March 2010 Minutes

March 15, 2010

The meeting of the Cherry Valley Village Board opened at 7:00 p.m. with Mayor Jeffrey S. Stiles presiding. In attendance were Trustee Kevin J. Flint, Trustee Edward A. Harvey, Clerk-Treasurer Dorothy Johnson, DPW maintenance workers David R. Hajczewski and Mathias VanDerwerker and Mr. Rodney Earle.


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


Fund Checking Account Balance
Village General Fund $ 82,301.04
Water Fund 10,323.11
Total Fund $ 92,624.15
Trust & Agency Fund $ 364.56

Fund Savings Account
Water System Repair Reserve $ 1,265.50
Cemetery Capital Reserve 12,745.91
Unemployment Insurance Reserve 6,947.81
Equipment Reserve 2,879.97
Capital Water Debt Service Reserve 44,399.02
Parks & Recreation Reserve 4,545.14
Sidewalk Repair/Replacement 531.63

Unpaid Water

Unpaid 2/1/10 $24,474.84
Paid in Feb. 7,498.17
Unpaid 3/1/10 $16,976.67

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


Bids were received from the following:

Randy Weaver, Fort Plain ………………….. $51,000.00
Casella Waste, Oneonta …………………….. 61,792.00

After discussion, it was upon motion of Trustee Harvey, seconded by Trustee Flint, unanimously carried,
RESOLVED, to accept the low bid of Randy Weaver to remove waste from the village. The new contract will commence on June 1, 2010.


Mr. Earle spoke to the board about creating a recreational trail system. He noted that in Maine people have developed such trails for horseback riding, hiking and recreational vehicles. He would like to see land here that is not being utilized made into a trail system. He believes it would bring a lot of interest as well as income to the area once it is established. He has spoken to members of the Cherry Valley Fish & Game Club, but has not gone any further. It was upon suggestion of board members that Mr. Earle speak with local snowmobile club members, in particular Brian VanBuren, who has done extensive work and is knowledgeable about the (snowmobile) trail system already in place. It was also suggested that Mr. Earle try to get some form of club organized to back him. Board members asked to be kept informed as to any progress.


Stacey Michael couldn’t make the meeting but left a message that she has little to report regarding the Restore New York Project at 29 Main Street. The Campbell’s are still waiting to hear from the County on their Economic Development grant application and a loan from the Preservation League of New York. NBT has declined financing the renovation until some of the necessary has been completed, when they will again review the situation.
Board members asked the Clerk to write to Ms. Michael regarding their concerns with the structural strength of the building. It has rotted with the front bowing out, roof caved in and is just another eyesore that is not being taken care of. The board would like to be reassured that the building is not going to fall down and hurt someone. They are also concerned about the lack of progress as it will be a year this summer since the start and little to nothing has been accomplished. The village’s involvement is for a two year period only they stated.


Board members again commended the men on their excellent work performances, stating that they have heard nothing but good about them.

Tree Trimming

Mr. Hajczewski spoke with representatives National Grid about trimming the tree on village property, near the Alverson, Lancaster Street home.

Sidewalk Care

Plans were discussed to cut back the sod on the sidewalks, to begin clean up of the parking lot, sweep sidewalks and streets and other spring clean up. Mr. Hajczewski said brush and limbs can be put out for pickup anytime now.

Community Center Parking Lot

Mr. Hajczewski asked about the maintenance of the parking lot and the manhole cover near the Day care entrance as it has been pulled up this winter and left open. Mayor Stiles told him that the CV Facilities Corp. is in charge of these items, the Town of Cherry Valley for paving and the village to clear the lot. The Mayor is scheduled to meet with Sam Dubben regarding the responsibilities of the CVCFC for the building among other items.


After discussion, it was upon motion of Trustee Flint, seconded by
Trustee Harvey, unanimously carried,
RESOLVED to hold the annual re-organizational meeting on
Monday, April 5, 2010 beginning at 7 pm, and it was,
FURTHER RESOLVED to hold the hearing on tentative budgets at
the April 5th meeting also. Tentative budgets are as follows:

Village General Water
Appropriations $256,246.00 $106,900.00
Revenues (inc.
Surplus) 89,552.00 106,900.00
To be raised by
Taxes $166,694.00 -0-

Tax Rate 16.9998 per thousand Water Rate 6.75 per thousand gallon
Up 3% (.78 per thous.) Up 2% (.15 per thous.)


The Clerk has applied for $10,000 for sidewalk replacement through
the State Senate Legislative Initiative.


Attorney Green has reviewed the Artworks bid and suggested a few
minor changes.


Twenty hanging baskets have been ordered from A Rose is a Rose at a
cost of $25 per basket. Anyone wanting to sponsor a basket may do so by
sending a donation to the Village at PO Box 392. Donations in any amount
are accepted and welcome.


Trustee Flint said the BOCES students are willing to make our backboards and mount them on poles in the park area. The village will supply the materials and the students will come up to do the work.


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

General Fund Ch #’s 8269 - 8293 $5,184.37
Water Fund “ “ 1,241.70
Total Fund $6,426.07
Trust & Agency Fund Ch #’s 1544 - 1549 $1,252.63

Transfer of Appropriations

From To

F9720.7 $359.08 F1990.4 $359.08

Amend Budget

From To To
Soda Machine $219.00 A7140.4 $219.00 A2655 $219.00
@ Community Center


It was upon motion of Trustee Flint, seconded by Trustee Harvey, unanimously carried to close the meeting at 9:25 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Dorothy E. Johnson
March 23, 2010

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