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April 6, 2022 (48)
A public hearing and regular meeting of the Village Board were held April 6, 2022 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 Brown & Trustee Coltrain were present. Trustee Halliday was excused.
A public hearing as published in The Post Star on March 29, 2022 was held at 6:00 PM regarding the proposed 2022/2023 budget.
Clerk-Treas Colson outlined the budget for the public. The proposed 2022/2023 tax rate is maintained at $5.20 per thousand. There is a proposed appropriation of $175,967 in fund balance. Total General Fund Budget as proposed is $3,567,911 (an increase of $12,790 over 2021/2022). Equipment to be purchased include a used boom lift and mini-excavator for the DPW. Equipment for the Fire Department includes replacing the current ATV and the purchase of various small equipment items. There is a proposed wage increase for all employees and no wage increase for elected officials. There is a proposed reserve contribution to the Fire Department Equipment fund of $225,000, and no proposed reserve contribution for the DPW Equipment Reserve. The Water Fund Budget is $655,090 (an increase of $36,815 over 2021/2022). A new vehicle will be purchased to replace the current water truck. The Sewer Fund Budget is $687,516 (an increase of $38,921 over the 2021/2022 budget). It is planned to purchase a bubbler for the Hamilton Avenue Pump Station. Minimum Value Charges are expected to decrease by a total of $1 per year, excess usage fee will increase by $2.69 for water and $2.41 for sewer.
PUBLIC COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS
Kevin Cleveland, Village property owner, stated any containment of water/sewer costs is important as the rents were a significant expense. Mr. Cleveland also asked if the debt payments were in the water/sewer budgets. Clerk-Treas Colson explained the full water debt is in the current budget, sewer debt is still currently short term payments.
With no other questions from the public, Mayor Pasquarell closed the public hearing at 6:07 PM.
A regular meeting of the Village Board was held April 6, 2022 at 6:07 PM.
Trustee Brown, seconded by Trustee Bedell, approved minutes of regular meeting
March 16, 2022 and special meeting (budget workshop) March 23, 2022 as typed.
Sarah Smith, University at Albany intern with the YMCA, addressed the Board regarding the “Walking School Bus” program which intends to have a group of Kindergarten – Fourth grade students walking to school together with one or two adult volunteer chaperones. The goal of the program is to increase the health, safety and physical activity of grade school children. Families outside of the 1.6 mile walking radius could drop children off at a safe designated drop point to join the group. Ms. Smith is hoping to spread the word about the program and elicit input on safe routes.
Linda Walsh, Tri-Town Seniors, requested funding of $4,565 for one of the seniors’ bus trips in May.
Trustee Brown, seconded by Trustee Bedell, approved reimbursement of $4,565 to
Tri-Town Seniors for the May 3, 2022 bus trip to Villa Roma.
Board members received an invitation to the Volunteer Firemen’s Association’s Old Timers Night dinner on Saturday, April 9th at the Firehouse.
Corinth Central School and the Class of 2022 Parent Group wrote requesting a donation toward the June “After Prom Party” for the Class of 2022.
Trustee Bedell, seconded by Trustee Brown, approved $250 donation to the Class
of 2022 Parent Group for the “After Prom Party”.
The Board received a courtesy notification of the Riverview Housing PILOT request sent to the Town of Corinth for the RISE housing project. Atty Buettner stated the request will be voted on by the Town Board as they are the assessing unit.
The Board received notice of the Riverview Apartments application to the NYS Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) for consideration under both the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) and the NYS Low-Income Tax Credit (SLIHC) Programs.
James Byron, 18 Liberty St, wrote requesting water/sewer information.
PUBLIC QUESTIONS, COMMENTS & CONCERNS (AGENDA ITEMS ONLY) – none.
CLERK-TREASURER – Clerk-Treas Colson was present, report for 4/6/2022 read & filed.
