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Village Board Minutes

February 6, 2013 (43)

A regular meeting of the Village Board was held February 6, 2013, at 6:00 PM, in the firehouse, 16 Saratoga Ave.

Mayor Morreale called the meeting to order and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Roll Call: Trustee Denno, Trustee Enekes, Trustee Halliday and Trustee Saunders were present.

Motion by Trustee Enekes, seconded by Trustee Halliday, approved minutes of regular meeting January 16, 2013 as typed.
Carried – 4 – 0

SPECIFIC REQUESTS

Jim Martin of the LA Group addressed the Board about updating the Comprehensive Master Plan.  Mr. Martin detailed the steps involved in the process and the Board discussed the methodology and cost of the project.  Mr. Martin stated a plan update is usually about $35,000 and takes approximately 15 months to complete.  The Board will consider the proposal at the Feb 20 meeting.

Chad Kortz of CT Male gave the Board a status update on the construction plans and contract documents for the water filtration plant and Walnut St rehabilitation.  Plans will be submitted to the DOH and DEC by the end of next week for their comments and input.  Bids are expected to go out in April in time for summer/fall construction.  The Board discussed the disruption to residents during the Walnut St reconstruction period.  Mr. Kortz stated that the construction team would be in constant communication with the residents throughout the project.

Jason Denno, EFC, outlined the financing review of the full funding application that has been submitted for the water project and stated short-term financing would most likely close in June.  The Board asked Mr. Denno’s opinion on hiring a clerk-of –the works for the filtration project.  Mr. Denno stated he did not feel it was necessary on a project of this size.  Mr. Denno also briefly spoke of the RFPs for the engineering study of the sanitary sewer system, which will be completed in conjunction with the pre-planning grant from the EFC. 

CORRESPONDENCE

The Corinth Rotary Club submitted a letter to the Board requesting the use of Jessup’s Landing Park for a car show in May.  The Board consensus was to grant the request with more detailed information about the date and specifics of the event and a signed hold harmless agreement.  Clerk-Treas Colson will follow up with the Rotary.

PUBLIC COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS (AGENDA ITEMS)

Jim Murray of Center St encouraged the Board to hire a clerk-of-the-works for the water project.

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

CLERK/TREASURER – Clerk/Treas Colson was present, report for 2/6/13 read & filed.

Resolution #48 approved, adjustment to water/sewer rolls.

Motion by Trustee Saunders, seconded by Trustee Halliday, approved publication in the Pennysaver regarding availability of HOME grant funding for local homeowners.
Carried – 4 – 0

Motion by Trustee Enekes, seconded by Trustee Halliday, approved payment of abstract #16: Payroll $28,245.46; General $104,929.17; Water $5,880.80; Sewer $14,257.21; and Capital Reserves $17,145.
Carried – 4 – 0

Resolution #49 approved, budget transfers.

Audits for the fiscal year ending 2012 are on file in the Village office.  Clerk-Treas Colson informed the Board of materials submitted to the EFC for DWSRF and CWSRF programs.

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

Chief Kelley updated the Board on repairs to truck #211 and necessary repairs on one truck unable to pump water.

Chief Kelley also brought to the attention of the Board a recent instance of successful mutual aid from Porter’s Fire District in assistance with a recent stand-by. 

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

A water sample recently tested positive for coliform, all subsequent retesting came back normal, DOH was notified.

BUILDING INSPECTOR – Insp Jacon was present, report for 2/6/13 read & filed.

OLD BUSINESS – none.

NEW BUSINESS

The Board decided to remove the Siemen’s energy audit proposal from the agenda until the engineering study of the waste water system is completed.

The Main Street streetscape proposal was tabled for further consideration and input from Supt Lozier.

The Board discussed changes to the current Noise Ordinance.  Atty Buettner will prepare a memo for the Board with comments and suggestions.

Motion by Trustee Saunders, seconded by Trustee Halliday, approved payment of up to $9,000 to Troy Belting for River Street pump station motor repair of each pump.
Carried – 4 – 0

The Board discussed a request from Assemblyman Kearns of the 142nd District to support Assembly bills A. 88 and A.824, which would require lending institutions that hold mortgages on vacant structures to provide contact information of parties responsible for those structures. 

Resolution #50 approved, support of Assembly Bills A.88 & A.824.

Atty Buettner presented proposed changes to the firehouse use form and rental policy to the Board, which was discussed in detail by the Board, Chief Kelley and Fireman’s Association President Mike Woodcock.  Atty Buettner suggested the proposed policy include having firemen and auxiliary members sign reservation forms and hold harmless agreements as well as members of the public.  The consensus of the Board was to follow the current policy of allowing firemen and auxiliary members to use the hall without signing forms.  It was proposed that the reservation calendar be maintained by Village Hall staff. Assoc. President Woodcock or Chief Kelley will notify the Village Hall if one of the membership want to reserve the hall.  Mr. Woodcock also requested that the Village Hall no longer coordinate use of the kitchen area, instead the auxiliary will be contacted directly and payment will be made to them directly.  Atty Buettner will prepare a new form and policy for the Board to review.

PUBLIC COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS

Mike Woodcock complimented the DPW on their handling of a water main break on Pine St.

BOARD COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS

Trustee Denno stated Sue Commanda, Hudson River Community Credit Union, expressed satisfaction at working with the Village on the new credit union building and is willing to share her experience with other businesses considering moving to the Village.

Mayor Morreale stated the Board would be receiving legal advice from Atty Buettner directly following the meeting.

ADJOURNMENT

Motion by Trustee Halliday, seconded by Trustee Saunders, that Board adjourn, 7:55 PM.
Carried – 4 – 0

Nicole M. Colson
Clerk-Treasurer