Village Office
122 Barton Avenue
Waterville, NY 13480
315.841.8007 fax

Brenda Knoeller
Records Management

Ruben Ostrander
(315) 525-7832

Scott Woodhouse
Deputy Mayor/Trustee

(315) 841-4993

Tom McNamara

(315) 841-8018

Brian Bogan

(315) 841-8527

Bruce Treen

(315) 841-8161

Anthony (Jamie) Bechy

DPW Superintendent

(315) 841-4221

William Brown

Codes Enforcement

(315) 841-4221
or (315) 525-1892

William Getman

Village Attorney

(315) 841-8021

Robert K. McNamara
Village Justice

(315) 841-8737


The Waterville Village Board members would like the residents of the Village of Waterville to know that if they have any questions or concerns they should feel free to contact any board member.

At  every board meeting, time is set out for public participation and  citizens are given an opportunity to address the board. 

The regular  meetings are the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month and they start at 7 p.m.



Unofficial Board Meeting Minutes of 6-3-13,
to be approved at the 6-17-2013 Meeting


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, Z Hayes.

1. Mayor Ostrander called meeting to order at 7pm with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Approved the amended minutes of the April 15, 2013, M McNamara,, 2nd Woodhouse, carried.

Approved the minutes of the May 20, 2013, M Woodhouse, 2nd Treen, carried.

Approved Summer Rec budget for the 13-14 , M Treen, 2nd McNamara, carried.

Approved the 5/31/13 – 6/3/13 & Capital Abstract , M Woodhouse, 2nd McNamara, carried.

Approved purchase orders, M Treen, 2nd McNamara, carried.

Approve G Crowe as summer rec coordinator at $1540.00 for the 13-14 season, M McNamara, 2nd Woodhouse, carried.

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 know.

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 executive session.

14. 8:54pm M by Ostander, 2nd by Woodhouse to close the meeting, next meeting June 17, 2013, at 7:00pm.