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 10-21-13,
to be approved at the 11-4-2013 Meeting


In attendance: Mayor Ostrander, Trustee Woodhouse, Treen, McNamara and Campbell, CEO Brown, SPW Bechy (late), T/C Knoeller, VA Getman

Public: P Louise

1. Mayor Ostrander called the meeting to order at 7:00pm with the pledge.

Approve September 15, 2013 regular meeting minutes M, McNamara, 2nd Treen, carried.
Approve October 7, 2013 – canceled meeting minutes, M, Campbell, 2nd McNamara, carried.
Approve October 10, 2013 emergency meeting minutes, M Campbell, 2nd McNamara, carried.

3. Approve abstract #10-7-13 A & B M Treen, 2nd Campbell, carried.
Approve abstract #C 10-7-13, M McNamara, 2nd Treen, carried.
Approve abstract #10-9-13, M McNamara, 2nd Treen, carried.
Approve abstract #10-21-1 A&B, M Treen, 2nd McNamara, carried.

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

Review offer for property on Upper White St. VA Getman suggested we move this to executive session.

6. Old Business – McNamara asked T/C Knoeller why the hours worked for Bechy and Knoeller’s were not on the payroll spreadsheet, Knoeller explained that they and Langone, who’s hours are not listed either are considered salaried employees therefore the hours are not tracked as hourly employees are. McNamara asked all future sheets have the total of hours worked on it.

Campbell said he had contacted Rich from Thoma Development and requested an update on the status of grants and hoped to have it for the next meeting.

7. Public Participation – None

8. Department Heads FC Wright gave an update on the new fire rescue truck, it is in operation and is still being tweaked. Also other trucks have gone for maintenance or are going. He said the fire department had received a matching grant from DEC for $1000.00 and presented PO’s to make the purchases.

CEO Brown gave an update of the local businesses and building that may be happening. Ostrander asked to check on some unregistered cars that have been relocated from Conger Ave. to Berrill Ave.

VA Getman had no updates at this time.

T/C Knoeller passed along that the Village received $2900 for the van from the fire department on auctions international. Knoeller gave acknowledgement to Berkshire for making a donation of $100 to the Sangerfield/Waterville Summer rec program. Knoeller said the Mr. Upcraft, the auditor from Moore and Hart, who does the Village audit suggested that we put a 30 day limit on checks. Woodhouse made a motion to put a 30 day limit on the checks, 2nd by Treen, nay votes by Treen and McNamara negated the motion. Campbell made a motion to make a 60 day limit on the checks, 2nd by Treen, carried. Woodhouse voted nay. Knoeller presented the board with a single sealed bid from Top Notch for tree removal services; the bid of $10,000 exceeded the Villages budget for tree removal for the year. Campbell questioned the removal of a large live Oak tree on Babbott Ave. The decision to accept or deny the bid was tabled until Bechy could investigate possibly keeping the larger tree and maybe other adjustments. Bechy (who arrived after the bid was opened) will address the issue at the next meeting.

DPW Bechy (who was addressing water issued) arrived at 7:38pm. Bechy told the board that L Langone has researched the information for a generator upgrade necessary for the sewer plant and did the initial grant paperwork and forwarded them to Lamont Engineering. Bechy explained there were be unknown engineering costs as well as a grant application fee of up to $2500 for Lamont or proceed. Bechy asked for a motion to approve Lamont Engineering to complete the grant paper work. Woodhouse made a motion for Lamont to proceed with a $2500 limit, 2nd by Campbell, carried. Bechy then asked permission to apply to the Barton fund for grant to cover the costs of 2 generators, one to replace the one at the fire department and one for the municipal hall, which currently does not have one. Ostrander made the motion, 2nd by Woodhouse, carried. Treen voted na. Bechy told the board the dam decommissioning is done. Lamont has sent the as built plans and requests for clearance to DEC.

9. Trustee - nothing new at this time.

10. Mayor Ostrander asked Getman if he had reviewed the dog laws and Getman said yes and made a suggestion for one change. Ostrander asked the rest of the board what they thought a reasonable penalty schedule would be. No one really had a good suggestion so Ostrander said he would contract other municipalities and see what their fees were and report back next meeting. Ostrander said the planning board and the Waterville First group had met and had good showing and were now going to approach the townships to see what measures could be made to enhance the Village of Waterville. Ostrander also asked for an executive session for litigation reasons. Ostrander asked Getman if there is anything that can be done about the trees at 144 E. Bacon St. The trees are dead and debris is falling in the streets and sidewalks. Knoeller said they sent a letter last year advising the trees be removed. Getman didn’t think there was anything the Village could do.

8:03pm Motion by McNamara to move to executive session, 2nd by Woodhouse, carried.

1. An offer of $25000.00 was made by Rob Bishton for the 54 acre on Upper White Street. The board agreed to counter at $40000.00. If Bishton opts not to accept it was decided to list it again on Craigslist and the Village website.

2. The board decided to offer the 45 acre dam property to Thomas Mott for $45000.00, when the property gets cleared from DEC. If Mott opts out it will also be listed on Craigslist and the Village web site.

3. The board agreed to list the property on the corner of Putman St. and Conger Ave. for $30000.00. It will be listed on Craigslist and the Village web site.

4. Ostrander gave the board an update on the sexual discrimination case brought against the Village by Sheila Buschor. The Village is still waiting for a decision from the Human Rights department.

  • Special note, Scott Woodhouse abstained from all discussion on property sales.

8:37pm Woodhouse made a motion to adjourn the meeting, 2nd by Treen, carried.

Next regular meeting Monday November 4, 2013, 7:00 pm.