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Minutes Archive - 2018

(The Data below is for General Information only, it has has been corrected as best we can for obvious Misspellings and Typos.

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2018 - Jan.16 | Feb.21 | Mar.20 | Apl.03 | Apl.09

 

 

Board of Trustees Organizational Meeting 04/09/2018     6:00 PM Community House

Present: Mayor Barnes, Trustees James Castrucci, Gene Colorito, Connie Grant, Charles Straney and Attorney Norman Mastromoro

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Barnes and the salute to the flag was given.

The attached list of appointments were made:

Deputy Clerk, Budget Officer, Codes Officer, Fair Housing Officer and Deputy Mayor A motion to accept the attached list of appointments was made by Trustee Colorito and seconded by Trustee Grant. All ayes, motion carried.

Selections other than appointments were as follows:

*Library Board-Nancy Stowell (5 Year Term)

*Housing Authority-William Meier (5 Year Term)

Motion by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Straney, All ayes, motion carried.

*Grievance Board #1-DPW, Water and WWTP (2 Trustees & Village Clerk)

Trustees Colorito, Straney and Mary Rackmyer (1 Year Terms)

*Grievance Board #2-All depts. not covered under Board #1 (2 Trustees & Police Chief)

Trustees Castrucci, Grant and Chief Callen (1 Year Terms)

*Harassment Committee-Trustee Colorito and Chief Callen (1 Year Term)

*Official Newspaper-Times/Telegram. Motion by Trustee Castrucci, seconded by Trustee Colorito. All ayes, motion carried.

*Official Bank - NBT St. Johnsville-Motion by Trustee Grant, seconded by Trustee Straney. All ayes, motion carried

*Time/place for regular meetings-3rd Tuesday of month/6:30 pm at Community House

Motion by Trustee Straney, seconded by Trustee Coloritio, All ayes, motion carried.

*Selection of Roberts Rules-Motion by Trustee Castrucci, seconded by Trustee Straney.

*Approve Bonding - Clerk, Treasurer, Deputy Clerk, Mayor and Village Trustees. Motion by Trustee Grant, seconded by Trustee Straney. All ayes, motion carried.

Resolutions passed are as follows:

*Mileage Allowance-$.55 per mile. Motion by Trustee Castrucci, seconded by Trustee Straney. All ayes, motion carried. Roll call: Mayor Barnes-yes Trustee Castrucci-Yes

Trustee Colorito-Yes        Trustee Grant-Yes             Trustee Straney-Yes

*Designation of Depositories-NBT Bank, St. Johnsville and Adirondack Bank, Little Falls Motion by Trustee Colorito, seconded by Trustee Grant. All ayes, motion carried. Roll call: Mayor Barnes-Yes Trustee Castrucci-Yes Trustee Colorito-Yes Trustee Grant-Yes Trustee Straney-Yes

*Advance Approval of Claims - Motion by Trustee Straney, seconded by Trustee Colorito.

All ayes, motion carried. Roll call: Mayor Barnes - Yes, Trustee Castrucci - Yes, Trustee Colorito - Yes, Trustee Grant - Yes, Trustee Straney - Yes

*Next Organizational Meeting-April 1, 2019, 6:30 pm at the Community House. Motion by Trustee Castrucci, seconded by Trustee Straney. All ayes, motion carried.

Motion to adjourn by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Coiorito. All ayes, motion carried.

 (meeting continued) Board of Trustees Special Meeting  04/09/2018 6:30 PM Community House

Present: Mayor Bernard Barnes, Trustees James Castrucci, Gene Colorito, Connie Grant, Charles Straney and Attorney Mastromoro

*The meeting was called to order by Mayor Barnes and the salute to the flag was given.

Public: Attorney Paul Lavoie (Solar Liberty), Attorney Greg Dunn (Bergen) *Attorney Lavoie spoke about the configuration of the property for the solar panels and the possibility of giving Mr. Bergen an easement to the property. *Attorney Dunn told the Board that Mr. Bergen may develop the adjoining property for solar, that he wants legal access to the property and that he is willing to pay for the survey to modify the property.

