Democracy on the Front Lines
City Administrator’s Blog
June 11, 2010
Here is a summary of Monday’s City Council meeting agenda items. The items are listed in the order as they appeared in the agenda. Click here to see the full texts of the resolutions, ordinances, and staff reports. As a reminder, resolutions, motions, and special event permits only need to be approved once to become official. Ordinances are required to be approved in two readings (over two meetings) before they become official.
Here are the items that were approved by the City Council:
Resolution setting the prevailing wage rate for contractors: This is an annual state requirement that the City set the prevailing wage for companies contracting with the City.
Resolution setting the public hearing for the Rasp Farm TIF: State law requires that the City establish a public hearing for the proposed Tax Increment Financing Distract expansion at Rasp Farm. This resolution sets the public hearing for August 2, 2010, at 7pm at the City Council meeting.
Resolution for the engineering design of the Southview Drive Culvert Replacement: The culvert pipe running under Southview Drive is deteriorating and may soon cause significant damage to the road. The contract with Hoelscher Engineering for $41,300 is funded trough the ½-cent Proposition S sales tax.
Resolution approving the contract for sanitary sewer manhole lining: Various sewer main manholes need lining or grouting around the section joints throughout the City’s sanitary sewer system to stop the infiltration of groundwater into the sewer system which increase sewage pumping and treatment costs. Many of these manholes have had little work done to them since installation in the 1950s and earlier. The project as bid is to line 20 manholes with a fiberglass liner and grout 38 manholes. Walden Associated Technologies, Inc., is the lowest qualified bidder for $144,315.
Resolution approving an intergovernmental agreement with Caseyville Township Sanitary Sewer District for discontinuance of water services: Under a new state law, O’Fallon must terminate water service to nonpaying customers of Caseyville Township Sewer District if the District requests it. There is a list of requirements in the legislation for the District to meet before they issue us an order for termination of water service, including a public hearing on a delinquent account. The Sewer District will pay the City for the cost of disconnecting and connecting the water service and for the estimated loss of revenue while water is disconnected to those customers.
Resolution approving annexation agreements for the Carson/Behrens neighborhood: The City of O’Fallon and O’Fallon Township received a joint grant to install sanitary sewers in the Carson/Behrens neighborhood. The neighborhood is not in the city limits and did not have sewers. City ordinance requires that sewer hook-ups require annexation, so these annexation agreements are for most of the property owners in the neighborhood. The cost of installation of the sewers was covered by the grant. These annexation agreements are the last of the households in the neighborhood and all property owners have now signed annexation agreements in the construction area.
Resolution approving a contract with the Village of Shiloh for dispatching services: The contract outlines the agreement between the City of O’Fallon and the Village of Shiloh with regard to providing 911 dispatch services. The contract calls for the Village of Shiloh to pay $100,000.00 annually each year for three years for 24/7/365 dispatch services for police, fire, and EMS.
Ordinance increasing the water tap fee: The water tap fee is a new user’s contribution (buy-in) to an existing system and future improvement needed due to the added requirement of the new service on that system. The fee is based on reasonable engineering judgment of the cost to connect the service and the capital burden the new service will place on the entire system. The last time the water tap fee schedule was changed was 2005.
Ordinance increasing the sewer tap fee: The sewer tap fee increase is based on the same rationale as the water tap fee above.
Ordinance annexing Seven Hills Estates: In 2003, residents of Seven Hills Estates signed annexation agreements in order to receive City water service. When the City annexed the Carriel Junior High School property in 2009, the City’s boundaries became contiguous with Seven Hills Estates and this ordinance annexes the properties into the city limits.
Motion to accept the Rasp Farm TIF Plan: State law requires that the Rasp Farm TIF Plan be formally accepted into the public record by motion. The motion does not approve the TIF – there are several additional steps over the next two months before final approval of the TIF.
Special Event Permit for Downtown O’Fallon Farmer’s Market: The Downtown O’Fallon organization is sponsoring a farmer’s market on Tuesday evenings from June through September on the north side of the parking lot at First and Vine.
Special Event Permit for Relay for Life: The annual fund raising event is scheduled for June 18-19 at OTHS. The event at OTHS does not require a Special Event Permit; the promotional signage does require Council approval.
Motion to purchase service truck, easement machine, and trailer: The Public Works Department is purchasing equipment for its sewer maintenance operations.
ON HOLD Tax Increment Financing Ordinances: Five Second Reading ordinances dealing with the proposed Regency Park Tax Increment Financing District are on hold for legal review.
Now you’re up to date. Next Monday’s committee meetings will be Parks and Environment at 5:30 p.m. and Community Development at 6:00 p.m. The Public Safety Committee meeting is cancelled.