Minutes

July 21, 2014

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A regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees was held on Monday, July 21, 2014, in the Village Hall. Mayor Westcott opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m. Also present were Trustee Blumrick, Trustee Hinkson, Trustee McAvoy, Coordinator Bobbitt, Police Chief Swick, Clerk-Treasurer Schweigert, and Brian Seaman, attorney. Deputy Mayor Conley was absent. Coordinator Bobbitt led the Pledge of Allegiance. There were a couple of Village residents and a reporter from the Union Sun in attendance, as well. Mayor Westcott opened the Public Hearing regarding “A Local Law amending the Vehicles and Traffic provision of Chapter 185 of the Code of the Village of Middleport.” Clerk Schweigert read the notice. A motion was made by Trustee McAvoy, and seconded by Trustee Hinkson, to approve the minutes of the June 16, 2014, meeting. Carried with all present voting aye. A motion was made by Trustee Blumrick, and seconded by Trustee McAvoy, to approve payment of claims on Abstract No. 02-14/15 in the amounts of: General: $59,323.37; Water: $10,616.05; Sewer: $5,869.33; for a Total of $75,808.75. Carried with all present voting aye. A motion was made Trustee Hinkson, and seconded by Trustee McAvoy, to authorize a 2013-2014 Water Fund budget transfer totaling $11,022.96 for the BAN payment made in June 2013 for the John Deere backhoe. Carried with all present voting aye. A motion was made by Trustee Hinkson, and seconded by Trustee Blumrick, to approve payrolls 2 and 3 for weeks ending June 21 and July 5, 2014. Carried with all present voting aye. A motion was made by Trustee Blumrick, and seconded by Trustee Hinkson, to correct an arithmetic error in 2014-15 General Fund budget in the amount of $10,700. Funding to come from fund balance. Carried with all present voting aye. The Treasurer’s report was submitted and accepted for the months of May and June 2014. The Public Works report was submitted and accepted for the month of June 2014. Mr. Bobbitt advised the Board that he has been notified that National Grid will be trimming all of the trees near power lines in the Village in 2015. Discussed asking National Grid to trim evenly and replace trees that are removed. Mr. Bobbitt will contact Jack Feltz to discuss this issue prior to the beginning of the trimming in 2015. The Village and Town Police reports were submitted and accepted for the month of June, with Chief Swick reading the highlights. Chief Swick advised the Board that he received $1,000 from the Niagara County Sheriff’s Department toward the purchase of an AED unit. He already has the $500 that was donated by the Gasport Lions Club for this purchase. He has received quotes from two vendors in the $1,500 to $1,600 range. Fire Chief Boyle suggested he purchase a unit that is compatible with the Fire Department’s units. He will get a quote to Chief Swick for the price. A motion was made by Trustee McAvoy, and seconded by Trustee Blumrick, authorizing Chief Swick to purchase an AED unit at a maximum price of $1,700. Carried with all present voting aye. The fire report was submitted and accepted for the month of June 2014. Chief Boyle advised the Board that there are issues with Tri-Town Ambulance that they should know about. Due to tightened training regulations (Article 30), Tri-Town is having difficulty getting volunteers for ambulance runs. Their assistance to the Middleport Fire Department dropped by 30 percent in 2013 and it has already dropped by 40 percent this year. There is a very real possibility that Tri-Town will close its doors soon and a commercial ambulance service will be required for assistance. There was no correspondence to read. Mayor Westcott updated all present about the current status of remediation. The dispute between FMC and the agencies is ongoing. Litigation has been filed in Albany and Buffalo. It will probably be September before any ruling is handed down. DEC has advised that they have the funds to undertake CMA 9 and intend to do so and then bill FMC for the costs. The current plan is to complete planning in 2015 and begin remediation efforts in 2016. They have indicated there will be no flexibility and the remediation number will be 20 ppm. The Health Care feasibility study was discussed. It was decided Middleport would be a part of the study. The following resolution was offered by Trustee McAvoy, who moved its adoption, and seconded by Trustee Hinkson: WHEREAS, the twenty-one (21) municipalities in and including Niagara County have a fundamental, fiduciary responsibility to provide essential services to the constituents they serve at the lowest possible cost to the taxpayer; and WHEREAS, the municipalities of and including Niagara County continue to experience an increase in the costs of various operating expenses, but particularly in employee healthcare costs; and WHEREAS, healthcare costs have risen dramatically and steadily over the past several years with increases of some municipalities averaging more than 15 to 18 percent annually over the past several years; and WHEREAS, these