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April 3, 2017 (45)
An Organizational Meeting of the Village Board was held April 3, 2017 at 6:00 PM in the Village Hall, 244 Main St.
Mayor Morreale called the meeting to order and led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Trustee Denno, Trustee Enekes and Trustee Kelly were present. Trustee Halliday was excused.
Mayor Morreale appointed Timothy Halliday as Deputy Mayor.
Resolution #78 approved, Mayoral appointment of Diane Kelley as Deputy Clerk-Treasurer, 1-year term.
Resolution #79 approved, Mayoral appointment of Arthur Lozier III as DPW Superintendent, 4-year term.
Resolution #80 approved, Mayoral appointment of Lynn Summers as Planning Board Secretary, 1-year term.
Resolution #81 approved, Mayoral appointment of Lynn Summers as Zoning Board of Appeals Secretary, 1-year term.
Resolution #82 approved Mayoral appointment of Greg Berg as Building Inspector, 1-year term.
Resolution #83 approved, Mayoral appointment of Nicole M. Colson as Budget Officer, 1-year term.
Resolution #84 approved, Mayoral appointment of Arthur Lozier III as Damage Assessment Officer, 1-year term.
Resolution #85 approved, Fire Dept slate of officers as attached.
Resolution #86 approved, Investment Policy with no revisions.
Resolution #87 approved, Procurement Policy with no revisions.
Resolution #88 approved, Water Emergency Plan with no revisions.
Resolution #89 approved, Board Meeting schedule through March 21, 2018.
Resolution #90 approved, Organizational Meeting date established as April 2, 2018.
Resolution #91 approved, mileage rate of $0.535 paid to employees & officials when using personal vehicles.
Resolution #92 approved, Glens Falls Post Star designated official newspaper.
Resolution #93 approved, certain claims to be paid prior to audit.
Resolution #94 approved, Saratoga National designated official depository.
Resolution #95 approved, designation of Bartlett, Pontiff, Stewart & Rhodes, PC as attorneys for the Village.
Resolution #96 approved, designation of Laberge Group as engineer for the Village, up to $165 per hour.
Resolution #97 approved, Rules of Procedures for meetings with no revision.
Resolution #98 approved, permission for officials & employees to attend training sessions.
Morreale appointed the following liaisons to departments:
Senior Citizens: Mayor
BOARD COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS
Trustee Denno discussed the special protection contract with Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department. Trustee Denno outlined the history of abolishing the Village PD and initial contract with the Sheriff’s Dept. Trustee Denno expressed concerns with increased criminal activity and longer response times to calls in the Village if the special protection contract is discontinued. Trustee Denno also commented that the Sheriff’s Dept engages in “good will” activities that do not end up on the blotter and their presence helps deter crime.
Trustee Kelly commented that the Sheriff Dept response time in the Town outside the Village is very good and that discontinuing the special protection contract should not affect the Village response time very much. Trustee Kelly also stated the possibility of a special protection contract would be revisited each year and that the money saved this year would help the Village accomplish many projects.
Mayor Morreale commented that eliminating the special protection contract would help offset increases in water/sewer rents as well as allow the Village to stay under the Property Tax Cap and not use money from fund balance. The mayor also pointed out that Village residents pay for State and County police protection through other taxes.
PUBLIC COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS
Fire Chief Kelley recommended renewing the special protection contract with the Sheriff Dept. Chief Kelley stated with 30 years experience in law enforcement that in his opinion, discontinuing special protection would lead to an increase in crime and drug activity as well as an increase in response time. Chief Kelley commented on many benefits to the community from having special protection in place.
Derek Briner & Brandon Stautner of the Corinth EMS spoke of the assistance provided to the EMS by the Sheriff Deputies with medical calls including providing Narcan and AED equipment.
Trustee Denno attempted to make a motion to renew the Sheriff contract as presented, due to a procedural question Trustee Denno withdrew her motion with no vote.
Trustee Denno, seconded by Trustee Enekes, that Board adjourn, 6:42 PM.