Minutes

October 16, 2006

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A regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees was held on Monday, October 16, 2006, in the Village Hall. Mayor Maedl opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m. Also present were Trustee Bateman, Trustee Herriven, Trustee Kirkpatrick, Police Chief Swick, Clerk-Treasurer Schweigert, and Daniel E. Seaman, attorney. Deputy Mayor Conley was absent. Trustee Kirkpatrick led the Pledge of Allegiance. There was one Village resident in attendance. A motion was made by Trustee Bateman, and seconded by Trustee Kirkpatrick, to approve the minutes from the September 18, 21006, meeting. Carried. A motion was made by Trustee Herriven, and seconded by Trustee Kirkpatrick, to approve payment of bills submitted on Abstract 5V in the amount of: General - $49,314.09; Water - $13,307.85; Sewer - $4,569.11; Total - $67,191.05. Carried. A motion was made by Trustee Bateman, and seconded by Trustee Kirkpatrick, to approve payrolls 9 and 10 for weeks ending September 23 and October 7, 2006. Carried. Treasurer’s report submitted and accepted for the month of September 2006. The DPW report was submitted and accepted for the month of September 2006. The Village and Town Police reports were submitted and accepted for the month of September 2006, with Chief Swick reading the highlights. A motion was made by Trustee Herriven, and seconded by Trustee Kirkpatrick, to approve the application of Michael DeChellis to join the Middleport Volunteer Fire Company, No. 1, Inc. Carried. Discussed setting trick or treating hours. The ladies auxiliary has agreed to change the start time of their annual Halloween party to 7:00 p.m. on Halloween night. Trick or treating will be 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Overnight parking ban will be enforced from Sunday, November 5, 2006, through Sunday, April 1, 2007. Papers will be notified. A motion was made by Trustee Herriven, and seconded by Trustee Bateman, to authorize Mayor Maedl to execute the contract between the Village of Middleport and the Middleport Remediation Advisory Group (M-RAG) for funds to provide technical assistance regarding the ongoing arsenic exposure investigation. Carried. Correspondence was read: received letter of resignation from Police Office Part-time Patrick O’Neil effective October 3, 2006. He has taken a position with the Niagara County Sheriff’s Department. Leaves will be placed at the Sewer Treatment Plant when they are picked up by the DPW. They will be placed near the wood chip pile there. The brickwork and stairs are complete at the back of the Village Hall. An excellent job was done. The precast cement stairs that were at the back of the Village Hall are surplus material as new stairs have been built. These stairs will be sold by sealed bid. Bids will be accepted through noon on Friday, November 17, and the winning bid will be accepted at the November 20, 2006 Board meeting. A motion was made by Trustee Herriven, and seconded by Trustee Bateman, to declare the precast cement stairs surplus material and to sell these stairs by sealed bid with a beginning bid of $200. Carried. Deputy Supervisor Cal Rhoney, Town of Royalton, has offered the Town’s assistance in cleaning up following the freak snowstorm and tree damage on Friday, October 13, 2006. Homeowner at 37 State Street has inquired if private individual can take down the Village tree in front of his home that was severely damaged during the storm. Village attorney advised no, due to liability and insurance issues. Village will take down the tree and homeowner can have the wood. With Officer O’Neil’s resignation, the Department needs another officer. Chief Swick submitted an application from John Ingham, an individual he would like to hire. Mr. Ingham currently is employed by the Barker Police Department. A motion was made by Trustee Bateman, and seconded by Trustee Kirkpatrick, to hire John Ingham as a part-time police officer starting November 1, 2006, at a wage of $11 per hour. Carried. Trustee Bateman brought up the issue of allowing Village residents to opportunity to have a sewer call done by the DPW and paying for it. Discussion ensued. Attorney Seaman thought that sewer calls had been eliminated. Chief Swick would like to have internet access available to his Department. He would like to get Verizon DSL. Trustee Herriven suggested he contact the TekShop to see about a router to tie into the Clerk’s internet service. The next regular Board Meeting will be held on Monday, November 20, 2006, at 7:00 p.m. A motion was made by Trustee Herriven, and seconded by Trustee Bateman, for the purposes of discussions leading to the appointment, employment, or promotion of a particular person. Carried. Executive Session opened at 7:35 p.m. A motion was made by Trustee Herriven, and seconded by Trustee Bateman, to return to General Session. Carried. Mayor Maedl reconvened General Session at 7:51 p.m. There being no further business, a motion was made by Trustee Bateman, and seconded by Trustee Kirkpatrick, to adjourn. Carried. Meeting adjourned at 7:51 p.m. Respectfully submitted, Rebecca A. Schweigert Clerk-Treasurer
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