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Village of Almond

PO Box 125

Almond, WI 54909


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Village Board Meeting Minutes – 9/14/2020

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

Visitors:  David Schauer,

Pledge of Allegiance was said

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

B. Roehrborn made a motion, seconded by J. Riggenbach to accept the August minutes.  Motion approved 6-0.

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 6-0. 

Public Input – None

 J. Riggenbach updated us on the grass ordinance and his sending out the notices for violation and where we are at with it.  If not cut within five days, being September 20, 2020, the village will cut it and charge the resident at a cost of $100.00 per hr.  This has to be declared a violation of our grass length ordinance by the board. The grass is at 36 inches.  The grass cannot be more than 8 inches.  B. Roehrborn made a motion, seconded by K. Olsen to declare this violation of ordinance #3-4-6, Regulation of Length of Lawn.  Motion approved 6-0

Finance -S. Bunders gave the finance report.  K. Olsen made a motion, seconded by J. Riggenbach to pay the bills.  Motion approved 6-0. 

Fire and EMS – R. Burns gave a report on the Joint Fire Committee recommendations.  They recommended the clothing allowance be raised for the members from $8.00 per hr. to $10.00 per hr.  Research is being done to charge people for $500.00 for their fires.  This is paid by their insurance companies.  The department is going with a 3000-gal water, Tandem axels vehicle.  Bids are due in the Clerk’s office on September 28, 2020 by 3:00pm.  The Fire Dept Truck Committee will open the bids that evening.  They will in turn present their recommendation to the Town and Village Boards at their regular meeting in October.

 They will use some of the 2% monies to purchase some of the equipment that goes on the truck to help keep the cost down.  It was requested to get permission to have the 2% monies put in its own Money Market account to provide for better accounting of this money.  B. Roehrborn made a motion, seconded by C. Schmidt to allow the Village to establish a 2% Money Market account at the bank with the same procedures as the other Money Market Accounts with the Village. Motion approved 6-0.   R. Burns presented the Fire Department Budget.  Same as last year.  B. Roehrborn made a motion, seconded by C. Schmidt to accept the proposed budget.  Motion approved 6-0.

Public Works –.  C. Schmidt brought up about selling our old plow truck as we have the newer one purchased.  Discussion was held on how and how much to sell it for.  B. Roehrborn made a motion, seconded by K. Olsen to put it on market place for $5,000.00 to begin with and see what happens.  Then we will go to other sites to try to sell it.  Motion approve 6-0

Road work to begin within the next two weeks on Church Street

Electronics collection will begin this Saturday 9/19/2020 at the collection site.

Zblewski Bros has the brush ground up at the dump site.

Property – B. Roehrborn made a motion, seconded by J. Riggenbach to approve Resolution 9-14-20 Authorizing the Village of Almond to obtain a cost-share grant from the DNR for the purpose of funding urban and community forestry projects.  Motion approved 6-0

Ordinance/Personnel – J. Riggenbach researched grass ordinances from other municipalities.  He gave a report on what their requirements are and how to streamline our ordinance to be for efficient.

Discussion was held on increased the wages of the hourly employees.  Went through each job and determined what the increases should be per job.  B. Roehrborn made a motion, seconded by S. Bunders to make the increases as suggested effective January 1, 2021.  Motion approved 6-0.

Compliance Maintenance Resolution #115.  This is an annual report.  For the DNR.  B. Roehrborn made a motion, seconded by S. Bunder to approve the MCR Resolution.  Motion approved 6-0.  Dave is to forward this report to all the board members tomorrow.

Discussion was held on signing the Agreement as To Delinquent Special Assessments and Charges with the County.  S. Bunders made a motion, seconded by K. Olsen to sign this agreement.  Motion approved 6-0.

Equipment – We have our new plow truck.  B. Roehrborn gave a report on the update for a generator for the lift station.  Our street sweeper needs a new motor.  The board decided to wait till Spring to purchase one.

Zoning – Four remodeling projects taking place. One building permit in place

Cemetery – one plot sold, Need to get walls fixed.

Beautification – None

Media/Sewer Clerk –Facebook and Web site are up dated.

Board of review will be held on September 16, 2020, 6 – 8pm at the municipal center.

Discussion held on repainting the Village hall.  K. Olsen made a motion, seconded by S. Bunders to paint the interior of the village hall.  Motion approved 6-0.

Board was advised the copy machine in the office is on its last leg and needs to be replaced.

Discussion if there should be Trick or Treat?  It will be held on October 31st, with folks going to the homes with their lights on only.  This will be held between the hours of 3-5pm.

A budget workshop will be held on October 15, 2020 at 6:00 pm to go over budget items.

Next meeting will be on October 12,2020 at 7:00PM.

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

Adjourned at 9:35 pm


Carol Smith, Clerk