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Coal City Village Board met July 10

By Michael Abella | Sep 5, 2019

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Coal City Village Board met, July 10.

Here is the minutes provided by the board:

At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10, 2019, Mayor Terry Halliday called to order the regular meeting of the Coal City Village Board in the Boardroom of the Village Hall. Roll call-Trustees Dave Togliatti, Ross Bradley, Dan Greggain, Dave Spesia, Tim Bradley and Sarah Beach. Also in attendance were Mark Heinle, village attorney, Ryan Hansen from Chamlin Engineering, Sgt. Chris Harseim and village administrator Matt Fritz.

All present recited the Pledge of Allegiance,

The minutes of the June 26, 2019 meeting were presented. Greggain moved to approve the minutes as presented, second by R. Bradley. Roll call-Ayes; Togliatti, Bradley, Greggain, Spesia, Bradley and Beach. Nays; none. Motion carried.

The revised warrant list had been distributed prior to the meeting. Following discussion, R. Bradley moved to approve the revised warrant list, second by Spesia. Roll call-Ayes; Togliatti, Bradley, Greggain, Spesia, Bradley and Beach. Nays; none. Motion carried

There was no public comment at this meeting.

A letter of request to hold the Knight of Columbus #1574 annual "tootsie Roll Drive" fundraiser for September 20, 21 and 22, 2019 was presented. Since the solicitors will be on private property and the Knights of Columbus are a non-profit organization, no action is to be done by this Board. The Mayor recognized the organization and wished them good luck in the fundraising event.

Ordinance 19-20 the proposed amendment to the boundary areas of the Coal City SSA#2 (Special Service Area) was presented and discussed by the Board. Mr. Fritz explained that approximately 122 acres was released and sold, changing the boundary area of the SSA#2. The Village has received the pro-rated share of the annual debt collected through property taxes and applied towards the development bond debt. A Public Hearing will be held on September 11th in order to adopt the ordinance amending the SSA in order for the SSA to be formed to receive the property tax levy. T. Bradley moved to adopt Ordinance 19-20 proposing an amendment to the boundaries of SSA #2, second by Greggain. Roll call-Ayes; Togliatti, Bradley, Greggain, Spesia, Bradley and Beach. Nays; none. Motion carried.

An addition has been added to the playground of the Hope Helps special needs sensory park. A Donation Agreement was prepared in order for the Village to accept the four-new pieces of equipment. Brittney Kaluzny, chairman of the fundraising for the project explained the new addition which included equipment, extra drainage, mulch and plant. Volunteers, along with the Village's public works department and police department, constructed the park addition. This resolution accepts the improvements to the Village of Coal City in order to insure and maintain the Hope Helps Park. Mr. Fritz updated the Board regarding the State of Illinois grant for the construction of the new restrooms in the park which will be ADA compliant. Beach moved to adopt Resolution 19-14 accepting the Hope Helps Phase 1 & 2 Improvements at Lions Park, second by Togliatti. Roll call-Ayes; Togliatti, Bradley, Greggain, Spesia, Bradley and Beach. Nays; none. Motion carried. Mayor Halliday commended Mrs. Kaluzny on her vision and fundraising to bring Hope Helps Sensory Park to fruition.

A presentation was given in order to obtain an on-premises consumption liquor license for the Minit Mart at 20 E. Division Street. They presently own a liquor license for the sale of alcohol. If Minit Mart obtains the new liquor license classification, they intend to install video gaming machines. Three representatives were in attendance for the presentation explaining that the State of Illinois requires a pour license in order to establish video gaming. The presenters stated that pouring alcohol is not their main goal, that they will remodel the store to provide a restricted area with a trained staff including Basset training. Comments from the Board is that they have agreed to refrain from having gaming everywhere in Coal City. Presently video gaming is located in all the bars, Emmy's Gaming, two gaming establishments in Diamond and the gas station at Rt. 55 & Rt. 113. The Board is not in favor of the request, but Mayor thanked the three representatives for attending and relaying their request.

Demolition of the house located at 160 S. Broadway bids were discussed. Three contractors submitted bids:

J.K. Trotter Enterprises Inc. $19,200 

Troutman Excavating $41,275 

D Construction $48,950

The apparent lowest bidder is J. K. Trotter Enterprises Inc. in the amount of $19,200.00. This project was bid originally, however the bids submitted did not all include the details of the demolition (asbestos removal, if required, fill and stone). These three bidders re-bid the project. Spesia moved to award the demolition bid to J.K. Trotter Enterprises Inc. for the demolition of the property at 160 S. Broadway for an amount not to exceed $19,200, second by R. Bradley. Roll call-Ayes; Togliatti, Bradley, Greggain, Spesia, Bradley and Beach. Nays; none. Motion carried.

Mayor Halliday welcomed back Matt Fritz from his vacation. Kudos were expressed to Brittney Kaluzny for her dedication in making the Hope Helps Park a reality and how much the park is utilized. He also recommended a review of the Strategic Plan previously set forth by this Board and move forward with certain projects.

Trustee Beach announced that the 1st Market Fresh on Broadway farmers market would be on Thursday, July 11th in Campbell Memorial Park from 4-7 p.m. Dueling Pianos is slated for Saturday, July 27th, She congratulated the Park Board on all their hard work and encouraged the Board to get involved with the volunteer projects with them. It shows solidarity within the Board and community.

Trustee Bradley encouraged everyone to get behind and support the 2020 Census and the benefits the results have on our community.

Trustee Spesia gave an update on the South Broadway Reconstruction Project including intersection closings, videoing of lines, and construction is presently on schedule. Another construction meeting is scheduled for July 23rd at 9 a.m. D Construction is asked to submit specific construction dates as work towards the south of the tracks on South Broadway is scheduled.

Trustee Greggain announced that the Public Health & Safety Committee meeting will be scheduled for Wednesday, July 17th at 4:30 p.m. to discuss the recent cannabis legalization. Attorney Heinle added that placing conditions regarding distribution should be addressed sooner than later, if changes are to be made to the Village's code. Greggain stated concerns with the older buildings on the east side of South Broadway when reconstruction begins. He was informed by Attorney Heinle that a seismologist will be on site to measure the impact on the older buildings and that the contractors will incur the liability and be heavily insured for this type of project.

Trustee R. Bradley requested an update of the lagoon closing and Mr. Hansen said he would contact the EPA for their guidelines and approval. He asked Mr. Fritz for a current copy of the Hoffman Conditional Use and Mr. Fritz responded to the request,

Clerk Noffsinger distributed the conference program for the annual Illinois Municipal League Conference and reminded the Board members that registration for the conference will be due in the near future.

Ryan Hansen gave an update on:

• Coaler Lift Station storm sewer construction is on schedule

• Contracts for the Oak Street extension are ready for signature

Sgt. Harseim stated that Kady Sassenger will be completing her field training and be on her own in the force by the end of July.

Mr. Fritz announced:

• Comcast franchise agreement term will be expiring soon

• Reported on the Kankakee River Water Alliance water & sewer committee meeting and the progress with the project:

-Construction of an elevated storage tank 

-Organization of the Alliance (collecting of money, etc.) and form of control 

-chemistry on mixing waters

• Thanked everyone for their assistance while he was on vacation

T. Bradley moved to adjourn the meeting, second by Spesia. Roll call-Ayes; Togliatti, Bradley, Greggain, Spesia, Bradley and Beach, Nays; none. Motion carried and the meeting was adjourned at 7:57 p.m.

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