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Minutes Archive - 2019

(The Data below is for General Information only, it has has been corrected as best we can for obvious Misspellings and Typos.

The Official Approved Legal data should be viewed at the Village Offices)

 

2019 - Jan.15 | Feb.12 | Mar.12 | Apl.01 | Apl.02 | May 21 | Jun.05 |

 Jun.18 | Jul.16 | Aug.20 | Sep.17 | Oct.15 | Nov.19 | Dec.17

 

Board of Trustees Regular Meeting - December 17, 2019 - 6:30 PM Community House

Present: Mayor Straney, Trustees: Kathy Buckley, Connie Grant, Arthur Dockerty, James Castrucci. Attorney Norman Mastromoro.

Public: Margaret DiGiacomo, Kent Koptiuch, Katrina Caringi

Also: Assistant Chief Shannon Whiteman, Superintendent Jarrod Walrath, Police Chief Diana Callen, Treasurer Brandon Loren

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Straney and the salute to the flag was given.

Department Heads:

Fire Department: The key for Engine 3 has been replaced. There are repairs being done to the Firehouse bathroom. The ambulance has needed a new filter every three months. Discussion of algae in the tank, may need to change the brand/ quality of filters. Report submitted.

DPW: The new truck was picked up and received an undercoating from Fitzpatrick's Auto Sales. Jarrod stated the annual evaluations on the DPW workers were completed. There is a water leak on Fowler, the third one in four months. Report submitted.

WWTP: No one present, report submitted. WWTP flooding will not be covered by the Selective Flood policy. There was a discussion regarding DEC reporting of Mercury, Phosphorous, and Nitrogen. This test is roughly $15,000.00 annually and is mandated.

Police: Report submitted.

Codes: Cliff reported that there have been 35 building permits done this year, as opposed to 34 in 2018, and 13 in 2017. He suggested that the Board discuss, amend, and add Local Laws for Property Maintenance. Some items discussed were regarding rubbish, garbage, cars, tires, appliances, etc. Trustee Buckley questioned laws about chimney, height relative to the roof peak. Cliff stated that the chimney must be three feet above the peak. Report submitted. Marina: No one present, no report. There was a discussion about the FEMA threshold being met for the declaration of Disaster. Daniel Straney, who works for the Village, will be working on repair of the damage that occurred at the Marina Harbor Master House from the November 1, 2019 flood.

Treasurer: Brandon discussed the AUD being done by Dave Read. He also addressed the previous topic of QuickBooks and how to access more users. Report submitted.

Dog Census-No one present, no report.

Cemetery-No one present, no report. Discussion of generating and sharing new rules and regulations for the Cemetery before commencement of Cemetery opening in Spring 2020.

Public: Margaret discussed the meatloaf dinner put on by the Friends of St. Johnsville. The Friends of St. Johnsville sell plaques to homeowners of historical houses. The Village of St. Johnsville is listed under the historical registration. She also stated that there is a gentleman who will remove appliances for free in relation to the discussion of Local Laws and Property Maintenance that Cliff discussed.

Nestle: Kent Koptiuch from Nestle is a hydrogeologist scientist. There was discussion pertaining to further testing at Congdon Springs and Zimmerman Creek. The present contemplated testing is to determine if the water the Village has meets the FDA definition of "Spring Water". In addition, this testing will determine water access and capacity, and the potential income the Village could receive for allowing Nestle to buy water from St. Johnsville.

A motion was made by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Buckley to allow Nestle to continue the testing at Congdon Springs.

Legals: Attorney Mastromoro presented the Board with a "Contract for Transfer of Real Estate" offered by the school district's Attorney regarding the Soccer Field. The environmental indemnification requested was not acceptable to the Village.

Other: A motion was made by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Dockerty to give employees who work 30+ hours Kinney Drug gifts cards valued at $50.00 each. All ayes, motion carried.

A motion was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Dockerty for the approval of the fire contract with the Town of Palatine. All ayes, motion carried.

A motion was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Dockerty for the approval of the East Canada Creek Fire District Contact. All ayes, motion carried.

Consent Agenda: A motion to create a consent agenda consisting of the minutes of the 11/19/19 Regular Meeting, DPW, WWTP, Police, Codes and Treasurer's reports was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Dockerty. All ayes, motion carried.

A motion to adopt said Agenda was made by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Buckley. All ayes, motion carried.

Audit of Claims: A motion to accept the claims as presented to the Board as approved to the Board by the Treasurer, in the amount of $276,453.86 was made by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Dockerty. All ayes, motion carried. The claims are broken down as follows:

General Fund: $201,362.13

Cemetery Fund: $0.00

Marina Fund: $34,827.75

Water Fund: $ 2,299.18

Sewer Fund: $ 37,964.80

New business:

A motion to adjourn was made by Trustee Dockerty and seconded by Trustee Buckley. All ayes, motion carried.

Next meeting-December 21st at 6:30 pm

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Board of Trustees Regular Meeting - November 19, 2019 - 6:30 PM Community House

Present: Mayor Straney, Trustees: Kathy Buckley, Connie Grant, Arthur Dockerty, James Castrucci. Attorney Norman Mastromoro.

