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Village Board Minutes

March 11, 2020 (40)

A special budget workshop meeting of the Village Board was held March 11, 2020 at 6:00 PM in the Village Hall, 244 Main Street.

Mayor Morreale called the meeting to order.

Roll Call: Trustee Enekes, Trustee Halliday, Trustee Kelly & Trustee Pasquarell were present.

Also Present: Supt Lozier & Chief Kelley.


Resolution #59 approved, appointment of Susan Garnett as alternate Election Inspector.

Motion by Trustee Halliday, seconded by Trustee Kelly, approved publication of public hearing for the CDBG grant application to be held Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 6:00 PM, 16 Saratoga Ave.
Carried – 4 – 0

Clerk-Treas Colson inquired if the Board wanted to begin charging residents & Town water district users the account transfer fee for final water readings.   The Board indicated the Clerk’s office should begin billing according to the fee schedule.

Clerk-Treas Colson informed the Board of steps being taken at the Village Hall to safeguard from risk of COVID-19 transmission during the election March 18th.  CDC approved anti-viral disinfectants have been purchased, hand sanitizer will be readily available, and each voter will be given their own pen to use signing the registration book and casting the ballot.  Surfaces will be disinfected before the polls open and election inspectors will have materials to wipe down door knobs and surfaces throughout the day.

Supt Lozier presented his budget requests for the 2020/2021 budget which included Smith Drive and Fourth Street reconstruction and utility replacement to be undertaken by the DPW as well as King Avenue and Bleeker Street reconstruction and utility replacement to be supervised by Supt Lozier and completed by John R. Kubricky and Sons.  Equipment purchases include a new grader and crew cab truck.  A $100,000 contribution to equipment reserves was also requests.

At 6:25 PM Supt Lozier was excused.

Chief Kelley presented his budget requests for the 2020/2021 budget including purchase of AEDs, thermal imaging cameras, replacement of one ATV, and a new Chief’s vehicle.  A $200,000 contribution to equipment reserves was requested, but after discussion with the Board $189,000 was agreed to by Chief Kelley.  Chief Kelley also stated the parking lot and sidewalks at the Firehouse would need to be replaced in the next two years, but not the 2020/2021 budget.

At 7:00 PM Chief Kelley was excused.

Clerk-Treas Colson and the Board discussed overall budget proposals.  The Board addressed the problem of reduced revenues due to the expiration of the Curtis Palmer agreement and reduction in sales tax percentage.  The Board instructed Clerk-Treas Colson to use a $5.20 per thousand tax rate and appropriate fund balance for the remaining shortfall.


Motion by Trustee Enekes, seconded by Trustee Kelly, that Board adjourn, 7:43 PM.
Carried – 4 – 0

Nicole M. Colson