*A motion was made by Trustee Straney and seconded by Trustee Castrucci to go into executive session to discuss possible pending litigation concerning the solar project. All ayes, motion carried. No decision was made.

*A motion was made by Trustee Colorito and seconded by Trustee Castrucci to return to the special meeting. All ayes, motion carried.

*A motion was made by Trustee Straney and seconded by Trustee Castrucci instructing Attorney Mastromoro to send a letter to Attorneys Lavoie and Dunn concerning the discussion in executive session. All ayes, motion carried.

*A letter was received for the St. Johnsville Chamber of Commerce inviting the Mayor and Board to ride in the parade on May 12th.  The Chamber is also asking for a donation of $35.00 to sponsor the 30th. annual Towpath Trail Run on May 12 th. A motion was made by Trustee Straney and seconded by Trustee Grant to donate $35.00 for the Towpath Run, All ayes, motion carried.

*A motion was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Colorito to adjourn the meeting. All ayes, motion carried. *Next meeting is to be held April 17, 2018.

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Board of Trustees Special Budget Meeting 04/03/2018    6:00 PM Community House

Present: Mayor Barnes, Trustees Gene Colorito, Connie Grant and Charles Straney and Attorney Norman Mastromoro

Also: Karen Crouse-Treasurer Public: None

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Barnes and the salute to the flag was given. Public: None

Legals: Attorney Mastromoro discussed the situation with the cemetery. He researched the possibility of turning it over to the Town and found that there would be a lot of hoops to jump through to do it. Trustee Straney asked the Clerk to make a list of burials in the last two years to find out how many people buried were from the Town. It was also suggested that letters be sent concerning revision of the trusts for perpetual care to allow for use of more of the money. Attorney Mastromoro informed the Board that he has a conference with Judge Sise about the land for the Solar Project. The Holcombs have been served the papers about the property. He had nothing new to report about the Town of Ephratah and the water lines.

A motion was made by Trustee Straney to accept the Resolution for Borderlines' bid to repair the Soldiers and Sailors Park cobblestone wall at a cost of $84,750.00 for furnishing all work, labor and materials. The motion was seconded by Trustee Colorito. All ayes, motion carried.

A motion was made by Trustee Colorito to accept the Resolution for Determination the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Park Improvements Project Consists of Type II Actions Under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA). Trustee Straney seconded the motion. All ayes, motion-carried. Roll-Call: Mayor Barnes-Yes- Trustee Colorito- Yes

Trustee Grant-Yes Trustee Straney-Yes

Trustee Straney made a motion to hire Cathy Anderson and Grace Malefyte at the Marina. The motion was seconded by Trustee Colorito. All ayes, motion carried.

After some discussion concerning ordering topsoil for the ball field. Trustee Grant made a motion to order the topsoil from Longhorn at a cost of $1,280.00 from the Village and $1,000.00 from the Town. Trustee Straney seconded the motion. All ayes, motion carried.

The Board discussed the budget and the only change is as follows: $5,000.00 is to be added to the Soldiers and Sailors Park maintenance line. Trustee Straney is to check on the additional insurance for the fireman beginning 01/01/2019. Trustee Straney made a motion to accept the motion

A motion was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Straneyto adjourn the meeting. All ayes, motion carried.

Organizational meeting to be held April 9, 2018 at 6pm. Public hearing on budget to be held April 17 at 6pm. Next regular meeting will be April 17, 2018.

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Board of Trustees Regular Meeting  03/20/2018 6:30 PM Community House

Present: Deputy Mayor Charles Straney, Trustees James Castrucci, Gene Colorito, Connie Grant and Attorney Norman Mastromoro

Also: Chief Callen-Police, Frank Erno - WWTP, Cliff Dorrough-Codes and Karen Crouse-Treasurer

Public: Kathy Buckley, Dawn Lamphere, and Robert Smith

The meeting was called to order by Deputy Mayor Straney and the salute to the flag was given.

Public: Dawn Lamphere, on behalf of the Chamber. She informed the Board that the annual Springfest will be held on May 10-12 with a parade and the 30th. anniversary of the Towpath Run. She also thanked everyone for their support of the Flapjacks and Fairytales pancake breakfast.

