Ashkum Village Hall
109 E. Lake St.
Meeting Times: First Monday and Third Tuesday @ 7:00 pm
VILLAGE OF ASHKUM
JANUARY 22, 2019
The Ashkum Village Board met Tuesday, January 22, 2019 @ the village hall. Present were Paul Heideman, Donna Schmitz, Ed Tholen, Shannon Meier, Angie Gray, and Russ Hull. Trustees Jeremy Beherns and April Lyons were not in attendance. Maintenance Supervisor Jeff Hanson and Treasurer Krystal Alberts were also present.
President Heideman called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
Clerk Donna Schmitz read the minutes of the minutes of the January 7, 2019 meeting. Angie Gray moved to approve the minutes as read, seconded by Shannon Meier and the motion passed.
President Heideman recognized Maintenance Supervisor Jeff Hanson who reported on the following:
The spring water conference will be March 18th – 21st and asked permission to attend. Russ Hull moved to grant Jeff’s request and to pay the normal expenses, seconded by Shannon Meier and the motion passed.
There are less than fifty meters left to be replaced. Most are because the homeowners don’t want Jeff in the house to make the switch. During the discussion that followed it was a consensus of the board to advise the people if Jeff isn’t allowed to change them by the end of April, their water service would be terminated. Jeff indicated he is going to write a letter and deliver it to each of the residents.
Treasurer Krystal Alberts inquired if Jeff had a suggestion how his insurance premium should be paid. When our auditor performed the audit, he stated the way we’re paying Jeff for the insurance is not allowed. He advised the board we need to either reimburse the employee (Jeff) for the actual amount or pay the bill directly. Lisa is the one who handles the insurance for the family and Jeff reported he would ask her if she could get an invoice from the carrier. Krystal will talk to Lisa and review the auditor’s suggestions with her.
President Heideman brought the following before the board for discussion and/or action:
Dave Tyson advised him there is grant money available and President Heideman asked if any fire hydrants need replacing or any projects where grant money could be used. Jeff reported there are several hydrants that were installed in 1954. Ed Tholen remarked if we need something, we should proceed with the application, but it there is no need, we shouldn’t apply just because money is available. President Heideman reported Dave Tyson could write a grant based on what he and Jeff come up with and, if the board decides not to proceed, we aren’t out anything except Dave Tyson’s time. After a short discussion, President Heideman reported he’ll advise Dave to proceed with the grant application.
The audit has been prepared and asked if the board was ready to take action on it. Ed Tholen moved to approve the audit, seconded by Angie Gray and the motion passed.
The Awards Banquet is usually in February and asked members for suggestions of where to go and a date that would be convenient for everyone. The first date most people could attend was March 2nd and they thought we should try Shagbark Golf Club again. Clerk Schmitz will make the necessary arrangements.
Show Bus sent a letter requesting funding but no action was taken at this time.
President Heideman recognized Treasurer Krystal Alberts who gave the treasurer’s report for December 2018. Ed Tholen moved to approve the report as read, seconded by Russ Hull and the motion passed. A CD in the Sewage Fund is due to mature in February and Krystal was advised to let it “roll over”. Russ Hull moved to present the bills to the Finance Committee, seconded by Angie Gray and the motion passed. Finance Chairman Ed Tholen reported expenditures of $10,440.92 in the General Fund and expenditures of $12,509.72 in the Water Works Fund. Total expenditures in both funds were $22,950.64. Ed Tholen moved to pay all December bills in the usual manner, seconded by Angie Gray and the motion passed.
Trustee Russ Hull had no report.
Trustee Angie Gray had no report.
Trustee Shannon Meier had no report.
Trustee Ed Tholen had no report.
Clerk Donna Schmitz reported due to personal business she may not be able to be at the February 19th meeting but would have all the information ready for the board.
Treasurer Krystal Alberts had no report.
President Heideman reported the squad car has to be taken to Garry Lanoue due to clicking problems under the hood.
As there was no further business to come before the board, Russ Hull moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:12 p.m., seconded by Ed Tholen and the motion passed.
ASHKUM VILLAGE CLERK