Minutes

March 20, 2006

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A regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees was held on Monday, March 20, 2006, in 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, DPW Superintendent Mahar, Police Chief Swick, ClerkTreasurer Schweigert, and Daniel E. Seaman, attorney. Trustee Shuttleworth led the Pledge of Allegiance. There were several Village residents in attendance, as well. At this time, Dr. Herbert Koenig, 7 Orchard Street, presented the Board of Trustees with a banner that had been a gift from our guests from Lubbecke, Germany, in August. He also asked if there would be any interest in becoming a sister city to Lubbecke, now that there is some history with visits back and forth between our municipalities. Mayor Maedl told the Board that a Middleport banner had been presented to the German visitors and she has a copy of a newspaper article in which the banner was presented to Lubbecke’s burgermeister (mayor). A motion was made by Trustee Bateman, and seconded by Trustee Shuttleworth, to approve the January 17, 2006, minutes as distributed at the February 21, 2006, meeting. Carried. A motion was made by Deputy Mayor Conley, and seconded by Trustee Herriven, to authorize payment of bills submitted on Abstract No. 10-U: General: $20,223.07; Water: $34.09; Sewer: $13,887.45; Cap. Improvements: $74; Total: $34,218.61. Carried. Mileage item of $13 on Wendel Duchscherer bill not approved. Paperwork for Mayor to sign was for I & I delivered on January 30, 2006 and picked up by courier for mailing on January 31, 2006 (the deadline for submission). As Wendel had had the information since August 2005, there was no need for the delay. A motion was made by Deputy Mayor Conley, and seconded by Trustee Herriven, to approve payrolls No. 20 and 21, for weeks ending February 25 and March 11, 2006. Carried. A motion was made by Trustee Bateman, and seconded by Trustee Herriven, to authorize Clerk-Treasurer Schweigert to make the necessary budget transfers in the amount of $9,201.50 as follows: TO FROM AMOUNT A1920.4 A1325.4 $ 101.50 A5010.4 A1420.4 $3,000 A5110.4 A1910.4 $6,000 F9030.8 F8310.4 $ 100 Carried. Treasurer’s report was submitted and accepted for the month of February 2006. Public Works report was submitted and accepted for the month of February 2006. Village and Town Police reports were submitted and accepted for the month of February 2006. Chief Swick read the highlights. Fire report was submitted and accepted for the month of and January 2006. A motion was made by Trustee Herriven, and seconded by Deputy Mayor Conley, to approve the tentative 2006-2007 budget at $1492,567.56, set the tax rate $8.40 per thousand, and set the Budget Hearing set for April 3, 2006, at 7:05 p.m. Carried. Mayor Maedl and Clerk Schweigert attended classes March 7 through March 9 regarding creating an emergency response plan. Deputy Mayor Conley received a request from Mike Reale, owner of Reale’s Barbershop on Main Street, asking that businesses be allowed to place their garbage behind their buildings. Mr. Reale has spoken to several business owners, who are agreeable to this. Deputy Mayor Conley will contact NEI regarding this. Received baseball stats from the league, read by Trustee Herriven. Deputy Mayor Conley reported that he is still getting information together regarding tree grates. Mr. Mahar and Deputy Mayor Conley will get together and have a pricing report for next month. Attorney Seaman advised the Board that he needs some direction regarding the sidewalk amendment as discussed at the public hearing on February 21. He explained the rationale behind making this a misdemeanor. Paving over a sidewalk is destruction of public-owned property and in league with malicious activity and should be given criminal status. Paving over a sidewalk could cause $600 to $700 in damage, and if the maximum penalty is only $250, that’s low; if it is made a violation, we could put in for injunctive relief. Trustee Herriven felt that the amendment is fine as written. Contractors should not be given a pass on that kind of action. Deputy Mayor Conley agreed and said that contractors have laughed at the requirement in the past. Attorney Seaman said contractors should be checking for rules and regulations. A motion was made by Trustee Herriven, and seconded by Deputy Mayor Conley, to adopt Local Law No. 2 of 2006 entitled “A Local Law amending Chapter 163 of the Village Code entitled, “Streets and Sidewalks.” Carried. Trustee Bateman asked what could be done about garbage being put to the curb too early. Attorney Seaman said it would be simple to add and amendment to the solid waste law. Trustee Herriven felt that might not be necessary. We will do a reminder in a newsletter. DPW Superintendent Mahar spoke with electrician Greg Nellist regarding a hookup with the Fire Department’s new generator. He will put a quote together. Cal Rhoney, 2 Taylor Street, updated the Board on the Shared Cities grant. They are waiting to see if it is reauthorized in April. Will get back to the Board on what’s available. Mr. Rhoney asked Mayor Maedl that County Legislator Mike Hill and he be included in any greenway meetings. Mayor Maedl will get him a contact number. Trustee Herriven extended thanks to Trustee Shuttleworth for his tenure as a Trustee. Trustee Shuttleworth in turn thanked all present for being a good Board to work with. Mayor Maedl extended her thanks to Trustee Shuttleworth, saying she always appreciated his efforts and input. The next meeting will be the annual reorganization meeting on Monday, April 3, 2006, at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room. The next NWFAVO meeting will be on Wednesday, April 19, 2006, with the village of Youngstown hosting. The next regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Board of Trustees will be Monday, April 17, 2006, at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room. A motion was made by Trustee Herriven, and seconded by Trustee Shuttleworth, to move into executive session for the purpose of discussion regarding proposed, pending, and current litigation. Carried. Executive Session opened at 7:40 p.m. A motion was made by Trustee Shuttleworth, and seconded by Trustee Bateman, to move back into general session. Carried. Mayor Maedl reconvened regular session at 8:15 p.m. A motion was made by Deputy Mayor Conley, and seconded by Trustee Bateman, to authorize a contract with MRAG for technical assistance in the amount of $20,000. Carried. A motion was made by Trustee Shuttleworth, and seconded by Trustee Bateman, to adjourn. Carried. Meeting adjourned at 8:16 p.m. Respectfully submitted, Rebecca A. Schweigert Clerk-Treasurer
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