SAVANNA – The City of Savanna has a new police officer, thanks to the actions of the City Council at their March 26th, 2013 meeting at 333 Chicago Avenue.
The meeting was attended by all Council members, including Bill Scott, Bill Robinson, Merle Long, Peg Haffey, Jeff Griswold, Tony McCombie, Carol Fosdick and Lois Hunsaker. Also in attendance were Mayor Larry Stebbins, City Clerk Paul Hartman, City Attorney Phil Jensen, and department heads Sheryl Sipe, Michael Moon, and John Lindeman, with Shawn Picolotti absent.
Committee Chairperson McCombie delivered the Personnel/Safety Committee report, and noted that the committee had elected to recommend hiring Mike Herrig as a police officer at a $16.00 per hour rate of pay, beginning on March 29th of this year. Herrig was recommended for this experience and his high scoring on evaluations. The department has lost two officers this year, and after 20 applications, Herrig was the committee’s recommendation.
In a related matter, the committee also recommended to approve a change in the part time pay structure for the police department, raising the current rate of $14 per hour to one of $15.75 per hour.
Stebbins reviewed for the Council a letter from the Corps of Engineers related to Savanna’s flood mitigation program. This indicated that the Illinois Department of Transportation would like to stay involved in further efforts along these lines and to help fund further work for the plan, with the City involved as the sponsor.
Jensen then reviewed the status of the City’s iFiber agreement, reporting that the group would like action taken by the Council soon, and that all the elements therein had been agreed to.
Jensen updated the Council on other correspondence, this time to Mediacom. He said that he had informed the company they needed to respond to the City’s concerns regarding their franchise agreement and the differing opinions regarding the definition of the term “gross revenue,” as well as the City’s claim that the company owes them several thousand dollars. Jensen said that if the reply is not satisfactory, a public hearing will be necessary in order to pursue legal actions, and that this hearing should be scheduled at the time of the last council meeting in April, for the first meeting in May.
At the conclusion of the open session, the Council elected to go into executive session in order to review and discuss their collective bargaining agreement, with no public action expected from this session.