Rantoul Village Board of Trustees met June 13
Rantoul Village Board of Trustees met June 13.
Here is the minutes as provided by the board:
A regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Rantoul was held at
6:00 P.M. Mayor Charles Smith called the proceeding to order.
Invocation & Pledge of Allegiance
The Invocation was given by Neil White, American Lutheran Church, opening the
meeting with a prayer. Following the invocation, Trustee Fox led the audience in
recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.
The Village Clerk called the roll, finding the following members present:
Mayor Charles Smith and Trustees, Hank Gamel, Sam Hall, Terry Workman,
Jennifer Fox, Rich Medlen and Chad Smith.-7.
The following representatives of Village Departments were also present:
Jeffrey Fiegenschuh, Village Administrator; Scot Brandon, Comptroller; Kenneth
Beth, Attorney; David Silver, Inspection Department; Greg Hazel, Public Works
Director; Luke Humphrey, Recreation Department; Ken Waters, Fire Chief, and
Mike Graham, Village Clerk.
Approval of Agenda
Trustee Medlen moved to approve the agenda for the meeting. Trustee Fox
seconded the motion. Motion carried, 6 - 0.
Eldon Quick, Retired Chief of Police Village of Rantoul, spoke in favor of hiring
Tony Brown as the next Chief of Police for the Village of Rantoul.
Debra Sweat spoke about her Freedom of Information request given to Mike
Graham, Rantoul Village Clerk, on Thursday June 8, 2017 which was given to
Janet Gray, Deputy Clerk and then passed on to Lt. Wooten, the Freedom of
Information Officer for the Rantoul Police Department. Ms. Sweat indicated that
Lt. Wooten had come to her residence on Monday, June 12, 2017 to attempt to
satisfy her request for the demographics of all of the applicants for the position of
Chief of Police. Ms. Sweat indicated that she was not at all satisfied with Lt.
Wooten’s presentation. Trustee Fox indicated that the Village of Rantoul could
not release this sensitive information legally. Ms. Sweat said that she was retired
from the University of Illinois and had worked for the Chancellor of Human
Resources and that Trustee Fox was wrong. Ms. Sweat also took issue with the
fact that Trustee Gamel and Trustee Fox served on the selection committee
maintaining that this was a conflict of interest and local Citizens should have
been on the selection committee, with the Village Board interviewing the final
selected applicants. Trustee Fox responded that she disagreed with Ms. Sweat
as she was an elected Public Official representing all of the interests of the
Citizens of Rantoul.
Wendell Golston then continued to speak about the lack of transparency in the
new Police Chief Selection process. Mr. Golston indicated that Village of Rantoul
Website said there would be four finalists for the position of Chief when of Police
when in fact there were only two. Mr. Golston indicated that this was a failure to
communicate the true intentions of the Village of Rantoul.
Celina Buford spoke about Citizens of Rantoul who owed as little as $7.00 on
their Utility Bills being disconnected. Scott Brandon, Village of Rantoul
Comptroller said that this was not true and the Utility Billing Department made
every effort to work with needy Citizens before disconnecting their Utilities.
Presentation of Certificates of Recognition
Mayor Smith then called up to the front Breeze Espinosa and Colton Hesterberg,
recognizing these two Walmart Associate Employees for coming to the aid of
another Walmart employee who had stopped breathing. These two immediately
began administering CPR prior the Emergency Personnel arriving, thereby
saving the person’s life. They received a standing ovation from the audience at
“Note from the Rantoul Village of Clerk. All of the Agenda
Items Listed Below Carried by Roll Call Vote of 6 to 0.
Unless Otherwise Noted Below.”
Approval of the Consent Agenda. Trustee Workmen moved for
approval of the Consent Agenda and Trustee Hall seconded the motion.
Motion to authorize and approve purchase Electric Division Vehicle
from Shields Auto Group - $34,694.00. Trustee Fox moved for approval
and Trustee Workmen seconded the motion.
Motion to authorize and approve purchase of Sewer Division Vehicle
from Shields Auto Group - $34,566.00. Trustee Fox moved for approval
and Trustee Medlen seconded the motion.
Motion to authorize and approve purchase of Water Service Vehicle
from Shield Auto Group - $28,127.00. Trustee Hall moved for approval
and Trustee Workman seconded the motion.
Motion to authorize and approve Public Works Administrative Vehicle
from Shields Auto Group - $28,904.00. Trustee Medlen moved for
approval and Trustee Fox seconded the motion.
Motion to approve purchase of two Police Vehicles; a Ford Taurus from
Shields Auto Group $18,762.00 and a Ford Interceptor from Morrow Brother’s
Ford - $27,490.00. Trustee Hall moved for approval and Trustee Fox
seconded the motion.
