Litchfield Says No To County Contract

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Members of the Litchfield City Council met on Thursday, Nov. 7, with 12 items on tap for new business on the agenda.

Ten of those items would pass, with action taken on one other regarding the Montgomery County Animal Control contract the county has with Litchfield and other municipalities.

The county had originally proposed a contract created by a formula based on their usage for the previous year, but the proposal was met with a negative reception when presented to the Montgomery County mayors.

The updated contract, which was approved during the October meeting of the Montgomery County Board, calls for flat fees, including $100 pick-up for dogs and cats or a $50 fee if the animal is brought to the facility in Hillsboro. There would also be a $250 fee for bite cases and humane investigations and a $200 fee for calls on nights, weekends and holidays.

Hillsboro voted not to sign the contract during their meeting on Oct. 22, with Litchfield doing the same on Thursday.

The county board is of the belief that if a city has an ordinance on the books about stray animals, they are responsible for animal control, but Dougherty mentioned that a state statute says that the county must provide the service.

The council did approve two payments for the I-55 Commerce Park, one to PSI Engineering and Testing for soil testing for the amount of $1,491 and one to Gelly Excavation and Construction in the amount of $844,686.26 for work done at the site.

In buildings and grounds business, the aldermen approved a contract with Mike Klaves to fill planters along State and Union for the holiday season for an amount not to exceed $3,520, and to advertise for bids to replace the HVAC system at city hall with design-build plans and specifications provided by Crawford, Murphy and Tilly.

The council also approved the meeting dates for 2020, approved an interagency agreement for cooperative 911 services with the Macoupin County Emergency Telephone System Board and approved a motion for a permanent and perpetual easement agreement for air rights with Mid-America Advertising for a billboard on the west side of I-55 for $18,000.

Also approved were motions to replace the hydraulic hoist on the 2007 Ford F350 dump truck at the lake department for $3,207.50, with work done by Carlinville Truck Equipment and to approve engineering services for bidding and construction for repairs for the Lake Lou Yaeger dam spillway with Crawford, Murphy and Tilly  for an amount not to exceed $3,000. A motion to approve an offer of $20,000 for the 1997 Navistar E-One Squad vehicle, previously used by the dive squad, from the city of Marmaduke, AR, was also approved.

After a closed session, the council approved minutes from the April 2019 to September 2019 closed sessions and directed the Police and Fire Commission to develop a hiring list for a new police officer.

Earlier in the meeting, the council passed a motion to appoint Maria Clark to the Tourism Advisory Board, accepted the minutes from the Oct. 17 meeting and directed the city clerk to transfer funds and pay bills. The council will meet again on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 6:30 p.m. at Corwin Hall. 

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