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September 24, 2015 Board of WaterWorks Minutes

Ken Gembala, PresidentAttorney David Austgen
Gregory Volk, Vice-PresidentSteve Kil, Town Manager
Michael ForbesClerk Treasurer, Sherry Sury

CALL TO ORDER:
Mr. Ken Gembala called to order the Waterworks Board regular meeting for September 24, 2015, at 7:03 p.m.

ROLL CALL:
Roll call was taken by Clerk Treasurer, Sherry Sury, with the following members present: Ken Gembala, Gregory Volk and Michael Forbes. Staff members: Steve Kil. Attorney Austgen was present. St. John Waterworks Board Recording Secretary, Susan E. Wright, was also present.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
AUGUST 27, 2015, REGULAR WATER WORKS MEETING.

Mr. Gembala noted that the meeting minutes for the August 27, 2015, meeting were before the Board for their review. He asked if there were any questions, additions or corrections to the minutes. There was no discussion on the minutes.

Mr. Gembala stated he would entertain a motion to approve the minutes of the August 27, 2015, Water Works meeting as submitted. Mr. Volk made a motion to approve the minutes of August 27, 2015. Mr. Forbes seconded the motion. The motion was carried (3/0). Ayes --- all. Nays --- none.

PUBLIC HEARING:
A. ORDINANCE NO. 78 --- ST. JOHN WATERWORKS DISTRICT BUDGET.

Mr. Gembala stated that the first item on the agenda was a public hearing for Ordinance No. 78, the Waterworks District budget. He asked if the Proofs of Publication were in order for the meeting. Ms. Sury explained that the budget is not required to be advertised; she stated the budget is available for inspection on Gateway.

Mr. Gembala asked Mr. Kil if he had anything. Mr. Kil reported that the Waterworks District is in very fine shape. Mr. Forbes noted the advertised budget number is $332,522.00, the adopted tax levy is $249,238.00 with an adopted tax rate of .0311.

(General discussion ensued.)

Mr. Gembala noted the budget had a few increases due to inflation, but otherwise was the same as the 2015. He asked the Board if there was any further discussion. There was no further discussion.

Mr. Gembala stated he would open the public hearing.

P U B L I C H E A R I N G

John Vortman, 97th Lane:
He asked Mr. Gembala if he was talking about a “fee increase.” Mr. Forbes stated “No fee increase.”

Mr. Gembala called twice for additional public comment. There was no additional public comment. Mr. Gembala closed the floor to public comment and brought the matter back before the Board.

Mr. Gembala stated he would entertain a motion. Mr. Forbes made a motion to consider Ordinance No. 78 on first reading. Mr. Volk seconded the motion. The motion was carried by voice vote (2/0/1). Mr. Gembala stated he had to abstain. He stated, according to State law, he cannot vote on a budget because he is a volunteer fireman. Ayes --- two. Nays --- none. Abstain --- one.

NEW BUSINESS:
Mr. Gembala asked if there was any New Business before the Waterworks Board. Mr. Kil responded that there was no new business at this time.

Mr. Gembala asked about the water main project. He stated that there are a couple of residents who are concerned about their landscaping being done before winter. Mr. Kil stated that the landscape crew is going to over to the water main project very shortly.

REPORTS AND CORRESPONDENCE:
Mr. Gembala called for Reports and Correspondence. There were no Reports and Correspondence before the Board.

PAYMENT OF BILLS:
Mr. Gembala noted payment of the bills for the Waterworks District was next for the Board’s review and action. He stated the total amount for the Waterworks District vouchers was $32,176.85, and dated September 24, 2015. He asked if there were any questions on the bills. Mr. Forbes stated, for clarification, the Water District vouchers are $32,176.85 and the Water Utility APVs are $266,777.00.

Mr. Gembala stated he would accept a motion on the vouchers together. Mr. Forbes made a motion to authorize payment of both bill dockets as presented. Mr. Volk seconded the motion. The motion was carried by voice vote (3/0). Ayes --- all. Nays --- none.

PUBLIC COMMENT:
Mr. Gembala called for public comment on issues related to the St. John Board of Waterworks District. There was no public comment. Mr. Gembala closed the floor to public comment.

ADJOURNMENT:
Mr. Gembala stated he would entertain a motion to adjourn. “So moved,” by Mr. Forbes. Mr. Volk seconded the motion. The motion was carried by voice vote (3/0). Ayes --- two. Nays --- none. (The meeting was adjourned at 7:10 p.m.)

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Susan E. Wright, Recording Secretary
St. John Board of WaterWorks