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Water Rate Increase, Trash Collecting Contract on City Agenda Monday

Board also slated to approve purchase of new vehicles and computers.

Elmhurst City Council will hold its regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at City Hall, 209 N. York St. The meeting will be preceded by an executive session at 7:15 p.m. to discuss minutes of meetings lawfully closed for semi-annual review.

The open meeting will begin with recognition of Willis and Shirley Johnson for their sponsorship of the Centuries of Progress exhibit at Elmhurst Historical Museum. This will be followed by public comment. Members of the community are welcome to speak for up to three minutes on any subject.

In addition to approval of minutes and accounts payable, the consent agenda will include the following items:

  • Purchase of a Ford F250 4x4 pickup with snow plow from Currie Motors for $26,188
  • Purchase of a replacement dual auger dump body from Lindco Equipment Sales for $32,430
  • Purchase of a forklift from National Lift Truck for $21,350
  • Relocating overhead utilities under ground to facilitate construction of the Addison Avenue parking deck. The cost for ComEd to relocate utilities is $96,000, and AT&T quoted $71,400. Comcast has not yet submitted a proposal.
  • York Street and Palmer Drive "no turn when pedestrians are present" sign
  • Acceptance of the auditor's fiscal 2012 management letter. The audit received an unqualified "clean" opinion.
  • Purchase of hardware for the paperless agenda system (BoardDocs), including 20 laptops and a docking cart, and the upgrade of City Hall's wireless network to interface with the paperless system. Total cost is estimated at $17,500.
  • Purchase of four replacement police interceptor vehicles from Miles Chevrolet for $106,000
  • Ordinance amending city code to prohibit elected officials from holding multiple elected offices
  • Lot variation approval for 349-343 W. Montrose
  • Resolution granting city employee Gary Smith retirement fund credits for out-of-state service. Smith has satisfied the IMRF requirements for such credits because his service credits in the Oklahoma pension system do not exceed 120 months, and because he has irrevocably forfeited all service credits he has in the Oklahoma pension system.
  • Resolution authorizing legal representatives to file requests to intervene in appeal proceedings before the Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board on behalf of the city
  • Resolution on the release of certain closed-session minutes
  • Resolution approving design engineering services with Transystems Corp. for Phases I and II of an overlay project along St. Charles Road and Route 83 to Spring Road
  • Resolution approving new contracts for consultants Charles Van Slyke and Ken Bartels

Aldermen will then hear a report on the 2013-18 refuse and recycling contract. Public Works and Buildings Committee is recommending the council accept a proposal by Allied Waste for 2013-18.

Aldermen also will hear a report on water rate increases. The Finance, Council Affairs and Administrative Services Committee is recommending increasing the water rate for residents from $6.41 per 1,000 gallons to $7.18 per 1,000 gallons effective Jan. 1. Commercial rates will go from $9.61 to $10.76.

Acting Mayor Scott Levin will provide any updates, and City Manager Jim Grabowski will report on the Cool Cities initiative.

Ellafitz December 17, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Since the rates for the water may go up, is there any way that the City of Elmhurst could now send us a bill monthly instead of bimonthly? For most people it is easier to budget for when you get a bill each month.

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