City of Kewanee City Council met April 10
City of Kewanee City Council met April 10.
Here is the minutes as provided by the concil:
The City Council met in Council Chambers at 5:32 PM with the Mayor calling the meeting to order and
the following answering to roll call:
Andy Koehler Council Member
Deann Schweitzer Council Member
Kellie Wallace-McKenna Council Member
Mike Yaklich Council Member
Steve Looney Mayor
Council Member Yaklich made a motion at 5:33 PM to adjourn to executive session pursuant to Section
2(c)(6) of the Open Meetings Act to discuss sale or lease of real estate, Section 2(c)(1) to discuss personnel
and Section 2(c)(2) to discuss collective bargaining. Council Member Wallace-McKenna seconded the
motion. Roll call showed 5 ayes, no nays. The motion passed.
The executive session was adjourned at 6:01 PM on a motion made by Council Member Wallace-McKenna
and seconded by Council Member Yaklich. Roll call showed 5 ayes, no nays. The motion passed.
A budget work session was held at 6:05 PM. The budget session was adjourned at 6:55 PM on a motion
made by Council Member Schweitzer and seconded by Council Member Koehler. Roll call showed 5 ayes,
no nays. The motion passed.
The Council Meeting resumed at 7:00 PM with Mayor Looney announcing that Council was reconvening
following a closed session pursuant to Section 2(c)(6) of the Open Meetings Act to discuss sale or lease of
real estate, Section 2(c)(1) to discuss personnel and Section 2(c)(2) to discuss collective bargaining, as well
as a budget session.
News media present were as follows:
Mike Berry Star Courier
The Pledge of Allegiance was said.
Mayor Looney asked for a moment of silence for our troops still fighting overseas.
Mayor Looney explained that the next items were placed on the consent agenda and were considered to be
routine in nature to be passed as a whole with one vote of the Council. Mayor Looney requested that any
member of the Council or the audience wishing to have an item removed from the consent agenda for
individual consideration to make the request and the item would be removed and considered following the
approval of the remaining consent items. The consent agenda included minutes from the March 27, 2017
Council Meeting, payroll for the pay period ending April 1, 2017 in the amount of $187,146.60 and staff
reports from Code Enforcement, ESDA, Building & Zoning, and Police Department. The consent agenda
was approved on a motion made by Council Member Wallace-McKenna and seconded by Council Member
Schweitzer. Roll call showed 5 ayes, no nays. The motion passed.
Bills submitted for approval totaling $574,245.16 were approved on a motion made by Council Member
Schweitzer and seconded by Council Member Yaklich. Council Member Koehler questioned the status of
the chloride issue. City Engineer Nobel reported that the results of the tests on Well 4 are still being
reviewed to determine a strategy. The chloride issue would be impacted by the decision made regarding
Well 4. Roll showed 5 ayes, no nays. The motion passed.
Mayor Looney asked if anyone wished to speak. There being no such requests Mayor Looney moved on to
Resolution #5043 authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement with Murphy’s Container
Service was approved on a motion made by Council Member Yaklich and seconded by Council Member
Schweitzer. City Manager Bradley explained that the City Code stated that transfer station billings
should be treated the same as water billing. The billing to Murphy’s had not been treated the same with
penalties charged on top of penalties. He explained that under this agreement Murphy’s would be
required to bring a minimum tonnage through the transfer station each month. He also noted that in did
a comparison of all the municipally owned transfer stations regarding penalties, with the largest penalty
charged to a commercial hauler being 2%. So this agreement would lower the penalties charged to
Murphy’s to 2% and give them 30 days to pay, rather than 20 as it had been previously. It was also
noted that other commercial haulers would be eligible for a similar agreement. Roll call showed 4 ayes,
no nays, with Council Member Wallace-McKenna abstaining from the vote. The motion passed.
Ordinance #3880 amending Chapter 155.140(A)(1)(b) of the City Code permitted signs in residential
districts for multi-family dwellings was approved on a motion made by Council Member Schweitzer and
seconded by Council Member Schweitzer. City Manager Bradley reported that Havenpark, the new
owners of the mobile home parks in Kewanee, had requested a four by eight sign to be placed in front of
their mobile home park. The code only allowed twelve square feet. We reviewed the existing signs in
front of multi-family dwelling units and found four by eight to be a more standard size. Roll call
showed 5 ayes, no nays. The motion passed.
Council Member Yaklich commented on the low turnout at the polls. He also thanked residents for
voting for him.
Council Member Wallace-McKenna thanked everyone for voting. She complimented a recent article by
Mike Berry in the Star Courier. She also noted her pleasure with the recent newsletter, noting the Citywide
cleanup scheduled for May 20. She gave a couple of addresses and requested the residents be
notified of the cleanup day to assist in cleaning up the properties.
Council Member Schweitzer reported that several residents had approached her regarding the ability to
watch the Council Meetings without having Comcast.
Council Member Koehler thanked those who went to the polls.
Mayor Looney reminded residents of the City wide cleanup on May 20th and wished everyone a Happy
City Clerk Edwards announced that City Hall offices would be closed on Friday, April 14 in observance
of Good Friday. There would be no change to the trash collection schedule. The transfer station would
not be open on Saturday, April 15, but would resume Saturday hours on Saturday, April 22 from 8 AM
to 12 noon. She also reminded residents that grass clippings should be blown into their yards, and not
the city streets.
There being no further business, Council Member Yaklich moved to adjourn the meeting and Council
Member Koehler seconded the motion. Roll call showed 5 ayes, no nays. The meeting adjourned at