Village of Lyons – October 9, 2012
Katie Veeder and Charlie Dobbins, members of the Lyons Youth Ambassadors, were in attendance to discuss PumpkinPalooza They requested Pearl Street to be closed 4 P.M. to 6 P.M. on Saturday, October 20, 2012, for the Pumpkin Roll. They also requested the use of the front loader to drop the pumpkins. The board approved the requests.
Mayor Kleisle reported the attorney for Parker Hannifin negotiated a 3 year pay back for their assessment lawsuit. This year we will pay $20,979.67, the next two years we will pay the annual amount plus 3% interest.
It is necessary to advertise for the Fair Housing notice, due to the fact that the Village of Lyons, does accept funds from the Small Cities Grant.
Clerk-Treasurer, Denise Darcangelis, stated the Collins Cassavino Post No. 227, American Legion, has filed an alteration application with the State Liquor Authority. The alteration application is requesting to have live music, patron dancing, karaoke bar, catering facility, recreational facility and serve and sell liquor, wine and beer on the second floor of their establishment. This notice has been acknowledged by the Village Board.
Clerk-Treasurer, Denise Darcangelis, updated the Village Board on the number of FOIL requests from Andrew DeWolf. To date 1,976 copies have been scanned to him and 33.5 man-hours have been spent on his requests from various departments. Noting the Village has collected no money from him because this information has been scanned to him and they are unable to charge for that.
Mayor Kleisle read a letter from the Community Action in Self Help announcing that they are ready to open the doors at The Nusbickel Building. The renovation of the twelve one bedroom affordable apartments has been completed. A Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Open House will be Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 3 p.m. at the Nusbickel Building.
Mayor Kleisle informed the Village Board, T. Wilson and Associates have filed litigation relative to the ownership of the scrap water meters being removed from properties in the Village. Village Attorney, Arthur Williams, suggest we contact another engineering company to see what they did with the meters that have been removed. Trustee VanStean suggested we contact the City of Geneva to see what their contract read and if there were any stipulations with the meters that were removed.
Mayor Kleisle discussed the Local Law for overriding the property tax cap that has been mandated by the State of New York. Village Attorney, Arthur Williams stated nothing has changed from last year. He could draft this if needed. Only change is the year. Since there is still time, this will be scheduled for a Public Hearing at a later date.
Mayor Kleisle informed the Village Board the Veteran’s Day Ceremony will be held November 12, 2012, at 11 A.M. in Central Park. Everyone is welcomed to attend. They have requested permission to use the Central Park. They also noted they will commemorate “Pearl Harbor Day” December 7th at 7 P.M. at the Wayne County Court House.
Permission was granted for the Collins-Cassavino American Legion Post 227 to use Central Park on November 12, 2012, at 11 A.M. to commemorate Veteran’s Day.
Mayor Kleisle stated a check for $215.00 was received from the Lyons Peppermint Days for the electricity used during the 2012 Festival. This money was collected from the Vendors. The Village of Lyons graciously received it and is very appreciative.
Mayor Kleisle reported there will be an amended and restated PILOT agreement for Lyons Logistics, LLC, 100 Dunn Road. This has been approved by the Wayne County IDA. Total cost is 1.5 million. Margaret Churchill, Executive Director of Wayne County Industrial Development Agency, explained when they came to the Village; the building needed a new roof and unexpected cost of a new water meter treatment discharge system.
Proposal for consultant services for pre-vote analysis from MRB/group to provide the Village of Lyons with assistance in the Information Dissemination phase of the Village of Lyons response to petitions for dissolution, as identified by the Department of State be approved in the amount of $3,250.00
Mayor Kleisle reported Sean Dobbins had asked for a curb cut in front of his store for people using scooters, wheel chairs, and walkers. Mayor Kleisle explained the curb cut would lose one parking place on each side of the street. Mayor Kleisle explained to Sean this would be difficult to do since streets were just striped, and they would have to do the same across the street. In the future they could look at this.
Mayor Kleisle stated two bids were received for the Engineering Proposal for the Pump Station SCADA monitoring system. Larsen Engineers, which was beyond the date we requested, in the amount of $5,000 and MRB in the amount of $1,200 for the Design Phase Preparation of bid documents and bidding and $700.00 for the Construction and Administration Services. Total cost $1,900.
MRB/group was hired to develop the specs, prepare bid work and monitor the installation of the SCADA system in the amount of $1,900.
Mayor Kleisle informed the Village Board the Village of Newark has responded two times within a week with their sewer jet to assist the Village of Lyons. Mayor Kleisle stated the Village cannot keep calling on them for their help. Trustee VanStean suggested the Village of Lyons purchase a sewer jet with neighboring communities to keep the cost down. He also asked Mike Salerno, General Working Foreman, to reach out to Rural Water to see how they can purchase one collectively.
