Village of Palmyra – October 1, 2012
Trustee Bradstreet called a Village of Palmyra meeting of the board to order at 7:00 PM. Meeting minutes from the September 17th meeting were approved, as presented. The board also approved Abstract #5A in the amount of $64,613.32.
During Trustee reports, Trustee Husk reported that repairs at the Spring Street are underway. He also noted that a gas leak in the heating unit was detected at the fire hall, and the repair has been made. Mr. Husk then made a motion to purchase a new heating system from AC Smith in the amount of $4,225.00 for the Spring St. residence, which was also approved. Lastly, he made a made a motion for a cemetery shop heater repair on the wall furnace vent blower in the amount of $960.87, and this was approved by the board.
Trustee Piccola requested that the village advertise for a part time position in the Highway Department, and this was approved. Regarding the replacement of the Highway Department Loader, Mr Bradstreeet made a motion for the village to hold the current loader until May to be placed in the public auction in which a minimum bid of $125,000.00 was guaranteed, with the stipulation that the loader have less than 700 service hours. The new 2013 Catepillar Loader, for the amount of $318,356.00 to be ordered in May of 2013.
In other business the board approved the new fire contract after a two year freeze. The current contract of $63,000.00 was approved to have a 2% increase, bringing the contrat to $64,260.00 for 2013 and $65,545.00 for 2014. A motion was then made for Mayor Daly to sign the contract. The board also approved the splitting of the St. Thomas water bill discrepency over multiple quarters. Regarding the lease renewal at the Village-owned Sexton Building the board approved a change in billing to $335.00 per month, and the board will inspect the property’s soffets, heating system, and 3rd floor for storage suitability. Lastly Trustee Husk shared a letter from the Veterans of New York State, and throughtout the United States, noting that due to budget cuts and as of October 1st military funeral services will realize a 25% cut in the $3.3 million in federal funding for New York’s Military Forces Honor Guard. This translates into a 29% reduction in the program that funds Honor Guard units, and will directly affect live musicians playing the traditional bugled ‘Taps’ during military honor funerals. Mr. Husk commented that this is a “huge disservice to our veterans.”
No other business came before the board and the public meeting was adjourned at 8:34 PM. The next regular meeting of the Village Board will be held on Monday, Ictober 15th, at 7:00 PM.
by Becky Block