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City of Benton City Council met September 23

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Nov 7, 2019

Meeting 07

City of Benton City Council met Sept. 23.

Here is the minutes provided by the council:

Minutes Of The Regularly Scheduled Benton City Council Meeting Held Monday September 23, 2019 At 6:00 P.M. In The Benton Municipal Building Located At 1403 South Main Street Benton, Illinois.

Mayor Kondritz Called The Meeting To Order. Commissioner Garavalia, Commissioner Storey, Commissioner Messersmith, And Mayor Kondritz Were Present For Roll Call. Commissioner Perkins Was Absent At The Time Of Roll Call.

Commissioner Garavalia Made A Motion To Approve The Minutes Of The Regularly Scheduled City Council Meeting Of September 9, 2019. Second By Commissioner Messersmith. Vote Was Taken. Yeas: 4. Commissioner Garavalia, Commissioner Storey, Commissioner Messersmith, And Mayor Kondritz. Nays: 0.

No Business For Public Property Report.

Commissioner Messersmith Stated That The Oil And Chip Program For 2019 Has Been Finished. No Other Business For Streets And Improvements.

Commissioner Storey Made A Motion To Approve Purchase Order #00001 To Mermet Springs For Two (2) Full Face Dive Masks, Two (2) Ear Mic Assemblies, Two (2) 100 Communication Ropes, One (1) Mk7 Receiver, And Two (2) Dui Hood Liners In The Amount Of $5,220.90. Commissioner Storey Stated That This Will Be Paid For With Donations And Revenue From Extrication Services. Second By Commissioner Garavalia. Vote Was Taken. Yeas: 4. Commissioner Garavalia, Commissioner Storey, Commissioner Messersmith, And Mayor Kondritz. Nays: 0.

Commissioner Storey Presented A Notice Of Removal Memo From Fire Chief Shane Cockrum Regarding Travis Skinner. The Notice Stated That Mr. Skinner Had Met And Agreed To His Removal And That All City Issued Gear Had Been Returned. Commissioner Storey Made A Motion To Approve Removal Of Paid On Call Firefighter Travis Skinner. Second By Commissioner Messersmith. Vote Was Taken. Yeas: 4. Commissioner Garavalia, Commissioner Storey, Commissioner Messersmith, And Mayor Kondritz. Nays: 0.

Commissioner Garavalia Made A Motion To Approve Payroll For September 20, 2019 For General Fund In The Amount Of $71,760.60, For The Water And Sewer Fund In The Amount Of $28,913.24, And Airport Caretaker In The Amount Of $1,100.00 For A Total Of $101,773.84. Second By Commissioner Storey. Vote Was Taken. Yeas: 4. Commissioner Garavalia, Commissioner Storey, Commissioner Messersmith, And Mayor Kondritz. Nays: 0.

Commissioner Garavalia Made A Motion To Approve A Sewer Adjustment For Larry Wilson Of 727 Old Orchard Drive As It Meets The Criteria Set Forth In The Ordinance. Second By Commissioner Messersmith. Vote Was Taken. Yeas: 4. Commissioner Garavalia, Commissioner Storey, Commissioner Messersmith, And Mayor Kondritz. Nays: 0.

Commissioner Garavalia Made A Motion To Deny A Sewer Adjustment For Ellen Wakefield Of 203 East Bond As It Does Not Meet The Criteria Set Forth In The Ordinance. Second By Commissioner Messersmith. Vote Was Taken. Yeas: 4. Commissioner Garavalia, Commissioner Messersmith, And Mayor Kondritz. Nays: 0.

Commissioner Garavalia Made A Motion To Approve Resolution #19-14 Increasing Trash Rates. The Rates Will Now Be $14.62 And $14.14 For Senior Citizens. Second By Commissioner Messersmith. Vote Was Taken. Yeas: 4. Commissioner Garavalia, Commissioner Storey, Commissioner Messersmith, And Mayor Kondritz. Nays: 0.

Mayor Kondritz Spoke About The Drowning Incident At Lake Benton. Mayor Kondritz Stated That He Wanted To Thank Shane Cockrum And The Other Firemen For Their Efforts In This Incident.

As Another Update, Mayor Kondritz Also Stated That He Would Like To Commend Gerald Pyron For His Efforts In Cleaning Up A Parcel Of Land On Duquoin Street That He Purchased From The City Of Benton.

Mayor Kondritz Stated That He Would Like To Have A Motion To Approve Amending Ordinance #19-12 Prohibit Razor Wire. Commissioner Storey Made A Motion To Approve Ordinance #19-13 Allowing Razor Wire In I-3 Zoning Areas And Governmental Entities. Second By Commissioner Garavalia. Vote Was Taken. Yeas: 4. Commissioner Garavalia, Commissioner Storey, Commissioner Messersmith, And Mayor Kondritz. Nays: 0.

No Miscellaneous Business.

No Old Business

In New Business, Mayor Kondritz Stated That He Had Spoken With Andy Brown Of Camp Manitowa And Mr. Brown Stated He Would Like To Host Iraq Vest At The Camp. Also Under New Business, Commissioner Garavalia Stated That She Would Like To See A Renewed Exuberance For Citizens. Commissioner Garavalia Stated That She Would Like To Place Suggestion Boxes Around Town And Have Citizens Submit Tag Lines For The City.

Commissioner Perkins Arrived At The Council Meeting.

In Matters From The Public Audience, Tom Carter Thanked Commissioner Messersmith For Taking Time To Answer Questions He Had. Mr. Carter Asked The Council If There Was A Contract With Perry Ridge Landfill Regarding Sludge And He Also Stated That The Council Needed To Pass An Ordinance Regarding This. Mr. Carter Asked Attorney Malkovich Why He Attended Naperville In The Past And Was Reimbursed By The City Of Benton For This Trip. Attorney Malkovich Stated That He Would Have To Look At The Specific Dates, But He Believes It Was For Illinois Municipal League Home Rule Committee Meetings.

 Commissioner Messersmith Made A Motion To Adjourn. Second By Commissioner Storey. Vote Was Taken. Yeas: 5. Commissioner Garavalia, Commissioner Storey, Commissioner Perkins, Commissioner Messersmith, And Mayor Kondritz. Nays: 0.

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