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Village Board Minutes

March 21, 2016 (44)

A regular meeting of the Village Board was held March 21, 2016 at 5:00 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 and Trustee Saunders were present.

Motion by Trustee Denno, seconded by Trustee Enekes, approved the minutes of regular meeting March 7, 2016 and special meeting March 14, 2016 as typed.

PRESENTATION & DISCUSSION OF TENTATIVE BUDGET

Clerk/Treas Colson presented the tentative budget to the Board.  Many items are still undetermined due to the current negotiation of the CSEA contract.  The tentative budget keeps the tax rate at $5.49 per thousand and increases water & sewer rents by a total of $112 per year.  The general fund budget reflects an overall decrease in spending of $373,530 and estimates an appropriation of $112,501 from fund balance.  The Board discussed in detail.

CORRESPONDENCE

Kendra Schieber wrote the Board on behalf of the Summer Youth Theatre Workshop requesting a donation towards scholarships for participants.  Under Municipal Finance Law gifts of taxpayer funds are prohibited.  The Board denied the request with regret.

Girvin & Ferlazzo, attorneys for the Corinth School District notified the Board that the school is seeking Lead Agency status under SEQRA for various improvements to school grounds.  The Board had no objections.

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

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

CLERK/TREASURER – Clerk/Treas Colson was present, report for 3/21/16 read & filed.

Resolution #93 approved, adjustment to water/sewer rolls.

The Board discussed a proposal to settle the lien on a HOME project for less than the lien amount due to pending foreclosure of the property and decided to adhere to the original terms of the agreement.

Motion by Trustee Enekes, seconded by Trustee Halliday, approved payment of abstract #19: Payroll $32,887.95; General $126,811.43; Water $3,518.39; Sewer $9,184.39; and Capital Reserves $18,015.72.
Carried – 4 – 0

Resolution #94 approved, budget transfer.

FIRE DEPARTMENT – Chief Kelley was present.

DPW/WATER/WWTP – Supt Lozier was present.

BUILDING INSPECTOR – Insp Berg was present, report for 3/21/16 read & filed.

OLD BUSINESS – none.

NEW BUSINESS

Resolution #95 approved, appointment of Sally Scranton to the Grant Project Review/ Revolving Loan Fund Committee for a term ending February 28, 2018

Resolution #96 approved, appointment of the Village Clerk-Treasurer as the Certifying Officer for CDBG #282PR108-15.

Resolution #97 approved, acceptance of $150,000 grant from the Dormitory Authority State of New York toward sanitary and storm sewer portions of Ash Street infrastructure improvements.

The Board evaluated the bids submitted for garbage & recyclable removal and determined the lowest responsible bidder would be awarded the contract for three years.  The Board also determined that the cost savings of including the firehouse dumpster in the bid award outweighed the buy-out cost of the current contract at the firehouse.

Resolution #98 approved, authorize payment of up to $1,400 to end the firehouse dumpster contract with Waste Management.

Resolution #99 approved, authorize award of garbage and recycling removal contract for a term of three years to lowest responsible bidder Casella Waste Management for a total cost of $383,964.

Motion by Trustee Denno, seconded by Trustee Halliday, approved mayoral signature on proposal from Cleveland Brothers for grounds maintenance contract, $4262.90.
Carried – 4 – 0

Motion by Trustee Saunders, seconded by Trustee Enekes, approved mayoral signature on proposal from Cleveland Brothers for flower planting and servicing, $6,498.
Carried – 4 – 0

Motion by Trustee Denno, seconded by Trustee Enekes, approved mayor’s attendance at NYCOM training in Saratoga May 1–3 ($275) and APA Local Government Day in Lake Placid April 13-14 ($253.97).
Carried – 4 – 0

PUBLIC COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS

Kendra Schieber questioned the denial of her letter requesting a donation for the Youth Theatre and invited the Board members to the April 7 Saratoga Arts award reception.  Ms. Schieber also expressed her appreciation of the Upper Reservoir trail improvements.

Maureen Kelly questioned timing of street sweeping and spring clean-up.

BOARD COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS

Trustee Denno requested an executive session to discuss matters leading to the employment of a particular person.

Mayor Morreale stated he would be on an interview committee seeking a new Program Administrator for the joint Town & Village Youth Commission.

Trustee Saunders thanked the Board and the department heads for their assistance and cooperation over the past four years.  Mayor Morreale presented Trustee Saunders with a proclamation thanking him for his years of service with the Village & Town.

The Board also discussed CCSD’s plans to demolish the former school on Main Street and efforts that are being made to preserve the building as a building of historical importance.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Motion by Trustee Halliday, seconded by Trustee Denno, that Board adjourn to executive session as requested by Trustee Denno to discuss matters leading to the employment of a specific individual, 6:48 PM.
Carried – 4 – 0

At 7:06 PM the Board reconvened with no action taken in executive session.

Resolution #100 approved, hiring of Gary Holmes as Waste Water Treatment Plant Head Operator, $48,000 salary.

ADJOURNMENT

Motion by Trustee Saunders, seconded by Trustee Enekes, that Board adjourn, 7:19 PM.
Carried – 4 – 0

Nicole M. Colson
Clerk-Treasurer