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Village Board Minutes

August 3, 2022 (13)

Two public hearings and a regular meeting of the Village Board were held August 3, 2022 at 6:00 PM in the Firehouse, 16 Saratoga Avenue.

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

Roll Call: Trustee Bedell, Trustee Brown, Trustee Coltrain & Trustee Halliday were present.  Mayor Pasquarell arrived at 6:13 PM.

A public hearing having been duly advertised in The Post Star on July 18, 2022, was held at 6:00 PM re: Local Law 1 of 2022 Amending Schedule 1 Use, Area and Bulk Regulations for the Gateway Corridor to add Commercial Storage Units as a Special Permit Use.

PUBLIC COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS

Jennifer Michelle, Locust Ridge, asked if any large parcels would be cleared due to the change; the Board replied that it was not expected.

With no additional public comment, Deputy Mayor Halliday closed the public hearing at 6:04 PM.

Nicole M. Colson
Clerk-Treasurer

A public hearing having been duly advertised in The Post Star on July 18, 2022, was held at 6:04 PM re: Local Law 2 of 2022 Amending Section 500-33 to change a quorum and necessary vote of the Zoning Board of Appeals to two members.

Trustee Brown exited the meeting at 6:04 PM.

PUBLIC COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS

Jim Murray, Center Street, spoke against the change to the law stating in his experience requiring an even number of members to approve a project or action is problematic.  Mr. Murray feels all approvals should require three votes on the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Atty Buettner explained the ZBA is a three-member Board and by legal definition a quorum is a majority.  Therefore, the change in law is necessary to comply with State law.

At 6:13 PM, Mayor Pasquarell arrived.

At 6:13 PM Trustee Brown rejoined the meeting.

With no additional public comment, Deputy Mayor Halliday closed the public hearing, 6:15 PM.

Nicole M. Colson
Clerk-Treasurer

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

Motion by Trustee Brown, seconded by Trustee Bedell, approved minutes of July 20, 2022 regular meeting as typed.
Carried – 4 – 0

SPECIFIC REQUESTS

Kiley Crooks, Town Council & Image Committee, addressed the Board regarding the Fall Festival to be held October 22, 2022, with a rain date of October 23rd.  Live music and multiple vendors are planned, the Image Committee will be submitting a request to have the event at Jessup’s Landing Park.

Ms. Crooks also addressed the Board regarding a letter of intent to apply for New York Forward and Downtown Revitalization Initiative funds on behalf of the Village and Town.  The application purpose would be to offer funds for the restoration and improvement of business facades downtown in the Village and in the Town.  Grant submissions are due by September 10, 2022; Ms. Crooks is working with the LA Group to submit the application.

Resolution #17 approved, submission of letter of intent for the Village Board to apply jointly with the Town of Corinth for funding under the New York Forward and Downtown Revitalization Initiative.

CORRESPONDENCE

The Board revisited Ms. Crooks request to have access to the Beach bathrooms during music events Thursdays in August.

Motion by Trustee Bedell, seconded by Trustee Brown, approved use of Beach bathrooms for music events August 4, 2022 and August 11, 2022, with the request to be revisited at the August 17, 2022 Board meeting.
Carried – 4 – 0

Jenna Saltsman wrote the Board on behalf of a group of children interested in opening a lemonade stand at the Beach.  The Board admired the entrepreneurship of the young ladies involved but were unable to approve beverage distribution on public property without proper licensing by Department of Health.

April Alexander wrote the Board requesting permission to hold a wedding ceremony at the Village Beach September 16, 2022.  The ceremony may include a wedding arch or tent and should be about an hour in length.

Motion by Trustee Coltrain, seconded by Trustee Halliday, approved use of the Village Beach on September 16, 2022 for a wedding ceremony upon submission of a signed hold harmless agreement.
Carried – 4- 0

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

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

CLERK-TREASURER – Clerk-Treas Colson was present, report for August 3, 2022 read & filed.

Motion by Trustee Brown, seconded by Trustee Coltrain, approved payment of abstract #4: Payroll $39,746.02 (#0155-0158); General $249,094.37 (#0159-0180; 0185; 0192-0194); Water $280,808.75 (#0178- 0185; 0193-0194); Sewer $10,777.40 (#0173; 0176; 0178-0179; 0184; 0186-0190; 0192-0194); Capital Projects $1,000.00 (#0191).
Carried – 4- 0

Resolution #18 approved, budget transfer.

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

DPW/WATER/WWTP – Supt Lozier was present, report for July 2022 read & filed.

Reed beds have been planted at the WWTP and are being watered with river water.  They will be ready to accept sludge in about eight weeks, sludge will be thick enough to pump into reed beds at that time.  The contractor is still working to fix the valves that are currently not working.

BUILDING INSPECTOR – Insp Hepner present, report for August 3, 2022 read & filed.

OLD BUSINESS – none

NEW BUSINESS

The Board of Trustees reviewed environmental assessment forms regarding Local Laws 1 of 2022 and 2 of 2022 and determined both actions do not present any adverse environmental impacts.  Negative declarations for both proposed laws were issued.

Resolution #19 approved, adoption of Local Law 1 of 2022, amending Chapter 500 “Zoning” of the Village Code Schedule 1, Use, Area and Bulk Regulations for the Gateway Corridor (GC) of the Code of the Village of Corinth to add Commercial Storage Unit as a Special Permit Use with accompanying bulk and area regulations.

Resolution #20 approved, adoption of Local Law 2 of 2022, amending Chapter 500 “Zoning” of the Village Code to provide that a quorum of the Zoning Board of Appeal shall consist of two members, and a vote of two members shall be required to reverse of decision of the Code Enforcement Officer or to authorize a variance.

Resolution #21 approved, hire Adrianna Bronzene as part-time DPW seasonal employee, $15.50 per hour.

Resolution #22 approved, mayoral signature on Palmer Avenue Project Change Order #1 with John Kubricky & Sons LLC adding reconstruction of Gobel Avenue an increase of $398,246.00; total contract price $8,497,853.50.

Motion by Mayor Pasquarell, seconded by Trustee Bedell, approved attendance at NYCOM Fall Training School, September 12-16, 2022 in Saratoga Springs for eligible employees and elected officials.
Carried – 5 – 0

Discussion of Indeck settlement was tabled.

PUBLIC COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS

Jennifer Michelle, Locust Ridge, questioned the use of pesticides and fertilizers on Village owned properties.

Jim Murray, Center St, requested the Board review the Comprehensive Design Guidelines of the Village and incorporate the guidelines into the permitting and approval process for new construction.

BOARD COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS

Trustee Coltrain questioned if Department Reports could be posted online.  Atty Buettner stated they could not be posted in their entirety as they are intra-agency documents and contain personal identifiable information.

ADJOURNMENT

Motion by Trustee Bedell, seconded by Trustee Halliday, that Board adjourn, 6:59 PM.
Carried – 4 – 0

Nicole M. Colson
Clerk-Treasurer