Proceedings of the Iola Village Board of Trustees, Monday, March 11, 2019, 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 and Fenn. Trustee Murphy was excused. Others present; clerk Johnson, attorney Meagher, Fred Borgman, Cathy Borgman, Paul Kobs, Loise Adams, Louis Adams and Holly Nueman. President Edler led the Board in the pledge of allegiance.
Moved by David Harper, seconded by Kathy Pamela Parks, to approve minutes of the last regular meeting of February 11 as written, motion carried.
Moved by Jim Rasmussen, seconded by Kathy Briquelet, to accept the monthly police statistical report as prepared by chief Prahl, motion carried.
Moved by David Harper, seconded by Jim Rasmussen, for the board to set the date for the organizational meeting for Monday, April 8 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. The finance committee will meet at 5:00 p.m. instead of their usual 5:30 meeting time on April 8 prior to the next regular meeting.
Moved by Jim Rasmussen, seconded by David Harper, for the board to schedule the 2019 “Open Book” and “Board of Review”, - Open Book Tuesday April 30, 2019, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Board of Review, Tuesday May 7, 2019, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., motion carried. Notice of this is to be published in the official publication.
The next item on the agenda was to consider adoption of a proposed Ordinance regarding ATV and UTV use in the Village of Iola. Paul Kobs, Louis Adams and Louise Adams asked to speak to the Board in opposition to the ordinance. All of them felt that the Village should opt out and not authorize the use of these vehicles inside of the Village limits. Their concerns were safety and noise.
In response to several questions, it was pointed out that the noise ordinance already in effect will still apply to the operation of these vehicles. Similarly, the laws regarding operating under the influence of alcohol apply to those operations as well.
Louis Adams is concerned that the high snow banks this year will be a visual hazard and could cause accidents and collisions between these vehicles and other motor vehicles.
Jim Rasmussen stated the ordinance is just a starting point. He pointed out that Chief Prahl spent several hours with the representative of the DNR who deals with these issues and was in favor of authorizing their use. Mr. Rasmussen invited the people to come back to future Village Board meetings if they are not happy with the ordinance or if they encounter any problems due to the operation of ATV or UTV vehicles within the Village.
Following all of this discussion, it was moved by David Harper, seconded by Jim Rasmussen and unanimously approved to adopt the proposed Ordinance to include each of the three additions proposed by Chief Prahl including:
(1) Operators would be required to possess a valid driver’s license (it would not have to be a Wisconsin driver’s license but authorized by the State in which the operator lives.
(2) Hours of operation would be restricted so that use would be prohibited from 10:00 o’clock p.m. until 7:00 o’clock a.m.
(3) Operators would be required to have insurance at the time of operation.
Following its adoption, once again the Village Board invited the people to come to future meetings if they encounter difficulties.
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 David Harper, for the board to accept the 2018 audit report as prepared by Accounting Workshop SC (Jeff Kropp), motion carried.
Motion to adjourn by Jim Rasmussen, seconded by Kathy Missy Fenn, motion carried, meeting adjourned. Dan Johnson, Village Clerk