May 19, 2008
The regular meeting of the Cherry Valley Village Board opened at 7:00 p.m. with Mayor K. Don Brigham presiding. In attendance were Trustee Jeffrey S. Stiles, Trustee Kevin J. Flint, and Clerk-Treasurer Dorothy E. Johnson. Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Yerdon attended for a short time.
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 Flint, unanimously carried,
RESOLVED, to dispense with the reading of the minutes and approve as written.
Fund Checking Account
Village General Fund $45,068.10
Water Fund 1,678.82
Total Fund $46,746.92
Trust & Agency Fund -0-
Fund Savings Account
Water System Repair Reserve $ 1,252.66
Cemetery Capital Reserve 15,226.70
Unemployment Insurance Reserve 6,877.27
Equipment Reserve 2,850.74
Capital Water Debt Service Reserve 47,915.57
Parks & Recreation Reserve 7,454.16
Sidewalk Repair/Replacement 525.78
Unpaid Apr 1, 2008 $9,985.67
Paid in April 2,392.70
Unpaid May 1, 2008 $7,592.97
Unpaid to County for collection on taxes - $7,071.96.
The Cherry Valley Community Facilities Corporation has not yet paid their water bill. The Clerk was instructed to send a letter to them, giving them 2 weeks (upon receipt of the letter) to pay the bill before having the water shut off (per policy) or to give them the option to take the money from our monthly rent to pay the water.
MOBILE HOME PERMIT
Mr. & Mrs. Yerdon showed their plans and applied for a permit to install a new mobile home, replacing the present home on their Elm St/Maple Lane lot. The permit was approved.
COMPREHENSIVE PLAN- Draft
Board members have begun review of the draft plan, to be discussed at a later date.
CEMETERY LOT SOLD, DEED SIGNED
Gary & Michelle Thompson
One grave Lot, Section D, Lot 37 c.
Mayor Brigham will ask for help from Congresswoman Gilibrand and Assemblyman Marc Butler to get the old poles removed.
QUONSET BUILDING LAND
Mike Swatling and Sandra Bridger, owners of the land adjacent to the village owned land at 56 Main St. have offered to give the village two small parcels that are now being used by the village. After discussion, it was upon motion of Trustee Stiles, seconded by Trustee Flint, unanimously carried,
to follow through with the land acquisition with the village paying all costs (no actual cost to purchase said land). There is also a right of way on the village owned land that will be taken off at this time. Attorney Green has been notified to proceed.
Aides from Congresswoman Gilibrand’s office will be in attendance at the village office on Wednesday, June 4th to speak with interested people. Their office will contact residents prior to this date.
COMMUNITY GRANT – WAL*MART
The village has applied for funding through Wal*Mart for the Cherry Valley Little League fields. Plans are to build new dugouts, break-away bases, new bleachers, new clay infield and grading and fencing.
The Clerk told the board that signs are needed for Main and Wall Street, which the county will make. Also, more signs are needed showing where the Village Office is, which Trustee Flint will make. Trustee Flint also suggested that there be a sign by the gate to Alden Field, “no unauthorized vehicles”.
The Clerk and Superintendent met with representatives of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development for a compliance review (due to receiving funding for the water improvement project) on May 7th.
COUNTY SALES TAX
Normally 75% of the county sales tax goes to the general fund, and 25% to the water. As the water fund is nearing depletion, the clerk asked to deposit all of the check this month to the water fund. It was upon motion of Trustee Stiles, seconded by Trustee Flint, unanimously carried,
RESOLVED to deposit the entire county sales tax check for this month, in the amount of $1,777.79 to the water fund.
Donations toward flowers have been received from:
Cherry Valley Historical Association $25.00
Memories on Main Street 10.00
Mrs. Margaret Yerdon 25.00
Thank you letters have been sent to all.
