Monday, July 20, 2015

Village Hall


President Kathy Budelier called the regular meeting of the Park Ridge Village Board to order at 5:30 p.m.  Trustees Gordon Renfert, Patricia Baker, Jim LaMar and Bob Gifford were present.  Also present were Tom Gloudemans (302 Greenbriar), Ruth Duda (40 Crestwood), Fire Chief Brian Lepper, Chris Villarreal (firefighter) and Pete Jacoby (firefighter).


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


June minutes – Baker moved to approve the June minutes.  Seconded by Gifford.  Carried with no negative votes.


June Treasurer’s Report – Renfert moved to accept the June Treasurer’s report.  Seconded by Baker.  The Clerk noted that fire dues and transportation aids have been received; the Clerk’s phone line has been switched from AT&T to US Cellular to save money; and, disconnecting the second street light on Green Avenue north of Highway 66 is resulting in a $14.08/month savings.  Carried with no negative votes.


Fire Chief’s Report – LaMar moved to accept the report.  Seconded by Baker.  The report was reviewed.  LaMar thanked the fire department for hanging the Village and American flags.  He asked if the semi-annual fire inspections were revealing any issues.  Chief Lepper reported there were 5-7 violations out of 42 inspections, and business owners have been generally very cooperative.  Baker was impressed by the thoroughness of the report.  Chief Lepper responded to a question about the squad, which is currently out of service due to maintenance issues.  Motion to accept the report carried with no negative votes. 


Discussion and possible action on forming long range planning committee for fire department – Budelier suggested a four-member committee comprised of two board members and two fire department staff members.  Gifford and LaMar agreed to serve, as did Chief Lepper.  Chief Lepper will identify a firefighter to complete the committee.  The committee will develop a plan for the order of equipment replacement, with a focus on economizing on the purchases.  The committee will report back at the September board meeting.  Budelier and Baker will also investigate the possibility of a fire protection services contract with the City of Stevens Point.


Discussion and possible action on fire department fire fundraising – Chief Lepper reported that he is still assembling a small fundraising committee, and no fundraising activities have been identified yet. 


Discussion and possible action on fire protection, snow plowing and EMS contracts – Budelier reported that City staff are still reviewing the hydrant (fire protection) contract.  ConsTrucks is uncertain if it will be providing snow plowing services this winter.  Whiting also contracts with ConsTrucks, so Budelier will stay in touch with Whiting in moving forward.  Budelier will also explore with the City of Stevens Point the possibility of the City contracting snow plowing services with the Village.  In reviewing the draft EMS contract ($1,500/year), Baker moved to authorize Budelier to sign the final copy if it is identical to the draft version.  Seconded by LaMar.  Carried with no negative votes.


Discussion and possible action on distressed property in Village – LaMar thanked the owner of 40 Hillcrest for coming to the meeting.  Board members noted that the owner had moved piles that had been in front of the house to the rear, and doing so failed to resolve the ordinance violation.  The building inspector will be asked to call the owner and visit the property at a mutually-convenient time to assess the condition of the property.


Discussion and possible action on operator’s license applications – LaMar moved to approve the applications of Sisson and LaRosa.  Seconded by Baker.  Carried with no negative votes. 


Discussion and possible action on hiring Village Hall custodian –  Budelier reported that she will use a slightly updated version of the 1999 position description when interviewing candidates.  If a suitable candidate can be found, she will bring her recommendation to the Board for approval.


Street Update – Budelier purchased cold patch mix and applied it throughout the Village where needed.  B&B has completed its patch work, and Scott plans to chip seal in early August.  The Clerk was instructed to send a letter to the owners of 105 Sunrise with a reminder to trim the vines from their fence along the Highway 66 sidewalk.  There was additional discussion about visibility concerns at the Sunrise/66 intersection.


Village Hall Update – No report. 


July Bills – LaMar moved to approve the bills.  Seconded by Budelier.  Motion carried with no negative votes.


The next regular Board meeting was scheduled for August 24, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. at the Village Hall. 


LaMar moved to adjourn the meeting.  Seconded by Baker.  Meeting adjourned at 6:36 p.m.