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City Council Minutes 12/07/2009
CITY OF SALEM
REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA
MONDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2009
6:00 P.M.

I.      Call To Order
II.     Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance
III.    Approval of Minutes -  November 16, 2009 & Special Meeting November 24, 2009
IV.     Presentation of Petitions/Public Comments
V.      Mayor’s Report and Presentations
VI.     City Council Action
1.      Report/Cost Saving Proposal - Mutual Medical
2.      Consideration of Increase in Swimming Pool Fees
3.      Ordinance – First Reading – Amending Chapter 3 – Alcoholic Liquor
4.      Consideration to Approve Utility Subordination Agreement with Salem Airport Authority  
VII.    City Manager Report
VIII.   City Attorney Report
IX.     City Council Report
X.      Adjournment

Thomas F. Christie
City Manager
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MINUTES
CITY OF SALEM
REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING
 DECEMBER 7, 2009
6:00 P.M.

I.      Call To Order
The Salem City Council met in regular session on Monday, December 7, 2009, 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 Kip Meador
Councilman Steve Huddlestun
Councilman David Black   
Mayor Leonard E. Ferguson
Others Present:
City Manager Thomas F. Christie
City Attorney Michael R. Jones  
City Clerk Jane Marshall
Public Works Director John Pruden
Finance Director Marilyn Shook
Economic Development Director Tracey McDaneld
Recreation Director Sherry Daniels
Chief of Police Ron Campo
Code Enforcement Officer Brad Crow
Assistant to the City Manager Bev West
Media: Salem Times Commoner, WJBD Radio, Centralia Sentential, US Sonet – video recorded, along with several members of the public
Absent:
Library Director Kim Keller
DOEM Director Terry Mulvany

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


III.    Approval of Minutes – November 16, 2009 and Special Meeting of November 24, 2009
Minutes of Regular City Council Meeting of November 16, 2009 were presented for review.  Councilman Black moved and Councilman Huddlestun seconded the motion to approve the minutes of Regular Council Meeting of November 16, 2009 as written and waive the reading.  
Roll call vote.  AYES:  Councilmen Carr, Meador, Huddleston, and Black.  NAYS: None.  Motion declared carried.

Minutes of Regular City Council Meeting of November 24, 2009 were presented for review.  Councilman Black moved and Councilman Huddlestun seconded the motion to approve the minutes of Special Council Meeting of November 24, 2009 as written and waive the reading.   Roll call vote.  AYES:  Councilmen Meador, Huddleston, and Black.  ABSTAIN:  Councilman Carr.    NAYS: None.  Motion declared carried.


IV.     Presentation of Petitions and Public Comments
City Manager Christie asked that Agenda Items #1 and #4 be removed from the Agenda due to conflicts in scheduling for representatives from Mutual Medical and the Airport Authority requested additional time.  


V.      Mayor’s Report and Presentations
No reports.


VI.     CITY COUNCIL ACTION
1.      Report/Cost Saving Proposal - Mutual Medical  -  Removed from Agenda

2.      Consideration of Increase in Swimming Pool Fees
City Manager Christie presented this Agenda Item, indicating it was tabled for one month to allow adequate time for citizen input regarding the fee structure.  He recommended adoption of the fee structure proposed by Recreation Director Daniels.   He acknowledged receipt of three e-mails received from residents expressing concern that $5.00 pool fee was too high; and the survey taken by WJBD Radio.   He commented that the expenses for operation of the pool are fixed items and will either be covered from pool fees or from the General Fund.  

Mayor Ferguson expressed concern that if the fees are too high, people will not use the pool.  
Council discussed the concessions, pool rental for parties, general admission fees, and the Swim Team fees and usage of the pool.    

Comments were heard from Bill Marsh, 113 Hawthorn Estates Drive; and Kristin Wilkins, Iuka, IL, representing the Swim Team with concerns about the swimming pool fees.  

Following lengthy discussion, Councilman Huddlestun moved and Councilman Meador seconded the motion to set the swimming pool fee structure - $3.00 for ages 3 through 16 years;  $3.00 for ages 55 and older; $4.00 for ages 17 through 54.  Mayor Ferguson expressed concern that the $3.00 fee may be too low.  Discussion continued.   Roll call vote:  AYES:  Councilman Huddlestun.   None    NAYS:  Councilmen Black, Carr, and Meador.  Motion failed.  

Councilman Black moved and Councilman Meador seconded the motion to set the swimming pool fee structure - $3.50 for ages 3 through 16 years; $3.50 for ages 55 and older; and $4.50 for ages 17 through 54 years.  Roll call vote.  AYES:  Councilmen Black, Carr, Meador, and Huddlestun.  NAYS:  None.  Motion declared carried.

3.       Ordinance 2009-15  – First Reading – Amending Chapter 3 – Alcoholic Liquor
City Manager Christie presented this Agenda Item, commenting that at the time a new classification “I” liquor license was created at the request of the Wine Rack, pertinent information regarding closing times, etc. was omitted.  This ordinance is to clean-up the code and insure that the information is included and is consistent with similar establishments.  He recommended approval of the “clean-up” language.  

Mayor Ferguson asked that this Item be voted on now, since this ordinance is just to clarify the code.
Councilman Black moved and Councilman Carr seconded the motion to approve Ordinance 2009-15, an ordinance amending chapter 3 of the City Code, to include Class “I” liquor licenses in sections 3-4, 3-6, and 3-7.  
Roll call vote:  AYES:  Councilmen Carr, Meador, Huddlestun, and Black.
NAYS:  None.   Motion declared carried.  

4.       Consideration to Approve Utility Subordination Agreement with Salem Airport Authority
 (Removed from Agenda)


VII.    City Manager Report
City Manager Christie reported that a dental plan for the City will be presented to Council for consideration at the next meeting.  


VIII.   City Attorney Report
No Report


IX.     City Council Report
Councilman Carr expressed appreciation and thanked everyone for their prayers and condolences in the resent loss of his daughter’s foster child and his brother-in-law.  He also expressed appreciation for the flowers that were sent to him from the City during his recovery from surgery.

Councilman Meador commented on the Christmas decorations downtown and recognized the work of the Daffy-Dill Garden Club in decorating the planter boxes.  

Councilman Huddlestun:  No Report

Councilman Black:  No Report

Recreation Director Daniels reported that the swimming pool construction is about 40% complete.  

Mayor Ferguson asked Public Works Director Pruden when the street improvements list will be ready for review.   Pruden replied it will be ready after the first of the year.  


X.      Adjournment
There being no further business for discussion at 7:36 p.m., Councilman Carr moved and Councilman Meador seconded the motion to adjourn.  Roll call vote:  AYES:  Councilmen Carr, Meador, Huddlestun, and Black.
NAYS:  None.   Motion declared carried.  



Jane Marshall, CMC
City Clerk

Approved as written by City Council on December 21, 2009.