Monday, October 20, 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 Kathy Budelier, Patricia Baker and Gordon Renfert were present.  Trustee Jim LaMar was excused.  Also attending were Nikohl Crossman, County Board Supervisor Jim Krems, Fire Chief Brian Lepper and Ron Slicer.


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


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


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


Presentation by County Board Supervisor – Krems commented on a variety of topics, including:

Gloudemans thanks Krems for coming.


Discussion and possible action on operator’s license applications – Budelier moved to deny the application of Nikohl Crossman, and reconsider her application for a regular license after she completes a truthful application and provides proof of enrollment in an underage drinking alternatives class.  Seconded by Renfert.  Carried with no negative votes.  Budelier moved to postpone approval of Chris Mitchell’s application, pending proof of training and completion of his application.  Seconded by Baker.  Carried with no negative votes.  Discussion ensued regarding the expiration of Ranessa Williamson’s provisional license.  The Clerk was instructed to contact Silver Coach and ask that Williamson complete the conditions required by the Village Board back in July if she is still employed there today.  The lack of licensed operators at Silver Coach needs to be addressed before the November board meeting.


Acceptance of Fire Chief’s Quarterly Report – Budelier moved to accept the report.  Seconded by Baker.  Chief Lepper noted that a $500 donation from WPS had been received.  Motion carried with no negative votes.


Update on fire department – Chief Lepper described a meeting with fire chiefs from Hull, Plover and Stevens Point wherein he was informed that Park Ridge would not be invited into Metro because we do not meet ‘like kind/service’ standards (staff and equipment).  Town of Hull officials are waiting to see if we are interested in contracting fire protection services from them, as is the Village of Plover.  Hull would not use our fire station, so our ISO rating would drop; it is unclear where a Plover response would come from (Whiting or Plover).  Lepper suggested that we seek to increase recruitment by boosting the fire department budget and offering compensation to firefighters in 2015; keep our existing fire truck for the time being; and continue discussions with Hull and Plover.


Discussion and possible action on incentives for firefighters for November and December 2014 – No action by the Board was needed at this time, as Chief Lepper advised against this. 


Discussion and possible action on entire 2015 budget – The Clerk and Gloudemans provided a review of the proposed 2015 budget.  It was decided to postpone discussion of the President’s salary until the November budget hearing.  The Clerk noted that she was still waiting to hear back from the insurance agent for final 2015 costs.  Gloudemans  explained that this budget would result in approximately $90,000 in undesignated reserves.  Budelier moved to add $244 to the Village Hall-Misc expense category, which was the amount added to revenues by the newly-announced General Transportation Aids increase.  Seconded by Baker.  Carried with no negative votes.  Renfert moved to approve the draft budget as amended, with final approval pending at the November board meeting following the public hearing.  Seconded by Baker.  Roll call vote:  Baker – yes; Renfert – yes; Budelier – yes; Gloudemans – yes.  Motion carried. 


Update on Village Hall improvements – The Clerk was instructed to follow up with the furnace repair and underground sprinkler fall maintenance.


Street Update – The chips from this summer’s chip seal work had been swept and hauled away.  The Clerk summarized a meeting with the crossing guard and staff from the City regarding the crosswalk light timing at 66/Sunset.  While the timing is adequate, the Clerk shared concerns that drivers are going 40 mph through a school crossing.  Baker offered to look into who controls the speed limit on Highway 66.


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


Set date for Public Budget Hearing/next regular meeting – The public budget hearing will be held on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 beginning at 5:30 p.m.  The next regular board meeting will be convened on November 19, 2014 at 5:30 p.m., immediately following the opening of the public budget hearing.   


There being no additional business before the Board, the meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m.