Minutes

April 19, 2007

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A regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees was held on Monday, March 19, 2007, 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 Kirkpatrick, Police Chief Swick, Clerk-Treasurer Schweigert, and Daniel E. Seaman, attorney. Village Coordinator Dodge was absent. Deputy Mayor Conley led the Pledge of Allegiance. There were several residents in attendance. A motion was made by Trustee Bateman, and seconded by Trustee Kirkpatrick, to approve the minutes from the February 20 and March 3, 2007, meetings. Carried. A motion was made by Trustee Kirkpatrick, and seconded by Trustee Herriven, to approve payment of bills submitted on Abstract 10-V in the amount of: General - $28,060.30; Water - $121.43; Sewer - $19,108.23; Total - $47,289.96. Carried. A motion was made by Trustee Bateman, and seconded by Deputy Mayor Conley, to approve payrolls 20 and 21 for weeks ending February 24 and March 10, 2007. Carried. Treasurer’s report submitted and accepted for the month of February 2007. The DPW report was submitted and accepted for the month of February 2007. The Village and Town Police reports were submitted and accepted for the month of February 2007, with Chief Swick reading the highlights. The Fire reports were submitted and accepted for the months of January and February 2007. A motion was made by Deputy Mayor Conley, and seconded by Trustee Bateman, to approve the tentative budget at $1,542,113.38. Tax rate to remain at $8.40 per thousand. Budget Hearing set for April 2, 2007, at 7:30 p.m. Carried. At this time a presentation was made to the Board of Trustees by Anne Holahan on behalf of Grassroots-Middleport. They are donating the proceeds of the sale of 17 Main Street to the Village to set up a grant program for business owners in the business district. A maximum $2,000 matching grant will be awarded to business owners who are fixing up the outside of their building. Mayor Maedl acknowledged that without Anne Holahan, the building at 17 Main Street would not be standing now and buildings nearby may have been lost, as well. Ms. Holahan also presented a proposal that Grassroots created for an historic preservation local law. She advised that the Village of Medina has offered to help Middleport get this law in place, should we choose to pass it. Mayor Maedl thanked her and told her that it will be useful while work is being done on applying for a Restore New York grant. Correspondence was read: „X Received a notice from the Island Yacht Club in Wilson, New York, about a scholarship that is available to youth for sailing lessons. „X Received a notice from the Town of Royalton that the bridge on Freeman Road will be closed indefinitely effective March 15, 2007. „X Received a notice from the Town of Pendleton that they support an investigation on the PILOT granted to AES in the Town of Somerset. „X Received a notice from SEMO that the $2,843.22 in assistance for cleanup following the October 13, 2006, freak storm has been approved. Clerk Schweigert advised that the money has already been received. „X Received a notice from the Niagara County Health Department about upcoming free rabies clinics to be held throughout the year. Jeff Telecky of Wendel Duchscherer has advised that flow monitoring must be done again this spring for the I&I project. Received a quote from TECsmith to do the monitoring on a biweekly basis at three spots for a period of eight weeks. This company did the monitoring for us in 2005. A motion was made by Trustee Herriven, and seconded by Trustee Kirkpatrick, to authorize TECsmith to do the flow monitoring per their quote. The total cost will be $6,000. Carried. Attorney Seaman gave each Board member a copy of the proposed updated zoning code for the Village. We must pass these changes as mandated by the state. He explained what the law does and said there will be more work for the Code Enforcement Officer. Trustee Herriven introduced the local law to amend the zoning codes of the Village of Middleport. A motion was made by Trustee Kirkpatrick, and seconded by Trustee Bateman, to set a public hearing for this local law on Monday, April 16, 2007, at 7:00 p.m. Carried. Mayor Maedl advised all present that the Middleport Business Association is actively recruiting members. You don’t have to be a business owner to be a member. Meetings are on the first Monday of each month at the Library. The next meeting will be April 2 from 4 – 5 p.m. Mayor Maedl, Trustees Bateman and Kirkpatrick, and Clerk Schweigert all attended the unveiling of the Niagara County Bicentennial logo on March 11 at the historic Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda. The Bicentennial celebration kicks off on March 11, 2008 and runs through March 11, 2009. Mayor Maedl and Coordinator Dodge are working on an application with FMC’s grantwriter for a Restore New York grant. A motion was made by Trustee Herriven, and seconded by Trustee Bateman, to move into executive session for consultation with our attorney. Carried. Executive session opened at 7:26 p.m. A motion was made by Trustee Herriven, and seconded by Trustee Kirkpatrick, to return to general session. Carried. Mayor Maedl reconvened general session at 7:59 p.m. Chief Swick advised the Board he will be attending an overnight training session in April. A motion was made by Trustee Herriven, and seconded by Trustee Conley, to purchase a new police vehicle at state bid price. Carried. Chief Swick was told to order the vehicle. The next meeting will be the annual reorganization meeting on Monday, April 2, 2007, ay 7:30 p.m. The next NWFAVO meeting will be Wednesday, April 18, 2007, with the Village of Barker hosting. The next regular monthly meeting will be on April 16, 2007, at 7:00 p.m. There being no further business, a motion was made by Trustee Herriven, and seconded by Trustee Kirkpatrick, to adjourn. Carried. Meeting adjourned at 8:12 p.m. Respectfully submitted, Rebecca A. Schweigert Clerk-Treasurer
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