Minutes

March 19, 2012

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A regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees was held on Monday, March 19, 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. Deputy Mayor Conley led the Pledge of Allegiance. There were several Village residents in attendance, as well. A motion was made by Deputy Mayor Conley, and seconded by Trustee McAvoy, to approve the minutes of the February 21, February 25, March 3, and March 6, 2012, meetings. Carried. A motion was made by Trustee McAvoy, and seconded by Trustee Hinkson, to authorize payment of bills submitted on Abstract No. 10-11/12 in the amount of: General: $28,378.56; Water: $4,112.96; Sewer: $9,286.84; for a total of: $41,778.36. Carried. A motion was made by Trustee McAvoy, and seconded by Deputy Mayor Conley, to authorize a budget transfer in the amount of $2,293.60 from A5112.2 to A1640.4. Carried. A motion was made by Trustee Blumrick, and seconded by Trustee Hinkson, to approve payrolls No. 20 and 21 for weeks ending March 3 and March 17, 2012. Carried. The Treasurer’s report was submitted and accepted for February 2012. The Public Works report was submitted and accepted for February 2012. The Village and Town Police reports were submitted and accepted for February 2012., with Chief Swick reading the highlights. The fire financial report for July through December 2011 was submitted and accepted. The Code Enforcement report was submitted and accepted for February 2012. Deputy Conley asked for the status of changing the Wilson Farms over to a 7-11. He was concerned that it might close, but it will not. The changeover will be minimal. Mayor Westcott updated all present about Pizza Place II and the Clip Joint. The new owners of Pizza Place II have been working hard and hope to be reopened in mid-April. Clip Joint should be reopening in April, as well. Mr. Seaman advised the Board that he has contacted County Attorney Joe Foltz regarding the Village’s taking possession of 31 Main Street, 14 State Street, and 5 Front Street. All are part of the current in rem sale that the county will be holding soon. Correspondence was read: Darrell’s Place will be renewing the liquor license Mr. Dodge heard back from Ed Rutkowski from the NYSDOT. We will be allowed to use CHIPs money to repair Vernon/S. Vernon Street prior to the 2014 deadline. Mr. Dodge will be receiving confirmation in writing. Clerk Schweigert advised that the payment for borrowing to repair streets should stay in the budget, because then other streets can be done, too. Mr. Dodge was instructed by Mayor Westcott to get figures for repairing the streets that need attention now, so that it can be determined how much we will still have to borrow. Received an email from the Town of Somerset regarding contacting Governor Cuomo and Speaker Silver about WNY power plants need a power purchase agreement. Clerk Schweigert will get more information from the Somerset Town Clerk and the Board will address this at the April meeting. Clerk Schweigert advised the Board she sat in on a webinar offered by the NYSOSC, regarding the tax cap. They do not want the term “tax cap” to be used anymore. We now refer to it as a levy limitation. It was an interesting webinar. Mr. Seaman updated the baseball contract and sent it off to the Roy-Hart Youth Baseball Softball league for signature. Deputy Mayor thanked the DPW for repairs to potholes on his street. Trustee McAvoy asked about use of electricity and restroom facilities by boaters. Discussion ensued regarding a fee or a suggested donation. Mayor Westcott instructed the Board to have ideas ready for the April board meeting to discuss this and decide what to do. After a decision is made, the local yacht clubs will be contacted regarding this. Mayor Westcott reminded the Board that he has been in contact with the Canal Commission regarding the crumbling wall. Mr. Dodge said it is distressing to see large pieces of concrete at the bottom of the canal when it is drained in the fall. Mr. Dodge asked that the Board authorize putting the purchase of a backhoe/loader out to bid. A motion was made by Trustee McAvoy, and seconded by Trustee Blumrick, to authorize going to bid on a backhoe/loader using specs from Village Coordinator Dodge. Carried. At this time Chief presented a resume to the Board for Daniel Laube. Chief Swick would