VILLAGE OF PARK RIDGE MONTHLY BOARD MEETING
Monday, January 18, 2016
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 5:32 p.m. following the caucus. Trustees Gordon Renfert, Jim LaMar, Patricia Baker, and Robert Gifford were present. Also present were Fire Chief Brian Lepper, firefighters Pete Jacoby and Chris Villarreal, Bill Dunham (615 Sunrise), Tom Gloudemans (302 Greenbriar), Bob Daniels (219 Sunrise), Randy Busch (312 Greenbriar), Ken Vogel (610 Sunrise), Ted Erdmann (T & C Services), Supervisor Jim Krems, and Circuit Court Judge candidates Dave Knaapen, Jared Redfield, and Robert Shannon.
Approval of January agenda – LaMar moved to approve the agenda. Seconded by Baker. Budelier suggested that Item #6 be moved up on the agenda. LaMar moved to move Item #6 to follow Item #3. Seconded by Baker. Amendment carried with no negative votes. LaMar moved to approve the agenda as amended. Seconded by Baker. Carried with no negative votes.
Acceptance of December Treasurer’s Report – Baker moved to accept the December Treasurer’s Report. Renfert seconded. The clerk reported that only 1/3 of dogs have been licensed. Motion carried with no negative votes.
Street Update – Erdmann reported the plowing is going well in the village. Gifford is researching the conversion of street lights to LED lamps. Clerk was instructed to add the street lights located at 304 Pinecrest and at the Hillcrest/Greenbriar intersection to the open work order with Bushman Electric.
The board thanked Krems for his long service on the county board.
Update from “Vicious Animal” research committee- Committee members Bob Daniels and Ken Vogel provided brief summaries of recent committee discussions. The committee requested that the board provide direction for the development of ordinance language within Chapter 10 to address vicious animals. LaMar moved that the committee draft a new ordinance within Chapter 10 and amend other Chapter 10 ordinances as needed. Seconded by Baker. Carried with no negative votes.
Acceptance of Fire Chief’s Quarterly Report – LaMar moved to accept the Fire Chief’s Quarterly Report. Seconded by Baker. LaMar expressed appreciation for the thoroughness of report. Chief Lepper responded to questions from board members. Motion to accept carried with no negative votes.
Discussion and possible action on fire department fundraiser – Firefighter Villarreal provided an update on the 5K Run/Walk Fundraiser. Baker moved to approve May 14, 2016 as the date for the run/walk fundraiser. LaMar seconded. Carried with no negative votes.
Discussion and possible action on establishing fire department fundraising reserve account – Baker moved to approve establishing a fire department fundraising reserve account. Renfert seconded. Budelier noted that any withdrawals from this reserve account will require board approval. Carried with no negative votes. Baker moved to transfer 2012-2015 donations received for the fire department to the new reserve account. LaMar seconded. Carried with no negative votes. Chief Lepper agreed to bring a draft policy to the next board meeting guiding the use of donations made to the fire department.
Update from committee researching borrowing options – Budelier summarized a recent committee meeting with a representative from USDA Rural Development. The village was offered an interest rate of 3.125%. If borrowing less than $250,000, the costs associated with this loan type may make it an unfavorable option. The village does not qualify for grants. Pineries Bank President Paul Adamski has offered the village a 7 year loan with an interest rate of 2.25%. No decisions have been made on the amount to be borrowed.
Discussion and possible action on fire department timeline – LaMar commented on the need to gather cost estimates to remodel the truck bays to house standard-length trucks, which may be less expensive than purchasing custom trucks. Baker agreed and noted the need for solid cost numbers and a financing plan for the public hearing. Baker moved to postpone the public hearing to a date to be determined at the February board meeting. LaMar seconded. Carried with no negative votes (Gifford absent). Chief Lepper offered to further research truck option. LaMar agreed to research building remodeling options.
There was general consensus to reconvene the Fire Department Planning Committee, with Budelier as committee chair. The charge to the committee is to compile borrowing options into a presentation for the public hearing.
Acceptance of Year End Report – Gifford moves to accept Year End Report. LaMar seconded. The Clerk summarized the report. Carried with no negative votes (LaMar absent).
Acceptance of 2015 Payroll Summary Report – Renfert moved to accept 2015 Payroll Summary Report. Baker seconded. Carried with no negative votes (LaMar absent).
Acceptance of Recycling Actual Cost Report – Gifford moved to accept. Renfert seconded. The Clerk answered questions about the report. Carried with no negative votes (LaMar absent).
Village Hall update – Blinds and 2 outlets have been installed. Clerk’s office scheduled for setup on February 1.
Discussion and possible action on purchasing new snowblower – Baker moved to purchase a Toro snowblower not to exceed $899.00 from Mobile Small Engine Repair. LaMar seconded. Carried with no negative votes.
Approval of January bills – Gifford moved to approve January bills. Renfert seconded. Carried with no negative votes.
The next regular Board meeting will be February 15, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. at the Village Hall.
Gifford moved to adjourn the meeting. Seconded by Baker. Carried with no negative voice votes. Meeting adjourned at 8:18 p.m.