October 17, 2005

A regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees was held on Monday, October 17, 2005, at the Village Hall. Mayor Maedl opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m. Also present were Deputy Mayor Conley, Trustee Bateman, Trustee Herriven, Trustee Shuttleworth, Police Chief Swick, Clerk-Treasurer Schweigert, and Daniel E. Seaman, attorney. DPW Superintendent Mahar was absent as he was attending the Public Works school sponsored by NYCOM. Clerk-Treasurer Schweigert led the Pledge of Allegiance. There were several others in attendance as well. A motion was made by Trustee Bateman, and seconded by Deputy Mayor Conley, to approve the minutes from the August 15, 2005, meeting as distributed at the September 19, 2005, meeting. Carried. A motion was made by Trustee Shuttleworth, and seconded by Trustee Herriven, to authorize payment of bills submitted on Abstract 5U in the amount of: General - $46,045.35; Water - $32,575.23; Sewer - $6,807.88; Total - $85,428.46. Carried. A motion was made by Deputy Mayor Conley, and seconded by Trustee Shuttleworth, to approve payrolls 9 and 10 for weeks ending September 24 and October 8, 2005. Carried. The Treasurer’s report was submitted and accepted for the month of September 2005. The Public Works’ report was submitted and accepted for the month of September 2005. The Village and Town police reports were submitted and accepted for the month of September 2005, with Chief Swick reading the highlights. The hours for trick-or-treating were set for 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm on Monday, October 31, 2005. The Ladies’ Auxiliary will hold their annual Halloween Party immediately following at 6:00 pm at the Fire Hall. A notice will be sent to the paper for publication that the Village’s overnight parking ban will be enforced effective Sunday November 6, 2005, through April 2, 2006. Chief Swick explained to those present that parking is illegal between the hours of 3 am and 6 am on Village Streets and this is enforced during the winter hours for snow removal purposes. A motion was made by Deputy Mayor Conley, and seconded by Trustee Shuttleworth, to appoint Rebecca A. Schweigert as Records Management Officer. Carried. Discussion ensued regarding an application from Donald Enderby, 65 S. Vernon Street, to tap into the County water supply at a property just outside the Village. The tap would be into a feeder pipe that goes to FMC. It was determined that this should not be sponsored by the Village as the building will be entirely in the Town of Royalton and the Village does not have a water main there. A note will be faxed to the Niagara County Water District from Mayor Maedl advising that the Town of Royalton should be the applicant not the Village. Correspondence was read: Mayor Maedl received a note from Gerry Rademaker Reynolds from the Royalton Historical Society asking the Board to promote the Society. They would also like to know if they could recommend someone who might like to serve as an officer and if they know of anyone interested in writing for the newsletter. The Historical Society will be included in the Tourism Committee’s guidebook. Received a certified letter from Pony’s Irish Pub, LLC, advising they are applying for a liquor license for 23 Main Street. Received a letter from the owner of 63 State Street regarding a tree. Letter has already been forwarded to Mr. Mahar to address the issue. Received an email from Niagara County regarding computer classes being given at the NCCC Training Center in Lockport. Gary Purser and ClerkTreasurer Schweigert would like to attend the Intro. to Excel being offered mornings on November 2, 4, 7, and 9. Permission granted. Cost will be determined by how many enroll and will be from $5-$30 per person, including books. Received a notice from FMC regarding a tour of houses for sale in Middleport owned by FMC through the price protection plan. Received the results of testing done by FMC at the Sewer Treatment Plant and the old Gould property. Copy forwarded to Attorney Seaman. Under old business, Mayor Maedl asked for an update on the parking issue at the west end of Francis Street. Discussion ensued, with Chief Swick recommending that there be no parking from 6 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday in the area. Attorney Seaman will have resolution ready for next meeting. Discussed possibility of problems at the east end of Francis Street, too. As there have been no complaints, this will not be addressed at this time. Clerk Schweigert suggested “no left turn” from Vernon onto State Street when High and Middle Schools are starting. Traffic can be held up for many minutes when this occurs. Could be limited to 7:15 am to 7:45 am Monday through Friday. Board felt this wasn’t an issue at this time. Mayor Maedl advised the Board that the Scout House refrigerator issue has been resolved. A sign was put on the refrigerator that it is not for long term storage. Users are advised to take their items with them after their meetings. Refrigerator is now empty. Trustee Bateman asked if the licensing fee for the Trailer Park could be increased, as it has been $82 for decades. Attorney Seaman will check into this issue and report back to the Board. At this time Mayor Maedl addressed increases in the water sales rate and sewer rent rate. Board members received information that included a possible increase of 15 percent in water rates and 25 percent in sewer rates, or an increase in water and an increase in sewer to make it 100 percent of water rates. Discussion ensued. Attorney Seaman will work with Clerk Schweigert to get exact figures to increase water rates and have sewer rates 100 percent of water rates. Resolution will be ready for next meeting. Trustee Herriven advised the Board that a Village resident had asked him to look into the possibility of having a street light on Kelly Avenue moved to a less bright area. He checked out the area and wasn’t certain that it would make a difference other than in winter, given the density of the leaves from the trees. Chief Swick will check out the area and give his opinion. Attorney Seaman advised that the Village has been talking with the County about purchasing gas and electricity from them. Trustee Bateman brought up the issue of staggering Public Works Personnel’s working hours in the winter due to street plowing. This could lower overtime expenses. Now that elementary students are all being bused, the streets will need to be cleaner earlier than before. Discussed issue and union contract regarding it. As Trustee Shuttleworth is the Street representative, he will discuss with Mr. Mahar. Loretta Bensley, owner of the Gift Garden at 16 Main Street, advised the Board that there is a parking issue effecting businesses in the State and Main Street areas. Residents are parking all day and block access to the business. She asked if a 2-hour parking limit could be imposed. Discussion ensued regarding this matter. Attorney Seaman advised that most municipalities no longer allow all-day parking. Attorney Seaman said this will be addressed while the parking issue on Francis Street is being addressed as well. Donna Stimes, owner of Style Ahead at 6 State Street, asked about snow being cleared from sidewalks in front of her shop because it is pushed there by plows. She also asked about the Village curfew. Chief Swick advised that it is 10:00 p.m. Discussed difficulty of keeping kids from congregating on Main and State Streets. Attorney Seaman said that “no loitering” laws have been ruled unconstitutional. Mayor Maedl announced that the next regular Board meeting will be held on Monday, November 21, 2005, in the Village Hall at 7 p.m. A motion was made by Trustee Herriven, and seconded by Trustee Bateman, to move into executive session for the purpose of discussions regarding proposed, pending, and current litigation. Carried. Mayor Maedl opened executive session at 8:05 p.m. A motion was made by Trustee Bateman, and seconded by Trustee Shuttleworth, to move back into regular session. Carried. Mayor Maedl reconvened regular session at 8:29 p.m. Mayor Maedl reminded all of the meeting to be held in the Village Hall on Monday, October 24, 2005, at 7 p.m. with the agencies. A motion was made by Trustee Herriven, and seconded by Deputy Mayor Conley, to adjourn. Carried. Respectfully submitted, Rebecca A. Schweigert Clerk-Treasurer
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