February 2010 Minutes

February, 2010

The meeting of the Cherry Valley Village Board opened at 6:55 p.m. with Mayor Jeffrey S. Stiles presiding. In attendance were Trustee Edward A. Harvey, Trustee Kevin R. Flint, Clerk-Treasurer Dorothy Johnson, DPW maintenance workers David R. Hajczewski and Mathias VanDerwerker.


The first item on the agenda was the approval of the minutes, as sent to all board members in written form.
Trustee Flint said he would like to add to Restore New York that Stacey Michael has said not only does the project not have to be completed within two years, but it must be started within two years.
It was upon motion of Trustee Harvey, seconded by Trustee Flint, unanimously carried,
RESOLVED, to dispense with the reading of the minutes and approve as amended.


Fund Checking Account Balance
Village General Fund $ 98,236.97
Water Fund 37,703.79
Total Fund $135,940.76
Trust & Agency Fund $ 182.28

Fund Savings Account
Water System Repair Reserve $ 1,265.35
Cemetery Capital Reserve 12,744.44
Unemployment Insurance Reserve 6,947.01
Equipment Reserve 2,879.64
Capital Water Debt Service Reserve 44,393.91
Parks & Recreation Reserve 3,844.68
Sidewalk Repair/Replacement 531.63

Unpaid Water

Billed Jan. 1, 2010 $52,684.96
Paid in Jan. 28,210.12
Unpaid 2/1/10 $24,474.84

It was upon motion of Trustee Flint, seconded by Trustee Harvey, unanimously carried to accept the Treasurer’s report as read.


Board members commended the men on their excellent work performances, stating that they have heard nothing but good about them.
Matthias VanDerwerker was congratulated by all for successfully passing his water operator certification course. He must continue to work under Mr. Hajczewski until April and will then be given a test by the New York State Department of Health.

Tree Trimming

A discussion was held regarding National Grid trimming trees in the village. Mr. Hajzcewksi will inquire about the tree near the Alverson, Lancaster Street home that is in bad condition.

Sidewalk Plow

A discussion was held regarding the possibility of replacing the vee
plow with a straight plow or a plow that could be used for both vee and
straight. The men feel this would work better clearing the sidewalks. Prices
will be obtained. Also, it was suggested speaking with Rodney Yerdon
about possible making one.


Trustee Harvey inquired about the policy on replacement of
sidewalks. He would like to purchase the material for a section of sidewalk
on Alden Street if the village will provide the labor. Other board members
agreed that those who provide the material go to the top of the list.


A discussion was held about possibly purchasing a commercial zero
turn mower as Mayor Stiles got a price of $7,800 from Springfield Tractor &
Implement. Trustee Harvey felt that the cost should be shared by other
entities as the majority of the mowing would be done in the park with the
mower. As the park is owned by the village, Mayor Stiles feels it is our
responsibility for the upkeep and equipment to provide the maintenance.
This will be further discussed while working on the budget.

Thank you from School

Robert Miller, CV-S Central School Superintendent sent a letter to
thank the village for the assistance that has been provided with the water
testing during the last few weeks.


Election Notice

It was upon motion of Trustee Flint, seconded by Mayor Stiles,
unanimously carried,
RESOLVED, the Board of Trustees of the Village of Cherry Valley
on the 23rd day of February 2010, the particulars of the annual Village Election to be held on the 16th day of March 2010 are as follows:

1. The Village of Cherry Valley constitutes one election district for the purpose of village election and the polling place for such district shall be at the Village Clerk’s Office, 2 Genesee Street, Cherry Valley, New York.

2. The hours during which the polls shall be open for voting shall be 12:00 noon to 9:00 p.m.

The names of all those who have been duly nominated in accordance
with the provisions of the New York State Election Law for the Village Office whose certificate of nomination has been duly filed with the Village Clerk, and that the office for which they have been nominated are as follows:

Office of Trustee – Four-Year Term

Republican: Edward A. Harvey, 49 Lime Kiln Road, Cherry Valley, NY 13320
Independent: Edward A. Harvey, 49 Lime Kiln Road, Cherry Valley, NY 13320
No Democratic nominee.


