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City Council Minutes 2010 03-15
AGENDA
CITY OF SALEM
REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING
MONDAY, MARCH 15, 2010
6:00 P.M.

I.      Call to Order
II.     Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance
III.    Approval of Minutes:  March 1, 2010 & Special Meeting, March 8, 2010
IV.     Presentation of Petitions and Public Comments
V.      Mayor’s Report and Presentations
·       Proclamation – SAFE
·       Proclamation – “April in Salem” 2010 Great American Cleanup
VI.     City Council Action
1.      Resolution – Supporting Becoming a Member of the Pension Fairness for Illinois Communities Coalition
2.      2009 Updated Zoning Map of City of Salem
3.      Bills Payable
After Reports:
4.      Executive Session:
5 ILCS 120.1.05 ( c )(6)  - Sale of Property
5 ILCS 120.1.05 ( c) (3) City Manager Annual Performance Review
5.      Approval of Closed Session Minutes:
        December 21, 2009, January 11, 1010 and February 1, 2010
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
 MARCH 15, 2010, 6:00 P.M.

I.      CALL TO ORDER
The Salem City Council met in regular session on March 15, 2010, at the hour of 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of Salem City Hall.  The meeting was called to order by Mayor Ferguson.
Council Members present upon roll call:
        Councilman Kip Meador
        Councilman Steve Huddlestun
        Councilman David Black
        Councilman Tom Carr
        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
Economic Development Director Tracey McDaneld
Chief of Police Ron Campo
Code Enforcement Officer Brad Crow
Recreation Director Sherry Daniels
Assistant to the City Manager Bev West
Library Director Kim Keller
Media:  Salem Times Commoner, WJBD Radio, Centralia Sentinel, US Sonet (video taping)
Several members of the public, along with Cindy Addison representing SAFE.
Absent:
        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.    APROVAL OF MINUTES – March 1, 2010 and Special Meeting of March 8, 2010
Minutes of Regular City Council Meeting of March 1, 2010 were presented for review.
Councilman Black pointed out one correction under City Manager Reports – should state “Councilman Black suggested the City should pay a fixed amount.
Councilman Black moved and Councilman Carr seconded the motion to approve the minutes of Regular Council Meeting of March 1, 2010 as corrected and waive the reading.   Roll call vote.  AYES:  Councilmen Meador, Huddlestun, Black and Carr.   NAYS:  None  Motion declared carried.  

Minutes of Special Meeting of March 8, 2010 were presented.  Councilman Black moved and Councilman Huddlestun seconded the motion to approve the minutes of  the Special Council Meeting of March 8, 2010 as written and waive the reading.   Roll call vote.  AYES:  Councilmen Huddlestun, Black, Carr, and Meador.  NAYS:  None  Motion declared carried.  


IV.     Presentation of petitions and Public Comments  - None

V.      Mayor’s Report and Presentations
·       Proclamation – SAFE – Councilman Black read the Proclamation by the Mayor proclaiming the month of April “Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness” month.

·       Proclamation – “April in Salem” 2010 Great American Cleanup  - City Clerk Marshall, who is also President of Keep Salem Beautiful read the Proclamation by the Mayor, proclaiming April as “April in Salem – Great American Cleanup” month.

·       Mayor Ferguson reported that seventy soldiers, marines and airmen have been recognized with a plaque from the City Council and a gift card from Applebees.  He thanked Council for their decision for this type recognition rather than having a dinner as in the past.  

·       Mayor Ferguson presented an idea that was suggested to him by Lex Shuler regarding the water slide at the new pool.  He suggested holding a raffle for “Who Will be the First Down the New Water Slide”.  The winner would have their picture taken to be placed in the concession stand.  The proceeds of the raffle would go in a special fund for under privileged children to use the pool.  Mayor Ferguson commented that raffle tickets will be available at City Hall.

