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