With Village President Annetta Veres presiding over the last meeting of her tenure, the Wilsonville Village Board voted unanimously on Monday night to name Jeff Rhodes as the interim village president to serve through the next consolidate election in 2019. Rhodes was named to the council in December to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Veres’ spouse, John Veres. For the past two months, Rhodes had the title of Village President Pro Tem, meaning he would act as village president in the absence of the sitting president.
Also on a unanimous vote, Trustee Joe Wood, appointed to the board in July to fill a seat vacated by the death of Deno Filipinni, was named as the new village president pro tem.
Former Trustee Veres announced his resignation late last year to accept new employment that would require him to travel. Since that time, the Veres decided to move to Florida to accommodate John Veres’ new career. During a special meeting of the board in January, President Annetta Veres announced her intent to also resign because of the couple’s decision to leave the area.
During Monday’s meeting, Veres formally submitted her letter of resignation from the positions of Village President and water bill preparer. Village Treasurer Gina Frensko was appointed las month to take over duties as the village’s water bill preparer.
“It’s been a pleasure,” Veres told the board at the conclusion of Monday’s meeting. “Thank you all very much.”
It’s been a pleasure, thank you all very much. -Annetta Veres
Veres’ final meeting was relatively brief with little formal action. Veres briefly discussed two priorities Rhodes has identified for himself after he is sworn into office at the board’s April meeting. Rhodes reportedly expects to seek authorization to remodel the Police Department’s evidence room, and he hopes to forge the village’s first ever formal budget.
Veres urged the incoming administration to keep in mind that $1,600 in the Civic Improvement Fund is a donation from the Seniors Club and is earmarked for the purchase of a generator to power a cooling/heating center in the event of an emergency. She also noted that $1,000, also deposited in the Civic Improvement Fund, is to be used to reimburse a part-time police officer for the cost of training upon his successful completion of the police academy regimen.
OCCUPANCY INSPECTOR RESIGNATION
The board accepted a letter of resignation from Brett Ahring as the village’s occupancy inspector, effective March 1. The occupancy inspector is responsible for inspecting rental properties between tenants to ensure they a habitable and meet building codes.
In his letter to the board, Ahring said he no longer has time available to perform his duties “due to my children getting older and therefore being involved in many more activities.” He expressed thanks to the current and past Village Presidents, as well as members of the board, “for giving me the opportunity to serve them and the board.”
The occupancy inspector had been frequently criticized by Ryan Montoro, who owns rental properties in Wilsonville. Appearing at several meetings of the board, Montoro alleged the building inspector was not adequately inspecting rental properties before new tenants were allowed to move in.
COMMUNITY CENTER ROOF
Board members agreed to contact the contractor responsible for installing a new roof on the Wilsonville Community Center before contacting the village’s insurer with a claim for damage resulting from one or more leaks in the roof.
“I’d like to give him the benefit of the doubt and give him a chance to fix it so we don’t have to turn it into our insurance and then go after his insurance and all that,” said Trustee Wood.
Village President Veres reported there had been “major leaking” at the building, which ruined several of the newly installed ceiling tiles.
The board took under advisement a bid from Fleming & Tawfall for preparing the village’s annual audit of accounts. The company, which has performed the audit for the past several years, offered a bid “not to exceed” $5,700 to $6,300. Board members generally agreed to seek bids from other audit firms.
“Sometimes, they get a little too comfortable,” said Trustee Wood, noting the firm has done the audit for several years. “You need to shake it up once in a while.”
SHADY OAK PARK PAVILION
Rhodes, Wood and Trustee Roland Rife agreed to inspect the pavilion at Shady Oak Park after Veres reported the building is in need of repair. The city officials are expected to determine what will be needed to repair the building and bring a proposal back to the full board.
“Go over and see what needs to be done,” Veres said, “so we can get it taken care of before it deteriorates anymore.”
The next regular meeting of the board is set for 7 p.m., Monday, April 2.