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City of Chester City Council met July 1

By South West Illinois News Reports | Aug 14, 2019

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City of Chester City Council met July 1.

Here is the minutes provided by the council:

I. CALL TO ORDER

The City Council of Chester, Illinois, met in regular session on Monday, July 1, 2019, in the Municipal Building, 1330 Swanwick Street. Mayor Tom Page called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

II. ROLL CALL

Present:Alderman Ray Allison     Alderman Robert Platt

Alderman D. Michael Blechle      Alderman Scott Stumpe

Alderman Russ Rader                 Alderman Daniel Geisen

Alderman Randy Dudenbostel

Absent:Alderman Dan Ohlau

III. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

IV. READING OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING

Alderman Platt moved to dispense with the reading of the minutes of the previous meeting and to approve them as prepared by the city clerk. Alderman Rader seconded the motion. 

UPON ROLL CALL: Ayes: Aldermen Rader, Dudenbostel, Stumpe, Allison, Platt, Blechle, Geisen. Nays: None. Absent: Alderman Ohlau. Motion carried.

V. CORRESPONDENCE

The following correspondence was acknowledged:

•Liberty Bell of the West Celebration on July 4th at Fort Kaskaskia at 1:00 p.m.

•St. Nicholas Landmark unveiling of a historic marker on July 13th at 5:00 p.m.

•Memo from Edie Koch, Executive Director of Economic Development for Monroe County, regarding updates for the Monroe-Randolph Enterprise Zone

•Chester Christian Food Pantry Inc. newsletter dated June 12, 2019

VI. REPORTS

Mayor:

Mayor Page advised the turn lane project is progressing well. Secondly, Mayor Page advised that AT&T is interested in placing a cell phone tower near Cole Memorial Park. AT&T is willing to sign a lengthy contract and compensate very well.

City Clerk:

The city clerk presented four applications for raffle licenses for the Knights of Columbus Council #3790. Alderman Allison moved to issue the raffle licenses and waive the fidelity bond required of the raffle managers. Alderman Platt seconded the motion. UPON ROLL CALL: Ayes: Aldermen Stumpe, Platt, Dudenbostel, Rader, Allison, Blechle, Geisen. Nays: None. Absent: Alderman Ohlau. Motion carried.

VII. COMMITTEE REPORTS

Cemetery & Finance Committee (Chairman Platt):

The Cemetery and Finance Committee met this evening at 5:30 p.m. to review city bills, and found them to be in order for payment. Chairman Platt moved to approve payment of bills, subject to audit. Alderman Rader seconded the motion. UPON ROLL CALL: Ayes: Aldermen Rader, Stumpe, Rader, Dudenbostel, Allison, Platt, Geisen, Blechle. Nays: None. Absent: Alderman Ohlau. Motion carried.

Alderman Platt moved to approve the June report for the Evergreen Cemetery Clerk as presented. Alderman Allison seconded the motion. UPON ROLL CALL: Ayes: Aldermen Rader, Stumpe, Dudenbostel, Rader, Allison, Platt, Geisen, Blechle. Nays: None. Absent: Alderman Ohlau. Motion carried.

Fire Department (Chief Bert):

Chester Fire Department responded to two calls during the month of June. Chief Bert advised the Fire Truck Committee is currently working on truck designs with three different companies.

VIII. PUBLIC DISCUSSION

IX. OLD BUSINESS

X. NEW BUSINESS

Employment – Police Officer:

Chief Helmers recommended the council approve the hire of Joshua Louveau as a part time police officer. Alderman Geisen moved to approve Joshua Louveau as a part time police officer at $16.25 per hour. Alderman Dudenbostel seconded the motion. UPON ROLL CALL: Ayes: Aldermen Stumpe, Rader, Dudenbostel, Allison, Platt, Geisen, Blechle. Nays: None. Absent: Alderman Ohlau. Motion carried.

Employment – Telecommunicator:

Chief Helmers recommends the council approve Kaley Ludwig and Brandi Holdman as part time telecommunicators. Alderman Platt so moved, Alderman Geisen seconded the motion. UPON ROLL CALL: Ayes: Aldermen Stumpe, Dudenbostel, Rader, Allison, Platt, Geisen, Blechle. Nays: None. Absent: Alderman Ohlau. Motion carried.

Gas Department – Truck:

Alderman Platt moved to waive formal competitive bidding and approve the purchase of a Ford F350 Truck from Morrow Brothers Ford for $33,495.00. Alderman Geisen seconded the motion. UPON ROLL CALL: Ayes: Aldermen Stumpe, Dudenbostel, Rader, Allison, Platt, Geisen, Blechle. Nays: None. Absent: Alderman Ohlau. Motion carried.

Gas Department –Trailer:

Alderman Rader moved to approve the purchase of a new trailer from Camper Exchange Inc. for $8,903.00. Alderman Dudenbostel seconded the motion. UPON ROLL CALL: Ayes: Aldermen Stumpe, Rader, Dudenbostel, Allison, Platt, Geisen, Blechle. Nays: None. Absent: Alderman Ohlau. Motion carried.

Property – 110 Morrison Street:

Alderman Platt moved to pass a resolution to declare property at 110 Morrison Street as dangerous and unsafe. Alderman Blechle seconded the motion. UPON ROLL CALL: Ayes: Aldermen Stumpe, Rader, Dudenbostel, Allison, Platt, Geisen, Blechle. Nays: None. Absent: Alderman Ohlau. Motion carried.

XI. ADJOURNMENT

At 6:17 p.m., Alderman Platt moved to adjourn the meeting. Alderman Geisen seconded the motion. VOTE: Ayes: Aldermen Dudenbostel, Rader, Stumpe, Allison, Platt, Geisen, Blechle. Nays: None. Absent: Alderman Ohlau. Motion carried.

http://www.chesterill.com/city-government/city-council-agendas/

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