The new Amboy City Council was seated on May 20. Left to right, are Mayor Tom Nauman, city clerk Melissa Eisenberg, Alderman Deanne Hoy, Alderman John Schamberger, City Treasurer Nancy Neal, Alderman Daryl Stuckemeyer, Alderman Dave Shaw and Alderman Brett Dewey. (News photo by Linda Boysen)
AMBOY – The Amboy City Council met on Monday, May 20, 2013, with all members present along with an audience of over 50 people.
Under committee reports, Alderman Dewey advised that the community building is in the process of being redecorated. He also said that getting the microphone system for use by the council at meetings is being set up.
Alderman Shaw reported that the new roof on the Depot Museum has been completed and paid for mainly due to donations from the car show committee. The Palmer School will need new shades. They are considering dark shades to protect the items on display at the school.
Alderman Oester advised that the new building at the city park is up.
Alderman Weidman reported that the Library Board met and that they passed a balanced budget for the year.
Alderman Hoy, reporting on ordinances, said that the ordinance book is being gone over and that they are amending a block of ordinances dealing with fines into one ordinance. If someone ignores a fine and doesn’t pay it, they will be taken to court and the court costs will be added to the fine. The council approved the ordinance amending Chapter 1, Section 1-7 (Settlement of Ordinance Violations) and repealing specific fine ordinances.
Under unfinished business, the council approved the 2013-2014 annual budget, approved the resolution for the sale of a street sweeper to the Village of Sublette for $1,500, and approved the resolution for the Short Street MFT culvert replacement in the amount of $20,000. Alderman Nauman advised that the amount could fall below the $20,000 when complete.
Mayor Mekeel gave a short thank you to all the council members and others that have supported him in the past six years. With this final message, he closed the meeting for the fiscal year 2012-2013. He was given a standing ovation.
The first matter of business for the new fiscal year was the swearing in and seating of the new mayor and council members. City Clerk Melissa Eisenberg swore in Tom Nauman as the newly elected mayor for Amboy. He in turn swore in Eisenberg as the City Clerk.
Eisenberg then proceeded to swear in current alderman Brett Dewey for another term, and John Schamberger and newly appointed Daryl Stuckemeyer as new aldermen.
Nancy Neal was appointed and sworn in as the new city treasurer, replacing outgoing treasurer Darlene Hinkle. Hinkle expressed her sentiments on leaving to the council and mayor that she had worked with during her past position.
Before the appointment of a new animal control person, Dan Koch spoke from the audience. He asked the council to deny the new appointment for animal control. He mentioned how much the position meant to Tony Koch, the current animal control officer and requested that they think over the matter before making a decision. Mayor Nauman said that every new administration needs to make changes and that this is an appointed position. Alderman Hoy said that according to an ordinance the position needs to be advertised two times in a local newspaper before an appointment is approved. There was no second to the motion to approve a new appointment for animal control, so the motion did not pass. The matter will be looked into and brought up at next month’s meeting.
A motion to approve the appointment of Eric McLaughlin as new building inspector was approved with one dissenting vote by Alderman Hoy.
Two other items of new business, approval of the mayor’s committee appointments for 2013-2014, and vacating alleys by Milton/Appleton/Gilson, have been moved to next month’s meeting.
The building inspector reported eight permits: four for roofing and siding, one for fence, and three for porches and decks.
Animal Control reported two cat calls, 12 dog calls: three owners picked up, three returned to owners with citations, one to Lee County, one returned to owner with no citation, and four not found.
During concerns from the audience, one of the questions brought up was by Barb Harrison, a local bar owner, as to whether the permission of bars to remain open longer on the holiday weekend was in force or whether it had to be discussed again. She was advised that it is a permanent approval of holiday hours.
Mayor Nauman announced that there would be a grant committee set up with G.G. Garcia and Jeff Bryant to head it. This would be to apply for grants that are out there to help with city improvements.
Poppy Days for Amboy will be on May 24 and 25. The American Legion and Auxiliary will be at various city businesses selling poppies.
With no further business or comments from the attorney, audience, council, or mayor, the meeting was adjourned.