In a brief, fast-paced meeting Monday night, members of the Benld City Council voted to renew the city’s liability insurance policy with the Illinois Municipal League and agreed to spend $3,775 for repairs to a restroom floor at the city park.
With few items on the agenda, the meeting concluded within 25 minutes, including a five-minute executive session with City Attorney Rick Verticchio to discuss pending litigation. Four of the city’s six aldermen were in attendance. Ald. Mickey Robinson and Ald. Brian Frensko were absent.
On the recommendation of Mayor Jim Kelly, the council voted unanimously to renew the city’s liability policy at a cost of $20,116 to be paid in a lump sum. The policy is a shared risk policy offered by the Illinois Municipal League to its member municipalities. The cost is about $10,000 less than last year’s premium, Kelly said, “because we no longer have a police department.”
Council members voted unanimously to accept the lower of two bids to repair the floor of the men’s restroom at the city park. Bud’s Paint Service, Litchfield, offered a bid of $3,775 for the repair work, including subcontracted associated plumbing work. Precision Industrial submitted a bid of $6,660 for the work.
Ald. John Balzraine recommended accepting the low bid, noting the floor has been in disrepair for nearly four years. He also advised the council that Bud’s Paint Service recommended doing the work this fall rather than waiting for spring.
Former Ald. Peyton Bernot appeared before the council to present a personal donation of $450 to the city. The check represents the second installment of a $900 commitment Bernot made to the city for the purpose of planting new trees along Central Avenue.
City Clerk Terri Koyne reported she sent out 136 letters to water customers regarding late payments. She said “eight or nine” water services remain shut off.
Mayor Kelly thanked the Italian-American Club for replacing street signs throughout the community. “They look great,” Kelly said. Jerry Saracco, representing the club, revealed the club probably will offer the old signs for sale to interested persons. Koyne said several residents had inquired about buying old street signs.
Following procedures recommended by the city attorney to comply with provisions of the Open Meetings Act, the council conducted a special meeting 30 minutes prior to Monday night’s regular meeting to open and consider bids for the sale of surplus property.
Council members agreed to sell a surplus Dodge Charger to Trena Statler for $3,000.
Tom McClain successfully bid to buy a parcel at 504 North Main Street for $500. The property was acquired by the city last month and McClain will have a set period of time to raze or improve the residential structure on the lot.
A surplus property in the 400 block of South Seventh Street was sold to Gary Cunningham for $350.