Minutes

May 21, 2012

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A regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees was held on Monday, May 21, 2012, in the Village Hall. Mayor Westcott 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. Deputy Mayor Conley was absent. Mayor Westcott led the Pledge of Allegiance. There were several Village residents in attendance, as well. A motion was made by Trustee McAvoy, and seconded by Trustee Hinkson, to approve the minutes of the April 16 and April 25, 2012, meeting. Carried. A motion was made by Trustee Hinkson, and seconded by Trustee Blumrick, to authorize payment of bills submitted on Abstract 12-11/12 in the following amounts: General: $24,702.68; Water: $2,727.41; Sewer: $7,963.30; Totaling: $35,393.39. Carried. A motion was made by Trustee McAvoy, and seconded by Trustee Hinkson, to authorize the following budget transfers: TO FROM AMOUNT A1325.4 A7410.4 $1,197.74 A7110.4 A7410.4 468.88 A3120.13 A1490.11 5,302.00 F8320.4 F1990.4 3,259.50 G8110.4 G1990.4 782.91 TOTAL: $11,011.03 Carried. The Treasurer’s report was submitted and accepted for April 2012. The Public Works report was submitted and accepted for April 2012, with Mr. Dodge reading the highlights. The Village and Town Police reports were submitted and accepted for April 2012, with Chief Swick reading the highlights. The fire report was submitted and accepted for April 2012. The Code Enforcement report was submitted ad accepted for April 2012. Trustee Blumrick asked about 20 Maple Ave. House was abandoned years ago and now there are broken windows. Mayor Westcott will have Tom Arlington look into it. He may have to order an emergency closure. Due to the Memorial Day holiday, refuse and recycle pickup will be delayed one day that week. Pickup will be Thursday, May 31, 2012. Water and sewer billing for quarter billed May 1, 2012 were: Water: $ 51,473.89; Sewer: $ 50,665.04; for a total of $102,138.93 Amount of unpaid water/sewer bills as of April 30, 2012, added onto 2012 - 2013 tax roll: $32,875. Amount of mowing charges for abandoned properties added to 2012-2013 tax roll: $1,100.20. Total added to tax warrant: $51,469.70. 2012 - 2013 WATER/SEWER RELEVY - VILLAGE OF MIDDLEPORT SBL PROPERTY OWNER PROPERTY ADDRESS WATER/ SEWER MOWING CHARGE TOTAL 100.05-1-16 BITSAS, WILLIAM 143 TELEGRAPH RD $1,969.44 $1,969.44 100.05-1-23 KUGLER, JAY 9 LOCUST DR $2,041.68 $2,041.68 100.05-1-30 WHEELER, DAVID 2 LOCUST DR $354.48 $354.48 100.05-1-35 GOMINIAK, ROBERT F. 106 S MAIN ST $313.92 $313.92 85.12-1-41 HOUSE, DIRK 79 N HARTLAND ST $275.86 $275.86 85.12-1-42 DIBBLE, HOWARD R. JR 83 N HARTLAND ST $737.04 $737.04 85.16-1-17 SMITH, MELODY 7 MECHANIC ST $706.08 $706.08 85.16-1-34 VEKICH, JOHN 12 MILL ST $79.56 $79.56 85.16-1-35 ANDER, JAMES 13 TERRY ST $415.54 $415.54 85.16-1-50 SMITH, ROGER 5 N HARTLAND ST $427.44 $427.44 85.16-1-67 DINARDO, JAMES 30 MILL ST $272.64 $272.64 85.16-2-11 THE BASKET FACTORY 2-6 WATSON AVE $2,696.88 $2,696.88 85.20-1-10 BENLEY REALTY CO KELLY AVE $143.80 $143.80 85.20-1-28 BROWN, LLOYD 3 JACKSON ST $162.12 $162.12 85.20-1-4 PALMER, CHRISTINE 7 WATSON AVE $344.88 $344.88 85.20-1-40 DESPARD, GREGG 4 ORCHARD ST $188.72 $188.72 85.20-1-42 BECERRIL, ROSA AGOSTO 21 CHURCH ST $1,257.36 $1,257.36 85.20-1-56 VANDENBOSCH, PHYLLIS 11 CHURCH ST $355.20 $355.20 85.20-1-8 MOORE, DARREN 39 CHURCH ST $344.88 $344.88 85.20-1-86 NIAGARA FOODS INC 10 KELLY AVE $11,039.08 $11,039.08 85.20-2-11 SCHWARZ, SHERI L. 23 FRANCIS ST $89.88 $89.88 85.20-2-21 SMITH, GARY 76 S MAIN ST $406.80 $406.80 85.20-2-37.1 SHERWIN, JAMES 87 TELEGRAPH RD $146.32 $146.32 85.20-2-71 HART, EDWINA 35 KELLY AVE $190.08 $190.08 86.09-1-21 SIKORSKI, BRENDA 40 N MAIN ST $271.00 $271.00 86.09-122.112 BOYLE, JAMES 44 N MAIN ST $373.92 $373.92 86.13-1-12 BATH, AL & GLORIA 15 STATE ST $2,403.50 $2,403.50 86.13-1-32 COLLEY, MICHAEL L 25 MAIN ST $231.36 $231.36 86.13-1-45.2 HONADLE, ERROL 3 FRONT ST $310.86 $310.86 86.13-1-47 KOLEK, WILLIAM 6 N MAIN ST $294.96 $294.96 86.13-1-61 CARPENTER, DEBORAH 16 N VERNON ST $182.76 $182.76 86.13-1-65 LAWTON, JOHN CREG 23 N VERNON ST $778.32 $778.32 86.13-3-18 HILLMAN, THOMAS 5 ALFRED ST $613.20 $613.20 