Monday, February 18, 2013

Village Hall


Village President Tom Gloudemans called the regular meeting of the Park Ridge Village Board to order at 5:33 p.m.  Trustees Kathy Budelier, Jim LaMar, Trish Baker and Gordon Renfert were present.   Also present were Samantha Hicks and Tom Johnson, Village residents.


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


January Caucus Minutes – Budelier moved to approve the January caucus minutes.  Seconded by Baker.  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 smoothly; the 2012 Form C has been filed; 1099s/1096 have been mailed; she will try to absorb the $340 computer replacement cost into her operating budget (the old one died in January after 8.5 years); the high quarterly sewer bill was apparently the result of the Village Hall toilet running unchecked (it has been repaired); chargebacks were made for the one 2011 personal property tax bill which was uncollected in 2012; the Village has received notice of 10 uncollected delinquent 2012 personal property tax bills totaling ~$1,750.  Motion carried with no negative votes.


Street Update – Gloudemans reported that there have been several problems with the snowplowing service this winter, due in part to equipment problems and a new driver.  It seems to be taking longer for them to plow after a storm.  The Clerk provided a summary of snowplowing expenses for the last several years.  Complaints have been received regarding the sand substitute that is being used, and trustees will request that sand be used instead.  Trustees will schedule a meeting with the owner of ConsTrucks – discussion will include how the new material tracks into homes, builds up on the streets and colors the grass in the spring.  Also to be discussed will be the late plowing and the narrow streets.  LaMar offered to measure the depth of drywells in the Village to determine where maintenance may be needed.  Gloudemans noted that semis are still turning into the Village by mistake – LaMar is looking into ordering flags to mark the ‘No Trucks’ signs, especially on Sunset, Ridgewood and Hillcrest.  New signs may be needed as well.


Update on efforts to revive Neighborhood Watch program – Baker reported that approximately fifty residents have expressed interest in the program.  The next meeting will be with block captains.


Update and possible action on distressed property in Village – LaMar moved to have Baker draft a special warrant, have the warrant served, and have the Building Inspector complete an inspection of the property at 112 Linwood.  Seconded by Budelier.  Motion carried with no negative votes.  Tom Johnson expressed concern about the condition of the property at 21 Hillcrest.  While no ordinances have been violated, Gloudemans instructed the Clerk to let the owners know that there has been a complaint.


Odessa Court Update – No report.


Village Hall Update – The Clerk is looking into an annual maintenance agreement for the furnaces.


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


The next regular Board meeting will be convened on March 25, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. at the Village Hall.


With no further business before the Board, the meeting adjourned at 6:17 p.m.