VILLAGE OF PARK RIDGE MONTHLY BOARD MEETING
Monday, November 19, 2012
5:30 p.m. – Village Hall – 24 Crestwood Drive
President Tom Gloudemans called the regular meeting of the Park Ridge Village Board to order at 5:33 p.m. Trustees Kathy Budelier, Gordon Renfert, Patricia Baker and Jim LaMar were present. Also present were George Berger (304 Pinecrest), and seven students from UWSP who were observing a public hearing.
Gloudemans opened the Public Budget Hearing for anyone having questions concerning the 2013 budget. No one spoke.
Agenda – Renfert moved to approve the agenda. Seconded by Budelier. Carried with no negative votes.
October Minutes – LaMar moved to approve the October minutes. Seconded by Baker. Carried with no negative votes.
Acceptance of October Treasurer’s Report – Budelier moved to accept the October Treasurer’s Report. Seconded by LaMar. Motion carried with no negative votes.
Acceptance of General Election Report – LaMar moved to accept the General Election Report. Seconded by Baker. Carried with no negative votes.
Acceptance of Fire Chief’s Quarterly Report – LaMar moved to accept the report. Seconded by Budelier. Chief Slicer reported that he is waiting until the end of the year to find a computer on sale and has contacted UWSP Surplus. The cost of software is of concern. Fifteen of the 19 firefighter lockers are assigned—no one is excused from Village training sessions unless he/she is attending a fire training class. The Fire Department again held a Fire Safety Day at Walgreens during Fire Prevention Week. Chief Slicer noted that Fire Department expenses will come in at or under budget for 2012. Motion carried with no negative votes. Chief Slicer was thanked for his continuing service.
Discussion and possible action on operator’s license application – Budelier moved to approve the application of Briana Soroko. Seconded by Baker. Carried with no negative votes.
Discussion and possible action on Ordinance 17.34, Sign Ordinance – Baker reported on her research into sign ordinances adopted by LaCrosse, Fond du Lac, Wausau and Weston. She expressed concern that since our sign ordinance mirrors that of Stevens Point, any restrictions we adopt may negatively impact Park Ridge businesses. There was no discussion on amending our ordinance and no further research or discussion were requested.
Discussion and possible action on path through Ferndale street right-of-way – Board members had reviewed the 2007 opinion letter from the Village attorney regarding a possible footpath in another area of the Village. There was no discussion on improving the Ferndale street right-of-way.
Discussion and possible action on Agreement with Portage County as to Delinquent Special Assessments and Charges – Renfert moved to approve the agreement. Seconded by LaMar. The Clerk was instructed to contact the County Treasurer with questions regarding exposure to the Village. Motion failed by voice vote. Budelier moved to postpone further discussion and action to a future board meeting. Seconded by LaMar. Carried with no negative votes.
Discussion and possible action on 2013 budget resolution – The Public Budget Hearing closed at 6:07 p.m. with no public comment. LaMar moved to approve the 2013 budget via adoption of Resolution 006.2012R, 2013 Budget. Seconded by Budelier. Discussion ensued regarding the rising costs of fixed expenses in the face of levy limits and decreasing state aids. There was general agreement that residents might like to evaluate the need for a referendum for operating expenses vs. removing trash collection from the levy and eliminating its deductibility from personal income tax. Roll call: Renfert – yes; Baker – yes; LaMar – yes; Budelier – yes; Gloudemans – yes. Motion carried.
Odessa Court Update – No report.
Street Update – LaMar expressed concern about the continuing activities in Iverson Park resulting in unsafe traffic, litter and excessive noise in the Village. LaMar will look into park hours and the possibility of contacting the Mayor.
Sewer Update – No report.
Village Hall Update – No report.
Discussion and possible action on repair/new Village Hall furnace and air conditioning – Gloudemans explained the repairs needed for the 19-year-old furnace that heats the meeting room, chief’s office and locker area. Proposals were reviewed for replacing the furnace. Given the prohibitive cost of adding central air, proposals for air conditioning were dropped from the discussion. LaMar moved to give Gloudemans discretion in choosing the vendor, favoring the proposal from Badger Heating if the heat exchanger could be replaced under warranty; if not, then Gloudemans would also pursue proposals from Point Heating and MSI – in all cases, a 2” filter would be requested and the total cost was not to exceed $2,700. Seconded by Budelier. Carried with no negative votes.
Approval of November bills – Budelier moved to approve the November bills. Seconded by LaMar. Carried with no negative votes.
Set date for next regular meeting – The next regular board meeting will be convened on December 17, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.
LaMar moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:19 p.m. Seconded by Baker. Carried with no negative votes.