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February 19, 2014 (41)
A regular meeting of the Village Board was held February 19, 2014 at 6:00 PM in the firehouse, 16 Saratoga Avenue.
Mayor Morreale called the meeting to order and led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Roll Call: Trustee Denno, Trustee Enekes and Trustee Saunders were present. Trustee Halliday was delayed.
Trustee Saunders, seconded by Trustee Enekes, approved minutes of regular
meeting February 5, 2014 as typed.
Mayor Morreale welcomed Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo to his first meeting with the Village Board. Sheriff Zurlo introduced his Undersheriff Kevin Mullahey. Sheriff Zurlo stated he looks forward to continuing the Department’s good relationship with the Village and plans to offer a renewal of the protection contract at the same cost as last year. Sheriff Zurlo outlined several changes within the Department including removing Deputy John Coltrain from the Village patrol rotation and placing him as IT Deputy at the County. The Sheriff’s Department will have a new website, a Facebook page and Twitter account. Sheriff Zurlo assured the Board that the new Village daytime patrol Deputy would introduce himself. Deputy Ken Cooper will also be working directly with schools in the County and will also be meeting with Mayor Morreale. Sheriff Zurlo also stated the patrol cars will be of a new black and gold design for increased visibility. Trustee Denno stated in her ten years on the Board she has been very impressed with the level of professionalism offered by the Sheriff’s Department and looks forward to continuing the relationship, this sentiment echoed by other members of the Board.
Matt Rogers, Planning Board, addressed the Board about a potential zoning change to allow for “Neighborhood Commercial Uses” in the residentially zoned area of Heath St and Gobel Ave. The area currently has a laundromat and heating oil facility as non-conforming uses which existed before zoning. An overlay district is proposed that would allow the area to remain zoned residential, but also allow certain limited commercial uses with site plan review by the Planning Board. Trustee Saunders asked if neighboring property owners would be notified when a site plan is proposed and Mr. Rogers stated that it could be made a requirement of the overlay. The Board instructed Atty Buettner to draft a proposed law for their review.
Chad Kortz, CT Male, updated the Board on progress at the filtration plant. Contractors are still struggling with weather conditions and will most likely need to file for an extension. Mr. Kortz has made DOH aware of the situation and they have indicated they would be willing to grant an extension based on the progress made. Mr. Kortz and Clerk-Treas Colson made the Board aware of an oversight in which Phase 1 of the engineering for Walnut St was approved, but Phase 2 (involving bidding and construction oversight) was not. The engineering of bid specifications and bid submission evaluation has been completed. The Board will need to consider approving Phase 2 in the amount of $105,000 as quoted in 2009. The Board asked that this be placed on the next agenda. Bids for Walnut Street reconstruction were opened February 12 (bid opening sheet attached) low bidder was Tom Kubricky Company Inc. (TKI) in the amount of $1,461,812.00. CT Male has worked with TKI, as has the Village and all references and bid requirements are acceptable. CT Male recommended awarding the bid to TKI. Trustee Denno stated she would be abstaining from the vote because of a business relationship with TKI.
Resolution #53 approved, award Tom Kubricky Company Inc. the Walnut St reconstruction bid in the amount of $1,461,812 and authorize mayoral signature on contract upon attorney review.
Marcia E. Murray of US Light Energy presented a proposal to install solar panels on the firehouse. The panels would be owned and maintained by USLE. There would be no cost to the Village under a twenty year agreement, there is no early termination fee for cancelling the agreement. Thirty percent savings on electricity is projected over twenty years. Panels will be removed by USLE if the Village needs to make any repairs to the roof. Ms. Murray distributed proposals as well as references for the Board. Atty Buettner is reviewing the contract and the Board will consider it at the next meeting.
Trustee Halliday arrived, 7:00 PM.
The SEDC dinner is May 7; Mayor Morreale asked that anyone wishing to attend let him know.
The Sheriff report for January 2014 is on file.
CLERK/TREASURER – Clerk-Treas Colson was present, report for 2-19-14 read & filed.
Clerk-Treas Colson informed the Board of the Village of Corinth’s fiscal stress rating with the NYS Comptroller’s Office. Out of a possible 29 points (with 29 points being significant fiscal stress) the Village received 1 point. This equates to a 1.7% rating resulting in a “No Designation” rating based on the 2013-2014 financial information.
No independent nominating petitions were received for the upcoming election; therefore the candidates will be listed as follows: Julius Enekes, Democrat; Melanie Denno, Republican; Jim Hopkins, Republican.
Trustee Halliday, seconded by Trustee Enekes, approved publication of polling
place, hours of polls and names and candidates of the offices available in the
Post Star and Pennysaver.
The Board granted permission for the use of the Reservoir property for a wedding ceremony on August 16.
Trustee Saunders, seconded by Trustee Denno, approved payment of abstract #18:
Payroll $33,858.94; General $44,141.13; Water $5,147.73; Sewer $9,450.33 and
Community Development $210.00
Resolution #54 approved, budget transfers.
FIRE DEPARTMENT – Chief Kelley was present.
DPW/WATER/WWTP – Supt Lozier was present.
BUILDING INSPECTOR – Insp Berg was present, report for 2/19/14 read & filed.
Insp Berg has revoked the Certificate of Occupancy for two apartments at 353 Main Street for being uninhabitable. The owner is aware of the situation and working to remedy the violations.
Insp Berg has completed the first class in his certification training February 11 – February 13.
OLD BUSINESS – none.
NEW BUSINESS – covered under Specific Requests.
PUBLIC COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS - none.
BOARD COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS – none.
Trustee Halliday, seconded by Trustee Saunders, that Board adjourn, 7:36 PM.