BOARD OF TRUSTEES REGULAR MEETING
FEBRUARY 12, 2014
CALL TO ORDER
CITIZENS CONCERNS: Ashley Moore concern
SEWER PROJECT UPDATE: RBC #1 is up and running, RBC #2 has been taken off line for replacement. RBC #2 scheduled to be delivered 2/21. Talks are continuing between Senator Schumer’s office and the Village regarding RD grant funding.
1. Andrew’s sewer variance request
2. Budget Transfers
3. Police Dept. request to attend law enforcement conference 4/8 – 4/9
4. Cory Williams, Ryan Cole, and Heidy Tharett request for sponsorship for Phase II of the police academy.
5. Dan Moyer contract for shelter use
6. Set date, time for public hearing regarding tax cap override
7. Officer Sheen rate of pay
MISCELLANEOUS CORRESPONDENCE: City ofOgdensburg thank you letter for supporting St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center, notification from NYS Comptroller regarding the Village’s fiscal stress: no designation given.
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VILLAGE OFANTWERP BOARD OF TRUSTEES
FEBRUARY 12, 2014
The regular meeting of the Village of Antwerp Board of Trustees was called to order at 7:00 pm by Deputy Mayor Cole. Upon roll call the following were present: Deputy Mayor Cole, Tr. Altmann, DeSantis, and Tr. Pickert. Mayor Golden was absent.
Tr. DeSantis motioned to waive the reading of the minutes from last month’s meeting and accept as written, Tr. Pickert 2nd and the motion carried with all in favor.
CITIZENS CONCERNS: Ms. Ashley Moore,41 Mechanic Street, approached the Board regarding water drainage concerns in her basement. Deputy Mayor Cole explained to her that the Village never owned the old lines she is referring to and can not touch them. Supt. Pitts suggested they cut and cap the old basement drain outside their home versus plugging the drain in the basement as this has proven to be helpful for other homeowners. Ms. Moore is also wondering who will fix her yard where the DPW “dug” looking for a leak. Deputy Mayor Cole stated that if the Village did any damage to her yard attempting to find her water shut off, not a leak; it will be addressed in the spring. It was noted that the shut off cap for their service was lying on their front porch.
CountyLegislatorAl Drake was present to address any questions/concerns regarding the County. He stated that the County’s budget this year is a bare bone budget as they are receiving less revenue. The Board informed Legislator Drake that they have received many complaints regarding the work done on Main Street and will be addressing the matter with the County once all the snow is melted this spring.
DPW REPORT: RBC #2 is currently being torn down and the replacement is scheduled for delivery February 21. Supt. Pitts added that there is nothing wrong with the water in the Village, we have air in our lines and he really doesn’t want to open a hydrant at this time of year to correct the problem. The DPW also plans on getting the Christmas lights down as soon as weather permits.
SEWER PROJECT: RBC #1 is now online. RBC #2 has been taken off line for replacement. The Village is still continuing talks with Senator Schumer’s office regarding RD grant funding.
OLD BUSINESS: None
NEW BUSINESS: Tr. Altmann motioned to remove sewer usage charges from Jill Andrew’s water bill as they had a leak underneath their home prior to their shut off request, Tr. DeSantis 2nd and the motion carried with all in favor.
Tr. Altmann motioned to make the following budget transfers:
A1990.4 Contingent $86.81 A5010.4 Street Admin $ 74.69
A9089.8 Employee benefit 12.12
A9720.6 SAB principal .11 A9720.7 SAB interest .11
F1990.4 Contingent 22.58 F8640.4 Trans/dist 22.58
Tr. DeSantis 2nd and the motion carried with all in favor.
Tr. Pickert motioned to allow Officers Sheen and Walker to attend a law enforcement conference on April 8 and 9 in Albany as well as allow them to take the Village’s police vehicle and cover the cost of gas. Tr. DeSantis 2nd and the motion carried with all in favor.
Tr. Altmann motioned to sponsor a cadet to the police academy again this year, Tr. Pickert 2nd and the motion carried with all in favor. Mayor Golden and Tr. Cole will interview the candidates and report back to the Board.
DCO Moyer was present. He stated that his kennel was recently inspected and it was discovered that the Village didn’t have a contract to use his facility as required by NYS law. Based on the small number of dogs that are picked up in the Village he is requesting $100 kennel fee for 2014 as part of the contract. Tr. Altmann motioned to authorize Deputy Mayor Cole to sign the contract, Tr. Pickert 2nd and the motion carried with all in favor. The abstract will be changed to reflect this charge.
Tr. Altmann motioned to hold a public hearing on March 12 at 6:45 pm for the purpose of hearing comments regarding the tax cap override, Tr. DeSantis 2nd and the motion carried with all in favor. This override is a precautionary measure at this point in time.
Officer Walker has received everything he needs to issue traffic tickets from a computer in the vehicle with the exception of 3 items from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Dept. These three items total approximately $135. Tr. DeSantis motioned to purchase the items need, Tr. Altmann 2nd and the motion carried with all in favor.
Tr Altmann motioned to send Supt. Pitts and MEO Dean to water/sewer school this May, Tr. DeSantis 2nd and the motion carried with all in favor.
Tr. Pickert inquired about the status of the skating rink and repairs at the Village Hall. Tr. Cole stated they had a work day at the rink and no one showed up. Tr. DeSantis stated the repairs to the front corner of the hall will be an easy fix and he plans on getting the materials needed this weekend. He added he is drawing up plans for the bathrooms.
Tr. DeSantis motioned to enter into executive session to discuss personnel matters, Tr. Altmann 2nd and the Board entered executive session at 7:23 pm. Tr. Altmann motioned to exit executive session at 7:27 pm, Tr. DeSantis 2nd and the Board exited executive session.
Tr. Altmann motioned to increase the rate of pay for Officer Sheen by $1.00 per hour effective with this pay period, Tr. DeSantis 2nd and the motion carried with all in favor.
Tr. Altmann motioned to pay the bills as presented on the abstract as well as the $100 kennel fee to DCO Moyer and a bill from Wells Communication for pager batteries. 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. Pickert 2nd and the meeting was adjourned at 7:30 pm.