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Village Board Minutes

March 4, 2015 (37)

A regular meeting of the Village Board was held March 4, 2015 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 Halliday & Trustee Saunders were present.  Trustee Enekes was excused.

Motion by Trustee Saunders, seconded by Trustee Denno, approved minutes of regular meeting February 18, 2015 as typed.
Carried – 3 – 0

SPECIFIC REQUESTS

Jim Martin, the LA Group, presented the draft Comprehensive Master Plan update to the Board.  The updated plan is a plan focused on several aspects of the Village, most notably turning the reservoir property into a destination for outdoor recreation; reuse of the former mill site; and the redevelopment of the downtown area, including the parcels affected by the 2008 fire.  The Comprehensive Master Plan update committee will hold two public hearings regarding the plan with the first one scheduled for March 23 at 6:00 PM in the firehouse.  The plan should be ready for adoption in April.  The Board discussed how aspects of this plan will coincide with aspects of the Town Comprehensive Plan, money available from the prison closures and how certain projects could fit into those opportunities.  Mayor Morreale asked the Board to review the plan and submit any comments before the final adoption.

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

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

CLERK/TREASURER – Clerk/Treas Colson was present, report for 3/4/15 read & filed.

Resolution #70 approved, adjustment to water/sewer rolls.

Motion by Trustee Denno, seconded by Trustee Halliday, approved payment of abstract #18: Payroll $32,562.82; General $119,356.46; Water $5,897.75; Sewer $11,864.05; and Community Development $16,976.10.
Carried – 3 – 0

Resolution #71 approved, budget transfers.

The Board discussed payment of the Senior Center’s Time Warner Cable bill.  Mayor Morreale will confer with Supervisor Lucia.

FIRE DEPARTMENT – Chief Kelley was present, report for February 2015 read & filed.

The Board discussed the proposed purchase of a new fire truck and decided to send bids out no later than April 1st.

Motion by Trustee Saunders, seconded by Trustee Halliday, approved publication of bid opening for fire truck purchase to be held May 1, 2015 at 2:00 PM in the Village Hall, 244 Main St.
Carried – 3 – 0

DPW/WATER/WWTP – Supt Lozier was present, report for February 2015 read & filed.

The DPW crew plowed 11 of the 28 days of February and removed snow for 15 days.  They have also been contending with frozen water distribution lines.

BUILDING INSPECTOR – Insp Berg was excused for training, report for 3/4/15 read & filed.

OLD BUSINESS

Theatre Guild request was tabled.

NEW BUSINESS

Resolution #72 approved, assignment of 2011 & 2013 HOME grant administration contract to CT Male.

The board discussed a change order for the filtration plant which included installing a check valve per manufacturer instructions which was not in the CT Male engineered plans.

Resolution #73 approved, change order #5 for filtration plant, Bunkoff increase of $2,188 (total contract $2,091,823)

The Board discussed resolutions required by the OHCR required for the $600,000 Community Development Block Grant which will be used for replacement of sewer lines in the rehab of streets designated by the water project.

Resolution #74 approved, declaring the Village as lead agency and issuing a negative declaration for SEQR, CDBG Project #282PR51-14.

Resolution #75 approved, authorizing Finding of No Significant Impact for SEQR, CDBG Project #282PR51-14.

A lumber company has asked permission to use the Reservoir property to access land owned by Lyme Adirondack Timberlands for logging.  Supt Lozier had no objections to their use of the road.

Motion by Trustee Saunders, seconded by Trustee Halliday, approved mayoral signature on a land use agreement with Lyme Adirondack Timber Sales with proper insurance certificates on file.      
Carried – 3 – 0

PUBLIC COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS

Jim Murray requested the Village Board consider approving the new Veteran’s tax exemptions as the School Board has recently done.  Atty Buettner will research what the Village’s options are as a non-assessing unit and report back.

Matt Rogers reminded the Board of the Town informational session Thursday, March 5 at 4:30 regarding the proposed designs for the train depot.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Mayor Morreale requested an executive session to discuss matters leading to the employment of individuals and the Article 7 litigation with Hudson River Community Credit Union.

Motion by Trustee Halliday, seconded by Trustee Saunders, that Board adjourn to executive session as requested by Mayor Morreale above, 8:00 PM.
Carried – 3 – 0

Supt Lozier & Chief Kelley were excused, 8:00 PM.

At 9:30 PM the Board reconvened with no action taken in executive session.

Motion by Mayor Morreale, seconded by Trustee Saunders, approved reposting advertisements for the vacant MEO and Mechanic positions at DPW.
Carried – 4 – 0

ADJOURNMENT

Motion by Trustee Saunders, seconded by Trustee Halliday, that Board adjourn, 9:31 PM.         
Carried – 3 – 0

Nicole M. Colson
Clerk-Treasurer