Minutes

March 21, 2011

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A regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees was held on Monday, March 21, 2011, in the Village Hall. Mayor Maedl opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m. Also present were Deputy Mayor Westcott, Trustee Conley, Coordinator Dodge, Police Chief Swick, Clerk-Treasurer Schweigert, and Daniel E. Seaman, attorney. Trustee Bateman and Trustee Sarchia were absent. Mayor Maedl led the Pledge of Allegiance. There was one member of the public in attendance. A motion was made by Trustee Conley, and seconded by Deputy Mayor Westcott, to approve the minutes of the of February 22 and March 12, 2011, meetings. Carried. A motion was made by Deputy Mayor Westcott, and seconded by Trustee Conley, to authorize payment of bills submitted on abstract no. 10-10/11 as follows: General: $27,663.87; Water: $5,584.21; Sewer: $12,365.89; Total: $45,613.97. Carried. A motion was made by Trustee Conley, and seconded by Deputy Mayor Westcott, to authorize the following budget transfers: TO FROM AMOUNT A3120.2 A3120.4 $5,000.00 A7550.4 A9710.7 275.00 A9030.8 A1990.4 4,814.98 A9055.8 A9710.7 74.55 Total: $10,164.53 Carried. A motion was made by Deputy Mayor Westcott, and seconded by Trustee Conley, to approve payrolls # 20 and 21 for weeks ending March 5 and March 19, 2011. Carried. The Treasurer’s report was submitted and accepted for February 2011. The Public Works report was submitted and accepted for February 2011. The Village and Town Police reports were submitted and accepted for February 2011, with Chief Swick reading the highlights. The Zoning & Code Enforcement report was submitted and accepted for February 2011. At this time Ed Wachowski addressed the Board. He asked for the status of installing a handicap parking spot in front of HSBC on Main Street. Mr. Dodge advised he contacted the NYSDOT in Albany who referred him to the Lockport Office. They advised that they do not want to get involved; it is a Village matter, so long as the American Disability Act is followed. Mr. Dodge was also advised that it would be better to install the parking spot on an off-street rather than Main Street. Mr. Wachowski said it would be too far a walk if the spot was on Park Avenue. Discussion ensued regarding the issue. Mr. Seaman cautioned that the state must be notified of our intentions. Possibly the spot could be restricted only during bank business hours. Mr. Wachowski asked when the spot would be designated. Mr. Dodge said within the next few weeks, unless the state says different. Bids for the 2005 Ford Expedition were opened earlier in the day. Only two bids were received. They were: $857.00 from Chicago Motors, Inc., and $551.50 from Bill Kovach, Jr. A motion was made by Trustee Conley, and seconded by Deputy Mayor Westcott, to award the bid to Chicago Motors, Inc. Carried. Winner will be notified by mail. Correspondence: Received an email from NYCOM re: the proposed 2-percent tax cap. Will send a letter protesting as written. Received assessments from Town of Hartland for property on Sherman Road and Wastewater Treatment Plant. Both have gone down. Received letter of resignation from Part-time Police Officer Brandon Annable effective March 7, 2011. He has taken a position with the NFTA Police, and they do not allow employment by any other police departments. Accepted with regret. Deputy Mayor Westcott asked Mr. Dodge about sewer issues at 13 Church Street. Mr. Dodge has already addressed the issue. The problem is the homeowner’s, who has already been told this. Deputy Mayor Westcott asked about overgrown bushes that are blocking the sidewalk at 72 Main Street. Mr. Seaman advised that if the bushes are obstructing passage along the sidewalk, the Village DPW can trim them. Deputy Mayor Westcott asked about yards being fixed after snowplow damage. Mr. Dodge advised it is Village policy to do that, and when the weather is better, the DPW will. Mayor Maedl advised that she was contacted by FMC, letting her know they would like to continue with the mural theme in the Village. They would like to create a walking theme of murals. FMC would have murals scenes painted by Stacey Kirby installed in the alcove to the Village Hall entrance. The mural would consist of historic scenes and lettering to indicate the Village Hall. They also want to create a walking tour map of places of interest in the Village and would like permission to install a map dispenser on the DPW garage, facing the canal. The Board approved both of these actions. FMC will be warned that the area at the end of the garage is not waterproof, even though there is an overhang of the roof. Mayor Maedl also said that the Barge Canal Art Center would like to find more spaces for murals as well. Attorney Seaman asked about the status of the baseball contract. Discussed if the Village will continue supporting the Roy-Hart Baseball Program. Trustee Conley heard enrollment is up 15 percent and 5 more teams have been added. Fewer players have been lost to Lockport, as they have cracked down of residency. The RHBB program is not affiliated with Little League. The Village will continue to support this program. A motion was made by Trustee Conley, and seconded by Deputy Mayor Westcott, to authorize Mayor Maedl to execute the 2011 contract with the RHBB Program for $3,000. Carried. Attorney Seaman reviewed the refuse/recycle contract that is up for renewal this year. Based on economics, he recommends that we renew it with Modern Disposal. He will contact them for current costs. Chief Swick advised he gave a copy of his proposed increased for the Hartland Police contract to Mr. Seaman; he will give a copy of it to Hartland Dep. Supervisor Annable, too. Discussed the proposed 2011 budget. Deputy Mayor Westcott brought up the issues of a stipend to those employees who don’t take health insurance and the Mayor and Board’s wages. Discussed both. Those who don’t take health insurance save the Village money. The wages have only been increased once in over 11 years. A motion was made by Deputy Mayor Westcott, and seconded by Trustee Conley, to authorize a $2,500 stipend to any employee who does not take advantage of the health insurance offered by the Village. Carried. A motion was made by Trustee Conley, and seconded by Deputy Mayor Westcott, to raise the wages as follows: $300 increase for Mayor; $500 increase for Deputy Mayor; $300 increase for Trustees. Carried. A motion was made by Trustee Conley, and seconded by Deputy Mayor Westcott, to approve the tentative 2011-2012 budget of $1,718,520.93, with the tax rate as follows: Royalton residents- $9.855342/thousand and Hartland residents - $10.868702/thousand. Budget Hearing set for April 4, 2011, at 7:05 p.m. Carried. The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be the annual reorganization meeting on Monday, April 4, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. The Next meeting of the Northwestern Frontier Association of Village Officials will be on Wednesday, April 20, 2011. The next regularly scheduled monthly meeting will be on Monday, April 18, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. There being no further business, a motion was made by Deputy Mayor Westcott, and seconded by Trustee Conley, to adjourn. Carried. Meeting adjourned at 7:48 p.m. Respectfully submitted, Rebecca A. Schweigert Clerk-Treasurer
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