VILLAGE OF PARK RIDGE MONTHLY BOARD MEETING
Monday, February 20, 2012
Village President Tom Gloudemans called the regular meeting of the Park Ridge Village Board to order at 5:30 p.m. Trustees Kathy Budelier, Jim LaMar and Gordon Renfert were present. Also present were Tom McCarten, Christine Neidlein, and Steve Menzel, all representing the Village as Zoning Committee members, and Peter Jirous, Village Fire Chief.
Agenda – LaMar moved to approve the amended agenda posted on February 16. Seconded by Budelier. Carried with no negative votes. Carried with no negative votes.
January Caucus Minutes – Budelier moved to approve the January caucus minutes provided at the start of the meeting. Seconded by LaMar. Carried with no negative votes.
January Minutes – Renfert moved to approve the January minutes. Seconded by LaMar. Carried with no negative votes.
January Treasurer’s Report – Budelier moved to accept the January Treasurer’s Report. Seconded by Renfert. The Clerk reported that the Workers’ Comp audit went well on February 1; the 2011 Form C has been filed; the Village has paid the City for 7 delinquent 2011 sewer bills totaling ~$2,000 (which will be paid to the Village via the tax roll); the Village has received notice of 4 uncollected delinquent 2011 personal property tax bills totaling ~$425; and 32 of an estimated 75 dogs have been licensed for 2012. Motion carried with no negative votes.
Presentation from Portage County staff regarding Portage County All Hazard Mitigation Plan – Gloudemans noted that a quorum of the Zoning Committee was present. Sarah Wallace of Planning and Zoning presented an overview of the planning process required by FEMA and asked for input from Village Board and Zoning Committee members on mitigation suggestions specific to Park Ridge for the following hazards: tornadoes, high winds, summer and winter severe storms, extreme temperatures, wildland fires, agricultural drought, hazardous materials and dam failures. Those present expressed a desire for accessibility to heavy equipment for clean-up after major storms. Chief Jirous suggested that the MABAS network be reviewed as a potential resource. It was also pointed out that with private wells, Park Ridge residents are vulnerable to sanitation issues during power outages, even with the emergency generator at the Village Hall. Chief Jirous also suggested that an evacuation plan for the Village would be useful because of the nearby railroad. Wallace noted that municipalities would have the opportunity to suggest revisions to the draft plan this spring, and the final plan would not be ready for adoption before this fall.
Discussion and possible action on Portage County All Hazard Mitigation Plan – No action taken.
Discussion and possible action on Resolution 001.2012R, Resolution to Approve Fire Department/DNR Memorandum of Understanding for Mutual Aid and Fire Suppression Service – LaMar moved to adopt the resolution. Seconded by Budelier. Carried with no negative votes.
Discussion and possible action on operator’s license applications – Budelier moved to approve the applications of Jennifer Lazarski and James Young. Seconded by Renfert. Carried with no negative votes.
Discussion and possible action on amending 2012-2013 Election Board – Gloudemans asked to amend the Election Board by adding a name, and nominated Joan Dorschner. Budelier seconded the addition of Dorschner. Carried with no negative votes.
Discussion and possible action on The Store’s liquor license – Gloudemans provided an update, noting that Schierl Sales Corporation has requested separate jury trials in response to each of the four complaints filed. It is anticipated that there may now be additional discussions between the attorneys with an offer from Schierl. LaMar will check to see if a pre-trial conference has been set. Gloudemans expects to hear from the Village’s attorney soon.
Discussion and possible action on filling Village Board vacancy – The Clerk reported that she had spoken with a League of Wisconsin Municipalities attorney and an elections specialist from the Government Accountability Board. Both advised her that because Elmer Fournier is running unopposed, his name must remain on the ballot. They further elaborated that had there been opposition, the Village Board would have had the option of nominating someone to run in his stead. The Clerk explained that should Fournier receive the first- or second-most number of votes on April 3, there will be a vacancy in office as of April 17, and the Board will then have the options of leaving the seat vacant, or appointing someone to serve for two years or until a special election is held. Should someone receive more votes than Fournier via a write-in campaign, that person will win the open trustee seat. Gloudemans noted that Fournier’s seat is now vacant, and the Board may wish to appoint someone to fill the position until the new term begins. LaMar moved that the Village President nominate someone at the March board meeting to fill the vacancy until April 17. Seconded by Budelier. Carried with no negative votes.
Street Update – Renfert commented that a resident expressed concern that the Ridgewood/Sunset and Ridgewood/Greenbriar intersections are icy. The Clerk reported that another resident had commented to her that because the snowsticks are placed so close to the pavement’s edge, melting snow from snowbanks has nowhere to go except into the streets, resulting in standing water and ice. It was agreed that the standard placement for snowsticks should be two feet from the pavement in the Village right-of-way, and residents should be informed in the fall newsletter.
Odessa Court Update – No report.
Village Hall Update – Gloudemans thanked Jirous for completing the tiling project, providing all labor at no cost. LaMar moved to purchase $300 in Portage County gift certificates in appreciation of the work Jirous did. Seconded by Renfert. Carried with no negative votes. The Clerk was instructed to obtain three proposals for re-shingling the roof.
Approval of February bills – Budelier moved to approve the bills. Seconded by LaMar. Carried with no negative votes.
The next regular Board meeting will be convened on March 19, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. at the Village Hall.
Budelier moved to adjourn the meeting. Seconded by Renfert. The meeting adjourned at 6:37 p.m.