Village of Palmyra – November 19, 2012
Mayor Daly called a Village of Palmyra meeting of the board to order at 7:00 PM.. Meeting minutes from the November 5, 2012 meeting were approved, as presented. The board also approved Voucher #472 in the amount of $50.00, and Abstract #6B in the amount of $72,747.32.
Under correspondence, Mayor Daly reported having received a resignation from Officer Sherman Yates, due to retirement. The board accepted his resignation, with regret, and wished Officer Yates well in his future endeavors. The village also received the WMS Mutual Aid Report for October, and the NYS DOH approval of completed works for the West Foster Street water main replacements. Lastly, Village Clerk Alicia Lynch reported that she will conduct several training sessions for village employees and volunteer firemen on sexual harrassment.
During Trustee reports, Trustee Husk reported that the Christmas decorations are going up in the village, and that the Prospect Hill tree was cut down. He also notified the board that the Timber Harvest crew will attend the next village board meeting. Also, Trustee Husk updated the board on the proposed Skateboard Park. He noted that currently there are no changes or progress in moving forward, however the group has not given up yet. Lastly he commented that he has had the privelege of serving on the board with with Mayor Daly and Trustee Bradstreet. He thanked Trustee Bradstreet for his service and dedication, and Mayor Daly for being the “Ambassador of Palmyra, always a cheerleader for the community.”
Trustee Bradstreet acknowledged the efforts of the Pal-Mac School District in celebration of Veteran’s Day. Mr. Bradstreet commented the district’s children did a “fine job representing today’s youth- kudos to the school district for a job well done.”
Trustee Piccola reported happily that the Foster Street work is now complete. He also made a motion to hire Mr. Derek Baker as a seasonal snow plow driver at a rate of $15.00 per hour. Mr. Piccola then took a moment to publicly thank Mayor Daly for her 11 years of service as the Mayor of the Village of Palmyra, and for her dedication to the residents and the village. He also thanked Trustee Bradstreet for his 4 years of dedicated service to the village.
Trustee Nolan reported that the Wayne County Water Authority has requested a new service agreement, and recommended the board authorize the Supervisor to sign it, as it is reasonable and he would like to continue the good working relationship already established The board approved his motion, contingent upon attorney approval. Mr. Nolan also updated the board that the village is currently seeking asbestos removal quotes for a possible asbestos removal remedy in a water line. Additionally the Wastewater Plant had its annual DEC inspection, routine maintenance, and had no safety violations. The Water Department also boasted no safety violations, had routine maintenance, had one shut-down due to high water levels, and had one fire hydrant taken out by a car which was subsequently stolen. Trustee Bradstreet offered a suggestion that the employees in the water and wastewater plants ought to be recognized for their years of hard work with no safety violations.
Mayor Daly reported that the annual Veteran’s Day ceremony at the VFW was “as always, very nice”. She also mentioned that the first annual turkey raffle was held at the fire hall this past Saturday, and was well attended and beautifully organized. Other items of interest were the next Cablevision meeting which is to be scheduled in December, and he architect plans and recommendations for the park bandstand. Regarding the bandstand recommendations, Mayor Daly also recommended working alongside with Code Enforcement Officer Dan Wooden, as Historic Preservation needs to first go through the Code Office. She noted the blogger who began the “Wayne County Life” blog is currently serving in Afghanistan. As a result Ms. Daly is taking over the blog in his absence. The blog posts all activities and events going on throughout the county, and Ms. Daly urges community members to send in events to be listed on the blog. Mayor Daly also reported on a new state-wide policy sponsored by the NYS Sheriff’s Department called the “Yellow Dot Program”. Vital information pamphlets and identifying yellow dot stickers to place in car windows and front doors to alert emergency personnel of all pertinent emergency information. The sticker/brochure packets are available in the police station and also at the Towpath.
Lastly Mayor Daly exclaimed that she is still surprised that it has been 11 years since she began her term as mayor. She noted that it is her belief that the reason the board has been so successful is due to their ability to talk through things and find compromises, in order to further the village. She concluded likening their process to a favorite comic strip which read, “Think, talk, compromise, and pass the budget.”
In other business Village Clerk Alicia Lynch reported that there is currently a 20% discount on code updates. The board then approved expensing $576.00 for reconification of the code. Regardine a request from Police Chief Dalton, the board agreed to allow the chief to begin a search to potentially replace retired Officer Yates, to collect data but not proceed with he hiring process until after the new budget is drawn up.
Approved resolutions included authorization for Mayor Daly to sign a contract with the town for fire protection, and authorization for Mayor Daly to sign a contract with the county for a Nutrition Site in the Sexton Building. Hours are Monday through Friday, from 8:30-1:30. Meals are available to the elderly at a cost of $3.50, or whatever is afforded.
No other business came before the board and the public meeting was adjourned at 7:51 PM. The next regular meeting of the Village Board will be held on Monday, December 3rd, at 7:00 PM.
By Becky Block