November 2010 Minutes

November 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 Edward A. Harvey, Trustee Kevin J. Flint, Clerk-Treasurer Dorothy Johnson, Interim Superintendent David Hajczewski, Jane Sapinsky, Carolyn Lewis, Stacey Michael, Marybeth Flint, Patti Augur, Kelly Prime, and Kim Gustafson.


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

Fund Account Balance
Village General Fund $129,621.14
Water Fund 19,440.19
Total Fund $149,061.33
Trust & Agency Fund 29,641.62

Fund Savings Account
Water System Repair Reserve $ 2,285.43
Cemetery Capital Reserve 12,958.39
Unemployment Insurance Reserve 4,861.92
Equipment Reserve 3,094.36
Capital Water Debt Service Reserve 39,437.67
Parks & Recreation Reserve 4,868.45
Sidewalk Repair/Replacement 732.32


Unpaid Oct. 1, 2010 $13,801.71
Paid in Sept. 4,160.69
Unpaid 11/1/10 $9,641.02
Paid in Nov. 861.04
Unpaid 11/04/10 $8,779.98 – Sent to county treasurer for collection; board members signed the certification.


Unpaid Oct. 1, 2010 $7,547.89
Paid in Oct. - 506.25
Billed in Oct. + 67.50
Unpaid 11/1/10 $7,109.14


Mrs. Sapinsky gave an update on the work to be done to the former Village Hall. They are now in the process of awarding the bid to replace the windows, along with new storms for the theater section of the building. The low bid came in at about $30,000.00, leaving funds to go toward the furnace.
Mrs. Sapinsky asked if the village could let them know sooner in the future, when they are having a dinner during the weekend of their Kite Fest. Mayor Stiles apologized for the improper communication.
Mayor Stiles reminded Mrs. Sapinsky that garbage generated outside of the village is not to be brought into the village. On the evening of the Kite Fest, he and about 15 others witnessed the garbage being brought in by two different individuals. Mrs. Sapinsky said she knew nothing about that, but wondered why the village can’t do something for them, when the town does. She stated that the Town of Cherry Valley paves a section of their driveway that leads to the field where the Kite Fest is held each year. The Mayor said if they had asked, it may have been allowed.


Mrs. Erway, Mrs. Prime, and Mrs. Gustafson brought $467.00 that they had raised to be put into an account for Alden Park for equipment, etc.
Mrs. Erway asked if there is presently a committee for this purpose and if not, could they form one. The board agreed to have a committee, Friends of Alden Field and appointed Mrs. Erway as Chair. The ladies are having a pie sale and have other fund raisers planned.

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN – Tabled to December meeting.


Mayor Stiles said he has spoken to Neil McManus, Otsego County Code Enforcer regarding the property on 29 Main Street, being condemned and taken down, at county expense. The property owners will be billed for materials and labor for fencing the area off, for safety reasons. The Mayor also said that the village will have nothing more to do with this matter after tonight.


Mrs. Sapinsky recently purchased the home on 28 Elm Street/Maple Lane. After she purchased the property, she was notified that the fence and trees would have to come down as they are in the village right of way and cause problems when plowing snow. The Clerk had previously notified the realtor who apparently had not notified the Sapinskys. She said she is willing to consider moving the fence back. The board accepted this compromise. Mr. Hajczewski will set up a meeting between Town Superintendent Ed VanDerwerker, Mrs. Sapinsky, and himself to work the problem out. Mr. Hajczewski suggested that the fence should be moved back about five feet to work best. Trustee Flint said the village right of way is 24 foot, 9 inches from the center of the road.


Lot Sold Back to Village

Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Wannamaker are selling four of their cemetery lots back to the village, at the original cost they paid, $150.00. The lots are Section B2, Lot 135 a, b, c, & d.

Bowen Stone

The Thomas and Debra Bowen stone was place in the wrong spot quite a while ago. The stone was misplaced due to the newer cremation lot sizes, which makes the stones uneven. The person who installed the stone was trying to keep it in a straight line. Mrs. Bowen has asked several times to have the stone moved back as the stone is not actually on the lots that she and her husband will use, but on another family member’s lots. Board members agreed that this should be done immediately.

Park Benches

The Clerk questioned the storage of the park benches in the cemetery. She also mentioned that sometimes people want to donate a bench to the village cemetery, that she has one person interested at present. Board members agreed to review cemetery regulations and revise them in the spring to address this matter as well as others – burials in the old section in particular.

Bardwell Stone

The Bardwell military marker has not yet been raised up. It was positioned too low and must be changed. It will have to wait until spring to be completed now.


Mayor Stiles said he has some treated poles, as they could not get the granite, to use as markers in the cemetery.

Tree Removal

Mr. Hajczewski will contact Timberworks for prices to remove certain trees in the cemetery that are in danger of breaking and damaging stones or nearby homes. The Mayor has spoken to him already so he may have an estimate started.


Snow Removal

Mr. Hajczewski asked if he is to remove snow in the back parking lot by the daycare. Mayor Stiles told him that he is to use the tractor to do the best he can. The village will provide some salt/sand and a shovel, but will not be responsible for clearing the walking area.

Quonset Roof

The roof on the Quonset has been removed and will be replaced this week, whether permitting.

Lancaster Street

Lancaster Street sidewalk and curbing replacement has been completed, as well as entrances to driveways/sidewalk areas.


Mayor Stiles again told Mr. Hajczewski that they are doing a stellar job and with no complaints from the public.


A letter of appreciation was received from former resident, Mary Alpaugh “for making it safer and better for our local members and our guests” at the Rebekah Lodge, as the Department of Public Works was picking up leaves with the leaf sucker. She had just finished raking. Mrs. Alpaugh said it made her realize again what a great village she lived in for over 64 years. She also thanked the village for putting the American flags
out for national holidays.


Santa & Mrs. Clause will be at the Village Park with goodies for all area children on Christmas Eve. Santa expects to arrive around 6:30 pm, with the help of the Cherry Valley Fire Department.

Permit/Proof of Insurance has been sent to National Grid for hanging the large decorations.

Four Small Decorations will be ordered from A Rose is A Rose, to be hung on the corners of Main Street be the traffic light.


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

General Fund Ch #’s 8652 - 8692 $17,427.31
Water Fund “ “ 4,634.38
Total Fund $22,061.69
Trust & Agency Fund Ch #’s 1615 - 1622 $ 3,366.08

Budget Amendments

From To To

Chinese Auction/Pork Roast
Dinner Donations A7550.4 $1,000.00 A2770 $1,000.00
Lawn Clean-Up on
28 Elm Street A1640.4 $ 80.00 A2770 $ 80.00


It was upon motion of Trustee Flint, seconded by Trustee Harvey, unanimously carried to close the meeting at 9:00 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Dorothy E. Johnson
November 18, 2010