BELOIT CITY COUNCIL – Wednesday, December 6, 2023


By Terry Bailey

The Beloit City Council conducted its regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday evening, December 6. All Councilors were present with the exception of Gretchen Staples who was not present. Also absent from the proceedings was Mayor Tom Naasz. Council president Andrew Grabon served as chairperson for the meeting.
In the time reserved for Councilor comments, the group extended their thanks to Jamie Meier who was retiring from his Council position. Meier expressed his appreciation for being able to serve his community as a Councilor.
It was announced that the City Christmas party will take place on December 16 at 6:00 p.m.
Discussions are continuing on the possibility of renovating buildings at the North Campus into apartments. The end result will be a collaboration between contractors, developers, and builders. These three groups are not always on the same page as plans are made on how to best proceed.
Chief Lackey reported his department has picked up the new vehicle to replace the 2019 Charger that was totaled by a fleeing subject. Insurance will result in a $36,000 reimbursement for the damages done to the Charger which will go to the salvage yard.
Lackey said NARCAN supplies have been ordered for use at the NCK Tech College because satisfactory staff training has been completed. He will order supplies for the Unified School District and St. John's schools as the staff training is completed there.
A public hearing was called to order to allow for public comment regarding the Water Fund Amendment. Nobody came forward to speak for or against the proposed amendment.
Councilors Todd Adolph, Andrew Grabon and Lee McMillan were administered the oath of office for their new terms in office.
In formal actions, the Council voted to formalize the selection of Halley Roberson of Oberlin to be the new city manager. Roberson will begin duties on January 9.
The Council approved an employee personal holiday for 2024. This day is to be used by employees at their own discretion.
Regarding the Senior Center Multipurpose Building: The City will continue to hold the ownership papers to the land until funding for the building is secured.
The purchase of replacement bleacher seating was approved for the high school boys' baseball field at the Sports Complex. The cost of the aluminum replacement seating is $12,927.83.
The business meeting was adjourned, and the work session was called to order.
City Attorney Katie Schroeder reported that in obtaining easements for the water pipeline from the lake to the new water treatment plant, it was discovered that a sixteen-foot strip of road near the South and Independence street intersection has no owner and has not had an owner for a long time. Schroeder said the land would be legally obtained by the City via imminent domain.


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