Village Board February 20, 2007


February 20, 2007

The regular meeting of the Cherry Valley village board opened at 7:00 p.m. with Mayor K. Don Brigham presiding. In attendance were Trustees Jeffrey S. Stiles and Louis A. Guido, Clerk-Treasurer Dorothy E. Johnson, Superintendent Kelly J. Wright, Robert Pierce, New York State Department of Health, Kevin O’Connor, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, residents Cynthia Murphy, Peter Freehafer, and Stacey Michael, Village Planning Board member.


The first item on the agenda was the approval of the minutes, as sent to all board members in written form. It was upon motion of Trustee Stiles, seconded by Trustee Guido and unanimously carried,

RESOLVED, to dispense with the reading of the minutes and approve as written.


Fund Checking Account

Village General Fund $75,935.36

Water Fund $21,442.77

Total Fund $97,377.13

Trust & Agency Fund $ 1,597.07

Fund Savings Account

Water System Repair Fund $ 1,199.57

Cemetery Capital Reserve Fund $14,581.43

Unemployment Insurance Reserve Fund $ 6,581.01

Equipment Reserve Fund $ 809.21

(Cap.) Water Debt Service Reserve $51,273.15

Parks & Recreation Reserve $ 1,630.47

Building Reserve Fund $ 199.72

Sidewalk Repair/Replacement $ 352.91

Unpaid Water

Billed 1/1/07 $48,314.76

Adjusted a/c 849 934.98

Paid in Jan. 30,025.43

Unpd. 2/1/07 $17,354.43

It was upon motion of Trustee Stiles, seconded by Trustee Guido, unanimously carried,

RESOLVED, to accept the report as read.

NYS DOH/DEC – Sewage Issues

Robert Pierce, New York State Department of Health and Kevin O’Connor, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation spoke to the board about pursuing a septic system or sewer district for the village, due to the past failures. Mr. Pierce said that due to the limestone in the village, septic travels and may show up further away from the home to other sources (possibly wells).

Mayor Brigham said that the village has applied each year for several years through Lamont Engineering for funding for a system. He would like to see the problem fixed without bankrupting the people. Mr. Pierce said it could cost property owners an average of $450 yearly, half to pay the debt incurred in developing the system and half for usage. Also, they would have to pay for the debt charge if they are located in the system/district even if they are not hooked in.

The next step is to look for more funding. According to Mr. Pierce there may be some state funding available. Trustee Guido said that they may be able to convert the GOSC Grant to waste water next year for. Mr. O’Connor said he will get back to the Clerk with some names and numbers for the village to contact for possible resources.

GOSC – Housing Rehabilitation Grant

Mayor Brigham opened the Public Hearing at 7:45 pm to give citizens and potential beneficiaries adequate opportunity to consider the potential impacts and benefits of the community’s proposed project. The funding has been applied for through the Governor’s Office Small Cities grant.

SMSI Grant

Trustee Guido spoke regarding the Shared Municipal Services Incentive Grant Program of which the village will receive funding in the amount of $22,770 to do a consolidation (with the town) feasibility study. There will be a seven person board of directors. Mr. Guido said the town and village should meet soon (beginning of March) to discuss this matter.

LEGISLATIVE INITIATIVE – New York State Department of State

Funding for Sidewalks

Trustee Guido has applied to Senator Seward’s office for funding through the Legislative Initiative in the amount of $28,000 to replace second of sidewalk throughout the village.

Rebekah Lodge

It was decided by Lodge members that the remaining $1,600 from the grant will be used to do further repairs to the lodge roof. The Clerk will notify the Department of State that the project is not closed yet.

PLANNING BOARD – Four Hour Training

The Village Planning Board was authorized as per New York State law, to be required to receive 4 hours minimum training annually. There are online (free) courses as well as county given (and other) courses. Stacey Michael will take the information to the rest of the Planning Board. The village could have passed a resolution to waive the requirement, though decided against that.

Trustee Guido said the planning board is working on project to get an artistic view of what Cherry Valley could look like, while working on the comprehensive plan.

PATHWAY – To Alden Field

Trustee Guido has heard back from Henry Whitbeck, Jr. who is interested in having the path on a portion of his property. This should give enough room to get to the village property.

DPW Report

Superintendent Wright reported on the snow removal from the recent storm and a water pipe break on Lancaster Street.


As the current refuse removal contract expires at the end of the fiscal year, May 31st, the board resolved to advertise for bids for a contract for the June 1, 2007 to May 31, 2008 year.


Legal Notice


Sealed bids will be received by the Village of Cherry Valley for removal of garbage, solid waste, and recyclables for a one-year period, commencing on June 1, 2007 and ending May 31, 2008.

Specifications for the village are to provide door-to-door pickup at least once a week for regular garbage; at least once a month for recyclables and larger items – on a specified day. Larger items (furniture, appliances, metal, tires, etc.) will require a permit, purchased from the Clerk, money to be paid to the contractor at the end of each month.

For Further Specifications please contact:

Village Clerk

PO Box 392

44 Main Street

Cherry Valley, NY 13320

Phone: (607) 264-3791

Between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

All bids must be clearly marked “Refuse Removal Bid” and must be delivered to the Clerk at the above office no later than 7:00 p.m., March 19, 2007, at which time they will publicly opened and read.

The Village Board reserves the right to reject any or all bids.



One Bid to replace the furnace at the village hall was received.

CVCFC – Justice Room Rent


Trustee Stiles said there would be another dinner in March to help raise money for the sports equipment for the gym.


After review by the board, it was upon motion of Trustee Guido, seconded Trustee Stiles, unanimously carried,

Resolved, to make payment on bills, transfer appropriations, and amend the budget as follows:

General Fund Ch #’s 6375– 6422 $28,704.07

Water Fund 4,063.14

Total Fund $17,328.55

Trust & Agency Fund Ch #’s 1305 - 1310 $ 1,806.68

Budget Amendment

From To To

NYS – Dept of State - A2770 $2,500.00 A6989.4 $2,500.00

Rebekah Lodge Grant

NYS – SEMO A3960 921.37 (A7111.4 $2,153.00

NYS – FEMA A4960 2,764.08 (A1990.4 932.45

(A8170.4 600.00

Transfer of Appropriations

To From

A1325.4 $300.00 A1910.4 $300.00

A7550.4 300.00 A8170.2 300.00

A5110.1 854.00 A7550.4 854.00

A5110.1 370.00 A1910.4 370.00


It was upon motion of Trustee Stiles, seconded by Trustee Guido, unanimously carried,

RESOLVED to adjourn the meeting at 8:20 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Dorothy E. Johnson