VILLAGE OF PARK RIDGE MONTHLY BOARD MEETING
Monday, November 16, 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 Gordon Renfert, Jim LaMar, and Patricia Baker were present. Also present were Fire Chief Brian Lepper, Ruth Duda (40 Crestwood), firefighters Pete Jacoby and Chris Villarreal, and Mike Taylor, Stockton resident.
Budelier opened the Public Budget Hearing for anyone having questions or comments concerning the 2016 budget. No one was present to speak.
Trustee Bob Gifford arrived to the meeting.
Agenda – LaMar moved to approve the agenda. Seconded by Baker. Carried with no negative votes.
October Minutes – LaMar moved to approve the October minutes. Seconded by Baker. Carried with no negative votes.
Acceptance of October Treasurer’s Report – Gifford moved to accept the October Treasurer’s Report. Seconded by Baker. Carried with no negative votes.
Discussion and possible action on “Vicious Dog” ordinance development – Baker reported that her committee had met once and decided to create a vicious dog amendment to an existing public nuisance ordinance. The committee will meet again on December 2 and will review ordinances from other communities. Gifford asked if County ordinances address vicious dogs. Baker will investigate. Any draft amendment will be shared with humane society staff to ensure enforcement issues are addressed before bringing it to the Board.
Discussion and possible action on assessment services contract – LaMar moved to approve the contract. Seconded by Baker. Carried with no negative votes.
Discussion and possible action on operator’s license application – Baker moved to approve the application of Stephanie Check. Seconded by LaMar. Carried with no negative votes.
Update on fire department timeline – The timeline was reviewed, and the Clerk noted she will include it in every month’s meeting packet to help the Board stay on track.
Discussion and possible action on amending 2015 budget for the purpose of purchasing fire department equipment – No action taken, as no specific request has yet been made.
Baker moved to address Item #11 after Item #15. Seconded by LaMar. Carried with no negative votes.
Discussion and possible action on fire department fundraiser – Firefighter Villarreal presented a request for the Village Board to support the idea of a 5K run/walk to raise funds for the purposes of purchasing a thermal imaging camera and matching uniforms, and to raise the department’s visibility in the Village. Baker noted that a community picnic could be part of the day’s activities. Sponsors would be sought for funding and Village residents would be asked for assistance on the day of the event. Gifford moved to support the idea of a 5K run/walk and Village picnic sometime in May 2016. Seconded by Baker. Carried with no negative votes.
Discussion and possible action on hiring new clerk/treasurer – Budelier reported that the hiring committee had reduced 54 resumes down to a few candidates, and would be conducting in-person interviews the week of November 23. None of the interviewees is a Village resident. The hiring committee plans to recommend a candidate to the Board at the December board meeting.
Street Update – LaMar reported that Affordable Tree Service will be putting up the snowflakes. The Clerk was instructed to obtain a certificate of insurance from Affordable Tree Service. Bushman will repair the street light at Greenbriar/Hillcrest using parts from the disconnected light on Green Avenue. New flags have been installed on the “No Trucks” signs in the Village.
Village Hall Update – No report.
Discussion and possible action on 2016 budget resolution – No public comments were made during the public budget hearing, which closed at 6:20 p.m. The budget was reviewed and amounts were adjusted in general government (revised amount: $70,464), public safety (revised amount: $41,859) and public works (revised amount: $99,479). Renfert moved to approve the 2016 budget via adoption of Resolution 002.2015R, 2016 Budget as revised. Seconded by Baker. Roll call: Renfert – yes; Gifford – yes; Baker – yes; LaMar – yes; Budelier – yes. Motion carried.
Approval of November bills – LaMar moved to approve the November bills. Seconded by Baker. Carried with no negative votes.
Set date for next regular meeting – The next regular board meeting will be convened on December 14, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.
Gifford moved to adjourn the meeting. Seconded by Baker. Carried with no negative votes. Meeting adjourned at 6:57 p.m.