VILLAGE OF PARK RIDGE MONTHLY BOARD MEETING
Monday, October 19, 2015
5:30 p.m. – Village Hall – 24 Crestwood Drive
President Kathy Budelier called the regular meeting of the Park Ridge Village Board to order at 5:30 p.m. Trustees Jim LaMar, Gordon Renfert and Bob Gifford were present. Trustee Trish Baker had notified Budelier she would be a few minutes late. Also in attendance: Bob Daniels (219 Sunrise), Ken Vogel (610 Sunrise), Tom Gloudemans (302 Greenbriar), Sharon Fox (620 Sunrise), Jean Klein (702 Fieldcrest), Scott Prince (803 Greenbriar), Nancy Whitmire (520 Linwood), Gert Neuendorf (612 Linwood), Ruth Duda (40 Crestwood), County Board Supervisor Jim Krems, Fire Chief Brian Lepper, Ron Slicer, and firefighter Zach Smith.
Agenda – Renfert moved to approve the agenda. Seconded by Gifford. Budelier suggested the item regarding vicious dog ordinances be delayed until later in the meeting so Baker could participate. Gifford moved to move Item #5 to follow Item #7. Seconded by LaMar. Carried with no negative votes. Renfert moved to approve the agenda as amended. Seconded by Gifford. Carried with no negative votes.
September minutes – LaMar moved to approve the minutes. Seconded by Gifford. Budelier moved to add language stating that the split vote on the Clerk’s raise was not a reflection on the Clerk’s performance. Seconded by Renfert. Carried with no negative votes. LaMar moved to approve the minutes as amended. Seconded by Gifford. Carried with no negative votes.
September 28, 2015 special meeting minutes – Renfert moved to approve the minutes. Seconded by LaMar. Carried with no negative votes.
September Treasurer’s Report – Renfert moved to accept the September Treasurer’s report. Seconded by LaMar. The Clerk reported that fully-signed contracts were now on file for EMS, fire protection (hydrant), and snowplowing. Recycling grant payments were delayed to municipalities for unknown reasons at the County. The Clerk had filed the 2016 Responsible Unit recycling grant estimate, as well as the pavement rating and local road mileage certification reports. The final 2015 transportation aids payment had been received. Santa’s Visit was scheduled for December 21. Motion to accept carried with no negative votes.
Presentation by County Board Supervisor – Krems provided a short report:
Gifford inquired about reductions in state aid to the County since 2010; Krems referred him to the County Finance Director. Krems confirmed that levy limits are negatively affecting the County. Budelier thanked Krems for coming.
Discussion and possible action on researching vicious dog ordinances – Budelier explained the purpose of this agenda item is to explore ways the Village can mesh its concerns regarding dangerous dogs with its public nuisance/safety ordinances.
Baker arrived to the meeting.
Gifford moved to form a committee charged with researching vicious dog ordinances. Seconded by LaMar. Baker agreed to chair the committee, and cautioned residents that the Village cannot write an ordinance that bans specific breeds; instead, an ordinance would need to focus on behavior. Renfert agreed to serve on the committee, as did Village residents Bob Daniels and Ken Vogel. Motion carried with no negative votes.
Acceptance of Fire Chief’s Quarterly Report – LaMar moved to accept the report. Seconded by Renfert. Carried with no negative votes.
Update on hiring new Village clerk/treasurer – Budelier reported that a hiring committee had been formed, consisting of Budelier, LaMar, and Village residents Tom Gloudemans and Joan Dorschner. To date, only one Village resident had expressed interest, but availability would be an issue.
Discussion and possible action on timeline for purchasing replacement fire truck, including formation of committee to research borrowing options – Budelier suggested the formation of a committee to research borrowing options, consisting of Budelier, Renfert and Joan Dorschner. Baker moved the committee research borrowing options for the first and possibly second trucks. Seconded by Renfert. Carried with no negative votes. LaMar moved that the proposed timeline be revised to show: the committee beginning to research borrowing options in late October 2015; an additional public hearing to be held in early January 2016; and, the updated proposal from the Fire Department for equipment/cost moved to April 2016 prior to the regular board meeting. Seconded by Baker. Carried with no negative votes.
Discussion and possible action on entire 2016 budget – The Clerk and Budelier provided a review of the proposed 2016 budget. The Clerk noted that she was still waiting to hear back from the insurance agent for final 2016 insurance costs. Formal approval of budget figures will be made at the November board meeting.
Update on Village Hall – No report.
Street Update – The chips from this summer’s chip seal work had been swept. The Clerk reported she had called Rutkowski to haul away the chips.
Approval of October bills – LaMar 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 Monday, November 16, 2015, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The next regular board meeting will be convened on November 16, 2015, at 5:30 p.m., immediately following the opening of the public budget hearing.
Gifford moved to adjourn the meeting. Seconded by Baker. Meeting adjourned at 7:36 p.m.