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Village Board Minutes

March 19, 2014 (46)

A regular meeting of the Village Board was held March 19, 2014 at 6:00 PM in the firehouse, 16 Saratoga Avenue.

Mayor Morreale called the meeting to order & led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Roll Call: Trustee Denno and Trustee Enekes were present.  Trustee Halliday and Trustee Saunders were excused.

Mayor Morreale congratulated Trustee Denno & Trustee Enekes on their recent re-election.

Motion by Trustee Enekes, seconded by Trustee Denno, approved minutes of special meeting and regular meeting March 5, 2014 as typed.
Carried – 3 – 0

PUBLIC COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS (AGENDA ITEMS) – none.

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

CLERK/TREASURER – Clerk/Treas Colson was present, report for 3/19/14 read & filed.

Results of the March 18, 2014 General Election were as follows:  Julius Enekes: 112 votes; Melanie Denno: 140 votes; James Hopkins: 79 votes.  A total of 186 ballots were cast.

Clerk/Treas Colson discussed certain uses of the former fireman’s field with the board in light of the impending sale of the property to the Corinth Senior Housing LLC.  The Board decided they would wait until hearing from the LLC if the tax credits were received before ruling out any possible uses this summer.  The Board also instructed Clerk/Treas Colson to contact the Youth Hockey team about the plans for the property and possibly moving their equipment to the former DPW building.

Motion by Trustee Denno, seconded by Trustee Enekes, approved payment of abstract #20: Payroll $32,290.72; General $55,727.54; Water $9,488.49; Sewer $8,570.25; Community Development $1,000.00; and Capital Reserve $122,215.90.
Carried – 3 – 0

FIRE DEPARTMENT – Chief Kelley was present.

DPW/WATER/WWTP – Supt Lozier was present.

Supt Lozier stated the DPW will work with the contractor and engineer to develop informational handouts for people on Walnut Street when the construction is scheduled.

Supt Lozier gave the Board a brief synopsis of his budget requests since he is unable to attend the workshop meeting.

BUILDING INSPECTOR – Insp Berg is attending classes this week and was excused.

OLD BUSINESS – none.

NEW BUSINESS

Clerk/Treas Colson discussed changing testing companies for random drug testing at the DPW.  Currently the employee being tested needs to be accompanied by another employee to a testing site in Mechanicville; this results in lost time with a very small crew.  On-Site Testing Services would test at the DPW garage with similar pricing.

Resolution #60 approved, mayoral signature on contract with On-Site testing services for random drug testing.

Resolution #61 approved, mayoral signature on Cleveland Brothers contracts for fertilizing, pesticide application and flower planting and maintenance.

The Board discussed a recent complaint about parking on Walnut Street obstructing visibility on the corner of First St.  State Law prohibits parking 20 feet from a crosswalk and 30 feet from a stop sign.  The DPW will mark the “No Parking” area accordingly.

Clerk/Treas Colson presented the tentative budget to the Board.  Projected tax rate is staying at $5.49 per thousand which would result in a planned appropriation of fund balance of $485,022.  Clerk/Treas Colson explained that the main reason for the large appropriated amount is to purchase/replace several pieces of equipment including a snow loader, excavator, tandem dump truck and Fire Chief’s vehicle.  Although the Village has expected to appropriate fund balance with each budget over the past few years, we have not had to do so in the past.  Therefore it is a good investment to use that fund balance to purchase capital equipment.  The Village’s current fund balance is $1.2 million.

PUBLIC COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS

Town Councilman Jeff Collura congratulated Trustee Denno & Trustee Enekes on their re-election, and thanked James Hopkins for running.  Councilman Collura addressed the Board regarding the Reservoir property and recommended the Board consider having a planning map prepared to assist in assessing the property’s potential recreational uses.  Councilman Collura stated the Town may be interested in sharing some of the costs of preparing a map of the site.  Trustee Denno invited Councilman Collura to the April 15 Comprehensive Master Plan Committee meeting at 7PM at the Village Hall.  The Committee has identified the Reservoir property as a priority for planning and development and will be discussing plans and uses.

BOARD COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS

Mayor Morreale informed the Board that the scenic railway company would be attending the Town Board’s 4:30 PM meeting on Thursday if anyone was available to attend.

Trustee Denno & Trustee Enekes thanked their supporters in the election.

ADJOURNMENT

Motion by Trustee Enekes, seconded by Trustee Denno, that Board adjourn, 6:50 PM.
Carried – 3 – 0

Nicole M. Colson
Clerk-Treasurer