Ashkum Village Hall
109 E. Lake St.
Meeting Times: First Monday and Third Tuesday @ 7:00 pm
VILLAGE OF ASHKUM
JUNE 19, 2018
The Ashkum Village Board met Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ the village hall. Present were Paul Heideman, Donna Schmitz, Ed Tholen, Shannon Meier, Angie Gray, Jeremy Beherns, Russ Hull, and April Lyons. Shelly Ponton, a member of the Planning Commission was also present.
President Heideman called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
Clerk Donna Schmitz read the minutes of the June 4, 2018 meeting. April Lyons moved to approve the minutes as read, seconded by Shannon Meier and the motion passed.
President Heideman recognized Shelly Ponton, a member of the Planning Commission who was present to update the board on activities of their board and to answer questions the board may have. Shelly did not have anything new to report and the board didn’t have any questions. Their board will be meeting tomorrow night.
President Heideman brought the following before the board for discussion and/or action:
President Heideman reported he was contacted by Iroquois Farmer’s State Bank again and asked if the village would forgive the finance charges on the lien filed against the owner of a property due to a delinquent water account. The bank intends to foreclose on the property but cannot until the lien is paid. During the discussion that followed, a copy of the lien was reviewed. The lien is for $1,286.54 and was filed in November 2017. After the lien was filed, additional charges for the minimum water rate plus the garbage fees have accrued, (which the village cannot collect unless another lien is filed) making the amount due to the village $2,641.82. The village is already losing $1,355.28 in revenue and members didn’t feel we should be asked to forgive finance charges too. Jeremy Beherns moved to advise the bank they should pay the total amount of the lien ($1,286.54), seconded by Angie Gray and the motion passed.
President Heideman reported Larson Tree Service removed eleven trees in the village, ground the stumps, and performed cleanup work. They submitted a bill for $4,300. Marquis Tree Service had been asked to submit a bid, but the bid had not been received by the date requested and Larson Tree Service was hired. Mr. Marquis apparently had an address wrong or something because he got the bid back in the mail. He dropped the bids off with Jeff Hanson, but the work was already being done. The bid from Marquis for removing the trees was $7,400. A day rate is $1,440 which includes 2 men and all the equipment to remove tree/stump and clean up/haul away. ($180 per hour) President Heideman reported he received a call from Mr. Marquis asking what happened and whether he had done something to make the board upset, and was advised the board was not angry, the bid was not received by the date requested.
President Heideman reported Nicholas Elliott advised him a call back has not been received from Dave Tyson regarding the Kenny Leveque property. The person who worked on the project has retired so it may take a little longer to put the information together.
The status of the partnership between Clifton and Ashkum Police Departments was discussed. Mr. Elliott reported the attorney for Clifton would like to know what the agreed price was. During the discussion that followed it was brought up that the Clifton Mayor, chairman of their police committee, and Jim Lehmkuhl gave us a presentation of the benefits and costs relating to the partnership so they should have the figures. President Heideman reported he would call Mr. Elliott tomorrow.
President Heideman reported he is going to contact Andy Tatro about what his plan is regarding his parent’s house on Lake Street.
Trustee April Lyons had no report.
Trustee Russ Hull had no report but asked if anyone has seen a young boy riding a segway electric scooter. Russ added the child wasn’t looking and almost got hit.
Trustee Jeremy Beherns had no report.
Trustee Angie Gray had no report.
Trustee Shannon Meier asked when Troy works at the village hall, who is supposed to check the messages on our answering machine and was advised it was set up for the utility clerk and Troy should check/answer the messages. Troy didn’t want anyone to think he was being nosey and wanted to make sure before he checked the messages. Shannon asked if a decision has been made on the request for a park bench in memory of Gary Hemp. Juanetta contacted Lisa Hanson (who has nothing to do with decision making) and asked when the board was going to make a decision. President Heideman reported he contacted Juanetta and advised her bench could not be put in the location she was requesting (facing the stage on the north side of the sidewalk) and another location would have to be selected.
Trustee Ed Tholen had no report.
Clerk Donna Schmitz had no report.
As there was no further business to come before the board Shannon Meier moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:45 p.m., seconded by April Lyons and the motion passed.
ASHKUM VILLAGE CLERK