By Stephanie Malench
The Highland City Council met on June 21 and began its meeting by recognizing the Highland High School Girls Softball Team on their IHSA Class 3A state championship, beating Lemont 1-0 on June 17. This was the first time the team made it to the state tournament.
Mayor Kevin Hemann announced that he had ordered signs from IDOT to place at the entries to the city.
After a team picture with the mayor, four special event applications were approved, including Treat on the streets (October 29), Highland marathon (October 9), Hard Road Theatre Meet and Greet Moana Jr. cast (July 10), Leaps of Love Childhood cancer Awareness banners for September.
During staff reports, Parks and Recreation Director Mark Rosen announced that the new restrooms would be installed at Plaza Park would be delivered, installed, and ready to use the week of June 28.
Several appointments and re-appointments by the mayor to boards were approved. Shawn Voegele, Sharon Rinderer, and Joyce Zerban were re-appointed to new three year terms on the Library Board expiring June 30, 2024. Larry Brammer and Kurt Vonder Haar were re-appointed to new three year terms on the Tree Commission and Steven Pfettscher was appointed to fill the vacancy left by Heather Warren’s resignation. His term will end in July 2024.
The only ordinance passed for the evening authorized and provided for the issue of general obligation sewerage system refunding bonds Series 2021 for the purpose of refunding prior obligations of the city.. The process began in April and will save the city $282,373.01 in interest over the remaining life of the bonds, set to expire in 2030.
An intergovernmental agreement between the city and IDOT was approved regarding traffic light maintenance. IDOT will perform the maintenance on all of the traffic signals on state highways except US 40 and Hemlock and Illinois 143 and Cally Lane. The agreement is renewed every 10 years.
Resolutions for allocation of Hotel/Motel Tax funding were approved for two events. The first was $2400 to assist with lodging with the Leaps of Love, Inc. Night at the Races at Highland Speedway on August 7. The second resolution was for $1500 for the Highland Speedway to advertise for their Summer Nationals event on July 10.
Two resolutions waiving competitive bidding for the new public safety building were approved. The first was an owner change order to provide epoxy flooring to the apparatus bay, sally port, and garage for $54,000. The change would provide additional protection to the concrete, be easier to clean, and reduce slips and falls. The same finish is in Station 1.
The second change order is for the purchase of audio/visual equipment for the conference room, community room, and physical training rooms for $32,211.34 from CI Select.
The final order of business was a discussion on new Christmas lights to be placed on buildings on the Square and any other business that wants them. The new lights are plastic LED instead of glass incandescent.
The next meeting will be Tuesday, July 6 due to the 4th of July holiday.