March 20th, 2017

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OFFICIAL MINUTES – MEETING OF MARCH 20, 2017

Village of North Fond du Lac – BOARD OF TRUSTEES

 

Board Present                                                     Staff Present

Jim Moore – President                                             Chuck Hornung – Administrator

John Duffy – Trustee                                                              Jake Flaherty – Fire Chief

Keith King - Trustee                                                                Darrin Pautsch – Police Chief

Mike Streetar – Trustee                                                            Nick Leonard – Dir. Planning & Engineering

Mike Will – Trustee                                                                  Randy Stutz – Director EMS

                                                                                          Conni Killian-Ritchie – Court Administrator

Others: Kaci Norton

            Maegan Bauler

            Laurie Davis

            Jerry Scudella

Aaron Sadoff

Adam Moriarity

Jeremy Groeschl

Cassie Groeschl                                                                                                                                               

A.        ROLL CALL OF OFFICERS:

      Moore called the meeting to order at 6:00 PM. Moore, Duffy, Streetar, King and Will present.

B.        PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:

C.        CITIZENS PARTICIPATION: (None)

D.        ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1.      President Moore read a proclamation proclaiming the month of April 2017 as “Alcohol Awareness Month”. Two representatives from the DHC were in attendance to accept the proclamation document.

2.      President Moore read a proclamation recognizing the NFDLHigh School band for their participation in several events and parade at Walt Disney World in Florida. Band teacher Jerry Scudella gave a quick recap of the events while in Florida.

3.      SuperintendentAaron Sadoff gave a slide show presentation on information relating to the two referendum questions that will be on the April 4th election ballot. Mike Streetar, a current school board member and John Duffy, a past school board member, also spoke about the process of what the referendum question asked and how a survey sent to residents impacted the scope of the proposed borrow and renovations.

4.      Mike Will also reminded the audience that this Saturday, March 25th, a brat fry will be held at PDQ for more pool upgrades.

E.        PRESIDENTS BUSINESS and Staff Reports:

1.      Library - Heather Wegner – Chuck reported for Heather stating that staff has started preparing for the annual book sale which will be held during National Library Week, starting April 10th. Staff also is continuing to prepare for the summer reading program. All tax forms are in and will be available until the tax deadline.

2.      Municipal Courts – Conni Killian-Ritchie – Conni noted she was out on vacation and while out, Brooke did a wonderful job keeping everything going. A couple of new programs are being implemented to improve collections and to make it easier to pay citations. A new staff member is expected to start next Monday, March 27th.

3.      Administrator – Chuck Hornung – Chuck announced that the Village was recognized for two areas. Of the top 50 safest cities in Wisconsin, North Fond du Lac was rated number 29. Chief Pautsch gave credit to his officers and the Community as a whole. He feels there is a great working relationship between the Department, community, churches, schools, and service clubs. The other area that the Village was recognized for was a report indicating that North Fond du Lac ranked number one among the most affordable places to live in Wisconsin.

4.      Darren Pautsch – Police Department – Chief Pautsch reported he and Officer Eagan attended a vigil ceremony at Hamilton Park recognizing the sixth anniversary of the shooting death of Officer Burkholtz. 

5.      Jake Flaherty – Fire Chief – Jake reported that the Fire / EMS brat fry raised about $1,200. Jake is starting an incentive program in the Fire Department where if a firefighter responds to more than 50% of fire calls and 85% of the training sessions in a quarter, they will receive a $100 reward. Tyler Babler has been working with local businesses to create preplanning designs of their buildings to have available in case of a fire. The designs will be digitally stored on the fire truck MDC’s.

6.      Randy Stutz – EMS Director – Randy informed the group that Laurie King attended an active shooter seminar recently held at the Holiday Inn. She learned that teachers could be trained and equipped with a mini trauma kit to treat students if they would be involved in an active shooter event. Dan Voltner and Tyler Babler will be in charge of EMS week which is set for the third week in May. Version 8 of the Village protocols has been sent to the state for approval. Mount Calvary EMS will be visiting NFDL to look at our new ambulance. Jake Flaherty is looking into the cost of mini trauma kits that would be located in all the classrooms for a potential active shooter event. There are 90 classrooms. The cost to supply the kits range from $5,600 to $9,400 depending on what items are included in the kits.

7.      Nick Leonard – Director Planning & Engineering – Nick has been busy answering questions with several inquiries about the VillageBusinessPark. He and Mitch are continuing to finalize the details of the Minnesota and Indiana reconstruction projects. With the warmer spring weather and wet conditions, Nick is receiving inquiries about property maintenance and drainage issues.

