Proceedings of the Iola Village Board of Trustees, Tuesday, July 10, 2017, 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 Rasmussen, Harper, Briquelet, Parks, Fenn and Murphy.  Others present; clerk Johnson, Attorney Meagher, Gail Walz, Gene Walz,  Officer Field, Glenn Tetzlaff, Lyle Mork and Ben Rogers.  President Edler led the Board in the pledge of allegiance.

     Moved by Pamela Parks seconded by David Harper, to approve minutes of the last regular meeting of June 12 as written, motion carried.

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

     Moved by Jim Rasmussen, seconded by Kathy Briquelet, for the Board to approve application for operators license by Tana Schwartz (Iron Grille), Daniel Heuer and Lisa Lautenschlager (Thisty Perch) and Jade Weber (Northern Lights Bar & Grill), pending police check, motion carried.

     Moved by Terry Murphy, seconded by Jim Rasmussen, for the board to grant application by the Iola_Scandinavia Chamber of Commerce, Greg Loescher, President, for a Temporary Class B Retailer’s License to sell beer on September 16, 2017 at the Iola Fire and Ambulance Fall Festival which will be held at the Iola Fire and Ambulance Station located at 350 West Iola Street from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Village of Iola, 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 David Harper, seconded by Jim Rasmussen, for the board to acknowledge the following changes to the 2017-2018 committee assignment list as made by President Edler.  Fred Borgmann was appointed Chairman of the ordinance variance committee replacing George Kriewaldt who will remain a member of said committee.  Newly appointed Trustee Missy Fenn will replace former Trustee Richard Anderson as Chairman of the sewer and water committee and also as a member of the parks committee and the public property and streets committee, motion carried.

     At approximately 6:15 p.m. it was moved by Jim Rasmussen and seconded by Dave Harper to temporarily adjourn into a public hearing to consider adding Section 186.14 to the Code of Ordinances for the Village of Iola. That motion was unanimously passed.

At approximately 6:15 p.m. it was moved by Jim Rasmussen and seconded by Dave Harper to temporarily adjourn into a public hearing to consider adding Sec

     Attorney Meagher gave a presentation to the Board regarding Section 186.14. The Ordinance allows the Chief of Police to develop an abatement plan for any nuisance that has resulted in a complaint on three (3) or more occasions during a twelve (12) month period. The Chief will designate an abatement plan and proceed accordingly. If there is additional nuisance activity following implementation of the abatement plan, the Ordinance provides that the Chief may assess and collect additional charges.

     Gene Walz who resides at 305 East Iola Street expressed a concern that such an Ordinance would be used by people to make complaints in order to obtain funding from Crime Stoppers.  He also stated there is a drug problem in Iola and people who need money for drugs would do anything to get money. Trustees Terry Murphy and Jim Rasmussen both expressed their disagreement with that position and stated that Crime Stoppers would not pay for any such complaint.

     Gail Walz also spoke in opposition to the Ordinance.

     President Edler then called for any additional public input two more times. In both instances, no one offered any other comments. After there was no further public comment, it was moved by Jim Rasmussen and seconded by Pam Parks to adjourn the public hearing and that motion was unanimously approved.

     Following completion of the public hearing and after reconvening into the regular session, it was moved by Jim Rasmussen and seconded by Terry Murphy to adopt Section 186.14 to the Code of Ordinances for the Village of Iola. That motion was unanimously approved.

     Chairman Jim Rasmussen deferred to Member David Harper to give the report regarding the recommendation from that Committee regarding the hiring of a replacement for Herb Trinrud who is retiring on August 4th.

     Harper reported that the Committee had met on two separate occasions. President Edler, Terry Murphy, Dave Harper and Glen Tetzlaff interviewed the four finalists who were selected out of the original 14 candidates who submitted applications.

     After interviewing all four (4), the Committee made a recommendation that the Village Board hire Ryan Langman as the replacement for Herb Trinrud. President Edler reported that the applicant is enthused about accepting a job with the Village of Iola. 

     Following the discussion, it was moved by Dave Harper and seconded by Kathy Briquelet that the Village Board accept the recommendation from the Personnel Committee to hire Ryan Langman as the replacement for Herb Trinrud. Mr. Langman’s employment will begin on July 31st so he will have one week to work with Herb before he retires on August 4th. That motion was unanimously approved.

     Gene and Gail Walz are upset that a Village of Iola Police Officer called on their home at approximately 9:30 p.m. The incident occurred 5 to 6 months ago. The officer informed them that he had been informed that Mr. Walz had chased a drug dealer down to a gas station. This occurred as they were preparing for bed and were in their pajamas. They did not feel the officer acted appropriately in making the inquiry at that hour of the night.

     The Walzs said their daughter is a Civil Rights Attorney and she believes their rights were violated.  They also indicated they have talked to Waupaca County about the incident.

     Mr. Walz was able to obtain a report both from Chief Prahl and Waupaca County. Mr. Walz did state that no further action was taken with regard to him and his wife other than the inquiry. They were not cited for any unlawful activity nor were they ever arrested.

     The Walzs believe the allegations in the report were false. Mr. Walz denies he followed any drug dealer to a gas station.

     The Walzs reported that no apology was issued to them by the officer.

      Following the presentation of the Walzs, it was determined that the matter would not be referred to the Police Committee for any further investigation. However, Terry Murphy will discuss the matter with Chief Prahl and take appropriate action.

     Trustee Rasmussen reported that the library expansion committee will meet on Wednesday, July 12 to discuss fund raising.  Parks Chairman Briquelet reported that there are 2 banks of lights that are completely out at Taylor Field.

      Motion to adjourn by Jim Rasmussen, seconded by Terry Murphy, motion carried, meeting adjourned.

Dan Johnson

Village Clerk

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