O’FALLON – The O’Fallon City Council unanimously voted to terminate its participation in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund at their regular meeting Monday night.
According to documents within the City Council members packets, the City was recently audited by the IMRF. As part of the audit, those elected officials who participate in the municipal pension program had to certify that they work at least 1,000 hours a year. The document states that since the elected official, in this case, the City Council Member, could not certify the position takes up at least 1,000 hours a year, the resolution originally passed on February 20, 2001, allowing the Council Members to participate in IMRF had to be rescinded. Any individuals participating in IMRF under that position will stop participating effective August 1, 2016.
Additionally, the Council passed a resolution also rescinding a resolution passed on May 1, 1957, that allowed City Council Member participation in IMRF for elected officials working 600 hours. This was an older resolution put in place before IMRF increased the number of hours the official had to work to qualify for the pension.
In other business…
- The Council approved a resolution authorizing the Mayor to execute an agreement with Rhutasel & Associates for the design of the second phase of the Presidential Streets Stormwater & Street Improvement project in an amount of $80,000. The construction of the first phase is currently underway and the city is beginning the design portion of phase two.
- The Mayor was authorized to enter into an intergovernmental agreement with St. Clair County to improve the Illini Bike Trail Project. The project includes improvements within the county right of way on South Lincoln Avenue between Highway 50 and Frank Scott Parkway. This agreement outlines future maintenance, requiring the city to maintain sidewalks, concrete curb and gutter, and bike route signage.
- The Council approved the annexation of property located at 8676 East Highway 50 that will be used as a boat and RV storage business. There had been some back and forth between the property owners and the city as to conditions put on the property. However, all sides were able to come to an agreement and the annexation was approved.