Legals: Attorney Mastromoro informed the Board that the court date for 3/19 had been adjourned until 4/6 in order for another paper to be filed concerning the Solar project. The Clerk will send a copy of the 2/21 minutes to the Town showing the motion to accept a combined Town/Village Comprehensive Plan. He also explained that he has sent a letter to Senator Amedore and Assemblyman Santabarbara requesting special legislation allowing the Village to appoint its Codes Enforcement Officer and Dog Control Officer from the entire State and allowing the Village to become an agency for the licensing of dogs through the office of the Village Clerk.

Consent Agenda: A motion to create a consent agenda consisting of the minutes of the 2/21/18 regular meeting, and Police report was made by Trustee Colorito and seconded by Trustee Grant. All ayes, motion carried.

A motion to adopt said Agenda was made by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Colorito. All ayes, motion carried.

Audit of Claims: A motion to accept the claims as presented by the Clerk, in the amount of $62,915.75 was made by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Colorito. All ayes, motion carried They were broken down as follows:

General Fund: $45,766.83

Cemetery Fund: 1,566.40

Marina Fund: 8,832.07

Water Fund: 3,626.76

Sewer Fund: 3,123.67

Department Heads:

Fire Department: Nothing

DPW: Nothing

Police: Officers have been taking online courses offered by NYMIR, the Impala has been

repaired several times, and the department has been working with the County

and local schools concerning school safety.

WWTP: Mike Kardash has been hired to replace Tyler Curtis.

Codes: No news about 3W. Main Street or the Upper Mill.

Marina: Nothing

Old Business: Nothing

New Business: *The Fire Department will hold their annual banquet and induction of officers on May 5th at Beardslee Castle. Hors D'oeuvres & cocktails at 5 pm and dinner at 6pm. *Karen explained a program to replace lights at the firehouse and marina with LED. The work would be done by Wolberg Electrical Supply with an approximate cost of $2,468.79 for the firehouse and $786.81 for the marina. A motion was made to go forward with the new lights at the above prices by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Colorito. All ayes, motion carried.

*The Chamber is looking for sponsors for the Spring fest booklet. A motion was made by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Grant for a 1/2 page ad at the cost of $80.00. *We received the balance of 2017-2018 Village taxes from the County in the amount of $63,607.02.

*Deputy Mayor Straney discussed working on a Work Order form.

Other- Karen informed the Board about the different grants that the Village is working on. The work on the old bathhouse and laundry at the Marina will by starting soon, the Solar project will be in place by fall, the park grant has been approved, the bid opening for the Soldiers and Sailors park was held today, the new bathrooms and possibly the grandstand at the park are being worked on, and finally, the WWTP grant has been approved and waiting on financing. Public: Nothing

Deputy Mayor Straney asked to go into executive session to discuss personnel. A motion was made by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Grant to go into executive session. All ayes, motion carried.

A motion was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Castrucci to return to regular meeting. No action taken.

A motion was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Castrucci to adjourn the meeting. All ayes, motion carried.

Organizational meeting to be held April 9, 2018 at 6 pm. Next regular meeting will be April 17, 2018.

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Board of Trustees Regular Meeting 02-21-2018 6:30 PM Community House

Present: Mayor Bernard Barnes, Trustees Charles Straney, James Castrucci, Gene Colorito, Connie Grant Also: Police Chief, Diana Callen

Public -Dawn Lamphere, Robert Smith, Carmen Licari, Donald Schoff, Alex Countrymen, Jenette Kretser, and Sharon Fuller

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Barnes and the salute to the flag was given.

Public: Carmen Licari spoke on behalf of the American Legion Baseball Organization. He said that the ball field needs a lot of work, it is hazardous to the kids. He would like the Village to donate money for the repair of the infield. The Chamber and the American Legion will help also. The Mayor explained to Carmen about the Grandstand grant that was submitted and rejected. It is being re-submitted. He stated that on March 1, he has a meeting with Megan Phillips of Dept. of State, Village Engineers (McDonald) and the grant writer and the Mayor stated that if there is money left over from the current park project, he will try to let the state allow us to use it for the infield. Carmen said he would buy the sod, Village grade and scrape it. The Mayor said he will call the County and see if they will come and help us, then the Town can donate money instead of equipment. Carmen told the Mayor to wait until March 10 th. and he will get back to him. Carmen then asked the Mayor why the lawn at the ball park is only mowed every two weeks. The Mayor responded, that is no true, the DPW goes there every week. Trustee Grant stated that her son plays ball and last year the field was not always mowed, it was a mess. Mr. Schoff stated that that the culverts by the Railroad tracks is always getting plugged up causing the field to flood. The Mayor said the Village does not own beyond the fence, it may be Town or Manikas or both.

