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Village Board Minutes

January 15, 2020 (30)

A public hearing and regular meeting of the Village Board were held January 15, 2020 at 6:00 PM in the Firehouse, 16 Saratoga Avenue.

Mayor Morreale called the meeting to order & led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Roll Call: Trustee Halliday & Trustee Kelly were present.  Trustee Enekes & Trustee Pasquarell were excused.

A public hearing having been duly advertised in the Post Star on January 3, 2020 was held at 6:00 PM to consider Local Law 1 of 2020: proposed no parking on Mill Street, east side, from Maple St to Mallery St.

The ban on parking is being considered due to safety issues stemming from difficulty of emergency services access and snow plowing when cars are parked on that section of roadway.

PUBLIC COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS

Mr. & Mrs. Thomas, 107 Mill Street, addressed the Board regarding their difficulties in only having on-street parking for their home.  Mr. Thomas stated he feels his family is the only one affected by the parking ban and asked the Board to reconsider.

With no further comment from the public, Mayor Morreale closed the public hearing at 6:13 PM.

Nicole M. Colson
Clerk-Treasurer

A regular meeting of the Village Board was held January 15, 2020 at 6:13 PM in the Firehouse, 16 Saratoga Ave.

Motion by Trustee Halliday, seconded by Trustee Kelly, approved minutes of regular meeting December 18, 2019 as typed.
Carried – 3 – 0

DECISION ON LOCAL LAW 1-2020 PROPOSED NO PARKING ON MILL ST

The Board tabled a decision on Local Law 1-2020.

CORRESPONDENCE

NYS Office of Homes & Community Renewal has informed the Board of the receipt of a CDBG grant in the amount of $729,000 for sewer slip lining on a few of the streets in the Village suffering the most infiltration issues as identified in the recent study conducted by Laberge Group.

PUBLIC COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS (AGENDA ITEMS)

Diana Buehler, Overlook Drive, questioned who will be doing the slip lining.  Clerk-Treas Colson responded the work would be put out to bid.

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

CLERK-TREASURER – Clerk-Treas Colson was present, report for 1/15/2020 read & filed.

Motion by Trustee Halliday, seconded by Trustee Kelly, approved payment of abstract #14: Payroll $35,749.86; General $6,335.48; Water $1,031.76; and Sewer $557.55.
Carried – 3 – 0

Motion by Trustee Kelly, seconded by Trustee Halliday, approved payment of abstract #15: Payroll $33,053.41; General $124,602.12; Water $9,134.12; Sewer $8,277.94; and Capital Reserves $290,931.33.
Carried – 3 – 0

Resolution #43 approved, budget transfers.

Clerk-Treas Colson reported to the Board the concerns of the insurance company regarding placing the lending library on Village property.  Since the Story Press organization does not have insurance the Village would be solely liable for any issues arising from the library.  The Board decided to table a decision until more Board members were present.

The 2016 HOME grant was completed with $425,620 of the $426,000 being used to make repairs and improvements to income qualified homes in the Village.

Motion by Trustee Kelly, seconded by Trustee Halliday, to continue the enhanced Firefighters Cancer Insurance coverage at a cost of $5,373.81.
Carried – 3 – 0

FIRE DEPARTMENT – Chief Kelley was present, report for December 2019 read & filed.

Chief Kelley stated the company that refinished the apparatus bay floor had sanded portions and added new grit to remedy the slip and fall potential.  This was done at a minimum charge in the repair & maintenance budget.

DPW/WATER/WWTP – Supt Lozier was present, report for December read & filed.

Supt Lozier expressed appreciation for the recent use of Lake Luzerne’s grader.

Supt Lozier addressed the recent pump failure at the Filtration Plant.  All three pumps were replaced and the Village remains under a precautionary boil water advisory.  Mayor Morreale expressed admiration for the efficiency with which the crew handled the pump failure with no disruption of service or loss of pressure.  Trustee Kelly asked if other water systems using the same type of pumps were being notified of the issues with the equipment, Supt Lozier stated DOH had taken pictures and will distribute information to other communities.

BUILDING INSPECTOR – Insp Hepner was excused for training.

OLD BUSINESS

Trustee Halliday stated a local company that carries battery operated radar speed signs will be sending a formal quote.

Motion by Trustee Kelly, seconded by Trustee Halliday, authorized mayoral signature on the Palmertown Memorandum of Understanding.
Carried – 3 – 0

NEW BUSINESS

On December 20, 2019 the following bids were received for demolition of the current WWTP once the new plant is fully operational: Dan’s Hauling & Demo, Inc. $222,800; Bronze Contracting, LLC $321,050; Gorick Construction Co, Inc. $398,000; and W. M. Schultz Construction $653,750.

Resolution #44 approved, award of demolition contract for Waste Water Treatment Plant to low bidder Dan’s Hauling & Demo, $222,800.

Due to delays beyond the contractor’s control, the estimated completion date for the new Waste Water Treatment Plant has been pushed to October 2020.  Therefore additional construction administration and observation will be necessary.

Resolution #45 approved, mayoral signature on addendum to Laberge WWTP contract to increase the budget by $169,500.

Resolution #46, authorize mayoral signature on proposal by Laberge Group for grant administration services for the Sewer Relining Project under the CDBG grant; $24,000.

Motion by Trustee Kelly, seconded by Trustee Halliday, approved publication of RFP deadline of February 7, 2020 for Grant Program Delivery for the Sewer Relining Project.
Carried – 3 – 0

Motion by Trustee Kelly, seconded by Trustee Halliday, to publish the Garbage Contract bid opening to be held February 12, 2020 at 2:00 PM in the Village Hall.
Carried – 3 – 0

Resolution #47 approved, appointment of Jane Feulner and Valerie Milligan to act as Election Inspectors at the March 18, 2020 Village General Election, with Chris Aldous and Sylvia Eggleston to serve as alternates if necessary.

Motion by Trustee Halliday, seconded by Trustee Kelly, approved Building Inspector attendance at training in Lake Placid March 1 – March 5, 2020; $432 + expenses.
Carried – 3 – 0

Motion by Trustee Kelly, seconded by Trustee Halliday, approved interested Planning & Zoning Board members’ attendance at Saratoga Planning & Zoning Conference in Saratoga February 5, 2020; $60 per attendee.
Carried – 3 – 0

Motion by Trustee Kelly, seconded by Trustee Halliday, approved reimbursement of expenses submitted by Corinth Youth Hockey; $454.86.
Carried – 3 – 0

PUBLIC COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS

Diana Buehler, Overlook Drive, asked questions regarding her lawsuit against the Village.  Atty Buettner advised the Board not to answer as it is active litigation.  Ms. Buehler asked what maximum amount the Board could authorize reimbursement.  Mayor Morreale stated there was no policy.

BOARD COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS

Trustee Halliday announced his intention to run for Village Trustee in March.

Trustee Kelly offered the reminder that life guard training would be coming up soon.

Mayor Morreale requested an executive session to discuss Article 7 litigation.

Motion by Trustee Halliday, seconded by Trustee Kelly, that Board adjourn to executive session as requested above, 6:58 PM.
Carried – 3 – 0

The Board reconvened at 7:17 PM with no action taken in executive session.

Motion by Trustee Kelly, seconded by Mayor Morreale, that Board adjourn, 7:18 PM.
Carried – 3 – 0

Nicole M. Colson
Clerk-Treasurer