Village of Rosholt Minutes

Regular Board Meeting

Monday October 10, 2016

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

 PROPOSED DRAFT TO BE APPROVED NOVEMBER 14, 2016

 

Call to order: by President Robert Kurszewski

Pledge of Allegiance:

Roll Call: Robert Kurszewski, Travis Firkus, Richard Mansavage, Craig Anderson, and Mike Garski

Also Present: Girl Scout Troop 6118 (including leaders & parents), Norma Anderson,

Phyllis Landowski, Jim Zdroik, Neal Simonis, Michelle Simonis, Raymond Oksuita, Joy Garski, Ron Pliska, Gordy Krogwold and Rich Kruzicki

PUBLIC REQUESTS FOR CONSIDERATION:

N. Anderson mentioned trimming of the bush at the Post Office. Maintenance Rich was assigned to contact the Post Office.

N. Anderson also notified everyone of the Trunk or Treat event at Faith Lutheran Church.

Minutes:

Motion:    Anderson/Mansavage to approve the minutes as read. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Library Lease Agreement:  

An amended draft proposal of the Library Lease Agreement was presented.

Motion: Anderson/Garski to postpone discussion until later in the meeting or until the regular meeting. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.

**See further notation at the end of these minutes.**

Reconsider motion to Purchase Fire Truck:

President Kurszewski opened discussion by stating he received information that caused concern about their original motion to approve purchase of the proposed Fire Truck.

Based on a conversation with an employee of the Stevens Point Fire Department, He stated that the possibility of a law suit, due to injury, becomes greater if the truck is designed without the power assist lift option that was discussed.

Other board members and the audience joined the discussion. It was stated that even the NFPA, the agency in charge of safety regulations, has not included the power assist lift in their recommendation list.

Kurszewski also stated that our County District Supervisor made him aware that the Portage County Purchasing Department may consider providing equipment design service to the municipality “free of charge”. Due to the dissension amongst the Fire District and the municipalities, Kurszewski feels this is an option to be considered.

More discussion addressed the subject of truck safety design, driver error and the design committee’s roll. The Fire District feels they have exceeded the purchasing department’s requirement.

Motion: Anderson/Garski that the Village Board stands by their vote to purchase the fire truck that was approved, by motion, at the September 12, 2016 meeting. Firkus, Kurszewski and Mansavage opposed; Anderson & Garski in favor, Motion failed.

 More discussion took place by the audience when they asked why the Village changed their vote and further explained the bidding process in accordance with what the Fire District Board wanted.

** The County District Supervisor was present and advised the board that according to “Robert’s rules of order” the discussion should end because after a vote is closed, further discussion can only be initiated by one of the trustees voting in the majority. (In this case, Firkus, Kurszewski or Mansavage)

 Anderson moved that the discussion be reopened on this matter:

He then questioned the board asking what new information was received tonight that changed an affirmative vote to a negative vote, since the last meeting. He noted concern about the possibility of meetings taking place between meetings.

More discussion about the bidding process took place with the audience.

Kurszewski and Firkus stated their reasons for opposition are based on their concern about the truck design and bid specifications being prepared by the Fire District’s committee.

Anderson & Garski stated the vote was closed at the previous meeting and still question why the agenda item was brought forward at this meeting.

Motion: Mansavage/Anderson to reopen the vote. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.

Motion: Anderson/Garski restated his action to stand by their vote to purchase the fire truck that was approved, by motion, at the September 12, 2016 meeting. Firkus and Kurszewski-opposed, Anderson, Garski and Mansavage-in favor, motion carried.  

Back hoe bucket purchase:

Maintenance Rich is requesting authorization to attend the Nitzke auction to purchase a back-hoe bucket for snow removal.

Motion: Garski/Mansavage to authorize Maintenance Rich to attend the Nitzke auction to purchase a back-hoe bucket for a maximum cost of $700.00. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.

**It was noted, that it may cost an additional $500.00 if mounting brackets are necessary.

 Fence Permit:

There is some concern that the fence installed at 511 E Grand Avenue, may not be in compliance with the Zoning Plan Commissions’ approval.

The meeting minutes indicate the requirement for a certified survey map (CSM); but the property owners submitted a registered plat of survey instead. The survey markers could not be located and there is concern about the placement of the fence, specifically regarding the street set back and it’s effectiveness of keeping animals contained. Also, the design of the fence is not in accordance with what was previously described.

Motion: Firkus/no second to stop fence construction and any further construction until the required Certified Survey Map (CSM) is presented to the plan commission. Motion failed.

Motion: Anderson/Kurszewski rather than taking any permanent action at this time, to authorize Anderson to communicate with B.Weronke in hopes of preventing enforcement action. Garski abstained, all others in favor, motion carried.

 Fire District Budget: There are some formatting errors pointed out to the Fire Chief.

Motion: Kurszewski/Anderson to postpone action until the budget meeting to allow the Fire Chief to make adjustments and submit the budgets to the municipalities for approval. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.

