Posted Online: July 08, 2013, 9:33 pm
Colona debates golf cart ordinance
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By Lisa Hammer, email@example.com
COLONA -- A straw poll of Colona aldermen on Monday revealed a 4-to-3 split against permitting golf carts on city streets.
In a show of hands, Ald. Jen Roth, 4th Ward; Larry Ropp, 3rd Ward; and Larry Swemline and Ashley Stover, both 2nd Ward, opposed the concept. Alds. Mike King, At-Large, and Dale Hillman and Jack Richardson, both 1st Ward, favor the use.
Ald. King said absent Ald. Trish Ruhl, 3rd Ward, has declined to state her opinion. Ald. King said he wants to know the opinion of Ald. Rafe Thrasher, 4th Ward, before proceeding with the ordinance.
"If Alderman Thrasher is a no, I don't have to worry about it," he said.
Colona Police Chief Suzanne Bogart said her department is not in favor of the ordinance but want to make sure it includes everything necessary if approved by aldermen. It currently is illegal to run golf carts on Colona streets, she said, but Illinois allows municipalities to pass ordinances allowing golf carts to use streets other than state roads.
Mayor Rick Lack said Colona has discussed a golf cart ordinance for more than a year. After the meeting, the retired law enforcement officer said he could see both sides of the issue.
Mayor Lack also announced the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has found chlorine level violations at locations in Colona East and West water systems farthest from the water plant where pipes go to a dead end. He said the EPA offered suggestions and the city is working to correct the violations.
Public works director Rick Crew reported Werner Restoration will inspect the city hall's basement because of mildew odors after recent the heavy rains. Ald. King said there are carpet stains on the floor and interior walls are warping. Mr. Crew said the water is following the handicapped ramp to the building's foundation and the city will have to dig down and seal the ramp.
Mr. Crew said the building is having a box elder bug problem that the council will need to address in the future.
Economic development chairman Jen Roth reported city officials need to find out if the Illinois Department of Transportation will pay any more than their original $2 million to align East 550th Street with the Stonebridge subdivision on U.S. 6. She said the city's loan payments are estimated at $65,000 to $90,000 per year for 15 years and there is not enough in a tax-increment financing fund or motor fuel to cover the payments. She said Colona has two years from November to complete the state-mandated project; if not completed, the city will owe $100,000 in engineering costs.
-- Rescinded Jennifer Legare's appointment to the police pension board after learning from Mayor Lack that one appointee must be a retiree drawing a pension from the police pension board. Mayor Lack is talking with three eligible retirees.
-- Approved selling Lot 1 of Greenview Estates to Kenneth and Cheryl Powell for $25,500.
-- Learned the $2.9 million in water/sewer bonds will have interest rates between 3.5 and 4 percent.
-- Approved waiting to pay a Shive Hattery engineering bill for the new canal crossing at South 3rd Street for more details.
-- Voted to pay $23,397 for a 2013 Dodge Charger squad car, with approximately $10,000 in equipment to be voted on later.