Meeting on Tuesday night because of the Monday holiday, members of the Wilsonville Board of Trustees voted unanimously to make a payment of $54,138.60 to Haier Plumbing and Heating, Okawville, for work done so far on improvements to the Liberty Street Lift Station. The payment represents about one half of the total projected contract cost of $110,000.
Village President Jeff Rhodes said a backup generator has been installed at the site and Ameren plans to set a utility pole to run power to the facility this week. Two new pumps, worth $20,000 each, are yet to be installed.
In other action, the board agreed to contract with Ann N. Clough, an attorney with Clough and Grummel, Attorneys, Jacksonville, to codify the village’s ordinance book. Clough expects to complete the new ordinance book within 90 days at a cost of $4,750. She will update the book quarterly at a cost of $250 each quarter.
Trustee Bob Carr said Clough’s proposal was less costly and more attractive than one other proposal the village received. The alternate contractor had said it would take up to a year to update the ordinance book at a significantly higher price. Additionally, the other contractor was going to charge additional money for each page needed for the code book in excess of 400 pages.
“I say we go with this and be done with this ordinance business,” Carr said. “This is the best offer we’ve got.” Carr said the new ordinance book will take precedence over any other previous editions that may be in circulation.
“I agree 100 percent,” said Trustee Joe Wood.
“It’s pretty hard to enforce ordinances without something to go by,” said Police Chief Kenneth Kallal in support of the measure.
Board members briefly discussed but took no action regarding the controversy over Bill Molinar’s request to develop a platted but undeveloped street he wants to use to access property on which he wants to build a couple of residences. The issue has been on the table for about two years. Molinar appeared at the last meeting of the board to renew his preference for developing Hill Street, located on the east side of the Olga Massa home. Attorneys for Massa appeared before the board two years ago to object to Molinar’s proposal, urging the board to instead offer Molinar an opportunity to develop Elm Street.
Last month, Molinar argued that the Hill Street access is shorter and therefore less expensive for him to develop.
Village President Rhodes presented board members with correspondence between the village’s attorney Kevin Polo and Molinar’s attorney but did not disclose the content of the letters publicly. Rhodes said he had two concerns about the issue—1.) that Molinar has not documented that he owns the property he wants to develop, and 2.) it’s not known whether or not Molinar is financially prepared to undertake the development of the street.
Rhodes said the village engineer said Molinar will be responsible for removing trees, along with the roots; excavating the area down to the hardpan; installing 10 inches of base material; and installing an eight-inch sewer line and four-inch water line to the property he wants to develop. Rhodes said he’d be unwilling to enter into a development agreement with Molinar until Molinar is able to demonstrate his financial ability to complete the project.
“He’s done more for this town than anybody,” said Ryan Montoro, a spectator at the meeting. “Why wouldn’t you want to do this?”
“If he walks away and doesn’t finish it, that doesn’t do us any good and it doesn’t do him any good,” Rhodes responded.
In other action during the exceptionally brief, 20-minute meeting, the board:
- Rejected both bids submitted to purchase a city-owned New Holland TC55 tractor. The high bid was $8,263, but Rhodes said the tractor is valued at $10,000 to $14,000. Trustee David Day recommended rejecting the bids. “Maybe sometime this winter or spring, we’ll advertise it again and see what we get,” Rhodes said.
- Directed City Treasurer Gina Frensko to investigate the cost of leasing a photocopier with a document feeder option. Rhodes said the village’s current copier accepts only one page at a time, making it inordinately time consuming to copy large documents.
- Granted permission from Chris Montine to place “House for Sale” signs on Shady Oak Park property. Montine said the house is located in an area that would be difficult for passers-by to see if the signs were placed in front of the house.