Minutes

January 17, 2012

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A regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees was held on Tuesday, January 17, 2012, in the Village Hall. Mayor Westcott opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m. Also present were Deputy Mayor Conley, Trustee Blumrick, Trustee Hinkson, Trustee McAvoy, Coordinator Dodge, Police Chief Swick, Clerk-Treasurer Schweigert, and Daniel E. Seaman, attorney. Clerk Schweigert led the Pledge of Allegiance. There were several members of the general public in attendance, as well. Mayor Westcott opened the public hearing at 7:00 p.m. regarding a local law entitled “A Local Law to Override the Tax Levy Limit Established by General Municipal Law §3-c.” Clerk Schweigert read the notice. Mayor Westcott also read a statement explaining why the Board of Trustees is considering this override, which is mainly a housekeeping measure. The Village has no plans of having the tax levy increase more than 2 percent above the current levy; if, however, it becomes a necessity, having the override in place assures that the Village will not be penalized. Michael Miano, 97 S. Main Street, voiced his opinion regarding the tax levy override. Among other things, he is protesting the idea of a tax increase and he feels governments should just cut back. There being no other comments, Mayor Westcott closed the public hearing at 7:07 p.m. Herbert Koenig, Master Mason, Cataract Lodge No. 295, addressed the Board at this time. The Masons will be honoring former Mayor Julie Maedl at a dinner on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at the Fire Hall. The Masons will be giving her the highest award that can be given to a non-Mason, the DeWitt Clinton Masonic Award for Community Service. The Board was invited to attend this dinner. Dr. Koenig also let the Board know that for two weeks in the summer of 2012 the Village will be host to 37 Germans. Host families are needed for the weeks of 7/30 to 8/13 for these guests. At this time the Board returned to the issue of the local law. A motion was made by Deputy Mayor Conley, and seconded by Trustee Hinkson, to adopt the local law entitled “A Local Law to Override the Tax Levy Limit Established by General Municipal Law §3-c.” The roll call vote was as follows: Deputy Mayor Conley: aye; Trustee Hinkson: aye; Trustee McAvoy: aye; Trustee Blumrick: aye; and Mayor Westcott: aye. Nays: none. Abstentions: none. Absent: none. The motion was unanimously carried and the local law was passed. A motion was made by Trustee McAvoy, and seconded by Trustee Blumrick, to approve the minutes of the December 19, 2011, meeting. Carried. A motion was made by Trustee Blumrick, and seconded by Trustee McAvoy, to authorize payment of bills submitted on Abstract No. 8-11/12. General: $44,227.05; Water: $15,764.28; Sewer: $7,530.42; Total: $67,521.75. Carried. The Treasurer’s report was submitted and accepted for the month of December 2011. The Public Works report was submitted and accepted for the month of December 2011. The Village and Town Police reports were submitted and accepted for the month of December 2011, with Chief Swick reading the highlights. Chief Swick also submitted his annual report and read the highlights of that, as well. The Code Enforcement report was submitted and accepted for the month of December 2011. The fire report was submitted and accepted for the month of December 2011. A motion was made by Deputy Mayor Conley, and seconded by Trustee Hinkson, to appoint Mayor Westcott as the Budget Officer for the ensuing year. Carried. Budget meetings will be planned for the near future. A motion was made by Trustee McAvoy, and seconded by Deputy Mayor Conley, to appoint Mrs. Pat Reale and Mrs. Barbara Keirn as election inspectors, and Mrs. Villa Seefeldt as alternate, for the 2012 Village election. Carried, with Trustee Hinkson abstaining as Mrs. Reale is her mother. The chairperson will be appointed by Clerk Schweigert. A motion was made by Trustee McAvoy, and seconded by Trustee Blumrick, to set the rate of pay for the election inspectors at $10 per hour. Carried, with Trustee Hinkson abstaining. Correspondence was read: Received a notice from Alternative Grounds Caffé that they will be renewing their liquor license. Received a request from Village Historian Christa Lutz, asking for a lockable work area. Clerk Schweigert advised that the Legion Auxiliary may not be using the kitchen any more. Coordinator Dodge said that if necessary, there is space in the room where the Christmas decorations are kept on the second floor. Clerk Schweigert will contact the Auxiliary President to discuss and will advise Mrs. Lutz. Mayor Westcott received Eugene Dinse’s resignation from the Zoning Board of Appeals. Mr. Dinse no longer resides in the Village. Resignation accepted. Mr. Dinse’s resignation leaves a seat open on the ZBA. Mayor Westcott appointed Douglas Webber, 58 N. Hartland Street, to complete Mr. Dinse’s term, which expires April 2, 2012. Coordinator Dodge received a letter from New York Rural Water asking for a letter of support to have the EPA restore their funding for training. The Village’s DPW takes advantage of this training for their water and sewer licenses. Letter will be sent. All of the necessary paperwork has finally been submitted by James Merrell for the Grassroots Grant. The committee met and recommended that he be given the grant, so long as the paperwork is submitted. A motion was made by Deputy Mayor Conley, and seconded by Trustee McAvoy, to approve payment of $1,838 to the Washboard Laundromat, aka James Merrell, for work done at 18 Main Street per the specifications of the Grassroots Organization. Carried. Mayor Westcott advised the Board that he received an email from Julie Maedl, who is on the Grassroots Grant committee, suggesting that some changes be made to make the grant more accessible. She has suggested that the grant be made available both before and after work has been done, and that the Village notify eligible businesses on an annual basis that the moneys are available. She also mentioned that now that one of the committee members no longer lives in the village, a replacement may need to be found, although the member would like to continue on the committee. Mr. Seaman said that it would not be advisable to authorize a grant application after the fact, as this is not an entitlement. Mr. Seaman advised the Board that he and Clerk Schweigert are working on updating the contracts for properties which are outside the village that receive water/sewer services. Currently there are three that need new contracts. Because these unpaid water/sewer bills cannot be placed on tax bills, the services must be made under contract for enforcement in the case of non-payment. We currently have one with an issue like that. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held Tuesday, February 21, 2012, at 7 p.m. in the Village Hall. The Village Hall will be closed Monday, February 20, 2012, due to the Presidents Day Holiday. A motion was made by Deputy Mayor Conley, and seconded by Trustee Hinkson, to go into executive session for the purpose of discussions of the employment history of a particular person. Carried. Mayor Westcott opened executive session at 7:35 p.m. A motion was made by Deputy Mayor Conley, and seconded by Trustee Hinkson, to move back into general session. Carried. Mayor Westcott reconvened general session at 8:10 p.m. There being no further business, a motion was made by Trustee Blumrick, and seconded by Trustee McAvoy, to adjourn. Carried. Meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m. Respectfully submitted, Rebecca A. Schweigert Clerk-Treasurer
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