Minutes

December 19, 2011

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A regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees was held on Monday, December 19, 2011, in the Village Hall. Mayor Westcott opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m. Also present were Deputy Mayor Conley, Trustee Blumrick, Trustee McAvoy, Coordinator Dodge, Police Chief Swick, Clerk-Treasurer Schweigert, and Daniel E. Seaman, attorney. Trustee Hinkson was absent. Members of Cub Scout Den 23 led the Pledge of Allegiance. There were representatives from the Middleport Baseball/Softball League and a village resident in attendance, as well. A motion was made by Deputy Mayor Conley, and seconded by Trustee McAvoy, to approve the minutes of the November 21, 2011, meeting. Carried. A motion was made by Trustee McAvoy, and seconded by Trustee Blumrick, to authorize payment of claims submitted on Abstract No. 7-11/12: General: $31,175.92; Water: $2.055.08; Sewer: $7,722.85; Total: $40,953.85. Carried. A motion was made by Deputy Mayor Conley, and seconded by Trustee McAvoy, to authorize the following budget transfers in the amount of $6,620.59: TO FROM AMOUNT A1910.4 A1990.4 $1,169.25 A7310.4 A7310.12 39.34 A9015.8 A1990.4 4,162.00 A9015.8 A9010.8 1,250.00 TOTAL: $6,620.59 Carried. A motion was made by Trustee Blumrick, and seconded by Deputy Mayor Conley, to approve payrolls number 13 and 14, for weeks ending November 26 and December 10, 2011. Carried. A motion was made by Trustee McAvoy, and seconded by Deputy Mayor Conley, authorizing the Clerk-Treasurer to submit the 9th principal payment on January 2, 2012, for the EFC Water System Serial Bonds-2000. Payment to be made from the Sewer Account as follows: Principal: $20,000.00; Interest: $ 1,145.80; Total: $21,145.80. Carried. The Treasurer’s report was submitted and accepted for the months of October and November. The Public Works report was submitted and accepted for the month of November 2011. The Village and Town Police reports were submitted and accepted for the month of November 2011, with Chief Swick reading the highlights. The fire report was submitted and accepted for the month of November 2011. The Code Enforcement report was submitted ad accepted for the month of November 2011. Attorney Seaman reported that Mr. Arlington has been in discussion with him regarding 29 Main Street. A motion was made by Trustee Blumrick, and seconded by Trustee McAvoy, to hold the Village Election on Tuesday, March 20, 2012. The polling place will be the Village Hall, and polls will be open from 12 o’clock noon until 9:00 p.m. Carried. A motion was made by Trustee McAvoy, and seconded by Deputy Mayor Conley, to authorize Mayor Westcott to execute the fire contract with the Town of Hartland, pending attorney’s approval. Carried. Correspondence was read: Received notice that we have been awarded Tree City USA status for the 14th year in a row. Received a letter from the Border Patrol, introducing themselves and offering their services. Letter declining invitation will be sent. Deputy Mayor Conley advised that he has received many positive comments regarding the Christmas decorations that have been put up throughout the village. Trustee Blumrick commented that he’d been contacted regarding the poor cut and replacement of the street near the south end of South Vernon Street. Discussed issued. Mr. Dodge was advised to keep pushing for the repairs, although Mr. Dodge did caution the Board that it may be too cold now for NYSEG to adequately repair the problem. If no response from NYSEG in near future, a letter will go out from Mayor Westcott. Trustee McAvoy echoed Deputy Mayor Conley’s sentiments about the Christmas decorations. He, too, has received several positive comments, especially about the tree. Mr. Dodge explained that the lights were completely rehung on the tree in the Commons. Mayor Westcott advised that the tree lighting ceremony on December 2 went well. Next year it may be expanded, as a local business may arrange for sleigh rides and a visit from Santa Claus. Mayor Westcott asked Mr. Dodge if the ice rink will be up and running this year, weather permitting. Mr. Dodge advised yes. Discussed the possibility of providing a bench for skaters to use. Chris Steiner, president of the Royalton Hartland Softball/Baseball League updated the Board on the league’s activities. Two years ago they began a refurbishing equipment program and a training program for coaches. They have been able to save money and are asking for $2,500 for the 2012 season, down from the $3,000 that the Village has previously given the program. They thanked the Village for its continuing support of the program. Deputy Mayor Conley introduced the Local Law regarding the 2 percent tax cap override that the Village wishes to enact. A motion was made by Trustee McAvoy, and seconded by Deputy Mayor Conley, to hold a public hearing regarding the tax cap override on January 17, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. Carried. The next regular Board Meeting is Tuesday, January 17, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. (This is the third Tuesday due to the federal holiday, Martin Luther King Day, on Monday, January 16, 2012). A motion was made by Deputy Mayor Conley, and seconded by Trustee Blumrick, to move into executive session for the purpose of consultation with the Village’s attorney. Carried. Executive session was opened at 7:22 p.m. A motion was made by Deputy Mayor Conley, and seconded by Trustee McAvoy, to return to general session. Carried. Mayor Westcott reconvened general session at 7:50 p.m. Mr. Dodge advised that the streetscape money that the village was awarded for the Main Street grant must be spend by August 2012. It is possible that we could double the amount we get as there is unspent funding from the grand. He asked that the Board members come up with possible ideas. He will see if we can use funds on updating Christmas decorations. He will make recommendations for the Board to consider in the future. There being no further business, a motion was made by Trustee McAvoy, and seconded by Trustee Blumrick, to adjourn. Carried. Meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m. Respectfully submitted, Rebecca A. Schweigert Clerk-Treasurer
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