During the regularly scheduled Village Board meeting held on May 1, 2006, Treasurer Abraham Zambrano introduced a resolution to authorize the Village Manger to spend $10,000 to replace an air conditioning unit in the police department.
However, before a vote was taken, an agitated Mayor Greg Schmidt and concurring Trustee Thomas Brennan took “offense” for “not giving the information up front with this” during budget hearings. Additionally, Mayor indicated his desire to know who was responsible for this sudden move in the form of a resolution.
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Mayor Greg Schmidt: “Ah, the comment I have on this is that I, ah, during our budget hearings, we specifically asked if there were any units in this building that needed to be replaced because we—with our energy audit—it was highly recommended that there are many units in this building that are old and very energy inefficient. And, I asked specifically if there was any unit in the building that needed to be replaced. So, I find it kind of interesting that all of the sudden that this shows up after the budget is approved. So, I take a little offense for not giving the information up front with this. I don’t know who is responsible for this but I would like to find out.”
Trustee Thomas Brennan: “I concur. We asked specifically about that and were told minor repairs.”
Mayor Greg Schmidt: “Right. Because that is a problem that we are having in this building is the increasing cost of maintaining old and outdated equipment. But, the police department is in desperate need of replacing this, ah, their air conditioning unit goes down frequently and they have a lot of heavy, ah, they have, not heavy equipment, its equipment that needs to be kept cool in the summertime. That’s what they need because they have electronic equipment in there, so. Ah, any further discussion? All those in favor?
Mayor Greg Schmidt: “Thank you.”