Trustee Bedell, seconded by Mayor Pasquarell, approved payment of abstract
#20: Payroll $38,718.97 (#1029-1032);
General $ 432,992.27 (#1033-1068; 1080-1082); Water $5,205.74 (#1067-1070; 1082); Sewer $9,973.28 (#1063;
1065; 1067; 1068; 1071-1074; 1081; 1082); and Capital Projects $209,311.92 (#1075-1079).
Resolution #72 approved, budget transfers.
FIRE DEPARTMENT – Chief Kelley was present, report for March 2022 read & filed.
Chief Kelley stated the new truck should be received by the end of the month.
Resolution #73 approved, declaration of 1994 Spartan as surplus equipment upon receipt of the new fire truck and authorizing its disposal at that time.
DPW/WATER/WWTP – Supt Lozier was excused, report for March 2022 filed.
BUILDING INSPECTOR – Insp Hepner was present, report for 4/6/2022 read & filed.
Mayor Pasquarell commended Insp Hepner for his response to a late evening call on Main Street.
OLD BUSINESS – none.
Resolution #74 approved, adoption of 2022/2023 Budget as presented at public hearing.
The Board discussed an increased spending resolution in relation to the Wastewater Treatment and Sewer System Project. The initial project cost was expected to be $22,000,000 in accordance with the bonding resolution dated December 7, 2015. Since that initial approval, the Village has been highly successful in obtaining grants for the project which has allowed us to complete additional sewer system improvements not originally planned. As a result, the Board considered a resolution to increase the total project cost to $32,600,000. This does not increase the amount authorized to bond, that remains at $22,000,000, but allows the Village to take advantage of all received grant funds.
Resolution #75 approved, authorizing increase of total cost and spending for the Wastewater Treatment and Sewer System Project with no increase to authorized maximum bond of $22,000,000.
the Palmer Avenue Utility Reconstruction Project were received March 18, 2022
After tabulation and comparison, project engineers Laberge Group issued a recommendation to the Board to award to John Kubricky & Sons as low bidder.
Motion by Trustee Bedell to table bids for further consideration received no second, motion failed.
#76 approved, award of Palmer Avenue Utility Reconstruction to John R. Kubricky
& Sons, LLC in the amount of $8,099,607.50.
Resolution #77 approved, authorize the Mayor to sign the 2022-2025 Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Village and CSEA.
The Board discussed recent wind storm damage at the Hamilton Avenue Drinking Water Pump Station. DPW has attempted two temporary fixes on the damaged roof, but the electrical equipment operating the water pumps is in danger of damage from leakage. Pursuant to GML 103(4) the situation does meet the definition of emergency repairs and allows the Board to initiate repairs on an emergency basis.
Resolution #78 approved, under the emergency exception of General Municipal Law the Board authorizes mayoral signature on all contracts with Eagle Associates to perform repairs to the Hamilton Avenue Pump Station; $68,000.
Insp Hepner informed the Board of an application to build storage units at 28 Saratoga Ave, next to the bus garage. The use is not addressed in the Gateway Corridor zoning. Insp Hepner requested the Board consider allowing storage units in the Gateway Corridor with a Special Use permit which would require an applicant to receive approval from the Board of Trustees. Atty Buettner stated a Zoning amendment would be required involving a local law and review by Saratoga County Planning. The Board instructed Atty Buettner to prepare the necessary documents for their review.
PUBLIC COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS
Kevin Cleveland, Village property owner, asked questions regarding the Palmer Avenue Project contract.
Jennifer Kietzman, Pine Street, requested the monthly Sheriff reports be made available to the public and expressed concern about recent drug and violence incidents. Mayor Pasquarell requested Atty Buettner review the reports to see if they can be released to the public.
Jennifer Michelle, Locust Ridge, stressed the effectiveness of treatment programs for drug use and domestic violence.
BOARD COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS
Trustee Brown echoed the effectiveness of treatment programs and stated he is encouraged by the work the Healthy Corinth Coalition is doing in the Village. Trustee Brown stressed there is hope in overcoming the current issues.
Trustee Bedell, seconded by Trustee Brown, that Board adjourn, 6:53 PM.