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May 3, 2023 (56)
A public hearing & a regular meeting of the Village Board were held May 3, 2023 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 & Trustee Halliday were present.
A public hearing having been duly advertised in The Post Star on April 29, 2023 was held at 6:00 PM re: Proposed Local Law 2 of 2023 adding Chapter 180: Alarms to the Village code.
PUBLIC COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS – none.
With no comments from the public Mayor Pasquarell closed the public hearing at 6:01 PM.
A regular meeting of the Village Board was held May 3, 2023 at 6:01 PM.
Trustee Brown, seconded by Trustee Bedell, approved minutes of April 19, 2023
regular meeting as typed.
Trustee Halliday, seconded by Trustee Bedell, approved use of the Firemen’s
Boat Dock and Beach area and access to the Beach bathrooms for the Image
Committee summer music festival Thursday nights from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM in July
and August with appropriate insurance certificates and hold harmless agreement.
Nancy Smith, Dunn Ave, requested reimbursement for sewer line maintenance which was caused by settling of piping on the Village lateral.
Trustee Bedell, seconded by Trustee Brown, approved reimbursement to Nancy
Smith, Dunn Avenue, for $262.15 in sewer line repairs.
The Board received a letter from NYS DOT that the required Notice of Order has been filed to declare the International Paper railroad crossings in the Village exempt. Vehicles required to stop at railroad crossings will no longer need to stop at the exempt crossings. The Board instructed DPW to purchase and install signage with the understanding that IP will be reimbursing the Village for all signage.
The Board received an invitation from Renee Reardon to the Corinth Community Scholarship Fund benefit night at the Exit 18 McDonald’s on May 18, 2023.
Matt Fogarty of the Jessup’s Landing EMS requested closure of River St between the EMS and the bridge from 12:00 – 4:00 PM on Sunday May 28, 2023 for the EMS Open House.
Trustee Brown, seconded by Trustee Coltrain authorized closure of River St
between the EMS and the bridge from 12:00 – 4:00 PM on Sunday May 28, 2023 for
the EMS Open House as requested and asked DPW to drop off road closure
Mastrianni Inc, administrators of the Village’s Section 8 Rental Assistance program Annual Independent Audit is on file.
PUBLIC COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS (AGENDA ITEMS ONLY)
Mike Woodcock, Pine St, and Maureen Kelly, Walnut St, asked questions regarding the IP rail crossing exemption.
CLERK-TREASURER – Clerk-Treas Colson was present, report for 5/3/2023 read & filed.
Clerk-Treas Colson informed the Board of recent complaints of speeding on Pine St through the Palmer Ave detour area. The Board instructed Supt Lozier to move one of the radar speed signs from upper Main St to Pine St and requested he also look into the possibility of borrowing temporary speed bumps from the State. Mayor Pasquarell has also requested increased Sheriff patrols in the detour area.
Trustee Bedell, seconded by Trustee Halliday, to approve abstract #22 in the
amount of: Payroll $33,273.92 (#1075-1076);
General $ 89,838.80 (#1077-1102; 1107; 1114); Water $6,680.03 (#1086;
1102-1104; 1110-1111; 1113; 1115); Sewer $4,758.45 (#1102; 1105-1106; 1108;
1110-1112; 1115); and Capital Projects $1,200.00 (#1101).
Resolution #78 approved, budget transfers.
FIRE DEPARTMENT – Chief Kelley was present, report for April 2023 read & filed.
Trustee Bedell, seconded by Trustee Coltrain, approved Fire Department Coin
Drop July 28 – July 30, 2023 in front of the Firehouse, 16 Saratoga Ave.
DPW/WATER/WWTP – Supt Lozier was excused.
BUILDING INSPECTOR – Insp Hepner was present, report for 5/3/2023 read & filed.
OLD BUSINESS – none
Resolution #80 approved, adoption of Local Law 2 of 2023 adding Chapter 180: Alarms to the Village Code.
Trustee Halliday, seconded by Trustee Bedell, approved mayoral signature on
contract for IT services with Smartt Software LLC for $400 per month.
Supt Lozier has requested quotes for installation of a fire alarm system at the DPW garage in response to a recent site audit by the Village’s insurance carrier. He received a quote of $58,500 from Johnson Controls and a quote of $12,095 from Mahoney Notify-Plus.
Trustee Bedell, seconded by Trustee Halliday, approved mayoral signature on
proposal from Mahoney Notify-Plus to install a fire alarm at the DPW garage for
The Board discussed traffic complaints at the Main St and Eggleston St intersection. The Board requested the attorney research the installation of traffic signals such as a three-way stop.
PUBLIC COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS
Alain Jones, Jennifer Keitzman, and Mike Woodcock of Pine St, spoke of the increased traffic and speeding issue on Pine St with the construction detour.
Robert Baldwin, Pine St, requested something be done about the brightness of the lights on the Pine St car wash bays. Insp Hepner will speak with the owner.
Maureen Kelly, Mill Museum, informed the Board of a planned “Touch a Big Truck” event at the museum in August. The Museum may need to postpone or move the event due to construction on Palmer Ave & at the RISE site. Ms. Kelly also stated the Museum would be hosting an event June 3rd coordinating with a scenic train event related to IP Mill history. Ms. Kelly also inquired about the possibility of lowering the Village speed limit.
Jennifer Kietzman, Pine St, stated the alleyway behind Dollar General was being encroached on and in bad repair. Insp Hepner will investigate.
Jennifer Michelle, Locust Ridge, requested the Board reconsider pesticide application at the Firehouse and invited them to attend a May 18 Town Planning Board meeting where she will present information regarding the impact of pesticides.
Mike Woodcock, Pine St, requested the Board look into bad odors that seem to originate from the WWTP. Mr. Woodcock stated it was causing an intolerable condition in the Pine St neighborhood. Mayor Pasquarell stated he would work with WWTP staff and engineering to address the issue. Mr. Woodcock also expressed concerns about cuts made to the Fire Department’s 2023/2024 budget. Mr. Woodcock asked the Board to reconsider the cuts and authorize the purchase of a third Fire Chief’s vehicle.
Dwayn Burke, Oak St, echoed Mr. Woodcock’s comments on the Fire Department budget and also requested Code Enforcement take action on the former Jack’s Place property. Insp Hepner is in contact with the owner.
John Tangora, Wall St, spoke about the Village’s water & sewer billing method and requested the Board reconsider their current billing structure in favor of an assessment-based method.
BOARD COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS
All Trustees expressed interest in the possibility of speed bumps to control speed in the Village on Pine St and other possible locations.
Trustee Bedell, seconded by Trustee Coltrain, that Board adjourn, 6:53 PM.