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Village Board Minutes

May 3, 2017 (54)

A regular meeting of the Village Board was held May 3, 2017 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 and Trustee Kelly were present.  Trustee Halliday arrived at 6:47 PM.

Motion by Trustee Enekes, seconded by Trustee Kelly, approved minutes of regular meeting April 19, 2017 as typed.
Carried – 3 – 0

SPECIFIC REQUESTS

Kelly Lescault, Center St., addressed the Board regarding their decision to not renew the Saratoga County Sheriff Dept special protection contract for the Village.  Ms. Lescault cited concerns with response time if the contract is not renewed, the benefits of having medical assistance available from the deputies and concerns with a lack of protection at the school.

CORRESPONDENCE

Mayor Morreale stated letters from Kelly Lescault & Gilbert DeMarco were received in favor of renewing the special protection contract; letters from Pete Morreale and Stacey & Christopher Granger were received against renewing the special protection contract.

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

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

CLERK/TREASURER – Clerk/Treas Colson was present, report for 5/3/17 read & filed.

Motion by Trustee Denno, seconded by Trustee Kelly, approved payment of abstract #22: Payroll $31,712.72; General $16,546.92; Water $5,213.95; Sewer $10,665.91; Community Development $1,000.00; and Capital Reserves $33,732.45.
Carried – 3 – 0

FIRE DEPARTMENT – Chief Kelley was present, report for April 2017 read & filed.

Chief Kelley stated 3 firemen recently graduated the Fire Fighter 1 training which certifies them to fight interior fires.  This brings the total number of current Fire Dept members to 49.

DPW/WATER/WWTP – Supt Lozier was present, report for April 2017 read & filed.

DPW employees completed their Confined Space training in April.

A violation letter from the DEC will be forthcoming as the waste water treatment plant exceeded their permitted average flow in April.

Motion by Trustee Kelly, seconded by Trustee Denno, approved part-time laborer John Fiore Jr. returning for seasonal work on May 8, 2017.
Carried – 3 – 0

Resolution #108 approved, hire Brandon Decker as part-time seasonal laborer as of June 26, 2017, $12.20/hr.

Supt Lozier notified the Board that the fence at the parking lot across from the beach had sustained significant damage and needed to be replaced.   The Board determined that the parking lot would continue to be used and authorized repairs to the fence.

Resolution #109 approved, retraction of surplus designation for beach parking lot, map #59.82-2-2.

BUILDING INSPECTOR – Insp Berg was present, report for 5/3/17 read & filed.

OLD BUSINESS – none.

NEW BUSINESS

Motion by Trustee Denno, seconded by Trustee Enekes, authorized mayoral signature on water supply contract for Hudson Grove Water District.
Carried – 3 – 0

Resolution #110 approved, hiring of Aicha Sadiki as lifeguard, $15 per hour.

Resolution #111 approved, hiring of Lynn Summers, Cassidy Morganstern and Lori Ballou as Summer Field Trip Chaperones, $12.20 per hour.

PUBLIC COMMENT QUESTIONS & CONCERNS

Trustee Halliday arrived at 6:47 PM.

Numerous residents spoke in favor of renewing the Village special protection contract with the Saratoga Sheriff’s Department including those listed below.   Reasons for renewal included, but were not limited to, the positive value of community based policing, response time, protection/response at the school, increased local criminal activity & drug use, and assistance with medical emergencies.
Leigh Lescault, Center St.
Nancy & Paul Galvin, Main St.
Diana Buehler, Overlook Dr. & Sheriff’s Deputy
Sherry Mann, Walnut St.
Brad Winslow, Main St.
Karina Medina-Oquendo, Oak St.
Mike Bedell, Lemont Ave.
Derek Briner, Westview Dr. & EMS
Lorraine Madison, Seventh St.
Donna Briner, Westview Dr.
Ms. Burnham, Williams St.
Mike Buehler, Overlook Dr.
Mitch Saunders, Oak St.
Kelly Lescault, Center St.
Alison Clark, W. Mechanic St.
Thomas Ketchum, Oak St.
Josh Halliday, Oak St.
Kate Halliday, Main St.
Chuck Pasquarell, Overlook Dr.
John Tangora, Town resident & Village property owner
Adam Dingman, Town resident
Robin Schumaker, Town of Greenfield resident
Nicholas Denno, Town resident, Village property owner & Sheriff’s Deputy
Jeff Collura, Town resident & Town Councilman
Roxanne Thompson, Town resident

The following residents spoke in support of not renewing the special protection contract, citing fiscal responsibility and belief in adequate coverage through regular County & State police coverage.
Bob Hudak, Ash St.
Christopher Granger, Walnut St.
Pete Morreale, Hamilton Ave.
Brad Morow, Town resident & Village property owner

BOARD COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS

Motion by Trustee Denno, seconded by Trustee Halliday, to approve modified Sheriff Dept special protection contract to run June 1, 2017 – January 1, 2018 with the stipulation that the Village Board request public meeting with Town Board to discuss shared contract, and study trends along with a monthly in person meeting with Sheriff Zurlo.
Trustee Denno – aye, Trustee Enekes – nay, Trustee Kelly – nay, Trustee Halliday – aye, Mayor Morreale – nay Motion failed – 2 – 3

Trustee Enekes stated he will contact the Sheriff Dept and request a three month contract extension to allow time to discuss shared contract with Town.

Trustee Denno expressed her disappointment with the Board’s decision.

 ADJOURNMENT

Motion by Trustee Kelly, seconded by Trustee Enekes, that Board adjourn, 8:36 PM.
Carried – 4 – 0

Nicole M. Colson
Clerk-Treasurer