronald Campo
Library Director Kim Keller
Media:  Salem Times Commoner, WJBD Radio, Centralia Sentential
Along with members of the public and Swimming Pool Committee and Scott Hester with Counsilman-Hunsaker  
Absent:  DOEM Director Terry Mulvany

II.     Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance
Opening prayer was led by Councilman Carr, followed by Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  

III.    Approval of Minutes,  december 17, 2007
Minutes of Regular City Council Meeting of December 17, 2007 was presented for review.   Motion was made by Councilman Black, seconded by Councilman Blank to approve the Minutes of Regular Meeting of December 17, 2007 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
Bob Kane of Kane Insurance Agency along with Todd Grier of ICRMT presented the initial installment of the 2002-2003 Dividend Program Years.  Mr. Grier explained the ICRMT Dividend Program provides for a three-year payout with an initial payment of 25% in the first year and 37.5% in the second and third years.  He indicated that the City could be entitled to an additional dividend payable next year for 2003-2004.   The total dividend earned for 2002-2003 program year is $37,096 and a check in the amount of $9,274 representing the first installment for 25% of this dividend was presented to the City Manager.    

VI.     City Council Action
1.      Request From Steve Smith for “Support Our Troops” Signs    
This item was tabled until next Council Meeting because Mr. Smith was not present.  Motion was made by Councilman Black, seconded by Councilman Carr to table this discussion on this request until next Council Meeting because Mr. Smith was not present for the discussion.   Roll call vote.  AYES:  Councilmen Blank, Black, Carr and Hotze.   NAYS:  None.  Motion declared carried

2.      Report from Pool steering Committee
Members of the Swimming Pool Steering Committee were present along with Scott Hester with Counsilman-Hunsaker to discuss the pool design and recommendation.  Brian Hood opened the discussion and presented preliminary drawing of the minimum requirements to meet the wants and needs of the community after meeting with the pool steering committee and with members from the health care facilities, Salem Community High School, and Franklin Park Elementary School.   The drawing was for a multi-purpose pool area with 8-lane, 25 yard competition area of 9,300 sq ft; pool deck area of 20,000 sq ft; bath house size 2,500 sq ft; therapy pool w/support space size of 2,000 sq ft; pool mechanical building size 1,200 sq ft; and parking area for 75 spaces; and future items to be added including 600 sq ft tot pool; 2nd waterslide; and 40-50 additional parking spaces.  Total project cost est. $4,307,766.38; total estimate w/alternate bid items, $4,830,266.38.

Mr. Hood explained that interest has been expressed by Salem Township Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, and Kaskaskia College for having indoor therapy area which could be used by seniors, the hospital, and for pool parties.  

Councilman Black indicated the indoor therapy pool could provide revenue from rental fees.

Councilman Hotze indicated the City should apply for OSLAD grants to help with the funding of this project and suggested we should build a larger pool and add the amenities later.  Councilman Black indicated that the proposed increase in sales tax is not intended for the pool only.  

Mr. Hood commented, no matter what, we are still in need of a pool.

Mr. Hester estimated the construction time between 9 to 10 months, indicating that if ready to begin when pool closes, it could be completed by time to open in the spring.  

After Reports
3.      Executive Session – Acquisition of Property

4.      Consideration of Acceptance of Donation of Property     

VII.    City Manager Report
None.

VIII.   City Attorney Report
None.  

IX.     City Council Report
Councilman Carr reported:
·       He had two people comment they would have liked for the leaf vac to pick-up leaves for one more week
·       Distributed photos of sidewalk ramp in Lebanon as an example for Council to consider for a solution to parking issue on East Main Street.  

Councilman Hotze
None.  

Councilman Blank
·       Guttering on west side of Bryan Museum looks like it is about to fall.  

Councilman Black
·       Man hole covers along Main Street need to be raised.  Public Works Pruden indicated that these will be taken care of in the spring by putting hot patch in them.   
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3.  Executive Session – Acquisition of Property
Motion was made at 7:37 P.M. by Councilman Black, seconded by Councilman Blank to enter into Executive Session to discuss acquisition of property.  Roll call vote.  AYES:  Councilmen Black, Carr, Hotze, and Blank.  NAYS:  None.  Motion declared carried.

4.  CONSIDERATION OF ACCEPTANCE OF DONATION OF PROPERTY
Upon returning to open session at 7:37 P.M., City Manager Christie stated that Mr. Wayne Stanford has offered to gift to the City real estate located at 317 South Pearl at no charge.  Motion was made by Councilman Carr, seconded by Councilman Blank to approve acceptance of the offer made by Wayne T. Stanford to gift real estate located at 317 South Pearl to the City at no charge.  Roll call vote.  AYES:  Councilmen Carr, Hotze, Blank, and Black.  NA YS:  None.  Motion declared carried.  

X.      Adjournment
There being no further business for discussion, motion was made by Councilman Blank, seconded by Councilman Black to adjourn.  Roll call vote.  AYES:  Councilmen Hotze, Blank, Black, and Carr.  NAYS:  None.  Motion declared carried.  


Jane Marshall, CMC
City Clerk

Approved by City Council as written on January 21, 2008.
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