Monday, July 21, 2014

Village Hall


President Tom Gloudemans called the regular meeting of the Park Ridge Village Board to order at 5:30 p.m.  Trustees Kathy Budelier, Gordon Renfert, Patricia Baker and Jim LaMar were present.  Also present were Fire Chief Ron Slicer, Brian Lepper, Christine Neidlein (203 Greenbriar), Christine Almanza, Doug Helminski, Dan Holloway (509 Linwood), Jim Grubba and Kevin Sorenson.


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


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


June Treasurer’s Report – LaMar moved to accept the June Treasurer’s report.  Seconded by Baker.  Carried with no negative votes.


Portage County Sheriff’s Candidates – Candidates Jim Grubba and Kevin Sorenson addressed those present for 5 minutes each regarding their candidacies, and answered an audience question.


Fire Chief’s Report – LaMar moved to accept the report.  Seconded by Budelier.  The report was reviewed.  August 1 was identified as the date Brian Lepper will take over as Fire Chief.  Fire department meetings will be moving to Monday evenings in August.  Motion to accept the report carried with no negative votes. 


Discussion and possible action on referendum for fire department – Gloudemans led a discussion on next steps related to purchasing a fire truck and compensating volunteer firefighters.  The Clerk will provide information at the August meeting on scheduling referenda.  It was agreed that the long range planning committee should be convened to develop and recommend options to the Village Board, and that Chief Slicer and Lepper will provide information on how other departments finance these expenses.  The charge for the long range planning committee will be prepared for approval at the August meeting. 


Discussion and possible action on operator’s license applications – LaMar moved to approve the applications of McMullen, Strong, Bodden, Nimz, Wergin and Tuszka.  Seconded by Budelier.  Carried with no negative votes.  Budelier moved to approve the application of Williamson pending payment and proof of training.  Seconded by Baker.  Carried with no negative votes.  Christine Almanza (Airport Bar) and Doug Helminski addressed the board to appeal the denial of Helminski’s application at the June board meeting.  Baker moved to approve a one-year license for Helminski.  Seconded by LaMar.  Carried with no negative votes.


Baker left the meeting.


Presentation on rain gardens – Village resident Dan Holloway provided a brief presentation on rain gardens and discussed their possible usefulness in handling stormwater runoff from streets.


Discussion and possible action on establishing rain gardens in the Village – The Board discussed rain gardens in street right-of-ways as a possible tool to control stormwater runoff.  It was agreed that information should be included in the late summer newsletter to inform residents of this option, but that there would be no requirements to install rain gardens.


Discussion and possible action on distressed property in Village – Budelier will make contact with the owner of 40 Hillcrest and give a deadline of August 7, 2014, for cleaning up the property.


Discussion and possible action on Zoning Administrator position –  Gloudemans reported that Gary Schmitz has accepted a new job and his last day as Zoning Administrator was July 21.  The job opening will be advertised in the late summer newsletter.


Street Update – The Clerk was asked to contact Fahrner and schedule the chip seal work for August.  Gloudemans noted that he would be purchasing cold patch mix and applying it throughout the Village where needed.  LaMar noted that the street light on Green Avenue across from Odessa Court is out; he questioned whether either of the two lights on Green Avenue are necessary.  Board members were asked to look at the lights before the August board meeting so that a decision can be made regarding repair/removal.  The Clerk will look into the costs of operating these lights.


Village Hall Update – Gloudemans noted his frustration with the underground sprinkler system and the desirability of having only one vendor work on it in the future – who will then be responsible for all of the work done. 


July Bills – LaMar moved to approve the bills.  Seconded by Budelier.  Motion carried with no negative votes.


The next regular Board meeting was scheduled for August 18, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. at the Village Hall. 


The meeting adjourned at 7:22 p.m.