The Beloit City Council held a swearing in ceremony on Tuesday evening for newly elected 1st Ward Councilman Lee McMillan and 2nd Ward Councilman Andrew Grabon. The two were joined in the taking of their oaths by re-elected Councilors Kent Miller and Lloyd Littrell along with re-elected Mayor Tom Naasz. The recitation was conducted by City Clerk Mandy Lomax.
Grabon won the 2nd Ward election over Bob Petterson who said his goodbye to the council after winning as a write-in candidate four years ago. Petterson spoke in the opening comments portion of the meeting before the seats changed hands.
The Mayor presented Petterson with a gift and a word of appreciation for his many years of continuing service to the city.
Tony Gengler then nominated Lloyd Littrell for council president which carried on a unanimous voice vote.
The council later conducted an impromptu hearing followed by a vote to appoint Raymond Pontow to the seat recently vacated by Bob Richard. Mr. Pontow was simply asked why he wanted to be on the council.
Pontow received the appointment from the council unanimously.
In other business, a special event license was approved for Kettle to hold an anniversary block party style event in front of their establishment on South Mill beginning at 5 p.m. on June 3.
It was also announced that Jesse Benedict has been added to the Beloit Planning Commissioner which currently has just three members.
The council moved to purchase three secondary bushings needed to repair the tie-transformer at the power plant to stop oil leaks. The $29,640 purchase was approved from Solomon Corporation
Finally the council approved the purchase of a Nordic 350 as well as single phase and three phase box pads from Kriz-Davis totaling $10,099.
In the work session, Interim City Manager Jay Newton said he attended a pre-construction meeting at the Belleville KDOT office for the K-14 project with Mike Clark and Stuart Porter. Work will begin May 16 and is expected to run through Nov 16. It will involve street closure and traffic redirects. The current bridge project on the Solomon River Bridge on K-14 should be completed in the next 4 weeks according to KDOT.
On Wednesday, May 11 city council members and the mayor will meet individually with a potential candidate for the permanent city administrator position.
Austin-Peters will be on-site scheduled for May 3, 4 and 5 to update job descriptions for city employee handbooks.
Ray Thompson – C&R Trucking: Requesting to purchase a small tract of city property behind his business. Newton explained the boundaries of the requested purchase area. The council agreed to move forward with an appraisal in order to set a purchase price for Mr. Thompson.