Unofficial Board Meeting Minutes of 6-3-13,
to be approved at the
In attendance: Mayor Ostrander, Trustees Treen, Woodhouse,
McNamara and Campbell DPW Bechy, CEO Brown, T/C Knoeller, VA
Getman, D/C McNamara,
Public: S Sambora, P Louise, C&J Stephenson, B&C Supinski, E
Olmstead, P Brennan, S Crandall, M Sanderson, B Strohmeyer, T
Hicks, M/M O’Brien, M O’Brien, M/M J Scoones, N Scoones, D Hayes,
1. Mayor Ostrander called meeting to order at 7pm with the
Pledge of Allegiance.
2. Approved the amended minutes of the April 15, 2013, M
McNamara,, 2nd Woodhouse, carried.
3. Approved the minutes of the May 20, 2013, M Woodhouse, 2nd
4. Approved Summer Rec budget for the 13-14 , M Treen, 2nd
5. Approved the 5/31/13 – 6/3/13 & Capital Abstract , M
Woodhouse, 2nd McNamara, carried.
6. Approved purchase orders, M Treen, 2nd McNamara,
7. Approve G Crowe as summer rec coordinator at $1540.00 for
the 13-14 season, M McNamara, 2nd Woodhouse, carried.
8. Old Business Woodhouse Said he had been approached by
people on E Bacon St, who had also had problems with the dogs on E
Bacon St and also the owners.
T McNamara presented the board with information that said it may
not be legal to not accept a post mark as payment date on Village
taxes. Knoeller said she had discussed it with VA Getman, Getman
said he would look into to the most current laws. S Crandall said
she also believes it to be true, but there is also a difference
between a post mark and a postage meter stamp. Campbell gave an
update on the Main Street grant saying the committee had met once
and would be meeting again on Tuesday June 4th.
9. Public Participation- M Sanderson asked for
clarification on the new proposed quarterly utility billing cycle.
She was thinking she may only have 22 days to pay her bill.
Knoeller reassured her that she would have a minimum of 30 days to
pay her bill. Crandall asked what the difference was between taxes
and utility bills and if so the post mark issue would apply to
those as well. Knoeller said the utility bills were exactly that,
for services and product (water) not taxes. Again Knoeller
requested Getman to clarify this.
Patrick Brennan, county legislator, introduced Tim Hicks as the
scout leader of 3 newly honored Eagle Scouts; Nick Scoones,
Michael O’Brien and Zachary Hayes. Brennan presented the 3 with
certificates on behalf of Oneida County Executive
Anthony J. Picente Jr.
10. Dept Heads C/T Knoeller spoke on behalf of FC John
Wright, asking the board to approve two parade dates for the fire
department to attend. June 14 in Deerfield and June 22 Clark
Mills, M by McNamara, 2nd by Ostrander, carried.
CEO Brown said there are more than 40 pools in the village. All
that would have to be inspected. T McNamara said he believed if it
was before a certain date they were exempt. Brown said the
documentation he had said different. All pools before 2006 were
exempt from having to have a pool alarm but should still be
inspected.. McNamara also asked if Brown was going to do
inspections without giving the home owner prior notice. Woodhouse
asked if we could put the pool rules on the website, Brown said he
was planning on putting an article in the Waterville Times. Brown
asked to have the 10 gallons of gasoline a month allotment
reinstated for him. M by Treen to reinstate, 2nd by
McNamara, carried. Brown told the board he has had the building,
pool and demolition permits updated and was planning on putting
them on the website. Woodhouse asked Brown if there were any fuel
tanks in any of the abandon houses in the village, Brown did not
DPW Super Bechy presented the board with the Preventative
Maintenance Agreement from Power Generation in the amount of
$803.40 yearly for the next 3 years. M by Treen to accept the
agreement, 2nd by McNamara, carried. Bechy told the
board the pre bid meeting for the dam project will be Thursday
June 6 at 9:00 am. He told the board the reservoir was not empty
and there is no sign of the beavers. HE told the board we would be
approving the bid award at the next meeting. He said Peck,
Zalinski and Ireland had all expressed interest in the project.
VA Getman said he and David Upcraft had spoken with Knoeller and
Ostrander about financing the dam and valve projects.
T/C Knoeller had nothing at this time.
9. Trustee Report Treen asked Bechy if had done anything on
the erosion on State Rt. #315? Bechy said he had J Humphrey
drawing some plans.
10. Mayor Report –Mayor Ostrander reported the radar was up
and running in town and it would be moving around. He told the
board that he and CEO Brown had spoken with Mr. Romanowski, head
of the local codes and found out the fire house is not in
violation with the exhaust system. Ostrander said he is still
perusing the dog control issue and would like to sit in on a
meeting with the towns of Marshall, Sangerfield and a woman
candidate for the position.
C. Stephenson said he interprets the Village kennel law as no one
is allowed to have more than two dogs. It was noted the law was
from 1948. The age of the law has Ostrander thinking our dog laws
need to be revised. Ostrander addressed the board over the issue
of when and who should have seasonal hours. It was agreed that
seasonal hours for the DPW crew would be no longer than the 2nd
Monday in April to the 2nd Monday in October up to the
discretion of the DPW Superintendent. For the Municipal hall
hours, while Ostrander stated he had no problem with nor any
complaints on the way the hours had been run for the two previous
summers; Ostrander realized the board was not comfortable with the
office being closed on Friday afternoons. Ostrander suggested the
hours for the Village office remain Monday – Friday, 9:00 am –
12:00 noon and 1:00p- 4:00pm. All agreed. Then Ostrander suggested
the clerk and deputy clerk could rotate coming in early putting in
extra hours so they could take Friday afternoons off. All agreed
this was a reasonable compromise. Ostrander asked the board with
the permission of Woodhouse, to replace Woodhouse on the Summer
Rec Committee with Knoeller. His reasoning being that Woodhouse
and Ostrander are not always available and Knoeller would be
easily accessible if Crowe ever needed anything during the day. M
made by Treen to replace Woodhouse with Knoeller, 2nd
by Campbell, carried.
11. Patrick Brennan addressed the audience on the recent
vote with the Oneida Indian’s. Brennan gave a short explanation of
the agreement and his reasoning for voting against the agreement.
12. Ostrander asked Getman where we stood with the Flood
Insurance Maps, Getman said we had to have a public hearing at our
June 17, 2013 board meeting and then send it to DEC for approval
prior to approving the law.
13. Mayor Ostrander asked for an executive session, asking
Knoeller and Getman to remain.
8:31pm Executive Session – Ostrander explained he has spoken with
both Lemery and Clinton Realty about selling the property on
Putman St. A decision was made to put the word out that the
property was for sale and see what kind of price we can get. It
will be announced at the next board meeting.
8:53 pm M by Treen, 2nd by Ostrander to come out of
14. 8:54pm M by Ostander, 2nd by Woodhouse to
close the meeting, next meeting June 17, 2013, at 7:00pm.