** Building repair cost estimate was presented.

 NEW BUSINESS:

Girl Scout Troop 6118: The troop requested permission to host a “Color Run” in either June or July, 2017. They also asked the board for project ideas.

The general consensus of the board is to authorize the event.

Alcohol license:

Last month the board approved a Class C wine license for Jackson & Louie’s, but they are amending their application to apply for a “Class A” liquor instead.

Motion: Kurszewski/Anderson to approve a “Class A” liquor license to Jackson & Louie’s Antiques (agent Lori Britz). Roll call vote: All in favor, Motion carried.

 Operator’s (Bartender) License:

Applications were presented for C. Wierzba and K. Kurszewski.

Motion: Firkus/Mansavage to approve operator’s licenses for C. Wierzba and K. Kurszewski. Roll call vote, all in favor, motion carried.

 Purchase Pick-up Truck:

The board relocated to the maintenance shop to look at a truck for sale by Bushman Motors for a purchase price of $9,000.00 (a 2008 Fleet truck with 115,000 miles).

Motion: Garski/Mansavage to deny the purchase of the truck and just install new tires on the current truck. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.

Tree Removal: The following trees pose a safety hazard and should be removed:

Elm at the Lions Park

Ash by the south bridge on Main Street

Oak near the Ball Diamond.

Motion: Mansavage/Anderson to hire J. Mieska to take down the trees as mentioned. Firkus opposed (because there was no cost estimate), all others in favor, motion carried.

Fall clean up:

Motion: Kurszewski/Firkus to authorize the gates to the burn site to remain open 24 hours a day from now until November 1, 2016. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.

Junk vehicle complaint:

A written complaint is on file regarding the accumulation of cars at 110 Washington Avenue. Other properties were mentioned, but the board is only corresponding with the property mentioned in the complaint.

Motion: Kurszewski/Anderson to authorize the clerk to send a certified letter to the property owner at 110 Washington Avenue giving them 14 days to remove specified vehicles. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.

COMMITTEE REPORTS: None

ROUTINE BUSINESS:

Notice of meetings and educational opportunities: Several were noted.

Payment of Bills:

Motion:  Kurszewski/Anderson to approve the payment of bills as read (including commercial testing lab). All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.

Library Lease Agreement:

A proposed amendment draft of the library lease agreement was presented. This amendment would grant the library board complete control of the library building and would also transfer responsibility of operating costs, including utilities, to the Library Board.

The idea of selling the building was mentioned. If the library branch ceases, the village would buy the building back.

Motion: Firkus/Garski to submit the proposed draft lease agreement amendment to the Portage County Library board for consideration. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.

Adjournment 9:35 p.m.

Motion: Garski/Anderson to adjourn. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried


Village of Rosholt Minutes

Special Board Meeting-Budget

Monday October 24, 2016

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

 PROPOSED DRAFT TO BE APPROVED DECEMBER 12, 2016

 

Call to order: by President Robert Kurszewski

Pledge of Allegiance:

Roll Call: Robert Kurszewski, Travis Firkus, Richard Mansavage, Craig Anderson, and Mike Garski

Also Present: Raymond Oksuita, MJK Enterprises and Rich Kruzicki

Bid for Condemnation:

Bids were presented as follows:

Schuster LLC $8,500.00

Fahrner Excavating $11,999.00

Motion: Kurszewski/Anderson to award the bid for condemnation to Schuster LLC in the amount of $8,500.00. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.

**MJK Enterprises was present expressing his concerns regarding the procedures for advertising and awarding these bids. He felt his bid was not processed fairly and stated he would be monitoring the project.

Sewer Budget:

The proposed sewer budget was reviewed. There weren’t any changes, but it was suggested that the business rates be reviewed for possible adjustment, once the clean water loan is paid off.

Village Budget:

The proposed village budget was reviewed. Some minor adjustments were made and several motions were made:

Motion: Firkus/Mansavage to deny an annual donation to the Threshermen. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.

Motion: Firkus/Anderson to approve the Rosholt Sewer Commission to make 1/5 of the loan payments for the John Deere tractor in the amount of $8,700.00, since the mower is used as the sewer plant. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.

**It was suggested that when equipment is purchased in the future, that either the sewer pays a portion of the purchase OR the sewer gets charged a rental equipment fee to be paid to the Village.

Motion: Firkus/Anderson to deactivate the property sales fund and transfer the amount to the general savings account. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.

Snow Removal at Fire District:

A year ago, the snow removal item was deleted from the Fire District budget and the Towns and Village agreed to take on the responsibility of providing this service on a 3 year rotation. This year is the Village’s point in the rotation and Schuster LLC submitted a bid estimate in the amount of $2,500.00 for 15 snows plus an hourly rate for occurrences beyond 15.

Motion: Anderson/no second to reconsider Schuster LLC’s bid after we post a request for more bids. Motion failed.

Motion: Garski/Mansavage to reject the bid from Schuster LLC and post a request for bids based on bid specifications designed by the board. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.

Adjournment 9:30 p.m.:  

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