Minutes

August 20, 2007

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A regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees was held on Monday, August 20, 2007, in the Village Hall. Mayor Maedl opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m. Also present were, Trustee Bateman, Trustee Kirkpatrick, Trustee Sarchia, Police Chief Swick, Village Coordinator Dodge, Clerk-Treasurer Schweigert, and Daniel E. Seaman, attorney. Deputy Mayor Conley was absent. Trustee Kirkpatrick led the Pledge of Allegiance. There were a few residents in attendance. A motion was made by Trustee Bateman, and seconded by Trustee Kirkpatrick, to approve the minutes from the July 16, 2007, special meeting and regular meeting minutes. Carried. A motion was made by Trustee Kirkpatrick, and seconded by Trustee Sarchia, to approve payment of bills submitted on Abstract 3-W in the amount of: General - $32,770.48; Water - $291.27; Sewer - $8,473.91; Total - $41,535.66. Carried. A motion was made by Trustee Bateman, and seconded by Trustee Kirkpatrick, to approve payrolls 5 and 6 for weeks ending July 28 and August 11, 2007. Carried. Treasurer’s report submitted and accepted for the month of July 2007. The DPW report was submitted and accepted for the month of July 2007. The Village and Town Police reports were submitted and accepted for the month of July 2007, with Chief Swick reading the highlights. Fire reports submitted and accepted for the months of May and June 2007. Water and Sewer billings for the quarter ending August 1, 2007: Water: $ 60,491.43 Sewer: 59,560.65 Total: $120,052.08 A motion was made Trustee Kirkpatrick, and seconded by Trustee Sarchia, to authorize Mayor Maedl to sign the project application for the Youth Recreation Program (swim only). Village expenditures for 2007 were $8,148.03, which includes the amounts reimbursed by the Towns of Royalton and Hartland. State reimbursement is expected to be $610. Carried. Kevin Czaja addressed the Board on behalf of the Middleport Fire Department. They will be holding their 9th annual car show on September 9, 2007, and all of the letters have gone out regarding this. Coordinator Dodge offered the services of the Public Works Department to help in any way needed. Correspondence was read: X Received a thank you note from the family of Jim Conley for the donation made in his memory to the Middleport Free Library by the officials and employees of the Village. X Received a thank you note from the Hess Road Wesleyan Church for the donation made in memory of Charles Purser by the officials and employees of the Village. X Received a report from Grace Swick regarding the 2007 Summer Recreation program. X Received a report from Kathy Mullin regarding the 2007 Summer Swim program. X Received a letter from attorney Daniel E. Seaman advising the Board that his rate will increase to $162 per hour effective January 1, 2008. X Received a letter from Pizza Place II indicating they intend to renew their liquor license. Under old business, Mayor Maedl asked for the status of the parking issue on Taylor Street. Attorney Seaman will have resolution ready for September Board meeting indicating there will be no parking from 6 p.m. Fridays to 10 p.m. Sundays. Tom Winkley, 22 Sleeper Street, asked about the status of being able to apply for an extension to removing his outdoor furnace due to the ban now in effect. Attorney Seaman advised he is working on it and will have something for the September meeting. Chief Swick advised the Board that he would like to purchase a speed trailer to indicate the speed vehicles are going when they approach it. He would like to set it up at various places throughout the Village at different times, such as in the school zone, on Main Street, Telegraph Road, Carmen Road - mostly the problem areas. He has three bids: X NPH - $5,250 for base + $1,647 for computer program that will do speed studies (total $6,897) X Decatur model at $4,995 for base + $1,095 for computer program (total $6,090) X Decatur model for $7,095 Chief Swick would like the Decatur model at the cost of $6,090. Stop DWI funds will be used for this. Trustee Sarchia asked for clarification on the funding. The Stop DWI monies from the county were explained. All of the fine money paid for DWIs is returned to the counties for use by police departments for traffic safety enforcement. A motion was made by Trustee Kirkpatrick, and seconded by Trustee Bateman, to authorize purchase of a Decatur Onsite 300 radar trailer at the cost of $6,090, which is $4,995 for the base and $1,095 for the computer program. Carried. Coordinator Dodge was notified by Jim Luckman of the Gasport Lions Club that they will be painting the containers that hold the public garbage cans in the CBD. They will be using a base white then splashing them with other colors. Board approves of this plan. Mr. Dodge will advise Mr. Luckman. As some of the garbage cans need replacing, this will be a good time to do that. Deb Winkley, 22 Sleeper Street, asked about a fight with several people involved that occurred on Sleeper Street several weeks ago. Mayor Maedl advised that it should be taken up with Chief Swick, as the Board wouldn’t have any information. Linda Wells, 62 N. Hartland St., said that she is upset that the Village is dumping on N. Hartland Street. She reported the Village to the DEC. Mr. Seaman advised that this matter will be discussed in Executive Session. Mrs. Wells continued with allegations that the Village is dumping on her land (which it isn’t) and several other issues that weren’t coherent. She threatened the Board that she will contact local media if nothing is done about this. She personally attacked Mayor Maedl about her grandchildren playing in that area and accused DPW personnel of lying to her about having DEC permission. Mayor Maedl advised Mrs. Wells that the Board will take the attorney’s advice and discuss this in Executive Session as this is the first time the Board has been together since she made the report. Mrs. Wells said the Board should have called a special meeting regarding this. Attorney Seaman advised Mrs. Wells that she does not get to tell the Board how to run the meeting; she replied she knows how a meeting is run. Mayor Maedl reiterated that the Board will take the advice of the attorney. Mrs. Wells continued on in a very loud and belligerent manner accusing the DPW of “polluting where we live.” At this time Mayor Maedl closed public input. Mrs. Wells’ parting comment was that now she knows “why Rick (her husband) didn’t get this job because you hired your neighbor!” Mayor Maedl announced that the next regular Board meeting will be on Monday, September 17, 2007, at 7:00 p.m. A motion was made by Trustee Bateman, and seconded by Trustee Kirkpatrick, to move into executive session for the purpose of discussions regarding proposed, pending, and current litigation. Carried. A motion was Made by Trustee Bateman, and seconded by Trustee Kirkpatrick, to return to general session. Carried. Mayor Maedl reconvened general session at 8:16 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 8:16 p.m. Respectfully submitted, Rebecca A. Schweigert Clerk-Treasurer
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