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REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING

Lincoln City Hall, Council Chambers 700 Broadway Street I Lincoln, Illinois

Monday, December 2, 2019 Presiding:

Mayor Seth Goodman

The Regular Meeting of the City Council of Lincoln was called to order by Mayor Seth Goodman at 7:01 p.m., with proper notice given.City Clerk Peggy Bateman called roll.

Present:

Alderman Tracy Welch, Ward 1

Alderman Steve Parrott, Ward 1

Alderman Kathryn Schmidt, Ward 2

Alderman Sam Downs, Ward 2

Alderman Kevin Bateman, Ward 3

Alderman Ron Keller, Ward 3

Alderman Kathy Horn, Ward 4

Alderman Jeff Hoinacki,Ward 4

Staff Present:

City Administrator Elizabeth Kavelman

City Attorney John Hoblit

City Clerk Peggy Bateman

Treasurer Chuck Conzo

Fire Chief Bob Dunovsky

Police Chief Paul Adams

Building and Safety Officer Wes Woodhall

Streets Superintendent Walt Landers

Veolia Water, Project Manager

Absent:

None

Public Comment:

Mayor Goodman called upon citizens registered to speak. There being none, Mayor Goodman moved down to other agenda items.

Presentation of Annual Financial Audit for FY 2018-2019- Lori Milosevich.Estes,Bridgewater & Ogden:

Mrs. Lori Milosevich of Estes, Bridgewater & Ogden began by sharing a few handouts - the report was 92 pages, and she shared that there was a summary. She said she would make reference to the audit, and then started on page one of the summary - covering taxes and revenue funds. She said it does also include pension obligations for IMRF and for the Police and Fire pensions. She said it also included obligations for

Current assets, capital assets and deferred outlook - she mentioned $39M plus.Net pension liability - more notes were provided on this. She then touched on liabilities - about notes and bonds payable. She mentioned they could see what was due for each IMRF and Police/Fire pension funds.

She said the total liabilities are in the amount of:$56,882,000. $9,105,000 for total revenues - and then she mentioned $11,263,000 expenditures. Bringing a negative in the balance of over $2M.

She touched on a lease payable for the fire truck. She said there were details on the back of the report- showing the schedule. She said the sewer fund looks good with assets over $1OM and liabilities around $3M.

She then covered a breakdown of the Police/Fire Pensions. Mentioning the assets and the deductions from the funds ...the benefits and refunds. She said again- the pension liabilities related to those are in the notes.

She said as far as the audit went - all records were ready and available, she said there weren't any difficulties in performing the audit. She did say she had some recommendations for some improvements - relating to compensated absences and fixed asset purchases. She said there are a lot of people buying different pieces of equipment and she would probably do a recommendation for someone to oversee those.

She said it was a good audit - she said they did a good job converting to the new software - she said the records were a lot better this year. She said she was pretty happy when they walked in the door this year.

There being no further comments or questions - Mayor Goodman moved to the consent agenda.

Consent Agenda by Omnibus Vote:

 

A. Payment of Bills

B. Approval of minutes October 15, 2019 Committee of The Whole Meeting Regular City Council Meeting, November 18, 2019 Regular City Council Meeting

C. Request from the Lincoln BBQ Committee to close various streets for the 10th Annual Pigs and Swigs Festival from Thursday, June 4,2020 at 4 p.m.through Sunday, June 7, 2020 at 6p.m.

D. Request from Jason and Kari Erickson to operate carriage rides on the square from Saturday, November 30, 2019 through Saturday, December 2, 2019

E.Advise and Consent to the appointment of Adam Wessbecher to the Historic Preservation Commission

Treasurer Conzo wanted to point out that the minutes that there was a $400 bond fee mentioned in the minutes when now it is a $500 bond fee.

Alderman Keller made a motion to approve.

Alderman Horn made a correction to item D - pertaining to the date of the event.It would be to December 21, per Mrs. Bateman.

Then the motion on the table was seconded by Alderman Schmidt. Mayor Goodman called for further discussion, there being none, City Clerk Bateman called roll.

Yeas: (7) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Tracy Welch,Alderman Kathryn Schmidt, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Ron Keller, Alderman Jeff Hoinacki, Alderman Kathy Horn

Nays: (0)

Abstain:(1) Alderman Kevin Bateman

Absent:(0)

Ordinance and Resolution:

A. Ordinance Authorizing the Sale of Real Estate

Alderman Welch made a motion.Then Mr.Hoblit wanted to clarify that the council might want to discuss bids at the same time as discussing item A. The motioned was seconded by Alderman Horn. Alderman Bateman then mentioned the ordinance to authorize the sale of real-estate was about Illinois American Water - purchasing the property - he said the two are one and the same.Mr. Hoblit said they were both on the schedule. He posed discussing both at the same time.

Alderman Bateman asked if the vote would be to approve line eight - that was correct.

Item Referenced:

Approval of bid from Illinois American Water Company for the purchase of property on Limit Street in the amount of $8,900.00 plus closing costs Roll call was taken.

Yeas: (8) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Tracy Welch, Alderman Kathryn Schmidt, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Ron Keller, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderman Jeff Hoinacki, Alderman Kathy Horn

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (0)

Mayor Goodman moved to other items on the agenda.

B. Ordinance Prohibiting On-site Consumption of Cannabis at Cannabis Dispensaries Alderman Bateman made a motion to approve, seconded by Alderman Schmidt.  Mayor Goodman called for further discussion, there being none, City Clerk Bateman called roll.

