Members of the Litchfield City Council met via video conferencing on Thursday, May 7, for the first time this month.
The aldermen would pass 14 items in new business on Thursday, plus motions to accept the minutes from the April 16 meeting and to transfer funds and pay bills.
The council also discussed the sale of adult-use marijuana in the city, but tabled further discussion until the next meeting. Attorney Peter Drummond, whose office is next door to a proposed site for retail sales of marijuana, addressed the council and expressed his concerns for the project.
In tourism and administration, the council approved the purchase of a 2012 Yamaha Adventurer 2 from Niehaus Cycle Sales for $4,600, approved a contract for dumpsters for the city’s annual clean-up, approved the purchase of a Barracuda BBS 390 back-up appliance for the police department, approved the listing of previously surplus properties with local real estate agents and to approve a beautification project for the city, with Mike Klaves contracted to water, weed and maintain the plants. The project is funded by a donation of $100,000 by an anonymous source.
In police business, the council approved the purchase of six ballistic vests from Larry Fredericks, LLC for $5,230.
They also approved the trade in of ten taser units and holsters for store credit with Accredited Security and approved the purchase of a 2020 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4 K9 patrol vehicle from Victory Lane. The purchase price of the K9 vehicle, $38,683.15, includes installation of equipment and lighting by Global Tech, Inc., fabrication and installation of a K9 cage by Shawnee Correctional Center and striping package installation by Pastrovich Signs.
In lake business, the aldermen approved a 33 percent credit to 2020 lakefront camping lessees for the 2021 camping season for returning leaseholders, authorized Crawford, Murphy and Tilly Engineering to solicit bids for the Lake Lou Yaeger watershed implementation project and approved payment of a $4,940 fee to IDNR for a construction permit for the 16th Avenue sediment basin for the watershed project.
In other business, the council approved an ordinance temporarily suspending utility shutoffs, late payment fees and credit card payment fees, approved a pay request for $124,677.90 to Gelly Excavating and Construction and approved a pay request of $89,252.29 to Kamadulski Excavating and Grading. Both pay requests are for work done to the I-55 commerce park.
The council would also spend approximately 40 minutes in closed session, with no action taken afterwards.