JANUARY 5, 2010
The Village Board of Combined Locks was called to order by President John Neumeier. Trustees in
attendance included: Roger Kirch, Sheila Schinke, Ruth Wulgaert, Beth Sewall, Justin Krueger, and
Also in attendance were: Village Administrator Sean Hutchison, Director of Public Works Ryan Swick,
and Police Chief Scott Lund.
The first item on the agenda was to review the minutes and bills from the previous month. B. Sewall
made a motion to approve the minutes as presented. S. Schinke seconded the motion, and it passed
unanimously. R. Wulgaert made a motion to approve the bills as presented. B. Sewall seconded the
motion, and it passed unanimously.
The next item on the agenda was the Administrator’s report. He reported that only incumbents, Sheila
Schinke, Roger Kirch, Beth Sewall, and Stephen Smits, have submitted nomination papers for the April
Election. The Planning Commission is scheduled to meet on January 20th to review the Comprehensive
Growth Plan. It will be presented to the Village Board for approval and as a public hearing on February
2, 2010. The Administrator explained that he has been preparing the documents necessary for
borrowing for the Cortland Court Pond. He has also begun working on the annual sewer report for the
Heart of the Valley Metropolitan Sewerage District. It involves identifying the work the village has
done to reduce the inflow and infiltration problems.
The next item on the agenda was the Police Chief’s report. The Chief briefly reviewed the monthly
report with the board and explained the updates to the report. He also explained that the department’s
annual report will be presented at the 01/19/10 meeting. The Chief reported that he had set certain goals
for 2009 for the officers to obtain. In future years, he expects the officers to set the goals. This will
allow the officers to take ownership in the department. The 2010 goal is to improve the overall quality
of investigations while increasing the communications among all officers and identifying ways to reduce
paperwork to make the department more efficient. The Chief reported that the main squad has been
updated with a new computer and other technology. The backup squad will also be updated. The Chief
also reported that all of the portable radios for the police and fire departments have been received. He
reminded the board that the cost of the radios was covered by a grant. A part-time deputy has been
hired. His name is Aaron Wanserski, and he has previously worked for Fremont and Neenah-Menasha.
The next item on the agenda was the Public Works Director’s report. He first thanked the board for the
opportunity to serve the village as the Director of Public Works. He reported that the Public Works
personnel were called in for snow removal or salting on 13 different occasions. 69 tons of salt has been
used so far this winter leaving 144 tons available. The Public Works Director praised the street crew for
the time and care spent to keep the streets clear, safe and as wide as possible. During the month of
December time was spent training and working on the Capital Improvements Projects. The Director
also reported that the new Kubota tractor has been received. It is much more powerful and faster than
the old one. It also has more attachments, which makes it more versatile. The Director explained that
the salt brine process has been working well and allows for more efficient plowing. Anticipated projects
include: cold patching streets, build shelving, develop the 5-Year Capital Improvement Plan, pruning
trees, and preparing for the sewer project on Ryan Street.
The next item on the agenda was to review and consider Resolution 2010-1, a preliminary resolution
regarding the intent to assess costs of the sanitary sewer project on Ryan Street. Ryan Street has been
identified as being a high inflow and infiltration area. The Administrator reminded the board of the plan
to replace defective sanitary sewer laterals on Ryan Street and the sanitary sewer mains. The village’s
contractor will televise each private sewer lateral and identify the laterals that need to be replaced. The
cost of replacing the lateral will be assessed to the individual property owner. B. Sewall made a motion
to approve Resolution 2010-1 as presented. S. Schinke seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously.
The next item on the agenda was to review and consider approval of Resolution 2010-2, a resolution
authorizing the issuance and sale of up to $116,613 general obligation storm water system promissory
notes, Series 2010. The Administrator reminded the board of the need to borrow funds to finance the
village’s portion of the Cortland Court Detention Pond. The loan documents must be received at the
DNR by 01/07/10. He also explained that the village will be reimbursed some of the engineering fees
spent for the Riverview Pond Project that was ultimately denied. R. Wulgaert made a motion to approve
Resolution 2010-2 as presented. B. Sewall seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously.
The next item on the agenda was to review and consider approval of Resolution 2010-3 regarding
Crossing Guard Recognition Week. The Administrator reviewed the proposed resolution with the board
and noted that this is an annual resolution to recognize the dedication of the village’s crossing guards.
The village’s crossing guards for the 2009-2010 school year are: Sue Mantei, Lois Collins, Luella
Opsteen, Pat Torres, and Leanne Ries. B. Sewall made a motion to approve Resolution 2010-3 as
presented. J. Krueger seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously.
The next item on the agenda was to review and consider amending Municipal Code Section 7-1-3(b)(3)
which identifies the definition of a kennel. The Administrator explained that the municipal code defines
the need for a kennel whenever three (3) or more dogs reside at a single residence. The actual practice
has been to require a kennel license whenever there are more than three (3) dogs at a single residence.
The proposed amended ordinance would allow an owner to have up to three (3) dogs and require a
kennel license whenever an owner wishes to have more than three (3) dogs. S. Schinke made a motion
to amend Municipal Code Section 7-1-3(b)(3) as presented. R. Strick seconded the motion, and it
The next item on the agenda was to discuss the status of the pending sale of used recycling carts. The
Administrator explained that the buyer has made the down payment for the carts and signed the
paperwork with Environmental Equipment Solutions. The payment to the village will be received
sometime later in January. The matter was discussed.
R. Strick made a motion to adjourn the meeting. R. Wulgaert seconded, and it passed unanimously.