Public:  Chad Hogan

Also:  Assistant Chief Shannon Whiteman, Superintendent Jarrod Walrath, WWTP Operator Frank Erno, Police Chief Diana Callen, Treasurer Brandon Loren

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Straney and the salute to the flag was given.

Department Heads:

Fire Department: The Fire Dept. will be doing their OSHA testing in January/February of 2020.

Written report submitted.

DPW: Jarrod stated 2 loads of salt from Atlantic Salt have been received and that the company is very quick to deliver salt when requested.  He requested the Board enter into executive session later to discuss DPW personnel issue.

WWTP: Frank discussed the benefits of having an alarm/camera installed at the controls on influent pump system.  Frank would receive a message with a live camera feed when the power

goes out and see if there is flooding during a storm.  He moved the timer from 15 seconds to 2 seconds when the power goes out for faster turnover time.

Police: Diana stated there are two police officers resigning and two more pending resignations in December.  The new Police car needs to have a minimum of 89 octane gasoline.  There was a bid for tires from Hilltop Tire for $99.20 per tire.  Report submitted.

Codes:  No one present.  Report submitted.

Marina:  No one present, no report.  There was flooding 3 feet high in the Harbor Master House.  The building interior effected by the flood was the flooring, carpets, lower outlets, electric meters, air conditioner unit.  In addition, the headwall water and electric stanchions, flag poles, docks, landscaping, and power to the Harbor Master’s House were inundated.

Treasurer: Brandon discussed the Treasurer report.  There was a discussion related to the QuickBooks software. The software we have now supports 3 users.  Brandon stated there

is Desktop Premium that allows additional users and that it does not charge us a payroll fee for employee payroll.  Also, the AUD is being prepared by Read Financial.

Dog Census-No one present, no report.

Cemetery-No one present no report.  Cemetery is closed for the Winter.  Discussion of generating and sharing new rules and regulations for the Cemetery before commencement of

Cemetery opening in Spring 2020.

Public: Chad Hogan addressed the Board regarding his high utility bill.  He asked if there was any way that he could make payments.  The high bill was due to a leaking toilet in the upstairs apartment that was fixed by Don’s Electric.  A motion was made by Trustee Grant that Chad Hogan would be responsible to pay half of the bill by November 29, 2019 and the other half by January 31,2019 with existing late fee, but no further penalties or interest contingent upon his submittal of the invoice from Don’s Electric.

Alex Countryman, assistant Fire Chief addressed the 10/31/19 Trunk or Treat event.  He conceded the Fire Department was late in asking the Board regarding the event and that they will address it sooner next year.  He further explained the reasons the Fire Department had undertaken this event was a tragic injury which occurred to a child that had a great impact on the Fire Fighters of the St. Johnsville Fire Department.

Legals: Attorney Mastromoro stated that he was still waiting on the Soccer Field Contract.

Other: A motion was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Buckley to sell the safe upstairs in the Mayor’s office to the Town of St. Johnsville Court for $1.00.  All ayes, motion carried.

Consent Agenda: A motion to create a consent agenda consisting of the minutes of the 10/15/19 Regular Meeting, DPW, WWTP, Police, Codes and Treasurer’s reports was made by Trustee Dockerty and seconded by Trustee Castrucci.  All ayes, motion carried.

A motion to adopt said Agenda was made by Trustee Buckley and seconded by Trustee Dockerty.  All ayes, motion carried.

Audit of Claims: A motion to accept the claims as presented to the Board as approved to the Board by the Treasurer, in the amount of $95,178.92 was made by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Buckley.  All ayes, motion carried.  The claims are broken down as follows:

            General Fund: $39,815.19

            Cemetery Fund: $2.99

            Marina Fund: $8,966.18

            Water Fund: $1,802.07

            Sewer Fund: $44,592.49

New business: A motion was made by Trustee Dockerty and seconded by Trustee Castrucci for the approval of the fire contract with the Town of Minden.  All ayes, motion carried.  A motion was made by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Grant for the approval of the fire contract with the Town of St. Johnsville.  All ayes, motion carried.

Motion to adjourn regular session, into executive session to discuss DPW personnel was made by Trustee Buckley and seconded by Trustee Castrucci.  All ayes, motion carried.

Motion to come out of executive session into regular session was made by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Grant.  All ayes, motion carried.  No action taken.

Motion to adjourn was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Castrucci.

Next meeting-December 17th at 6:30 pm

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Board of Trustees Public Hearing - October 15, 2019 - 6:15 PM Community House

Board of Trustees Regular Meeting - October 15, 2019 - 6:30 PM Community House

Present: Mayor Straney, Trustees Kathy Buckley, Connie Grant, Arthur Dockerty, James Castrucci, and Attorney Mastromoro

Public:  Sharon Fuller, Clara Cool, Dawn Lamphere, Mike O’Dockerty, Dave Smith, and Kent Koptiuch. 

Also:  Shannon Whiteman, Jarrod Walrath, Frank Erno, Brandon Loren, Grace Malefyt, Cathy Anderson

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Straney and the salute to the flag was given.

