Village of Palmyra – August 6, 2012
Mayor Daly called a Village of Palmyra meeting of the board to order at 7:00 PM. Meeting minutes from the July 10th meeting were approved, as presented. The board also approved Abstract #1 in the amount of $121,263.41, and Abstract #1 and an adjustment, wherein Voucher #25 was declared void. Public comment was offered from Mr. John Goodyear who reported that he has been, and will continue to, attend meetings as an opponent of the proposed landfill in Arcadia and urged the board to join him and also attend.
Under correspondence Mayor Daly reported having received an e-mail thanking the Village for a pleasant experience while passing through the area via the canal. She also noted that an extension has been granted by the State of New York for the AUD filing. Lastly an invitation from the MRB Group was extended to the Village Board to attend a conference being held at the University of Rochester in August 23rd.
Pamela, Gary, and Cassandra Hughes of Fayette Street came before the board regarding a Code Violation notice they received citing high weeds and milkweed in their front yard. The Hughes family explained their lifelong hobby of cultivating plants and insects, and specifically raising monarch butterflies since 1991. Since milkweed is the only plant monarchs will eat and therefore attracts butterflies, they have allowed the weed to grow naturally in their yard. Pamela Hughes also noted that she was “astounded that after 21 years the milkweed is an issue”. Trustee Brdstreet responded that “It is not just the milkweed that is unsightly, other aspects [of the front yard] have to be addressed.” Ultimately the board and the Hughes family came to an agreement through compromise that the milkweed may remain through the rest of its season, (typically through Labor Day) after which it will be cleared. Other weeds must be cleared now. Lastly in future seasons it was established that the milkweed must grow in the Hughes’ back yard only.
During Trustee reports, Trustee Husk reported that Buildings and Grounds have been completing tree work, trimming shrubs throughout the village and in the Village Cemetery, building a new handicap ramp, and also repairing the handicap ramp at the Village Hall. He also noted that two street signs have been damaged due to truck traffic, and noted that a recommendation has been made to consider installing restricted truck traffic signage on Clinton Street. The board agreed to look further into this. Lastly Trustee Husk noted that New York State has declared an Emergency Adoption of a Burn Ban which is currently in effect effective from July 13 through October 10, 2012 for the entire state and wanted to make residents aware that specific restrictions have been placed on burns. More information can be found at www.dec.ny.gov
Trustee Bradstreet reported that the July 22nd Village Concert realized a “good crowd, and a very good time was had by all.” He also noted that the August 5th jazz concert was moved indoors to the Town Hall, and that the talent was an “excellent group which has performed at the Rochester Jazz Festival”. Trustee Bradstreet also reported that 2 properties on Kent Street were cited for code violations which will be followed up by Code Enforcement. Lastly he noted that the property at 622 East Main Street has been cleared nicely.
Trustee Nolan reported that a sludge pump needed to be replaced in the water department and that trees surrounding the water tower need to be looked into. He also noted that the goal for the water line project on West Foster Street is to have them done by winter. Lastly he reported that the water department and wastewater plant have undergone all necessary maintenance and testing, had no safety violations, and had normal operations for the month.
Trustee Piccola reported on Safe Routes to School, that the project is “winding down”. He quoted a total cost of $121,741.00 including all labor, material, and engineering with a remaining balance of grant funding in the amount of $68,900.00. The last item needed will be 2 speed radar street signs with a total cost of $9,000.00, and will be ordered shortly. Lastly Trustee Piccola reported that the ‘No Parking’ sign will be installed on Vienna Street announcing no parking between Troop and Mill Streets shortly.
Mayor Daly commended Wayne County Sheriff Virts and the Wayne County Sheriff’s office on being the 4th Sheriff’s Office in all of New York State to be accredited, which is the “gold seal” of titles.
In other business the board approved a motion to respond to the Town of Arcadia Resolution to act as the Lead Agency for a SEQRA matter for the land ill. While the Village of Palmyra Board agreed they have no issue with the Town of Arcadia acting as lead agency the board approved the motion to also respond that as an interested party in the matter the village is opposed to the project due to the increased truck traffic that would pass through the Village of Palmyra as a direct result of the proposed landfill. The board also discussed the possibility of next summer instituting a volunteer-run Harbor host program for visitors to welcome, assist, and answer questions to visitors. Trustee Husk commented that it is a “great idea”, asking “How can it not help our community?” The board agreed to further pursue the idea. The board also discussed a request to hang a banner over Main Street from “Shop Wayne COunty”, and agreed to decline the request based on the fact that it is a for-profit business and is also an arguable benefit to the community, under the advise of the Village Attorney, Mr. Art Williams. The board also approved the following business items:
• Budget transfers in the total amount of $401.76
• The Pal-Mac Homecoming Parade to be held on Friday, September 21st at 6:00 PM
• A request to sign a 12th (Overlay) Vacation Region for the Erie Canal Corporation
• A Wayne County Fair Request to set up a booth on the opposite side of the street
• A request to use the park gazebo for live entertainment during Canaltown Days
• A resolution authorizing Mayor Daly to sign a contract with Action Security for water alarm monitoring
Further discussion of the sale of a village easement on Liberty Street was had amongst the board and Village Attorney, Mr. Art Williams who recommended the village declare the property surplus which can then be sold to the interested party for a nominal offering of $100.00, offering a Quit Claim Deed with no Abstract or Title, with the buyer to pay all recording fees.
No other business came before the board and the public meeting was adjourned at 8:12 PM for the board to meet in Executive Session regarding a contractual issue. The next regular meeting of the Village Board will be held on Monday, September 10th, at 7:00 PM.
By Becky Block