Village of Rosholt Minutes

Regular Board Meeting

Monday March 14, 2016

7:00 p.m. @ Village Hall (101 S Main St)




Call to order: by President Robert Kurszewski

Pledge of Allegiance:

Roll Call: Robert Kurszewski, Travis Firkus, Richard Mansavage and Sandi Diederich. (Absent: Judy Dobbe)

Also Present: Norma Anderson, Phyllis Landowski, Rich Kruzicki and Matt Dykstra (Portage County Emergency Management)


Norma Anderson stated the skunks are back and requested the village to keep the ditch line trimmed back as far as possible.


Motion:    Mansavage/Diederich to approve the minutes as read with a spelling correction as noted. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.


Land Purchase: Two properties are being considered for use as a salt storage site.

1. A parcel of land by the Randolph Street Bridge, previously owned by the Village, but the property owner is not interested in selling the property back to the Village.

2. 145 W Grand Avenue, currently listed for sale with Castle Rock REO

Motion: Firkus/Diederich to submit an offer to purchase in the amount of $8,000.00. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried. 

Emergency Siren: The Portage County Emergency Management Director presented an overview of the County program regarding severe weather alerts. It is not cost effective for the County to provide alerts using warning sirens; instead, they offer the “Community Alert” program which sends alerts to a home phone, cell phone or email address.

However, as long as sirens are in place, the County will continue to activate them for severe weather such as a tornado warning.

The circuit panel in the siren owned by the Village needs to be replaced in order to continue activation by the County. The cost of replacement is approximately $1,500.00.

Motion: Diederich/Mansavage to postpone action until the April 11th board meeting to allow time to gather prices and to send a survey to the residents asking for their input on rather to keep the siren or remove it and use “community alerts”.


Clarify Definition in Farm & Wild Animal Ordinance:

The Humane Society is processing a request regarding the keeping of a snake and asked the board to determine the qualification based on the Village’s Farm & Wild Animal Ordinance.

After review of the proposed draft to amend the animal control ordinance, the Village determined the snake is allowed since it is not poisonous.

Ordinance Amendment to Animal Control: A proposed draft of the Animal Control amendment was reviewed in detail.

Motion: Diederich/Mansavage to make minor changes to the draft and submit the proposed amendment of the Animal Control Ordinance to the attorney for final review. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried. 

In conjunction with the determination of animal control amendments, a resident sent a letter asking the board to review a particular property regarding the keeping of animals. The board determined that ordinance processes are being implemented and authorized the clerk to send a letter to the concerned resident. 

Purchase Scaffolding: Maintenance staff asked the board to consider purchasing a scaffolding unit to use as multi purpose equipment. The cost to purchase a 3 tiered set is approximately $825.00. This led to discussion of a bucket truck.

Action is postponed until April 11th meeting to allow time to gather prices for a bucket truck. 


Fire District: The District plans to purchase a tanker truck within the next year. This purchase is not funded by the operating budget so the Village will be responsible for funding their municipal percentage of the purchase.

The Fire District recently approved installation of a “weeping system” to correct flaws in the original building design. The Village may be responsible for a portion of this cost. No Action.

Treasurer: Motion: Kurszewski/Diederich to accept the treasurer’s report as presented. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.


Notice of meetings and educational opportunities (included in board packets) 

Payment of Bills:

Motion:  Mansavage/Diederich to approve the payment of bills as read. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.

Adjournment at 9:30 p.m.

Motion:   Diederich/Mansavage to adjourn. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.

Theresa K. Hartvig, Village Clerk-Treasurer

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