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March 23, 2017 (43)
A special joint meeting of the Town and Village Boards was held March 23, 2017 at 6:00 PM in the Town Hall, 600 Palmer Avenue.
Supervisor Lucia & Mayor Morreale called the meeting to order; Supervisor Lucia led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Roll Call of Village Board: Trustee Halliday & Trustee Kelly were present. Trustee Denno & Trustee Enekes were excused.
Roll Call of Town Board: Councilman Brown, Councilman Byrnes, Councilman Collura & Councilman Halliday were present.
Also Present: Clerk Rose Farr, Assessor Tina Dimitriadis, Highway Supt Shawn Eggleston, Town Atty Robert Hafner, Clerk-Treas Nicole M. Colson, Fire Chief Andrew Kelley, and Youth Program Director Annaliese Stautner.
Assessor Dimitriadis stated there were no omitted tax forms due to the Village for the 2017/2018 tax year. Clerk-Treas Colson submitted a list of transferred properties with exemptions; Assessor Dimitriadis agreed to check the properties for lost exemptions and report back. Village Board members expressed concerns that Village and Town tax revenue was being lost by not having omitted tax forms submitted. Assessor Dimitriadis stated any future revocations of exemptions would be reported to the Village in March of each year.
Mayor Morreale inquired as to the taxable status of Town owned buildings at 17 Pine Street and 607 Palmer Ave. Since the buildings are currently not being used for municipal purposes the Village Board questioned why they were not taxed. Supervisor Lucia stated those buildings were tax exempt because they were the sites of future museums. Supervisor Lucia stated 17 Pine Street was the future site of the Mill Museum and that tours and events were conducted in the building; 607 Palmer Ave is undergoing renovations in order to house the current Town Museum.
Mayor Morreale informed the Town Board that the Village had decided to withdraw from the Joint Youth Commission in order to pursue their own summer youth program. Annaliese Stautner will continue working as the Village’s Youth Program Director. The summer playground program will be discontinued due to difficulties meeting the State DOH standards for a day camp and staffing issues. Instead, the Village will offer five weekly field trips to children from the Village & Town free of charge. The Village will also continue providing life guards at the beach. Town & Village Board members discussed the potential for future shared youth projects with no decisions made.
Chief Kelley presented the 2017/2018 Fire Department budget in great detail, along with a list of current Fire Department vehicles and equipment. The proposed fire protection contract price for the Town’s 2018 fiscal year is $424,427 which includes a $50,000 equipment reserve contribution to begin funding the future purchase of a tanker truck geared toward responding to fires in the Town.
Supervisor Lucia discussed details of the 2018 Bicentennial Celebration. Approximately 40 people have been volunteering on committees spearheading the plans. There will be fundraisers held to raise money for the events which include an essay contest, parade, reenactment of 1818 board meetings and the naming of a Mr. & Mrs. Corinth. Cate Mandigo will create a painting especially for the Bicentennial; prints will be available for purchase. Supervisor Lucia is seeking representation from all clubs and organizations for the parade.
Trustee Halliday, seconded by Trustee Kelly, that Board adjourn, 7:30 PM.