VILLAGE OF PARK RIDGE MONTHLY BOARD MEETING

Monday, January 14, 2013

24 Crestwood Drive – Village Hall

5:30 p.m.

 

President Tom Gloudemans called the regular meeting of the Park Ridge Village Board to order at 5:40 p.m.  Trustees Patricia Baker, Kathy Budelier, Jim LaMar and Gordon Renfert were present.  Also present were County Board Supervisor Jim Krems, ConsTrucks owner Dave Ladick, Christine Neidlein (203 Greenbriar Avenue), Ken Vogel (610 Sunrise Avenue), Nancy Whitmire  (520 Linwood Avenue), Charm Fournier (402 Greenbriar Avenue), Tim Budelier (511Greenbriar Avenue) and Kathryn Negaard (30 Hazelwwod Drive).

 

January agenda Renfert moved to amend the agenda by moving item #5 to follow the approval of the December minutes.  Seconded by Budelier.  Carried with no negative votes.

 

December minutes LaMar moved to approve the December minutes.  Seconded by Budelier.  Carried with no negative votes.

 

Update on efforts to revive Neighborhood Watch program – Baker reported that a February 7 meeting has been scheduled for interested residents to meet with a representative from the Sheriff’s Department to learn simple ways to protect our homes.  Neidlein distributed a draft of a postcard that will be hand-delivered to Village homes regarding the meeting.  At the meeting, residents will also learn more about what would be involved in a Neighborhood Watch program.  LaMar moved to approve expenses not to exceed $100.  Seconded by Budelier.   Carried with no negative votes.

 

Street Update – Ladick noted that some residents have left cars on the street.  Gloudemans asked to be notified if it continues.  Gloudemans noted for the record that residents have questioned the material that is being used in the sand/salt mixture.  It is black silica granules from the 3M quarry that has been rejected for use on shingles- no fiberglas or asphalt is in them.  The cost is the same as for sand, and can be swept in the spring.  Salt use continues to be minimal: 10-15%.  Ladick will check to see if the granules need less salt than sand does to remain loose in the bin.  Extra care is being taken to salt intersections near Highway 66.

 

Presentation from County Board Supervisor – Krems noted that it is uncertain if the City will be vacating the City/County building, and it would be helpful to know in light of the County office moves that are being planned.  On January 18, a day-long County strategic planning meeting will be held.  Krems noted that he was in the minority voting against a state-funded $120,000 bicycle/pedestrian study committee grant.  A part-time Solid Waste Administrator has been selected and his name will be brought to the County Board for approval.  Fines are being increased from $263.50 to $452.00 for underage drinking, and Krems is skeptical that this will reduce the occurrences.  The jail population is down due in part to a decline in the number of juvenile inmates from other counties being housed here.  CWA enplanements continue to be down, like many airports our size, due to fewer flights scheduled by major carriers.  CWA’s budget has been reduced in order to remain in the black.  Gloudemans thanked Krems for his time.

 

Acceptance of Fire Chief’s Quarterly Report – No report.

 

Acceptance of December Treasurer’s Report LaMar moved to accept the December Treasurer’s Report.  Seconded by Budelier.  The Clerk answered questions regarding 2012 expenses, and reported that she is looking into higher-than-usual sewer costs for the Village Hall Sep-Nov 2012.  She completed the High Capacity Well Reporting, year-end payroll reporting, and recycling grant reporting.  The January settlement has been completed and she has converted dog licensing over to an online system recommended and paid for by the County.  Motion carried with no negative votes. 

 

Acceptance of Year End Report – LaMar moved to accept the Year End Report.  Seconded by Baker.  Carried with no negative votes. 

Acceptance of Annual Payroll Summary Report – LaMar moved to accept the Annual Payroll Summary Report.  Seconded by Budelier.  Carried with no negative votes. 

 

Acceptance of Recycling Actual Cost Report – Budelier moved to accept the Recycling Actual Cost Report.  Seconded by Baker.  Carried with no negative votes. 

 

Discussion and possible action on appointment of representative to Portage County Groundwater Citizens Advisory Committee – LaMar moved to appoint Dan McFarlane, with Christine Neidlein to serve as alternate.  Seconded by Budelier.  Carried with no negative votes.

 

Discussion and possible action on operator’s license application – Renfert moved to approve the application of Okray, pending proof of completion of training.  Seconded by LaMar.  Carried with no negative votes.

 

Discussion and possible action on agreement with Portage County as to Delinquent Special Assessments and Charges – Budelier moved to approve the agreement.  Seconded by Baker.  Carried with no negative votes.

 

Discussion and possible action on distressed property in the Village – Gloudemans moved to instruct the Clerk to draft a letter to be signed by the Building Inspector requesting that the owner of 112 Linwood contact the Building Inspector within 10 days to schedule an inspection of the house.  Seconded by Budelier.  Carried with no negative votes.

 

Update on the suspension of The Store’s liquor license – It was agreed by those present that no alcohol has been observed on The Store’s premises since the suspension went into effect.  They appear to be in compliance with the terms of the suspension agreement.

 

Update on Village Hall improvements – The Clerk will seek maintenance agreement information from Badger Heating & Cooling for the two furnaces.  Gloudemans will arrange for the scheduling of furnace filter replacements with Village staff.

 

Odessa Court update – No report.

 

Inventory Update – It was agreed that videotaping the contents of the Village Hall would be desirable for insurance purposes.  The Village accountant advised that a detailed written inventory need not be kept.

 

Approval of January bills – LaMar moved to approve the January bills.  Seconded by Budelier.  Trustees requested additional information regarding invoices for truck signage and the new computer for the Fire Department.  Carried with no negative votes. 

 

Set date for next regular meeting – The next regular board meeting will be convened on Monday, February 18, 2013.

 

Budelier moved to adjourn the meeting.  Seconded by Renfert.  Carried with no negative votes.  The meeting adjourned at 7:30 p.m.