Mayor Mary Jane Chesley said the Illinois Municipal League, of which she is a member of the board, has been lobbying on the issue for the last several years.
“We are talking to other municipalities and mayors to see what the impact of these unfunded mandates are on communities,” Chesley said.
“It would be a shame if the citizens of Mt. Vernon believed the state is addressing the pension problem, and then find out that Mt. Vernon ... and ultimately the taxpayers, were left holding the bag,” Wood added. “If we don’t get this problem fixed it will lead to higher taxes and weaken our overall financial position.”
In other business, the council:
n Heard an update on capital projects;
n Heard a report from Jeff Haarmann of Affordable Gas and Electric on the electric aggregation program;
n Approved a bid of $1,991.82 from One Stop Flooring America for carpet for the second floor of City Hall;
n Approved a professional services proposal with Round Table Design for a water main relocation at the intersection of Veterans Memorial Drive and South 34th Street; and
n Approved the re-appointment of Chris Mendenall to the 911 Board.