Motion to pass Ordinance No. 2526, An Ordinance Amending the
Official Zoning Map (221 West Chandler Road). Trustee Workmen
moved for approval and Trustee Fox seconded the motion.
Motion to pass Ordinance No. 2527, An Ordinance Authorizing the
Issuance of Taxable General Obligation (Limited Tax) Notes
to Finance the Acqusition of Two Police Vehicles for the
Village of Rantoul, Champaign County, Illinois, and
Providing the Details of Such Notes, and Related Matters.
Trustee Medlen made the motion to approve and Trustee Fox seconded the
Motion to pass Ordinance No. 2528, An Ordinance Ascertaining the
Prevailing Rate of Wages for Public Works of the Village
of Rantoul, Champaign County, Illinois, as of June 5, 2017.
Trustee Hall moved for approval and Trustee Workmen seconded the motion.
Motion to pass Ordinance No. 2529, An Ordinance Authorizing a New
Employment Position and Related Matters. Trustee Fox moved
for approval and Trustee Hall seconded the motion.
Motion to pass Ordinance No. 2530, An Ordinance Adopting a
Residential Housing Incentive Program. Trustee Fox moved for
approval and Trustee Hall. The Trustees then began a discussion as to the
relevancy of this Ordinance if the High School and City School District had not
approved this program. Ken Beth, Attorney, indicated that the Ordinance
would be null and void. Some of the Trustees wanted to delay the passage of
this Ordinance until the School Districts had approved the program while other
Trustees wanted to press on. The Clerk Called the Roll and the Motion
Carried by a vote of 5 – 1, with Trustee Hall voting No.
Motion to pass Ordinance No. 2531, An Ordinance Amending the
Schedule of Charges, Fees and Rates for Wastewater
Utility Services as Provided for in Chapter 40 of the
Rantoul Code. Trustee Medlen moved for approval and Trustee Workmen
seconded the motion.
Trustee Workmen read a speech from three by five cards in which he indicated
a refutation of previous Public Participation by Wendell Golston that the Village
of Rantoul should be operated by the chief elected Public Official Charles R.
Smith Mayor/President of the Village Board of Trustees rather than the
appointed Administrator. Trustee Workmen indicated that after the April
Consolidated Election he visited every Department in the Village of Rantoul
and he felt that the Village of Rantoul had outstanding dedicated Employees
and Department Heads. Trustee Workmen, in conclusion further said that the
Village of Rantoul was operated by the Elected Public Officials the
Mayor/President of the Board of Trustees and the Village of Rantoul Board of
Mayor Smith indicated that he had been asked to read a statement refuting the
assertions of Jasmyne Boyce on June 6, 2017 with respect to the cancellation
of the Farmer’s Market in Downtown Rantoul. The Mayor indicated that the
Village of Rantoul Staff was dissatisfied with Rantoul Area Chamber of
Commerce and the Not for Profit set up to run the Farmer’s Market. The
Mayor further indicated that Rebecca Motley, Economic Development Director
Consultant and Eric Barnes worked diligently to fix the Farmer’s Market for
2017 in downtown Rantoul but in the end could not attract enough fresh food
vendors to participate. Mayor Smith said that pursuant to United States
Treasury Regulations that any excess funds in the Farmer’s Market Checking
Account could in fact be transferred legally to the Village of Rantoul. These
funds are now located in a special fund dedicated to the Farmer’s Market for
future years assuming that this can be accomplished. Further complicating the
2017 Farmer’s Market in Downtown Rantoul, was the fact that Mr. Fox, the
Agricultural Teacher at the Rantoul Township High School who coordinated
the Rantoul Township High School’s FFA Club in Planting and Harvesting
Fresh Produce on the South Rantoul Farm plot, had taken a new position in
the Saint Louis area and the FFA Club did not plant nor harvest any Fresh
Produce in June of 2017 like they had done in the past. Hopefully, the
Farmer’s Market in Rantoul can be continued in the spring of 2018.
Motion to enter into Closed Executive Session pursuant to 5 ILCS 120/2
(C) 1, to consider the appointment, employment, compensation,
discipline, performance, or dismissal of specific employees of the public
body or legal counsel for the public body, including hearing testimony
on a complaint lodged against an employee of the public body or against
legal counsel of the public body to determine its validity.
Trustee Hall move to approve the motion and Trustee Medlen seconded the
motion. The Clerk Called the Roll and the motion passed 6-0.
The Rantoul Village Board entered into Closed Executive Session at 7:16 p.m
The Rantoul Village Board of Trustees returned into Open Session at 7:55 p.m.
Trustee Hall moved to adjourn the Regular Village Board Meeting and Trustee
Foxl seconded the motion. The Motion carried 6 – 0.
The Rantoul Village Board of Trustee adjourned at 7:57 p.m.