Minutes

February 25, 2008

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A regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees was held on Monday, February 25, 2008, in the Village Hall. Mayor Maedl opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m. Also present were Deputy Mayor Conley, Trustee Bateman, Trustee Kirkpatrick, Trustee Sarchia, Coordinator Dodge, Police Chief Swick, Clerk-Treasurer Schweigert, and Daniel E. Seaman, attorney. Chief Swick led the Pledge of Allegiance. There were no Village residents in attendance. A motion was made by Deputy Mayor Conley, and seconded by Trustee Kirkpatrick to approve the minutes of the January 14 and January 23, 2008, meetings. Carried. A motion was made by Trustee Bateman, and seconded by Deputy Mayor Conley, to authorize payment of bills submitted on Abstract No. 9-W in the amount of General: $29,441.72; Water: $4,844.12; and Sewer: $10,176.13; for a Total of: $44,461.97. Carried. A motion was made by Trustee Kirkpatrick, and seconded by Trustee Sarchia, to approve payrolls 18, 19, and 20 for weeks ending January 26, February 9, and February 23, 2008. Carried. A motion was made by Trustee Bateman, and seconded by Deputy Mayor Conley, to make the following budget transfers: TO FROM AMOUNT A7550.4 A1325.1 $611.17 A9055.8 A1325.1 27.80 TOTAL: $638.97. Carried. The Treasurer’s report was submitted and accepted for January 2008. The Public Works report was submitted and accepted for January 2008. The Village and Town Police reports were submitted and accepted for January 2008, with Chief Swick reading the highlights. The Fire report was submitted and accepted for January 2008. Report received from Code Enforcement Officer regarding the properties he and Coordinator Dodge have identified as needing to be cleaned up. Water and Sewer billing for the quarter ending February 1, 2008: Water: 59,734.52; Sewer: 58,752.75; Total: $118,487.27. The following resolution was offered by Trustee Bateman, who moved its adoption, and seconded by Trustee Kirkpatrick: RESOLVED, that the forthcoming General Village Election will be held on Tuesday, March18, 2008, from 12:00 p.m. noon until 9:00 p.m. at the Village Hall, Middleport, New York. The following candidates were nominated for the office and term set forth before each name: ACTION PARTY Trustee: Two-year term Richard J. Westcott 13 Mechanic Street Middleport, New York PEOPLE’S CHOICE PARTY Trustee: Two-year term Thomas C. Conley 61 State Avenue Middleport, New York RESOLVED, that this resolution shall be published in the official newspaper of the Village of Middleport on February 25, 2006. The vote on the foregoing resolution was as follows: Ayes: Deputy Mayor Conley, Trustee Bateman, Trustee Kirkpatrick, Trustee Sarchia, and Mayor Maedl. Nays: None. Absent: None. The resolution was thereupon declared duly adopted unanimously. The issue of purchasing a bucket truck was reopened for discussion. Funding has been put in place so we can move forward with the purchase. A motion was made by Trustee Bateman, and seconded by Trustee Kirkpatrick, to accept the only bid for a used freightliner diesel truck with Altec AM855 bucket or equivalent. The bid was received from Opdyke, Inc., in the amount of $59,500. Carried. Correspondence was read: Received a thank you from the family of James McCormick for the donation to the Library in his memory from the Board and attorney Received an invitation to the County’s Bicentennial Birthday Bash Received notice of a public hearing being held by the Public Service Commission Received acknowledgement from Sen. Clinton regarding our status as Tree City USA Received resignations from the following Police Officers: Michael Tarnowski (effective 2/29/08), John Ingham (effective immediately), and Scott Merritt (effective 3/10/08) A motion was made by Deputy Mayor Conley, and seconded by Trustee Bateman to accept these resignations with regret. At this time, Chief Swick passed around applications from two prospective police officers for the Board to review. Trustee Bateman commended the DPW for how well the streets have been kept clean of snow. She has heard only positive comments. Discussed cleaning sidewalks to help the children who walk to school. Mr. Dodge will be asking for a bobcat in the next budget, and he has seen a brush attachment that could clean the sidewalks. If residents get upset with the DPW cleaning certain sidewalks, those sidewalks can be designated as priority based on a need to keep pedestrians off the streets. The areas that will probably be done are State Street to the School, the CBD on Main Street, and the sidewalks on Route 31. It is possible that the bobcat and attachment would qualify for the “Safe Routes to School” grant that is being offered by New York State. Mayor Maedl thanked everyone who attended the Proclamation Celebration on January 24, 2008. There are three groups in the Village who are going after funding to help pay for the signs: The Tourism Committee, the Barge Canal Art Center, and the Business Association. Discussed applications for part-time Police Officers. Chief Swick would like the individuals hired effective March 1, 2008, at a rate of $11.00 per hour. A motion was made by Trustee Kirkpatrick, and seconded by Trustee Sarchia, to hire Scott Bixby effective March 1, 2008, at a rate of $11.00 per hour. Carried. A motion was made by Trustee Bateman, and seconded by Deputy Mayor Conley, to hire Kenneth Moore, Jr., effective March 1, 2008, at a rate of $11.00 per hour. Carried. Attorney Seaman advised the Board that he, Mayor Maedl, and Coordinator Dodge will be having a teleconference with Spiros Antoniadis regarding the economic development plan he is helping us with. Mr. Seaman would like to submit the Marina Improvement grant application to Senator Maziarz. This would qualify for Greenway money, as well. A motion was made by Deputy Mayor Conley, and seconded by Trustee Bateman, to file the grant application with Senator Maziarz for the amount of $250,000. Carried. Clerk Schweigert advised the Board of information she received at the February Niagara County Municipal Clerks Association meeting regarding the Commission on Local Government Efficiency and Competitiveness that Governor Spitzer has put in place to study consolidation throughout the State. It appears that the Commission may recommend that elected positions which are not policy making positions be changed to appointed rather than elected. This would include tax collectors, town clerks, highway superintendents, to name a few. The Commission may also urge the abolishment of town and village governments. Attorney Seaman will follow the issue, and if action needs to be taken regarding this, he will let the Board know. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees will be on Monday, March 17, 2008, at 7:00 p.m. in the Village Hall. A motion was made by Deputy Mayor Conley, and seconded by Trustee Bateman, to move into Executive Session for the purpose of discussions regarding proposed, pending, or current litigation. Carried. Mayor Maedl opened Executive Session at 8:00 p.m. A motion was made by Trustee Bateman, and seconded by Deputy Mayor Conley, to move back into General Session. Carried. Mayor Maedl reconvened General Session at 8:45 p.m. Attorney Seaman will send a letter to the Baseball Board advising that the Village will be changing the terms of the contract to financial support only. The Baseball Board will administer the program itself and have to contract directly with the Towns of Royalton and Hartland. Mayor Maedl advised the Board that Deputy Historian Barbara Albone is organizing a committee to celebrate the Village’s Sesquicentennial in 2009. She hopes that at least one Board member joins the committee. Discussed need for a budget meeting. Clerk Schweigert will get preliminary information together and send to the Board. A motion was made by Trustee Kirkpatrick, and seconded by Deputy Mayor Conley, to hold a budget meeting on Saturday, March 8, 2008, at 9:00 a.m. Carried. There being no further business, a motion was made by Trustee Bateman, and seconded by Trustee Kirkpatrick, to adjourn. Carried. Meeting adjourned at 8:48 p.m. Respectfully submitted, Rebecca A. Schweigert Clerk-Treasurer
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