86.13-3-25 CONLEY, MICHAEL 51 PARK AVE $406.80 $406.80 86.13-3-35 BABEL, WALTER JR. 29 PARK AVE $272.64 $272.64 86.13-3-38 MASTERS, MATTHEW 13 MAPLE AVE $272.64 $272.64 86.13-3-4 SHARPE, JEREMY 24 STATE ST $172.44 $172.44 86.13-3-5 RUHLEN, ROBERT 26 STATE ST $316.92 $316.92 86.13-3-85 COOPER, KARL G. 12 MAPLE AVE $255.00 $255.00 86.17-1-28 HUNTINGTON, CHRISTOPHER 35 S VERNON ST. $375.84 $375.84 86.17-1-5 HORTON, MICHAEL 16 PARK AVE $313.92 $313.92 86.17-1-76 NORCO MAPLE AVENUE $550.10 $550.10 86.17-1-95 LEWIS, FORREST 62 S VERNON ST $69.24 $69.24 86.17-1-98.1 DUNN & SCHOOLCRAFT 140 TELEGRAPH RD $550.10 $550.10 $32,875.00 $1,100.20 $33,975.20 Tax warrant signed by Mayor Westcott in the amount of $563,569.51 (this includes tax levy of $529,594.31; unpaid water/sewer of $32,875; mowing charges of $1,100.20). Discussed hiring Zachary Blackburn as Seasonal Help Labor for summer 2012. He was an excellent worker the last two years. Start day will be June 1 and end date will be August 31,2012. Wage will be $8.00 per hour. Motion was made by Trustee McAvoy, and seconded by Trustee Blumrick, to hire Zachary Blackburn as Season Help Labor at a rate of $8.00 per hour commencing June 1 and ending August 31, 2012. Civil Service has already approved his application. Carried. Correspondence was read: Received a thank you from the Middleport Free Library for the support in the recent re-vote on the library budget Trustee Blumrick heard from Gary Snyder about the lights for the horseshoe pits. The plans have been simplified for the DPW to put the lights up, so they will be installed soon. Mr. Dodge explained there are some old poles at the STP which will be used at the pits. Trustee Blumrick asked about more power for the wine tasting. Mr. Dodge said they need more than he can provide. Mayor Westcott advised he was notified by FMC that they will be holding an open house on June 2, 2012, from 11 am to 2 pm. The Middleport Police and Fire Company will be there. FMC will be giving plant tours and showing new products. Received a letter from Charles & Marjorie Perry, 33 Kelly Avenue, regarding their water bill. Mr. Dodge advised he had checked the meter, as there was an extremely high reading for the May 1 billing cycle. Discussed. Mayor Westcott instructed Mr. Dodge to replace the meter, keep track of the readings, and then the Board will decide if they will address this issue. Mayor Westcott received an email regarding a local government seminar to be held in Albany in June. If anyone is interested, they may register online. Trustee McAvoy asked about signage for a minimum suggested donation as discussed previously. Clerk Schweigert presented what she had created. Discussed. Decided that the minimum suggested amount will be $10 per night. Signs will be posted in both restrooms and in the bulletin board. Chief Swick told the Board that during a meeting with Canal Corporation personnel, they advised they will make signs available to us for posting that indicate the maximum docking time on the canal in one place is 48 hours. He will pick the signs up in Albion. These signs should help with boaters who want to dock all season long. Mayor Westcott asked if the Lutheran church had been given the figures for the estimate to repave the shared parking lot at the church and Scout House. Mr. Dodge had not yet forwarded the figures to them. Trustee McAvoy asked if a list of streets to be repaired had been compiled yet. Mr. Dodge said there has, but he needs to know when financing this project will be in place so he can move forward with plans. He will be borrowing equipment from the county. Mr. Seaman advised that the resolutions for a RAN for CHIPs money and a BAN for the remainder needed can be adopted at the June meeting. Trustee McAvoy asked about stump removal. He asked if money budgeted for trees could be used for this. Yes it could. Discussed possibility of contracting this job out. Mr. Dodge had gotten a quote for stump removal of $1.50 to $3.00 per inch, but the company said they will not remove stumps from the right-of-way. Mayor Westcott asked that he get in touch with another company to see if they will do this. Mr. Dodge reminded the board