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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

City of Bushnell City Council met July 15

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Sep 21, 2019

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City of Bushnell City Council met July 15.

Here is the minutes provided by the council:

Mayor Wilt called the meeting to order.

The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was given.

Roll Call

Ald. Donna Coates - P       Ald. Greg Yocum – P       Mayor Robin Wilt – P                      Public Works Director Justin Griffith -P

Ald. Chuck Howell – P       Ald. Stacey Allen – P       City Clerk Teresa Ebbert - P           Police Chief Joe Fosdyck - A

Ald. Mike Howell –P           Ald. Bruce Lorton –P       Treasurer Dan Cortelyou - A           Street Superintendent David Raymond –P

Ald. David Norton –P         Ald. Brent Glisan – P        City Attorney Nicole Humbert – P

Ald.Lorton made a motion to approve the consent agenda, which include the following items.

1. Approval of July 1, 2019 minutes.

2. Accept June 2019 Financial report.

It was seconded by Ald. C. Howell. A roll call vote was taken and the results of that vote are as follows:

Ald. Coates“aye”           Ald. Allen“aye”

Ald. C. Howell“aye”      Ald. Lorton“aye”

Ald. Norton“aye”           Ald. Glisan“aye”

Ald. Yocum“aye”           Ald. M. Howell“aye”

Where upon Mayor Wilt declared the motion carried.

Ad Hoc (Mayor’s Report)

1. Mayor Wilt commented on the firework display went off well in spite of the rain. She said that the decision to go forward with it was the company that was setting them off.

She thanked the City workers, Addison Coates, Hadley Powell, Joe Fosdyck and the

VFW color guard for all their help.


*Ald. Norton stated the next meeting will be Tuesday July 16, 2019 @ 4:00 at the City Hall.

Mayor Wilt recognized guest Kate Hardin. Kate and her neighbors have some concerns about the odor coming from the refurbished Vaughan building. She was also concerned with chemicals used in the factory. They had called the police who went and talked to Vaughan & Bushnell personal. Ald. Glisan stated that after hearing the complaints Vaughan has extended the vent pipe on that building and assured her there were no chemicals used in that Heat Treat operation that would be harmful. Mayor Wilt told Ms. Hardin that she would get in touch with Mike Havens and relay her concerns to him.

Public Works –Street/Sewer/Alley

*Ald. C. Howell advised that there are no grants available at this time for the S/W sewer project. We have available funds in the revolving loan fund, but it will limit some of the work that needs to be done. Ald. C Howell stated that project needed to be done and they would be moving forward. The next step will be getting bids.

*Ald. C. Howell stated that the committee discussed the deep well project. The awarding of The CDAP grants will be in August. He stated they will wait to see if they get the grant And proceed from there.

*Ald. C. Howell stated they discussed the Davis St. rehab. This would involve the infrastructure and road rehabilitation. The work would be done of the two blocks between Walnut St. going west to Grant st. We received a grant for $125,000 that will have to be used by June 2020. The rest of the monies would come from sales tax funds.

*There have been storm sewer problems on the corner of Harrison st. and Twyman St.

The street/sewer dept. have been doing some exploratory work on the trunk line in this area. They have found that a large part is clogged. They are not sure whether our Ejector will have the power or length to clear the pipe, they might have to go to an outside contractor with a larger ejector.

*Ald. C. Howell stated that the Utility board has requested the city pay for installation of electronic meter readers. This matter will be discussed again when the utility board is ready to move forward with the project.


*Ald. Lorton advised that the committee recommends the west side of N. Rile St. Be designated no parking from 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on school days.

*The committee recommends the Festival Committee be allowed to have a beer garden with the same setup as last year to be serving from 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Thursday – Saturday.

Ald. Lorton made a motion to approve the beer garden. Ald.Coates seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken and the results of that vote are as follows:

Ald. C Howell“aye”       Ald. Allen“aye”

Ald. M Howell“nay”      Ald. Lorton“aye”

Ald. Norton“aye”          Ald. Glisan“aye”

Ald. Yocum“aye”          Ald. Coates“aye”

Where upon Mayor Wilt declared the motion carried.


*Ald. Glisan reported that they are giving the facilitators of the Rec. Center a couple more weeks to find someone to fill the janitor position.

They would like to have someone in there by the end of September.

Real Estate

*Ald. Coates stated they are trying to find ways to get residents to clean up their Properties, they came up with several ideas some of which were putting addresses In the paper, giving them a ticket, having the city mow and clean up property and put a lien against it, having students needing extra hours to some cleanup work.

*Ald. Coates stated they are discussing re-doing some of the ordinances.

*Ald. Coates advised that the property at 1165 Jackson St. has been mowed, but they still need to remove all the debris in the yard.

*Ald. Coates gave an update on the Sullivan property, she has finally been served and she Has one week to make some progress or she will be back in court this week.

Attorney’s Report/Ordinances & Resolutions

*Attorney Nicole Humbert stated that she had reviewed the loan request from Vaughan & Bushnell and will need a motion to move forward.

Ald. Lorton made a motion to go ahead with the loan to Vaughan & Bushnell and Ald. Coates seconded it.

A roll call vote was taken and the results of that vote are as follows:

Ald. M Howell "abstain"      Ald. Lorton“aye”

Ald. Norton “aye”                Ald. Glisan "abstain"

Ald. Yocum“aye”                 Ald. Coates“aye”

Ald. Allen“aye”                    Ald. C Howell "abstain"

Where upon Mayor Wilt declared the motion carried.

*Humbert stated that she was moving forward on the burnout property and the Petition was almost ready to file.

Ald. Norton made a motion to enter into executive session at 6:13 to discuss, a) Appointment, Employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of an employee of the public body or legal counsel for the public body, pursuant to Sec. 2 (c) (1) of the Open Meetings Act.

b) Collective Bargaining matters between the public body and its employees or representatives, or deliberations concerning salary schedules for one or more classes or employees, pursuant to Sec. 2(c)(2) of the Open Meetings Act. c) The purchase or lease of real property for the use of the public body, pursuant to Sec. 2 (c) (5) of the Open Meetings Act. d) The setting or a price for sale or lease of property owned by the public body, pursuant to Sec. 2 (c) (6) of the Open Meetings Act. (e)Pending or probable litigation, pursuant to sec. 2 (c) (11) of the Open Meeting Act. Ald.Lorton seconded it. A roll call vote was taken and the results of that vote are as follows:

Ald. Norton“aye”         Ald. Glisan “aye”

Ald. Yocum“aye”         Ald. Coates“aye”

Ald. Allen“aye”            Ald. C Howell“aye”

Ald. Lorton“aye”         Ald. M Howell“aye”

Where upon Mayor Wilt declared the motion carried.

A motion was made by Ald. Lorton and seconded by Ald. Norton to return to regular session. A roll call vote was taken and the results of that vote are as follows:

Ald. Yocum“aye”        Ald. Coates“aye”

Ald. Allen“aye”           Ald. C Howell“aye”

Ald. Lorton“aye”        Ald. M Howell“aye”

Ald. Glisan“aye”         Ald. Norton“aye”

Ald. Allen made a motion to adjourn

Meeting was adjourned


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