VILLAGE OF PARK RIDGE MONTHLY BOARD MEETING
Monday, April 21, 2014
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 Brian Lepper, City of Stevens Point resident.
Approval of April agenda – Budelier moved to approve the agenda. Seconded by LaMar. Carried with no negative votes.
Approval of March minutes – Budelier moved to approve the March minutes. Seconded by Renfert. Carried with no negative votes.
Acceptance of March Treasurer’s Report – LaMar moved to accept the March Treasurer’s Report. Seconded by Renfert. Motion to accept the report carried with no negative votes.
Acceptance of April Election Report – LaMar moved to accept the April Election Report. Seconded by Budelier. Carried with no negative votes.
Presentation from County Board Supervisor – Krems reported the following:
Acceptance of Fire Chief’s Quarterly Report and Equipment Report – LaMar moved to accept the Fire Chief’s Quarterly Report and Equipment Report. Seconded by Baker. Chief Slicer noted that basic fire protection costs are the same whether one house or 500 houses are being protected. While Park Ridge is the next logical department to become part of the metro fire district, we do not currently have the firefighting personnel required. One of the trucks needs to be replaced, which would help the department’s effectiveness and ability to attract/retain firefighters. Discussion ensued about the need for a recurring referendum to cover personnel costs and a non-recurring referendum to purchase equipment (‘new’ truck). It was agreed that further discussion about preparing and bringing referenda to the residents is needed. Motion to accept the report carried with no negative votes.
Acceptance of 1st Quarter 2014 Dog Licensing Report – LaMar moved to accept the report. Seconded by Budelier. The Clerk has not yet heard from 3 dog owners that licensed dogs last year and 2 that didn’t. The humane society will follow up with them. Seventy-eight licenses have been issued so far. Motion to accept the report carried with no negative votes.
Discussion and possible action on appointment of successor agent for The Store – LaMar moved to approve the appointment of James Young as successor agent. Seconded by Budelier. Carried with no negative votes.
Discussion and possible action on operator’s license application – LaMar moved to approve the application of Shawn Pierce. Seconded by Renfert. Carried with no negative votes.
Discussion and possible action on appointment of members to Zoning Board of Appeals – Budelier moved to reappoint Ken Vogel, George Berger, Christine Neidlein, Tom McCarten and Steve Menzel to the Zoning Committee for three-year terms effective May 1st; and, Ken Vogel, George Berger and Judy Cable Anderson (1st alternate) to the Zoning Board of Appeals for three-year terms effective May 1st. Seconded by Renfert. Carried with no negative votes.
Street Update – LaMar and Budelier reported that they had heard from residents regarding the absence of a spring brush/branch pick-up this spring. Gloudemans noted that two proposals had been received for street sweeping: Zilisch Asphalt for $145/hour and T&C Pavement Maintenance for $75/hour. The Clerk had already contacted T&C Pavement Maintenance to schedule sweeping before May 10 (Village-wide rummage sale). The Clerk passed along a request from a resident to spread gravel in the north-south alley between Linwood and Greenbriar.
Village Hall Update – The Clerk will contact the MRF about disposing of the oil-based paints and linseed oil in storage. LaMar will check with Badger Heating about renewing the furnace maintenance contract. There was general agreement that since two filter changes are included in the $185 annual cost for both furnaces, it would make sense to renew at that price.
Approval of April bills – Budelier moved to approve the bills. Seconded by LaMar. Carried with no negative votes.
Closed Session – At 7:05 p.m. Gloudemans read the following statement: “We will now go into closed session pursuant to Wisconsin State Statutes §19.85(1)(c) to discuss and take action, if appropriate, considering employment, promotion, compensation, or performance evaluation data of any public employee over which the governmental body has jurisdiction or exercises responsibility, specifically the possibility of hiring a new fire chief. We will then reconvene in open session to take possible action regarding the same.” Baker moved to go into closed session. Seconded by Renfert. Gloudemans explained that Chief Slicer and the candidate would be invited in to the closed session to answer questions and would leave while the Board deliberated in closed session. Roll call: Budelier- yes; Renfert- yes; Baker- yes; LaMar- yes; Gloudemans- yes. Motion carried.
Baker moved to end the closed session and reconvene in open session. Seconded by LaMar. Roll call: Renfert- yes; Baker- yes; LaMar- yes; Budelier- yes; Gloudemans- yes. Motion carried.
Reconvening in open session at 7:38 p.m., Baker moved to hire Brian Lepper as Fire Chief. Seconded by Budelier. The effective date of the hire will be determined by Chief Slicer and Mr. Lepper. Carried with no negative votes.
Set date for annual Open Book and Board of Review – Budelier and Renfert agreed to obtain Board of Review training. The Board of Review was scheduled for Tuesday, May 20, 2014 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 Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. at the Village Hall.
With no further business before the board, the meeting adjourned at 7:45 p.m.