Ashkum Village Hall
109 E. Lake St.
Meeting Times: First Monday and Third Tuesday @ 7:00 pm
VILLAGE OF ASHKUM
AUGUST 22, 2017
The Ashkum Village Board met Tuesday, August 22, 2017 @ the village hall. Present were Paul Heideman, Donna Schmitz, Ed Tholen, Jeff Hanson, Jeremy Beherns, Russ Hull, and April Lyons. Maintenance Supervisor Russ Schoon and Ryan Meister, a member of the planning commission were also in attendance. Trustee Shannon Meier was not present.
President Heideman called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
Clerk Donna Schmitz read the minutes of the August 7, 2017 meeting. Ed Tholen moved to approve the minutes as read, seconded by Jeff Hanson and the motion passed.
President Heideman recognized Maintenance Supervisor Russ Schoon who reported on the following:
He’s received a lot of compliments on the work done on the tile project going from Fifth and Main Streets to Charles Street. The board agreed and said the workers did a great job cleaning up after digging and replacing the tile. President Heideman reported he is cooking dinner for the workers tomorrow to show appreciation of a job well done.
The concrete around the veteran’s memorial is completed and everyone is very satisfied with the work. We received the bill from Meister Wood & Finish which totaled $6,311.63. $350 was for a concrete pad on Main Street. During the discussion that followed, Ed Tholen and Russ Hull reported additional expense was incurred by the Meisters which should have been at the cost of the vendor. Ed Tholen moved to change the invoice total to read $7,000, seconded by Russ Hull and the motion passed. Russ Hull and Ed Tholen will be meeting with Russ Schoon tomorrow to discuss placement of the benches.
The spring on the elephant toy in the park broke and a new one has to be ordered.
Russ asked if the board had given any thought about replacing the signs at the entrances to the village. Nothing will be done this year, and board members were encouraged to think about how to make the entrances more appealing.
The water tower has been power washed and looks nice. Russ also reported the paint job is holding up.
President Heideman recognized Ryan Meister, a member of the Planning Commission who was present to discuss activities of their commission and to answer questions the board may have. Ryan reported at their last meeting the south railroad crossing was discussed because it’s rough and asked who’s responsible for maintaining it. He was advised the railroad is and when it is convenient for them, the repairs will be done. Ryan asked for a copy of the garage ordinance and a copy was made for him. The board did not have any questions for Ryan.
Trustee April Lyons asked about reported activity on the corner of Fourth and Fine Streets. She was advised the owner called the police because he saw someone break into his garage and steal things stored there. April also inquired about an update on the property where the water service was terminated a couple of months ago. She was advised in 1988, the year of the drought, a law was passed that you can live without running water. There has not been any usage at the residence since the service was terminated and the residents have been carrying bottled water in.
Trustee Russ Hull had no report.
Trustee Jeremy Behrens reported at some date, the board should consider installing showers for the bicyclists who spend nights in park. Jeremy said some day in the far off future, and asked everyone to think about it.
Trustee Jeff Hanson reported he noticed standing water near residents west of the tracks. He was advised this usually happens after heavy rains but it doesn’t last long.
Trustee Ed Tholen had no report.
Clerk Donna Schmitz reported letters were sent to people for not maintaining their lawns or property which is in violation of Ordinance 2013-01. The letters were sent certified mail.
As there was no further business to come before the board Jeff Hanson moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:00 p.m., seconded by Russ Hull and the motion passed.
ASHKUM VILLAGE CLERK