Village Board Meeting Minutes
Village of Ferryville
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
Date: October 17, 2018
Present: President, Al Kirchner, Trustees Jeanne Rutter and Steve Werner,
Clerk/Treasurer, Larry Quamme, EMR Director Brenda Torger Vassar,
Al Novak Acting Fire Chief.
1. Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 6:45PM by Village President Al
Kirchner. Steve Werner and Jeanne Rutter were present along with Clerk Larry
2. Certification of Open Meeting Law Requirements: Larry Quamme, Village Clerk
confirmed that lawful notice of the public meeting had been posted on the official
posting board on 10/11/2018 and in the 3 other designated locations in the Village
and posted on www.ferryville.com.
3. Approve Agenda: Jeanne moved that the agenda be accepted as presented. Steve
seconded the motion. The motion carried.
4. Consider Closed Session: Al moved that the Board go into closed session per ss
19.85 (1) (g) "conferring with legal counsel … rendering oral or written advice …".
Jeanne made the second. The clerk called the roll; Rutter aye, Werner aye and
Kirchner aye. The Board moved to closed session.
Convened In Open Session - 7:00pm
5. Approve Minutes of Previous Meeting: On motion by Jeanne, second by Steve, the
minutes of the Board Meeting of September 19, 2018 were approved as written.
6. Public Comment: No comments were offered.
7. Department Items:
Village Clerk: Electronics & chemical clean sweep scheduled on 10/26/18 at the
County Highway office. Election set for 11/06/2018 with poll open from 7am to 8pm.
Village population estimate for the budget is 190. Fall bird migration day is 11/10/18.
Flood recovery issues were reviewed noting the Lagoon Street bridge destroyed
again in August, 2018. Board Members were provided the DOT certified list of Village
Streets 4.90 miles in length. The Clerk announced that he would retire on April 15,
2019 and thanked the Board for his appointment and the great cooperation over the
Public Works Department: Aaron Koch report was read and filed.
Fire Department / EMR: Financial reports from 1/1/18 to 9/30/18 were reviewed.
Al reported that 2 saws had been donated to the department and the compressed
air line was installed to the tanker truck. He mentioned that repairs were being made
to the rescue boat and the junked vehicle for training was placed behind the building.
He gave a copy of the department's capital improvement plan to the Board for future
review. Brenda mentioned that the condition of the back garage is a concern and Al
pointed out that he has had contractors looking at it.
President's Report: Al welcomed new Public Works employee Aaron Koch. He
thanked residents for following the rules during the fall clean-up days. He reminded
residents to stay on the gravel driveway to the burn pile due to wet conditions. He
thanked summer employee Jeff Crowley for his help mowing and watering flowers
during the summer months. He reminded everyone that village ordinance prohibits
deer shining and also no firearms are allowed to be used within the village limits.
8. Disbursements/Revenues: Steve moved that expenditures in the amount of
$19,236.92 and Revenues in the amount of $1,375.52 be approved from the General
Budget for the month of September, 2018. Jeanne seconded the motion. The motion
carried. Steve motioned that expenditures in the amount of $969.41 and Revenues
in the amount of $9,753.39 from the Sewer Funds be approved for the Month of
September, 2018. Jeanne seconded the motion. The motion carried.
9. New Business:
a. Consider/Review Sidewalk Issue - Kristy and David Mikkelson appeared and
discussed complaints about the sidewalk in front of their home at 200 Main Street.
Kristy was upset that the Village was slow to react to sand being on the sidewalk
bridge reported to the village clerk on July 6th but not cleaned off by public works
until July 9th. When the cleaning was done the public works employee also removed
some encroaching grass/sod on the Mikkelson sidewalk. Al had met with Kristy and
David on 10/02/2018 and provided them copies of village ordinance pertaining to
duties of owners of sidewalks. Kristy indicated that she has disabilities and the
sidewalk was dangerous for her, when mowing her lawn, and requested that the
village remove the sidewalk. The sidewalk does connect with sidewalks on both sides
of their property. On motion by Jeanne, second by Al, the Board will refer the matter
to the village attorney for advice. The motion carried.
b. Consider/Approve November Meeting Date and 2019 Budget Hearing - The Clerk
proposed the draft budget be reviewed at the November meeting on the 14th rather
than the regular time on the 21st, and the Public Hearing and budget approval
meeting be held on 11/29/2018. On motion by Jeanne, second by Steve, the
meeting dates were approved.
c. Consider/Approve Operator's Licenses -. The Clerk indicated that no applications
d. Reconsider Fire Department Appointee - An applicant was approved at the
September meeting but a subsequent records check noted a recent conviction for
OWI. The Acting Chief restricted him from operating departmental vehicles on the
highway and the insurance company suggested the board restrict same for a one
year period and then reconsider. On motion by Jeanne, second by Steve the board
moved to restrict the applicant for a one period and then reconsider the issue in
August, 2019. Motion passed.
e. Consider/Approve Appointees to the Fire/EMR Department - Al & Brenda
indicated no appointees had been approved at present.
f. Consider/Approve Building Permits - The clerk indicated no applications had been
g. Consider/Approve Development of an Ordinance for ATV/UTV Trails - The clerk
indicated that 16 people favored, 8 people opposed any trails following the public
hearing in September. He also pointed out that DOT regulations prohibited any trail
on a state highway, connecting two trails, unless the highway speed limit was 35mph
or less. Thus, Highway 35, between County Highway's B & C, running thru the
village, could not be approved due to speed limits exceeding 35mph at both ends.
After much discussion, Steve moved, Jeanne seconded, that an ordinance be
developed for consideration of making all other village streets allowable for
ATV/UTV use. The motion passed.
h. Consider/Approve Truck Replacement - The Public Works 1997 Ford Pickup has
engine problems and mechanics report that a replacement engine is required. The
cost for same exceeds the value of the truck. Jeanne moved, Al made the second, to
approve finding a used pick-up truck, with payment coming from a loan to be
considered in 2019. The motioned passed.
10. Adjourn: On motion by Jeanne, second by Steve, the meeting adjourned at