Almond Village

 Board Regular Meeting

                                                                   July 13, 2020

Present: K. Trzebiatowski, R. Burns, B. Roehrborn, H. Burns, C. Smith, K. Olsen, S. Bunders

Visitors:  David Schauer, Cliff Williams, Kayla Filen, Angel Friday, Ted Conley, John Sheffy

Pledge allegiance was said

Meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by President K. Trzebiatowski

B. Roehrborn made a motion, seconded by K. Olsen to accept the June minutes.  Motion approved 4-0.

Treasurer’s Report:  H. Burns gave the treasurer’s report.   K. Olsen made a motion, seconded by S. Bunders to accept the Treasurer’s report.  Motion approved 4-0. 

Kayla Filen appeared before the board to introduce herself and tell us something about herself, as she is the new Portage County Clerk.  She is up for election in August.

Cliff Williams from Dee’s Bar and Grill approached the board about closing Division St from CTY A to 2nd St. on July 25th from 10am til 2pm for a car show.  Cars would be 1970 or older.  Cliff would take care of the barricades, having mask and sanitizers available for the event.  B. Roehrborn made a motion, seconded by S. Bunders to allow Dee’s Bar and Grill to close the street from Cty A to 2nd St on July 25, 2020.  Motion approved 4-0

Discussion/Action on Beer/Wine license application. Discussion was held on what to charge for a Class C Wine license as the board has not issued a Class C Wine license before.   B. Roehrborn made a motion, seconded by S. Bunders to have the Class C Wine license at $50.00.  Motion approved 4-0.

John from Liberation Farmers LLC presented his application to the board to ask for approval of a Class C Wine license in place of the liquor license.  He would then turn back in the liquor license but keep the Class B Beer license.   K. Olsen made a motion, seconded by S. Bunders to approve the Class C Wine license for Liberation Farmers LLC.  Motion approved 4-0.

Angel Friday appeared before the board to introduce herself and her dad.  They are interested in purchasing the Fuel Stop.  They told us their plans for it and wanted to let us know they were interested in the liquor license to go with it.

Finance -S. Bunders gave the finance report.  K. Olsen made a motion, seconded by B. Roehrborn to pay the bills.  Motion approved 4-0. 

Fire and EMS – None

Properties – Fay property will be under control by Portage County after July 20, 2020 if taxes are not paid.  The board suggested we check into putting a special assessment on the Fay property on Main St if possible.  K. Trzebiatowski will check into this.

Public Works – Work on Church street is scheduled to begin the first week in August.  Hudziak will come this week to dig out and reshape the drainage ditch by the Newby waterway.  Working on finding someone to chip the brush pile at the dump.  Dave told about the trapping of eight turtles at the lagoon.  He needs more fish bait for his trap.

Bud Leary said he would be replacing his sidewalk from his house to the sidewalk and also would like to replace the sidewalk in front of his home.  He wanted permission to do this and at no cost to the village.  K. Olsen made a motion, seconded by s. Bunders to allow Bud to makes this replacement at no cost to the Village.

Ordinance/Personnel – Dave asked if he could be reimbursed for his high visible t-shirts he wears, in place of the village purchasing vests for him.  These shirts are $4.57 each for 13, for a total of $59.41.  R. Burns made a motion, seconded by S. Bunders to reimburse Dave for these shirts.  Motion passed 4-0.

K. Olsen made a motion, seconded by B. Roehrborn to change the employee handbook to show that the village will buy High Visibility T-Shirts or Vest for its employees.  Motion passed 4-0.

The board needs to consider to increase the wages of the dump workers.  It will be brought up during the budget process.  Mean while the board will review the wage scale.

Equipment – John Deere tractor trade out went well.  Still looking for a snow plow truck.

The board went over an ATC grant information.  This is a grant to help restore our tree/vegetation that make communities special places for residents and visitors.   K. Olsen made a motion, seconded by B. Roehrborn to apply for this grant.  Motion passed 4-0.  K. Olsen will fill out this grant and also one from the DNR for tree purchase.

K. Trzebiatowski informed the board that one of the computers in the office needs to be updated and running very slow.  He got quotes from Kurt at Computer Magic on replacing it.  We would replace the present computer with a laptop.  We can use it for several different needs.  R. Burns made a motion, seconded by S. Bunders to purchase a laptop for one position, with a battery back up and a TV monitor.  Motion passed 4-0.

Discussion was held on having an electronic pick-up at the dump for the Town & Village of Almond.  We would hold it at least once a year or every other year.  B. Roehrborn made a motion, seconded by K. Olsen to hold an electronic pick-up this year.  Motion carried 4-0.

Zoning – There are a few remodeling projects taking place.

Beautification – None

Media/Sewer Clerk – Newsletter is out, web-site and face book pages are updated.  Heather asked if the board wanted her to continue her being a notary commission.  As it is up for renewal.  She has not used it since 2017.  K. Olsen made a motion, seconded by S. Bunders to let her notary commission expire.  Motion passed 4-0.

K. Olsen made a motion, seconded by S. Bunders to adjourn.  Motion passed.

Adjourned at 9:45

Respectfully

Carol Smith, Clerk