Legals: Attorney Mastromoro told the board that the proceedings with Town of Ephratah are still on hold. In regards to the Eminent Domain issue, he has been in touch with Holcombs attorney (State Farm Agency), we can't agree with anything. I have been working on this since 1/16 with no luck, on 2/20 I filed in County Clerk's Office. On Tues, I will file petition in Court and serve to interested parties (see attached). The 4/16 date to go to Court has been moved to 03/19/2018. A motion to have the Mayor sign resolution #32 for Eminent Domain for 3.624 acres was made by Trustee Straney and seconded by Trustee Grant. All ayes. The Attorney went on to state that the Village should be aware of residency of appointed officials. You cannot go beyond County without an act of legislature. Clerk, Treasurer, Codes Officer and Dog Control Officer cannot go by Local Law, has to be a specific act. Sometimes the Court will allow anyone in NYS. The process is a motion by board, request a letter for special act of legislature, send to (Santa Barbara and Amedore). A motion to request special act of legislature for Codes Officer, Dog Control Officer, Collector of fees for animals to allow any resident of the State to hold Office, was made by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Grant. All Ayes.

Consent Agenda: A motion to create a consent agenda consisting of the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of 01-16-2018, Police Report, was made by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Grant. All ayes A motion to adopt the said consent agenda was made by Trustee Straney and seconded by Trustee Colorito. All ayes

Claims: A motion to accept the claims in the amount of $56,098.50 was made by Trustee Straney and seconded by Trustee Colorito. All ayes Claims were broken down as follows:

General Fund $41,921.88

Cemetery $0

Marina $1,820.11

Water $3,516.74

Sewer $8,839.77

Department Heads:

Fire Department-Alex Countrymen: The fire truck, now called Engine 1 is in service and responding. The Mayor asked if the old truck had been removed. Also remove any small equipment you are not going to use. Put Truck by the DPW garage. You cannot sell anything unless it is deemed by the Village Board as no longer of Village use.

DPW: nothing WWTP: nothing

Police Chief Diana Callen: She said that the Impala is in the garage again for repair. Trustee Straney asked if the cameras were in Cellect. Chief Callen said that Officer Ferraro is in charge and is speaking with Steve Trembly. The Chief said she is still working on the price of a new vehicle.

Codes Officer, nothing

Old Business:

1 Dog Control-On hold until April Meeting.

2 Ice/Snow Contract: Motion to accept the contract was made by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Straney. Board was polled and all ayes.

New Business:  

A Fire Dept.—The Fire Dept. would like to use the Park ball field from 08/13/2018 - 08/31/2018 for the Fair. A motion to allow the Fire Dept. to use the ball field for time requested, however, they are to rope off the area of the infield so no one drives or walks on it.

B Historic Meeting—The meeting concerning the Historic District in the Village has been rescheduled

Other- Town of St. Johnsville would like us to join with them to work on a Comprehensive Plan that would benefit both Town and Village. (see attch'd). It would join residents of both places to work on a plan for the future. We would need a Municipal Agreement. A motion to inform the Town we are interested in pursuing a committee to work on this was made by Trustee Straney and seconded by Trustee Castrucci. All ayes.

The Mayor requested to go into executive session to discuss police personnel. Motion to go into executive session for personnel matters was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Castrucci,

The board left at 8:10 PM. A motion to leave executive session was made by Trustee Straney and seconded by Trustee Castrucci. They returned to regular meeting at 8:30 PM.

