President White called a short recess so that Trustee McCloud could attend in order to have a quorum. When she arrived, the following trustees were present: Arrasmith, McCloud, and Schluter. Village Clerk Moore, Supervisor of Operations Bennett, and Attorney Hendren were also present. Trustee Roberts was absent. President White appointed John Finn to the open four-year term. Trustee Arrasmith moved that the Board approve the appointment, and Trustee McCloud seconded the motion. The motion carried with all ayes on a roll call vote. President White then appointed Eric Cokley to the two-year unexpired term. Trustee Arrasmith moved that the Board approve the appointment, and Trustee McCloud seconded the motion. The motion carried with all ayes on a roll call vote. Clerk Moore then administered the oath of office to Trustee Finn and then to Trustee Cokley. Trustee McCloud then left to go back to the ball game.
Trustee Arrasmith moved that the minutes of the May 4 Board of Trustees meeting be approved. Trustee Schluter seconded the motion. The motion carried with all ayes on a roll call vote.
Alex Graber, a representative of Telepharm, told about the business he represents. They open pharmacies in small towns with pharmacy tecnicians employed and pharmacists available by telephone. They would like to rent 500-800 square feet for the business. They ask that the community or community members pay them $50,000 upfront to start the business and then the investor(s) would earn 25% of the proceeds.
Matt Evans spoke about the parking problem on James Street. People park on both sides of the street to go to the Dairy Barn, and it is hard for the residents of James Street and James Court to get in and out of the subdivision. The parking is also a problem when parents are waiting to pick up their children from the school bus. He suggested that no-parking signs be put along the west side of James Street, that a crosswalk be painted on Main Street from James Street to the opposite side, and that maybe even have a flashing light there. Main Street is a county highway so the latter two suggestions would be under their control. The Board was agreeable to look at the no-parking signs, and Trustee Schluter will talk to the residents affected by the signs and will report back at the July meeting.
Trustee Finn read a letter that he had received from Linda Bennett. The septic and leach system of her home had failed and she told of the problems there are to correct this and to have a septic system. The cost will be $15,000 to install a multi-flow system with leach field. She wrote the letter with the hope of raising the Village residents' awareness of the cost of not having a sewer system. She asked that the Village continute talks with Philo to get a sewage system for Sidney as soon as possible. Following the reading of the letter, the Trustees discussed where the Village should go from here and what the discussions with Philo are. It was agreed that the first thing to be looked at is the financial part. Trustee Finn will look into this and report back. It seems that low-interest loans, rather than grants, are what available to help communities.
PRESIDENT WHITE'S COMMENTS
Clerk Moore reported on the options for insurance on the Library: replacement cost new ($700,489), functional replacement ($450,000), or actual cash value ($265,067).
The premium were, respectively, $2,240, $1,440, and $848. Trustee Schluter moved that the Village insure the Library for replacement cost new for a premium of $2,240. Trustee Finn seconded the motion. The motion carried with all ayes on a roll call vote. Clerk Moore had also received a coverage list for all other buildings that the Village owns. Discussion followed on whether the valuations were accurate. Clerk Moore will talk to IMLRMA on some questions raised and then will work with Trustee Cokley and Supervisor Bennett on updating the valuations.
President White reported on the progress of the building plans with the Township. The Village needs two offices, a storage room, conference room, ESDA room, meeting room, and a kitchen that meets Peace Meal requirements. The meeting and conference rooms could be shared with the Township. The Trustees will discuss at the special meeting on June 10 what the Village can afford to spend. The old school property is the optimum site.
A discussion followed on golf carts. The main question was if the Village should allow them at all. The consensus was that the Trustees were willing to do so but with restrictions. To allow them would require an ordinance. The Trustees had the golf cart ordinances of Sidney and Fisher to look at and instructed Attorney Hendren to bring a working ordinance to the July meeting.
The Sidney Fun Daze plans were being made. There is a raffle for a John Deere riding lawn mower in progress. Trustee Finn moved that the Village contribute $4,000 to the SIG Fun Daze; Trustee Arrasmith seconded the motion. The motion carried with all ayes on a roll call vote.
ATTORNEY HENDREN'S COMMENTS:
Attorney Hendren presented the Prevailing Wage Ordinance for a vote. Trustee Schluter moved that the 2015 Prevailing Wage Ordinance in the Village of Sidney, Illinois, No. 2015-3, be approved. Trustee Arrasmith seconded the motion; the motion carried with all ayes on a roll call vote.
EARL BENNETT'S REPORT
Supervisor Bennett reported that he had had the bid opening today on the street work.
The Consumer Confidence Report was done and will be published.
The message board is done. The post needed to be replaced and that added about $300 to the original bill.
The water tower is done, and Supervisor Bennett is waiting on some lien waivers to submit the rest of the bill to be paid.
There were two leaks, and the downtown sidewalk has been repaired.
The financial reports were read by Trustee Finn. After reading them, Trustee Arrasmith moved that the bills be paid with the addition of $837.80 to Donahue and Associates, $2,095 to Red Neck Apparel, and $725 to Sanderson Tree Service. Trustee Finn seconded the motion. The motion carried with all ayes on a roll call vote.
STREETS AND ALLEY
3,101,320 gallons of water were pumped in May with a daily average of 97,107 gallons.
$30,746.45 was received in May with $9,829.64 in sewer planning money. 108 penalty bills were sent.
Two building permits for May: 208 N. White, deck, permit #683, $50.00, and #1 Dunlap Woods, fence, permit #684, $50.00
Trustee Arrasmith had received an estimate of $1,125 to remove a tree on West Byron. The Village will wait on this until after the June 10 appropriations meeting.
Trustee Arrasmith had proposals for a replacement tree plan for the Village. Country Arbors would provide 10-12 foot trees, 30 inches around, for $200-300 each. Ingram's Nursery for the same size was $400-425, and Schueren's was $190-230. The price depended upon the type of tree. Planting was not included. Trustee Arrasmith had just received information about Ameren helping with the costs of tree and tree removal that he will look into.
PARKS AND RECREATION
Trustee Cokley had nothing to report.
Trustee Arrasmith will be keeping ESDA in his new responsibility as Public Property chairperson. He reported that the siren is ready to go except for one part. They are waiting on that.
Trustee Schluter has requested a copy of his duties as the Community Development Committee chairperson. He will be contacting Chris Sims about the web site.
OLD AND NEW BUSINESS
Nothing has been heard from Crop Production.
Trustee Arrasmith moved that the meeting be adjourned. Trustee Cokley seconded the motion; motion carried with all ayes on a roll call vote. Meeting was adjourned at 9:20 p.m.