It was a quick meeting for the Litchfield City Council on Thursday, Feb. 20, as the council approved 16 motions in the 15 minutes spent in open session.
All 16 motions were approved 8-0, with few garnering much discussion. In the motion to advertise bids for water treatment chemicals, Alderman Woodrow Street asked if any new companies ever made bids for the chemicals, noting that the same names seem to appear frequently. Water Superintendent Ray Weller said that there are occasionally new bidders, which he forwards to City Clerk Carol Burke, but mostly the companies stay pretty consistent.
The council also approved a motion to declare seven properties as surplus and advertise them for sale or bid, along with eight other properties that had already been surplussed. Mayor Steve Dougherty asked if the properties were solely for sale or for bid. City Administrator Tonya Flannery said that there were some of each in the group.
In other business, the council approved the minutes of the Feb. 6 and Feb. 10 meetings, authorized repairs to Tower Ladder 803 by Mac’s Fire and Safety for $5,414.39, approved the purchase of 12 replacement windows for the Westside Fire Station from Tim Lipe Contstruction for $5,353.25, approved the installation of 30 mile per hour signage along Harrison Street at or near the intersection of Thomas Street.
They also approved the placement of a stop sign at the intersection of Jefferson and Hauser and approved the purchase of a 2020 Dodge Charger pursuit all-wheel drive patrol vehicle for $25,085 from Victory Lane.
A motion to approve expenditures for the Tourism Attraction Program grant application was also approved, with Mayor Dougherty commending Tourism Coordinator Sarah Waggoner and Lake Superintendent Eric Lamb for their work.
In lake and water related matters, the council approved an amendment to the water purchase agreement for sales of water to the KAHO Public Water District, approved the purchase of 15 baby changing stations for the Lake Lou Yaeger recreational area from webstaurantstore.com for $1,799.85, approved the third pay request from Brewster Construction for $53,681.37 for work on the Eagle Ridge subdivision, approved the purchase of a trailer mounted trash pump for $46,140.50 from Xlem and authorized Crawford, Murphy and Tilly to do a phosphorus feasibility study at a cost not to exceed $29,000.
The final motion before entering into closed session at 6:45 p.m. was to approve an easement for a gas regulator station for the new industrial park with Ameren Illinois.
Prior to the regular business, Mayor Dougherty read a letter from the board of the Litchfield Country Club, who commended the Litchfield Police Department for their work with the country club. The letter said that there had been instances of vandalism and one case of missing restaurant receipts, which Officer Christopher Robinson assisted in recovering, and the department had been extremely helpful in all of these matters.
The council will meet again on Thursday, March 5, at 6:30 p.m. at Corwin Hall.