Minutes: Special Mtg January 16, 2008

Village of Plain

Special Village Board Meeting of January 16, 2008



A special meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Plain was held at the Municipal Building on January 16, 2008.  The following members were present: Raymond Ellenbolt, President; David Buchanan; Kevin Kraemer; Gary Leeck; James Liegel; Duane Meise; and, Robert Neuheisel, Trustees.


Others present: Timothy Lins; Robert Schweiss; William Gruber; and Nick Ruhland, Public Works Director.


Notice of this meeting, along with the agenda, was posted at the following locations in the Village of Plain: the Municipal Building; the Plain Post Office; and, The Peoples Community Bank on Monday, January 14, 2008. 


The meeting was called to order by President Ellenbolt at 7:23 p.m.


Tim Lins addressed the board on behalf of Hillcrest Rider’s Snowmobile Club.  There was a complaint about snowmobiles crossing in front of the residence at 1055 Wachter Avenue to access the snowmobile parking area at the corner of Highway 23 and Highway B.  The Snowmobile Club obtained approval from the Sauk Prairie Medical Clinic to cross their property.  This will access the parking area from behind the 1055 Wachter Avenue residence. 


Nick Ruhland informed the board that the 1-Ton pick-up is having problems again. The head gaskets need to be replaced. Nachreiner Auto Care quoted a price of around $1,000.  If the truck is not fixed and it would overheat it would cause more problems. Ballweg Chevrolet contacted Public Works and informed them that new vehicle orders are only submitted every spring and fall.  If the Village wants a new snow-plowing truck before next winter, the order will need to be submitted by April.  The board agreed that estimates should be obtained now so the Village is ready for next winter.  Meise motioned to fix the 1-Ton immediately to avoid more problems. This was seconded by Leeck and carried unanimously. 


Meise proposed a maintenance-free aluminum bridge for replacement of the damaged bridge on the golf course. With all materials and labor, this bridge will cost approximately $9,000. The board discussed other bridge options and the possibility of changing the ordinance so golf carts could use the Westbrook Drive road bridge. There would be no issue with the Department of Natural Resources if the stream is not touched. The board reviewed a golf course map to discuss location possibilities of a new bridge. No decision was arrived at. Ideas discussed tonight should be researched further and the board will discuss the topic again at the February regular board meeting.


Kraemer motioned to adjourn to closed session at 8:29 p.m.  This was seconded by Buchanan, and the motion carried unanimously.




Sheila Tafs