Minutes for November 28, 2016 Meeting

VILLAGE OF SCALES MOUND

Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees

Stone House

November 28, 2016

7:00 P.M.

The Regular Meeting of the President and Board of Trustees was called to order at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 28, 2016 by President Davis.  Members present were John Duerr, Ruth Foley, Ken Plath and Chris Schultz.  Board Member Carrie Stier was absent.  Also present were Steve Stadel, Village Treasurer, Margaret Townsend, Village Clerk, Ron Duerr, Blake Ellinor and Richard Bernal.

 J. Duerr moved, Plath seconded that the Minutes of the October 24, 2016 Regular Meeting be approved as read.  All voted aye,

Schultz moved, Plath seconded to accept the Treasurer’s Report as presented and to place it on file.  All voted aye. 

The November bills were reviewed.  J. Duerr moved, Schultz seconded that the November bills, with the addition of the Communications Revolving Fund bill in the amount of $46.52 be approved for payment.  On roll call vote, all voted aye.

PUBLIC HEARINGS/CORRESPONDENCE

A) Audit Presentation – O’Connor & Brooks PC – Blake Ellinor and Richard Bernal gave a brief presentation of the Audit Report for the FY ending April 30, 2016.  They reviewed their letter to Management and the letter to the Board of Trustees.  The material weaknesses pointed out were the same as noted in the prior year’s audit.  It was pointed out that the lack of a monthly budget comparison report is a “significant” deficiency in the Board’s operation.  The Auditors will work with the Treasurer to improve on the deficiencies noted.  Overall, everything looked good in accordance with the State’s modified cash basis method of accounting.

B) Ambulance Board – Ruth Foley stated the Board has taken possession of the new ambulance.  It has passed State inspection and it is up and running. 

C) S.M. Chamber – Davis reported the attendance at the annual Christmas Party was down a little due to the rainy weather.  Members of the FFA and their instructor, Lisa Oellerich, had the honor of lighting the tree this year.

D) OtherLetter From Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois – The dates for the sale of Girl Scout cookies are January 6-January 29, 2017 and the cookies will be delivered and Cookie Booth sales held between February 24th and March 19, 2017.

PUBLIC WORKS

A)  Monthly Report – Ron Duerr reported: 1) he and the Village received an award from the IL Department of Public Health for the treatment of the water system.  2) the white picket fence which borders the Village Stone House property and Country House Grocery property has deteriorated to the extent that it needs to be replaced or removed.  He has spoken about it with Pat Ohms who had no objection to removing it.  The consensus of the Board was to go ahead and remove it.

 B) Operation/Maintenance/Streets Committee Report – No Report

C) Sewer & Water Operations Committee Report – No Report

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ZONING REPORTNo Report

POLICE REPORT – No Report

 OLD BUSINESS

A) Surveillance Cameras at Park – Update – After discussion, it was agreed to put the camera project in with the Village park improvement project and to remove it as an agenda item. 

B) Board Vacancies – It was agreed to go with the decision made at the October Board Meeting to not fill the vacancy until the Consolidated Election in April, 2017.

C) Other – None

 OTHER COMMITTEE REPORTS

A) Finance1) Proposed Tax Levy Ordinance Review – The proposed Levy was reviewed.  Steve Stadel suggested that eventually the Board should find out from the County Clerk’s office when the correct time will be to increase the Levy to include the new taxes in the TIF Distr ict.  Action on the Levy was tabled to New Business on the Agenda.

B) Park & Special Projects – 1) OSLAD Grant – Any new Information from Fehr-Graham – Davis will set a meeting with Bridgette for December or January. 

C) Public Events & Safety – No Report

D) Trees & Sidewalks – Davis stated that much work has been done with tree trimming this summer and fall and it should be pretty much completed. 

E) Stone House Committee Pro Tem – Davis reported he had Attorney Terry Kurt look over the proposed Lease Agreement with WIN (Wisconsin Independent Network, LLC) and received his approval.  The Lease Agreement should be acted on at the December Regular Board Meeting.

F) Policy Committee Pro Tem – Chris Shultz held a meeting of the committee on November 17th.  Board Members received a copy of the minutes from that meeting.  They will continue to work on the clarification of the Animal Control Ordinance.

NEW BUSINESS

A) Stier Resignation as Trustee – Clerk Townsend presented a resignation letter from Carrie Stier effective October 25, 2016.  Schultz moved, J. Duerr seconded to accept the resignation.  All voted aye.

B) 2017 Post Prom Committee Donation Request – A letter was received from the Post Prom Committee.  The Prom will be held on April 22, 2017 at the Galena Territory Owner’s Club.  J. Duerr moved, Plath seconded to donate $100.00 in Mound Bucks to the Post Prom activities.  On roll call vote, all voted aye.  Treasurer Stadel will prepare the certificates.

C) Jo Daviess County Animal Control Stray Dog Contract for 2016-2017 – Davis called for a motion on the Stray Dog Contract.  He explained to the Board Members that the Village, in the past,  has not entered into the contract with the reasoning that there is a charge to a Village for each animal picked up whereas there is no charge for any picked up in the county outside of a municipality.  In addition, a Village is required to pen up the animal until the animal control person can come and get it, which could put a person in a dangerous situation.  No motion was made regarding the contract.

 D) Action on Tax Levy – J. Duerr moved, Foley seconded to pass and approve the Tax Levy Ordinance for the levy and assessment of taxes for the current fiscal year in the amount of $29,970. On roll call vote all voted aye.  The ordinance will be posted and filed with the County Clerk as required. 

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 E) Amend or Repeal Portions of Animal Control Ordinance – Attorney Terry Kurt – Attorney Kurt was unable to attend this meeting.  He will attend future Policy Committee meetings to assist in preparing revisions to the ordinance.  It was noted that the chickens involved in the dispute of the ordinance have been brought back into the Village in light of a determination made at a Hearing on this matter held earlier this month. 

F) Christmas Bonuses – Schultz moved, J. Duerr seconded to pay Scales Mound Chamber Bucks as follows:  Ron Duerr – $250.00; Margaret Townsend – $150.00; Joe Lee, Zoning Administrator – $50.00; Ruth Foley – Ambulance Board Rep. – $50.00; Darren Oberhardt – $50.00.  Plath, aye; Foley, abstain; Schultz, aye; J. Duerr, aye.  Motion carried. 

 G) Other – None

 MONTHLY REVIEWS

A) Ordinance Violations – 1) Clerk Townsend reported liens for mowing have been placed against the Aaron Frey property and the Amy Lawrence property.  2) Steve Stadel stated January is the 6 months review of the utility bills.  Davis will check with Attorney Kurt on issues discussed regarding utility service matters.  3) Discussion was also held on the situation of when a house is sold and there is an outstanding utility bill.  It is easy for this to go unnoticed as the Village has no way of knowing about the sale until after the fact and the new owner wants to get the utilities in his/her name.  Davis suggested looking into possibly making a policy regarding inspection of basements for infiltration, sump pump operation, etc. at the time of a sale and if the owner does not want to cooperate, the utilities could be shut off outside of the building until an inspection was done.

 B) Website – Nothing

C) Brainstorming – Nothing

 CLOSED SESSION – None

ADJOURNMENT

Plath moved, J. Duerr seconded that the meeting be adjourned at 8:05 p.m.  All voted aye.

 These Minutes are subject to approval at the next Regular Board Meeting.  Minutes are also available online at www.scalesmound.com

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