AMBOY – The Amboy City Council met on Monday, June 17, 2013, with Alderman Weidman absent and an audience of about 30 people.
Under committee reports, Alderman Shaw said that Phase II of the brick project for the Depot Museum is almost complete. The deadline for new bricks has passed and the order will be going in for production of the bricks. Also, the bid for the 10 windows on one side of the museum is $500 each.
Alderman Dewey advised that Mike Therriault has resigned as director of ESDA.
A change in the normal order of business was the moving up of Concerns from the Audience. This was to give citizens a chance to voice concerns before items of business were decided upon. Among the speakers was Dan Koch who spoke regarding retaining Tony Koch in the position of animal control. He felt that it would be more fiscally responsible to keep Tony Koch rather than let him go and have to pay unemployment plus the salary for a new dog catcher; especially since it was mentioned at the last council meeting that in a year’s time Lee County would take over the job of animal control. Mayor Nauman verified that the plan is to go with Lee County next year.
Don Schamberger also spoke about the plan for the American Legion to use the part of the old WRC building with the initials and year erected on a wall at the Veterans Park, which could also show various plaques.
Under old business, no action was taken on the appointment of a different animal control officer as no motion was made from the council. The council did, however, approve the new committee appointments for 2013-2014.
Another discussion involved the vacating of alleys on Milton/Appleton/Gilson. The attorney advised that hearings would have to be held and reasons given that they were no longer useful. There would also be legal costs and a survey, which the property owner would have to pay, and there was no guarantee that they would be vacated.
The city attorney advised that the issue regarding a trailer used for storage on the Teen Turf site posed no zoning issues.
New business included a discussion on the replacement of the downtown sidewalk in front of Amboy Family Restaurant/Amboy News. It is posing a bigger problem than anticipated as part of some of the store fronts are built on top of a portion of the sidewalk. Retaining walls, built in sections, would have to be added before any fill could be added to support the new sidewalk, as much of the beams have deteriorated. Additional information and costs will be obtained before final commitment.
The matter of water billing practices was brought up. It appears that if a meter has a zero reading for water usage, no bill is issued. Therefore, the minimum charge of $10.18, plus the $14 debt service fee are not charged. This has been the policy for many years. If a property owner actually has the water shut off by the city, a $50 shut-off fee is charged, as well as a $50 turn-on fee. The attorney is checking the ordinance versus the informal policy.
The council approved the 2013 Prevailing Wage.
The building inspector’s report showed 11 permits issued.
The animal control report included five dogs returned with citations issued and two not found.
Mayor Nauman advised that the EPA will check the chimney at the old American Automotive building before demolition of it.
There is also an opportunity for the Amboy City Park to receive a $100,000 grant, or one of several smaller grants, by the response received from residents of Amboy. Coca-Cola is awarding recreation grants to our nation’s favorite parks. Go to coke.com/parks to register and start voting. Double vote days are June 21, July 13 and 14.
Fireworks will be held on the 4th of July in Amboy. There is a fundraising effort going on to help pay for them. Donations may be made at Amboy City Hall or the Amboy Pharmacy.
With no further business or comments, the meeting was adjourned.