Minutes

April 18, 2005

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A regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees was held on Monday, April 18, 2005, in the Village Hall. Mayor Maedl opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m. Also present were Deputy Mayor Conley, Trustee Bateman, Trustee Herriven, DPW Superintendent Mahar, Police Chief Swick, Clerk-Treasurer Schweigert, and Daniel E. Seaman, attorney. Trustee Shuttleworth was absent. Trustee Herriven led the Pledge of Allegiance. There were two representatives from the Fire Department in attendance, as well. Mayor Maedl opened the public hearing immediately following the Pledge re: a proposed local law entitled “A Local Law amending the Village Code of the Village of Middleport.” Clerk Schweigert read the notice. As there were no comments, Mayor Maedl closed the public hearing at 7:03 p.m. Attorney Seaman advised that we must hear from the County’s Planning Board before this can be adopted. It will be on the May agenda. A motion was made by Trustee Herriven, and seconded by Trustee Bateman, to approve the minutes of the March 9, 2005, meeting as distributed at the March 21, 2005, meeting. Carried. A motion was made by Deputy Mayor Conley, and seconded by Trustee Herriven, to authorize payment of bills submitted on Abstract No. 11-T in the amount of: General: $37,489.42; Water: $18,794.23; Sewer: $13,657.68; Capital Improvement: $361.75; Total: $70,303.08. Carried. A motion was made by Trustee Herriven, and seconded by Deputy Mayor Conley, to approve payrolls No. 22 and 23, for weeks ending March 26 and April 9, 2005. Carried. A motion was made by Deputy Mayor Conley, and seconded by Trustee Bateman, authorizing the Clerk-Treasurer to make the following budget transfers: TO FROM AMOUNT A1620.1 A8170.1 $ 200.00 A1640.1 A8170.1 1,500.00 A5110.1 A8170.1 200.00 A7180.4 A1420.4 1,000.00 A7310.41 A1990.4 1,342.00 A8560.1 A8170.1 1,000.00 A8560.1 A5142.1 1,200.00 A8560.1 A1420.4 800.00 G8120.4 G8130.4 10,000.00 TOTAL: $17,242 Carried. The Treasurer’s report was submitted and accepted for the month of March 2005. The Public Works’ report was submitted and accepted for the month of March 2005. The Village and Town Police reports were submitted and accepted for the month of March 2005. Refuse and recycling contract with NEI will be renewed for the period July 1, 2005, to June 30, 2006, with a 3-percent CPI increase. A motion was made by Deputy Mayor Conley, and seconded by Trustee Herriven, to accept the high bid (and only bid) of $925 from James Payne for the 1979 GMC dump truck. Carried. Clerk-Treasurer will advise Mr. Payne he is high bidder. Correspondence was read: X Received notice from NYCOM about the Main Street conference X Received the 2004 pretreatment report from Wendel X Received notice from the Basket Factory that they intend to renew their liquor license X Received donation from FMC towards John Swick’s enrollment fee for a chemical security class he will be taking April 28, 2005, in Schenectady. A thank you will be sent. X Mayor Maedl received an invitation to attend Opportunity Unlimited of Niagara’s 50th anniversary celebration. A proclamation will be sent, as requested. Attorney Seaman advised that the Fire contract for 2005 is ready for signature. Discussed 2005 summer recreation program. It will be held at the Scout House again this year. Grace Swick will be asked to the run program. Discussed giving the baseball program the money that they were unable to spend following the 2003 season. The amount is $1,342. A motion was made by Trustee Herriven, and seconded by Deputy Mayor Conley, to amend the budget to give A7310.41 an additional $1,342 for expenditures. This will be funded by A1990.4, the contingency account. Carried. Discussed the 2000 Crown Victoria police car. The Village of Barker has decided they don’t want to purchase it. A motion was made by Trustee Bateman, and seconded by Deputy Mayor Conley, to declare the 2000 Crown Victoria police car excess equipment. Carried. A motion was made by Deputy Mayor Conley, and seconded by Trustee Herriven, to advertise the sale of the 2000 Crown Victoria police car, with a minimum bid of $1,500. Carried. Mayor Maedl reminded everyone that the Village-wide garage sale will be on Saturday, May 7, 2005. Jim Volkosh, Middleport Fire Dept., said that the Middleport Idol, held at the Basket Factory, was successful, but there was some concern that the restaurant was at capacity. He offered to do an assessment of their maximum capacity, as it should be posted, but isn’t. Discussed the property on Elizabeth Street owned by Sally Coe. Needs to be cleaned up following the fire there in the fall of 2003. Mayor Maedl spoke with an employee from Lynx, on Mill Street. They may be moving to Wilson as they have grown out of their current location. She will see if there is any way this could be prevented. Francis Street parking issue seems to be solved, so far. Mr. Volkosh advised the Board that a representative from the Fire Department will be at every Board meeting. He presented the Board with a verbal list of the recently elected and appointed officers: Chief: Scott Kassman 1st Ass’t. Chief: Darren Burdick 2nd Ass’t. Chief: Matt Herriven Captain: Steve Cooley Lieutenant: Sam DeChellis EMS Captain: Rebecca Gristmacher Fire Police Captain: Jim Jacobs President: Bob Kester Vice President: Jim Volkosh Secretary: Bob Sisler Treasurer: Greg Nellist Fire Wardens: Dave Greenwell and John Kiern Bingo Chair: Matt Herriven Sergeant-at-Arms: Tom Holmesberger A motion was made by Trustee Herriven, and seconded by Deputy Mayor Conley, to accept the officers as named. Carried. Mr. Volkosh advised the Board of several other issues: X A FEMA grant has been filed, with a request for a generator highlighted. X The MFD 2005 budget will be sent to the Board as soon as possible. X The MFD would like to begin discussions again regarding the possibility of a length of service award. They are looking into whether or not the fire department can foot the bill for the buyback time. X Thanks were extended to the Mayor for filling out the vulnerability survey the County sent out. This will help the county identify where money should go. X The current Fire Chief would like communication to remain open between the Village and the Fire Department. Mayor Maedl advised she would like a meeting sometime in May with the Deputy Mayor and the Fire Department Officers to update the Village’s emergency plan. A motion was made by Trustee Bateman, and seconded by Deputy Mayor Conley, to move into executive session for the purpose of discussions regarding proposed, pending, or current litigation. Carried. Executive session opened at 7:48 p.m. A motion was made by Trustee Herriven, and seconded by Trustee Bateman, to move back into general session. Carried. Mayor Maedl reconvened the general session at 8:05 p.m. With there being no further business, a motion was made by Trustee Herriven, and seconded by Deputy Mayor Conley, to adjourn. Carried. Meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m. Respectfully submitted, Rebecca A. Schweigert Clerk-Treasurer
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