NYRI RESOLUTION OF OPPOSITION
The Town of Laurens has asked all village and towns to adopt a resolution opposing the New York Regional Interconnect, Inc. (NYRI)
from gaining approval from the New York Public Service to build a new 190 mile long transmission line through our county. After discussion, it was upon motion of Trustee Stiles, seconded by Trustee Flint, unanimously carried,
RESOLVED, to pass said resolution as follows:
WHEREAS, the Village of Cherry Valley has been informed that the New York Regional Interconnect, Inc. (NYRI) is seeking approval from the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) to build a 190 Mile long transmission line and to submit Supplemental Filing to the PSC in the coming weeks that will augment NYRI’s original Article VII filing made in May 2006, and,
WHEREAS, the Supplemental Filing presents study results on a number of different routing option for the proposed transmission line one such alternate route to be built through the County of Otsego, and,
WHEREAS, the Village Board of the Village of Cherry Valley passes this Resolution to inform the public, NYRI and the PSC of the impact of this proposed alternate route through the County of Otsego, and,
WHEREAS, it has been determined that the proposed alternate route will financially impact towns and villages in the county by diminishing property values resulting in higher tax rates, and,
WHEREAS, it has been determined that the proposed alternate route will effect the Health and Safety of the taxpayers and residents of parts of Otsego County, and,
WHEREAS, the proposed alternate route will change the rural character of the towns/villages, and,
WHEREAS, it has been determined that the proposed alternate route will not benefit the residents of the County of Otsego or the Village of Cherry Valley for the reasons stated above and therefore be it,
RESOLVED, the Village Board of the Village of Cherry Valley opposes and will not support the proposed alternate route through the County of Otsego.
Mayor K. Don Brigham
Trustee Jeffrey S. Stiles
Trustee Kevin J. Flint
Dorothy E. Johnson
May 19, 2008
ELLIS PROPERTY – Junk Vehicles
The Clerk was asked to inform the Ellis’ on Main Street of the Junk Vehicle Law in effect in the village so they may comply with the law.
MAIN STREET BUILDING – SAFETY CONCERNS
The Clerk will notify the owners of One Main Street, in writing, regarding the pieces of wood falling from the roof on their building, which is hazardous to the safety of pedestrians. The Clerk has already spoken to one of the owners and the County has been notified according to Mayor Brigham.
Trustee Stiles will speak to Jackie at A Rose is a Rose regarding the sprucing up of Monument Park. Superintendent Wright will be asked to clean up the shavings where the tree was removed and put some grass seed down.
MEMORIAL TO DAN KIESOW Trustee Flint notified Board members that a tree will be planted on the following Sunday in front of the gymnasium in memory of Dan Kiesow by the Town of Cherry Valley. Board members are asked to attend.
BRIDGE – To Wells
Trustee Flint said he has secured a 20’ x 50’ steel deck for the bridge leading to the well house/wells. It will replace the boards that are now there.
MONTGOMERY STREET – Ditch
After the board’s walk, they decided to install and cover 200 feet of 12 inch piping into the ditch beginning at 67 Montgomery Street with CHIPS funds. Trustee Flint got prices on steel @ $1,780 or plastic @ $880.
Discussion regarding the Transportation Enhancement Program was held, in favor of continuing.
AUDIT OF CLAIMS
After review by the board, it was upon motion of Trustee Stiles, seconded Trustee Flint, unanimously carried,
Resolved, to make payment on bills, transfer appropriations and amend the budget as follows:
General Fund Ch #’s 7170 - 7216 $19,142.08
Water Fund “ “ 2,627,53
Total Fund $21,769.61
Trust & Agency Fund Ch #’s 1387 – 1390 $ 937.44
Transfer of Appropriations
A1110.4 $ 8.10 A1010.4 $ 8.10
A5110.4 227.52 A5110.4’ 227.52
A1325.1 471.00 A1010.1 471.00
A1430.1 300.00 A1450.1 300.00
A1490.1 1,025.00 A8810.1 1,025.00
From To To
Cemetery Savings $2,198.96 A8810.4 $2,611.96 A2192 $2,611.96
Parks & Recreation
Savings 2,040.00 A7111.4 2,040.00 A2770 2,040.00
P & R Savings 1,600.00 A7111.4 1,600.00 A2770 1,600.00
It was upon motion of Trustee Stiles, seconded by Trustee Flint, unanimously carried to close the meeting at 8:50 pm.
Dorothy E. Johnson
May 29, 2008
May 19, 2008