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Village Board Minutes

August 6, 2014 (10)

A regular meeting of the Village Board was held August 6, 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, Trustee Enekes, Trustee Halliday & Trustee Saunders were present.

Motion by Trustee Saunders, seconded by Trustee Enekes, approved minutes of regular meeting July 16, 2014 as typed.
Carried – 4 – 0

SPECIFIC REQUESTS

Chad Kortz, CT Male, briefed the board on construction of the water filtration plant.  Currently comments made by the Dept of Health during their inspection are being addressed and a leak in the concrete needs repair.  The contractor will present the repair method chosen to CT Male’s structural engineer and DOH engineers for approval.  There is a meeting scheduled onsite Monday with the contractors to go over punch list items.  The Board discussed concerns with delays in work: no contractor has been onsite in a few weeks, and concerns with the leak in the concrete.  Atty Buettner will research what the performance bond length is, and if a per day charge for going over completion time is appropriate at this point.  Trustee Saunders voiced concerns that a Clerk of the Works was not used on the project.  Mr. Kortz stated the punch list should be completed in approximately two weeks and the plant should be up and running by the end of August.

Mr. Kortz stated the Walnut Street construction is progressing slower than initially expected, but should still be completed within the 6 month time frame.  Change orders will be presented to the Board for their approval at the next meeting.

CORRESPONDENCE

The Board is in receipt of a letter from Jennifer Sheerer regarding geese on the beach.  Mayor Morreale has responded to her concerns and stated he is checking the beach often and finds it to be better maintained than last year.

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

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

CLERK/TREASURER – Clerk/Treas Colson was present, report for 8/6/14 read & filed.

Motion by Trustee Halliday, seconded by Trustee Denno, approved attendance at the NYCOM Fall Training School in Lake Placid for Diane Williams and Nicole Colson, $535 registration fee and $281.55 per night for hotel, September 15 – 18, 2014.
Carried – 4 – 0

Motion by Trustee Saunders, seconded by Trustee Enekes, approved payment of abstract #4: Payroll $41,879.40; General $106,892.52; Water $2,026.27; Sewer $8,704.57; Capital Reserve $14,000.00; and Community Development $1,000.00.
Carried – 4 – 0

FIRE DEPARTMENT – Chief Kelley was present, report for July 2014 read & filed.

An air pack was damaged in an incident on July 22, it has been submitted to the insurance company.  There was also an incident that damaged a fire truck July 23, Chief Kelley is getting an estimate to repair damages, it is the oldest truck in the fleet and repairs may not be the best option.

Chief Kelley invited the Board to attend a mass casualty drill on the Sacandaga August 23 at 7AM.  The drill will take place at the County Boat launch.

DPW/WATER/WWTP – Supt Lozier was present, report for July 2014 read & filed.

The water lines on Warren Street have been replaced and the DPW will begin the sewer replacement.

The second trickling filter at the WWTP should be completed and running next week.

BUILDING INSPECTOR – Insp Berg was present, report for 8/6/2014 read & filed.

Insp Berg has completed his last required course for inspection and code enforcement.

Multiple residents from Hamilton Ave appeared before the Board to discuss the continual noise, vulgar language, and general appearance of a house on Hamilton Ave.  Insp Berg has spoken to the residents regarding more than one unregistered vehicle on the property & the vehicles were moved.  Mayor Morreale stressed the importance of having documentation of code and criminal violations in order to declare the property a nuisance under the law.  The residents agreed to be more persistent about reporting violations to the police and Insp Berg.

OLD BUSINESS – none.

NEW BUSINESS

Resolution #21 approved, amendment of Resolution #20 changing Mark Knapp’s retirement date to July 24, 2014.

Resolution #22 approved, hiring of Brendan Armour as Waste Water Treatment Operator Trainee at the hourly rate of $17 effective August 11, 2014.

PUBLIC COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS

Ray Bush expressed displeasure with the signs posted on telephone poles in the Village.

BOARD COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS

Trustee Saunders stated he would like a local law banning skateboards Village-wide.

Mayor Morreale requested an executive session to discuss matters involving the employment history of a specific person.

Motion by Trustee Denno, seconded by Trustee Enekes, that Board adjourn to executive session as requested above, 7:57 PM.
Carried – 4 – 0

At 8:36 PM, with no action taken in executive session, the Board reconvened.

ADJOURNMENT

Motion by Trustee Saunders, seconded by Trustee Enekes, that Board adjourn, 8:40 PM.
Carried – 4 – 0

Nicole M. Colson
Clerk-Treasurer