Monday, March 16, 2015

Village Hall


President Tom Gloudemans called the regular meeting of the Park Ridge Village Board to order at 5:30 p.m.  Trustees Gordon Renfert, Jim LaMar, Trish Baker and Kathy Budelier were present.  Also present were resident Beverly Spencer (217 Linwood Avenue), Fire Chief Brian Lepper and Victor Voss, Amherst Fire District Chief.


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


February Minutes – LaMar moved to approve the February minutes.  Seconded by Budelier.  Carried with no negative votes.


Acceptance of February Treasurer’s Report – Renfert moved to accept the Treasurer’s Report. Seconded by LaMar.  The Clerk noted that costs for publishing the Village ballot in the newspaper had increased significantly, and asked if there were objections to no longer publishing the ballot as a courtesy to residents.  The Village is required to post the ballot in three public places and does so.  The Clerk also posts a sample ballot on the Village website.  There were no objections.  Motion to accept the report carried with no negative votes.


Street Update – The owner of 29 Park Ridge Drive had moved the snowpile blocking the storm drain in response to a letter from the Village.  The Clerk will contact T&C Services about sweeping streets during the second half of April.


Discussion and possible action on Fire Department fundraisers and/or donations – Gloudemans provided background on the Village’s past practice of not holding fundraisers for the fire department.  Chief Lepper asked if this practice would continue in the future.  Chief Voss commented on using fundraising as “good public relations” and for “wants, not needs”, as the municipality should provide for needs.  LaMar moved to accept a $100 donation from the Amherst Fire District’s “firefighter earned money” account, raised by Amherst firefighters and spent at their discretion, in appreciation of the work done by Park Ridge firefighters at a January fire scene.  Seconded by Baker.  Carried with no negative votes.  The Clerk will talk with the Village accountant about how donations may be carried over into ensuing fiscal years if not spent the year received.  No action taken on fundraisers. 


Quarterly discussion – Village Building Inspector – The quarterly building permit report was reviewed.


Discussion and possible action on Zoning Administrator position – There are currently no prospects for this position.  The Clerk will refer zoning-related questions to the Village President.


Discussion and possible action on City of Stevens Point comprehensive plan – Gloudemans reported he had contacted Michael Ostrowski after receiving Ostrowski’s letter, and it was agreed that further communications regarding possible intergovernmental cooperation would be desirable after the April election.


Discussion and possible action on use policy for Village Hall – LaMar reported that of the 6 villages similar to ours that he had contacted, only one had a written use policy.  Because of the hall’s open floor plan that allows unrestricted access to the fire department, there was general consensus that activities should be limited to those with a Village purpose.  A written policy will not be pursued at this time.


Discussion and possible action on concealed carry on Village property – Discussion took place regarding liability considerations related to posting a prohibition on firearms vs. not posting.  No action was taken. 


Discussion and possible action on amendment to Ordinance 12.02 – Baker moved to add reference to a retail Class C wine license in the license fees section.  Seconded by Budelier.  Roll call vote:  Budelier – yes; Baker – yes; LaMar – no; Renfert – yes; Gloudemans – no.  Motion carried. 


Discussion and possible action amending Resolution 12.00 – Baker moved to add a $100 annual fee for a retail Class C wine license.  Seconded by Budelier.  Motion passed 3-1; Gloudemans abstained; LaMar voted no.


Village Hall update – No update.


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


The next regular Board meeting will be on April 20, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. at the Village Hall.


With no further business before the Board, the meeting adjourned at 7:15 p.m.