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June 19, 2013 (4)
A public hearing and regular meeting of the Village Board were held June 19, 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 Enekes and Trustee Halliday were present. Trustee Denno and Trustee Saunders were excused.
A public hearing having been duly advertised in the Post Star on June 7, 2013 was held on June 19, 2013 at 6:00 PM to consider an application for HOME Investment Partnership Program funding.
Mayor Morreale read the notice of public hearing as published, opened the public hearing, and introduced Jim Thatcher of Avalon Associates to describe the program.
Jim Thatcher described in detail the Village’s ongoing efforts to rehabilitate homes in the Village. Since 2006 the Village has acquired nearly $1.9 million in housing and community development grants. The HOME grant uses federal funds administered by NY State to rehabilitate the homes of income qualified families using up to $25,000 per unit to update and repair code violations, energy inefficiencies, etc. There is a component of the housing grants that also assists landlords not living in the building make repairs to apartments (under four units) that rent to income qualified families. Each grant is secured by a five – ten year lien on the property, depending on the amount of the grant, which must be repaid if the owner sells the home within that timeframe.
PUBLIC COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS
Sherry Mann, Village resident, asked about income guidelines and the lien.
Herb Syrop, Town resident, asked for more detailed information regarding income requirements and default. Mr. Syrop cautioned the Board to thoroughly consider the possibility of default before applying for the grant.
Brad Winslow and Jim Murray, Village residents, voiced support of the program and its ongoing results.
John Tangora, Town resident & Village property owner, stated he would be interested in participating in the rental program and has tenants that would qualify.
With no further comments from the public, Mayor Morreale closed the public hearing at 6:31 PM.
A regular meeting of the Village Board was held June 19, 2013 at 6:31 PM in the firehouse, 16 Saratoga Avenue.
Trustee Enekes, seconded by Trustee Halliday, approved minutes of regular
meeting June 5, 2013 as typed.
Resolution #7 approved, appointment of Brad Winslow to Planning Board, term to expire June 2017.
Resolution #8 approved, appointment of Vincent Morreale to Planning Board, term to expire June 2016.
PUBLIC COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS (AGENDA ONLY) – none
CLERK/TREASURER – Clerk/Treas Colson was present, report for 6/19/13 read & filed.
Resolution #9 approved, adjustment to water/sewer rolls.
Trustee Halliday, seconded by Trustee Enekes, approved payment of abstract #25:
General $13,424.35; Water $3,641.86; Sewer $5,698.23; and Community Development
$800.00; and abstract #1: Payroll $32,734.24; General $438,479.59; Water
$1,664.07; and Sewer $5,979.33.
Resolution #10 approved, budget transfer for the prior 2012/2013 fiscal year.
Resolution #11 approved, budget transfer for current fiscal year.
Clerk/Treas Colson discussed plans to use the current account clerk for overflow work in the Clerk’s office as well as administrative work in the Building Department. The Board agreed.
Resolution #12 approved, cancellation of July 3, 2013 regular Board meeting.
Mayor Morreale, seconded by Trustee Enekes, approved payment of abstract #2
upon review by the audit committee.
FIRE DEPARTMENT – Chief Kelley was present.
The new dive bus in now in service at the Fire Department, the former dive van has been transferred to the DPW for their use as a water vehicle. The new bus can accommodate all equipment of the dive team’s 11 members.
DPW/WATER/WWTP – Supt Lozier was excused.
BUILDING INSPECTOR – Insp Jacon was excused.
Discussion of a proposed fence code was tabled.
After much consideration, the Board decided to delay sending the Walnut St rehab project out to bid until the next construction season. Supt Lozier and Board members have expressed concerns that the project could not be completed before winter. The Board instructed Clerk-Treas Colson to prepare a letter to residents on Walnut Street explaining the status of the project and the delay.
Resolution #13 approved, authorized mayoral signature on a HOME funding grant for 2013.
Resolution #14 approved, authorized hire of CJ Saunders and Christopher Clothier as part-time seasonal DPW laborers at $9.50 per hour.
The Town and Village are sponsoring a Youth Day on June 26 from 4PM – 7PM which will include bicycle giveaways, free tee shirts and refreshments. The Sheriff Department K-9 Unit will be in attendance, there will be entertainment and activities for the children. The event will be held at the Corinth Elementary School.
PUBLIC COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS
Jim Murray commented he did not feel CT Male Associates should be used for any further Village projects.
BOARD COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS
Trustee Enekes stated the Image Committee Independence Day Celebration would be Saturday, July 6 beginning at 1PM and culminating in a firework display at dusk. The Board agreed to provide a dumpster for the event at the Village parking lot on Main Street.
Mayor Morreale requested an executive session to discuss the employment history of a particular person which may lead to the discipline, suspension or removal of a particular individual.
Trustee Halliday, seconded by Trustee Enekes, that Board adjourn to executive
session as requested by the Mayor above, 6:56 PM.
At 7:16 PM the Board reconvened with no action taken in executive session.
Trustee Enekes, seconded by Trustee Halliday, that Board adjourn, 7:16 PM.