The board voted to adjust the contract with Chief Callen. The contract for the Chief is to be 2% per year unless the Cost of Living increase for the calendar year is greater than 2%, in which case the increase would equal the Cost of Living. A motion to allow the Mayor to sign the amended contract for the Chief upon final review of counsel was made by Trustee Straney and seconded by Trustee Grant. All ayes.

Motion to adjourn was made by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Grant.

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Board of Trustees Regular Meeting  01 16 2018  6:30 PM Community House

Present: Mayor Bernard Barnes, Trustees James Castrucci, Gene Colorito, Connie Grant and Charles Straney, Attorney Mastromoro

Also: Chief Callen-Police, Frank Erno-WWTP, Cliff Dorrough-Codes

Public: Sharon Fuller, Dawn Lamphere, Robert Smith, Jeannette Cretser, Mat Rapacz, Jessie Ravage and Emilie Gould

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Barnes and the salute to the flag was given.

Public: Emilie Gould, on behalf of the NYS Division of Historic Preservation, along with Jessie Ravage informed the Board about the progress of the grant. Letters are being sent to homeowners explaining the process. Emilie will be holding an informational meeting here at the Community House on February 7th.

Legals: Attorney Mastromoro brought a resolution to the Board about the solar project. Trustee Straney made a motion to accept the Eminent Domain Law Proceedings and Trustee Castrucci seconded. All ayes, motion carried.

Roll Call: Mayor Barnes-Yes     Trustee Castrucci-Yes Trustee Colorito-Yes Trustee Grant-Yes Trustee Straney-Yes

The attorneys for 1 and 3 W. Main Street will be meeting to see if there is a way to transfer the property without the Village getting involved.

Consent Agenda: A motion to create a consent agenda consisting of the minutes of the 12/19/17 regular meeting, 12/28/17 public hearing and special meeting, Treasurer's, Investment, Police and Codes reports was made by Trustee Colorito and seconded by Trustee Castrucci. All ayes, motion carried.

A motion to adopt said Agenda was made by Trustee Colorito and seconded by Trustee Castrucci. All ayes, motion carried.

Audit of Claims: A motion to accept the claims as presented by the Clerk, in the amount of $109,533.32 was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Straney. All ayes, motion carried They were broken down as follows:

General Fund: $ 63,741.52

Cemetery Fund: $500.

Marina Fund: $819.80

Water Fund: $33,464.21

Sewer Fund: $ 11,007.79

Department Heads:

Fire Department: Nothing

DPW: Water break on Averill St. fixed.

Police: Parking issues on Main St. by the American Legion-will work with the attorney

WWTP: Nothing

Codes: 3W. Main and the old Central Hotel have been placarded, lead issue at 19 E. Liberty and he discussed NYSERTA and the possible monies for improvements to municipal buildings.

Marina: Nothing

Old Business: Nothing

New Business: Dog Control Officer-steps to take to be able to do licensing in the Village. First, a special act of the legislature. Fines and licenses would stay in the Village.

*Resolution #31, contract with the County for snow and grass was tabled because the wording in the contract is for snow only. It will be corrected and brought back to the next meeting.

*Pool fill cost. At the present time, the Village charges homeowners $.02 per gallon. A motion was made by Trustee Castrucci to raise the rate per gallon to $.05 and charge a flat rate of $40.00. Trustee Colorito seconded the motion, all ayes, motion carried.

Public: Dawn Lamphere suggested the Village use different approaches to inform residents of changes, upcoming events, etc. It was decided that Bob Smith work with the Clerk to do press releases.

Jeannette Cretser thanked the DPW and fire department for their cleanup of ice and working on the creek to stop flooding on William St.

A motion was made by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Straney to go into executive session to discuss personnel. All ayes, motion carried.

A motion was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Colorito to exit the executive session. All ayes, motion carried. No action taken

A motion was made by Trustee Straney and seconded by Trustee Castrucci to return to regular meeting.

A motion was made by Trustee Straney and seconded by Trustee Castrucci to increase Chris Walter's hourly wage from $12.80 to $14.25 beginning 1/22/18. All ayes, motion carried.

Trustee Grant made a motion to adjourn. Trustee Straney seconded, all ayes, motion carried.

Next meeting is to be held February 20, 2018.

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