July 21, 2008

The regular meeting of the Cherry Valley Village Board opened at 7:00 p.m. with Deputy Mayor Jeffrey S. Stiles presiding. In attendance were Trustee Kevin J. Flint, Clerk-Treasurer Dorothy E. Johnson, and Superintendent Kelly J. Wright. Mayor Brigham arrived at the meeting later on.

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 Flint, seconded by Trustee Stiles, unanimously carried,
RESOLVED, to dispense with the reading of the minutes and approve as written.


Fund Checking Account Balance
Village General Fund $140,331.76
Water Fund 4,121.60
Total Fund $144,453.36
Trust & Agency Fund -0-

Fund Savings Account
Water System Repair Reserve $ 1,255.49
Cemetery Capital Reserve 12,645.07
Unemployment Insurance Reserve 6,892.82
Equipment Reserve 2,857.18
Capital Water Debt Service Reserve 48,023.80
Parks & Recreation Reserve 3,825.34
Sidewalk Repair/Replacement 527.55

It was upon motion of Trustee Flint, seconded by Trustee Stiles, unanimously carried to accept the report as read.


Attorney Green is working on a description of this land as he feels a survey is not necessary.

The Clerk will phone Senator’s office regarding a news release for these grants.

Sidewalk Grant – It was decided to have Superintendent Wright get three estimates for help with placement of the concrete sidewalk. The Clerk is waiting for the contract to be returned from the Department of State, as it had to be amended, since the village isn’t supplying all of the labor as originally planned.

Rebekah Lodge – Waiting for contract to be returned from the state.
William Ryan and Associates will be doing the work on the lodge.


Montgomery Street Ditch/Maple Lane/ Maiden Lane/Maple Avenue Area

It was upon motion of Trustee Flint, seconded by Trustee Stiles, unanimously carried,
RESOLVED to authorize Superintendent Wright to order the pipe and have gravel delivered by Kiser to complete the Montgomery Street drainage project with funds from the Consolidated Highway Improvement Fund (CHIPS), and it was,
FURTHER RESOLVED to use the balance of CHIPS funds to shim with a layer of blacktop Maiden Lane, Maple Lane (where needed) and areas on Maple Avenue where needed.
Trustee said the county would possibly help as well as the town.


Attorney Green has been given pole numbers and locations. However, he did say that if the poles are still being used by Verizon and Time Warner they may not be able to be taken down. He will check further into the matter.

COMMUNITY GRANT – WAL*MART - Nothing to report.


Trustee Flint said he has some street signs ready and will bring a template over to mark No Parking on Pavement. It was also decided to have the Trustee make a sign, “Be Responsible, Clean up after your Pet” as there have been reports of dog droppings being left at the park.

NY POWER AUTHORITY - $45,000 Grant

There has still not been any correspondence from the New York Power Authority on the grant. However, per discussion, board members agreed the bulk of the money will be spent on the Village Hall and part of it
would be used to install energy panels on the windows of the Quonset building.

Mayor Brigham took over the meeting at this time and thanked Trustee Stiles for his help.

Mayor Brigham reported he is waiting for the revised contract to be returned from the state.

ARTWORKS – Municipal Building

The board discussed Artworks possibly leasing the former Village Hall. A meeting will be needed to confer with them regarding the matter. Board members agreed that the legion must be able to remain there and no structural changes may be made without an engineer’s input.
Superintendent Wright suggested changing the heating system to the Legion rooms and using the existing furnace for the remaining rooms; to put propane heater in the legion rooms and they could regulate the heat themselves.
The Clerk will contact Patti Erway and/or Jane Sapinsky members of Artworks for their input and to invite them to a meeting.


John McCarty, one of the owners of One Main Street informed the Clerk that they are waiting for a contractor to complete the work on the building. The upper lever porches will be completely taken off.

CVCFC – Water Bill/Rent

The Cherry Valley Community Facilities Corporation has relinquished all claim to back rent due to the Corporation from the village. The Clerk has spoken to them regarding future water bills. They would like to have the village deduct these bills from monthly rent. The Clerk asked them to put something in writing regarding this matter as the village board has agreed to it.


Otsego County’s fuel bid is open to all political subdivisions in the county, therefore we are able to participate in their fuel contracts. The village will still get the gasoline through the school.

MOBILE HOME PERMIT – Water Meter Amendment

It was agreed to amend the permit and the water rules to include:
Any new mobile homes – Water Meter must be installed inside, where it will not freeze.

WATER – Tank Inspection

Superintendent Wright notified the board that the water tank will be inspected on August 6th.

CEMETERY – Lot Sold, Deed signed to

Roger & Helen Yerdon
Two Grave Lot
Section B2, Lot 93 a & b


Phil Zenir has notified the village that he and his band, The Cherry Pickers, would like to host a music night in the village parking lot on each Thursday night in August. Donations of food or money will be accepted to go to the area food bank. Mr. Zenir will also get other interested bands to play. The music will be from 7 to 9 pm and refreshments will be sold. In case of rain the event will be held in the Community Center Gym.

PARK – Chamber

Nancy Erway mentioned again the fact that there is no light in the “’Chamber” park (where the gazebo is). The board decided they would not be responsible for providing light to the park, at this time.


Let It Grow Nursery has a dwarf pine tree that only grows to about 15 feet, which is now 3 to 4 feet high. Board members said they would like to see a taller one put in, though there may not be enough soil as the old road may be under the park. The Superintendent is still supposed to take the pine out of the park.


Lou Guido, who has been providing, at no cost to the village, the brick pavers in Alden Park has recently cleaned the path again. He has asked that the pavers be swept or blown off during/after mowing is being done.


It has been reported that an outside resident has been bringing his garbage to the Michael Fox residence for pickup. The Clerk will write a letter to Mr. & Mrs. Fox to tell them that this is not permitted.


After review by the board, it was upon motion of Trustee Stiles, seconded Trustee Flint, unanimously carried,
Resolved, to make payment on bills and amend the budget as follows:

General Fund Ch #’s 7265 – 7313 $19,094.11
Water Fund “ “ 3,962.71
Total Fund $23,056.82
Trust & Agency Fund Ch #’s 1395 - 1405 $ 2,209.18

Budget Amendment
From To To
2007-08 Budget $2,036.84 A6969.4 $1,600.00 A2770 $2,036.84
A1990.4 436.84
“ “ “ 328.45 F1990.4 328.45 F2770 328.45

It was upon motion of Trustee Stiles, seconded by Trustee Flint, unanimously carried to close the meeting at 8:14 pm.
Respectfully Submitted,

Dorothy E. Johnson
Clerk-Treasurer July 30, 2008