April 15, 2013
The meeting was opened at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Kevin J. Flint. Also in attendance were Trustee Louis A. Guido, Jr., Trustee Edward A. Harvey, Village Attorney Dennis B. Laughlin, Clerk-Treasurer Dorothy E. Johnson, Interim DPW Superintendent David R. Hajczewski, Mrs. Alice Hurwitz and Mrs. Tammy Saba, both of Lancaster Street.
It was upon motion of Trustee Harvey, seconded by Trustee Guido, unanimously carried,

To open the Public Hearing on the proposed budget for June 1, 2013 to May 31, 2014.

No comments were made regarding the budget.

After motion by Trustee Guido, seconded by Trustee Harvey, it was resolved to close the public hearing at 7:30 pm and accept the budget as proposed


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 Guido, and unanimously carried,

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

Checking Account 4/1/13 Balance
General $65,421.30
Water 3,299.91
Total Fund $68,721.21
Trust & Agency $ 393.16

Savings Accounts 4/1/13 Balance
Water System Repair Reserve $ 2,889.25
Cemetery Capital Reserve 11,136.78
Unemployment Insurance Reserve 5,169.73
Water Debt Service Reserve 29,490.85
Parks & Recreation Reserve 8,559.82
Sidewalk Repair & Replacement Reserve 233.33

Unpaid Water
Unpaid 3/1/13 $14,046.50
Paid in March 1,970.83
Billed in March 70.88
Unpaid 4/1/13 $12,146.55

After discussion, it was upon motion of Trustee Guido seconded by Trustee Harvey, unanimously carried,

RESOLVED, to accept the report as given.

Mrs. Saba and Mrs. Hurwitz attended the meeting to question what can be done to make our streets safer (from dogs) with spring and summer coming. Mrs. Saba asked the board to take some initiative to get dog owners to control their dogs better. She explained that her dog had been attacked in Cooperstown (later said it was Hartwick Seminary) and the dog actually lives in Cherry Valley. She did not want the dog muzzled or the owner arrested as he paid her veterinarian bill, etc. But, now She said she is afraid to walk on certain streets within the village as there are certain dogs (that one in particular), some of which are confined within the homes, that may be able to get out and run after her and her small dog. She had contacted the Town of Cherry Valley Dog Control Officer who has met with her and the dog owner and explained to her that if there is not a problem in Cherry Valley he could not do anything about it, to contact the DCO in that area.

Trustee Guido offered to walk with Mrs. Saba as she walks her dog to see what problems she may incur.

The Clerk will again post the rules of the dog ordinance.

Mayor Flint explained that he has spoken to the Sheriff’s Department regarding the problem and they have no better solutions. If there is not a problem, nothing can be done about it. She stated that she is not satisfied with the way this is being handled.

Attorney Laughlin stated the only sure way to solve this problem is to outlaw walking on the sidewalks or to do away with all of the dogs in the village, neither of which is going to happen. Mrs. Saba said she has no problems in Cooperstown with dogs. The attorney said he will check with them to see what their dog control law entails.

Sidewalk Repair/Replacement
Superintendant Hajczewski reported that he had patched a small section of sidewalk in front of the Assembly of God Church on Alden Street as a small defect was reported to him. It was decided to replace an 8 foot section in front of the church when weather allows.

Wayde Clapper notified the village that he is willing to remove his stone wall if the village wants to continue on with the new sidewalk replacement in front of his Lancaster Street home. This will be checked on for consideration.

Board members will take their annual walk around the village to determine other areas for sidewalk replacement and other work that may be needed.

Flower Baskets
It was decided to accept a donation of 12 Flower Baskets as well as ordering 12 from A Rose is A Rose. The Clerk will order these from Jackie, to cost around $25 each.

Water Meters/Boxes
Keith MacGregor is to give the Superintendant an estimate on cost to install meters inside of trailers. It is yet to be determined whether to use the outside boxes for these or do the plumbing inside.

Ryan Brazie is scheduled to begin working in the cemetery as soon as weather permits. The gates have been opened, but it is to be determined if it is too wet to do any full sized burials yet. The Superintendant will check further on this. As of now he feels May 10th will be the earliest to open for burials.

Hydrants have been flushed.

Money has been again been donated to the village for this program for the second year. A panel of five individuals will decide on a first and second place winner in both resident and business categories with first prize of $800 in each category and second prize of $200 for runner up, in each category for properties that are well-kept, spruced up, cleaned up, beautified…. The panel will observe properties, no applications, no rules, just a reward for trying to spruce up the village. This is for Village of Cherry Valley properties only. Awards will be made by the end of July.

Trustee Guido has been looking into grants for energy efficiency street lighting. The National Grid grant that he applied for is for non-profit groups only. He will continue to pursue this.

After review by the board, it was upon motion of Trustee Guido, seconded Trustee Harvey, unanimously carried,

Resolved, to make payment on bills, transfer appropriations and budget amendments as follows:
General Fund Ch #’s10087 - 10107 $9,985.10
Water Fund “ “ 1,587.07
Total Fund $11,572.17
Trust & Agency Fund Ch # 1763 – 1764 $ 2,830.46
Including deductions – Social Security, Medicare, Federal, Retirement

Budget Amendments
From To To

Sale of Soda $94.50 A2705 $94.50 A7140.4 $94.50

Transfer of Appropriations

From To
A1450.1 $ 87.50 A1450.4 $199.95
A1990.4 112.45
A1990.4 476.09 A1640.4 476.09

It was upon motion of Trustee Guido, seconded by Trustee Harvey, unanimously carried to close the meeting at 8:30 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Dorothy E. Johnson

April 23, 2013

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