Proceedings of the Iola Village Board of Trustees, Monday, March 14, 2016, 6:00 p.m.

     President Pro-Tem Harper called the regular monthly meeting of the Iola Village Board of Trustees to order at 6:00 p.m. at the community center.  President Pro-Tem Harper 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 Pro-Tem Harper, President Edler (via speakerphone), Trustees Rasmussen, Briquelet, Parks and Anderson. Trustee Murphy was excused.  Others present; clerk Johnson, Tammie Jo Berg, attorney Meagher, Brian Korb, Pete Timdal, Lyle Mork and Jane Myhra.  President Pro-Tem Harper led the Board in the pledge of allegiance.

     Moved by Kathy Briquelet, seconded by Pamela Parks, to approve minutes of the last regular meeting of February 8 as written, motion carried.

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

     Moved by Richard Anderson, seconded by Kathy Briquelet, for the board to approve applcations for operators license by Rachel Parson (Tipsy Steer) and Cody Heise (Northern Lights Bar & Grill), motion carried, pending police check.

     Moved by Richard Anderson, seconded by Joel Edler, for the board to set the date for the organizational meeting for Monday, April 11 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 official publication.

     Moved by Jim Rasmussen, seconded by Kathy Briquelet, for the board to schedule the 2016 board of review for Tuesday, May 10, 2016 with “open book” from 9 to 11 a.m. and “board of review” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., motion carried.  Notice of this is to be published in the official publication.

     During the committee report for Parks, Brian Korb who is in charge of the American Legion Baseball Program and Pete Timdal, Manager of the Iola-Scandinavia Baseball Team both spoke to the Board. Iola-Scandinavia School District Administrator, David C. Dyb is continuing to pursue the possibility of obtaining a $150,000.00 matching grant from Major League Baseball to refurbish the park.  In the meantime, at least minor repairs and maintenance need to be done in order to make the field playable for the High School team. Its first game is scheduled for early April.

     Kathy agreed that the Parks Committee would meet with Pete and Brian on a monthly basis in an effort to work together to make sure that the limited resources are used to the maximum benefit of the baseball field.

     It was moved by Kathy and seconded by Joel that the Village would make the ballpark portion of the park available to the Iola-Scandinavia School District on an annual lease basis for $1.00 per year.  If the School District would accept the Lease, that would perhaps allow it to take more responsibility for the field and see that it is properly maintained.

     Glenn Tetzlaff is in the process of obtaining estimates of the cost to replace home plate, the pitcher’s mound and to restore additional infield dirt.  Every effort will be made to see if these items can be completed soon so the High School team can use the field for practice and games when the weather permits.

     Moved by Jim Rasmussen, seconded by Pamela Parks, for the board to approve the updated job descriptions for village employees as recommended by the personnel committee, 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 Jim Rasmussen, seconded by Kathy Briquelet, that the recommendation of the finance committee be adopted and an order drawn on the treasury for the various amounts, motion carried.  Copies of the 2015 audit report were distributed to the board.

     The Chamber/Hometown Liaison Report (copy attached) as prepared by Tammie Jo Berg was distributed to the board.  Lyle Mork reported that the total cost of new holiday lighting is $11,500.00.

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

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