that any money that goes toward stump removal is less that can be spent on trees. Discussed having half of the stumps removed professionally, about 33-34, at a cost of $1,500, from the $7,500 we were given by FMC for trees. At this time a presentation was made by J Fitzgerald Group regarding the public relations campaign they will be doing for the village. Following the presentation, Mr. Seaman advised them to contact his office regarding a contract for services, as there is certain language required by New York State that must be in the contract. As they would like the video/photo campaign to start Memorial Day weekend, Mayor Westcott will see about hiring someone to start now. Trustee McAvoy advised that the issue of the $250,000 grant for upgrades is still being looked at. Clerk Schweigert advised she has signed up for NYCOM training on June 6, to be held at Monroe Community College. Trustee McAvoy asked about the possibility of the village ever annexing any of the property surrounding the village. This issue has come up in the past. Discussed possibility. Mr. Seaman advised that this is a topic for executive session as there are many legal issues involved. Mr. Dodge advised the Board that there is an issue this year for the SPDES permit renewal. Paperwork was to have been in by March, but the deadline was missed. The DEC has changed some of their requirements, and we will now need testing done that was not required in the past. Wendel has made a proposal for work they will do, and this work combined with the testing could cost the village $6,000 to $7,000. The funds are available this budget year, so we will have to get on it. Mr. Seaman advised that a written list of what Wendel will do is needed. Mr. Dodge asked to have the DPW change to summer hours. He would like to work four 9-hour days and one 4-hour day, starting from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Will discuss. Chief Swick asked for permission to hire Daryl Quinn, to replace Scott Bixby. Daniel Laube will also be resigning soon, as he will be moving to Arizona. Mr. Quinn is highly recommended by Chief Annable , for whom he worked for 18 months. Chief Swick would like to hire Mr. Quinn tonight. Discussed. John Keirn, 36 Mill Street, thanked Chief Swick for putting the speed trailer on Mill Street. Cars have slowed down because of it. Mr. Keirn also asked if a trash receptacle could be placed near the table by the canal building. Mr. Dodge will take care of it. Chief Swick advised the Board that Royalton approved the new police contract at their May 16 meeting. A motion was made by Trustee McAvoy, and seconded by Trustee Blumrick, to authorize Mayor Westcott to execute the contract with the Town of Royalton for police coverage. Carried. The next regular meeting of the Board of Trustees will be Monday, June 18, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. in the Village Hall. A motion was made by Trustee Hinkson, and seconded by Trustee McAvoy, to move into executive session for consultation with attorney. Carried. A motion was made by Trustee Hinkson, and seconded by Trustee Bateman, to return to general session. Carried. Mayor Westcott reconvened general session at 8:50 p.m. A motion was made by Trustee McAvoy, and seconded by Trustee Hinkson, to authorize the DPW to work summers hours of four 9-hour days and one 4-hour day, starting Memorial Day week through Labor Day weekend. The week of Memorial Day and Independence Day the DPW will work the regular 8-hour work day. Carried. A motion was made by Trustee Blumrick, and seconded by Trustee Hinkson, to hire Daryl Quinn as a part-time police officer commencing May 22, 2012, at an hourly rate of $13 per hour. Carried. A motion was made by Trustee Blumrick, and seconded by Trustee McAvoy, to give Chief Swick an additional week of vacation each year from now on commencing June 1, 2012, in acknowledgement of his 30 years of service to the village. Carried. A motion was made by Trustee McAvoy, and seconded by Trustee Hinkson, to adjourn. Carried. Meeting adjourned at 8:52 p.m. Respectfully submitted, Rebecca A. Schweigert Clerk-Treasurer
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