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Macedon Village Board – Jan. 22, 2014
- Updated: January 24, 2014
A regular meeting of the board was called to order by Mayor Cramer at 7:00 in the Macedon Fire Hall. Meeting minutes dated January 8, 2014 were approved, as presented. Additionally, the abstract dated January 24th in the amount of $47,992.26 was also approved, as presented, with one ‘nay’ vote from Trustee Sliney.
Public comment was offered from Sandy Pagano, who addressed the village board as an individual, and noted she was not speaking on behalf of the town board, as she is a member. Ms. Pagano explained that the reason the joint meeting was canceled was due to the fact that sufficient [required] notice was unable to be posted, and the meeting would have been considered “illegal” in the eyes of state law, further explaining that town and village laws vary greatly. She also noted she is appreciative of the new weekly sewer reports and suggested that perhaps lawyers do not always need to be involved. She also suggested hiring a stenographer, which costs less financially, and would enabling an accurate record of meetings. She suggested that talking face to face, and not always by e-mail, is still the best way to communicate and get things done. Lastly she explained, “I am all for communication between the town and the village.” A second resident questioned tax laws mentioned in Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address, and also suggested that the village and town work together, saying “It is something that will benefit everyone.”
During Trustee & Department Head reports, DPW Superintendent, David LeMoyne, reported that the Highway Department has completed patchwork on Bickford, cleaned the catch basin on Bickford and Lapham, picked up several Christmas trees and some brush, completed truck maintenance, washed vehicles to clean off salt, and completed light fixture maintenance. He also noted that the department has accrued approximately 8 hours of overtime for snow plowing. He then reported that the Water Department completed its quarterly meter read, which was the first with the new meters. A resident inquired how much time was saved doing the water meter readings utilizing the new meter reading system, and Mr. LeMoyne, responded that the reading took one hour, as opposed to one day. He also reported that there was a frozen line for the water tower, and a new power supply for the transducer was purchased for $110, and the repair was made. He reported that water service was shut off to vacant buildings, and 4 new water meter replacements were completed. Mr.LeMoyne said that an increase in total water usage prompted the department to look into possible leaks, which were ultimately located and repaired, saving 40,000-50,000 gallons of lost water daily, all within one week’s time. Lastly Mr. LeMoyne reported that at the Sewer Plant the new eyewash shower was installed, as was the new filter system, a new safety gate, and kick plates. Maintenance and cleaning, as well as wall painting preparation was also completed.
Fire Chief Tim Wilcox remarked that he had some personnel issues for Executive Session.
Village Engineer, Mr. Dan Cornwall reported that the weekly sewer meetings are now having reports summarizing each meeting to be shared with the town, in an effort to improve communications. He also commented that he has received 40 out of 120 questionnaires back regarding the sewer usage from commercial customers. He explained that this is a required survey, in an effort to ascertain what types of products are being flushed into the sewer drains. He also noted that he met with JC Smith of Environmental Facilities Corporation, regarding future sewer improvements. And lastly he explained that he opened lines of communication with the attorney representing the applicant who is opening an RV Park within the town, as there are concerns of stronger than domestic waste, which could qualify the business as an industrial user, and explained that he wanted them to be aware, in the event this comes to fruition and they have a higher than expected sewer bill.
Trustee Sliney reported that he received a letter from Time Warner Cable notifying all municipalities in Wayne County of upcoming contract negotiations for network programming. He also noted that he will be seeking additional quotes for motion flood lights at the Village Hall.
Trustee Kelly reported that the new sewer plant generator has been ordered through Captain Smith, and the village will be notified when it arrives in. He also noted that the town board has been invited to attend the weekly sewer meetings, if they wish.
Trustee Lohse reported that the new Kemp Drive home has finally had electricity installed, and that site plans are being reviewed for a potential new build in the village as well. Lastly he noted that the village and town have been working on emergency evacuation plans.
Under updates, Mayor Cramer reported that the Republican Caucus will be held on Tuesday, January 28th, at 7:00 PM in the Village Hall. She noted that a Village Justice and two Village Trustee seats will be opening. Additionally, she announced voting day will be Tuesday, March 18th, with polls open from 12:00 noon until 9:00 PM in the Macedon Fire Hall. Lastly Mayor Cramer reported that the next Budget Workshop will be held on Saturday, February 15th at 8:00 AM, in the Village Hall.
Under new business, Mayor Cramer explained that Village Clerk, Mr. John Socha, tendered his resignation, and thanked him for all his hard work. As a result, the board approved a motion to remove Mr. Socha from bank signing, and replace him with the Deputy Village Clerk, Ms. Kathy Reilly. The board also approved Mr. Dan Hendricks to be named as the interim treasurer. Lastly the board approved a $900.00 grant writing fee to apply for a codification grant for Content Managing Software.
No other business came before the board and the public meeting was adjourned at 8:03 PM. The board then met in Executive Session regarding an employment issue, and for an update on litigation. The next regular meeting of the board will be held on Wednesday, February 12th, at 7:00 PM in the Macedon Village Hall.
By Becky Block