VILLAGE OF PARK RIDGE MONTHLY BOARD MEETING
Monday, April 22, 2013
President Tom Gloudemans called the regular meeting of the Park Ridge Village Board to order at 5:30 p.m. Trustees Kathy Budelier, Jim LaMar, Gordon Renfert and Patricia Baker were present. Also present were Park Ridge Fire Chief Ron Slicer, County Board Supervisor Jim Krems and City of Stevens Point resident Cathy Dugan.
Approval of April agenda – LaMar moved to approve the agenda. Seconded by Renfert. Carried with no negative votes.
Approval of March minutes – Budelier moved to approve the March minutes. Seconded by LaMar. Carried with no negative votes.
Acceptance of March Treasurer’s Report – Renfert moved to accept the March Treasurer’s Report. Seconded by Budelier. The Clerk reported that WPS had told her that the reason for the high natural gas bill was explained by a notation by the technician that the emergency generator had been left running for 5 days. No one present had talked with WPS, so the Clerk was asked to find out how the WPS technician had discovered this fact. The Clerk noted that the water bill was back to normal; the insurance company had issued a dividend of $957; there had been suspicious solicitor activity in the Village; the only liquor license application not received by April 15 was Silver Coach’s; and Schierl had submitted short payment for its license application. Motion to accept the report carried with no negative votes.
Acceptance of April Election Report – Budelier moved to accept the April Election Report. Seconded by LaMar. Carried with no negative votes.
Presentation from County Board Supervisor – Krems reported the following:
Acceptance of Fire Chief’s Quarterly Report and Equipment Report – Renfert moved to accept the Fire Chief’s Quarterly Report and Equipment Report. Seconded by LaMar. Chief Slicer reported that he believed that the individual responsible for the petty vandalism in the Village Hall is no longer on the fire department roster. Budelier has deactivated his door code, and Slicer and Budelier will work closely in the future to deactivate codes of individuals immediately upon de-rostering. Slicer reported that the appraiser of the fire department trucks was very impressed with their condition. Motion to accept the report carried with no negative votes.
Acceptance of 1st Quarter 2013 Dog Licensing Report – LaMar moved to accept the report. Seconded by Renfert. The Clerk has not yet heard from 12 owners that licensed dogs last year. Sixty-one licenses have been issued so far. The Clerk was asked to look into whether the Village can increase the late fee. Motion to accept the report carried with no negative votes.
Discussion and possible action on appointment of members to Zoning Board of Appeals – Budelier moved to reappoint Tom McCarten and Christine Neidlein to the Board of Appeals for three-year terms effective May 1st. Seconded by Renfert. Carried with no negative votes.
Update on Neighborhood Watch program – Cathy Dugan, Stevens Point resident, asked questions about the process used by Park Ridge to revive its program. Baker reported that 79 households have signed up so far, and that the County will be providing 100 informational books at $3 each to participating homes. The Village will provide the posts for signage since signs cannot be affixed to existing traffic posts.
Discussion and possible action on distressed property in the Village – Baker provided copies of a draft of the special inspection warrant. It was agreed that the Building Inspector should enter the building in order to document the condition of the interior. Baker noted that if razing is justified, an attorney will need to assess the situation from the perspective of the ‘takings’ law, as the house sits on an unbuildable lot according to current zoning code. It was acknowledged that there may be fees associated with serving the warrant. LaMar moved to have the building inspector move forward with serving the warrant and inspecting the premises. Seconded by Budelier. Carried with no negative votes.
Discussion and possible action on generator maintenance – LaMar moved to revise the submitted proposal to an annual maintenance visit at $525, with travel additional. Labor above and beyond scheduled maintenance would cost ~$107/hour. The diagnostic equipment is proprietary, so the Village needs to contract with this vendor. Seconded by Budelier. Carried with no negative votes.
Discussion and possible action on Zoning Administrator position – Gloudemans recommended the hiring of Gary Schmitz to fill the Zoning Administrator position. LaMar moved to hire Schmitz as soon as possible. Seconded by Baker. Carried with no negative votes.
Odessa Court Update – No report.
Street Update – The Clerk will call the street sweeper again this week to confirm sweeping before the rummage sale. The need to continue the spring branch/brush pick-up will be reevaluated when budgeting for 2014.
Village Hall Update – ConsTrucks will be contacted about repairing the sod torn up by its snowplow.
Approval of April bills – Budelier moved to approve the bills. Seconded by Baker. Carried with no negative votes.
Set date for annual Open Book and Board of Review – Budelier and Renfert received Board of Review training in April 2012, so no additional training is required at this time. The Board of Review was scheduled for May 20, 2013 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The Open Book was scheduled for the same date from 3:30-5:30 p.m.
The next regular board meeting will be on May 20, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. at the Village Hall.
With no further business before the board, the meeting adjourned at 7:30 p.m.