Minutes

July 19, 2010

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A regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees was held on Monday, July 19, 2010, in the Village Hall. Mayor Maedl opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m. Also present were Deputy Mayor Westcott, Trustee Conley, Trustee Bateman, Trustee Sarchia, Police Chief Swick, Clerk-Treasurer Schweigert, and Daniel E. Seaman, attorney. Coordinator Dodge was absent. Trustee Conley led the Pledge of Allegiance. There were a few Village residents in attendance, as well. Mayor Maedl opened the public hearing regarding a proposed local law entitled “A Local Law for Flood Damage Prevention as authorized by the New York State Constitution, Article IX, Section 2, and Environmental Conservation Law, Article 36.” Clerk Schweigert read the notice. Mike Cooley, 3 Francis Street, asked if the updated maps impact his property. He was advised that all properties that were impacted by the new maps have already been contacted. Attorney Seaman advised there is a coordinated SEQRA review and the Niagara County Planning Board review. We must wait 30 days until this is done. Law adoption was tabled until August 16, 2010, meeting. It must be in effect no later than September 17, 2010. There being no other comments, Mayor Maedl closed the hearing at 7:05 p.m. A motion was made by Deputy Mayor Westcott, and seconded by Trustee Bateman, to approve the minutes of the June 21, 2010, meeting. Carried. A motion was made by Trustee Conley, and seconded by Trustee Sarchia, to authorize payment of bills submitted on abstract no. 02-10/11. General: $73,093.67; Water: $17,914.77; Sewer: $18,780.82; Total: $106,877.36. Carried. A motion was made by Trustee Bateman, and seconded by Deputy Mayor Westcott , to approve payrolls no. 2 and 3 for weeks ending June 26 and July 10, 2010. Carried. A motion was made by Trustee Conley, and seconded by Trustee Sarchia, to reappoint Thomas A. Arlington, to the position of Zoning and Code Enforcement Officer at the same annual salary of $5,721.60 (prorated for the remainder of the year) effective immediately. Carried. The Treasurer’s report was submitted and accepted for June 2010. The Public Works report was submitted and accepted for June 2010. The Village and Town Police reports were submitted and accepted for June 2010, with Chief Swick reading the highlights. The fire report was submitted and accepted for June 2010. Correspondence was read: Received a notice from Pizza Place II that they are renewing their liquor license Received an email from Tom Geiger, scoutmaster of Troop 250 from Clarence, NY, asking for permission to have his troop camp overnight at the Scout House the night of Saturday, August 21, 2010. There will probably be about 20 scouts involved. Troop 23 Scoutmaster Tim Herriven does not have a problem with this. A motion was made by Deputy Mayor Westcott, and seconded by Trustee Conley, granting permission for Troop 250 to camp at the Scout House and use the facilities as needed. Carried. Discussed the vacant lot near the drugstore and Telegraph Road and the appearance of the yard at 40 Main Street, including the clothesline that has been strung. Owners will be contacted. Trustee Sarchia asked if the owners could be ordered to fix their properties. Mr. Arlington said we’d have to take the owners to court. Mr. Seaman advised there is a provision in the building code for this. Discussed enforcement of yard and building maintenance codes. Deputy Mayor Westcott gave a CIG update. The number of attendees at the meetings are dwindling. No representatives from MRAG or CAP attending. Discussed CMS. Don’t expect a response from the agencies to the draft plan FMC submitted until November. There may be a CIG meeting on September 15 if the response is back by then, but probably won’t be. Mr. Seaman addressed the inquiry from a Mr. Paine regarding the dump property that the Village owns. Mr. Paine would like to maintain this property. He was advised to contact Mr. Dodge. Deputy Mayor Westcott gave an update on the noise issue at the Basket Factory. Discussed what the owners have undertaken to address the problem. Decided that the committee will continue to gather information and present a recommendation to the Board at the August meeting. Any trustee who has not been to the Basket Factory for information was encouraged to do so prior to the end of July. Mayor Maedl announced there will be a street dance on Saturday, July 24, at the Commons. Nearby residents will receive letters to let them know that their driveways could be blocked. Mayor Maedl announced that Middleport will host the Lois McClure, an 1836 canal schooner replica, on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010. The general public will be able to board for a tour from 3 pm to 7 pm. Local organizations will be contacted. Resident Dale Schnackel asked if the bricks for the Walkway at the Commons could continue to be promoted. He also asked if a tree in front of his house could be replanted. Mayor Maedl advised that the Village does budget moneys for trees. The next regular meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held on Monday, August 16, 2010, at 7:00 p.m. in the Village Hall. A motion was made by Trustee Bateman, and seconded by Trustee Sarchia to move into executive session for the discussion of personnel issues. Carried. Executive session opened at 7:57 p.m. A motion was made by Deputy Mayor Westcott, and seconded by Trustee Conley, to return to general session. Carried. General session reconvened at 8:28 p.m. There being no further business, a motion was made by Trustee Conley, and seconded by Deputy Mayor Westcott, to adjourn. Carried. Meeting adjourned at 8:28 p.m. Respectfully submitted, Rebecca A. Schweigert Clerk-Treasurer
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