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August 21, 2013 (16)
A public hearing and regular meeting of the Village Board were held August 21, 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 Halliday & Trustee Saunders were present. Trustee Denno & Trustee Enekes were excused.
A public hearing having been duly advertised in the Post Star July 22, 2013 and adjourned from August 7, 2013 was continued August 21, 2013 re: proposed changes to the Zoning Law to allow multi-family buildings and retirement communities in the Village Business District with site plan review.
PUBLIC COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS – none.
With no comment from the public, Mayor Morreale closed the public hearing, 6:01 PM.
A regular meeting of the Village Board was held August 21, 2013 at 6:01 PM in the firehouse, 16 Saratoga Avenue.
Trustee Saunders, seconded by Trustee Halliday, approved minutes of public
hearing and regular meeting August 7, 2013 as typed.
DECISION ON LOCAL LAW 4 OF 2013
Saratoga County Planning Board has approved the proposed local law amending the Village Business District zoning. The Board completed SEQR with Atty Buettner.
Resolution #21 approved, enact Local Law 4 of 2013 amending zoning in the Village Business District.
Lorraine Madison & Bonnie Potter, Village residents, appeared before the Board to discuss enacting stronger penalties for unleashed dogs and animal attacks. Ms. Madison & Ms. Potter recounted attacks on their pets by dogs in the Village; Ms. Potter’s dog was killed. The owner of the dog that killed Ms. Potter’s dog was given a $25 fine for having an unleashed animal. Currently, the Village Code does not permit a higher fine. The Board & Atty Buettner discussed the current procedure in place under the NYS Agriculture & Markets law and the procedures for filing a dangerous dog complaint. The Village is in the process of updating the Village Code and is considering changing the fine in the leash law to be at least $25 with no maximum set, the fine would be at the judge’s discretion. The Animal Control Officer is a Town employee. Mayor Morreale stated he would be contacting Supervisor Lucia to investigate how the attack on Ms. Potter’s dog was handled and the Village will continue to consider possible changes to the Village Code.
Jack Kelley & Garry Olsen appeared before the Board to update them on the progress of their proposal to place a senior housing facility in the Village. They have hired a certified flood plain manager to determine if the property can be removed from the current flood plain designation.
Jim Murray, Village resident, submitted a letter to the Board expressing concerns with CT Male’s engineering of the water filtration plant and asked for review of the plans by an independent engineer. Mr. Murray also submitted a letter suggesting the Village explore combining building departments with the Town of Corinth.
Insurance Services Office has notified the Village that they will conduct a survey of the fire department and water system to be used for verification of our insurance classification. The last survey was in 1999.
PUBLIC COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS (AGENDA ITEMS) – none.
CLERK/TREASURER – Clerk/Treas Colson was present, report for 8/21/13 read & filed.
Resolution #22 approved, adjustment to water/sewer rolls.
Trustee Saunders, seconded by Trustee Halliday, approved attendance by
Clerk/Treas Colson at the NYCOM Fall Training School in Saratoga Springs, Sept
9 – Sept 12, registration cost $260.
Mayor Morreale, seconded by Trustee Saunders, approved publication in the
Pennysaver advertising the availability of HOME grant funds.
Trustee Halliday, seconded by Trustee Saunders, approved publication in the
Pennysaver advertising for volunteers to serve on the committee updating the
Comprehensive Master Plan.
Trustee Halliday, seconded by Trustee Saunders, approved payment of abstract
#5: Payroll $32,338.06; General $41,162.61; Water $2,069.60; Sewer $49,077.39;
and Capital Reserves $29,875.70.
Resolution #23 approved, budget transfers.
Clerk/Treas Colson gave the Board a detailed analysis of the fund balances at the end of the 2012/2013 fiscal year. The general fund balance and the water fund balance were both increased; the sewer fund balance was decreased by $8,497. Total fund balances as of 5/31/13 were as follows: General Fund $1,239,208; Water Fund $498,960; and Sewer Fund $184,714.
FIRE DEPARTMENT – Chief Kelley was excused.
DPW/WATER/WWTP – Supt Lozier was excused.
BUILDING INSPECTOR – Insp Jacon was excused, report for 8/21/13 read & filed.
OLD BUSINESS – none
Resolution #24 approved, mayoral signature on contract from Camion Associates to administer CDBG grant funds.
The Board discussed in detail the bids for the water filtration plant. Trustee Saunders received information from Ed Hernandez with the Saratoga County Water Authority which confirms that connecting to the County system would be cost prohibitive. Mr. Hernandez did offer to review the filtration plant plans free of charge. Trustee Saunders requested the Board delay awarding bids until the plans are reviewed. The current bids are valid for 45 days. Mayor Morreale tabled the matter for the next meeting.
PUBLIC COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS – none.
BOARD COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS
Mayor Morreale asked the Board members to check their schedules for a joint Town/Village/School Board meeting tentatively scheduled for Sept 25 or Oct 9.
Trustee Saunders, seconded by Trustee Halliday, that Board adjourn to executive
session to conduct interviews for the appointment of a Building Inspector as
requested by Mayor Morreale, 7:16 PM.
At 8:19 PM the Board reconvened with no action taken in executive session.
Trustee Saunders, seconded by Trustee Halliday, that Board adjourn, 8:26 PM.