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Village Board Minutes

December 15, 2021 (30)

A regular meeting of the Village Board was held December 15, 2021 at 6:00 PM via videoconference.

Mayor Pasquarell called the meeting to order.

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

Motion by Trustee Brown, seconded by Trustee Halliday, approved minutes of December 1, 2021 regular meeting as typed.
Carried 3 0

CORRESPONDENCE

Emily Lee, International Paper, wrote the Board requesting late fees on the second quarter sewer billing be waived. The Board declined the request.

Louise Kirkpatrick, 17 Dunn Ave, wrote expressing concern with recent violent crimes in the Village, requested a Village Police Department be formed, and a moratorium banning not-for-profit low income housing.

Mary Beth McCue, 165 Dunn Ave, wrote recounting a recent police incident in the Village, requested a Village Police Department be formed, and expressed opposition to the RISE low income housing project in the Village.

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

CLERK/TREASURER Clerk-Treas Colson was present, report for 12/15/2021 filed.

Motion by Trustee Halliday, seconded by Trustee Kelly, approved payment of abstract #13: Payroll $35,045.72 (#636-640); General $93,093.33 (#641-693; 701-704); Water $753.34 (#683, 688, 691; 701-702); Sewer $5,576.43 (#683-684; 688-689; 691-692; 694-698; 701-703); Capital Projects $516,852.62 (#699-700).
Carried 3 0

FIRE DEPARTMENT Chief Kelley was present.

Trustee Kelly thanked the Fire Department for their participation in the Hometown Christmas celebration.

DPW/WATER/WWTP Supt Lozier was present.

Supt Lozier informed the Board that the wind took down a few trees in Pagenstecher Park which knocked out power to Curtis Palmer. The situation has been remediated, but there are four additional trees which appear to be in need of removal. Supt Lozier will get quotes for the next Board meeting.

At 6:10 PM Insp Hepner arrived.

BUILDING INSPECTOR Insp Hepner was present, report for 12/15/2021 filed.

Supt Lozier thanked Insp Hepner for alerting residents to the need to remove portable basketball hoops from the roadways and sidewalks.

NEW BUSINESS

Previous quotes for the replacement of the Firehouse fire alarm did not include prevailing wage. Quotes with appropriate wages were received as follows: New York Fire & Security: $14,195.00, and Mahoney Notify-Plus $19,285.00.

Motion by Trustee Kelly, seconded by Trustee Brown, approved proposal from New York Fire & Security for $14,195.00 installation and one year of monitoring for $359.40.
Carried 3 0

Constructed Wetlands Group submitted an amendment to their contract for reed bed planting at the new WWTP. If phragmites are not approved by NYS DEC conventional cattail reeds will be planted.

Motion by Trustee Halliday, seconded by Trustee Brown, authorized mayoral signature on an amended agreement with Constructed Wetlands Group to provide conventional plantings at WWTP if necessary.
Carried 3 0

The work truck previously authorized by Board resolution to be purchased from Mangino Chevrolet will be on order for an unspecified time frame. DeNooyer Chevrolet has the same vehicle available on the lot that may be purchased through a piggy-back on the Village of Cobleskill bid.

Resolution #32 approved, rescind Resolution #30 authorizing State contract purchase of 2022 Chevrolet Silverado from Mangino Chevorolet.

Resolution #33 approved, purchase of 2022 Chevrolet Silverado Work Truck from DeNooyer Chevrolet for $39,177.50 as piggy-back on the Village of Cobleskill bid.

The Village did not receive the Green Infrastructure Grant from NYS. The Board discussed removal of some design elements in the Palmer Ave project that were to be funded by the grant including planters to reclaim storm water. The Board consensus was to replace the proposed design elements with conventional storm water collection. The Board also discussed an easement from the Presbyterian Church which is needed to straighten the road and sidewalk in front of the Church. The Church has requested the relocation and rebuild of the play area fence in exchange for the property. The Board had no objection to including that in the project.

PUBLIC COMMENT, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS

Jennifer Michelle, Town resident, offered information regarding native trees and wildflowers for the Palmer Ave project which the Mayor requested she email the Village. Ms. Michelle also asked if a recent letter & petition she received was accurate. Ms. Michelle was informed there were no PILOT program requests received by the Village for the RISE project and any such application would need to be approved by the Town, Village, School and County to go into effect. The Village has no knowledge of any interest the YMCA may have had in the property. The RISE project has received all necessary approvals to proceed.

Jennifer Keitzman, 33 Pine St, read the letter submitted by Louise Kirkpatrick on her behalf.

BOARD COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS none.

ADJOURNMENT

Motion by Trustee Brown, seconded by Trustee Kelly, that Board adjourn, 6:30 PM.
Carried 3 0

Nicole M. Colson
Clerk-Treasurer