March 15, 2008

A special meeting of the Board of Trustees was held on Saturday, March 15, 2008, in the Village Hall. Mayor Maedl opened the meeting at 9:00 a.m. Also present were Deputy Mayor Conley, Trustees Bateman, Kirkpatrick, and Sarchia, Coordinator Dodge, Police Chief Swick, and Clerk-Treasurer Schweigert. Mayor Maedl advised the Board of another grant opportunity that Village business owners may be able to secure. The New York Main Street grant is a matching bricks and mortar grant for business owners to structurally enhance and maintain their buildings. If any business owners apply, the Village becomes eligible for $25,000 in “streetscaping.” The following resolution was offered by Trustee Kirkpatrick, who moved its adoption, and seconded by Deputy Mayor Conley: WHEREAS, the proposed projects identified in the NY Main Street Grant Application are consistent with the Village of Middleport’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan (which encompasses the entire Village) that was adopted on August 19, 2002 and approved by the New York State Secretary of State on January 27, 2003, and WHEREAS, the proposed financing is appropriate for the scope of these projects; and WHEREAS, the projects facilitate effective and efficient uses of existing and future public resources so as to promote both economic development and preservation of community resources, and WHEREAS, the projects develop and enhance facilities in a manner that will attract, create, and sustain employment opportunities, NOW, THEREFORE, the Board of Trustees approves and authorizes the submission of the grant application for the NY Main Street Grant for these projects. The vote on the above resolution was as follows: Ayes: Deputy Mayor Conley, Trustees Bateman, Kirkpatrick, and Sarchia, and Mayor Maedl; Nays: none; Abstentions: none; Absent: none. The resolution was unanimously passed. Budget discussions ensued. Completed reviewing expenditures of the General Fund, and went over expenditures for the Water and Sewer Funds. Discussion ensued regarding the upcoming renewal of the Town of Hartland contract for police protection. Chief Swick recommends a three-year contract with annual increases of 6percent each year. The Board agreed with his recommendation. A motion was made by Deputy Mayor Conley, and seconded by Trustee Bateman, to authorize pursuit of a three-year police protection contract with a six percent increase each year with the Town of Hartland. Carried. Chief Swick will give this information to Attorney Seaman so a contract can be drawn up. Mayor Maedl updated the Board on the Maedl Lane subdivision project. She has discussed this with Brian McGinnis of FMC and has expressed her concerns about the ongoing delay to go ahead with this. She has questioned why the cleanup efforts seem to have stalled at the edge of her property. The issue of tree removal may require a restricted deed in the area where hundreds of trees would have to be removed. Mayor Maedl does not want the trees removed. One big issue with the budget is the huge increases in health insurance premiums in the last few years. Premiums for family plan coverage have nearly doubled in five years. Deputy Mayor Conley will contact Business First to get information on health insurance. Employees who could get insurance through a spouse or other employment will be encouraged to do so. A motion was made by Deputy Mayor Conley, and seconded by Trustee Bateman, to give a $1,500 incentive to any employee who does not take health insurance from the Village. Carried. A motion was made by Deputy Mayor Conley, and seconded by Trustee Sarchia, to set the following wages for the 2008-2009 budget year for non-union employees: Department Heads: Daniel Dodge - $46,200 per year; Rebecca Schweigert - $37,200 per year; John Swick - $56,700 per year; Full-Time employees: Vicky Demmin - $18 per hour; Barbara Noble - $18 per hour; Jeffrey Waters - $19.94 per hour; Roland Johnson - $16.45 per hour; Part-Time employees: Ronald Riley - $13.75 per hour; Austin Brechue - $12.00 per hour; Shelly Stoddard - $8.75 per hour; Thomas Arlington - $5,665 per year; Seasonal employees: Swim Program: Kathy Mullin, Director - $13.50 per hour; Jill Crosby - $12.00 per hour; Holden Wagner and Meaghan Morse - $8.00 per hour each; Peggy Maigret – 50-cents more than the amount she earned last time she taught swimming; an additional teacher at minimum wage of $7.15 per hour; Recreation Program: Recreation Aide (Director) - $11.00 per hour; 2 Recreation Leaders at $7.25 per hour The motion was carried for these wages. Clerk Schweigert explained the expenditures for the Water and Sewer Funds. Board discussed these, and changes were made as needed. The General Fund expenditures will be tallied to determine what the tax rate should be. Tax rate will be set when tentative budget is passed. There being no further business, a motion was made by Trustee Bateman, and seconded by Deputy Mayor Conley, to adjourn. Carried. Meeting adjourned at 12:10 p.m. Respectfully submitted, Rebecca A. Schweigert Clerk-Treasurer
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