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September 6, 2023 (18)
A regular meeting of the Village Board was held September 6, 2023 at 6:00 PM in the Firehouse, 16 Saratoga Avenue.
Mayor Pasquarell called the meeting to order &led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Roll Call: Trustee Bedell, Trustee Brown, & Trustee Kelly were present. Trustee Halliday was excused.
Trustee Bedell, seconded by Trustee Brown, approved minutes of regular meeting
August 16, 2023 as typed.
CORRESPONDENCE – none.
PUBLIC COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS (AGENDA ITEMS ONLY) – none.
CLERK/TREASURER – Clerk-Treas Colson was present, report for 9/6/2023 read & filed.
Trustee Brown, seconded by Trustee Bedell, approved payment of abstract #7 in
the amount of: Payroll $38,264.25 (#0253-0254); General $89,481.96 (#0255-0281;
0293; 0295-0301); Water $11,017.00 (#0282-0286; 0295-0296; 0299; 0301); Sewer $24,200.72 (#0258; 0275; 0287-0290;
0295-0296; 0299-0301); Capital Projects $376,178.22 (#0291-0292; 0294); and HUD
Housing $47,049.00 (CK #1421).
Resolution #23 approved, budget transfers.
FIRE DEPARTMENT – Chief Kelley was excused.
DPW/WATER/WWTP – Supt Lozier was present, report for August 2023 read & filed.
Supt Lozier stated there have been no more noise complaints about WWTP operations since sound reduction measures have been taken.
BUILDING INSPECTOR – Insp Hepner was present, report for 9/6/2023 read & filed.
Discussion on the amendments to Chapter 281: Garbage, Refuse & Recycling were tabled.
Resolution # 24 approved, acceptance of Damien Meade resignation from DPW as of 9/1/2023.
Tim Murphy has resigned from his position as ZBA Chairperson after many years of service. Insp Hepner expressed his admiration for the way Chairman Murphy conducted the meetings & the Board expressed their deep appreciation for Mr. Murphy’s years of dedication to the Village. The Board requested a letter of gratitude be sent to Mr. Murphy.
Resolution #25 approved, acceptance of Tim Murphy’s resignation from the Zoning Board of Appeals with gratitude for his dedicated service.
The Board tabled a request from IP to lower the Estimated Dwelling Units (EDUs) charged for treatment of leachate until the Village Engineer could be present.
NYS DEC has notified Supt Lozier that test wells are required at 300 Mill St under the Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017, all costs will be paid by NYS DEC. The Board requested Supt Lozier inform the DEC to proceed as necessary.
Clerk-Treas Colson informed the Board that solicitation for a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Program Delivery and Request for Qualification (RFQs) for Engineering services for the 2023 funding round of the CDBG program resulted in one submission in each category from Laberge Group Associates. The Board indicated that if the grant application is awarded, they will request proposals from Laberge Group for consideration.
The Board discussed a request by Chief Kelley to allow renters of the Firehouse community room to access the building with a key fob instead of having someone from the Fire Department on site. The doors to the other parts of the Firehouse can be secured to prevent access to equipment bays and other areas not accessible to the public.
Trustee Brown, seconded by Trustee Bedell, approved provision of key fob to
renters of the Firehouse community room with a $25 refundable deposit.
The Board discussed a request for use of Jessup’s Landing Community Park for the Image Committee’s Fall Festival October 14, 2023 with an October 15th rain date.
by Trustee Bedell, seconded by Trustee Kelly, declined to provide DPW staffing
for the Fall Festival and approved other items in the Image Committee request
· Bathrooms will be open for use
· Power will be accessible
· Fire Siren will be deactivated 11 AM – 5PM
· Vendor license fees, applications and insurance certificates are required & must be submitted to the Village Hall no later than 4PM Monday October 2ndfees for nonprofits may be waived at the mayor’s discretion.
Hold harmless agreement will be signed by the Image Committee. No garbage containers will be provided by
the Village; a dumpster will be provided at Village expense with Image
Committee members and vendors responsible for collecting trash.
The Board discussed the purchase of additional radar speed signs and requested Supt Lozier get quotes for their review.
The Board considered a request by Ralph Palmatier to waive sewer overage fees on his second quarter bill. Mr. Palmatier has not been hooked to the sewer system due to the anticipated replacement of his sewer connection line.
Trustee Brown, seconded by Trustee Bedell approved credit to Mr. Ralph
Palmatier’s second quarter sewer bill in the amount of $431.95.
PUBLIC COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS
Terry Miller, Lemont Ave, distributed pictures of Village owned properties including the former DPW/Police building on Mill Street. Mr. Miller voiced concerns over the disrepair of the building: overhead doors are damaged, windows are boarded, and it does not represent the Village well. Mr. Miller requested the Board expend the funds necessary to make it presentable. Mayor Pasquarell assured Mr. Miller the overhead doors would be repaired soon, and the condition will be assessed.
Mike McKelligott, Oak St, mentioned a vehicle on blocks on Sherman Ave. Mayor Pasquarell stated the Sheriff Dept has given the owners 24 hours to remove the vehicle.
BOARD COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS
Trustee Kelly stated she has begun planning festivities for Hometown Christmas this December. Trustee Kelly also spoke of the loss of Ed Byrnes, Town Councilman, as a great loss to the community. Trustee Kelly stated Councilman Byrnes was always good to work with and offered her condolences to the Byrnes family, which was echoed by the Board.
Mayor Pasquarell requested executive sessions to discuss the collective bargaining agreement with CSEA and litigation.
Trustee Brown, seconded by Trustee Bedell, that board adjourn to executive
sessions as requested by Mayor Pasquarell above, 6:44 PM.
At 7:17 PM the Board reconvened with no action taken in executive session.
Trustee Brown, seconded by Trustee Bedell, authorized mayoral signature on a
memorandum of agreement with the CSEA Union.
Resolution #26 approved, authorize one-time lump sum payment to DPW Assistant Superintendent Cliff Jensen of $7,600 to be paid in two equal installments, the final payroll of the 2023 calendar year and the last payroll in May of 2024.
Motion by Trustee Brown, seconded by Trustee
Bedell, that Board adjourn, 7:19 PM.
Nicole M. Colson