VILLAGE OF PARK RIDGE MONTHLY BOARD MEETING
Monday, August 18, 2014
5:30 p.m. – Village Hall – 24 Crestwood Drive
President Tom Gloudemans called the regular meeting of the Park Ridge Village Board to order at 5:30 p.m. Trustees Patricia Baker, Jim LaMar and Gordon Renfert were present. Trustee Kathy Budelier was excused. Also present were Ruth Duda (40 Crestwood Dr.), Conrad Favor (703 Greenbriar Ave.), Ken Vogel (610 Sunrise Ave.), Fire Chief Brian Lepper and Ron Slicer.
Agenda – Baker moved to approve the agenda with Item #8 moved to follow Item #9. Seconded by Renfert. Carried with no negative votes.
July Minutes – Renfert moved to approve the July minutes. Seconded by LaMar. Carried with no negative votes.
July Treasurer’s Report – Baker moved to accept the Treasurer’s Report. Seconded by Renfert. Carried with no negative votes.
Discussion and possible action on operator’s license application – LaMar moved to approve the application of Kimberly Hartvig. Seconded by Renfert. Carried with no negative votes.
Discussion and possible action on successor liquor license agent for The Store – LaMar moved to approve Kimberly Hartvig as successor agent for The Store. Seconded by Baker. Carried with no negative votes.
Gloudemans asked to move the next agenda item to follow Item #9. There were no objections.
Discussion and possible action on distressed property in Village – Gloudemans thanked Ruth Duda for her efforts to clean up her property and for continuing to maintain it.
Discussion and possible action on fire department referendum – The Clerk summarized current state law regarding referendum scheduling. Gloudemans reviewed costs associated with the ‘apparatus (hose wagon) replacement analysis’ prepared by Ron Slicer. He presented an additional option for a utility truck which would carry hose only – Slicer and Chief Lepper were not supportive of this option. Discussion ensued about the possibility of Park Ridge joining the Metro Fire District in October 2015. Contracting fire protection services is also an option for the Village, and Gloudemans has been contacted by other municipal leaders. LaMar moved to empower Gloudemans to contact Metro Fire District leaders and let them know that Chief Lepper is authorized to begin discussions with other fire chiefs in the Metro Fire District to find out what would be involved for Park Ridge to join. Seconded by Baker. Carried with no negative votes. These discussions will slow down the decision regarding replacing the hose wagon. The compensation of firefighters was discussed, with Chief Lepper favoring a lump sum to be divided annually among firefighters using a point system. LaMar moved to revisit options to replace the hose wagon and compensate firefighters at the September meeting. Seconded by Baker. Carried with no negative votes.
Discussion and possible action on appointment of members to Long-Range Planning Committee – No action taken.
Village Hall Update – No report.
Street Update – Chip seal work has been completed. Chips will be picked up following a stretch of warm weather. LaMar moved to send a letter to the owners of 46 Ridgewood regarding a tree leaning dangerously over Greenbriar Avenue, requesting compliance as outlined in Ordinance 10.08. Seconded by Baker. Carried with no negative votes. Those present agreed that the two street lights located on Green Avenue are unnecessary. Once the Clerk determines who owns the poles and fixtures, further action can be taken. If Wisconsin Public Service is in agreement that the Village owns them, power will be cut; if not, this will be revisited at the September meeting.
Approval of bills – LaMar moved to approve the bills. Seconded by Renfert. Carried with no negative votes.
Set date for next regular meeting – The next regular meeting will be on September 15, 2014.
There being no further business before the board, the meeting adjourned at 7:26 p.m.