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Village Board Minutes

September 7, 2022 (18)

A regular meeting of the Village Board was held September 7, 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 Brown, Trustee Halliday were present.  Trustee Bedell arrived at 6:02 PM.

Motion by Trustee Brown, seconded by Trustee Halliday approved minutes of August 17, 2022 regular meeting as typed.
Carried – 3 – 0

At 6:02 PM Trustee Bedell arrived.

SPECIFIC REQUESTS

Mel Monica, CCSD Bus Garage, addressed the Board regarding the exemption of railroad tracks owned by International Paper on State Rte 9N, Center St, Main St and Palmer Ave.  An exemption would mean school buses and other vehicles required to stop at rail crossings would no longer need to stop at the exempt crossings.  Ms. Monica has had teleconferences with DOT representatives and IP representatives, no one has an objection to an exemption for those crossings.  IP has stated they have a ten-year plan to remove the tracks as they are so deteriorated they are of no further benefit to the property.  Temporary signage would be installed designating those crossings as exempt, IP is willing to purchase and install the signage.  DOT and IP representatives requested a letter of consent from the Village Board regarding the exemption.  The Board decided to set up a meeting to discuss with IP, DOT, Ms. Monica and Supt Lozier.  Ms. Monica distributed contact information for those individuals involved.

CORRESPONDENCE

The Board reviewed the Image Committee’s Special Event application requesting to hold the Fall Festival in Jessup’s Landing Park on October 22, 2022 (Oct 23 rain date).  Trustee Halliday stated he was not in favor of approving the request because the Committee has repeatedly not followed the proper protocol and procedure to use Village resources that other organizations have adhered to and have already begun to advertise the event without Board approval.  He stated he supported the event itself, but not the manner in which it was being handled.

Motion by Trustee Bedell, seconded by Trustee Brown, declined to provide DPW staffing for the event and approved other items in the Image Committee request as follows:

·        Use of Jessup’s Landing Park on October 22 (October 23 rain date)

·        Bathrooms will be open for use

·        Power will be accessible

·        Fire Siren will be deactivated 11 AM – 5PM

·        Garbage containers and a dumpster will be provided

·        Vendor license fees will be waived – all other requirements of applications and insurance certificates are still in place & must be submitted to the Village Hall no later than 4PM Monday October 3rd

A dumpster will be provided by the Village with Image Committee members responsible for collecting trash.
Carried – 3 – 1
Trustee Bedell – aye; Trustee Brown – aye; Trustee Halliday – no; Mayor Pasquarell – aye

Linda Walsh, Tri-County Seniors, wrote thanking the Board for contributing toward the Seniors’ summer bus trips.

PUBLIC COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS (AGENDA ITEMS ONLY)

Jennifer Michelle, Locust Ridge, requested the Fall Festival participants separate trash & recycling.

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

CLERK-TREASURER – Clerk-Treas Colson was present, report for 9/7/2022 read & filed.

Motion by Mayor Pasquarell, seconded by Trustee Bedell, approved payment of abstract #6: Payroll $39,951.66 (#0235-0238); General $79,453.42 (#0239-0279; 0285; 0300-0302; 0304); Water $8,366.81 (#0271; 0273; 0277-0278; 0280-02082; 0284-0288; 0299; 0301-0302); Sewer $32,191.38 (#0270-0273; 0227- 0278; 0283;0286-0299; 0300-0302); Capital Projects $40,915.34 (#0303).
Carried – 4 -0

FIRE DEPARTMENT – Chief Kelley was present, report for August 2022 read & filed.

Resolution #25 approved, establishing Samantha Crowl as primary Firehouse Janitorial with Dwayne Burke as Substitute Janitorial as needed.

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

Supt Lozier stated construction on White St was on hold this week due to weather and the need to install numerous water/sewer taps.

Supt Lozier requested an executive session to discuss matters leading to the potential discipline or dismissal of a particular person.

Trustee Brown commended the DPW for the fast repair of recently damaged guide rails on River St.

BUILDING INSPECTOR – Insp Hepner was present, report for 9/7/2022 read & filed.

Mayor Pasquarell inquired about a property on Oak St, Insp Hepner stated the owner has a dumpster and is working on it.

OLD BUSINESS – none.

NEW BUSINESS

Resolution #26 approved, hiring of William Champagne Jr. as MEO beginning September 12, 2022; $19.45 per hour.

Resolution #27 approved, authorize mayoral signature on WWTP demolition Change Order #2 for Dan’s Hauling, decrease of $22,800; total contract $200,000.

PUBLIC COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS – none.

BOARD COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS

Trustee Brown praised the Image Committee volunteers for their work on the Thursday evening music events, the compliment was echoed by Mayor Pasquarell.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Motion by Trustee Brown, seconded by Trustee Bedell, that Board adjourn to executive session to discuss matters leading to the potential discipline or dismissal of a particular person as requested by Supt Lozier, 6:31 PM.
Carried – 3 – 0

At 6:40 PM the Board reconvened with no action taken in executive session.

Resolution #28 approved, acceptance of resignation of Casey Mabb with two-week notice effective September 7, 2022.

ADJOURNMENT

Motion by Trustee Brown, seconded by Trustee Bedell, that Board adjourn, 6:41 PM.
Carried – 4 – 0

Nicole M. Colson
Clerk-Treasurer