July 2014 Minutes


July 21, 2014

The meeting was opened by Deputy Mayor Edward E. Harvey, in the absence of Mayor Flint at 7 p.m. In attendance were Trustee Louis A. Guido, Jr., Clerk-Treasurer Dorothy E. Johnson, Attorney Dennis B. Laughlin, Interim DPW Superintendent David R. Hajczewski and residents Justin Carley and son.


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 Guido, seconded by Trustee Harvey, and unanimously carried,

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


Checking Account 7/1/14 Balance

General $178,287.32

Water 12,090.25

Total Fund 190,377.57

Trust & Agency 2,864.95

Savings Accounts 7/1/14 Balance

Water System Repair Reserve $ 2,890.37

Cemetery Capital Reserve 11,141.90

Unemployment Insurance Reserve 5,172.67

Water Debt Service Reserve 22,500.03

Parks & Recreation Reserve 8,481.98

Sidewalk Repair & Replacement Reserve 233.43

Water Taxes

Taxes billed 6/1/14

Water billed 7/1/14 52,569.05 190,520.70

Paid in June 149,922.56

Unpaid 7/1/14 40,598.56

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

RESOLVED, to accept the report as given.

LOCAL LAW - Re: Animal Control

Tabled to a meeting with the full board in attendance.

COMPLAINTS – Main Street Apartment Building

Trustee Harvey said the caretaker at 1 Main Street has not returned his phone calls regarding the complaints regarding the hazards on this building. Otsego County Code Enforcement will be notified to check on the matter.

Long Grass

The Clerk was asked to notify those residents that are in violation of Local Law # 1, 2013, A Local Law regulating the height of tall grass, weeds, poisonous or harmful vegetation.

Garbage Left

The Clerk will notify homeowners who have garbage left by the contractor that it needs a sticker or to be re-bagged, or whatever the case may be.


Tammy Saba asked if there is anything the village can do to help her get rid of skunks on her property. Unfortunately there is nothing the village can do and there are a lot skunks in the village at this time.


Mr. Carley requested having the broken sidewalk/blacktop taken off of the front of his property on Maiden Lane. Board members decided this will be removed and replaced by top soil, which was agreed upon by Mr; Carley.

DPW have completed the portion of sidewalk on Lancaster Street and are now working on Church Street sidewalks.


Congratulations to the recipients of this year’s beautification awards:

Commercial – First Place - The Rose & Kettle

Runner up – Coyotes CafĂ©

Residential – First Place – Amy Bressett

Runner up – Stan & Rhonda King

The Clerk said several residents have asked what the criteria is of this award. Board members said that sometimes it is upkeep, some improvements. As the money is donated anonymously, it is basically up to the donor. Prior to the next award (July 2015) the Clerk will notify residents of the award with a notice in with their January water bills. It was discussed perhaps to have more awards, but less money in each category.


Mayor Flint has gotten a quote from Gorman Paving to repave, shim, etc. Montgomery Street. Total cost would be approximately $37,000.00. Different options were discussed and will be further discussed after more quotes are obtained.

WATER BILL – Gates-Cole

A request was received from Eugene Cole for an adjustment to his water bill at the former Firehouse Pizza. The bill was in the amount of $1,608.16, which was for 201,020 gallons. The place has been vacant and they have shut the water off inside. They have looked for leaks and found none. The meter has been re-read twice since the initial reading and no water was metered. After discussion, it was upon motion of Trustee Harvey, seconded by Trustee Guido, unanimously carried, to adjust the bill (a one time deal) to the amount of $804.08. It was also decided that Mr. Hajczewski will remove the meter from the premises to make sure there is no water used.


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

RESOLVED to make payment on bills as follows:

General Fund Ch #’s 10771 - 10825 $34,552.78

Water Fund " 5,594.24

Total Fund $37,142.02

Trust & Agency Fund, Including deductions – Social Security, Medicare, Federal, Retirement Ch # 1813 – 1820 $4,470.31


The meeting adjourned upon motion of Trustee Guido, seconded by Trustee Harvey at 8:00 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Dorothy E. Johnson


July 24, 2014