MOUNT CARROLL – The City of Mount Carroll held a finance committee meeting at 6:45 pm on Tuesday, March 26. The regular bimonthly meeting followed at 7:30 pm. The mayor and all aldermen were present for both meetings.
During the finance meeting several raises for city employees were discussed. It was noted by Alderman Tom Charles that the part time police officers had not received a raise in two years. He suggested that the committee recommend raising the hourly rate from $14.00 to $14.78. During the regular meeting the council approved the increase.
Alderman Charles also brought up that he believed that city employee Greg Kloepping was severely underpaid. Kloepping has worked for the city for twelve years. Charles suggested give him a $1.00 per hour raise. Alderman Doug Bergren stated he wouldn’t mind going up $1.25. The committee agreed to make that the recommendation. During the regular meeting the council approved that increase as well.
The council is working on pay scales for all city employees. It is their hope that this will assure that they are being paid closer to what they should be, and yearly raises will not be overlooked in the future.
To Meet or Not To Meet
Alderman Doris Bork asked to move the next regular meeting scheduled for April 9 to the Monday before or the Wednesday after that date. When asked why she wanted it moved, she replied that she was not going to be here. Alderman Robert Sisler added, “We’re having a victory celebration.”
Sisler made a motion to move the meeting date to the following Tuesday which would be April 16.
Alderman Mike Risko said, “I don’t think every time someone can’t be here, we go changing meetings around. I think we’ve got to be consistent.” Sisler replied, “Let your vote reflect that.”
Bork seconded the motion. Upon a roll call vote, the motion failed with two voting “yes” and four voting “no.”
Gravestone Restoration Class
The Campbell Center will be hosting a gravestone restoration class on Saturday, May 11, 2013. The class is free for residents of Mount Carroll. People from out-of-town can participate for a $35.00 fee. Those interested should pick up an application at the Campbell Center.
Spring Bulk Cleanup Date
Spring cleanup bulk waste pickup date set for Saturday, May 4, 2013.
In Other Business:
- Approved hiring thirteen people for part-time summer help for the swimming pool as life guards and assistant managers recommended by the recreation board.
- Heard that the Rotary Club might be able to apply for a grant for up to $3,000 for a vacuum or a pool cover for the municipal swimming pool.
- Discussed plans to complete the final 400 feet of Benton Street that needs to be repaired.
- Discussed plans to fix broken sidewalk at the corner of Main Street and Market Street and make repairs to the sidewalk on Carroll Street.
- Approved entering a contract for $2,000 with Wendler Engineering to assist with fixing the sidewalk and walls at the corner of Main and Market Streets.
- Hired Nicholas Meeker as a police officer starting April 29.
- Discussed looking at alternatives for health insurance, as the cost has increased by 35 percent over last year.
- Heard that electric cost for street lights has decreased. The council believes this is due to the installation of the LED street lights.
- Approved a street solicitation request by the Lions Club for May 4, 2013.
- Approved an ordinance to increase the number of liquor licenses available by one.
- Approved a request to conduct a youth baseball camp at Point Rock Park on June 9, 2013.
- Approved a request to place a memorial bench at Point Rock Park.