Girl Scouts Get Approval for French Creek Park Cleanup Project
Girl Scout Troop leader Cheryl Neumann and Girl Scouts Jenna Scott and Molly Neumann request permission from the City Council to do a clean up project in French Creek Park during the March 25th council meeting.
(PA photo/Lynnette Forth
By LYNNETTE FORTH | For The Prairie Advocate News
MORRISON – It looks like French Creek Park in Morrison will be getting a clean up thanks to a project by a local Girl Scout Troop. Council members voted to grant approval for the service project at the March 25th meeting.
Troop leader Cheryl Neumann presented the proposed idea which is planned for April 21st from 2-4 p.m. Volunteers from Kohl’s will be on hand to give assistance, with garbage clean up and wood chip maintenance.
Neumann said, “This project is an opportunity for the girls to earn awards in a three step activity called ‘Take Action.’ The park project will be step three, which consists of air quality, and green activities, and would qualify the girls for their ‘Journeys’ patch.”
Council members reviewed a report from the Historic Preservation Commission meeting from March 5th. Alderman Sarah Thorndike questioned the time differences on the report, with Bob Vaughn answering, “The 3/5 meeting was reconvened on 3/19 at 11:30.”
In the Report of Department Heads, Police Chief Melton informed the council that he had recently emailed his budget revisions, while Gary Tresenritter reported that Well #5 start-up testing had been successful.
“Today, we pumped all day long. We will continue running during the day testing chlorine and fluoride. Next Monday, we plan to put it online overnight if all goes well.”
The consent agenda was approved which included:
March 11th, 2013 Regular Session Minutes (removed for correction); March 13th, 2013 Budget Discussion Meeting; Bills Payable ($154,759.11) Marti Wood questioned a credit card bill; Acceptance of Resignation of City Treasurer, Ernie Huling-effective April 30th, 2013. All members voted “yes”, with Sarah Thorndike replying “yes, but with reluctance.”; Acceptance of Immediate Resignation-Bob Vaughn-Morrison Business Advisory Group.
Under Items for Consideration and Possible Action:
1. Authorize Mayor to enter into agreement for Historic Registry Application Consultation with InAlliance Inc. Jim Wise explained that the agreement is a representation of the agreement that had been referred to legal council. Michael Blean questioned the last sentence of the agreement on page 15 stating, “Are we talking about certain property, or District?” City Attorney Zollinger replied, “It could be either.” Marti Wood questioned, “This won’t cost the city money?” Wise replied, “Yes, $14,000.00 for the fees covered by the grant.” Alderman Sullivan asked, “Is there any ongoing liability to the City for this? Will we see any billing on down the road?” Mayor Drey responded, “It is my understanding that it is a one time issue. There is no intent to qualify.” Bob Vaughn clarified, “We may not even qualify.” Alderman approved the authorization, with Wood voting no.
2. Authorize City Administrator to enter into Energy Supply Agreement for Morrison Sports Complex. The city has an existing agreement with Constellation/Exelon to provide electrical service to the Sports Complex. Council members debated on signing the agreement for either the two year term or less. Scott Connelley asked, “Is there a better time to negotiate rates?” Administrator Wise advised Connelley, “There is a clause where we can opt out. There are safety nets here with ways to get around any unforeseen circumstances.” Wise advised council members that energy rates are fluctuating rapidly, so he would advise making a decision, rather than waiting. Alderman Dave Rose stated, “It’s kind of a crap shoot. If we knew what the rates were gonna do in three years, we would know what to do.” Michael Blean suggested having a representative from Constellation/Energy present at the next meeting to answer questions, and provide further information. Council members agreed to table a decision to the next meeting, with Mr. Wise agreeing to contact someone form the Company to be present.
3. Authorize Mayor to enter into an agreement to renew “Line of Credit” with THE National Bank. Alderman Wood asked, “Do we really need this now? This was originally to be used if we were short funds for the well project.” Sarah Thorndike responded, “We have some very expensive waste water projects coming up.” Mayor Drey replied, “We are not the only community with a line of credit.” Leo Sullivan added, “Interest rates are creeping up, if we delay this, funds may go up and cost more. It’s kind of an insurance policy. I think it’s a pretty good idea.” Council members voted to allow approval to renew the Line of Credit with all members voting “yes” except Alderman Wood.
4. Ordinance #13-10-Confirming designation of property located at 117 West Wall Street for Historic Landmark Status. (approved)
In Other Items for Consideration, Discussion and Information included:
Alderman Thorndike proudly informed council members and those in the audience “Today is my 35th Wedding Anniversary.” Mayor Drey reminded everyone of the Committee of the Whole meeting scheduled for March 27th. An Open House will be held on March 28th from 5-8 p.m. in the Community Room to allow the public to review the plans for the new Waste Water Treatment Plant. Dave Rose informed the public that the Committee of the Whole meeting will be an Executive Session.
The next meeting is scheduled for April 8th, 2013 in the Whiteside County Board Room at 7:00 p.m.