The Quincy Finance Committee received a copy of a chart to document the number of hours they work a week to see if new aldermen qualify to be a part of the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund.
Aldermen on the committee will note how much time they spend a week in meetings, whether full council, committee or with staff and constituents. They must also document how much time they spend in the office, prepping for meeting and at any conferences they attend. They are not allowed to include travel time.
City Comptroller Ann Scott told the committee that IMRF requires that they document the number of hours, which would be used if the pension agency audited the city.
The requirement does not include current aldermen.
The council previously approved to continue IMRF contributions for future elected mayors, treasurers and city clerks who are full-time employees. Last summer, aldermen approved a resolution increasing the minimum amount of hours needed to receive pension contributions from 600 hours to 1,000 hours annually.
The Finance Committee also heard about a proposal to sell two pieces of city owned property to a resident who would like to turn the properties into a flower bed and garden.
Chuck Bevelheimer, director of planning and development, said the two lots at 826 and 836 N. 10th, which are not connected, are too narrow to construct a residence on it. The properties previously were advertised for sale in March.
The committee forwarded the proposal to council pending a conversation with the bidder to make sure the property is maintained. The committee approved a sale price of $550 for 826 North 10th and $275 for 836 North 10th.
The city is maintaining both lots.
The committee also approved a request to have a barn demolished at 326 Chestnut. A salvager offered to demolish the barn at no cost to the city.
During the full City Council meeting, aldermen ran through a large amount of petitions and resolutions.
• Approved a resolution allowing the Police Department to apply for a $20,735 Justice Authority Grant along with the Adams County Sheriff’s Department.
• Approved a resolution allowing Supreme Electric Company to proceed with up to $5,000 in emergency repairs on traffic lights at the intersection of 12th and State.
• Concurred with the Plan Commission’s recommendation to allow the construction of a cell phone tower near 36th and Locust in the Marx Business Park.
• Concurred with the Plan Commission’s recommendation to allow a three-lot subdivision of McClelland’s 1st Addition located on the northside of the 4600 block of State.
• Concurred with the Plan Commission’s recommendation to approve a one-lot subdivision in the Wismann Ridge Business Park to allow Ruedebusch Development and Construction of Madison, Wis. to build a warehouse.
• Concurred with the recommendation of the Plan Commission to approve a special permit for a planned development at 520 S. 21st so Gretchen McDonald may operate a beauty salon. The permit must be drafted into an ordinance.
• Concurred with the recommendation of the Plan Commission to rezone 2130 Harrison neighborhood residential to complete the campus plan of the Good Samaritan Home.
• Confirmed the mayor’s appointment of John Basinger to the Zoning Board of Appeals, Greg Davis to the Plan Commission, Kristin Hoxie to the Washington Theater Commission and Paula Bristol, Eze Emeka and Renae Douglas to the Human Rights Commission.
• Heard the first presentation of an ordinance making the intersection of Fifth and Vermont a four-way stop.
• Approved an ordinance adopting an identity protection policy as required by state law.
• Approved a request by The Blind Pig, 900 North 12th, to sell and allow open liquor outside the building for events on July 30 and Aug. 27 that would feature live music from 12 to 10 p.m. with the events ending at 1 a.m.
• Approved a request by the Quincy Police Department to stand at 18th and State and 24th and Harrison on July 20 to collect “Spare Change for Real Change,” a fundraiser for the Special Olympics. The collection would be in the morning and again in the late afternoon with signage at the intersections so motorists know what they are doing and who will benefit.
• Approved a request by Martinis at 515 to close the south end of Parking Lot G from 3 p.m. June 26 until 3 a.m. June 27 for a wedding reception hosted by the business. The council also agreed to allow the sale of alcohol outside the building and that noise level restrictions be waived from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.
• Approved firework displays on July 3 for the Quincy Country Club, 24th and State, and July 4 for the Quincy Broadcasting Company at the Illinois Veterans Home.
• Approved a request by the West Central Illinois Center for Independent Living to place a banner at Fifth and Maine promoting the annual Americans with Disabilities Act Celebration held on July 6 in Washington Park.
• Approved a raffle permit and waived the bond requirement for Meals Plus Seniors through June 23.