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Village Board Minutes

September 15, 2021 (17)

A regular meeting of the Village Board was held September 15, 2021 at 6:00 PM in the Firehouse, 16 Saratoga Ave.

Mayor Pasquarell called the meeting to order & led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Roll Call: Trustee Bedell, Trustee Halliday & Trustee Kelly were present.  Trustee Brown was excused.

Motion by Trustee Kelly, seconded by Trustee Bedell, approved minutes of September 1, 2021 regular meeting as typed.
Carried – 3 – 0

SPECIFIC REQUESTS

Jim Martin, The LA Group, addressed the Board regarding a potential economic development project.  The Town of Corinth has received a grant from Partners for Progress to explore development opportunities.  Mr. Martin suggested the Village and the Town work together to support development of a business park on the former International Paper Mill property which would include a fabrication center with multiple entrepreneurs on site creating natural resource based products for sale at a potential downtown mixed use building.  Mr. Martin outlined steps involving forming a nonprofit community development organization to attract investment for such a project.  Mr. Martin also encouraged the Board to visit www.ourkatahdin.com for a similar project in Maine.

CORRESPONDENCE – none.

PUBLIC COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS (AGENDA ITEMS ONLY) – none.

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

CLERK/TREASURER – Clerk-Treas Colson was present, report for 9/15/2021 read & filed.

Motion by Trustee Halliday, seconded by Trustee Bedell, approved payment of abstract #7: Payroll $37,975.79; General $70,949.38; Water $12,091.55; Sewer $11,328.02; and Capital Reserves $54,999.48.
Carried – 3 – 0

Clerk-Treas Colson informed the Board that the PTSA has requested permission to place pedestrian crossing signs in several crosswalks.  The Board requested a PTSA representative attend the next Board meeting to discuss locations.

FIRE DEPARTMENT – Chief Kelley was present.

Mayor Pasquarell commended the Fire Department for their participation in the ceremony for the homecoming of Corporal Walter Smead.  Cpl. Smead was a Hadley resident listed as missing in the Korean War in 1950 and listed as presumed dead in 1953.  His remains were identified in March among 55 boxes turned over by the North Korean government in 2018.  Cpl. Smead will be interred in Saratoga National Cemetery.

DPW/WATER/WWTP – Supt Lozier was present.

DPW will begin work on the one-way portion of Mill Street now that drainage repairs on Main Street are completed.

The Board advised Supt Lozier it was not necessary to sign the DOT agreement if there was no benefit to the Village.

BUILDING INSPECTOR – Insp Hepner was present, report for 9/15/2021 read & filed.

OLD BUSINESS – none.

NEW BUSINESS

Resolution #16 approved, appointment of James Robbins as Planning Board Alternate Member, term ending May 31, 2022.

Motion by Trustee Halliday, seconded by Trustee Bedell, approved mayoral signature on a contract with Santore’s World Famous Fireworks to provide a firework display at Hometown Christmas, December 4, 2021, at the cost of $2,500.
Carried – 4 – 0

The Board agreed to purchase two additional radar speed signs and place them on Route 9N, one near the firehouse and one near the Beach.

Motion by Trustee Halliday, seconded by Trustee Kelly, approved purchase of two radar speed signs from Traffic Logix for a total of $4,998.
Carried – 3 – 0

The Board discussed disposition of the former Police Department building on Mill Street.  Currently the building is being used for storage, but serves no other municipal purpose.  The Board asked Supt Lozier & Chief Kelley to explore alternative storage options for their equipment in order to declare the building surplus.

The Board discussed a request for use of the former Police Department building by the Corinth Youth Hockey for registration and equipment distribution.  The Board determined the building was not suitable for the registration event, Chief Kelley stated the Firehouse could be made available.

Motion by Mayor Pasquarell, seconded by Trustee Bedell, approved use of the Firehouse on October 3 from 1PM – 5PM and October 4 from 5PM – 8 PM for registration in Corinth Youth Hockey, and approved use of the former Police Department building on October 16 & 17 from 12PM – 5PM for equipment distribution with only Youth Hockey staff entering the building.
Carried – 4 – 0

The Board discussed options under new legislation authorizing virtual meetings through January 15, 2022.  Due to Saratoga County being designated a high COVID transmission area by CDC, the Board consensus was to return to conducting meetings via Zoom until further notice.  Public comment will be permitted at all meetings.

PUBLIC COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS

John Tangora, Village property owner, asked the status of enforcing the maintenance of vacant properties.  Insp Hepner is actively working on enforcing compliance, but it is a long process.

BOARD COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS

Trustee Halliday asked if the drug takeback event at the EMS would be staffed.  The event is to be staffed by the Sheriff’s Department and The Prevention Council of Saratoga County.  Trustee Halliday also asked who is currently Image Committee Chairperson.  Trustee Kelly stated she is currently serving as Chair.

ADJOURNMENT

Motion by Trustee Halliday, seconded by Trustee Bedell, that Board adjourn, 7:17 PM.
Carried – 3 – 0

Nicole M. Colson
Clerk-Treasurer