VILLAGE OF PARK RIDGE MONTHLY BOARD MEETING

Minutes from Monday, February 19, 2018

 

 

Meeting called to Order - President Patricia Baker called the regular meeting of the Park Ridge Village Board to order at 5:31 p.m., following the public meeting for the General Approval of Rowe Development.  Trustee Busch, Trustee Sachs and Trustee Renfert were present.  Trustee Bergin was absent.

 

February Agenda – Busch made a motion to approve the January Agenda, with one exception - move Item 13 (New Business - NextHome) to Item 6.  Seconded by Sachs.  Carried with no negative votes.

 

January Minutes – Sachs made a motion to approve the January 15th Board minutes with one exception – revise the Introduction of County Executive Candidates (3rd line) to read beliefs, not believes.  Seconded by Busch.   Carried with no negative votes.  Gordon made a motion to approve the January 15th Caucus minutes with one exception – correct spelling of Dan Holloway.  Seconded by Busch.  Carried with no negative votes.

 

January Treasurer’s Reports – Busch made a motion to approve the January Treasurer’s Reports.  Seconded by Sachs.  Carried with no negative votes.

 

Discussion and possible action for General Approval regarding Rowe Development – Sachs made a motion to approve Rowe’s Petition for General Approval for a Twin Home Development off of Green Avenue, between Park Ridge Dr. and Odessa Court.  Seconded by Busch.  Carried with no negative votes.

 

Discussion and possible action on remodeling at 20 Park Ridge Drive and new business sign - “NextHome” – The sign for NextHome is taller than the Village of Park Ridge Ordinance allows.  The Zoning Committee will meet to discuss.

 

Fire Protection Advisory Referendum Resident Bob Gifford talked about the various fliers distributed by residents and letter from the Fire Chief.  Resident Gert Neuendorf asked how long the gag order for the Fire Chief would last.  Since this is an employment issue, President Baker would not address the issue.

 

Action on Acknowledgement of Captain Ron Slicer’s Retirement – This item was tabled until the March Board meeting.

 

Discussion and possible action on Resolution 002.2018R – Busch made a motion to approve Res 002.2018R transferring $5,000 from Undesignated Reserve Account to the Audit Account, to cover the cost of the 2016 Audit.  Seconded by Renfert.  Roll Call was taken:  Busch – yes; Renfert – yes;

Sachs – yes; Baker – yes;  Bergin – absent.  Carried with no negative votes.

 

Discussion and possible action on the 2016 Audit performed by Accounting Workshop –

  1. Each Board member received a bound copy of the Audit Report.
  2. Each Board member received a list of adjustments (journal entries) submitted by Accounting Workshop.   The Clerk explained the need for the adjustments received from the Auditor.
  3. Each Board member received a copy of the original 2016 year-end financial reports and a copy of the adjusted 2016 year-end financial reports (after the 2016 audit).
  4. Each Board member received a copy of the original 2017 year-end financial reports and a copy of the adjusted 2017 year-end financial reports (after the 2016 audit)
  5. Each Board member received a list of all financial accounts affected by the 2016 audit.
  6. The Board discussed the possibility of scheduling another audit for 2017 and a possible policy change for future audits.  The discussion for future audits will be continued at the March Board meeting.

 

Approve additional Poll Worker – Renfert made a motion to approve one more poll worker for the 2018-2019 election cycle.  Seconded by Sachs.  Carried with no negative votes.

 

Discussion and possible action on EMS Survey – The EMS survey is rather lengthy.  Sachs made a motion to schedule a Special Meeting to discuss and complete the EMS survey.  Seconded by Busch.  The Special Meeting was scheduled for February 26, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. at the Village Hall.  Carried with no negative votes.

 

Update on 2017 Storm – Chief Lepper and Clerk Bemowski meet with Paul Reigel, Deputy Director of Emergency Management.  Mr. Reigel provided instructions regarding the forms and information the Village of Park Ridge provided to Emergency Management.  Lepper & Bemowski will revise the forms and information and re-submit the necessary paperwork.

 

Discussion and possible action on Midwest Title Group Letter – The Board agreed there would not be any special assessments in 2018.  The Clerk will respond to Midwest Title Group.

 

Discussion and possible action on Village Topics

  1. Discussed complaints/compliments regarding snow removal
  2. Discussed snow removal for Odessa Court Easement – Baker had a discussion with the Village’s Attorney, Robert Konkol.  Attorney Konkol referred to his letter of 11/28/07 addressed to the Clerk.   At that time, the Village turned down the request to maintain the Odessa Ct Easement due to budgetary, personnel and liability reasons.  Although there is concern regarding Fire Department access to the hydrant.  The Village Ordinances will be reviewed for compliance.
  3. Stop Sign at Crestwood & Fieldcrest – The clerk will contact Pioneer’s Bank to request the removal or trimming of bushes that conceal the stop sign.
  4.  Discussed the on-going street light replacement (bulbs) and the cost.  The replacement of the street light caused by the accident on 9/13/2017, was also discussed.   The Clerk will contact the insurance company to inquire about coverage.

 

Update from Comprehensive Plan Committee – Chairperson Randy Busch provided information regarding the proposed street replacement and street lighting.  The total estimated cost to replace streets and lights is $1,580,000 to $1,720,000.  There are approximately 48 street lights that need to be replaced at $4,000 each (included in total estimated cost).

 

Village Hall Updates –

  1. The annual heating/air conditioning system maintenance was performed.

 

Approval of January/February bills – Sachs made a motion to accept the January/February bills.  Seconded by Busch.  Carried with no negative votes.

 

Set date for next regular Board meeting – The next Board meeting is scheduled for March 19, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.

 

Closed Session – Busch made a motion to go into Closed Session to discuss the Village Clerk/Treasurer’s performance evaluation.  Seconded by Renfert.  Roll Call was taken; Busch – yes; Renfert – yes; Sachs – yes; Baker – yes; Bergin – absent.  Carried with no negative votes.

 

Reconvene in Open Session – Busch made a motion to reconvene in Open Session.  Seconded by Sachs.  Carried with no negative votes.  Renfert made a motion to increase the Clerk’s compensation by $1,000 annually, effective February 19, 2018.  Seconded by Sachs.  Roll Call was taken;  Busch – yes; Renfert – yes; Sachs – yes; Baker – yes; Bergin – absent.  Carried with no negative votes.

 

Adjourn – Busch made a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Seconded by Sachs.  Carried with no negative votes.  Meeting was adjourned at 7:05 p.m.

 

 

 

__________________________                                            _________________________

Kathy Bemowski, Clerk                                                         Patricia Baker, President