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Village Board Minutes

February 2, 2022 (36)

A public hearing & regular meeting were held February 2, 2022 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.

A public hearing having been duly advertised in The Post Star on January 25, 2022 was held at 6:00 PM re: submission of a 2022 Community Development Block Grant application for funding.

PUBLIC COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS – none.

With no comment from the public, Mayor Pasquarell closed the public hearing at 6:01 PM.

Nicole M. Colson
Clerk-Treasurer

A regular meeting of the Village Board was held at 6:01 PM via videoconference.

Motion by Trustee Brown, seconded by Trustee Halliday, approved minutes of January 19, 2022 regular meeting as typed.
Carried - 3 – 0

CORRESPONDENCE

Janet Jordan, Barbara MacDonald Drive, requested reimbursement for a damaged hot water tank due to East National Water’s expansion tank installation.  The Board instructed Atty Buettner to add the request to the litigation.

NYS DOT wrote requesting the Village take over responsibility for traffic signals when there is a power outage by purchasing, storing, operating, and maintaining generators for the traffic signals.  Atty Buettner is researching.

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

CLERK/TREASURER – Clerk-Treas Colson was present, report for 2/2/2022 filed.

Motion by Trustee Kelly, seconded by Trustee Brown, approved payment of abstract #16: Payroll $40,176.30 (#821-823); General $93,106.38 (#824-849, 858-859); Water $6,131.99 (#843, 845, 848-854, 859); Sewer $9,859.84 (#843, 845, 847-849, 853-856, 858-859); and Capital Projects $53,000.00 (#857).
Carried – 3 – 0

Resolution #41 approved, budget transfers.

FIRE DEPARTMENT – Chief Kelley was excused, report for January 2022 filed.

DPW/WATER/WWTP – Supt Lozier was present, report for January 2022 filed.

Supt Lozier presented three quotes to the Board for the removal of seven trees in Pagenstecher Park that are in danger of damaging power lines.  Quotes received were as follows: Buddy’s Tree Service $15,600; High Peaks Tree Removal $17,500; Adirondack Tree Surgeons $15,669.

Motion by Mayor Pasquarell, seconded by Trustee Kelly, approved lowest received quote from Buddy’s Tree Service to remove seven trees in Pagenstecher Park for $15,600.
Carried – 4 – 0

BUILDING INSPECTOR – Insp Hepner was present, report for 2/2/2022 filed.

OLD BUSINESS – none.

NEW BUSINESS

Resolution #42 approved, 2022 funding year application to the Community Development Block Grant program.

Resolution #43 approved, amend Resolution #38 to set Palmer Ave Project bid opening for March 8, 2022 at 10:00 AM in the Village Hall.

Resolution #44 approved, appointment of Valerie Milligan and Catherine Lozier as Election Inspectors for the March 15, 2022 General Election; $16/hour.

Resolution #45 approved, authorize Clerk-Treasurer Colson to appoint additional Election Inspectors as needed.

PUBLIC COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS

Louise Kirkpatrick, Dunn Avenue, made comments regarding Adam Lawrence’s 2014 PILOT agreement, including questioning $2 million dollars in improvements she believes the Town Board ordered and whether they were related to building code violations.  Ms. Kirkpatrick also read statements from other residents in opposition to the RISE housing project.

John Tangora, Wall Street, reiterated his request to have all Village Board meetings recorded.  Mr. Tangora requested an investigation into potential conflict of interest with the credit union’s donation of property to the RISE project since Mayor Pasquarell is the HRCCU Board President.  Mr. Tangora questioned why two Planning Board members resigned.  Mr. Tangora also noted there was a drug overdose in the Village recently.

Mary Beth McCue, Dunn Avenue, reiterated her request for a joint Town, Village and resident coalition to address local issues and her opposition to the RISE housing project.  Ms. McCue also commented on local drug use.

BOARD COMMENTS QUESTIONS & CONCERNS

Trustee Kelly stated resignations from boards are often for personal reasons and the Board of Trustees does not get involved.   Trustee Kelly also suggested those concerned with local drug use contact Meg O’Leary of the Healthy Living Coalition which is working to combat the health threats of drug use and obesity.  Trustee Kelly informed the public that the Town of Corinth had passed a resolution to donate the International Paper timekeepers building to the Papermaker Museum for restoration and preservation.  This resolution is subject to permissive referendum.

ADJOURNMENT

Motion by Trustee Brown, seconded by Mayor Pasquarell that Board adjourn, 6:32 PM.
Carried – 4 – 0

Nicole M. Colson
Clerk-Treasurer