VILLAGE OF ANTWERP BOARD OF TRUSTEES
APRIL 8, 2015
The public hearing of the Village of Antwerp Board of Trustees was called to order at 6:45 pm. Mayor Golden explained the purpose of the public hearing was to hear comments regarding the proposed budget for the fiscal year ending May 31, 2016 which was available for public inspection until 2:00 this afternoon at the Village Office. Ms. Wanda Pitts-Sands asked if there were copies available for her to look over. The Board explained that the budget had been available for inspection at the Village Office for several days and no extra copies were available at the hearing. Being no further questions from the floor Tr. Altmann motioned to close the public hearing, Tr. DeSantis 2nd and the hearing was closed at 6:48 pm.
VILLAGE OF ANTWERP BOARD OF TRUSTEES
APRIL 8, 2015
The regular meeting of the Board of Trustees was called to order at 6:48 pm by Mayor Golden. Upon roll call the following were present: Mayor Golden, Tr. Altmann, Tr. DeSantis, and Tr. Pickert. Tr. Cole was absent.
Tr. DeSantis motioned to waive the reading of last month’s minutes and accept as written, Tr. Altmann 2nd and the motion carried with all in favor.
CITIZENS CONCERNS: Ms. Anka Compeau wondered about the status of the dog poop law she would like the Village adopt. Mayor Golden stated that it has not been addressed but the Board will look into it. Tr. DeSantis expressed his concerns over the mess on the Village lot left by the County as the big dirt mounds look absolutely horrendous. Mayor Golden stated that the county has told him repeatedly they will be removing this debris to use on Co. Rt. 194. He will check with the County regarding their plans for this year. Ms. Compeau wondered if we had received any responses from our elected officials in regards to assistance with our water problem. Mayor Golden stated not yet. He added that we have fixed two major leaks within the Village in the past few days and the water levels in our tower are going up. He also stated that the Village is in contact with the hydrologist who originally drilled the wells for advice. Ms. Wands Pitts-Sands stated that she has spoken with the engineer at the Dept. of Health regarding her water issues and that she was informed by him that the Village will have NY Rural Water Association come in and look for a leak in the line leading to her property. She also wondered when the dirt from the winter would be removed from the streets. Mayor Golden stated they are working on it. Ms. Pitts-Sands would also like to form a civic league and wondered if they could form under the Village. Mayor Golden stated absolutely not, civic leagues must form their own non for profit organizations. Ms. Pitts-Sands also wondered if the planning board had ever been formed. Mayor Golden responded yes. She wondered what their duties were as she was under the impression they were formed for beautification projects. It was explained to her that their job is to act on special zoning requests. She would also like to see a committee formed to review all the Village’s laws and weed out what doesn’t pertain. Ms. Pitts-Sands would like to see the Board say the Pledge of Allegiance before the meetings begin. Mr. Jim Sands stated that there is a piece of loose sheet metal on the water tower.
DPW REPORT: Not present, they have been busy addressing water issues as well as beginning to clean the streets.
NEW BUSINESS: Tr. Altmann motioned to adopt the proposed budget for fiscal year 6/1/15-5/31/16, Tr. Pickert 2nd and a roll call vote was held with all parties present voting aye.
Ms. Joan Liscomb submitted a sewer variance request as her bill was much higher than normal due to a leaking pipe within her home. Since this leak did not travel into the sewer system Tr. Altmann motioned to reduce her sewer usage to her average billing, Tr. DeSantis 2nd and the motion carried with all in favor.
Tr. Altmann motioned to make the following budget transfers and adjustments:
To record receipt of DEC grant to fire dept.
A3089 STATE AID-OTHER GENERAL $1000.00 A3410.2 Fire Dept. equipment $1000.00
A3120.1 POLICE SALARY $1198.00 A1990.4 CONTINGENT 790.37
A5010.4 STREET ADMIN-PERSONNEL 767.00 A9060.8 HOSPITAL/MED INS. 885.00
A3120.4 POLICE-CONT 203.46 A7140.4 PLAYGROUNDS CON 1788.37
A5110.4 STREET MAINT CONT 1062.02
A8010.4 ZONING-CONT 233.26
F8320.4 SOURCE SUPPLY-CONT 3195.06 F599 PRIOR YEAR FUNDS 3265.50
F8340.4 TRANS/DIST. 70.44
Tr. DeSantis 2nd and the motion carried with all in favor.
Tr. Altmann motioned to hold a public hearing on May 13 at 6:45 pm for the purpose of hearing comments regarding the proposed water and sewer usage rates with the regular meeting to immediately follow, Tr. DeSantis 2nd and the motion carried with all in favor.
Tr. Altmann motioned to hold spring cleanup May 11-15, Tr. Pickert 2nd and the motion carried with all in favor. The items to be picked up are bagged leaves, brush with butt end facing street, lumber no longer than 4’ in length, and metal.
The Board has been invited to participate in the Memorial Day Parade on May 25.
Tr. DeSantis motioned to allow ORA/Old Home Day to close the streets as needed on August 1 for their annual run and Old Home Day activities, Tr. Altmann 2nd and the motion carried with all in favor.
Tr. Pickert motioned to accept the fire department application of John Buneta pending the standard background check, Tr. Altmann 2nd and the motion carried with all in favor.
Tr. Altmann motioned to approve the no cost amendment to our engineering agreement with GHD. This amendment reallocates $9025 from resident project representative to construction administration. Tr. DeSantis 2nd and a roll call vote was held with all parties present voting aye.
Tr. Altmann motioned to pay the bills as presented on the abstract, Tr. Pickert 2nd and the motion carried with all in favor.
Tr. Pickert motioned to enter into executive session to discuss personnel matters, Tr. Altmann 2nd and the Board entered executive session at 7:24 pm. Tr. DeSantis motioned to exit executive session, Tr. Altmann 2nd and the Board exited executive session at 7:44 pm.
Being no further business to come before the Board, Tr. DeSantis motioned to adjourn, Tr. Altmann 2nd and the meeting was adjourned at 7:45 p.m.