Yeas: (8) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Tracy Welch,Alderman Kathryn Schmidt, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Ron Keller, Alderman Kevin Bateman,Alderman Jeff Hoinacki, Alderman Kathy Horn

Nays: (0)

Abstain:(0)

Absent: (0)

Mayor Goodman moved to other items on the agenda.

C. Ordinance authorizing mayor to sign the loan application for CSO improvements

Alderman Welch made a motion to approve, seconded by Alderman Keller. Mayor Goodman called for further discussion, there being none, City Clerk Bateman called roll.

Yeas: (8) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Tracy Welch, Alderman Kathryn Schmidt, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Ron Keller, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderman Jeff Hoinacki, Alderman Kathy Horn

Nays: (0)

Abstain:(0)

Absent: (0)

Mayor Goodman moved to other items on the agenda.

 

 
   

 

Reports:

City Treasurer Annual Report for F.Y.2018-2019

Treasurer Chuck Conzo touched on the annual report - saying everyone received electronic copies. He said unlike the audit - this report was done on a cash basis. He began describing some of the bullet points contained within. He talked about Common Wealth Edison remediation and the high speed rail grant and bond proceeds,etc.He said you don't see that in this year's revenue stream. He said the salaries are a little higher than where they were last year. He said this was the same for the Fire/Police Pensions. He said the audit takes the liabilities into consideration. He said they now calculate the post­ employment benefits differently. He said that adds more into the liabilities.

He said this report would be on the website and printed in the Lincoln Courier newspaper on Saturday, December 7.

New  Business/Communications:

A. Approval of Liability Insurance agreement between Arthur J. Gallagher and the City of Lincoln effective December 15, 2019 in the amount of $494,304

Alderman Welch made a motion to approve, seconded by Alderman Hoinacki. Mayor Goodman called for further discussion, there being none, City Clerk Bateman called roll.

Yeas: (8) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Tracy Welch, Alderman Kathryn Schmidt, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Ron Keller,Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderman Jeff Hoinacki,Alderman Kathy Horn

Nays: (0)

Abstain:(0)

Absent: (0)

Mayor Goodman moved to other items on the agenda.

B. Approval of City of Lincoln Financial Audit prepared by Estes, Bridgewater & Ogden Alderman Parrott made a motion to approve, seconded by Alderman Mayor Goodman called for further discussion, there being none, City Clerk Bateman called roll.

Yeas: (8) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Tracy Welch, Alderman Kathryn Schmidt, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Ron Keller, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderman Jeff Hoinacki, Alderman Kathy Horn

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (0)

City Administrator Kavelman asked a question about the correction made by the auditor. Mayor Goodman moved to other items on the agenda .

C. Approval of proposal from Petersburg Plumbing and Excavating for repair and replacement of sewer lines and roadway at the intersection of Fourth and Decatur Streets in an amount not to exceed $419,425

Alderman Horn made a motion to approve, seconded by Alderman Parrott. Mr.Welch asked if Mr. Conzo had looked into the financial aspect of it. He said he had looked into is, but did not yet have the opportunity to discuss it with anyone.He said if they looked at the capital expense for sewer  construction - there was money left in that and there was $3.5M left in the long-term control plan budget. Mr. Hoinacki asked Mr. Walt Landers about the street. Mr. Landers said after further discussion with Anthony last week, there were a lot of variables. He said there are a lot of things that could come into play and he did not know where they would be at in terms of the timing of it. He said some temporary coal patch . ..might be more beneficial than doing concrete on the trench repair.

His opinion would be option two - checking into prices for a coal patch repair.He said option two would be his preference, over number one. Alderman Hoinacki said he did not want to cap at a certain price - in case they had to go over the amount due to the weather etc. Mr. Landers said that would give contingencies on it.

Alderman Welch said he would prefer to see the coal patches put in. He said he was assuming that the coal patch costs lies somewhere between options one and two. He said it would still get them some contingency with that option. Mr. Bateman said he agreed with Tracy and Jeff - in keeping it at the

$419,000. He said there were so many variables that could happen and this was one of the older streets in Lincoln. He said he was putting the faith in the hands of the department heads. He said it was a highly trafficked road - so by summer it would be settled down enough to determine what kind of road surface they would want to put on.

Mr. Hoinacki said they were putting faith in the hands of department heads. Alderman Parrott asked about the condition of the road. Mr. Landers said the sewers needed to be assessed for one thing . . he said they had some options,but before all -the sewers would have to be assessed to determine if there were any more repairs that needed to be done.

Mayor Goodman called for further discussion, there being none, City Clerk Bateman called roll.

Yeas: (8) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Tracy Welch, Alderman Kathryn Schmidt, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Ron Keller, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderman Jeff Hoinacki, Alderman Kathy Horn

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (0)

Mayor Goodman moved to other items on the agenda.

Announcements:

Mayor Goodman asked if anyone had any announcements.

  • City Administrator Kavelman mentioned a visit from some delegates from China.
  • The tree lighting was a success, Mayor Goodman said downtown was packed.
  • There will be a ribbon cutting Sunday at noon, on N. Mclean Street for a Perfect Escape.
  • The Christmas parade will be Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
  • The fire truck will be in slot number one.
  • The Lincoln Railer Rumble will be this weekend - starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday.
  • 112 Palmer Avenue will be the Home of the Month - for decor - every week the High School's CEO class will select a home.

Adjournment:

There being no further discussion to come before the City Council of Lincoln,Alderman Welch motioned to adjourn, seconded by Alderman Keller. Roll call was taken. Mayor Goodman adjourned the meeting at 7:35 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted By:

Alex Williams, Recording Secretary

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