Mayor Kleisle stated she has received a request from One Lyons to have the staff from CGR come to review the study that was publicly presented in January 2011. Mayor Kleisle stated she did speak with CGR and they do not want the impression that this shared service report could be used in place of a study. This cannot be used as a plan for dissolution. rustee VanStean stated this study is 2 years old and feels this is a waste of time to review a report that is two years old. This was never a guide for dissolution. Trustee VanStean stated we are a model for the rest of the state. We have a shared Code Enforcement Officer, Joint Planning Board and the Joint Fuel Facility. We are ahead of the game. He stated he is not opposed, but does not see any benefit for them to come. Trustee Greco wants future dissolution meetings to focus on dissolution itself and get information to the people. She wants to answer questions the people have. Trustee Greco stated she does not want to hire CGR to come back to review a study that we already had a public informational meeting on. Trustee VanStean and Trustee Evangelist agreed.
RESOLVED that the Village of Lyons prefers not to invite CGR to any public informational meeting on dissolving the Village of Lyons.
John Murtari was present to discuss his views on dissolution. He asked “Do we need all the Police we have staffed. Do we need paid Fire Drivers?” He stated we have to live within our means. We need to take drastic action. We need to seek mergers. The airlines do it. He would like to see a vibrant community. Payroll and benefits are the biggest factors. We need contract relief. He owned a business and had to lay people off. We must get tax rates significantly down. We must merge with the Town of Lyons. We need to get people from other communities that merged to come and speak.”
Mayor Kleisle stated since 2005 the tax rate has risen 2.5%. Our assessments are low. If we took her house and put it in Fairport it would double in value. If you were assessed in Lyons at $80,000, you would be assessed in Fairport at $160,000. Your tax rate is half, but you are paying the same in taxes because of your assessment. She advised him you would not get rid of the Village Justice. The Mayor salary of $5,000 and the Trustee’s salaries of $3,000 each would go away. The girls in the office would go to the Town to assist with the workload. The Highway Department for the Town of Lyons makes $2.00 more per hour. It takes longer to plow snow and snow removal in the Village. The village needs licensed Water and Sewer Operators. The Village cannot be without a Police Department.
Mr. Murtari stated the CGR report showed a $5.00 to $6.00 savings. Trustee VanStean stated that is doable without dissolution.
Mayor Kleisle explained we already have a Joint Code Enforcement Officer, Joint Facility, Joint Planning Board and have started to purchase equipment together. She stated we would have to hold a referendum to get rid of the Town Highway Superintendent. He would have to be appointed instead of elected to oversee Water and Sewer. A referendum would also have to be held to get rid of the Village Judge before the end of his term to join with the Town.
Trustee VanStean stated the Village needs to go to Wayne County to ask for help with all the tax exempt property in this community.
Authorization was granted for MRB/group to assist the Village of Lyons with their ADA Transition Plan.
Trustee Evangelist commented on the ADA meeting with the Federal Highway Department. The representatives from the Federal Highway stated most communities do not have an ADA Transition Plan. The Village of Lyons is only lacking a piece of paper. The State of New York has only received one complaint and that was from a resident from Lyons. The Village will be ahead of everyone else once our plan is filed. They will not lose CHIPS money.
Mayor Kleisle stated it is time to go out for bid for the chipping the brush at Cole Road. The Town of Lyons has agreed to pay for a portion of this.
Arthur Williams, Village Attorney, read the Town of Arcadia, Landfill proposal. He commented that the SEQR form may have substantial impact on the environment. A scope must be done as well as drafting an environmental impact statement. They will have to prepare a DEIS. The Village will have an opportunity to comment.
RESOLVED that the Zoning Board, Planning Board, Village Board Members, and Code Enforcement, appointed by the Village of Lyons are authorized to attend the Fall 2012 Regional Local Government Workshop offered by Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council at the Clarion Hotel on November 16, 2012, in Batavia.
Discussion took place regarding brush pick up in the Village. Authorization was given to the Clerk-Treasurer to advertise for brush pick up to start on October 29, 2012. There will be one pick up per street. The public will also be notified that Village residents can take brush to the end of Clyde Road.
Mayor Kleisle spoke regarding a Town Board meeting she attended on September 26th. The Town Board and Paul Fera, Lyons Ambulance Administrator, recognized several ambulance employees and people from the Lyons Fire Department for saving 3 lives due to cardiac arrest within the last six months. There are approximately 350,000 cases of cardiac arrest per year in the United States. Of this number, only about 14-17% survives. Traumatic cardiac arrest has even a lower survival percentage, at around 0-5%. Because Lyons has a staffed Fire Department and Lyons Ambulance lives were saved. The Village of Lyons congratulates Charles Witt and Aaron DiSanto for assisting in saving these lives. Mayor Kleisle reported the Fire Department automatically responds to cardiac arrest when the ambulance is dispatched to such. The Fire Department budget is $338,000 annually and the Town of Lyons residents pay 40% of that cost. She also noted the volunteer fireman have purchased the last two vehicles.