Mayor Judy Magee spoke to the Clintonville City Council Tuesday, Jan. 7, regarding the recent purchase of office furniture for the city administrator.
“In December 2012, the council voted on a budget for 2013. Included in that budget was $5,000 for office furniture as part of the building remodel when the police department moved out of City Hall,” said Magee. “Some of that money has been used to purchase an office system for the City Administrator. It’s not just a desk, it’s an office system. It has locking cabinets, as required by law, for things like personnel files.”
The office system, which cost $4,266, was purchased from Emmons Business Interiors (EBI). EBI did all of the interior design for the new police department facility. The city received the state bid price, as they are a government entity. The office system was crafted by the HON Company.
“We have received a lot of negative publicity on this, and I’d like to see the council members turn it around and talk about the positives this year,” continued Magee. “We had no tax rate increases this year, despite a 5 percent increase in the total budget. We need to get that information out to the public.”
Magee said the office system was not ordered until November, as city officials were doing their due diligence to find the best price possible on the office system that was purchased. Another reason for the delay in purchasing the office system was to be sure no other emergency purchases came up in 2013.
“We’ve been looking really bad on the radio station the last couple of weeks. We need to be positive,” said Magee. “Negatives happen, but let’s try to be positive. There have been several postings on a Clintonville Facebook page that were taken down earlier today. I have copies of what was said, if anyone would like to read it. Not everyone agrees with our decisions. I don’t always agree, either. I don’t have a vote unless there is a tie vote by the council, and there wasn’t a tie vote in the case of the 2013 budget.”
A junk dealer license for Siegel Auto and Recycling LLC, 210 E. Madison Street, was approved by a 9-0 vote at the Jan. 7 special meeting of the Clintonville City Council.
The council had approved the license in previous years, but the business is in the process of being sold and the new owners needed to purchase a license, as the previous owners’ license is non-transferrable.
The new owners paid an additional $50 to have the council hold a special meeting to approve the license, rather than waiting until the regularly scheduled city council meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 14.
Alderperson Mark Doornink was absent-excused from the meeting. Alderperson Greg Rose was late to the meeting. He was not present for roll call, but did arrive in time to vote on the junk dealer license, which was the only major action item on the agenda.
The council discussed ordinances regarding a fence to keep the junkyard hidden from view, preventing it from becoming an eyesore. The city does have an ordinance to address that issue, should it become a problem. The council was also informed that the new owners had passed a background check by the Clintonville Police Department.
No citizens were in the audience during the Citizens Forum, but The council met for their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 14. Watch for a story on that meeting in the Jan. 23 issue of the County Post East.
The next regularly scheduled City Council meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, at City Hall.