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Village Board Minutes

March 5, 2014 (43)

A special meeting, budget workshop, of the Village Board was held March 5, 2014 at 5:00 PM in the firehouse, 16 Saratoga Avenue.

Mayor Morreale called the meeting to order.

Roll Call: Trustee Denno, Trustee Enekes, Trustee Halliday and Trustee Saunders were present.
Also Present: Supt. Lozier & Chief Kelley.

NEW BUSINESS

Chief Kelley presented his 2014/2015 budget requests to the Board.  Increases to the budget were requested in order to install cameras at the firehouse, replace the Chief’s vehicle, and move the fire siren from it’s location at the fireman’s field to the DPW garage.  Chief Kelley also proposed changes to the Firefighter’s Length of Service Award Program (LOSAP) which would increase the monthly benefit from $10 per year of service to $15 and lower the eligibility age to 62.  These changes are estimated to increase the LOSAP budget line by $28,000.  In order to make the proposed changes the Board would need to ask Penflex to prepare a financial statement projecting costs more accurately and the resolution of the Board would be subject to permissive referendum.

Supt Lozier outlined his 2014/2015 budget requests which include the purchase of an excavator for the water department, a snow loader to replace the current loader and a tandem dump truck to replace one of the current DPW trucks.  Supt Lozier is also projecting a $17,000 increase to the repair and maintenance of the building and grounds at the DPW garage to build a pole barn to store equipment.

The Board set the next budget workshop for Friday, March 21 at 5:00 PM in the Village Hall.

Motion by Trustee Denno, seconded by Trustee Enekes, that Board adjourn, 6:17 PM.
Carried – 4 – 0

Nicole M. Colson
Clerk-Treasurer

A regular meeting of the Village Board was held March 5, 2014 at 6:17 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, Trustee Halliday and Trustee Saunders were present.

Motion by Trustee Enekes, seconded by Trustee Denno, approved minutes of regular meeting February 19, 2014 as typed.
Carried – 4 – 0

SPECIFIC REQUESTS

Ed Vopelak, of CT Male, updated the Board on the construction of the filtration plant.  Masonry is being completed and pumps will be delivered the last week of April.  The contractor is currently three weeks behind schedule, due to weather delays and will be requesting an extension.  CT Male has been in contact with DOH regarding the delay and they have indicated they will entertain a request to extend the deadline for compliance.  Test results of structural integrity and strength testing have all passed.  Mr. Vopelak also indicated that construction on Walnut Street is on schedule to begin in April.

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

CLERK/TREASURER – Clerk/Treas Colson was present, report for March 5 read & filed.

Motion by Trustee Saunders, seconded by Trustee Enekes, approved publication of notice of public hearing regarding the proposed 2014/2015 budget to be held April 16 at 6:00 PM in the firehouse.
Carried – 4 – 0

Clerk/Treas Colson informed the Board that General Code has provided the link to the Village Code online.  This link will be posted on the website before the Board considers adoption of the law approving re-codification.

Motion by Trustee Denno, seconded by Trustee Enekes, approved payment of abstract #19: Payroll $31,546.86; General $124,104.74; Water $5,494.52; Sewer $19,157.19; Community Development $12,629; and Capital Reserves $176,000.
Carried – 4 – 0

The General Election is March 18; polls will be open from noon to 9PM at the Village Hall for the election of two trustees.  Trustee Saunders asked when absentee ballots would be mailed.  Clerk/Treas Colson stated they would be mailed in advance of the March 12 deadline as required by the Election Law.

FIRE DEPARTMENT – Chief Kelley was present, report for February read & filed.

Chief Kelley stated the department has been utilizing the Wilton Fire Department’s smokehouse for training.

DPW/WATER/WWTP – Supt Lozier was present, report for February read & filed.

A four-inch water main on West Maple Street froze leaving three residents without water for 12 hours.  No boil water advisory was necessary.  The main was thawed with a welder.  In the spring the affected homes will be connected to the ten-inch water main and the four-inch main will be disconnected.

The Waste Water Treatment Plant failed a BOD test which is being addressed.

Supt Lozier requested an executive session to discuss matters that may lead to the promotion of a certain individual.

BUILDING DEPARTMENT – Insp Berg was present, report for March 5 read & filed.

A new Certificate of Occupancy was issued for one of the apartments at 353 Main Street; the other apartment is still being repaired for full operation.

Trustee Denno asked Insp Berg to speak with the owner of the old firehouse regarding lighting and safety complaints.

OLD BUSINESS

Resolution #55 approved, mayoral signature on change order #1 with CT Male for Phase 2 contraction services on Walnut St project, $170,000.

Resolution #56 approved, mayoral signature on contract with US Light Energy to install solar panels on firehouse at no cost to the Village.

NEW BUSINESS

Atty Buettner discussed the new PILOT proposed between the Town of Corinth and Housing Development Fund Company for the Adam Lawrence Apartments.  The previous owners had a PILOT agreement with both the Town and Village; the Village was at that time an assessing unit.  In order for the new PILOT to move forward, the current PILOT needs to be terminated.  The Village would still receive a payment under the new PILOT to be signed by the Town.

Resolution #57 approved, termination of PILOT between Village and Corinth Housing Development.

Atty Buettner explained a request by Deb & Craig Stollery to have the Village issue a quit claim deed for a portion of their property incorrectly listed on their deed as owned by the Village of Corinth.  The boundary between the Stollery property on Mallory Street (tax map # 73.26-2-14) & the boundary of the fireman’s field is incorrectly identified in the Stollery’s deed.  The information is correct on the Village’s deed.  Therefore the Village would be recognizing the proper boundaries through the quit claim deed, not relinquishing any property owned by the Village.

Resolution #58 approved, authorize mayoral signature on a quit claim deed to the Stollery property.

Clerk/Treas Colson presented the Board with a proposal to survey the 244 Main Street property.  At the time of the donation of the building by Mr. Robinson there was no survey done.

Motion by Trustee Saunders, seconded by Trustee Enekes, approved mayoral signature on survey proposal from Dave Barrass for $1,100, to be completed in the Spring.
Carried – 4 – 0

Trustee Denno distributed copies of a streetscape proposal developed by WIT Companies for the removal and planting of four trees and tree guard installation.  Trustee Denno will have more cost estimates at the March 19 meeting.

PUBLIC COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS – none.

BOARD COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS

Trustee Enekes informed the Board of the passing of Betty Bovee, Chairperson of the Image Committee.  The Image Committee is responsible for many events in the Village including the Independence Day celebration and Hometown Christmas.  Betty was a wonderful person and a great volunteer; her loss will be felt by the entire community.

Mayor Morreale stated the Village website will have periodic updates on Facebook regarding events in the Village and matters being handled by the Board.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Motion by Trustee Saunders, seconded by Trustee Enekes, approved adjournment to executive session to discuss matters leading to the potential promotion of a particular person, 7:00 PM.
Carried – 4 – 0

At 7:40 PM the Board reconvened with no action taken in executive session.

Resolution #59 approved, transfer of Clayton Laubach to the position of Head Waste Water Treatment Operator at the annual salary of $49,500.

ADJOURNMENT

Motion by Trustee Saunders, seconded by Trustee Enekes, that Board adjourn, 7:41 PM.
Carried – 4 – 0

Nicole M. Colson
Clerk-Treasurer