All city superintendents and several visitors were on hand Monday evening for the Nokomis City Council meeting.
Lisa Casterline, a spokesperson for the Central Illinois Public Transit (CIPT) organization, addressed the council with the services which are available to county residents. She noted that they provide transportation for residents of Montgomery and Fayette counties from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Persons of all ages are able to use the service including seniors and those with mobility issues.
The service is frequently used by people needing rides to doctors' appointments, medical treatments or other health related providers, yet one may use the service to go to and from work, to go shopping or for other purposes.
A fee of $2 is charged for in-county transportation, $4 for the round-trip, door-to-door transportation. For those patrons 60 years of age and older, a donation is requested in keeping with their ability to pay. Passes can be purchased for those who consistently rely on CIPT for their transportation needs.
To acquire more information or to schedule transportation, call 1-855-755-2478.
Mike Hanson of Erb Equipment provided council members with a lease to purchase plan for a new John Deere backhoe. Citing the poor condition of the existing backhoe in operation, council members were receptive to acquiring a new unit. However, the final decision was tabled pending final review of the new budget.
Mike Holliday reported that Kevin Guyot and Billy Taylor helped out following the recent snow storm. They used their personal Bobcats to help city crews clear the streets and sidewalks. Council members praised their efforts as well as others who helped out in similar fashion.
Two ordinance revisions were reviewed following discussions with city attorney Michael Glenn. Regarding the first ordinance, the council approved changes in emergency water shut-offs. When those calls are received during off-duty hours, a $50 fee will be charged unless the property has a whole house shut-off valve. In addition, water service will be restored only if the property owner has installed a whole house shut-off valve. Finally, when water service is being shut off or restored, the property owner or designee must be present or must sign a waiver releasing the city of Nokomis from any and all liability.
An additional ordinance regarding outdoor liquor sales was discussed; however several issues were raised which will require further review and consideration.
The council opened bids for mowing parks, trimming trees, and stump removal and selected those businesses to provide services needed during the summer. S.E.A. Green of Witt was awarded the mowing contract and will be paid $90 per week for maintaining the parks. Stump removal was awarded to Eilers Excavating of Tower Hill at the rate of $1 per inch in diameter. The tree trimming and removal bids were tabled until the next meeting to obtain additional information.
Police Chief Brad Ozee introduced officer Quincy Fergurson to council members. Fergurson has completed officer training and is prepared to begin his full-time assignment; however he sustained a broken finger in the final weeks of training and will need medical clearance before he can assume those responsibilities.
During the meeting, the council noted or approved the following:
• Revenues were received from utility tax, $11,446 and from personal property replacement tax, $3,329
• Monthly bills were approved totaling $20,523 including a donation to the After Prom Committee
• Approved the purchase of a new garage door opener for the street department
• Discontinued the practice of allowing professional waste haulers to dump at the city facility; individual RVs are still permitted to do so
• Approved updates of police policies and procedures
• Reviewed in-depth details of the new budget for FY 2013-14