Minutes

October 21, 2013

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A regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees was held on Monday, October 21, 2013, in the Village Hall. Mayor Westcott opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m. Also present were Trustee Hinkson, Trustee McAvoy, Police Chief Swick, Clerk-Treasurer Schweigert, and Brian Seaman, attorney. Deputy Mayor Conley, Trustee Blumrick, and Building Inspector Belson were absent. Clerk Schweigert led the Pledge of Allegiance. There were several Village residents and Roy-Hart students in attendance, as well. A motion was made by Trustee McAvoy, and seconded by Trustee Hinkson, to approve the minutes of the September 16, October 1, and October 8, 2013, meetings. Carried with all present voting aye. A motion was made by Trustee Hinkson, and seconded by Trustee McAvoy, to authorize payment of bills submitted on Abstract 5-13/14 in the amount of: General - $54,452.62; Water - $11,719.10; Sewer - $7,890.26; for a total of $74,061.98. Carried with all present voting aye. A motion was made by Trustee McAvoy, and seconded by Trustee Hinkson, to authorize the following transfers: TO FROM AMOUNT A1440.4 (Engineer) A1990.4 $2,902.42 F8340.4 (Engineer) F1990.4 $3,539.50 TOTAL: $6,441.92 Carried with all present voting aye. A motion was made by Trustee McAvoy, and seconded by Trustee Hinkson, to authorize a budget amendment to increase the amount of expenditures for line item A5112.2 (CHIPs) by $4,753.29. Expenditure will be funded by A3501 (CHIPs). Carried with all present voting aye. A motion was made by Trustee Hinkson, and seconded by Trustee McAvoy, to approve payrolls 9 and 10 for weeks ending September 28 and October 12, 2013. Carried with all present voting aye. The Treasurer’s report was submitted and accepted for September 2013. The Village and Town Police reports were submitted and accepted for September 2013, with Chief Swick reading the highlights. The fire report was submitted and accepted for September 2013. The annual notice will be sent to the papers advising that the overnight parking ban will be enforced effective Sunday November 3, 2013, through April 6, 2014. Correspondence was read: Received a letter from the Anders on Mechanic Street asking for relief from their large water bill due to a leak. No action to be taken. Received a notice regarding the new Financial Restructuring Board for Local Governments. Board members were advised to check out the website via the email they received regarding this. Will discuss at a future date if the Board would like to take part in this. Received a thank you and $460 donation from the Inner Harbor Yacht Club for their visit Columbus Day weekend. Chief Swick read a letter of commendation from Police Chief Larry Eggert of the city of Lockport, citing Officer Sean Campus for his assistance in solving a burglary in Lockport. At this time, Mayor Westcott opened the floor for public comment: Allan Oliver, owner of 27 Vernon Street, addressed the Board. He has had a water problem since St. Stephen’s Church parking lot was paved. Water now drains across Maple Ave. and floods his basement. Mayor Westcott advised Mr. Oliver that the Board is looking into this issue but may not be able to resolve it as it involves private property. The Village’s attorney has been contacted regarding the legality of fixing the problem. Discussion ensued regarding the flooding. During the discussion, Mr. Oliver asked if the barn should have a Maple Ave. address. Clerk Schweigert advised that since it is on the lot with 27 Vernon as the address no change would be needed. Mayor Westcott was notified by the Niagara County Health Department that Doug Eggert’s water license was not the correct one for our distribution system. A motion was made by Trustee Hinkson, and seconded by Trustee McAvoy, to repeal Doug Eggert’s appointment as Water Operator in Responsible Charge. Carried with all present voting aye. The NCDOH advised Mayor Westcott that Steve Smith has the correct water license to be Water Operator in Responsible Charge. A motion was made by Trustee McAvoy, and seconded by Trustee Hinkson, to appoint Steve Smith as Water Operator in Responsible Charge. Carried with all present voting aye. This appointment will be in effect until the new Village Coordinator is able to obtain his Water License. Mayor Westcott asked Mr. Seaman for an update on the purchase of the Front Street property. Dan Seaman has contacted the owner and the purchase is moving along. Mayor Westcott updated the Board on his most recent meetings with FMC personnel on October 18. Also at the meeting were Assemblywoman Jane Corwin, Senator George Maziarz, former mayor Julie Maedl, and MRAG chair Bill Arnold. There was a meeting scheduled in Albany with Howard Glaser, Gov. Cuomo’s liaison for environmental issues; however, after FMC and the Agencies indicated they wanted to have legal representatives at the meeting, Mayor Westcott advised that he was not happy about that. When word came that Mr. Glaser would not be at the meeting, Mayor Westcott deemed it that he would not be, either. Assemblywoman Corwin was able to get Mayor Westcott a brief meeting with Lieutenant Governor Duffy during his visit to Lockport on October 18. The Lieutenant Governor listened to Mayor Westcott’s concerns and said that he could not guarantee anything, but if a meeting can’t be pulled together for next Wednesday, they will schedule a meeting with Howard Glaser, Jane Corwin, George Maziarz, and Mayor Westcott in Albany to reach a compromise. The October 30 date is now out of the question, so it will probably be closer to the end of the year. This is the closest we have gotten to the state executive branch in the nearly 30 years of this issue. Clerk Schweigert advised the Board that she heard information about hazardous waste disposal at the October 2013 Niagara County Municipal Clerks’ meeting. Board members were given information on ways the Village could help with this kind of disposal through Hazman, out of Tonawanda, now that the County no longer accepts it. Board will discuss possibilities in the future, including a possible joint effort with the Towns of Hartland and Royalton to help defray the cost. Clerk Schweigert advised that the incorrect reading was posted to account 546 for the August 1, 2013, billing cycle, causing the account to be overbilled. A motion was made by Trustee McAvoy, and seconded by Trustee Hinkson, authorizing Clerk Schweigert to correct the error. Motion passed with all present voting aye. Mayor Westcott advised the Board that Niagara County Civil Service approved Bryan Bobbitt’s application for Village Coordinator. A motion was made by Trustee McAvoy, and seconded by Trustee Hinkson, to hire Bryan Bobbitt as Village Coordinator commencing October 22, 2013 at a wage of $45,000 per year prorated for the remainder of the budget year. Carried with all present voting aye. Trustee Hinkson asked if it would be possible to have a controlled burn at 28 Vernon Street as the building is getting more and more dilapidated. Fire Chief Nick Boyle advised it is too close to other buildings to do that. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees will be on Monday, November 18, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. There being no further business, a motion was made by Trustee Hinkson, and seconded by Trustee McAvoy, to adjourn. Carried with all present voting aye. Meeting adjourned at 7:40 p.m. Respectfully submitted, Rebecca A. Schweigert Clerk-Treasurer
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