After an opening prayer and pledge of allegiance, President Michael Suarez called the meeting to order.
Clerk Richard Ramirez recorded attendance. The following were in attendance: Trustees: David Suarez, Raul Munoz, Robert Belba, Michael Fiudo and Charles Arriola. Trustee Guadalupe Hernandez was absent. Also, in attendance were; Treasurer Juan Mena, Police Chief/Administrator, Scott Penny, Fire Chief Robert Allen, and Public Works Director Roger Juenger.
The motion to approve the minutes of the previous meeting of October 16, 2019 was made by Charles Arriola and seconded by Robert Belba. Roll Call Vote: David Suarez, yes; Raul Munoz, yes; Robert Belba, yes; Michael Fiudo, yes; Charles Arriola, yes. Trustee Guadalupe Hernandez was absent. Motion Passed
Treasurer’s Report – No Report
Clerk Ramirez presented Ordinance No. 745, An Ordinance Amending Chapter 1 Parts 1 and 2 (General Provisions, Definitions), Chapter 1 Part 4 (General Zoning Regulations), Chapter 1 Part 5 (Conservation District) Chapter 1 Part 9 (Business Districts), and Chapter 1 Part 10 (Industrial Districts) of Ordinance No. 601 (Zoning Ordinance) of the Village of Fairmont City Municipal Code Pertaining to Adult-Use Cannabis.
The ordinance was reviewed by the Zoning Board on hearings held October 21, 2019 and October 28, 2019. A Report of Finding.of Fact and Recommendations of the Zoning Board was also presented to the Board of Trustees. Mayor Suarez asked the board members to review the material before the next meeting and submit any other opinions.
The ordinance was tabled for the next meeting.
The clerk then presented a Business License Application, Angels Poultry, Flea Market, 5410 Collinsville Road, Livestock Poultry sales, Demetria Condado, Owner. Mr. Condado wants to sell live chickens at the flea market.
Scott Penny explained under ordinance the sale of live animals, fish or foul is not permitted in city limits. The license application was denied.
Mr. Ramirez presented a Business License Application, Universal Environmental Services, LLC, 955 N. First Street, Used Oil Collection. A representative was present. Mayor Suarez asked the representative to relay to the company that the board has not had enough time to review the material that was presented at the last minute.
There were some questions that the representative was able to answer. The fire chief asked why two storage tanks are on the property. The fire chief was disturbed that the village had not been informed of the tanks being installed. Fire Chief Allen introduced Lieutenant Richard Ramirez who will be the liaison between the company and the fire department.
The employees name is Justin Kinney and was asked to provide a business card. The Business License Application was tabled.
Clerk Ramirez presented a Building Permit Application, 3321 Maple Avenue, Garage Extension, Miguel Avila, Owner.
With everything in order, the motion was made by Davis Suarez and seconded by Raul Munoz to approve Building Permit Application, 3321 Maple Avenue, Garage Extension, Miguel Avila, Owner. Roll Call Vote: David Suarez, yes; Raul Munoz, yes; Robert Belba, yes; Michael Fiudo, yes; Charles Arriola, yes. Trustee Guadalupe Hernandez was absent. Motion Passed
Lastly, the clerk presented a Building Permit Application, 5300 Collinsville Road Lot 61, Front Porch, Manuel de Avila, owner.
The motion was made by David Suarez and seconded by Raul Munoz to approve the Building Permit Application, 5300 Collinsville Road Lot 61, Front Porch, Manuel de Avila, owner. Roll Call Vote: David Suarez, yes; Raul Munoz, yes; Robert Belba, yes; Michael Fiudo, yes; Charles Arriola, yes. Trustee Guadalupe Hernandez was absent. Motion Passed
Report of Police Chief/ Administrator – No Report
Report of Zoning Administrator – No Report
Report of Fire Chief
Fire Chief Allen presented documentation describing a battery-operated extrication tool he has been looking at for quite some time. The tool is half the weight of the hydraulic version the department currently owns. The chief reported he was aware of the battery- operated equipment a number of years ago. Technology has brought the concept to assurance and he would like the board to consider purchasing the battery-operated combination tool.
