February 16, 2010

A regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees was held on Tuesday, February 16, 2010, in the Village Hall. Deputy Mayor Conley opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m. Also present were Trustee Bateman, Trustee Sarchia, Trustee Westcott, Coordinator Dodge, Police Chief Swick, and Clerk-Treasurer Schweigert. Mayor Maedl and Attorney Seaman were absent. Trustee Westcott led the Pledge of Allegiance. There was a representative of the RH Youth Baseball/Softball League in attendance, as well. A motion was made by Trustee Bateman, and seconded by Trustee Sarchia, to approve the minutes of the January 19, 2010, meeting. Carried. A motion was made by Trustee Westcott, and seconded by Trustee Bateman, to authorize payment of bills submitted on Abstract No. 10-09/10 in the amount of General: $56,938.68; Water: $3,859.91; and Sewer: $10,126.11; for a Total of: $70,924.70. Carried. A motion was made by Trustee Sarchia, and seconded by Trustee Westcott, to approve payrolls 17 and 18 for weeks ending January 23 and February 6, 2010. Carried. A motion was made by Trustee Westcott, and seconded by Trustee Bateman, to authorize the Clerk-Treasurer to make a budget transfer in the amount of $39.90 from A9050.8 to A9055.8. Carried. The Treasurer’s report was submitted and accepted for the month of January 2010. The Public Works report for January 2010 will be submitted with the February 2010 report. The Village and Town Police reports were submitted and accepted for the month of January 2010. The Fire reports were submitted and accepted for the months of November and December 2009 and January 2010. Water and Sewer billing for the quarter ending February 1, 2010 were as follows: Water: $57,895.99; Sewer: 56,803.02; Total: $114,699.01. The following resolution was offered by Trustee Bateman, who moved its adoption, and seconded by Trustee Sarchia RESOLVED, that the forthcoming General Village Election will be held on Tuesday, March16, 2010, 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 26, 2010. The vote on the foregoing resolution was as follows: Ayes: Deputy Mayor Conley, Trustee Bateman, Trustee Sarchia, and Trustee Westcott. Nays: None. Absent: Mayor Maedl. The resolution was thereupon declared duly adopted. Correspondence was read: Mr. Dodge received a letter from a resident on Manor Lane regarding the drainage issue there. He has asked that this be addressed in the next budget. Clerk Schweigert advised the Board that the final contract with the Teamsters has been submitted for signature. A motion was made by Trustee Westcott, and seconded by Trustee Bateman, to authorize Mayor Maedl to sign the 2009-2013 Teamsters Union contract. Carried. Clerk Schweigert advised the Board that the contract with MVP for 3rd party administration of employees’ out-of-pocket medical expenses will be in the amount of approximately $1,000 to begin, and then it will be $125 per month thereafter. Motion was made by Trustee Westcott, and seconded by Trustee Bateman, to authorize Mayor Maedl to sing the contract with MVP. Carried. Trustee Westcott advised the Board that Mayor Maedl received an invitation to Niagara Falls City Hall for mayors and town supervisors regarding national security. The meeting will be on February 26, 2010 at 1 pm. They will be discussing the electromagnetic pulse that would have devastating results if it was stopped. Board members are asked to try and attend this meeting. Trustee Westcott asked the Board for permission to have the restrooms in the DPW garage open and available to the runners who will be participating in the 100 mile marathon between Lockport and Middleport starting at 7 a.m. on February 27 and ending at 1 p.m. on February 28. The Fire Hall has an event that evening and when it is done, they will offer use of their facilities to the runner. Approved. Mr. Dodge advised that there is another grant available regarding wi-fi services in the village. He will look into the specifics, i.e., the costs to the village for this. The grant covers the cost of purchasing equipment; the village would have to maintain it. He was authorized to pursue this. Mr. Dodge brought his concerns to the Board regarding the possible sewer tie-in on Freeman Road. He met with Dan Morse & Terry Nieman from the Town of Royalton regarding this. There may not be enough room between the water and sewer lines as there has to be at least 10 feet between them. Also, there are flow concerns as only one person will be living in the house being built. Mr. Dodge would like to have Wendel Duchscherer look at the plans should they be approved by the Town of Royalton. This could turn out to be cost prohibitive for the new owner. Mr. Dodge received his water license. He has already submitted the paperwork to the Niagara County Health Department to be named the Operator in Charge. The Board must appoint him to this position. A motion was made Deputy Mayor Conley, and seconded by Trustee Westcott, to appoint Daniel Dodge as Water Operator in Charge for the Village of Middleport. Carried. Trustee Bateman asked for an update on 28 Vernon as she had heard the owners were in court on January 19. Chief Swick advised that they will be in court again today. Clerk Schweigert advised that she has taken and passed the notary public exam. Trustee Westcott updated the Board on CIG information. The CAMU may not fly as proposed. There is some disagreement to it. There is a new Arcadis evaluation on trees; Board members were all sent an email regarding this. Discussed status of trees in areas that may be remediated. Mr. Dodge advised the Board that some of the tables at the Scout House need to be replaced. He was advised to get prices on new ones. Chief Swick advised the Board that it is time to order a new police vehicle. It is in the budget to do so. State bid prices are out, but he must order a new vehicle by March to get the best price. The price has dropped about $3,000 since he last purchased a vehicle. A motion was made by Trustee Westcott, and seconded by Trustee Sarchia, authorizing Chief Swick to purchase a new police vehicle at state bid price no greater than $23,000 plus an additional $2,000 for needed accessories. Total authorized was $25,000. Carried. Chris Steiner from the Royalton Hartland Baseball Softball League addressed the Board. It is time to renew the contract for baseball services. They would like the terms to remain the same, $3,000, but they would like assistance in upgrading the field in Hartland. Hartland has already turned down their request for this. Discussed current program. Trustee Westcott asked why diamonds need to be upgraded if this is a recreation league. Mr. Steiner advised they consider this a recreation/training league and that kids are leaving the program because of the condition of the fields. Mr. Dodge observed that this sounded more like a complaint of parents or coaches. Deputy Mayor Conley reminded Mr. Steiner that this is a recreation league and any child who would like to play must be included, regardless of ability or finances and no one should be turned away. Mr. Steiner assured him that this is not happening. Mr. Steiner was advised that the Board will discuss this and get back to the league regarding their decision. The next regular Board meeting will be held on Monday, March 15, 2010, at 7 p.m. There being no further business, a motion was made by Trustee Westcott, and seconded by Trustee Sarchia, to adjourn. Carried. Meeting adjourned at 8:02 p.m. Respectfully submitted, Rebecca A. Schweigert Clerk-Treasurer
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