Minutes

November 21, 2011

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A regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees was held on Monday, November 21, 2011, in the Village Hall. In Mayor Westcott’s absence, Deputy Mayor Conley opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m. Also present were Trustee Blumrick, Trustee Hinkson, Trustee McAvoy, Coordinator Dodge, Police Chief Swick, Clerk-Treasurer Schweigert, and Daniel E. Seaman, attorney. Trustee McAvoy led the Pledge of Allegiance. There was a village resident in attendance, as well. A motion was made by Trustee McAvoy, and seconded by Trustee Hinkson, to approve the minutes of the October 17, 2011, meeting. Carried. A motion was made by Trustee Hinkson, and seconded by Trustee McAvoy, to authorize payment of bills submitted on Abstract 6-11/12 in the amount of: General: $93,552.75; Water: $12,693; Sewer: $22,796.91; Total: 129,043.11. Carried. A motion was made by Trustee Blumrick, and seconded by Trustee McAvoy, to authorize the following budget transfers: TO FROM AMOUNT A1325.11 A4020.1 $57.00 A1325.12 A4020.1 $38.00 TOTAL: $95.00 Carried. Trustee Blumrick asked what the transfers were for. Clerk Schweigert explained that while she was on sick leave, her deputies worked some overtime. Overtime is not included in the budget for the Clerk’s office. A motion was made by Trustee Hinkson, and seconded by Trustee McAvoy, to approve payrolls 11 & 12 for weeks ending October 29 and November 12, 2011. Carried. A motion was made by Trustee McAvoy, and seconded by Trustee Hinkson, to authorize the 20th, and final, principal payment on December 1, 2011, for the Water System Improvement Bonds. Payment to be made from the Water Account as follows - Principal: $75,000; Interest: $2,625; Total: $77,625. Carried. A motion was made by Trustee Blumrick, and seconded by Trustee Hinkson, to authorize payment for New York State Retirement obligations on or before December 15, 2011, as follows: Employees’ Retirement System amount is $49,954 & Police Retirement System amount is $42,043 – total $91,997. Carried. This is an increase of $26,078 (40 percent) over our 2010 payment. The Treasurer’s report was submitted and accepted for the month of October 2011. The Public Works report was submitted and accepted for the month of October 2011. The Village and Town Police reports were submitted and accepted for the month of October 2011, with Chief Swick reading the highlights. The fire report was submitted and accepted for the month of October 2011. The Code Enforcement report was submitted and accepted for the month of October 2011. Discussed 29 Main Street, as Mr. Arlington has not gotten any response from the owner. Mr. Seaman outlined the legal action that may be taken to resolve the issue, but he warned the Board that if they are maneuvered into tearing down the building, it will be very expensive. Mr. Seaman and Mr. Arlington will discuss what action should be taken and will advise the Board. Water and sewer billing for the quarter ending November 1, 2011 was: Water: $60,169.93; Sewer: $59,234.56; for a total of: $119,403.86. This total is down about $6,000 from last year at this time. Correspondence was read: Received a letter from NYCOM regarding the 2-percent tax levy cap. Copy distributed to all Board members. Received a notice form the Middleport Fire Company advising they will be renewing their liquor license. John Keirn, 36 Mill Street, asked about the renditions that were done a few years ago depicting 29 Main Street as being refurbished for a grant application. He was advised that the renditions were done in case a grant application was made; they were not for a grant application at the time, unless it was for the Main Street Grant. The owner of 29 Main Street at the time declined participation in the Main Street Grant program. Mr. Keirn expressed concern over a car that parked across the sidewalk at 10 Francis Street. His mother walks to church every day and has to go around the car. He is concerned that, come snowy weather, she may slip while detouring around the car. Discussed the parking issue on Francis Street. Chief Swick will talk to the owner. Trustee McAvoy commended Deputy Clerk Barbara Noble for handling the office alone during the week of October 31 to November 4, when both Clerk Schweigert and Deputy ClerkTreasurer Vicky Demmin were on sick leave. Deputy Clerk-Treasurer Demmin was on sick leave from October 3 to November 4, and Clerk Schweigert was on sick leave from October 28 through November 9. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees will be Monday, December 20, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. in the Village Hall. A motion was made by Trustee Blumrick, and seconded by Trustee Hinkson, to move into executive session for the purpose of consultation with the Village’s attorney. Carried. Executive session opened at 7:38 p.m. A motion was made by Trustee McAvoy, and seconded by Trustee Hinkson, to return to general session. Carried. Deputy Mayor Conley reconvened general session at 8:55 p.m. There being no other business, a motion was made by Trustee McAvoy, to adjourn. Carried. Meeting adjourned at 8:55 p.m. Respectfully submitted, Rebecca A. Schweigert Clerk-Treasurer
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