Monday, March 17, 2014

Village Hall


President Tom Gloudemans called the regular meeting of the Park Ridge Village Board to order at 5:30 p.m.  Trustees Gordon Renfert, Jim LaMar, Trish Baker and Kathy Budelier were present.  Also present were Zoning Committee members Ken Vogel (610 Sunrise Avenue), Tom McCarten (316 Sunset Avenue), George Berger (304 Pinecrest Avenue), Christine Neidlein (203 Greenbriar Avenue) and Steve Menzel (512 Sunset Avenue); Zoning Administrator Jim Zepp; Building Inspector Gary Schmitz; and, resident Robert Gifford (517 Fieldcrest Avenue).


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


February Minutes – Budelier moved to approve the February minutes.  Seconded by Renfert.  Carried with no negative votes.


Acceptance of February Treasurer’s Report – Baker moved to accept the Treasurer’s Report. Seconded by LaMar.  The Clerk reported that the worker’s compensation refund had been received; she had begun collecting delinquent personal property taxes (4 for $320) and was beginning the process to collect delinquent dog license fees (an estimated 31 of 79 dogs in the Village were currently unlicensed); she and the Fire Chief had completed the annual fire dues self-certifications; the Form C had been filed; liquor license applications had been mailed to businesses; she had filed the 2013 recycling grant actual costs with the County; and, she had begun the process to determine if the County will reimburse the Village for the 2013 Crow Dental rescinded taxes.  Motion carried with no negative votes.


Street Update – No update.


Discussion and possible action on nonpartisan signature gathering at April election – The Clerk presented guidance from the Government Accountability Board on Move to Amend signature gathering at polling places.  Robert Gifford (517 Fieldcrest Avenue) was present to explain his role in circulating Move to Amend petitions and to answer questions.  It was understood that Mr. Gifford could gather signatures outside of the polling place within 100 feet of the entrance, as long as he is not disruptive to the voting process.  No action taken.


Discussion and possible action on operator’s license application – LaMar moved to approve the applications of Awve.  Seconded by Baker.  Carried with no negative votes.


Quarterly discussion – Village Building Inspector – Zepp asked the Board if demolition work requires a permit, since owners may need to tear walls down, etc. in order to identify the scope of a remodeling project.  It was suggested that a new sign be created for placement in the home’s window so that the Zoning Administrator would not be concerned by the presence of a dumpster and no building permit.  The new sign would say ‘Village of Park Ridge – Permit Applied For’.  The Clerk will work with the Building Inspector to develop the new sign.


Quarterly discussion – Zoning Administrator – Schmitz summarized his written report.  He will check on a car parked in the driveway at 504 Greenbriar, and more information was requested on permits given to 21 Crestwood.


Discussion and possible action on Ordinance 10.08 – Gloudemans noted that the main purposes of the rewritten ordinance were to give trustees permission to enter private property for the purpose of marking trees, protect the Village from liability for the value of trees ordered removed, and to establish clear requirements for maintaining visibility at intersections.  Christine Neidlein (203 Greenbriar Avenue) suggested that trustees knock on the door of the home of any resident whose property they enter, as a courtesy.  Baker moved to approve the ordinance with the following revisions:  delete Section I.A.1.; change ‘of’ in Section III.B. to ‘or’; delete ‘new tree,’ in first sentence of  Section V.A.; delete ‘Existing’ in second sentence of Section V.A.; delete ‘and shrubs’ in second sentence of Section V.A.; and replace Section V.C.2. with “Stumps and roots shall be removed from the growing site by grinding or other means.  The hole created by removal of a stump and roots shall be filled to the level of surrounding grade with mineral topsoil and tamped to prevent settling.  This provision shall include roots of trees uprooted by storms.”  Seconded by LaMar.  Motion carried with no negative votes. 


Discussion and possible action on Ordinance 17.03 – Budelier moved to approve the amendment as written.  Seconded by LaMar.  Carried with no negative votes.


Discussion and possible action on Ordinance 17.04 – LaMar moved to approve the amendment as discussed during the public hearing:  Section II.2.A.iii to read “Sale or distribution of gasoline or petroleum products, service stations, or any type of servicing or repair of any type of motorized vehicle, small engine or marine-type engine.”  Seconded by Renfert.  Carried with no negative votes. 


Village Hall Update – Gloudemans noted that Chief Slicer had succeeded in getting the emergency generator repaired at a lower-than-expected cost.


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


The next regular Board meeting will be on April 21, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. at the Village Hall.


With no further business before the Board, the meeting adjourned at 6:58 p.m.