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Village Board Minutes

March 3, 2021 (38)

A regular meeting of the Village Board was held March 3, 2021 at 6:00 PM via videoconference.

Mayor Pasquarell called the meeting to order.

Roll Call:  Trustee Bedell, Trustee Halliday & Trustee Miller were present.  Trustee Mulligan was excused.

Motion by Trustee Miller, seconded by Trustee Bedell, approved minutes of February 17, 2021 regular meeting as typed.
Carried – 3 – 0

CORRESPONDENCE – none.

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

CLERK/TREASURER – Clerk/Treas Colson was present, report for 3/3/2021 filed.

Motion by Trustee Miller, seconded by Trustee Halliday, approved payment of abstract #18: Payroll $34,974.04; General $49,188.77; Water $4,983.00; Sewer $5,884.28; and Capital Reserve $36,094.00.
Carried – 3 – 0

Resolution #72 approved, budget transfers.

FIRE DEPARTMENT – Chief Kelley was present, report for February 2021 filed.

DPW/WATER/WWTP            - Supt Lozier was present, report for February 2021 filed.

BUILDING INSPECTOR – Insp Hepner was present, report for 3/3/2021 filed.

OLD BUSINESS – none.

NEW BUSINESS

The Board discussed an adjustment to the Firefighters Length of Service Award Program (LOSAP) to credit firefighters with additional points to make up points lost to the COVID-19 shutdown.  Chief Kelley stated several planned fundraisers and training sessions were cancelled due to the shutdown resulting in a loss of points accumulated for the year. 

Resolution #73 approved, award of 5 points per month to firefighters for the purpose of LOSAP accumulations in months affected by the Special Response Rules of the Governor’s Executive Order 202 of 2020 under Chapter 113 of the Laws of 2020 of the State of New York.

Resolution #74 approved, amendments to First Responder Vehicle Policy to add second vehicle.

The Board discussed the rebidding of the garbage & recycling collection.  It was decided to add two additional options to the bid packet.  1) Collection of garbage and recyclables bi-weekly 2) weekly garbage pick-up and automated bi-weekly recyclable collection with company provided toters for recyclables.

Motion by Trustee Bedell, seconded by Trustee Miller, approved publication of garbage & recycling bid award opening at the Village Hall, April 5, 2021 at 2:00 PM.
Carried – 3 – 0

Trustee Miller and Trustee Bedell reported to the Board regarding the Water/Sewer Rate Analysis they completed.  Trustee Miller outlined the numerous infrastructure improvements undertaken over the past ten years and the multiple grants and zero percent interest financing received.  Trustee Miller and Bedell have determined that, due to the debt payments for the improvements and the current uncertainty around the operation and maintenance costs of the soon to be completed Waste Water Treatment Plant facility, the current Minimum Value Charge plus usage structure was the best option.  Once costs of the new plant are determined the Board will revisit the issue and consider rate structure changes.  Mayor Pasquarell thanked Trustee Miller & Bedell for their time on the project.

BOARD COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS

The Board briefly discussed Transitional Services plans to construct a multi-unit housing complex on a portion of Hudson River Community Credit Union’s Third Street property for persons that are homeless, disabled, mentally ill, or with a substance abuse problem.  Trustee Halliday expressed concerns regarding the handling of emergency situations arising from the facility.  Trustee Miller requested the Board look into a special protection contract with the Saratoga County Sheriff Department.  Mayor Pasquarell stated he would get information to the Board from the Sheriff, he also recommended the Board have a representative from Transitional Services address the Board.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Atty Buettner requested an executive session to discuss litigation with Indeck, East National Water and the Town of Corinth.

Motion by Trustee Miller, seconded by Trustee Bedell, that Board adjourn to executive session as requested above, 6:46 PM.
Carried – 3 – 0

The Board reconvened at 7:14 PM with no action taken in executive session.

ADJOURNMENT

Motion by Trustee Miller, seconded by Trustee Bedell, that the Board adjourn, 7:15 PM.
Carried – 3 – 0

Nicole M. Colson
Clerk-Treasurer