Village of Palmyra – December 3, 2012
Mayor Piccola called a Village of Palmyra meeting of the board to order at 7:00 PM. Mayor Piccola then appointed Ms. Gina Luke as a Village Trustee, temporarily, until the next public election, and Village Clerk Alicia Lynch then swore Ms. Luke in. The annual Organizational meeting was then held, outlining committee members, department chairs, holidays, meetings and minutes, and also declared the Times of Wayne County as the official newspaper of record for the village. Meeting minutes from the November 17, 2012 meeting were approved, as presented. The board also approved Vouchers #482-506, of Abstract #7A in the amount of $251,293.68. Under correspondence, Mayor Piccola noted that the 2013 Budget Calendar was dispersed to the board and department heads, outlining the budget process.
During Trustee reports, Deputy Mayor Husk reported that 17 cemetery foundations have been poured, with a revenue of just over $2,800.00. He also reported that the roof at the fire hall has been reenforced and the plumbing issues are fixed. He also reported that the soffet replacement in the Park & Club room is nearly done. Additionally he noted that motion sensors are being installed in the village hall restrooms in an effort to be more energy efficient. Lastly Deputy Mayor Husk introduced Mr. Corey Figueiredo of Furture Forest Consulting in Naples, NY and Ms. Susan Keister of Susan Keister, LLC in Wayland, NY regarding the Prospect Hill timber harvest managing. Both Mr. Figueiredo and Ms. Keister presented the board with proposals, are both certified by the DEC, and insured, and explained their process of Master Plans following the DEC’s recommended Stewardship Plan, their tree selection and residual forest methods. One difference noted was that Ms. Keister’s company will notify neighboring residents prior to the logging process, so that they are aware of what will be done and when. Ms. Keister also noted that the village’s profits from the sale of lumber after logging is on average for a 30 acre property between $30,000 and $40,000. The board thanked both representatives for their time and explained they will be making a decision soon. He also notified the board that he is awaiting a response from the IRS regarding the question of clothing allowances being non-taxable.
Trustee Gina Luke and Ms. Fran Stuart reported that the Christmas Celebration to be held on the 14th us progressing nicely and will be expanded into the library for additional children’s activities this year.
Trustee Nolan requested Highway Superintendent Mike Boesel report to the board regarding the West Foster Street water main, which is now complete. He also reported that NYSEG is working on gas lines on West Charlotte Street, and progressing nicely. He also noted a joint project with the town repairing the highway barn roof repairs are done. Other report highlights included the last piece of ordered equipment will be picked up next week, the Ford 550 pick-up shall be delivered next week, the Safe Routes to School and Canandaigua Street projects are nearly closed out. Trustee Nolan also thanked Mr. Boesel for the efficeincy of his work, and all the good work he does for the village. He then explained that a water main which hangs on the East side of the Division Street bridge and services Garlock was originally installed in the 1930’s and had insulation of which is presently mostly worn away. He further explained that the DOT has contacted him regarding the piping, as they have performed tests which identify asbestos, and they cannot continue repair work on the bridge until 15 feet of the line has been cleared away. After discussion the board agreed that the best course of action is to seek engineering for the project and Superintendent Boesel will contact engineering in upcoming days to step in and oversee the situation.
In other business Mayor Piccola set a public hearing regarding a tax cap override for December 17, 2012, and this was further approved by the board. It was reported that the Single Audit which was preformed has been delivered and is available for review. The board also approved an extension of the current contract with the Wayne County Water Authority for an additional 2 years, increasing only the administration costs at a rate of 3% each year. Lastly the board approved a budget transfer in the amount of $16,877.00 from te Contingency Account into Pension to cover a shortage of $15,616.00 for Police & Fire Pensions and $1,262.00 for CSEA Highway Pension.
No other business came before the board and the public meeting was adjourned at 8:20 PM. The next regular meeting of the Village Board will be held on Monday, December 17th, at 7:00 PM.
By Becky Block