Minutes October 2018


Village of Rosholt Minutes

Regular Board Meeting

Monday October 08, 2018

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, Craig Anderson, and Mike Garski

Also Present: Norma Anderson, Phyllis Landowski, Dean Butts, Ron Pliska and Rich Kruzicki


  1. The Street Light Pole at the corner of State Street and Highway 66 has been down for almost a year and the residents would like it replaced. The Village has the pole, but was unable to find someone to install it. Maintenance was directed to contact Alliant Energy to install the pole.
  2. An idea was presented to offer the option of memory tree planting at the pond site. The board authorized resident Norma Anderson to facilitate the project communications.
  3. Request for the Village Board to meet for a group picture at the renovated pond site.
  4. Folks have expressed their disappointment with the aesthetics of the pond renovation site regarding the remaining condition of the road as well as the road patches. This will be addressed with Musson Bros. at the closing meeting.

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

 **During the minutes approval process, the guidelines for appointing a replacement contractor once an original contract is void, was discussed.  At the last meeting Norcon was authorized to perform repairs on Union Bridge, since then, the Village received a routine inspection report from the County Highway Dept. with some recommendations. Kurszewski authorized the go ahead with the repairs without sharing the recommendations to the board.


Library Lease Agreement: The proposed amendment drafted by Portage County Corporate Council was rejected by the Village Board at their last regular meeting. The library director and corporate council then advised the Village to draft a proposal. This proposal listing the entire premises for use as a library was reviewed by the board.

Motion: Anderson/Kurszewski to make the following changes to the draft of the Library intergovernmental agreement and then submit it to the Portage County Library Director and Corporate Council for their approval and acceptance of the document: 

  1. Item 1: To include the word entire premises.
  2. Item 3 (e): To strike The Village and change to The Library Board
  3. Item 3 (g): To change the responsible replacement costs to 50% and 50%.
  4. Item 3 (i): To strike the word routine maintenance.
  5. Item 10 (b): To strike the words act of God and replace with natural disaster.
  6. Item 10 (d): To include the words no less than one million.
  7. Item 13: To add the clause unless the violation is a direct result of a change or alteration made by the Library Board.


Storm Sewer on West Grand: The storm sewer pipe at the end of the Village on W. Grand Avenue (Highway 66) has a lot of sand accumulating in the center man holes and it is being suggested that the Village have them vacuumed annually.

Motion: Firkus/Anderson to get 3 price quotes for annual vacuuming, including one from Gresham Municipality. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.

 Reconsider Special Meeting Pay:  

Motion: Anderson/Mansavage to rescind the motion to conduct the special meeting on September, 19th, without pay. There were items added to the agenda and it ended up being an hour and a half, therefore, board should be paid. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.

 Amend Traffic Ordinance: To consider no parking on First Street and a request for a dead end sign to prevent folks from turning around in the resident driveway at the end of South Main Street. A letter from the Post Office was also submitted regarding parking on Village Streets.

Motion: Firkus/Mansavage to amend the traffic ordinance to state there will be no parking on any village street, year round, from the hours of 2:30 a.m.-5:00 a.m. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.

Motion: Firkus/Mansavage to approve installation of a “dead-end, no turn around” sign on South Main Street. Anderson did not vote, all others in favor, motion carried.

 Process abandoned vehicles: It was noted that the Village is inconsistent with enforcing the process for unlicensed vehicles, so since others are violating, we should either process all or none.

Unlicensened vehicles and abandoned vehicles are two separate items, processed two different ways.  The ordinance was reviewed and the board suggested a more clearly stated procedure by considering a future ordinance amendment; but for now;

Motion: Firkus/Anderson to notify the Sheriff’s Department of an abandoned vehicle parked on the Village property located behind the branch library. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.

Approve Operator’s (Bartender) licenses:

Motion: Firkus/Mansavage to approve Operator’s (Bartender) licenses to the following applicants: Vincent Kosobucki, Hailee Stroik and Kelly Carpenter (the Store #79 agent change). Roll call vote: all in favor, none opposed, motion carried.

Fire District Budget:

Motion: Anderson/Garski to approve the Fire District Budget in the amount of  $116,792.08 with the Village of Rosholt portion as $8,365.82. Mansavage and Firkus abstained, all others in favor, none opposed, motion carried.

 First Responder Budget:

Motion: Firkus/Anderson to approve the First Responder budget in the amount of $24,900.00 with the Village of Rosholt portion as $6,011.98. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.

 Establish Equipment User Fees for use at the Sewer:

Since the Village owns the equipment that is also used for sewer purposes, the sewer should pay the village for that use. The board would like to establish a user fee for that purpose.

Motion: Firkus/ to establish equipment user fees for all equipment used for the purpose of sewer maintenance and operation. All fees for this purpose will be placed in the Village equipment replacement fund beginning 2019.

 All Inland Marine: $40.00 flat rate per hour (dump truck, backhoe, tanker truck, sweeper)

Lawn Mower $30.00 flat rate per hour (since the sewer owns 1/5 of this piece of equipment.)

Boat: Since the boat is owned by the Sewer, if it is used at the Village, the Village fee will be a flat rate of $30.00 per hour.


Notice of meetings and educational opportunities:  A zoning workshop was mentioned.

 Payment of Bills:

Motion: Garski/Anderson to approve the payment of bills as read, but to pay Musson only after receiving an affirmation email from AECOM. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.

**Removal of Sidewalks on Randolph Street was mentioned. Some of the trustees are now expressing their opposition to this, but previous Village action remains enforce.

 Adjournment at 9:15 p.m.

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

POSTED TO WEBSITE: November 9, 2018