Meeting Minutes of 10-21-13,
to be approved at the 11-4-2013 Meeting
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
2. Approve September 15, 2013 regular meeting minutes M, McNamara, 2nd
Approve October 7, 2013 – canceled meeting minutes, M, Campbell, 2nd
Approve October 10, 2013 emergency meeting minutes, M Campbell, 2nd
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.
4. Approved purchase orders, M Woodhouse, 2nd McNamara,
5. Review offer for property on Upper White St. VA Getman suggested we
move this to executive session.
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
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
Public Participation – None
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
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
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.
Trustee - nothing new at this time.
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
8:03pm Motion by McNamara to move to executive
by Woodhouse, carried.
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
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.
8:37pm Woodhouse made a motion to adjourn the
by Treen, carried.
regular meeting Monday November 4, 2013, 7:00 pm.