MINUTES
May 21, 2018

Meeting opened at 7:03 PM by Mayor Guido with the Pledge to the Flag.  In attendance were Mayor Louis A. Guido, Trustee Conway Bishop and Amy Herr, Clerk-Treasurer.  Trustee Ian Feulner arrived at 7:07 PM.  Also present were Tamara Saba, Andy Minnig, JoAnn Guido, Mary Beth Flint, Pamela Noonan, Howard Young and Rob Albrecht, GMVLB.  Dennis Laughlin entered the meeting later.

Approval of the April minutes as members received in written form.  It was upon motion of Trustee Bishop, seconded by Mayor Guido, unanimously carried, to accept the minutes as written with one correction.

TREASURER’S REPORT 
Checking Account

5/01/18 Balance
General

$110,121.49
Water

$27,273.81
Total Fund

$137,395.30
Trust & Agency

                 $372.41
Savings Accounts

5/01/18 Balance
Water System Repair Reserve

$2,897.73
Cemetery Capital Reserve

$10,832.06
Unemployment Insurance Reserve

$2,639..57
Water Debt Service Reserve

$20,917.22
Parks & Recreation Reserve

$3,571.784
Sidewalk Repair & Replacement Res

$238.60
James Wait Basketball Court Fund

$0.86
                                       
Water
Taxes
Taxes
Water Unpaid 4/1/18

$11,351.20

Billed in April
$0.00

Paid in April
$3354.00

Unpaid 5/1/18
$7,997.20

It was upon motion of Trustee Feulner, seconded by Trustee Bishop,
unanimously carried,
RESOLVED, to accept the report as given.

GREATER MOHAWK VALLEY LAND BANK (GMVLB)

          Rob Albrecht of the GMVLB gave a presentation on how the Land Bank works, how they are funded and what assistance they can give for blighted properties in the community.  The goal of the GMVLB is to get properties in private hands and back on the tax rolls.  Money for the projects comes partially from a fund that was set up from the Attorney General’s Office that had come from banks in a settlement.  This money can cover 25% of the project with the remainder coming from other sources or in-kind contributions.  The municipality would have to pass a resolution endorsing the GMVLB and a 5/50 resolution regarding tax sharing after the property is back in private hands.  The GMVLB also needs a community organization or group of citizens that would act as a Worthy Partner to manage the property locally for the GMVLB.  The Worthy Partners would come up with a plan for the blighted properties.  To establish the properties that may be a candidate for the GMVLB, reports can come from citizens, government, or the Worthy Partners group.  After answering questions from individuals present Rob Albrecht advised that he will be sending information for the resolutions to the Village.  An initial list of vacant properties in the Village will be forwarded to Rob Albrecht.     

DPW  

          Dave Hajczewski gave a written report of the DPW activities for review by the Board.  Dave Hajczewski reported that the cemetery is almost ready for Memorial Day.  He reported that the rental of the road sweeper worked well and that the ball fields will have work done on them once the work for the Wifi is completed.

CHIPS

          Discussion was held regarding the quotes that were received from Suit-Kote and Gorman for Hamilton, Church and Montgomery Street for Cold Mix paving with Chipseal.  It was decided to have work done on Hamilton Street and part of the remainder of Montgomery Street.  Both companies will be asked for an updated quote on Montgomery Street once the new distance to be paved is determined.  The company with the lowest total quote for both streets will be hired to do the work.

          JoAnn Guido asked about possible sidewalk repairs being made to Genesee Street.  Tammy Saba asked about the potholes under the traffic light on Main Street.  She was advised to contact the NYSDOT as it is their responsibility to take care of that.

CEMETERY

          A possible temporary moratorium on sales of cemetery lots to anyone who is not a Village resident was discussed.  This would be done due to the few numbers of lots remaining available for sale.  Trustee Bishop stated that he is not in favor of this.  Mary Beth Flint asked if the moratorium would also include Town residents.  No decision was made on this idea as there are currently some options available for expansion of the cemetery.

          Clerk-Treasurer Herr reported that the Presbyterian Church has discussed donating some property to the Village for an extension of the cemetery.  As long as the Presbytery of Utica has no objections to this, further discussions can be held with the Village on how this can be completed.  Mayor Guido discussed the possibility of moving the gate of the cemetery out to the end of the driveway and expanding some lots out on the property that the Village owns along the driveway. 

GARBAGE AND RECYCLING REMOVAL

          Sean LaRose from Waste Recovery Enterprises (WRE) called the Village Office to report that Otsego County is now going to be charging $55/ton for recycling for the commercial haulers.  Since a contract has already been signed, there will be no extra compensation made by the Village for that charge.

          Sean Larose also reported that WRE will be renting a truck from Home Town Hauling to pick up the garbage and recycling in Cherry Valley.  The individuals that will be picking up the garbage and recycling will be WRE employees.

AUDIT OF CLAIMS

After review by the board, it was upon motion of Trustee Bishop, seconded by Trustee Feulner, unanimously carried,
RESOLVED to make payment on bills and budget modifications as follows:
General Fund
Ch. #’s 12966-13008
$18,841.06
Water Fund                                     
Ch. #’s 12966-13008
$4,484.35
Total Fund
Ch. #’s 12966-13008
$23,325.41
Trust and Agency Fund
Ch # 1910 & auto deductions
$2,084.94

BUDGET MODIFICATIONS:
          None needed.

ADJOURNMENT

          The meeting adjourned at 8:14 PM upon motion of Trustee Feulner, seconded by Trustee Bishop.