VI.     City Council Action
1.      Resolution 2010-01 – A Resolution Supporting Becoming a Member of the Pension Fairness for Illinois Communities Coalition
City Manager Christie commented that pension costs in Illinois have increased so dramatically that some cities are considering reducing city services.  The Coalition is endeavoring to work through the legislative process to reform how pensions for Police and Fire employees are funded.  Following brief discussion, Councilman Black moved and Councilman Carr seconded the motion to approve Resolution 2010-01, a resolution in support of becoming a member of the pension Fairness for Illinois Communities Coalition, including approval of payment of $1,000 membership dues.  Roll call vote.  AYES:  Councilmen Black, Carr, Meador, and Huddlestun.  NAYS:  None.  Motion declared carried.  

2.      2009 Updated Zoning Map of City of Salem
In accordance with 65 ILCS 5/11-13-19, a revised zoning map, prepared by Public Works Director John Pruden was presented as a matter of record to the City Council.  Councilman Black moved and Councilman Carr seconded the motion to accept the revised zoning map as presented.  Roll call vote.  AYES:  Councilmen Carr, Meador, Huddlestun, and Black.  NAYS:  None.  Motion declared carried.

3.      Bills Payable
Bills payable listing was presented for period ending March 15, 2010 in the amount of $1,054,730.24, less $15,000.00 to Salem Business & Industrial Commission, for a total amount of $1,039,730.24.  This check is to be held for later consideration.  Following review period, Councilman Black moved and Councilman Huddlestun seconded the motion to approve bills payable as presented except for $15,000.00 to SBIC.  Roll call vote.  AYES:  Councilmen Carr, Meador, Huddlestun, and Black.  NAYS:  None.  Motion declared carried.  

After Reports:
4.      Executive Session:
5 ILCS 120.1.05 ( c )(6)  - Sale of Property
5 ILCS 120.1.05 ( c) (3) City Manager Annual Performance Review
Councilman Black moved and Councilman Huddlestun seconded the motion to enter into Executive Session for purpose to discuss sale of property and annual performance review for City Manager.   Roll call vote.  AYES:  Councilmen Meador, Huddlestun, Black, and Carr.   NAYS:   None.  Motion declared carried.  

5.      Approval of Closed Session Minutes:
        December 21, 2009, January 11, 1010 and February 1, 2010
Copies of minutes were not available for review.  

VII.    City Manager Report
City Manager Christie reported he received the signed contract today for the World Coon Hunt to be held again in Salem this year.  

He also reported that representatives from the American Red Cross visited him today, suggesting the City encourage its employees to participate in their Blood Drive by giving them one hour off work to donate blood during work hours.   Council had no objection to this suggestion.  

City Manager Christie commented about an e-mail today from IML advising of legislation regarding “abusive work conduct, devaluing TIF financing, and red light camera “reform”.  

VIII.   City Attorney Report -  No report

IX.     City Council Report
Councilman Carr – reported he received his Census form today and it took him four minutes to complete it.   

To his question concerning Budget Workshop, City Manager Christie commented we will have workshop for budget this year as in the past.  

Councilman Meador – reported there has been a lot of traffic at the new swimming pool, the new water slide is up and it is very impressive.  

Councilman Huddlestun – agreed with Councilman Meador about the water slide and the progress of the new pool.  He also commented about the trash left around the cars from the students at the high school.  Chief of Police Campo commented that the intent is that the students from the high school will not be parking in the park next year.  

Councilman Black - commented about the crosswalk at the hospital, asking if it would be feasible to put in crosswalk lights so persons could punch a button when they are ready to cross the street.  Mayor Ferguson agreed, he would like to see yellow caution lights all the time.  It was suggested the City work with the hospital on this matter.  

X.      Adjournment
Upon returning to open session at 8:02 p.m. and there being no further business for discussion, Councilman Black moved and Councilman Huddlestun seconded the motion to adjourn the meeting.  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 April 5, 2010.