Macedon Town Board Thurs., April 10, 2014

Supervisor Hammond called to order a regular meeting of the board at 7:30 PM in the Macedon Town Hall.

Public comment was offered from Ms. Renee Hermann, who came before the board to share information regarding emergency responder training specifically tailored for working with special needs children. Town of Macedon Police Police Officer, Mr. Steve MacNeal replied that he will be attending the “Train the Trainer” training with hopes to have the program up and running within the next six months, which is the exact training Ms. Hermann was explaining. Reported correspondence included a letter from the New York State Department of Transportation notifying the town that the 45 mph speed limit on Canandaigua Road will be extended Northerly to Quaker Road.

At 7:35, a presentation was given to the board from Mr. Scott Cameron of Catholic Charities of Wayne County, who explained the anti-bullying program “PARC” (Positive Attitude Responsible Citizen). The program has taken root in Palmyra and is now moving into Macedon, and is a pro-active piece to assist students in coping with and standing up to bullies. Additionally, within the community, the program is currently helping to establish “Safe Zones”, which would identify participating merchants and community buildings who will prominently display the “Safe Zones” window decals,  and will furnish students with a safe,

bully-free zone they can come in to seek  help if needed. If merchants or municipal  businesses wish to participate, training will be provided as to what to look for and how to handle bullying incidents.

Town of Irondequoit Police Captain Richard Ryan presented Officer Steve MacNeal a Certificate of Commendation for a quick response to a burglary call, with a secondary patrol stop which ultimately led to the solving of several related burglary cases. Captain Ryan further remarked, “In my 23 years on the job [Officer MacNeal] is one of the best officers I’ve ever worked with.” Officer MacNeal has recently begun working in the Macedon Town Police Department, and  Supervisor Hammond thanked the officers for attending the meeting,  and remarked,  “Your loss is certainly our gain, and we will take good care of him.”

During the Round Table portion of the meeting, Councilwoman Pagano reported that the last pancake breakfast of the season will be held on Sunday, April 13th, from 8:00- Noon in the Macedon Fire Hall. She also noted that the upcoming annual Canal Clean Sweep event is approaching the weekend of April 25th and 26th. For more information, visit the Macedon Village web site or Councilman Maul reported that he plans to organize youths participating in the soccer program for a spring clean-up at Bullis Park. He also commended the Boy Scouts who attended the evening’s meeting, noting he “Very much enjoyed the visit, we always encourage questions, and we thank you for coming.”

Supervisor Hammond commented that the new Macedon Kachoria Family Practice located at 1033 Route 31 will hold an Open House on Tuesday, April 22nd, from 5:30-7:00 PM. He also noted that the Macedon Town Volunteer Ambulance is hosting a spaghetti dinner on May 3rd from 4:00-7:00 PM at the Macedon Center Fire Hall.

Macedon Police Chief, Mr. John Colella, reported that on Saturday, April 26th from 10:00 AM- 2:00 PM the semi-annual Prescription Drug Take-Back will be held in the Macedon Public Safety Building parking lot. All medicines will be accepted, with no questions asked, and will be safely disposed of through the DEA.

Highway Superintendent, Mr. Dick Roets, reported that his department is in the process of removing snow fencing, snow plow damage, and spring street sweeping. He also reported that the Yellow Mills Road Bridge is currently closed for repairs and maintenance.

The board then approved the following business items and resolutions:

– Public Hearing Set for April 24, 2014 at 7:45 PM for the purpose of overriding the tax levy limit

– Appointment of a new Fire Code Enforcement Officer, Mr. Jeremiah Shufelt, effective 4/11/14, at a salary of $17.00 per hour for a 26 week probationary period

The next Macedon Town Board meeting will be held on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 7:30 PM in the Macedon Town Hall.  By Becky Block


Palmyra Village Board Mon., April 7, 2014

Awards and Presentations

A regular meeting of the village board was called to order by Mayor Piccola at 7:00 in the Village Hall. Abstract # 11A Vouchers #804-856 in the amount of $79,408.46 was approved, as presented, as were the meeting minutes dated March 5,17, 24, and 30 of 2014. Reported correspondence was received from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, who commended the Village of Palmyra’s Court Clerk Ms. Patricia Peterson, whose paperwork for Warrants of Conviction were noted as being always done perfectly and in a  neat and professional manner. Additionally, a letter was received reporting the from the NYS DEC inspection results.

A presentation was then given to the Girl Scout Cadets of Troop #40094 in Palmyra who were received their Bronze Awards on January 17th. The Bronze Award is the highest award a scout can be awarded at this level, and requires a minimum of 20 hours each on their project which must benefit the community. Miss Paige Batterby, Miss Zoe Bird, Miss Courtney Knapp, Miss Mace Janto, Miss Jessica Prindle, and Miss Cholena Lane organized and collected monetary and physical donations for the Wayne County Humane Society, a total of 3 truckloads for its shelter. Mayor Piccola thanked the girls for their service, and presented them with Certificates of Appreciation on behalf of the Village of Palmyra.

Trustee Perry made a motion to approve a new firefighter, Mr. James Beato, which was approved by the board.

Trustee Luke reported having received a $250.00 grant from the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor for use towards the Summer Concert Series.

Mayor Piccola reported that he attended a meeting to discuss the village’s TAP Grant, and that the process is moving in the right direction, with the next step being final cost estimates. He also reported that the Highway Department made a total of 101 plow trips for the season and will receive a one time CHIPS funding increase of $6,250.00 to cover severe winter-related road issues. Additionally the Highway Department has been keeping busy with inspections, training, repairs, maintenance, and conducting a 6 hour defensive driving course for its employees. Regarding seasonal work, the department has begun street sweeping and cleaning creek beds and grates, and will begin brush pickup in May on the 1st and 3rd Mondays through September. Mayor Piccola noted that should residents need brush clean-up sooner, the drop zone is open at the highway facility, and reminded residents that trees should be cut down to reasonable lengths with not too wide diameters for pick-up.

Lastly a resolution was reviewed by the board to update the police department’s Code of Ethics, to align the village’s retirement policy with that of the state. The board then approved a resolution which specifies that the mandatory retirement age of all Village of Palmyra Police Officers shall be their 70th birthday and will automatically terminate 30 days after said birthday.  The next regular meeting of the board will be held on Monday, April 21st at 7:00 PM in the Palmyra Village Hall.

By Becky Block


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