Flora City Council to search for new City Administrator

The Flora City Council will be looking for new City Administrator following Monday's City Council meeting.

Randy Bukas tendered his resignation as Flora City Administrator effective March 6. The City Council voted unanimously to accept the resignation during the council meeting on Monday.

Mayor Bob Tackitt announced the search for a city administrator would be initiated by the city council in the near future.

In the regular session of the meeting, the council heard from Verbal Blakey from BHMG Engineering about a Electric Rate Study that was recently completed.

Blakey suggested that the city clean up some language that is in the current electrical rate code. She also recommended that commercial rates be increased by $.01 per kilowatt hour.

Tony Myers with the NAL Health and Wellness Committee addressed the council regarding the company using some streets in Industrial Park area for a 5K/1Mile Run-Walk for the NAL employees and their families. The event will be held on April 29 beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Council members questioned the issue of having the streets closed in case there are other businesses in the area that will be in operation that day. Flora Police Chief John Nicholson said that the NAL committee does have an alternate route planned so the businesses will not be affected.

The council approved the Consent Agenda including approving a NAL Easter Egg Hunt at Charley Brown Park on April 2, Southern Illinois Youth Livestock Show at Charley Brown Park on June 17, Kids Fishing Derby on June 11, City Wide Rummage Sales on May 5 and 6 and City's Spring Cleanup the week of May 15 on the regular trash day.

Mayor Bob Tackitt appointed Joe Gilliland to the Library Board after Board Member Pat Booth submitted his resignation due to health issues. The term will expire on April 30, 2019.

The council approved an ordinance amending the City's Electrical Rates section of the city code as was presented by Blakey earlier in the meeting.

Superintendent of Public Works Toby Rinehart informed the council that electrical upgrades to the campground at Charley Brown Park are currently 50 percent complete. The campground now had 50 amp service available at all campsites.

Police Chief Nicholson received approval for a resolution of a memorandum of Understanding with the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council and the city's Patrol officer and Sergeants that will adjust the shift hours of the officers and sergeants.

Approval was also given by the council on an ordinance that will allow the use of Utility Terrain Vehicles on city streets. To use the UTVs on the streets, there are certain requirements that will need to be met. More information on the requirements will be forthcoming in the Clay County Advocate-Press.

A bid by Federal Signal Safety and Security Systems for new weather sirens in Flora was approved. The bid was for $39,994.96. The city has received a grant of $21,000 from the USDA and the remainder of the cost of $18,994.96 is a budgeted cost for the police department.

Flora Fire Chief Bruce Dickey informed the council that the truck were moved into the new fire station two weeks ago. Dickey also said that an open house is planned for late April or early May.

The council also passed a resolution approving a sales agreement with Constellation for discount gas purchase program for the city and approved an amendment to the city 457 plan. The 457 plan is a type of non qualified, tax advantaged deferred-compensation retirement plan that is available for governmental and non-governmental employers in the United States.