Proceedings of the Iola Village Board of Trustees, Monday, December 12, 2016, 6:00 p.m.


     President Edler called the regular monthly meeting of the Iola Village Board of Trustees to order at 6:00 p.m. at the community center.  President Edler made the open meeting statement that this meeting and all other meetings of this Board are open to the public.  Proper notice has been posted and given to the press in accordance with Wisconsin Statutes so the citizenry may be made aware of the time, place and agenda of this meeting.  Board members present; President Edler, Trustees Harper, Murphy, Parks, Anderson, Briquelet and Rasmussen.  Others present; clerk Johnson, attorney Meagher,  Lyle Mork and Jane Myhra.  President Edler led the Board in the pledge of allegiance.

     Moved by David Harper, seconded by Terry Murphy, to approve minutes of the last regular meeting of November 14 as written, motion carried.

     Moved by Terry Murphy, seconded by Jim Rasmussen, for the board to accept the police monthly statistical report as prepared by Chief Prahl, motion carried.

     Moved by David Harper, seconded by Richard Anderson, for the board to approve the amended operating agreement (copy attached) with the Northern Waupaca County Joint Municipal Court, motion carried.

     Moved by Jim Rasmussen, seconded by David Harper, for the board to approve application for operators license by Andrea Garbe (Norther Light Bar & Grill), pending police check, motion carried.

     The monthly bills were presented to the finance committee for approval.  The finance committee examined the bills and recommended that they be allowed.  Moved by David Harper, seconded by Jim Rasmussen, that the recommendation of the finance committee be adopted and an order drawn on the treasury for the various amounts, motion carried.

     Moved by Jim Rasmussen, seconded by Kathy Briquelet, for the board to set the 2017 caucus date for Monday, January 9, 2017 at 5:45 p.m. at the community center prior to the next regular meeting, motion carried.  Notice of this is to be published in the Waupaca County Post.

     Moved by Terry Murphy, seconded by David Harper, for the board to adopt resolution #16-6 (copy attached) 2017 polling place location and poll worker list, motion carried.

     The next item on the agenda was to consider a Resolution to restrict campaign fund raising to Village residents. 

     Dmitri Martin, a resident of the City of Waupaca, submitted a petition for direct legislation to Daniel Johnson in the middle of November. A copy of his letter to the Village dated November 14, 2016 is attached.  Attorney Meagher described the proposed Resolution to the Board Members.   Following a general discussion, the Board decided that rather than pass the proposed Ordinance without alteration, it would submit the Resolution to the electors at the next general election to be held in April. Trustee Rasmussen called for a roll call vote. The results of the vote were that Trustee Anderson voted that the Village Board should approve the Resolution. All other Trustees voted not to approve it at the Village Board Meeting but to provide the electors with the opportunity to vote on passage of the Ordinance. Therefore, the question will appear on the ballot at the April, 2017 election.  

     President Edler outlined results of a meeting he had with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation on December 6, 2016 regarding replacement of the bridge located on North Main Street.  A copy of the agenda of that meeting is attached. 

     The current bridge structure is 40 feet wide. The Department of Transportation will pay for 100% of the cost to replace the original 36 foot wide structure at no cost to the Village.  However, if the Village wishes to retain a structure that is 40 feet wide, the Village will have to participate in the expense of the additional four foot portion.

     The Village’s share of those costs could range from $40,000.00 to $50,000.00.

     This might be considered part of the River Walk project and it is possible that if the Village decides to participate, the DNR grant could pay for one-half of the Village’s cost.

     When the construction work is done, it will be necessary to establish a detour. The bridge will be closed for several months.

     The work will not commence until the summer of 2020 so the Department does not require an immediate response.  The item will be brought back up for consideration by the Village Board at the April 2017 meeting.

     Motion to adjourn by Jim Rasmussen, seconded by Terry Murphy, motion carried, meeting adjourned.  Dan Johnson, Village Clerk