President Robert Gifford called the regular meeting of the Park Ridge Village Board to order at 5:30 p.m. Trustees Gordon Renfert, Trish Baker, Randy Busch and Steven Bergin were present. Also present were Fire Chief Brian Lepper, firefighter Pete Jacoby, Tom Gloudemans (302 Greenbriar), Amanda and Fred Simons (218 Pinecrest Ave), Jim Sachs (47 Odessa Ct), Gert Neuendorf (612 Linwood), Nancy Whitmire (520 Linwood), Ted Erdmann (T & C Services), J.D. Manville (411 Linwood), Jeri and Paul McGinley (516 Sunrise Ave), Christine Neidlein (203 Greenbriar), Chance Olson (34 Ridgewood Dr.), and Heather McDonald (Portage County Gazette)
Approval of February agenda – Bergin moved to approve the agenda. Seconded by Baker. Carried with no negative votes.
Acceptance of January Treasurer’s Report – Baker motioned to move the January Treasurer’s Report to the end of the agenda after item #16. Busch seconded. Carried with no negative votes. Renfert motioned to accept the January Treasurer’s Report. Seconded by Busch. Carried with no negative votes.
Discussion and possible action on sign ordinance 17.34.04 (03) (c) -President Gifford approved resident Amanda Simmons (218 Pinecrest Ave), to speak before the board. Simmons requested the board reconsider the posting of the sign which advertises, cwACT, a local non-profit theater group. Simmons stated many other non-profits post signs throughout Stevens Point. Baker motioned to approve the small sign for posting. Seconded by Renfert. Baker motioned to postpone until next month, the approval of posting the larger sign until she can look further into the ordinance. Renfert seconded. Carried with no negative votes.
J. D. Manville (411 Linwood) was approved to speak before the Board. Manville informed the Board of a new car parts franchise going into the old Carquest area. Manville noted the franchise owner has requested a special size sign. Manville noted the clerk has sent the sign application onto the owner. Manville stated he will keep the Board updated on the situation. Manville noted that he was contacted by someone who is interested in building storage units in the Village. Board noted this will need to be addressed by the Zoning Committee and asked the clerk to put this on next month’s agenda.
Street Update –Gifford approved resident Chase Olson (34 Ridgewood) to speak before the Board regarding the swaling of his property. Chris informed Board he is in need of having his property swaled. The conditions of water, ice, and draining have become treacherous and dangerous. Baker noted Dan Holloway has a list of homes that are in need of swaling. Bergin noted that the Long Range Planning Committee is aware of the need for more swaling of properties throughout the Village especially if there will be changes to the road structures. Busch noted there will be more information to come from the LRP committee.
Erdmann (T & C Services) informed the Board of a plowing issue he is experiencing. Erdmann noted when plowing he is hitting the manhole cover on Ferndale between Linwood and Fieldcrest. Gifford noted he has a list of manhole covers for the Village. He informed Erdman that this will be brought to the attention of the Long Range Planning Committee.
Update from “Vicious Animals Ordinance” committee – It is noted that the TENS and minutes are needed to be updated and complete before this item can be further discussed.
Acceptance of Year End Report – Gifford informed Board the report was not ready. Bergin motioned to move it to next month. Seconded Baker.
Acceptance of Recycling Actual Cost Report – Baker motioned to accept Recycling Report. Seconded by Bergin.
Discussion and possible action on a resolution, authored by the Town of Grant, requesting flexibility to explore EMS alternative for municipalities where Portage County Ambulance response times routinely exceed 15 minutes. – Bergin noted he would like to analyze the EMS County report first before making any final decisions. Baker noted she agrees with Bergin and feels uncomfortable at this time to adopt the resolution as a Village. Gifford noted this needs to be made into a resolution under the Village of Park Ridge and asked the clerk to write the resolution under the Village of Park Ridge for next month’s meeting.
Discussion and possible action on fire department 2016 fundraising revenue and possible 2017 fundraising revenue – Chief Lepper addressed the Board speaking of the fundraising events the Fire Department hosted last year. Lepper noted moral is very low in the fire department due to the uncertainty of the Village’s direction with the Fire Department. Lepper noted the Fire Department may still consider hosting the fundraising events again this year with the condition that the remaining fundraising money from last year, and the potential money raised this year, would be approved by the Board to be given to the Portage County Fire Chief’s Association in the case the Village of Park Ridge’s Fire Department is disbanded. Baker noted she supported the idea. The clerk noted the year-end balance in the Fire Department fundraising account is $2,587.37 and the balance in the donation account is $2,500.00. Bergin motioned per Chief Lepper the monies in the Fire Department’s fundraising and donation accounts be donated to the Portage County Fire Chief’s Association if the Village of Park Ridge’s Fire Department is disbanded. Baker seconded. Carried with no negative votes.
Discussion and possible action on initiating community involvement plans: Bergin made a motion for the Village to initiate an annual Village Ice Cream Social and Village Picnic. He noted the importance of the Village residents getting to know their neighbors. The clerk was asked to put a notice on the website and to put out a sign-up list at the elections to help recruit volunteers to organize the event. Seconded by Gifford. Carried with no negative votes.
Village Hall Update – A thank you card will be signed and sent to Affordable Tree Service for installation and removal of the Christmas lights. The Village is waiting to hear from Wolter Power on when they will be coming to fix the generator. The Village has received one quote for the replacement of the rain gutters at this time. The hiring of a consultant has been postponed to a later date. Village Clerk to send agenda emails to include Fire Chief in notification of meetings.
Approval of February Bills – Baker moved to approve February bills. Seconded by Bergin. Carried with no negative votes.
The next regular Board meeting will be March 20, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at the Village Hall.
Busch moved to adjourn the meeting. Seconded by Baker. Carried with no negative voice votes. Meeting adjourned at 7:10 p.m.
Lynnette Woyak , Clerk
Robert Gifford, President