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December 7, 2022 (31)
A regular meeting of the Village Board was held December 7, 2022 at 6:00 PM in the Firehouse, 16 Saratoga Avenue.
Mayor Pasquarell called the meeting to order and led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Roll Call: Trustee Bedell, Trustee Brown & Trustee Coltrain were present. Trustee Halliday was excused.
Motion by Trustee
Bedell, seconded by Trustee Brown, approved minutes of November 16, 2022 public
hearing & regular meeting as typed.
Motion by Mayor
Pasquarell, seconded by Trustee Bedell, approved requests by Maureen Kelly,
Image Committee, to have December 4, 2022 as rain date for the Hometown
Christmas Parade and gave permission to conduct horse & carriage rides on
Pine St and Palmer Ave on December 18, 2022 as part of the ongoing celebration.
PUBLIC COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS (AGENDA ITEMS ONLY) – none.
CLERK-TREASURER – Clerk-Treas Colson was present, report for 12/7/2022 read & filed.
Motion by Mayor
Pasquarell, seconded by Trustee Coltrain, approved payment of abstract #12 in
the amount of : Payroll $35,781.89 (#0518-0520); General $1,307,698.11 (#0521-0570;
0581-0584); Water $16,740.86 (#0568-0574; 0582-0583); Sewer $19,404.32 (#0563-0564;
0568-0570; 0574-0579; 0581-0583); and Capital Projects $5,000.00 (#0580).
Resolution #41 approved, budget transfers.
FIRE DEPARTMENT – Chief Kelley was present, report for November 2022 read & filed.
DPW/WATER/WWTP – Supt Lozier was present, report for November 2022 read & filed.
Supt Lozier stated the grease interceptor mixers at the WWTP have failed & Laberge will be presenting proposed bid documents for a more permanent solution.
BUILDING INSPECTOR – Insp Hepner was present, report for 12/7/2022 read & filed.
The Board discussed the request from Mel Monica, Transportation Supervisor at CCSD for Board support of her request for DOT to exempt the IP railroad crossings in the Village from the requirement for school buses to stop at the crossing. Mayor Pasquarell and Deputy Mayor Halliday had a conference call with Terry Thomas, IP Surplus Property Manager, to discuss. Mr. Thomas assured the Village that there is no intent to decommission the rail line. Due to the extreme disrepair of the tracks it is advantageous to IP to remove the crossing which cuts maintenance costs while the rail is not in use. Mr. Thomas emphasized that IP will work with any new owner to restore the rail as part of purchase of the property. Mr. Thomas also stated that IP is willing to pay for the necessary exemption signage.
Motion by Trustee Brown,
seconded by Trustee Bedell, authorized letter of Board support for the railroad
crossing exemption be sent to NYS DOT representatives, IP, and Mel Monica,
NEW BUSINESS – none.
PUBLIC COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS – none.
BOARD COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS
Trustee Brown stated it was good to see so many people out downtown for the kick-off of the Hometown Christmas event, which was echoed by the Board.
Motion by Trustee
Coltrain, seconded by Trustee Brown, that Board adjourn, 6:10 PM.
Nicole M. Colson