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Village Board Minutes

April 17, 2013 (60)

Two public hearings and a regular meeting of the Village Board were held April 17, 2013 at 6:00 PM in the firehouse, 16 Saratoga Avenue.

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

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

A public hearing having been duly advertised in the Post Star on April 5, 2013 was held on April 17, 2013 at 6:00 PM regarding the proposed adoption of Local Law 2-2013 to amend Chapter 104 of the Village Code and add Chapter 105 “Noise”.

Mayor Morreale read the notice of public hearing as published and opened the public hearing.

PUBLIC COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS

Brad Winslow and Jim Hopkins spoke in favor of the law.  Mayor Morreale read a letter in favor of the law from Louise Kirkpatrick.

Jim Murray suggested that the law be modified to allow permits to be obtained from the Village Hall for construction work being performed later into the evening.

With no further comment from the public, Mayor Morreale closed the public hearing at 6:07 PM.

Nicole M. Colson
Clerk-Treasurer

A public hearing having been duly advertised in the Post Star on April 5, 2013 was held on April 17, 2013 at 6:00 PM regarding the proposed adoption of Local Law 3-2013 to amend the term of DPW Superintendent to four years.

Mayor Morreale read the notice of public hearing as published and opened the public hearing.

PUBLIC COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS

Brad Winslow, Jim Murray, Leigh Lescault, Jim Hopkins, and Tim Murphy spoke in support of extending the DPW Superintendent term to four years.

With no further comment from the public, Mayor Morreale closed the public hearing at 6:13 PM.

Nicole M. Colson
Clerk-Treasurer

A regular meeting of the Village Board was held April 17, 2013 at 6:13 PM in the firehouse, 16 Saratoga Ave.

Motion by Trustee Saunders, seconded by Trustee Halliday, approved minutes of public hearing and regular meeting April 3, 2013 as typed.
Carried – 3 – 0

DECISION ON LOCAL LAW 2-2013 & 3-2013

Resolution #81 approved, adoption of Local Law 2-2013 adding Chapter 105 “Noise” to the Village Code.

Resolution #82 approved, adoption of Local Law 3-2013 amending DPW Superintendent term to four years.

CORRESPONDENCE

The Board received a letter from the American Legion inviting them to participate in the Memorial Day Parade on May 30, 2013 at 6:00 PM.  The Board was also invited to participate in the annual Turning Point parade in the Village of Schuylerville on August 4, 2013 at 1:00 PM.

The Board has received an invitation to the SEDC annual dinner on May 9, 2013 at 5:30 PM in Saratoga at the cost of $100 per person.  Mayor Morreale will look into a discounted participation fee.

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

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

CLERK/TREASURER – Clerk/Treas Colson was present, report for 4/17/13 read & filed.

Motion by Trustee Saunders, seconded by Trustee Halliday, approved payment of abstract #21: Payroll $24,569.86; General $39,366.30; Water $153.81; Sewer $8,538.17; and Community Development $4,942.50.
Carried - 3 – 0

Resolution #83 approved, budget transfers.

The Town of Corinth EMS will be celebrating EMS Week on Saturday, May 25 from 10 AM – 2 PM at the Sherman Ave EMS building.  The EMS has requested the closure of River St in front of the EMS building, the Board agreed.

Motion by Trustee Denno, seconded by Trustee Saunders, authorized the publication of the leaf and brush collection scheduled April 22 – May 13 in the Pennysaver.
Carried – 3 – 0

FIRE DEPARTMENT – Chief Kelley was excused.

DPW/WATER/WWTP – Supt Lozier was present, report for March 2013 read & filed.

Trickling filter was refurbished (the distributer arm was refurbished by the DPW crew) and is running well.

BUILDING INSPECTOR – Insp Jacon was excused.

OLD BUSINESS

Supt Lozier and Asst Supt Jensen met with arborist Phill Sexton to discuss downtown tree replacement.  A plan was developed to remove and replace some trees and add flower boxes.  Mr. Sexton will be providing a revised plan for Board consideration.

NEW BUSINESS

Motion by Trustee Saunders, seconded by Trustee Halliday, authorized mayoral signature on outside water contracts with Town of Corinth and Lake Luzerne water districts.
Carried – 3 – 0

Motion by Trustee Denno, seconded by Trustee Saunders, authorized mayoral signature on fire protection contract with Town of Corinth in the amount of $310,240 for 2014.
Carried – 3 – 0

Supt Lozier recommended the Board hire Clayton Laubach as Waste Water Treatment Plant Operator due to his experience and qualifications possessing NYS 2A Water and Wastewater Treatment Certification.  The 2A Water certification will allow Supt Lozier to receive his final authorization to operate the new filtration plant without the Village being required to hire a consultant.

Resolution #84 approved, hiring of Clayton Laubach as Waste Water Treatment Plant Operator at a salary of $45,000 per year.

Trustee Denno presented the revised scope of work in the Comprehensive Master Plan proposal to the Board and discussed how the project can be tailored to suit the Village’s needs.

Resolution #85 approved, authorized mayoral signature on a contract with LA Group to update the Village Comprehensive Plan at hourly rates for an amount not to exceed $35,000.

PUBLIC COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS

Jim Hopkins made inquiries about the status of the Walnut St project, the Village’s approach to enforcing property maintenance and the possibilities of working with the Town on one Comprehensive Master Plan.  Mr. Hopkins also thanked the Board for adopting the new noise ordinance.

Peter Morreale asked that the proposed local laws be available on the web earlier than they have been.

BOARD COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS

Trustee Saunders had a few questions for Supt Lozier regarding the filtration project.

Trustee Denno commented on the recent Old Timers’ Dinner at the firehouse.  Dave Woodcock was honored for 65 years of service, Ray Bush was honored for 55 years of service and several firemen were recognized for having responded to over 100 calls.  The Board agreed the firemen’s service to the community is greatly appreciated.

Trustee Halliday spoke of the Saratoga Rowing Club’s use of the beach and expressed the hope that in the future we will host races on the river.

Mayor Morreale requested executive sessions to discuss the proposed acquisition of real property where publicity may substantially affect the value thereof and to discuss proposed litigation.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Motion by Trustee Denno, seconded by Trustee Saunders, that Board adjourn to executive session as requested by the Mayor above, 7:13 PM.
Carried – 3 – 0

At 7:46 PM the Board reconvened with no action taken in executive session.

ADJOURNMENT

Motion by Trustee Saunders, seconded by Trustee Denno, that Board adjourn, 7:56 PM.
Carried – 3 – 0

Nicole M. Colson
Clerk-Treasurer