VILLAGE OF ANTWERP BOARD OF TRUSTEES
SEPTEMBER 10, 2014
The Public Hearing of the Village of Antwerp 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. Mayor Golden explained the purpose of the hearing was to discuss the proposed local law to change the term in office of the Village Clerk. The Clerk’s current term in office is an appointed 4 year term, the proposed law makes the appointment permanent with the only reason for removal being wrong doing. Ms. Wanda Pitts-Sands said it sounds good but if the Board gets a clerk that people aren’t happy with there is no way to remove them. Mayor Golden stated the people really don’t have a say anyways as this is not an elected position, the clerk is appointed by the Mayor with Board approval. He added that a different Board could reverse this law by following the same procedures. Mayor Golden added that the clerk is responsible for so much paperwork he feels it makes sense to make the clerk permanent. Michele Currier stated that it made sense to her as the Village could lose a lot of knowledge if a clerk was replaced when a new mayor is elected. Being no further comments from the floor, Mayor Golden closed the hearing at 7:00 pm.
VILLAGE OF ANTWERP BOARD OF TRUSTEES
SEPTEMBER 10, 2014
The regular meeting of the Village of Antwerp Board of Trustees was called to order at 7:00 by Mayor Golden. Upon roll call the following were present: Mayor Golden, Tr. Altmann, Tr. DeSantis, and Tr. Pickert. Tr. Cole was absent.
Tr. Altmann motioned to waive the reading of the minutes and accept as written. Tr. DeSantis 2nd and the motion carried with all in favor.
CITIZENS CONCERNS: Mr. Steve Booth expressed concerns of the junk yard that appears to be forming at 19 Mechanic Street. He also stated they are running a business illegally as this area is zoned residential. Clerk Cole stated that the zoning officer inspected the property on the day of his complaint to the office. Our law regarding junk yards states they have to be there for a period of two months. Citations will be issued as that time if the violation still exists. Mayor Golden stated that at this point in time the Village has no evidence that a business is being run at this location. Ms. Wanda Pitts-Sands stated that she had to hop over a huge hole in the sidewalk in front of 110 Main Street and wants to know what is being done about this. Mayor Golden stated the zoning officer has sent a citation to the property owner giving him two weeks to fix. County Legislator Al Drake was present. He stated that the Mayor of Philadelphia had been to a County meeting to discuss the fact that the County dog control officer will not come into their Village and that some don’t think that is fair. He added that the Towns of Philadelphia and Antwerp will be doing some road work on County Rt 194 and the debris on our lot will be gone this fall.
DPW REPORT: The DPW was not present. The well driller has been hired and materials needed have been ordered for the new well.
SEWER PROJECT: The original project is wrapping up. Still in talks with Congressman Owen’s office regarding RD grant funding.
OLD BUSINESS: Tr. Altmann motioned to purchase the enhanced warranty for the new generator at the sewer plant at a cost of $835.00. Tr. DeSantis 2nd and the motion carried with all in favor. This is a five year warranty that covers the cost of labor and parts.
The DOL violations at the Village Hall are being addressed.
Tr. DeSantis motioned to allow the police department to purchase 50 new patches at a cost of $183.50, Tr. Pickert 2nd and the motion carried with all in favor.
Tr. Altmann resolved to adopt local law #3 of 2014 which changes the term in office of the Village clerk from a 4 year appointment to a permanent appointment, Tr. DeSantis 2nd and a roll call vote was held with the following results: Tr. Altmann Aye, Tr. Cole Nay (absent), Tr. DeSantis Aye, Tr. Pickert Aye, and Mayor Golden Aye.
Christina Cromwell, DANC, informed the Board that the GIS mapping of our water and sewer lines has been completed. She added these maps include hydrants, valves, manholes, etc. As part of the grant program DANC will host this data for one year, after that the Village will need to pay for the hosting services. In the event we decide not to pay them to host all information will be burned onto a CD and turned over to the Village. She added that without a host we would not be able to add any updates to our water/sewer systems. This will be re-addressed as year one comes to a close.
Cosimo Pagino, GHD, informed the board that the original project is nearly complete. They are currently in talks with the contractors in regards to the change order for the pumping stations. The equipment is now on site and ready to go.
The Village has received the technical memo from GHD regarding the CCTV inspection done of the Village’s sewer system by Shamrock Sewer Services. There are no major issues and the Village’s engineering firm recommends we take no action at this point in time.
Tr. Altmann motioned to accept the fire department application of Katelyn Gleisner pending the standard background check, Tr. Pickert 2nd and the motion carried with all in favor.
Mayor Golden stated that he has talked to the County regarding the storm drains on Mechanic Street. They are coming out next week to suck out the storm drains and get some elevation readings. He stated that the Village can’t touch the old sewer system. Ms. Liz Filkins asked who said we can’t touch the old system. Mayor Golden stated it would be misappropriation of Village funds to do any work on what was a privately owned system. She stated she would like to see that in black and white as she is hearing conflicting stories. It was suggested she file a FOIL request.
Tr. DeSantis expressed his concerns with tractor trailers parking in the lot next to the fire department. He stated that a refrigerator truck was parked in the lot over the weekend and the sound of the unit running continually overnight was disruptive. He feels the lot is not stable enough for trucks to be parking there and is concerned about liability. He suggested at the least a no overnight parking sign be installed. The Board tabled the matter so they could speak with the fire department as this is their parking lot.
MISCELLANEOUS CORRESPONDENCE: The dog control officer’s shelter received a satisfactory inspection report from NYS Ag and Markets.
Tr. Altmann motioned to pay the bills as presented on the abstract, Tr. Pickert 2nd and the motion carried with all in favor.
Being no further business to come before the Board, Tr. Altmann motioned to adjourn, Tr. DeSantis 2nd and the meeting was adjourned at 7:40 pm.