VILLAGE OF PARK RIDGE MONTHLY BOARD MEETING
Monday, July 16, 2012
President Tom Gloudemans called the regular meeting of the Park Ridge Village Board to order at 5:30 p.m. Trustees Kathy Budelier, Gordon Renfert, Patricia Baker and Jim LaMar were present. Also present were Fire Chief Ron Slicer, Veronica Isherwood, Louis Molepske, Jr., Cary Tauchman, Ken Vogel, Jeannie Tauchman and Christine Neidlein.
Agenda – Budelier moved to approve the agenda. Seconded by LaMar. Carried with no negative votes.
Portage County District Attorney Candidates – Veronica Isherwood and Louis Molepske, Jr. individually addressed those present regarding their candidacies for district attorney.
June minutes – LaMar moved to approve the June minutes. Seconded by Baker. Carried with no negative votes.
June Treasurer’s Report – Budelier moved to accept the June Treasurer’s report. Seconded by LaMar. The Clerk reported that she had filed the annual liquor license report online with the WI DOR; July’s transportation aids had been received; Neopost had paid its delinquent personal property tax; and, she would be investigating a new way to collect the one remaining delinquent personal property tax amount. Carried with no negative votes.
Fire Chief’s Report – LaMar moved to accept the report. Seconded by Renfert. Chief Slicer commented that his biggest concern has been maintaining adequate staffing. The dry weather conditions were discussed. Motion carried with no negative votes.
Discussion and possible action on fire chief position – Gloudemans reported that Slicer had been appointed as interim fire chief, and that none of the leads for a permanent replacement had worked out. Slicer would be making contacts for the next month in an effort to find a replacement; after that time, a formal search would be undertaken.
Discussion and possible action on keeping poultry within Village limits – The Zoning Committee had offered draft ordinance language for regulating the keeping of hens, but had not offered a recommendation on whether or not to allow their keeping. Budelier moved to approve the draft language amending Ordinance 12.10. Seconded by LaMar. Cary Tauchman (11 Ridgewood Drive) noted that it is hard to create an ordinance that will take into account all possible eventualities, but it can address a way to handle issues that may come up. He asked if any communities that had approved a poultry ordinance later repealed the ordinance. Jeannie Tauchman (11 Ridgewood Drive) felt the draft ordinance was reasonable, and reassured board members that she has not seen any vermin around her hens. She felt compost piles are a bigger risk for attracting rodents. She admitted to an initial personal reluctance to owning hens, but noted that it has worked out well for her family and it is becoming more accepted everywhere. Ken Vogel (610 Sunrise Avenue) said that the draft language was very similar to ordinances adopted by other communities. LaMar expressed his concerns: the Zoning Committee did not make a recommendation, which would have been helpful; more clarity is needed regarding the fee; keeping poultry would attract raccoons; the ordinance needs more information regarding size for coop vs. enclosed area; clarity is needed regarding which neighboring property owners may give approval; an appeal process is needed for denied permits; and, most importantly, the issue of how to uniformly apply the ordinance to lots of different sizes must be addressed. Baker commented that the Neenah city attorney told her that there have been no problems with keeping hens, but that they had ‘tweaked’ with their ordinance to add language to regulate the size of the structure the hens are housed in. She also talked with the Madison city attorney, who said that there have been no problems with keeping hens there. Discussion ensued regarding which neighbors should give permission and the maximum size of the coop. Gloudemans noted that this ordinance would not apply to Odessa Court. He expressed preference for not requiring any advance notice for inspections. It was agreed to add in II.C.5. that “no enclosure shall be larger than 25 square feet” and that the word “reasonably” be added before “clean, sanitary” in II.A.4, and that the words “with proper notice” be removed from II.B. Gloudemans moved to add “all four sides” to the word “adjacent” for the purpose of identifying property owners who would give permission. Seconded by LaMar. It was noted that the property owners would have to be Village residents. Gloudemans withdrew his motion. Budelier amended her motion to approve the ordinance language with the changes discussed. Seconded by LaMar. Regarding the definition of ‘adjacent’, it was agreed to add the wording “upon receipt of signatures of any Village residents who share a property line indicating their support” in II.A.4. Roll call vote: Baker – aye; LaMar – no; Budelier – aye; Renfert – no; Gloudemans – no. Motion failed. Motion made by Gloudemans to add ‘chickens’ to the list of prohibited animals in Ordinance 12.10. Seconded by Renfert. Gloudemans noted that nothing currently prohibits hens. Roll call vote: LaMar – no; Budelier – no; Renfert – aye; Baker – no; Gloudemans – aye. Motion failed.
Discussion and possible action on operator’s license applications – LaMar moved to approve the applications of Dunham, Davis and Tuszka. Seconded by Baker. Motion carried with no negative votes.
Discussion and possible action on distressed properties – LaMar moved to delay any action on 112 Linwood until 2013. Seconded by Budelier. Gloudemans noted that this process could be expensive and the legal budget has already been exceeded for 2012. LaMar expressed sympathy for the neighbors, and hoped that additional documentation could be gathered this year. Attempts to communicate with the owner have been ignored. Motion carried with no negative votes. LaMar will ask Rowe to tidy up the right-of-way and clean up debris from his vacant lot on Linwood, and remove the sign on the corner of 66 and Green.
Street Update – Gloudemans reported the chip sealing is done, and sweeping will be done later in the summer when the chips have more time to settle.
Odessa Court Update – No report.
Village Hall Update – No report.
Sewer Update – No report.
July Bills – Budelier moved to approve the bills. Seconded by LaMar. Motion carried with no negative votes.
The next regular Board meeting was scheduled for September 17, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. at the Village Hall. The date of August 20 was reserved in case a board member desired to hold an August meeting.
LaMar moved to adjourn the meeting. Seconded by Budelier. The meeting adjourned at 7:17 p.m.