Minutes

October 19, 2009

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A regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees was held on Monday, October 19, 2009, in the Village Hall. Mayor Maedl opened the meeting at 6:00 p.m. Also present were Deputy Mayor Conley, Trustee Bateman, Trustee Westcott, Police Chief Swick, Clerk-Treasurer Schweigert, and Daniel E. Seaman, attorney. Trustee Sarchia was absent; Coordinator Dodge was present via teleconference for part of the meeting as he was away at NYCOM training. The owners of the Basket Factory were present, as well. A motion was made by Trustee Bateman, and seconded by Deputy Mayor Conley, to move into Executive Session for the purpose of discussions regarding possible litigation and collective bargaining negotiations. Carried. Mayor Maedl opened Executive Session at 6:00 p.m. A motion was made by Trustee Bateman, and seconded by Deputy Mayor Conley, to return to General Session. Carried. Mayor Maedl reconvened General Session at 7:50 p.m. A motion was made by Deputy Mayor Conley, and seconded by Trustee Bateman, to approve the minutes of the September 21, 2009, meeting. Carried. A motion was made by Trustee Westcott, and seconded by Deputy Mayor Conley, to authorize payment on bills submitted on Abstract 5-09/10 in the amount of: General - $51,991.53; Water - $18,925.47; Sewer - $4,381.03; Total - $75,298.03. Carried. A motion was made by Trustee Bateman, and seconded by Deputy Mayor Conley, to approve payrolls 9 and 10 for weeks ending October 3 and October 17, 2009. Carried. The Treasurer’s report was submitted and accepted for the month of September 2009. The Public Works report was submitted and accepted for the month of September 2009. Mr. Dodge submitted quotes from TiSales for the replacement of the current laptop radio water reader. It has quit entirely, and due to its age, TiSales is unable to offer much technical support. It needs to be replaced. Quotes were submitted for replacement of the handheld unit and the laptop. Mr. Dodge asked that the Board review these quotes so that it can be discussed at the November meeting, when he will be in attendance. Mr. Dodge also requested authorization to schedule some paving in the Village by Bedford Blacktop. He has been advised that it is not too late for paving, and there are streets that need it done. A motion was made by Trustee Bateman, and seconded by Trustee Westcott, to authorize Mr. Dodge to hire Bedford Blacktop at Niagara County bid prices to do some paving within the Village limits commencing October 27 at a cost not to exceed $30,000. These funds will come from CHIPs funding. Carried. Village and Town Police reports were submitted and accepted for the month of September 2009. The hours for trick or treating in the Village will be on Saturday, October 31, 2009, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The ladies’ auxiliary will not be having their annual Halloween party this year. A notice will go to the paper advising that the Village’s overnight parking ban will be enforced effective Sunday November 1, 2009, through April 4, 2010. This will also be printed on the November water bills. Correspondence was read: A letter was received from Computel offering to review the Village’s Time Warner Cable franchise fees that are being submitted. If they are too low, Computel will recover difference. The Village and Computel will split any recovered fees. Clerk instructed to contact Computel to get necessary paperwork do this, as this company worked with us in the past regarding street light costs, and we were able to recover over $3,000 through them. Received notices from Community Blue and Independent Health that employees will be able to purchase health insurance for their offspring through age 29, due to a bill recently signed by Governor Patterson. Received notice from New York State Retirement that our 2010 bill could increase by $20,000, to total approximately $70,000, due to the downturn in the economy and investments. Received a notice from NYS Senator Dale Voelker advising that he is questioning the increase in the cost of road salt. Trustee Westcott questioned the lack of fire reports. He has asked the Fire Department several times for the monthly report, as submission has become spotty in the recent past. He recommends withholding the October payment to them and sending a letter advising that it will be withheld until the reports are forthcoming. Clerk will figure out what reports are missing and request them. A motion was made by Deputy Mayor Conley, and seconded by Trustee Bateman, authorizing the withholding of the payment to the Fire Department and authorizing Mayor Maedl to send a letter advising that payment will be withheld until the reports are up to date. Carried. Clerk Schweigert advised the Board about a Niagara County Transportation conference she attended on September 22. The County is interested in county-wide public transportation and is exploring the feasibility of this. Clerk Schweigert advised the Board that the new state burning law was discussed at the Niagara County Municipal Clerks meeting held on October 15. The law is similar to the county’s current law. Anyone wishing to view the law can do so at the DEC website . Chief Swick advised the Board that he has a candidate to hire to replace Police Officer P/T Kenneth Moore, who resigned last month. He passed around an application from Kevin Morse for consideration. Mr. Morse is from Gasport , has recently graduated from the Niagara Police Academy, and is currently employed by Barker. Civil Service has approved the application. A motion was made by Trustee Bateman, and seconded by Deputy Mayor Conley to hire Kevin Morse as a Police Officer P/T at a rate of $11.00 per hour commencing October 20, 2009. Carried. Chief Swick would like to increase the rate of pay for Officer Brandon Annable. Officer Annable was hired at a rate of $10 per hour and did not receive a raise with the new budget year. Now that he has completed the academy, Chief Swick would like his rate of pay to be $11.00 per hour, as well. A motion was made by Trustee Bateman, and seconded by Trustee Westcott, to increase Brandon Annable’s rate of pay to $11.00 per hour effective October 25, 2009. Carried. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held on Monday, November 16, 2009, at 7:00 p.m. There being no further business, a motion was made by Trustee Bateman, and seconded by Deputy Mayor Conley, to adjourn. Carried. Meeting adjourned at 8:35 p.m. Respectfully submitted, Rebecca A. Schweigert Clerk-Treasurer
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