City Council meets Tuesday night

Corryn Brock, News Editor

The Charleston City Council placed the $5,015,375 annual tax levy on file for public inspection during its meeting Tuesday.

The police ($1,678,361) and fire ($1,628,533 and $85,712) pensions were the largest amounts levied.

Other budget items amounts were levied for include:

· Library bonds and interest – $587,638

· Insurance and tort judgement – $430,606

· Library – $410,000

· Playground and recreation – $185,525

Seven thousand dollars was levied in various parts of the general fund.

Budget items that did not have an amount levied for them included streetlights, school x-ing guards, water tax, sewage tax and unemployment.

The council also voted to obligate $65,000 of motor fuel tax funds for resurfacing University Drive from Lincoln Avenue to Hayes Avenue; Monroe Avenue from Division Street to Fourth Street; and North Fourteenth Street from Olive Avenue to the north city limits.

The project will consist of milling, resurfacing and restriping the listed areas that consist of 0.92 miles in total.

For the same project, the council approved a resolution to enter into a local agency agreement for federal participation in the project.

The city is in need of pavement preservation for the project and will enter into the agreement to use funds from the Federal Secondary Transportation Urban funds that are available from the Illinois Department of Transportation.

The council also approved a contractual agreement for technical assistance services with the Coles County Regional Planning & Development Commission.

The services provided may include: planning (transportation, community, infrastructure, economic), zoning/subdivision assistance, ordinance codification, ordinance drafting, purchasing/joint purchasing, village/village management assistance, user charges studies, water rate studies, budgeting assistance, appropriation ordinance assistance, tax levy ordinance assistance, motor fuel tax administration, personnel studies, training/workshops, map preparation/graphics, census assistance and intergovernmental communications assistance.

The city is to be billed for an estimated annual sum of $7,000 on a monthly basis.

The local state of emergency was continued.

The state of emergency in Charleston is because of “the nature of the emergency is the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic of sufficient severity and magnitude that it may result in or threaten the death or illness of persons to such an extent that extraordinary measures must be taken to protect the public health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the City of Charleston, and thereby it has warranted an emergency declaration for all states and local government entities and more specifically within the corporate limits of the City of Charleston.”

Two raffle licenses were approved during the meeting.

The first was for St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church Knights of Columbus Council 4024 toh old weekly drawings through 2021 at the Charleston Moose Lodge to raise funds for charity obligations and operating budget.

The second was for the Rotary Club of Charleston to hold weekly drawings from January 1 through June 30, 2021, at the Mattoon Country Club, and at the Charleston Carnegie Library from July 1 through December 31, 2021, to raise funds for Eastern and Lakeland Community College scholarships, Rotary Aquatic Center, Charleston Carnegie Library, International Youth Exchange and the Charleston School District.

Combs appointed Angelique Elser to a 3 year term on the Carnegie Library Board of Trustees.

No public presentations were made during the meeting.


Corryn Brock can be reached at 581-2812 or at [email protected]