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Village Board Minutes

February 17, 2016 (39)

A regular meeting of the Village Board was held February 17, 2016 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 and Trustee Saunders were present.  Trustee Denno was excused.

Motion by Trustee Enekes, seconded by Trustee Halliday, approved minutes of regular meeting February 1, 2016 as typed.
Carried – 3 – 0


Matt Rogers, Rogers Planning, updated the Board on proposed improvements to the Reservoir Property. The reservoir Committee will be issuing a final master plan to the Village within the next few weeks.  Proposed work includes clearing of downed trees and limbs, additional trails and trail markers, informational kiosks and barbecue grills.  Clarification of easements with Lyme Timber needs to be established as well as prohibitions against ATV usage.  The mayor and Mr. Rogers discussed coordinating additional work and purchases with the Town Board and Town Highway crew as part of the Trails grant agreement.

At 6:18 PM Insp Berg was excused.

Cassandra Martin, USI Insurance, addressed the Board regarding health insurance options.  Ms. Martin went over four different plan options with two different carriers and answered Board questions regarding the programs.


A “Concerned Citizen” wrote the Board regarding unleashed dogs at the Reservoir Property.

Motion by Mayor Morreale, seconded by Trustee Halliday, instructed Supt Lozier to install signage on the Reservoir Property stating all dogs must be leashed.
Carried – 4 – 0



CLERK/TREASURER – Clerk/Treas Colson was present, report for 2/17/16 read & filed.

Motion by Trustee Saunders, seconded by Trustee Enekes, approved payment of abstract #17: Payroll $31,539.12; General $41,873.10; Water $3,519.63; Sewer $7,618.21; and Community Development $6,885.
Carried – 3 – 0

The Board discussed holding budget workshops and decided on two workshop meetings: Monday, March 14 at 6:00PM in the Village Hall and Monday, March 21 at 5:00 before the regular Board Meeting at the firehouse.

FIRE DEPARTMENT – Chief Kelley was present

Firefighters will be undergoing Class A training for second floor bail-outs of buildings.

DPW/WATER/WWTP – Supt Lozier was present, report for 2/17/16 read & filed.

Supt Lozier stated the filters at the filtration plant are still in operation one year later with no change in pressure.

BUILDING INSPECTOR – Insp Berg was present until 6:18 PM, report for 2/17/16 read & filed.



The Board discussed changes to the Firefighter’s Length of Service Award Program (LOSAP).  Proposed changes would raise the current annual accrual from $10 to $15 as of January 2017.  Potential financial impact of this change would increase the Village’s contribution payment by approximately $13,000 per year beginning with the 2018 payment.  It is required that this change be voted on by Village residents at the General Election on March 15, 2016.  Mayor Morreale abstained from the vote since he is an active member of the Fire Department and LOSAP.

Resolution #81 approved, to hold a public referendum on March 15, 2016 to increase the LOSAP Service Award accrual for Service Credit earned calendar year 2017 and thereafter from $10 to $15.

Resolution #82 approved, appointment of Charles Brown to the Revolving Loan Fund/ Grant Project Review Committee for a two-year term ending February 28, 2018.

Resolution #83 approved, rescind Resolution #80 of 2016 authorizing income study at an additional $900.

Motion by Trustee Saunders, seconded by Trustee Halliday, approved LOSAP disability payment to Tracy Aldous, per recommendation by Penflex.
Carried 3 – 0

The Village only received one response to the request for proposals regarding administration of the 2015 Community Development Block Grant.  Laberge Group submitted a proposal for up to $24,000 to administer the program.

Resolution #84 approved, authorize mayoral signature on contract with Laberge for administration of 2015 CDBG grant at a cost up to $24,000 upon attorney review.



Mayor Morreale requested an executive session to discuss the purchase of real property.

Motion by Trustee Saunders, seconded by Trustee Enekes, that Board adjourn to executive session as requested by Mayor Morreale above, 7:50 PM.
Carried – 3 – 0

At 8:16 PM the Board reconvened with no action taken in executive session.


Motion by Trustee Enekes, seconded by Trustee Halliday, that Board adjourn, 8:17PM.
Carried – 3 – 0

Nicole M. Colson