F.         CONSENT AGENDA:

1.      Approve the minutes of the following Village Board Meeting: March 6th, 2017.

2.      Approve invoices and authorize checks to be drawn on the respective funds in the amounts indicated:

 

General Fund:                           $33,172.83

Outdoor Rec.                           $.00

Library Fund                            $420.96

EMS Fund                               $3,970.64

Capital Projects                        $31,295.05

Water Department                    $24,800.43

Wastewater Department           $6,342.14

Community Dev. Authority        $16.98

Storm Water Fund                    $2,613.67

                                                $102,632.70

3.      Approve or deny operator’s licenses for:

Stacie Fay Billings

A motion was made by Mike Will with a second by Mike Streetar to approve the consent agenda. All ayes.

G.       ADMINISTRATION:

1.      Discussion and possible action on approving the dismissal of the delinquent personal property taxes for the businesses no longer in business. Will asked if they would only be approving the businesses that are highlighted. Hornung said yes. Will felt that one that is highlighted, Fondy Heating, is still in business but not in NFDL and should not be dismissed. King was disappointed that certain thriving businesses do not pay the personal property tax. Hornung said that he is still investigating possible ways to force payment. Currently he is not aware of any. Duffy felt we should wait and not dismiss any until we can’t find any way to force payment. A motion was made by Will with a second by King to only dismiss the businesses that are out of business. All ayes.

2.      Discussion and possible action on approving the changes in language for Policy 32.01 Hiring Prohibitions. Hornung asked that this agenda item discussion be postponed until he is able to clear up some questions on the topic.

3.      Discussion on an initiative to start up an EMS transport service. Adam Moriarity and Jake Flaherty presented a proposal for a new NFDL transport service. Adam gave the board a handout showing the benefits, expenses, and possible revenue for a five day 12 hour day service. Several questions were asked about operations, staffing, and response scenarios. A trial period of six months to a year was suggested to evaluate if the service was successful. King complimented Adam and Jake on the presentation and felt it was worth a try. Streetar also supported a six month trial. Duffy also supported the trial and felt the potential was there. He felt marketing the service was key. Cassie Groeschl commented that in a prior job, she helped with transports and found them to be profitable. If a service can gain trust and a quick response, the business will grow. Streetar asked for a timeline. Adam said that they are working towards a 7/1/2017 startup. Operation plans need to be submitted to the state and take 8 to 12 weeks for approval.

H.         RESOLUTIONS:

1.      Resolution R-01-2017 – A Resolution Appropriating the Necessary Funds for the Operation of the Water Utility of the Village of the North Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, for the year 2017. Nick indicated there were no changes made to the budget presented to the Board at the previous board meeting. A motion was made by Duffy with a second by King to approve the 2017 Water Utility budget. All ayes.

2.      Resolution R-02-2017 – A Resolution Appropriating the Necessary Funds for the Operation of the Wastewater Utility of the Village of the North Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, for the year 2017. Nick indicated the only change that was presented at the last board meeting was that he added $10,000 to the budget for the purchase of a new sewer main camera system he announced at the last board meeting. Mike Will asked if there would be any increases in the utility rates for 2017. Nick said there would not be any increases for 2017. A motion was made by Will with a second by Streetar to approve the 2017 Wastewater Utility budget. All ayes.

3.      Resolution R-03-2017 – A Resolution Appropriating the Necessary Funds for the Operation of the Storm Water Utility of the Village of the North Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, for the year 2017. Nick indicated there were no changes made to the budget presented to the Board at the previous board meeting. A motion was made by Streetar with a second by Duffy to approve the 2017 Storm Water Utility budget. All ayes.

4.      Resolution R-04-2017 – A Resolution Proclaiming Arbor Day in the Village of North Fond du Lac. The date set for Arbor Day is April 28th. A motion was made by King with a second by Streetar to approve resolution R-04-2017. All ayes.

I.           COMMUNICATIONS: (NONE)

J.          UNFINISHED BUSINESS: (None)

K.         NEW BUSINESS: (None)   

L.         ADJORNMENT:

A motion was made by Mike Streetar with a second by Mike Will to adjourn at 7:40 PM. All ayes.

 

Respectfully submitted,

      ______________________________             __________________________________

 

            James Moore, Village President                                     Chuck Hornung, Village Administrator