Respectfully Submitted,


Amy S. Herr, Clerk-Treasurer
May 23, 2018

April 2018 Village Board Minutes


MINUTES
April 16, 2018

Meeting opened at 7:08 PM by Mayor Guido with the Pledge to the Flag.  In attendance were Mayor Louis A. Guido, Trustee Ian Feulner, Hyde Clarke, Attorney and Amy Herr, Clerk-Treasurer.  Also present were Jamey Minich, Kathleen Taylor, Greg Noonan, Dennis Laughlin and JoAnn Guido.

Approval of the March minutes and Organizational Meeting and Budget Hearing minutes as members received in written form.  It was upon motion of Trustee Feulner, seconded by Mayor Guido, unanimously carried, to accept the minutes as written.

TREASURER’S REPORT 
Checking Account

4/01/18 Balance
General

$122,657.41
Water

$26,881.16
Total Fund

$149,538.57
Trust & Agency

                 $699.46
Savings Accounts

4/01/18 Balance
Water System Repair Reserve

$2,897.68
Cemetery Capital Reserve

$10,831.88
Unemployment Insurance Reserve

$2,639.53
Water Debt Service Reserve

$20,916.88
Parks & Recreation Reserve

$3,571.78
Sidewalk Repair & Replacement Res

$238.60
James Wait Basketball Court Fund

$0.86
                                       
Water
Taxes
Taxes
Water Unpaid 3/1/18

$12,615.00

Billed in March
$84.00

Paid in March
$1347.80

Unpaid 4/1/18
$11,351.20

It was upon motion of Trustee Feulner, seconded by Mayor Guido,
unanimously carried,
RESOLVED, to accept the report as given.

DPW  

          Dave Hajczewski gave a written report of the DPW activities for review by the Board. 

BUDGET

          It was upon motion of Trustee Feulner, seconded by Mayor Guido, unanimously carried,
          RESOLVED, to accept the 2018-2019 budget as presented.

          Clerk-Treasurer Herr reported that the Tax Cap and Tax Limit reports have been submitted to the New York State Comptroller’s Office.



NEW EMPLOYEE

          It was on motion of Trustee Feulner, seconded by Mayor Guido, unanimously carried
          RESOLVED, to hire Taylor Miles for the position of Maintenance Worker effective April 30, 2018.

CONSULTANT

          Mayor Guido recommended the appointment of Edward Harvey as a consultant to the Village Board with no monetary compensation.  It was on motion of Trustee Feulner, seconded by Mayor Guido, unanimously carried
          RESOLVED, to appoint Edward Harvey as a consultant to the Village Board.

PLANNING BOARD

          Discussion was held regarding disbanding the Village Planning Board at this time.  The Planning Board could be reestablished in the future if necessary.  Dennis Laughlin explained the history of the Planning Board and that the Village does not have a Land Use Law for the Planning Board to review applications for.  It was on motion of Trustee Feulner, seconded by Mayor Guido, unanimously carried
          RESOLVED, to disband the Village of Cherry Valley Planning Board at this time.

WATER WITHDRAWAL REPORT

          The annual Water Withdrawal report has been submitted to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation as of February 27, 2018.

CEMETERY DEED

          A cemetery plot has been sold to Ronald Park, Sr., a town resident, at the cost of $360.00 for the plot and corner stones.  Cemetery deed signed by Mayor Guido and Trustee Feulner.

OTHER BUSINESS

          Questions were asked by the community members present about the appointment of a consultant to the board.  It was explained that the position is a one year appointment as an individual who has experience to answer questions that the Board members may have and to give guidance as needed.  This position has no voting or decision making powers.

          Questions were asked by the community members about the disbanding of the Planning Board.  It was explained that permits would continue to be obtained from the Otsego County Code Enforcement office and that office would continue to do the code enforcement for the Village.  It was asked why individuals would not have to go to the Town Planning Board and would go directly to the county.  It was explained that the Town Planning Board has no jurisdiction over the Village, therefore any requests for permits would go to Otsego County Code Enforcement as has been done in the past. 

          Kathleen Taylor asked why the village has not reappointed Dennis Laughlin as the Village Attorney.  She feels that the village should use individuals and services that are from the village rather than going outside the village for these things.  She brought up that the village decided a few years ago to get the flowers for the baskets from outside of the village and now the village has hired an attorney from Albany.

          Greg Noonan asked if anyone knows exactly where the village line is on Lancaster Street.  He has had a survey done of his property and the survey is about 50 feet off from where the village sign is.  He was asking in regards to his responsibility for the water line if there is a break or it freezes in the winter.  He stated that he kept his water running this winter and may want some compensation for doing so when the water bills are issued. Mayor Guido stated that there has been discussion on possibly putting a 2 inch water line inside the current water line to help with the freezing issue.  Mayor Guido will have Dave Hajczewski, Interim DPW Superintendent contact Greg Noonan about these issues.  Greg Noonan also asked about the possibility of having a meter put in for a water line to go to a pasture that he has that is within the village limits.  He may be renting it out to someone and they would want to have access to water for the animals. 

AUDIT OF CLAIMS

After review by the board, it was upon motion of Trustee Feulner, seconded by Mayor Guido, unanimously carried,
RESOLVED to make payment on bills and budget modifications as follows:
General Fund
Ch. #’s 12917-12965 & EFT #3
$17,952.56
Water Fund                                     
"
$38,253.57
Total Fund

$56,206.13
Trust and Agency Fund
Ch # 1908 &1909 & auto deductions
$3,579.34

BUDGET MODIFICATIONS:
To                                                        From                                                   
A1040.4                $100.00                 A1990                   $100.00

ADJOURNMENT

          The meeting adjourned at 7:40 PM upon motion of Trustee Feulner, seconded by Mayor Guido.

Respectfully Submitted,


Amy S. Herr, Clerk-Treasurer
April 17, 2018