Administrative Manager Bill Moline announced that Minonk's Spring Clean-Up Day will be held on Friday, May 18th, and Saturday, May 19th, Hours will be 8 am to 4 pm on the 18th and 8 am to noon on the 19th. The council approved a motion to also accept electronics although it will cost the city $1200 to dispose of the electronics.
In a related matter, Alderman John Marcoline suggested that people volunteer to assist elderly people in the community in getting their clean-up items to the Clean-Up site. More information on the clean-up will be posted later but last year's clean-up site was at the north end of Chestnut street near the curve across from Millennium Park.
In other business, the council approved an ordinance that prohibits parking on the north side of West Fourth Street between 636 and 806 West Fourth, approved the disposal of the city's Salt Truck, approved an ordinance that restricts a peddler's license to 14 days replacing the previous duration which was for one year and approved a disbursement of $20 a month for cell phones to city employees for a total cost of $900 a year.
Alderman Marcoline asked that an ordinance be adopted that restricts the use of fireworks, specifically preventing fireworks from being fired into other people's yards. He said last year fireworks were fired into a neighbor's house which caught fire.
The council approved an agreement between the City and the Fieldcrest school district that recognizes the Fieldcrest high school as an emergency shelter. The council approved the agreement with the proviso that there would be no increase in the city's insurance to enter into such an agreement.
City Treasurer Steve O'Riely suggested that the budget report be presented to the council every quarter showing the % of the budget used todate.
Farnsworth engineer Shawn Maurer told the council that the sanitary sewer upgrade project is proceeding on schedule with no major problems or delays but added that the city should apply for a permit to enable them to proceed to do repairs on the Oak Street water main. The council gave the go ahead to get the permit which usually requires 30 days to be processed.
Alderman Nick Caverra said part-time policeman Mathew Haines will be hired as a full-time police officer at $17 per hour pending successful completion of a physical.
Mayor Bill Koos agreed to a request from Rick Joyal to have the City pay the liability insurance of $580 for the upcoming car show and smoke-off to be held in the city June 30 to July 1. Mr. Joyal also asked for permission to close off Chestnut Street between 4th and 6th streets for the car show which last year had 130 entries and is expected to be larger this year. He also requested a spider box to provide electrical power to the smoke-off contestants in the city parking lot. He said there will be 2 bands on Saturday night, June 30, performing from 6 pm until ? on Chestnut street between 4th and 5th streets.
Mayor Koos said he and Administrative Manager Bill Moline will walk the downtown area to determine a parking and street closing configuration and give their recommendations to Mr. Joyal at the first council meeting in June.
Correction: Paragraph 8 has been corrected to state that Mathew Haines is a part-time police officer and will become a full-Time police officer.