like to hire Mr. Laube as a part-time police officer. Civil Service has given verbal approval of the application. Resume passed around to Trustees to review. Decision will be made later in the meeting. Mayor Westcott advised the Board that the Village has been approached by Holy Cross Lutheran Church about renewing the contract with them for the care and maintenance of the shared driveway and parking lot at the Scout House. Mr. Dodge will get prices for paving and restriping and will report to the Board at the April meeting. Mayor Westcott advised the Board that he & Clerk Schweigert met with representatives from J Fitzgerald, a public relations firm in Lockport, to discuss the image rehabilitation that the Village would like to attempt with funds from Senator Maziarz. They were very impressive and the Village would benefit from using this firm. Will meet with them again in the near future, and Mr. Seaman and Mr. Dodge will be included in the next meeting. Mayor Westcott advised the Board that the Lamp Lighter art studio on Main Street is now open. They had an impressive open house on March 10, 2012. Clerk Schweigert advised the Board that she was approached by the manager of HSBC on Main Street about the Village’s taking possession of the old schooner that used to hang in the bank when it was Marine Midland. Board agreed that the schooner should hang in the Village Hall. Clerk Schweigert will advise manager of this. Discussed the explanation of the equalization rate and the full value tax rate that Clerk Schweigert prepared for the Board to use if questioned about this. They approve, and it will be sent to the Buffalo News for an article about the budget. The information will also be in the annual newsletter. Mayor Westcott advised Chief Swick that with the fair weather, the parking ban can be lifted immediately. The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be the Annual Reorganization Meeting on Monday, April 2, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. in the Village Hall. The next meeting of the Northwestern Frontier Association of Village Officials will be held on Wednesday, April 18, 2012. The dinner honoring Julie Maedl by the Masonic Lodge is also April 18. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees will be Monday, April 16, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. in the Village Hall. A motion was made by Trustee McAvoy, and seconded by Trustee Blumrick, to move into executive session for matters leading to the appointment, employment, promotion, demotion, discipline, suspension, dismissal or removal of a particular person. Carried. Executive session opened at 7:55 p.m. A motion was made by Deputy Mayor Conley, and seconded by Trustee Hinkson, to return to general session. Carried. Mayor Westcott reconvened general session at 8:05 p.m. Discussed Daniel Laube. He already works for the Barker Police Department and has both sections of the academy. Chief would like him to start on Friday, March 23, 2012, at a rate of $13 per hour. A motion was made by Deputy Mayor Conley, and seconded by Trustee Blumrick, to hire Daniel Laube commencing March 23, 2012, at an hourly rate of $13.00 per hour. Carried. Discussed wages for the non-union employees for the 2012-2013 budget. A motion was made by Trustee McAvoy, and seconded by Trustee Hinkson, to approve the following wages: Name Dept. Salary rate Hourly rate SALARIED Swick, John PD $62,068.50 Dodge, Daniel DPW $50,169.60 Schweigert, Rebecca Clerk $40,313.00 Arlington, Thomas Z&CEO $ 6,000.00 HOURLY F/T Demmin, Vicky Clerk $19.50 Johnson, Roland PD $21.30 Noble, Barbara Clerk $19.50 Waters, Jeffrey PD $21.30 HOURLY P/T Swick, Joanne PD $12.24 Bixby, Scott PD $15.00 Campas, Sean PD $15.00 Clark, Lance PD $15.00 Stoddard, Shelly DPW $9.69 HOURLY SEASONAL Blackburn, Zachary DPW $7.50 Mullin, Kathleen A. Swim $15.50 Crosby, Jill C. Swim $14.00 Dudley, Kathy Swim $10.00 Phipps, Rachel (Niethe, Jennifer L. to sub) Swim $8.50 Seeloff, Allie Swim $9.00 Crosby, Abigail Swim $8.50 Pedini, Heather Rec. $11.22 Schweigert, Brigitte Rec. $7.25 The motion was passed. There being no further business, a motion was made by Trustee McAvoy, and seconded by Trustee Blumrick, to adjourn. Carried. Meeting adjourned at 8:08 p.m. Respectfully submitted, Rebecca A. Schweigert Clerk-Treasurer
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