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May 8, 2017 Village Board Minutes
MINUTES OF THE ALBANY VILLAGE BOARD
May 8, 2017
The regular meeting of the Albany Village Board was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by President Kim Blumer in the Albany Village Hall. Members present were: Blumer, Terry Gould, Eileen Althaus, Michelle Monson, Tonya Stephan, and Nathan Ramsay. Absent: Stephen Hubert. Also present were: Bob Ritter, Lonnie Gill, Chris Lange, Deanna Hubert, Jim Graves, Colleen Brewer, Mark Berlinski, Theresa Bernstein, and Shannon Sheffield.
The Pledge of Allegiance was shared.
Proof of posting was verified.
AGENDA: Motion by Stephan, seconded by Ramsay to approve the agenda as posted. Carried.
MINUTES: Motion by Ramsay, seconded by Althaus to approve the minutes of the 4.10.17 meeting as printed. Carried.
PRESIDENT’S MOMENT: Nothing at this time.
PUBLIC APPEARANCES: There were none.
REQUEST TO BE HEARD: No one was there.
REQUEST TO BE HEARD: Theresa Bernstein was present to discuss the Broad Band Expansion project that Green County is looking in to doing. They are contacting each municipality except Monroe and New Glarus. They are asking that each municipality write a letter of support and donate $700. As of now, 13 communities have committed and only 2 have declined. After more discussion, a motion was made by Blumer and seconded by Ramsay to sign on to the program at a cost of $700 plus a letter of support. Carried.
REQUEST TO BE HEARD: Jim Graves was present to ask for the board’s consideration of lowering the cost of the yellow garbage bags that the Albany Thrift Store uses for items that are left at the store and are unusable. Currently, the charge for buying a full case of large sized yellow bags is $300. Graves explained the MANY charitable organizations that receive generous donations from the Thrift Store each year. The Thrift Store is looking for ways to save money so that they can continue with the donations. After much discussion, a motion was made by Blumer and seconded by Stephan to charge the Albany Thrift Store $150/box for large yellow garbage bags. Carried.
CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT FOR 114 NORTH WATER STREET: At the previous meeting, a vote was taken on this to conditional use permit to allow overnight staying on the ground floor located at 114 North Water Street. This vote ended in a tie. Stephan stated that she wanted this to come back to the board as she had found more information on it after the original vote. After more discussion, a motion was made by Blumer and seconded by Stephan to approve the Conditional Use Permit to Mark Berlinski for his property located at 114 North Water Street to allow him to rent the ground floor as an overnight stay facility contingent on his finalizing the changes required by the village’s building inspector. Gould – no; Ramsay – abstain; Blumer, Althaus, Stephan, Monson – yes. Motion carried 4-1-1. Carried.
FENCE PLANS: Two fence plans have been submitted. First is a plan from Clayten Sampson for his property located at 102 North East Street. After review, a motion was made by Stephan, seconded by Gould to approve the fence plan for Clayten Sampson for his property at 102 North East Street. Carried.
The second plan was for Seth Pratt for his property located at 206 West State Street. After review, motion by Ramsay, seconded by Monson to approve the fence plan for Seth Pratt for his property at 206 West State Street. Carried.
BUDGET AMENDMENT: Keepers explained that while she was filling out the application for the Expenditure Restraint Program, we were going to miss being able to receive the payment by .2%. After reviewing this with the auditor, it was suggested to adjust the 2017 budget by taking off $500 in the account 110-00-41120 and taking off $500 in the account 11-00-53320-822 to meet the requirements. Motion by Althaus, seconded by Gould to amend the 2017 budget as stated here. Carried.
VILLAGE GARAGE SALES: Keepers explained that many calls are received at the village hall regarding the dates for the annual garage sales. There is not anyone organizing it this year, but we figured that we should set a date so that when people ask, they can all be held on the same date. Keepers is suggesting June 17th. Monson stated that she would be willing to gather the information of the people interested in having a sale and type them up so that they can be posted and/or handed out. Keepers also suggested that we find a date for every year to hold the sales that would stay consistent so when the calls come in we can tell them the correct date. It was suggested to think about possibly the second Saturday in May each year, but this does not need to be set yet. Motion by Monson, seconded by Blumer to set the date for the 2017 Garage Sales for June 17th. Carried.
COMMITTEE AND COMMISSION REPORTS: The following committees and commissions were reported on:
Park Commission 4-17-17 Plans Commission 4-20-17 Street/Utility 5-01-17
MEMORIAL DAY TOURNAMENT: Motion by Althaus, seconded by Ramsay to pay $500 toward the Memorial Day ball tournament to assist with costs and payouts. Carried.
BACK ALLEY SURVEY: Motion by Ramsay, seconded by Monson to hire a local surveyor to determine the properties in the ‘back alley’ so that the properties that we are looking to swap for the emergency lane north to south between East Main Street and Oak Street. Carried.
2017 STREET / PARKING LOT WORK: Separate bids were received for the following projects from Green County Highway Department: Blacktopping parks and cemetery - $17,755.00; Seal streets - $16,725.00; Chip Seal - $11,937; Crack Fill - $6,083.00. Motion by Ramsay, seconded by Blumer to approve these bids. Carried.
FORKLIFT/SKID LOADER PURCHASE: Motion by Ramsay, seconded by Gould to purchase a Skid Steer instead of another forklift at a cost to the village of $1,427.97 plus this contract would include a new machine each year. Carried.
NORTH WATER STREET CHANGED TO ONE WAY: Motion by Ramsay, seconded by Althaus that North Water Street from Milwaukee Street to Madison Street be changed to a one way street traveling north effective on the day of the completion of the street work to widen and install parking spaces. Carried.
TRAINING: Motion by Ramsay, seconded by Gould to attend training in Watertown at a cost of $40. Carried.
BILLS: Motion by Blumer, seconded by Althaus to approve the bills as presented. Carried.
OTHER ITEMS: Motion by Blumer, seconded by Monson to approve the recommended committee and commission members for 2017-2018 as presented. Carried.
Keepers noted that a letter has been received from Father Moon regarding the prairie grass area on the St. Patrick’s cemetery. The approval to allow this expires 7-1-17 and they are not requesting a renewal.
CLOSED SESSION: Motion by Monson, seconded by Ramsay to adjourn to Closed Session under WI Statute 19.85(1)(g) to confer with legal counsel for the governmental body who is rendering oral or written advice concerning strategy to be adopted by the body with respect to litigation in which it is or is likely to become involved. Roll call vote: Stephan – yes, Monson – yes, Althaus – yes, Gould – yes, Blumer – yes, Ramsay – yes. Carried. Meeting adjourned to closed session at 7:35 p.m.
Motion by Stephan, seconded by Ramsay to reconvene to open session. Roll call – Stephan – yes, Monson – yes, Althaus – yes, Gould – yes, Blumer – yes, Ramsay – yes. Meeting reconvened to open session.
RECOMMENDATION FROM CLOSED SESSION: Motion by Ramsay, seconded by Monson to approve Blumer to sign an agreement agreed upon by Blumer, Attorney Schluesche, and Attorney Waskowski for the settlement for the village. Carried.
Waskowski complimented attorney Schluesche and the work that he has done on this case. Schluesche thanked Waskowski and thanked him for being so helpful and easy to work with.
ADJOURN: Motion by Althaus, seconded by Ramsay to adjourn. Motion carried.
LAURIE K. KEEPERS, Clerk
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