The Wilsonville Board of Trustees on Monday night voted unanimously to affirm Village President Jeff Rhodes’ decision to hire Charles Ring as a part-time temporary maintenance worker while Mike Campagna is sidelined due to injuries he sustained in a recent motorcycle accident.
“It was kind of an emergency,” Rhodes said. “I was on the train coming home from Chicago when I got the call. I just hope Mike gets better. He’s a very valuable employee.” He said he hired Ring at $11 per hour with the understanding he would work no more than 30 hours per week.
Rhodes said Campagna remains in intensive care and it’s not known when he will be able to return to work. He reported that Ring has been reading water meters for the village. Now that the village mower has been repaired, Ring is expected to start mowing village properties.
Ring was formally hired on a motion by Trustee Roland Rife, seconded by David Day.
In other action, the board voted to accept Steve Spencer’s offer of $9,300 to purchase a surplus New Holland tractor owned by the village. Spencer’s bid of $8,263 was the higher of two bids submitted last month when the village offered the tractor for sale via sealed bid. The board voted to reject both bids at that time, noting that the tractor purportedly was valued at $10,000 to $14,000.
Rhodes said Spencer contacted him after last month’s meeting and agreed to raise his offer to $9,300.
“He said he would give us $9,300 if the board would agree to it,” Rhodes reported. “I told him I would present it to you.”
Rife’s motion to accept the offer, seconded by Dustin Calcari, was unanimously approved.
The board set Trick or Treating dates and hours for 6 to 8 p.m., Oct. 30 and 31. Board members also granted a request on behalf of the Wilsonville Community Outreach organization to use the Community Building for a Trunk or Treat event and costume contest from 5 to 6 p.m. on Oct. 30. Paul Reed, representing the WCO, said the organization wanted the event to be concluded before participants would be wanting to disperse for Trick or Treating. The board also approved the WCO’s use of the building on Nov. 24 for a children’s movie night provided no one else has signed up for the building on that date.
On a motion by Rife, seconded by Joe Wood, the board voted to set a village cleanup day from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20. Under provisions of the motion, the village will lease four 30-yard dumpsters and make them available to village residents to dispose of general debris and refuse. Village President Rhodes will contract with a sanitation company at the best possible rate with a Saturday delivery and pick-up. Tires, paint, electronics, televisions and chemicals will not be accepted.
Board members also voted to accept a contract with Watts Office Machines to lease a black-and-white photocopier at a cost of $47.50 per month. Rhodes said there was only one other bid which called for lease-purchase agreement with payments of $275 per month. Under the Watts contract, Watts will provide toner and all supplies.
“They’ll supply everything but the paper,” Rhodes said.
Trustee Wood relayed residents’ complaints about recently hired Police Chief Kenneth Kallal of Carrollton. Wood said residents questioned why they “never see him” working patrols in town. Rhodes said Kallal is limited to working five hours per week.
“He is working on things,” Rhodes said, adding that Kallal recently succeeded in tracking down ownership of a burned out house in the village. He said Kallal plans to serve a summons on the owners requiring them to tear down and remove the remaining structure.
“Personally, I think we might want to contract out police work,” Rhodes said. The village’s one remaining officer has accepted a full-time position with the Palmyra Police Department and will have less time to devote to patrol in Wilsonville. He said the village has an issue with hiring officers because it cannot afford compensation that’s competitive with other nearby municipalities.
He said the village also has had problems maintaining a consistent police presence because of certification rules imposed by the Department of Law Enforcement. “We don’t make those rules,” he said.
Rhodes responded immediately to a Freedom of Information Act request submitted by Pam Zaksas, former trustee, for the balances of all governmental and non-governmental accounts as of Sept. 1.
“You can have these as far as I’m concerned,” Rhodes said, handing Zaksas a copy of the Treasurer’s report accepted by the board Monday night. “This is the latest we’ve got.” The report included all fund balances, along with budget comparisons for the fiscal year.
“Thank you for being so prompt,” Zaksas said.
Zaksas also requested addresses for all homes inspected by the village housing inspector between June 1, 2017 and Sept. 30 this year. She also presented the board with a copy of an ordinance she had in her possession regarding inoperable motor vehicles. She said she understood the ordinance book is in the process of being updated and codified and that she hoped the vehicle ordinance would be included in the final compilation.
The board agreed to purchase a load of rock for street maintenance but balked an approving purchase of a half-load of cold patch. Rhodes noted that the village spent $18,760 from its Motor Fuel Tax fund on its oil and chip program, leaving only $4,100 in the fund. Since it is not known how much salt the village may have to buy for treating streets this winter, he recommended foregoing the cold patch purchase.
Responding to a request from resident Violet Vandee, Rhodes said the village would make an effort to erect a “Bus Stop” sign at the intersection of Fisher and Wilson streets.
“That’s the only place where the school bus stops that doesn’t have a sign,” Vandee said.