After learning that the city engineers of Snarr Giffin and Associates would be dissolving their business, the Wyoming City Council heard from and hired Farnsworth Group at a special meeting in September. Engineers Gary Davis and Justin Reeise from the company addressed the council at their regular October meeting giving them an update on the projects currently in the works.
They also discussed the wastewater treatment seasonal disinfection requirements and how to proceed with requirements of the Illinois EPA. Farnsworth will be making contact with the EPA to find out what options there are for a city the size of Wyoming.
The council reviewed two quotes received for a new Stihl HT131 Telescoping Pole Saw. After reviewing the bids, the council approved purchasing the item from Bartonville Hardware Company at a cost of $580.
With the renewal of the employee health insurance policy coming up soon, the council reviewed some options. The Affordable Health Care Program which is through United Healthcare was approved. Hediger & Meyers Insurance Agency will be the agents for the coverage.
City Attorney Bruce Fehrenbacher discussed where things stand with the Pin Oak Apartments after a recent hearing date. Dennis Rewerts and Bob Mueller the appointed receivers, and apartment manager Brandon Simpson want to speak with the Mayor and council to see if a payment plan can be worked out. It looks as if they will be able to pay current charges and a small amount on the arrearage for the time being. They have some ideas that they want to discuss with the City which could keep the apartment open. The case has been continued to November 14 at 9 a.m. to give them time to present a plan to the City.
The council voiced their concern about the maintenance/upkeep of the property as they won’t have any extra money, as the buildings and their yards are unsightly as it is. The 12 unit HUD Apartments have not had water since September 1 and at least two of the apartments have people living in them. It was felt that this problem has been going on far too long and has cost the City too much money. It was discussed having the 12 HUD Apartments winterized so pipes do not break, so that if the city does eventually have to take procession of them, they won’t require extreme repairs.
Dennis Rewerts from the Stark County Economic Development Partnership said the Wyoming’s website www.wyomingil.org has not been updated in a very long time. Dennis will be looking for someone to be the webmaster for that site and the other Stark County sites.
The council received a copy of the revised bylaws of the Wyoming History & Arts Association. The paragraphs titled, Article 2: Purpose, was changed. They voted to accept the changes.
Street Superintendent Joe Kinsella updated the council on ditch work and the replacement of a man hole at East Franklin Street, which should help the flow of water there.
Police Chief Steve Sloan reported 46 calls and five arrests for the month. Sloan also said he had to get a new portable radio as the mother board was damaged on the previous one, which would have cost as much to repair as a new one.
Mayor Maher commended the Chamber of Commerce on their great job at their first Chili cook-off.
The council will hold a special meeting on Monday, November 3. The regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 11 with the opening of bids and auctioning of three residential properties that the city is in possession of.