Minutes

January 18, 2005

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A regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees was held on Tuesday, January 18, 2005, in the Village Hall. As Mayor Maedl was absent due to illness, Deputy Mayor Conley opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m. Also present were: Trustee Bateman, Trustee Herriven, Trustee Shuttleworth, DPW Superintendent Mahar, Police Chief Swick, Clerk-Treasurer Schweigert, and Daniel E. Seaman, attorney. Trustee Herriven led the Pledge of Allegiance. A member of the League of Women Voters was also present. A motion was made by Trustee Bateman, and seconded by Trustee Shuttleworth, to approve minutes of November 15, 2004, as distributed at December 13, 2004, meeting. Carried. A motion was made by Trustee Herriven, and seconded by Trustee Shuttleworth, to authorize payment of bills submitted on Abstract No. 8-T. General: $69,768.29; Water: $18,367.30; Sewer: $7,047.15; Total: $95,182.74. Carried. A motion was made by Trustee Bateman, and approved by Trustee Herriven, to approve payrolls no. 15,16, and 17, for periods ending December 17, 2004, January 1, 2005, and January 15, 2005. Carried. A motion was made by Trustee Shuttleworth, and seconded by Trustee Bateman, to authorize the Clerk-Treasurer to make the necessary Budget as follows: FROM TO AMOUNT A1325.2 A1325.41 $1,000.00 A8560.1 A1620.1 1,500.00 a9901.9 A1620.44 2,500.00 A8560.4 A1910.4 596.00 Total: $5,596. Carried. Treasurer’s report was submitted and accepted for the month of December 2004. Public Works report was submitted and accepted for December 2004. The Village and Town Police reports were submitted and accepted for the month of December 2004. Chief Swick read the highlights. He also distributed copies of the 2004 annual report to all Board members. Fire report was submitted and accepted for the month of December 2004. A motion was made by Trustee Bateman, and seconded by Trustee Shuttleworth, to appoint Mayor Maedl as Budget Officer for the ensuing year. Carried. A motion was made by Trustee Herriven, and seconded by Trustee Shuttleworth, to appoint Mrs. Pat Reale as chairperson of the election inspectors, and Mrs. Barbara Keirn and Mrs. Rosemary L. Bernard as inspectors. Carried. Due to the increase in New York State minimum wage, discussion ensued regarding a raise in pay for inspectors, even though their hourly wage was increased in 2004. At present they are now making only 15 cents more than minimum wage. A motion was made by Trustee Bateman, and seconded by Trustee Shuttleworth, to increase the election inspectors’ hourly wage to $6.50 per hour. Carried. A motion was made by Trustee Herriven, and seconded by Trustee Bateman, to authorize Mayor Maedl to execute the Fire Contract between the Town of Hartland, Middleport Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1, Inc., and the Village of Middleport for the period 1/1/2005 to 12/31/2005, in the amount of $31,675. Carried. A motion was made by Trustee Shuttleworth, and seconded by Trustee Herriven, to authorize Mayor Maedl to execute the Fire Contract between the Town of Royalton, Middleport Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1, Inc., and the Village of Middleport for the period 1/1/2005 to 12/31/2007, in the amount of $73,727.40 for 2005, $75,939.22 for 2006, and 78,217.39 for 2007. Carried. Correspondence was read: X Boat count for 2004 was 818. X Notice was received from the New York State Emergency Management Office that we will be reimbursed $2,260.64 for the repairs to the collapsed storm drain behind 34 State Street. Trustee Bateman asked for an update on purchasing carpeting for the Scout House. Mr. Mahar explained we are having trouble securing the carpeting we want due to the large size that is needed. Trustee Bateman was asked by a resident about a large building being put up at a residence on Manor Lane. Mr. Mahar explained it is a temporary structure for the owner’s mobile home. Trustee Bateman asked if the new company on Telegraph Road, Performance Manufacturing, could get any relief on the water bill. Attorney Seaman advised we cannot deviate from regular standards for individual companies. If this company wants incentives, they must go through the County, otherwise it could be considered a gift of public funds. Trustee Shuttleworth asked Chief Swick for an update on the recent rash of robberies. Chief advised that the Niagara County Sheriff’s Department is handing the investigations. Attorney Seaman advised he had brought zoning code update proposals. He noted that he had suggested in the past that the Board repeal the special use permit code on the books as it is too broad. This proposal would tighten up the uses; currently it is open to exploitation. He suggested the Board look over his proposal and have it introduced at the next meeting when the Mayor is present. Chief Swick advised that the newly purchased SUV has arrived. It is be fitted with the computers that the homeland security money is paying for. This brings up the issue of what to do with the old car. Warnock has offered $1,200 for it. The Village of Barker is in need of a car as theirs was involved in an accident. Their mayor has asked to be advised if we will be selling as they would like to buy it. Discussed selling to Barker. A motion was offered by Trustee Herriven, and seconded by Trustee Bateman, to declare the 2000 Crown Victoria surplus equipment and to sell it to the Village of Barker for $1,200. Carried. Janet Massaro from the League of Women Voters presented a study done by them regarding the cost of urban sprawl to municipalities. She handed out copies of the study to all present. Deputy Mayor Conley advised that the Mayor would like a budget meeting either February 2 or February 12. Discussion ensued. Meeting set for Saturday, February 12, 2005, at 9:00 a.m. in the Village Hall. Paper will be notified. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees will be on Tuesday, February 22, 2005, at 7:00 p.m. due to the Presidents Day Holiday. The Village Hall will be closed Monday, February 21, 2005, for this holiday. There being no further business, a motion was made by Trustee Herriven, and seconded by Trustee Bateman, to adjourn. Carried. Meeting adjourned at 7:45 p.m. Respectfully submitted, Rebecca A. Schweigert Clerk-Treasurer
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