VILLAGE OF ANTWERP BOARD OF TRUSTEES
AUGUST 13, 2014
The Public Hearing of the Village of Antwerp Board of Trustees was called to order at 6:45 pm by Mayor Golden. Upon roll call the following were present: Mayor Golden, Tr. Altmann, Tr. Cole, Tr. DeSantis, and Tr. Pickert. Mayor Golden explained the purpose of the hearing was to hear comments in regards to the proposed repeal of a local ordinance which states “no person shall burn or set fire to any inflammable material within the Village after sundown”. The law is antiquated and has been supplanted by other state laws, including those under the regulation of the Department of Environmental Conservation. Ms. Julie Farr asked if there would be any restrictions on where someone could burn. The Board replied no, but they must follow DEC regulations. Being no further comments Tr. Altmann motioned to close the hearing, Tr. DeSantis 2nd and the hearing was closed with all in favor at 6:48 pm.
VILLAGE OF ANTWERP BOARD OF TRUSTEES
AUGUST 13, 2014
The Regular Meeting of the Village of Antwerp Board of Trustees was called to order at 6:48 pm. Upon roll call the following were present: Mayor Golden, Tr. Altmann, Tr. Cole, Tr. DeSantis, and Tr. Pickert.
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. Liz Filkins asked about the status of the storm drain repair on Mechanic Street. Mayor Golden stated that the County will assist us in replacing the drop inlet. He added that with her permission we would like to dump a tanker of water to see if it is draining into her basement. Mr. John Faunce wondered when the new law regarding burning would take effect. Clerk Cole stated that it takes effect upon filing with the State. Mr. Richard Getman stated that in 1890 Village residents voted to have electricity in the Village by a vote of 91-15.
DPW REPORT: Not present. We are waiting for the well driller to arrive. The cost of drilling the new well is quoted at $25,000 and the 24 hour pump test, required by the NYS Health Department, will cost $9,000. Mayor Golden added that does not include the cost of wiring the new well. He has reached out to Senator Schumer’s assistant to see if there is any funding available to the Village for such a situation.
SEWER PROJECT: The original project is currently wrapping up. We are still waiting for word on the RD grant funding waiver we submitted requesting their permission to use their funding for additional work. GHD will be submitting an updated work schedule to the Village within the next few weeks.
The Board had requested the clerk look into the legalities of changing the position from a 4 year appointed position to a permanent appointment. This can be done through the passage of a local law. Tr. Altmann motioned to hold a public hearing on September 10 at 6:45 pm, Tr. DeSantis 2nd and the motion carried with all in favor with the exception of Tr. Cole who abstained. The regular monthly meeting will immediately follow the hearing.
Upon a motion duly made by Tr. Cole and 2nd by Tr. Altmann a water emergency is hereby in effect. Per Village law, it is hereby unlawful to engage in any unnecessary uses of water, including by not limited to, washing vehicles, washing driveways and sidewalks, watering lawns or gardens, and filling of swimming pools. Anyone caught violating these restrictions shall be guilty of a violation punishable by a fine not to exceed $250 and /or a sentence if imprisonment for a term not to exceed fifteen days. We have lost a well and until the replacement well can be drilled this order will be in effect.
The Village has not received the information requested regarding the extended warranty for the new generator at the sewer plant. This matter is tabled until the information requested is received.
The Board agreed not to pay the bill to Stadium International for repairs to the tanker. This truck is the fire department’s responsibility.
The matter of security cameras at various Village properties was tabled until the Board has something to report.
The Village is currently addressing the DOL violations at the Village Hall.
Tr. Cole resolved to adopt local law #2 of 2014 which calls for the repeal of Article VI, Section 4 of the Village’s ordinances, Tr. DeSantis 2nd and a roll call vote was held with all parties present voting aye.
