Roll Call: Chairman George Peterson called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.
Members Present: Mutch Owen, Don Bartz, Dan Mortensen, Arlene Paulson, Craig McEwen and Village President George Peterson.
Trustee Bill Schremp was excused. Quorum Present. Also present: Clerk/Treasurer Debbie Espeland.
The “Pledge of Allegiance” was recited.
Motion by Paulson/Owen to approve the Meeting Minutes of May 27, 2014. Questioned and carried 6:0.
Requests and Statements from the Audience:
Rex Zemke expressed his concern about the oak trees in the parks being trimmed outside of the dictated time
frame per Village Ordinance of April 1 through October 1. Oak trees are not to be disturbed during this time. If trimmed only in
the case of an emergency a tree wound dressing should be applied. By trimming these trees between April 1 and October 1 the
health of the oak tree is threatened by a disease known as “Oak Wilt”. The loss of the trees depreciates property
values and he is concerned with the potential of the disease developing and infecting the oak trees in his yard.
Senator Jerry Petrowski asked the Board if they had any questions or concerns.
The topic of an extension of Military Road to BUS HWY 51 and the controlled lighting at Military and BUS HWY 51 was addressed.
George stated that the Village needs a little more right of way for the extension to BUS HWY 51 and that the cost of the lights
for the controlled intersection was too much money. Also, the DOT requested a list of streets the Village would close in
exchange for subsidizing the project. The DOT would like the Village to close Weston Ave. but the Village is not interested in
closing that street. Therefore, the Village will continue to work with the DOT and will let Jerry know if he can be of help.
Jerry gave an update on the Transportation Fund. He said the transportation people are talking about running out of money in
September, and he is not sure what they will propose. The transportation Fund is funded with money from gas tax, etc. Since the
road miles are down and the cars are more efficient it is expected in the next ten years the fund will be down 15.3 billion
George expressed his concern that the municipalities will be required to give up the room tax dollars to the CVB. Jerry
understood his concern and said all the municipalities feel the same. He said the Bill comes up about every 2 years in different
forms but does not see it passing.
A question on the 17 year old Juvenal Bill was asked and Jerry gave a brief update.
Edward Stark gave an update on the county finance meeting. He said they are still waiting for some projections
to come through. He gave a general update on increasing costs for example employee benefits, etc. as well as the shortfalls that
the county may have in the 2015 Budget.
Also, he mentioned there has been vandalism on the park flower beds at the Gaska Park sign. Police Chief Jeremy Hunt said they
are going to be looking into it.
Todd Babl was upset with the sirens from the Biomass blaring all week-end. George said he would follow up and
Police Chief Jeremy Hunt will also check into it.
Licenses and Permits- Motion by Bartz/McEwen to grant the licenses and permits. Questioned and carried 6:0.
Ordinance Amending Section 195-2 Entitled “Prohibited Animals” and Section 195-28 Entitled “Prohibited and
Protected Animals, Fowl, Reptiles and Insects”
Section 195-2 Entitled Prohibited Animals of the General Code of Ordinances Amendment is proposed to read as follows:
No person, shall bring into, keep or maintain in the Village any bees, pigeons, wasps, hornets, poisonous snakes, horses, mules,
ponies, donkeys, cows, pigs, goats, sheep, chickens or any animal raised for fur-bearing purposes unless otherwise permitted
elsewhere in this code. The prohibitions herein do not apply where the creatures are in the care, custody or control of a
veterinarian for treatment; agriculture fairs; a display for judging purposes; an itinerant or transient carnival, circus or
other like show; dog or cat shows or trials.
Shows or projects of the 4-H Clubs or public or private educational institutions have been deleted.
Section 195-28D. Entitled Prohibited and Protected animals, fowl, reptiles and insects, Exceptions of the General Code of
Ordinances is proposed to read as follows:
D. Exceptions. The provisions of Subsection C above shall not apply where the creatures are in the care, custody or control of:
a veterinarian for treatment; agriculture fairs; a display for judging purposes; an itinerant or transient carnival, circus or
other show if: (Continued in full Ordinance Amendment)
Shows or projects of the 4 H Clubs, zoological gardens; and state licensed educational institutions have been
Motioned by McEwen/Paulson to adopt the Ordinance Amending Section 195-2 Entitled “Prohibited Animals” and
Section 195-28 Entitled “Prohibited and Protected Animals, Fowl, Reptiles and Insects”. Roll call vote: Craig McEwen
– Aye; Dan Mortensen – Aye; Arlene Paulson – Aye; Mutch Owen – Aye; Don Bartz – Aye; and Village
President George Peterson – Aye. Aye: 6, Ney: 0. Motion carried by unanimous vote.
Police Report – Police Chief Jeremy Hunt gave an update on the activities of the Police Department.
- A Police Report that generated case reports for the Month of May, 2014 was submitted.
- Jeremy introduced the Departments new Police Officer Cory Yolitz.
- Jeremy stated the Department was involved with an internship with Mitch Borneman, which consisted of 40 hours. The internship
went well and he felt it was a good opportunity for both the department and Mitch.
- Officer Jeffery Zwicky was provided with a thank you note from State Representative Mandy Wright in support of the DARE
- There have been problems with vandalism in the Parks, the department is looking into it and will be using portable cameras.
Payment of the Vouchers – Motioned by McEwen/Mortensen to approve payment of the vouchers. Questioned and carried
Administrator of Public Works Report: None
Committee Reports -
- Trustee Craig McEwen gave an update on the Pool. He said D.C.E. Junior High hosted a private party at the pool. There were 640
kids @ 2.00 each and $300.00 was spent at the concession stand.
He said Fire Chief Marc Hill gave training on first aid and CPR to 17 lifeguards and concession stand personnel and Lori Kleist
is in the process of developing policies for the Pool.
- Trustee Dan Mortensen reminded the Board the Village is going to be doing an interview with Standards and Poor’s on
Wednesday June 11, 2014 for the bond sale.
President’s Report: Village President George Peterson gave an update on his activities, meetings and Village
Old Business/New Business: None
Adjourn : Motion by McEwen/Owen to adjourn. Questioned and carried 6:0. The meeting adjourned at 8:00PM.
The entire proceedings are on audio file in the Clerk’s Office.