The fire chief will be putting the $1,000 grant from Illinois American Water Company against the total cost along with a $2,500 donation received from Dar-Pro National Stockyards and $4,500 from the Firemen’s association. The fire chief asked the board to cover the balance, $4,696.99 ($12,696.99 total).
With no objection the motion was made by Raul Munoz and seconded by Robert Belba to approve the expense of a battery-operated combination tool not to exceed $5,000. Roll Call Vote: David Suarez, yes; Raul Munoz, yes; Robert Belba, yes; Michael Fiudo, yes; Charles Arriola, yes. Trustee Guadalupe Hernandez was absent. Motion Passed
Fire Chief Allen reported the water company started the upgrade to the east side of town water lines he spoke of at previous meetings. The chief explained the plan using a map. When the project is finished there will be two additional fire hydrants on 61st Street and three more on 63rd Street. The chief reported there have been twenty-three additional fire hydrant installed in the past ten years. Chief Allen is very pleased with the cooperation the water company has provided in protecting our village.
Report of the Public Works Director
Director Juenger reminded those present the public is welcome to help put up Christmas Decorations at the park, Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 10am.
Police/Public Safety-Chair- Charles Arriola
Trustee Arriola reported John Suarez has donated the property at Kingshighway and Maryland Avenue for a soccer park. Mr. Suarez also donated a sprinkler system that has been watering newly planted grass seed. The trustee also reported he has spoken with Ameren and a 600amp service will be installed at no cost to the village. lt is hoped to build a facility on the property. The property can accommodate four soccer fields. It will be ideal for tournaments.
Economic/Finance, Development, Planning, and Tourism – Chair – Michael Fiudo – No Report
Fire Protection – Chair – Robert Belba, Sr. – No Report
Community Relations & Communications – Chair – Raul Munoz – No Report
Public Health & Housing – Chair- Guadalupe Hernandez – Absent no Report
Streets, Sewers, Grounds, Building & Parks – David Suarez
Trustee David Suarez encouraged everyone to come out and help with the Christmas decorating.
The mayor also encouraged everyone to attend and reported the Police Athletic League with be providing lunch. The weather looks like it will be cooperating.
The project surrounds a Christmas Lighting Celebration which takes place on November 23, 2019. The mayor is hoping to establish this as an annual event.
A resident present reported the EPA digging the alleyway behind the residence and wanted to know what to do with trash. The public works director instructed the resident to put the trash in the front of the house until the alley work is finished.
Another resident complained that the EPA is breaking side walks with their heavy equipment. The resident was asked to provide pictures of before and after.
Another regular attendee reported there are four houses for sale for over $100,000.00 in the village limits. That would have been unheard of ten years ago.
The same resident wanted to say how nice the new bathroom at Rose Lake Park is. The new playground equipment is also appealing.
This resident also announced the upcoming toy drive with the fire department. Chief Allen reported the wrap day is set for November 30, 2019. The distribution will be the following weekend.
The library hosts a coat drive every year that is not just for coats. They collect household goods and other things, than just coats. The date has not been set but the resident asked those present to consider donating.
There was a resident attending that wanted to know why the Washington Park Police are seen so frequently in town. Chief Penny explained if they have some kind of case that rolls into Fairmont somehow, they have the authority to make an arrest or take an interview. It is customary to inform the associated department whose jurisdiction they enter but does not always happen and is not mandatory.
Public Works Director Juenger said he sees Washington Park Police daily. He believes they fuel the police cars at the Pilot Station.
The motion to approve payment of the bills as presented in the amount of $51,017.24 was made by David Suarez and seconded by Charles Arriola. Roll Call Vote: David Suarez, yes; Raul Munoz, yes; Robert Belba, yes; Michael Fiudo, yes; Charles Arriola, yes. Trustee Guadalupe Hernandez was absent. Motion Passed
With that, a motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Charles Arriola and seconded by Raul Munoz. Roll Call Vote: David Suarez, yes; Raul Munoz, yes; Robert Belba, yes; Michael Fiudo, yes; Charles Arriola, yes. Trustee Guadalupe Hernandez was absent. Motion Passed
The meeting was adjourned.
Richard D. Ramirez
November 6, 2019