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Village Board Minutes

March 4, 2020 (38)

A regular meeting of the Village Board was held March 4, 2020 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 Enekes, Trustee Halliday, Trustee Kelly & Trustee Pasquarell were present.

Motion by Trustee Pasquarell, seconded by Trustee Kelly, approved minutes of regular meeting February 19, 2020 as typed.
Carried – 4 – 0

CORRESPONDENCE – none.

SPECIFIC REQUESTS

Don Rhodes, Laberge Group, gave the Board an update on the status of the Village’s numerous projects.  Mr. Rhodes went over the components of the infrastructure projects including the water filtration plant, utility replacement and rebuilding of six streets, water meter implementation, River St sewer pump station replacement, Force Main & Trunk Sewer replacement and construction of a new Waste Water Treatment Plant.  Funding for these projects has included $9,647,777 in grant funds and $28,000,000 in zero percent interest financing through the State Revolving Loan Fund.

Mr. Rhodes requested the Village continue the proactive approach to infrastructure by considering using remaining SRF funds to complete a replacement of Palmer Avenue.  There are water quality issues in parts of Palmer Avenue & sewer system infiltration due to deteriorating sewer piping.  Mr. Rhodes suggested the Village Board consider initiating an engineering report, preliminary design and permitting in order to send a project to bid in winter of 2020.  Mr. Rhodes also outlined several grant opportunities including CDBG and Green Innovation Grants.  The project would be constructed to defer parts of the plan depending on grant availability.  Overall, Mr. Rhodes estimates the Palmer Avenue project to cost around $7 million. 

The Village Board agreed unanimously that Palmer Avenue replacement is a priority and postponing rehabilitation would increase costs.  The Board requested Laberge Group submit a proposal for schematics, engineering and grant application submittal.

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

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

CLERK/TREASURER – Clerk-Treas Colson was present, report for 3/4/2020 read & filed.

Motion by Trustee Pasquarell, seconded by Trustee Kelly, approved payment of abstract #18: Payroll $34,164.12; General $68,042.26; Water $4,523.14; Sewer $9,524.29; and Capital Reserves $2,000.00.
Carried – 4- 0

Resolution #57 approved, budget transfers.

FIRE DEPARTMENT – Chief Kelley was present, report for February 2020 read & filed.

Chief Kelley stated this February was the busiest for the Fire Department in 20 years.  They answered 50 calls, and participated in dive training, vehicle extrication training, and blood borne pathogen training.

Chief Kelley also thanked Oak St resident Mike McKelligott for his donation to the Fire Department.

DPW/WATER/WWTP – Supt Lozier was present, report for February 2020 read & filed.

Supt Lozier stated the DPW spent nine days removing snow in February from two major storms.

BUILDING INSPECTOR – Insp Hepner was excused for training, report for 3/4/2020 read & filed.

OLD BUSINESS

Mayor Morreale informed the Board he and Clerk-Treas Colson met with Casella management today to discuss the issues the Village has been having with garbage collection.  Casella representatives acknowledged the problems and informed the Mayor of plans in place to improve service.

Resolution #58 approved, award of garbage collection contract to Casella Waste Management for one year; $163,100.

Trustee Halliday submitted additional quotes for radar speed signs and the Board asked Clerk-Treas Colson to place an order for two signs.

NEW BUSINESS – none

PUBLIC COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS – none.

BOARD COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS

Trustee Kelly stated one lifeguard will be returning from last year, and she is contacting another applicant from last year.  Trustee Kelly also suggested the Board defer reimbursement of lifeguard training until the employee has completed the season; the Board agreed.

ADJOURNMENT

Motion by Trustee Pasquarell, seconded by Trustee Enekes, that Board adjourn, 7:08PM.          
Carried – 4 – 0

Nicole M. Colson
Clerk-Treasurer