Monday, March 19, 2012

Village Hall


President Tom Gloudemans called the regular meeting of the Park Ridge Village Board to order at 5:30 p.m.  Trustees Gordon Renfert, Jim LaMar and Kathy Budelier were present.  Also present were Joan Dorschner, Village Zoning Administrator Terri Laszewski, and Circuit Court Judge candidates Thomas Eagon and Michael McKenna. 


Agenda – LaMar moved to approve the agenda.  Seconded by Budelier.  Carried with no negative votes.


Discussion and possible action on filling Village Trustee vacancy – Gloudemans summarized his efforts to find a person willing to fill the unexpired term of Elmer Fournier.  He nominated Joan Dorschner to serve through April 16, 2012.  He noted that Dorschner has prior experience as a trustee and has not expressed any desire to serve beyond April 16.  LaMar moved to appoint Dorschner to fill the remainder of Fournier’s unexpired term.  Seconded by Budelier.  Gloudemans asked if there were any other nominations.  Hearing none, a vote on Dorschner’s appointment was held.  Carried by unanimous hand vote.  Dorschner took a seat at the table.


February Minutes – Budelier moved to approve the February minutes.  Seconded by LaMar.  Carried with no negative votes.


Circuit Court Judge, Branch 1 Candidates – Thomas Eagon and Michael McKenna individually provided information on their qualifications to serve as a circuit court judge.  Following their brief presentations, Gloudemans thanked them for coming.


Quarterly discussion – Village Building Inspector – There was no report, as no permits were issued.  


Quarterly discussion – Village Zoning Administrator – Gloudemans introduced Village Zoning Administrator Terri Laszewski, who provided a brief overview of her quarterly report.  It was agreed that if the owner of 112 Linwood does not contact Gloudemans in response to the certified letter the owner received, Gloudemans will confirm the date the last building permit was issued to the owner and send one final letter to the owner in an effort to address the issue of the deteriorating condition of the property before seeking legal advice.


Acceptance of February Treasurer’s Report – LaMar moved to accept the Treasurer’s Report. Seconded by Budelier.  The Clerk reported that she had filed the annual DNR high capacity well report, that she and the Fire Chief had completed the annual self-certifications for fire dues, and that she had filed the DOA’s annual housing report.  Motion carried with no negative votes.


Discussion and possible action on re-shingling the Village Hall roof – LaMar moved to accept the proposal from Feltz Construction to re-shingle the entire roof for $8,490.  Seconded by Budelier.  LaMar suggested that Feltz pursue a claim on behalf of the Village against Certainteed at the time the work is done.  It was agreed that work should not be done before May 1, as the Village Board would need to amend the budget at the April meeting to move $4,500 from undesignated reserves to the Village Hall Miscellaneous expense account to help pay for the re-shingling work.  Gloudemans noted that the Fire Chief offered to provide labor so that part of the roof could be used for training.  Concern was expressed regarding insurance liability, quality of the work, and using the roof for training purposes.  Motion to accept Feltz’s proposal to re-shingle the entire roof carried with no negative votes.  Resolution to amend the budget will be presented at the April meeting.


Street Update – Gloudemans reported that TNC Pavement Maintenance will do the street sweeping during the second half of April.  LaMar noted that problems continue regarding traffic exiting Iverson.  Tom Schrader from the City Parks Department recommended that residents call law enforcement when violations occur.  Schrader also suggested a letter be sent to him, expressing concern about the after-dark activities at Iverson, and he would share it with the City Police.  LaMar said he would look into whether City police are deputized for Village streets, and if extra patrols might be available from the Sheriff’s Department.  Information on contacting law enforcement will be included in the next Village newsletter.  Dorschner brought up the issue of cars ending up in the brush on the corner of Ridgewood/Greenbriar.  She asked if moving the stop sign from Fieldcrest to Linwood might help slow the cars down entering that corner.  Gloudemans said it would be looked at.  Additional reflectors were suggested.  Budelier suggested not removing the stop signs at Linwood/Ridgewood because of the arbor vitae blocking visibility.  Gloudemans said he will follow up with the owner, who said he would remove some of the arbor vitae this year.  Gloudemans also reported that swales would be put in at the northeast corner of Sunrise/Hillcrest and at two other locations at a cost of approximately $1,000.


Sewer Update – No report.


Odessa Court Update – Gloudemans reported that pushing back the snowbanks on Odessa helped the standing water issue, but that no drywell would be installed.  Bob Daniels (219 Sunrise) asked about signs, particularly the twin homes sign on the northwest corner of Green/66. 


Village Hall Improvements Update – Roofing project discussed earlier.  Budelier asked if there are any pending capital projects that a referendum should be used to fund, rather than using reserves for every capital project that arises—especially in light of the levy limits.  LaMar asked if new drywells are allowed, and if so, would they be a capital project to be considered.  LaMar agreed that using a referendum should be given further thought. 


Approval of March bills – Renfert moved to approve the bills.  Seconded by Budelier.  Carried with no negative votes.


The next regular Board meeting will be on April 16, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. at the Village Hall.


In the absence of Attorney Louis Moelpske, Sr., it was agreed that the closed session would be postponed to a future meeting.


LaMar moved to adjourn the meeting.  Seconded by Budelier.  Carried with no negative votes.  The meeting was adjourned at 6:34 p.m.