Present for the June 4, 2019 meeting of the Newton City Council were Aldermen Gayle Glumac, David Brown, Larry Brooks, Robert Reisner, Eric Blake and Marlene Harris, City Attorney Max Tedford, Treasurer Melissa Brooks, City Clerk Rosetta York and Mayor Mark Bolander.
The Agenda was amended to correct #11 to read June 12 after a motion from Reisner, second by Harris.
The Regular Minutes of the May 21, 2019 meeting were approved after a motion by Blake, second by Reisner.
During Public Comments, Mayor Mark Bolander presented Kathy Hayes with a plaque and gift, “In grateful appreciation of outstanding leadership, Service and Dedication to the City of Newton from 1991 to 2019” upon her retiring from the City of Newton. Her family was present for the occasion.
Brooks made motion, second by Glumac, to authorize the TIF agreement with Warehouse Antiques for $1,832.50. The work proposed will include 4 new windows, shingle awning over front window, painting of 5 windows on west side of building and repair/resurface roof.
Reisner made motion, second by Brooks to accept the 2019 bids for annual MFT Street Maintenance Program: Compass Minerals for sale at $7,255.50, Heuerman Bros. for CA-16 rock at $10,736.55, for CA-6 rock at $1,950.00 and for FA 1 sand at $1,000.00 and Kitner & Sons, Inc. for seal coat AC-5 at $52,447.72 with a total cost of $73,389.77.
Brown made motion, second by Brooks, to authorize two Newton Aldermen to attend a 1 day IML Newly Elected Officials training in Mt. Vernon at $75.00 per person plus allowable expenses.
Brooks made motion, second by Harris, to authorize increasing the IMRF (Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund) employer contribution rate to 12.01%.
There was no New Business.
Finance/Riverwalk-May 22-Harris reported that Rick Lindemann presented a draft of the fliers for Riverwalk. Amanda Lessley discussed changes and corrections to the flier and discussed $150 donations and agreed to eliminate the $125 donation. Lee Beckman told the group that the environmental study should be back in 60-90 days. Louise Lybarger suggested that they set up a fundraiser booth at the Burl Ives Celebration on June 14. Amber Wakefield is setting up a file to drop photos in of events in Newton along the walk or river. Discussion was held of a possible booth on collections, possibly setting up flyers/collection paperwork for collection.
Water Committee-May 28-Brooks reported that they discussed accelerating the residential water meter replacement to do half this year and half next year. It would allow the transmission of the meter reading to a central receiver. This will cost approximately $140,000 over two years. They also discussed working on areas within the town that have low pressure. The Liberty Street water main grant was discussed. Surveys are being turned into City Hall, but, the Council may have to go door to door, if needed. Connor and Connor are starting the permit applications for this project to help meet this year's deadline for the grant application.
Building and Grounds-May 28-Brooks stated that they discussed City Hall renovations. Shannon Woodard of Connor & Connor presented the plans from 2 years ago with 2019 costs and the possible ways the renovation could be done in phases.
JEDI-June 4-Harris reported that Amber Volk-Executive Director spoke on the Opportunity Zone. The State has gone through their second round of regulations. We will have a speaker to help clarify the rules and regulations after more information is available.
She also discussed the Build America Grant stating that they are applying for to fix up the highway in the City of Newton.
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Next to speak, Mayor Mark Bolander.
Dollar General is getting closer to breaking ground at their new location.
The Springfield Clinic is looking to be moved into a Quick Care suite at the end of the year.
Pennington Ford has completed the deal with the buying of Louis Ochs. Charlie Pennington is looking to have an open house sometime soon.
The Riverwalk is looking to start construction in 2020.
The City of Newton has applied for a Housing Rehab Grant and will be receiving $500,000. This will be to upgrade 10 homes on S. Lafayette and Reynolds Street.
The City will also be applying for a CDBG grant for replacement of water lines and some sewer.
Ron Heltsley, Chairman of the Jasper County Board, stated that the County Audit is completed and will be presented to the Board.
The new Sheriff's Department project is still going forward.
Andy Johnson, Superintendent of Jasper County Unit #1 and Beth Probst, High School Principal.
The Co-op program will be returning.
OPAA Food Management Inc. will be the new food provider for the school lunches. They provide fresh food, whereas the State Food Service was frozen to heat up. The company does buy local. Dieterich is already using this company and Neoga will be starting to use them, also.
The building committee will be meeting up again soon.
Comments from those attending the meeting:
Doug Weddell reported June 29th the Ned LeDoux's Rodeo After Party presented by Johnny and Junes, Wad It Up Transportation has added 3 more buses out of Effingham.
Tom Brown: the past weekend travel ball tournament brought in lots of people to Newton. The hotel was fully booked.
Glumac reported on the monthly Jasper County Chamber of Commerce meeting. Jeep Run is July 27, Cruise Night is August 2, Fall Festival and Car Show is September 14 and Corvette Funfest 2019-Fun Run Road Tour to Newton is September 19. The Chamber would like to do a cost share with the City of Newton, Jasper County, ERTC and JEDI on the Corvette Funfest for managing the large number of people anticipated.
Brown: The Aquatic Center is doing pretty good. There were over 100 people the first day. He will be calling a Park and Cemetery Committee Meeting to discuss the Ives Mausoleum.
Brooks: Building material is being placed oon the new Dollar General site. A house on the northwest corner of Jackson Street and Reynolds Street is being reported for Maintenance Violations.
Mayor Bolander: Reflective bands for people walking after dark are available at City Hall in Newton Police Department and City Hall.
He suggested that all proceeds from Peterson Park on June 29, 2019 be given to the Riverwalk Fund. The Council approved to vote on this at next council meeting. The mayor is going to have a donation booth on that day to explain and discuss the Eagle Trail Riverwalk project.
On June 14 at Burl Ives Birthday Celebration, he and Harris will have a donation booth to explain and discuss the Eagle Trail Riverwalk project.
Glumac spoke on the Corvette Funfest 2019-Fun Run Road Tour to Newton September 19.
Two aldermen will attend the IML Newly Elected Officials Training on June 28. IML also has an Annual Conference in September at the downtown Hilton which has many training sessions for all municipal employees. If anyone is interested in going, they really should.
17 of the Liberty Street targeted area surveys were returned to the city. There are 30 more that need to be collected. This requires 100% response to qualify for the grant. Larry Brooks, Robert Reisner, Marlene Harris, Gayle Glumac and the mayor will be going door to door trying to get 100% surveys.
The Build Grants for 2019 have not been awarded yet. The 2018 went to northern Illinois communities.
On June 29th the Ned LeDoux's Rodeo After Party will be presented by Johnny & Junes.
During Closed Session, Mayor Bolander reported that they discussed litigation, potential litigation and sale or real estate.
The next regular meeting of the Newton City Council will be Tuesday, June 18, 6 p.m., City Hall.