August 2014 Minutes

August 18, 2014

The meeting was opened by Mayor Kevin J. Flint at 7 p.m. In attendance were Trustee Louis A. Guido, Jr., Trustee Edward A. Harvey, Clerk-Treasurer Dorothy E. Johnson, Attorney Dennis B. Laughlin, and Interim DPW Superintendent David R. Hajczewski.

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 8/1/14 Balance
General $168,938.82
Water 43,052.16
Total Fund 211,990.98
Trust & Agency 502.68
Savings Accounts 8/1/14 Balance
Water System Repair Reserve $ 2,890.44
Cemetery Capital Reserve 11,142.18
Unemployment Insurance Reserve 5,172.80
Water Debt Service Reserve 22,500.60
Parks & Recreation Reserve 8,482.20
Sidewalk Repair & Replacement Reserve 233.43
Water Taxes
Unpaid Taxes 7/1/14
Water billed 7/1/14 52,569.05 40,598.56
Paid in July 34,727.29 12,908.91
Adjustments -807.08
Unpaid 8/1/14 17,034.68 27,689.65
After discussion, it was upon motion of Trustee Harvey, seconded by Trustee Guido, unanimously carried,
RESOLVED, to accept the report as given.
A discussion was held regarding the many skunks in the village. All members, upon approval of Attorney Laughlin agreed that the village employees or someone hired by the village may trap the skunks on village property only. Private properties are the responsibility of the property owner. It was upon motion of Trustee Guido, seconded by Trustee Harvey, to hire Ernie Mosher to trap for the village at a cost of $35.00 per skunk not to exceed 8 skunks. Board members feel this should be more han sufficient as several have already been trapped and gotten rid of by residents and village personnel.
COMPLAINTS – Main Street Apartment Building
Trustee Harvey reported some of the items at the Main Street apartment have been taken care of.
Long Grass
The Clerk was asked to notify another resident that is in violation of Local Law # 1, 2013, A Local Law regulating the height of tall grass, weeds, poisonous or harmful vegetation. Those who received letters have since mowed.
Garbage – Use of Trash Cans
Several complaints regarding animals in the village are from the garbage being strewn over the streets. The Village does have a regulation that all garbage is suppose to be place in cans with a cover, for this reason.
Gray Water – Draining onto street
Several complaints have been made regarding the “gray water” with suds coming out of drains onto Montgomery Street at two properties. Letters will be sent to those involved and they will be given thirty days to correct the drainage by re-directing it into their septic system.
DPW have completed Church Street sidewalks. The driveway entrances will be completed by the end of the week.
Mayor Flint presented his estimate from Gorman to do half of Montgomery Street. The Clerk suggested doing the entire street as there is most likely enough funding available if the CHIPS money is included. After discussion, it was upon motion of Trustee Guido, seconded by Trustee Harvey, unanimously agreed to advertise for bids in the spring of 2015 to pave Montgomery Street. Also, plans are to have the parking lot sealed at the same time.
The Board reviewed and approved the Clerk’s financial records for the 2013-14 fiscal year.
Lot Sold, Deed signed to:

Bruce VanEvera

2 Grave Lot & 2 Grave Lot

Section D, Lot 47 a & b. Sect. D, Lot 47 d & e.

As the Refuse Removal Bid was awarded to On Time Waste and he was not the lowest bidder, Mr. Randy Weaver petitioned the Otsego County Supreme Court. Judge Michael Coccoma found the petitioner’s arguments without merit and ordered the case dismissed with costs.

Mr. Weaver’s attorney has since filed a Notice of Appeal with the court.

It was upon motion of Trustee Harvey, seconded by Trustee Guido, unanimously carried, to have Mayor Flint sign a letter authorizing the Clerk to open the James Wait Basketball Court Savings account. Funds have been coming in for Mr. Wait’s Eagle Scout Project and the savings will accrue a small amount of interest waiting for the work to begin.
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 10826 - 10872 $15,614.27

Water Fund " 4,318.49

Total Fund $19,932.76
Trust & Agency Fund, Including deductions – Social Security, Medicare, Federal, Retirement Ch # 1813 – 1821 $2,143.09

The meeting adjourned upon motion of Trustee Harvey, seconded by Trustee Guido at 8:20 pm.
Respectfully Submitted,

Dorothy E. Johnson