Monday, January 16, 2017

5:30 p.m. – Village Hall – 24 Crestwood Drive

President Robert Gifford called the regular meeting of the Park Ridge Village Board to order at 6:02 p.m. following the caucus.  Trustees Gordon Renfert, Patricia Baker, Randy Busch and Steven Bergin were present.  Also present were Fire Chief Brian Lepper, firefighters John Kraft, and Pete Jacoby.  Also present were Christine Neidlein (203 Greenbriar) Ken and Bette Vogel (610 Sunrise), Nancy Whitmire (520 Linwood), Gert Neuendorf (612 Linwood), Steve Menzel (512 Sunset), Dan Holloway (509 Linwood), Paul and Jeri McGinley (516 Sunrise), Gretchen Renfert (212 Sunrise), Mary Fleischauer (402 Linwood), Charm Fournier (402 Greenbriar), Jane Shippy (517 Fieldcrest).  Present from the press were Heather McDonald (Portage County Gazette) and Brandi Makuski (Stevens Point City Times).


Approval of January agenda – Baker moved to approve the agenda. Seconded by Busch.   Carried with no negative votes.


Approval of December minutes – Baker moved to approve the December minutes. Seconded by Busch. Carried with no negative votes.


Acceptance of December Treasurer’s Report – Baker moved to accept the December Treasurer’s Report. Renfert seconded.  Carried with no negative votes.


Discussion and possible action on Operator’s license – Clerk is to contact proprietor to issue a liquor license.  Baker motioned to move this item to next month.  Busch seconded.  Carried with no negative votes. 


Street Update – Clerk to follow up with Erdmann on plowing the sides of the street to create more width where possible.  Clerk to direct Ted to plow the Fire Department parking area first.  Clerk to call the city to find out if or when the snow piles will be cleared from the corners.  Busch noted that the Comprehensive Planning Committee is looking into the cost of fixing and/or repairing streets while considering various timelines to provide the most benefit for the Village.


Presentation from County Board Supervisor – Gifford provided a short report:


Acceptance of Fire Chief’s Quarterly Report –Chief Lepper requested attention to be given for door codes to be updated.  Baker informed the door codes had been updated.  Baker informed the Board the Portage County Fire Chief’s Association will be hosted at our Village on January 26th  by our Fire Department.  President Gifford commended the two print media representatives for their coverage of the Fire Department.  Busch moved to accept the Fire Chief’s Quarterly Report. Seconded by Renfert.  Motion to accept carried with no negative votes. 


Update, discussion and possible action regarding generator repairs incident of December 26, 2016 – Baker noted that she was the one who requested this item be on the agenda and further went on to state that much of this discussion was not appropriate to open discussion.  Baker further noted that she is wondering who or how insurance gets handled in the village.  It was noted it is the clerk’s responsibility.  Baker made a motion to have a closed session to discuss items.  A special meeting was scheduled for Friday, January 20, 2017 at 5 p.m.  Bergin seconded.  Motion carried, with all in favor.  Carried with no negative votes.


Update from committee researching borrowing options – Busch motioned to remove item #9.  Seconded by Baker.


Update from committee writing a Direct Mail piece requesting residents’ preferences for how to proceed on Fire Department options -  Baker noted she has an excel spreadsheet which shows the finances of purchasing new trucks, equipment, new building, and the cost of contracting with the city.  Baker asked Jeri McGinley (516 Sunrise) and Trustee Busch to work together.  Baker thanked McGinley for working on Excel sheet with increases for capital expenses and debt expenses.  Busch noted that the Comprehensive Planning Committee has decided to wait for a report on the Fire Department expenses before it will make a recommendation to the Board.  It was noted this agenda item will need to be added to next month’s agenda. 


Acceptance of Year End Report – Gifford noted the report was not ready.  Baker motioned to move Year End Report to next month. Busch seconded. Carried with no negative votes.


Acceptance of 2016 Payroll Summary Report – Baker moved to accept 2016 Payroll Summary Report. Bergin seconded. Carried with no negative votes.


Acceptance of Recycling Actual Cost Report – Busch motioned to remove item from agenda.  Renfert seconded.  Carried with no negative votes.


Village Hall update- Redoing the gutters above doorways­- President Gifford to get estimates on replacing Village Hall gutters.  Item will be moved to next month with discussion and possible action on replacing Village Hall gutters.  President Gifford thanked John Kraft, (maintenance) for salting the Village Hall’s sidewalks and entry ways.


Update report on Santa’s visit – Chief Lepper noted the cleaning of the Santa suits previously were free, but this year the cost exceeded $200.00.  Chief Lepper is concerned about this non-budgeted cost.  Gert Neunendorf (612 Linwood), who is in charge of the Santa’s Visit program, offered to look into other cleaning places and costs verses renting.  Neuendorf will give a report on the Santa suit for next month.


Approval of January bills – Busch moved to approve January bills. Bergin seconded. Carried with no negative votes.


The next regular Board meeting will be February 20, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at the Village Hall.


Baker moved to adjourn the meeting. Seconded by Bergin. Carried with no negative voice votes. Meeting adjourned at 7:25 p.m.



                                                                                     Lynnette Woyak, Clerk 


                                                                                    Robert Gifford, President