Minutes

September 15, 2008

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A regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees was held on Monday, September 15, 2008, in the Village Hall. Mayor Maedl opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m. Also present were Deputy Mayor Conley, Trustee Bateman, Trustee Sarchia, Trustee Westcott, Coordinator Dodge, Police Chief Swick, Clerk-Treasurer Schweigert, and Daniel E. Seaman, attorney. Police Officer Ronald Riley, Sr. led the Pledge of Allegiance. There was a representative from the Niagara County Sheriff’s Department and several members of Officer Riley’s family in attendance, as well. A motion was made by Trustee Bateman, and seconded by Trustee Westcott, to approve the minutes of the August 18, 2008, meeting. Carried. A motion was made by Deputy Mayor Conley, and seconded by Trustee Sarchia, to authorize payment of bills submitted on Abstract No. 4-X in the amount of: General: $33,881.68; Water: $1,292.90; Sewer: $5,079.41; Total: $40,253.99. Carried. A motion was made by Trustee Bateman, and seconded by Deputy Mayor Conley, to approve payrolls 6 and 7, for weeks ending August 23 and September 6, 2008. Carried. The Public Works report was submitted and accepted for the month of August 2008. The Village and Towns Police Reports were submitted and accepted for the month of August 2008, with Chief Swick reading the highlights. A motion was made by Trustee Bateman, and seconded by Trustee Sarchia, to approve the contract with Niagara County Nutrition program for use of the Scout House to provide meals to local senior citizens. Carried. Correspondence was read. All Board members received a letter from a Sleeper Street resident asking to purchase Village-owned property behind her residence. Discussed future plans for this property. The Board would eventually like to put a park in here. Clerk Schweigert instructed to write to the resident, declining her offer. Mayor Maedl thanked the Police and Public Works Departments for the efforts during the Middleport Festivities, Labor Day Weekend. It was another successful celebration. Trustee Westcott asked for an update on 31 Main Street. Coordinator Dodge has been in contact with a company that does asbestos inspections. The inspection will be in the near future. Trustee Westcott asked for the status of 14 State Street. It is on the Phase II list for brownfields. Trustee Westcott advised that the tanks are scheduled to come out before the end of the month from the Fire Department’s parking lot. Nearby residents will be notified that they will be unable to park in the lot while this is being done. It should only take 2-3 days. Trustee Bateman asked how the four 10-hour days worked for the DPW. Coordinator Dodge said that it worked very well and recommends that they do it again in the spring. Attorney Seaman advised that the County is willing to transfer title to the Village of 31 Main. It will have to be approved by the Niagara County Legislature. Mayor Maedl passed around the sample she had of the sign that will be placed at Village entrances regarding the BusinessWeek.com article. Discussed where the signs will be placed when complete. Coordinator Dodge will be attending NYCOM DPW training in October. He will be absent from the October meeting due to this. Clerk-Treasurer Schweigert and Deputy Clerk-Treasurer Demmin will be attending a NYS Retirement System seminar next week. Clerk-Treasurer Schweigert will attend training given by the NYS Comptroller’s office in October. Attorney Seaman advised he has been trying to contact the DEC regarding the dam. Has not yet been able to speak to anyone there about it. He has spoken to Randy Roeseller from Wendel about this. They will try to get someone to handle it. The next regular meeting of the Board of Trustees will be Monday, October 20, 2008. The next meeting of the Northwestern Frontier Association of Village Officials will be on Wednesday, October, 15, 2008. The Village of Middleport is the host. At this time Chief Swick recognized some of his officers with certificates of commendation. Sergeant Jeffrey Waters was commended for his quick actions in detecting and alerting the Middleport Fire Department of the fire at Niagara Foods on June 11, 2008. Officer Austin Brechue was commended for his assistance to the Middleport Fire Department in saving the life of a Town of Hartland resident on Easter Sunday, March 23, 2008. Officer Roland Johnson was commended for his assistance to Office Brechue during this incident. Chief Swick announced that Officer Ronald Riley was retiring after 26 years of service. Mayor Maedl presented Officer Riley with a certificate of appreciation and a plaque from the Board of Trustees commemorating his service. Chief Swick presented Officer Riley with a retirement badge from the Middleport Police Department. All present were invited to stay for refreshments following the meeting. There being no other business, a motion was made by Trustee Westcott, and seconded by Trustee Sarchia, to adjourn. Carried. Meeting adjourned at 7:30 p.m. Respectfully submitted, Rebecca A. Schweigert Clerk-Treasurer
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