As the current refuse removal contract will expire on May 31st, it was upon motion of Trustee Flint, seconded by Trustee Harvey, unanimously carried,
RESOLVED, Sealed bids will be received by the Village of Cherry Valley for removal of garbage, solid waste, and recyclables for a one year, commencing on June 1, 2010 and ending May 31, 2011.
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
2 Genesee 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 15, 2010, at which time they will publicly opened and read.

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

Appliances Containing Refrigerant

Residents will be reminded that appliances containing refrigerant (refrigerators, freezers, etc.) cannot be picked up by the contractor. These items must be taken to someone who can safely remove the refrigerant prior to disposal. At this time, Don’s Electric in Canajoharie will pickup and dispose of refrigerators at a total cost of $70.20.


A thank you was sent to Maureen Clapper for obtaining a $250
donation from Wal*Mart Distribution Center in Johnstown for the time she
has donated working at Community Center events.


A draft bid for the fabrication and installation of storm windows on
the former village hall building was given to members to review. It will be
sent on to Attorney Green to look over.

Members of Artworks have been trying to recruit members to help out with costs of renovation. To learn more about Artworks anyone may visit their website at www.cvartworks.org.


Nancy Spoerke, Silver Star Banner Day Committee member has asked the village to pass a resolution honoring silver star families of America on May 1st. After discussion, it was upon motion of Trustee Harvey, seconded by Trustee Flint, unanimously carried,
WHEREAS, the Village of Cherry Valley has always honored the sacrifice of the men and women in the Armed Forces and WHEREAS, The Silver Star Families of America was formed to make sure we remember the blood sacrificed of our wounded and ill by designing and manufacturing a Silver Star (Service) Banner and Flag and WHEREAS, to date The Silver Star Families of America has freely given thousands of Silver Star(Service) Banners to the wounded and their families, and WHEREAS, the members of The Silver Star Families of America have worked tirelessly to provide the wounded of this Village and Country with Silver Star (Service) Banners, Flags and care packages, and WHEREAS, The Silver Star Families of America's sole mission is that every time someone sees a Silver Star (Service) Banner in a window or a Silver Star (Service) Flag flying, that people remember the (sacrificed) for this Village, State and Nation and WHEREAS, the people and Mayor of Cherry Valley wish that the sacrifice of so many in our Armed Forces never be forgotten NOW THEREFORE, I, Jeffrey S. Stiles, MAYOR OF THE VILLAGE OF Cherry Valley do hereby proclaim My appreciation of The Silver Star Families of America and honor their commitment to our wounded Armed Forces members. I hereby declare May 1st “SILVER STAR BANNER DAY” the permanent and official day to honor the wounded and ill Soldiers of the Village of Cherry Valley IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the Village of Cherry Valley in the State of New York this month of 23rd day of February in the year of 2010.

Jeffrey S. Stiles, Mayor 2/23/10


Mayor Stiles announced that the Town and Village will be hosting an
evening in appreciation of the local health center with a spaghetti dinner, Chinese auction, raffles, and bands. Several organizations have offered to participate. The event will be held at the Community Center on April 10, 2010.
It was erroneously reported a few months ago that the health center was not doing well financially and rumored that it may be closing. According to the Mayor, the health center is not going to be shut down. It is hopeful this event will bring some good publicity back to the center.


After review by the board, it was upon motion of Trustee Harvey, seconded Trustee Flint, unanimously carried,
Resolved, to make payment on bills and transfer appropriations as follows:
General Fund Ch #’s 8213 - 8268 $25,372.48
Water Fund “ “ 38,894.04
Total Fund $64,266.54
Trust & Agency Fund Ch #’s 1532 - 1533 $ 2,008.52

Transfer of Appropriations

From To

A1430.4 $520.00 A1990.4 $540.00
F8310.1 520.00 F1990.4 540.00


It was upon motion of Trustee Harvey, seconded by Trustee Flint, unanimously carried to close the meeting at 9:30 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Dorothy E. Johnson
March 1, 2010

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