Tr. Cole resolved to adopt a resolution in favor of Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division, Tr. DeSantis 2nd and a roll call vote was held with all parties present voting aye. The resolution reads as follows:
WHEREAS the Army released a Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment (SPEA) for Army 2020 Force Structure Realignment in June 2014 to evaluate force reductions and realignments, and
WHEREAS this proposed action will reduce and realign active component Soldiers and Army civilian employees to help the Army meet current and future national security and defense requirements, and
WHEREAS the Army’s proposal is to reduce end-strength to as low as 420,000, double the reduction proposed in 2013, and
WHEREAS the Army’s SPEA is looking to cut 16,000 jobs from Fort Drum; 15,417 Soldiers and 583 Army civilians which includes the loss of the 3rd BCT from the 10th Mountain Division which was announced last year, and
WHEREAS the SPEA looks at the socio-economic impact of this action and it predicts a loss of $877,512,000 in area income, a loss of 19,102 jobs, and a decrease in population of 40,288, and
WHEREAS Fort Drum and the surrounding communities have developed a unique relationship in regard to providing housing, education, health care, and infrastructure to support the installation, and
WHEREAS this proposed force reduction under review by the Army would have a devastating impact on jobs, education, health care, quality of life and the ability of local governments to provide essential services for its residents,
WHEREAS the Village of Antwerp has welcomed soldiers and their families as residents, benefitted from sales tax income and
WHEREAS the Board of the Village of Antwerp recognizes the Army needs to review force reductions and realignments as part of a long term solution to the current fiscal crisis;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of the Village of Antwerp believes that the proposed cut of 16,000 at Fort Drum currently under review by the Army will have devastating and long lasting impacts on the local economy as forecast in the Army’s own SPEA, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board of the Village of Antwerp asks that the Army, as part of their decision making process, consider our community’s ability to continue to support Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division and to provide those essential services needed by our citizens, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board of the Village of Antwerp asks that, due to these socio-economic impacts no further reductions in personnel occur at Fort Drum or to the 10th Mountain Division beyond those that were identified in the 2013 PEA.
Tr. Altmann motioned to sell the old generator at the sewer plant, Tr. DeSantis 2nd and the motion carried with all in favor.
Tr. Cole motioned to accept change order #4, contract #2 in the amount of $9578.60, Tr. Altmann 2nd and the motion carried with all in favor. This is a time and material change order for interior conduit in the secondary treatment structure.
Tr. Cole motioned to accept change order #5, contract#2 in the amount of $911.30, Tr. Altmann 2nd and the motion carried with all in favor. This authorizes RTU power wiring in the control building.
Tr. Cole motioned to accept change order #6, contact #1, in the amount of $3803.96, Tr. Altmann 2nd and the motion carried with all in favor. This is for installation of cleanouts associated with yard piping.
Tr. Cole motioned to accept change order #7, contract #1, in the amount of $18, 476.00, Tr. Altmann 2nd and the motion carried with all in favor. This is for additional paving adjacent to the tertiary treatment building to ensure proper drainage and ease with snow removal.
Tr. Cole motioned to make the following budget transfers:
A3120.2 Police equipment $207.60 A1990.4 Contingent $207.60
F8320.4 Source Supply 377.77 F1990.4 Contingent 377.77
Tr. Altmann 2nd and the motion carried with all in favor.
The police department would like new uniform patches, the Board asked them to submit a quote.
Tr. Pickert wondered about the status of the sidewalk that was torn up on Main Street several months ago and expressed his concerns over liability if someone were to fall and get hurt. Mayor Golden stated that would fall back onto the property owner and he has spoken to the owner about fixing it.
Tr. DeSantis stated he attended the planning board meeting regarding the proposed water park on Rt. 11. His concerns are what, if any, additional equipment would the fire department need to have on hand and what if any effect would their drilling 15 to 16 wells have on the aquifer our wells are in.
MISCELLANEOUS CORRESPONDENCE: Duly noted with no response necessary.
Tr. Altmann motioned to pay the bills as presented on the abstract, Tr. DeSantis 2nd and the motion carried with all in favor.
Being no further business to come before the Board, Tr. DeSantis motioned to adjourn, Tr. Cole 2nd and the meeting was adjourned at 7:13 pm.