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March 8, 2017 January 9, 2017 Regular Meeting Minutes

VILLAGE OF UNITY
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
MONDAY, JANUARY 9, 2017

1) Call to Order: Due to the absence of President Scott Blume, Trustee Gene Smazal called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
2) Pledge of Allegiance
3) Roll Call/Establish Quorum: Roll call was taken with the following members in attendance; Trustees Angela Smith, Shanna Piech, Ryan Maldonis, Gene Smazal, Brian Michlig and Josh Bauer. Quorum established. President Scott Blume was absent. DPW Tom Smith and Clerk Heidi Maldonis were also present.
4) Approve December Meeting Minutes: A motion to accept and approve December`s meeting minutes as presented was made by Maldonis. Seconded by Michlig. All ayes. Motion carried.
5) Approve January Accts. Payable & December Treasurer`s Reports: A motion to accept and approve January accounts payable and December treasurer`s reports as presented made by Piech. Motion seconded by Bauer. All ayes. Motion carried.
6) Review/Approve Hall Security Deposit Refunds: Two rental dates were reviewed, December 17 and 31. Both rentals were found to be satisfactory in their cleanups. Motion to approve security deposit refunds for both dates was made by Michlig. Seconded by Bauer. All ayes. Carried.
7) Committee Reports: None
8) Recognition of Visitors: None
9) DPW Report: DPW Tom Smith stated that he had looked into a couple of plow trucks to possibly replace the current village truck. The board tabled the issue until next month`s meeting. Smith also suggested replacing the lights on the Christmas decorations with rope lights. Smazal suggested getting prices for both types of lights and compare costs.
10) Board Business: Set Up Water Committee. President Scott Blume appointed Trustees Brian Michlig, Angela Smith and Shanna Piech to the committee. Blume decided the appointments on Friday January 6. Trustee Brian Michlig suggested that the water committee should consist of the entire board as a whole. Discussion- Suggestions for Reducing Costs in Village. Trustee Shanna Piech presented the board with some ideas as well as some questions on reducing the cost of regular expenses the village has. Suggestions include changing the village website maintenance provider with a less costly local provider. Piech also brought up the possibility of emailing monthly sewer bills to residents if they chose. The idea of sending bills out on postcards rather than the paper statements came up. Questions regarding Bay Towel & Linen services were brought up. Piech inquired if the village has a service contract with the company that provides uniforms, mops for the hall, paper products etc. The village does have a contract with the company. The village has looked into other services costs and found that Bay Towel was the least expensive. There were questions regarding the need for landline phone and internet in the shop. The phone and internet are necessary in the shop due to reports that must be filled out online such as the DMAR. Piech suggested the idea that the DPW could instead be provided with a cell phone with limited internet. It is difficult to get a cell phone signal while in the shop. The idea of purchasing printing ink through a different company was brought up. Try to find it cheaper. The question of how board pay was established was discussed. Was pay reviewed in comparison to other similar municipalities? Not sure how the amount of pay was determined, as it was already in place as an ordinance. Another suggestion for reducing pay was to eliminate committees and discuss committee topics as a whole board, which could possibly be a time saver. The questions submitted include whether groundskeeper Don Schnabel would be returning to work in the spring, it seems likely that he will as the village has not heard different. Piech asked who the wages were paid under the parks and rec part of the monthly budget. Those wages are paid to employees maintaining the grounds and any repairs made to buildings in the parks etc.
11) Old Business: Question about Rec Fund account statements regarding softball league. Clerk will look into it.
12) Clerk`s Report: Maldonis talked about a renter who is using the hall for wrestling practices. Payment for the use has not been made on a regular basis. Maldonis was instructed to keep a record of hours used, require the key to be returned after each use and charge $10.00 per booked rental.
13) President`s Report: None
14) Adjournment: A motion to adjourn regular meeting was made by Smith. Motion seconded by Maldonis. All ayes. Adjourned at 7:55 p.m.


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Village of Unity, Clark/Marathon County, Wisconsin
P.O. Box 47, Unity, WI 54488
Tel. (715) 223-4362
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