The Villa Grove city council met on Monday, September 13 for their regular, voting meeting, and the meeting was called to order at 6:02 p.m., with all members, plus Mayor Eversole Gunter, Administrator Athey, Clerk Osborne, Police chief Rea and Public Works director Lake present.
After stating the Pledge of Allegiance and taking roll, Mayor Eversole Gunter called for public comments, and finding none, moved to the agenda items.
First, the consent agenda consisting of:
* Minutes of the regular city council meeting held August 9.
* Minutes of the closed session of the city council meeting held August 9.
* Minutes of the special committee of the whole meeting, held August 16.
* Minutes of the closed session of the special committee of the whole meeting, held August 16.
* Minutes of the regular committee of the whole meeting, held August 23.
* Minutes of the special committee of the whole meeting, held August 30.
* Authorization for the payment of bills in the amount of $294,623.98.
* Financial Statements for the month ending July 31, 2021.
* Cash balance report for the month ending August 31.
* Approval of repairs for the Adams Street lift station by Flow-technics, inc. in the amount of $86,664.
* Approve contract with Melrose Pyrotechnics for 2022 Fireworks show, to be held on July 1, 2022.
* Approve hiring of temporary help for the office.
Next, Mayor Eversole Gunter called upon the city administrator to make her report. Admin Athey stated that the extension for the grant on the community center project had been extended, awaiting final signatures. She also noted that she was working with the contractor, Broeren Russo, on a number of issues, including our intent to begin the project. Finally, she noted that the office was seeing many customers, and that they were “keeping staff busy.”
Chief Rea then made his report, stating that they continued to work to clean up derelict properties around town, and that they had received no applicants for the School Resource Officer position that had recently been posted.
Public Works director Lake then made his report, noting that the final connections for the McCoy subdivision water project had been completed, and that the contractor had told him he was planning on trying to run two crews for the next phase of the project.
Mayor Eversole Gunter had nothing to report, so the council then moved into closed session at 6:48 pm. They emerged at 7:56 pm, and finding no new business, adjourned at that time.