The Taylorville City Council met in regular session on Monday night, and City Attorney Rocci Romano and Alderman Bruce Jones was absent. The council approved many resolutions and ordinances. One of those that spurred the most discussion was the C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation/CIPT Public Transportation Coordination Agreement. Alderman Earl Walters stated it took four or five years to bring public transportation to the county. Alderman Martin Vota looked over the agreement and said he had some concerns and wanted to bring it back to committee for further discussion.
Vota announced a motion to table with Alderman Rob Heberling seconded, but the motion to table failed by a 4-3 count. Mayor Greg Brotherton stated it is paid for by monies already spent, and if it wasn’t spent, it would go somewhere else after a period of time.
A motion was brought up to approve the agreement and it passed 4-3.
In other Taylorville City Council action, the council approved an ordinance of the issuance of sewerage revenue bonds of the City in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed some $3 million for the purpose of defraying the cost of acquiring and constructing improvements to the sewerage of the City. The Council also approved an ordinance of the issuance of sewerage revenue bonds of the City in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed some $1 million for the purpose of defraying the cost of acquiring and constructing improvements to the sewerage system of the City.
The council also approved a motion regarding the eight foot sanitary sewer line from manhole on Battery Specialists property to the manhole on the Taylorville Community Unit School District #3 property at the Pepsi Plant, with the City doing the six foot line from the manhole to the Pepsi Plant building not to exceed $20,000. Alderman Earl Walters stated it was an error that the City made by reversing the sewerage flow during project work four years ago.
Alderman Shawn Burtle questioned the insurance policy of the project and Mayor Greg Brotherton said he will look into it.
In other Taylorville City Council action, during the mayor updates, Mayor Brotherton noted he went to the Jasper, Indiana area to look at Little John Digesters for its usage as a pretreatment system for lift stations in an effort to alleviate the odor from waste generated by the prison. Mayor Greg Brotherton said it is like an aerator system and could cost the City about $100,000 for the Prison, Spillway, Pershing, and Northwest Lift Stations.
Alderman Martin Vota questioned why the bike trail trestle is still closed. Brotherton stated the City of Pana doesn’t have money to fix the trestle, nor do they have the money to hire an engineer. Brotherton noted it’s a possibility to contact IDOT to find out what rules and what leverage to force the City of Pana to do something about fixing the trestle, and may look at other solutions. A motion was also approved to extend the Boyd Dappert Youth Reservation Lease under the existing terms of the Lease Agreement for one year beginning October 3, 2016 to October 3, 2017. The council approved the payment of bills totaling some $400,000 and the meeting adjourned at 7:33 p.m.