Minutes

April 16, 2007

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A regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees was held on Monday, April 16, 2007, in the Village Hall. Mayor Maedl opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m. Also present were Trustee Bateman, Trustee Sarchia, Police Chief Swick, Village Coordinator Dodge, Clerk-Treasurer Schweigert, Code Enforcement Officer Thomas Arlington and Daniel E. Seaman, attorney. Deputy Mayor Conley and Trustee Kirkpatrick were absent. Mr. Arlington led the Pledge of Allegiance. There were several residents in attendance as well. Mayor Maedl opened the public hearing at 7:03 p.m. re: proposed local law entitled “A Local Law providing for the administration and enforcement of the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code.” Clerk to read notice. There being no comments, Mayor Maedl closed the meeting at 7:03 p.m. A motion was made by Trustee Bateman, and seconded by Trustee Sarchia, to adopt a local law entitled “A Local Law providing for the administration and enforcement of the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code.” The roll call vote was as follows: Ayes: Trustee Bateman, Trustee Sarchia, and Mayor Maedl; Nays: none; Abstentions: none; Absent: Deputy Mayor Conley and Trustee Kirkpatrick. The motion was carried. A motion was made by Trustee Bateman, and seconded by Trustee Sarchia, to approve the minutes from the March 3, March 19, and April 2, 2007 meetings. Carried. A motion was made by Trustee Bateman, and seconded by Trustee Sarchia, to approve payment of bills submitted on Abstract No. 11-V in the amount of: General: $44,877.69; Water: $14,835.58; Sewer: $11,014.91; Total: $70,278.18. Carried. A motion was made by Trustee Bateman, and seconded by Trustee Sarchia, to approve payrolls 22 and 23 for weeks ending March 24 and April 7, 2007. Carried. A motion was made by Trustee Bateman, and seconded by Trustee Sarchia, to authorize the Clerk-Treasurer to make the following necessary budget transfers: TO FROM AMOUNT A1210.4 A1910.4 $ 165.00 A1640.4 A5410.4 1,746.30 A5010.4 A5010.2 416.12 TOTAL: $2,327.42 Carried. Treasurer’s report submitted and accepted for the month of March 2007. The DPW report was submitted and accepted for the month of March 2007. The Village and Town Police reports were submitted and accepted for the month of March 2007, with Chief Swick reading the highlights. The Fire report submitted and accepted for the month of March 2007. A motion was made by Trustee Bateman, and seconded by Trustee Sarchia, to approve the membership application submitted by the Middleport Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1, Inc. for Dianne E. Coakley. Carried. A motion was made by Trustee Sarchia, and seconded by Trustee Bateman, to approve the membership application submitted by the Middleport Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1, Inc. for David J. DeChellis. Mr. Dechellis is currently a Junior Fireman. Carried. A motion was made by Trustee Bateman, and seconded by Trustee Sarchia, to approve the membership application submitted by the Middleport Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1, Inc. for Daniel E. Wells. Mr. Wells is currently a Junior Fireman. Carried. A presentation was made to the Board by Eagle Scout candidate Nick Herriven to do the following at Rotary Park as an Eagle Scout project: X Create a controlled campfire area on the other side of the creek behind the Scout House for scout use only. X Sand and repaint the bridge crossing the creek. X Sand and repaint the garbage barrels. X Repaint the playground toys. X Pricing a new basketball hoop. X Placing mulch and/or sand under the swing sets and other toys. X Refinish and repaint the picnic tables. X Repaint the “Rotary Park” sign. He also included some ideas for possible additions to his program. He has made this proposal to benefit the scouts, the preschool children at the Lutheran Church, the Sunday School and VBS students of the church, and other community members. A discussion ensued regarding this project. The Board greeted it positively. It was decided that the fire pit should be portable so that it could be locked up and only used by the Scouts. This would prevent any fire-related problems if just anyone could use it. A motion was made by Trustee Bateman, and seconded by Trustee Sarchia, to approve the Eagle Scout project as discussed. Carried. Discussed Greenway Grant for improvements at Margaret Droman Park. The contracts have been received for the State. Attorney Seaman reviewed at advised signing. He cautioned that we will need to get a lease agreement with the Canal Corporation to complete this project. Mayor Maedl advised that she has been able to secure outside funding, which decreases the amount the Village will be responsible for. A motion was made by Trustee Bateman, and seconded by Trustee Sarchia, to authorize Mayor Maedl to execute the Greenway Grant contracts with New York State. Carried. Trustee Bateman asked for the status of the offer on the well property on Mountain Road. The offer was withdrawn as we must get fair market value, which is $11,700 not the $1,000 offer. Tom Arlington advised that another warning letter was sent to the owner of 30 Mechanic Street. Attorney Seaman advised that the next step is for Mr. Arlington to provide a report to the Board, and if necessary schedule a hearing. We could enforce our dilapidated building code. Trustee Bateman advised she toured our Sewer Treatment Plant and was very impressed. She would like to see an open house and tour held so people can understand what happens there. This is a good idea and Trustee Bateman will coordinate with Coordinator Dodge to make it happen. Coordinator Dodge did a presentation regarding possible plans for restoring building in the central business district (CBD). He passed our artist renditions of the buildings on Main and State Streets that make up the CBD. A business owner has suggested installing bike racks for customers to use. This will be looked into, and it was noted that the NYSDOT would have to be involved. Newly elected Fire Chief Steve Cooley gave a rundown of the April 1 elections and who the officer holders are now. Doug Herriven, 34 Kelly Avenue, asked if he could fill his inground swimming pool using metered water from a fire hydrant. There is a time constraint when filling a completely empty inground pool so he can’t use hoses to fill it. The walls can cave in if not filled fast enough. Clerk Schweigert and Coordinator Dodge pointed out that we have never allowed this in the past, and Clerk Schweigert advised that he would still be held responsible for sewer charges. Attorney Seaman will research and give a recommendation. Mayor Maedl reminded those present that the community wide garage sale will be on Saturday, May 5, 2007. Clerk Schweigert reminded the Board that the January 2008 Board meeting is set for the second Tuesday in January (because of the MLK holiday) which falls a week before the third Monday. Discussed moving the January meeting to the second Monday in January because of this. A motion was made by Trustee Bateman, and seconded by Trustee Sarchia, to move the January 2008 Board meeting from January 15 to January 14, 2008. Carried. All parties will be notified that need this information. The next regularly schedule meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held on Monday, May 21, 2007, at 7:00 p.m. in the Village Hall. There being no further business, a motion was made by Trustee Bateman, and seconded by Trustee Sarchia, to adjourn. Carried. Meeting was adjourned at 8:05 p.m. Respectfully submitted, Rebecca A. Schweigert Clerk-Treasurer
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