rising costs translate to lower wages, reduced benefits, more restrictive coverage eligibility and place increased pressure on ever-tightening municipal budgets and ever-increasing burdens on local taxpayers; and WHEREAS, the current delivery structure of employee healthcare coverage, which consists of more than twenty-one (21) different health plans, is unwieldy, administratively inefficient, lacks uniformity in coverage and encounters barriers to the inclusion of employees in the process; and WHEREAS, Article 47 of the New York Insurance Law authorizes municipalities to form consortiums, or municipal cooperative health plans, in order to share the costs of self funding health plans; and WHEREAS, the concept of offering a common, self-funded health insurance program which pools the health insurance risk of all the municipalities and assures reasonable costs, greater predictability and stability in the healthcare market should be explored; and WHEREAS, the municipalities in and including Niagara County believe that by establishing a consortium, it will provide an alternative approach to stabilizing health claim costs, lowering administrative costs and strengthen negotiating power with health care providers while promoting greater participation of the municipal employees throughout the process; and WHEREAS, The Niagara County Supervisors Association has issued a Request for Proposals to retain a consultant to provide consultation services to among other things, provide a feasibility recommendation to all interested municipalities in and including Niagara County and to project cost savings over a five and ten year period.. NOW THEREFORE, the Village of Middleport resolves to appoint an individual to sit on an ad hoc advisory committee that will consist of a representative from each participating municipality for the purpose exploring an insurance cooperative; and FURTHER RESOLVES to provide the information required by a consultant who will analyze and provide a recommendation to the Village of Middleport whether or not it is in the best interest of the Village of Middleport to join a healthcare benefits consortium in Niagara County and enter into a confidentiality agreement and authorize the chief executive officer to sign such agreement subject to approval of the municipal attorney for the Village of Middleport. The vote on the preceding resolution was as follows: Ayes: Trustee Blumrick, Trustee Hinkson, Trustee McAvoy, and Mayor Westcott. Nays: none. Abstentions: none. Absent: Deputy Mayor Conley. The resolution was duly adopted. Clerk Schweigert was appointed as representative to the ad hoc committee. Mr. Bobbitt let the Board knew that he was able to get a quote on the grit chamber. A new one will cost $3,995; repair to the old one is $2,200. He will order a new one after getting other quotes to satisfy the Village procurement policy. The current grit chamber is 42 years old, so it does not make sense to repair it. Mr. Bobbitt contacted Job Corps regarding the possibility of having their students paint the Village Hall. Contact person wasn’t certain that students do exterior painting. She will find out and let him know. At present, Mr. Bobbitt has contacted another contractor but has not received a quote back yet. At this time Mayor Westcott asked if anyone had any comments before he closed the public hearing. John Keirn, 36 Mill Street, asked if the curve on Mill could become a no parking zone. Could possibly be done in the future as the updated code allows for changes via resolution. At this time Mayor Westcott closed the public hearing. A motion was made by Trustee McAvoy, and seconded by Trustee Hinkson, to adopt the updated “A Local Law amending the Vehicles and Traffic provision of Chapter 185 of the Code of the Village of Middleport.” Carried with all present voting aye. Chief Swick has ordered parking tickets from Williamson Law that will indicate payment goes to the Town Court. Any old tickets that indicate they should be paid at the Village Hall will still be collected there. Clerk Schweigert advised the Board that there a few corrections needed on the information sent to the county regarding the Emergency Mitigation Plan and then the Village’s portion should be done for now. Chief Swick advised the Board that the state bid prices are now available for police vehicles. The 2011 Tahoe has 130,000 miles on it. The Tahoes have held up well and need very little maintenance. A motion was made by Trustee Blumrick, and seconded by Trustee Hinkson, to authorize the purchase of a 2015 Tahoe from Van Bortel Chevrolet in Rochester, NY, at the state bid price of $31,588. Carried with all present voting aye. The next regularly scheduled Board of Trustees Meeting will be held on Monday, August 18, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. There being no other business, a motion was made by Trustee McAvoy, and seconded by Trustee Hinkson, to adjourn. Carried with all present voting aye. Meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m. Respectfully submitted, Rebecca A. Schweigert Clerk-Treasurer
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