Department Heads:

Fire Department: Shannon brought up the need for Engine 3 fuel key. Mayor Straney discussed the Fire Department’s help in draining the water on the roof at 20 W. Liberty from a plugged interior roof drain. 

DPW:  Jarrod informed the Board that all the signs from the Police Audit are up. Mayor Straney mentioned to check the night reflectivity of the Village Signs. Also, all signs should be a certain height from the ground.  Still no response from Brown’s Ford on delivery of new Plow Truck.

Police:  No one present. Mayor Straney discussed the issue of some Village residents working on their vehicles while parked on Village Streets and how that could cause the oil or other chemicals to get into the storm drains and travel to the WWTP.

WWTP: Frank discussed the power outage at the WWTP due to electrical problems. There was a short on the wires for the fan and kicked the whole plants electric off. Emergency lights were ordered.

Codes:  No one present, no report. James Bent’s demo permit was revoked due to lack of a letter from his sister the property owner giving him permission to remove items off property.

Marina: Grace stated that things are going well, and that the Marina is clear of boats.

Treasurer: Brandon discussed the Treasurer report. Mayor Straney had a meeting with the County to discuss the next step for the Village Taxes that have not been paid.  We will be submitting the unpaid taxes using the Quick Books accounting system.

Dog Census-No one present, no report.

Cemetery-No one present no report.

Public: Dave Smith brought up issues he has with his Campsite at the Marina. His service is 30 amp and he stated he does not have enough power to properly run the camper he owns when there are larger campers using the same electric source. Dave also, asked if there is anyway to make site charges vary by size of the site and the number of amps at the site. Trustee Castrucci stated National Grid may be needed to be contacted about a larger transformer to solve the electric issues. It also may be from the 2006 flooding if the breakers were under water.

Shannon from the Fire Department addressed an issue she has with neighbors parking in front of her driveway and blocking her in. There is a sign by her driveway, but it is a sign that someone had hand made. She has a hard time making it to calls when she can’t get out and she has brought this to the Police Department’s attention.

Legals: Attorney Mastromoro stated that the ongoing legal status against Ephratah is still on hold and that Ephratah was served. The soccer field contract with the school is still being worked on to get the proper language.

Other: A motion to approve the Resolution #7 of 2019, authorizing approval of incorporation of the St. Johnsville Fire Department was made by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Dockerty. All ayes, motion carried. Discussion took place on changing the Village Website to a .gov instead of a .org. There is a class at the high school that has students that may be assisting in upkeep of the Village website by making it appealing relative to the information to update it.

Consent Agenda: A motion to create a consent agenda consisting of the minutes of the 10/15/19 Regular Meeting, DPW, WWTP, Police, Codes and Treasurer’s reports was made by Trustee Dockerty and seconded by Trustee Castrucci. All ayes, motion carried.

A motion to adopt said Agenda was made by Trustee Buckley and seconded by Trustee Dockerty. All ayes, motion carried.

Audit of Claims: A motion to accept the claims as presented to the Board as approved to the Board by the Treasurer, in the amount of $61,503.40 was made by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Buckley. All ayes, motion carried. They were broken down as follows:

            General Fund: $28,078.31

            Cemetery Fund: $49.94

            Marina Fund: $7,947.99

            Water Fund: $951.64

            Sewer Fund: $24,475.52

New business: Christmas and Tree Lighting will be at the Community house as the corner lots on Main and Division are no longer available.   NY Urban and Community Forestry Program is seeking proposals for grants relative to tree planting and care.  This is a good fit for the Soldiers and Sailors Park where a tree planting program took place 100 years ago.

Motion to adjourn regular session, into executive session to discuss DPW personnel was made by Trustee Buckley and seconded by Trustee Castrucci. All ayes, motion carried.

No action taken.

Motion to come out of executive session into regular session was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Castrucci. All ayes, motion carried.

Motion was made by Trustee Grant to post an ad for the position of a new employee to the DPW Water Department at $30,000 annually, seconded by Trustee Buckley. The Board will review applications and resumes before deciding on the new employee that will be hired. All ayes, motion carried.

Motion to increase the Fire Department’s Budget by $40,000.00 from the General Fund was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Dockerty. All ayes, motion carried.

Motion to adjourn was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Dockerty.

Next meeting-November 19th at 6:30 pm

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Board of Trustees Regular Meeting - September 17, 2019 - 6:30 PM Community House

Present: Mayor Straney, Trustees Kathy Buckley, Connie Grant, Arthur Dockerty, and Attorney Mastromoro

Public:  Sharon Fuller, Clara Cool, Dawn Lamphere, Mike O’Dockerty

Also:  Diana Callen, Jarrod Walrath, Frank Erno, Cliff Dorrough, Brandon Loren, Grace Malefyt, Cathy Anderson

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Straney and the salute to the flag was given.

Department Heads:

Fire Department: No one present, there was a report.

DPW: The 2014 truck is at Roosevelt's. They had 2 burials which were both cremations.  This makes 18 total this year as opposed to the 9 from last year.  The signs were ordered for the streets and should arrive within 2 weeks. 

Police:  Diana stated that everything is all set and status quo.  Mayor Straney read a letter addressed to John Slawson and the police for their quick and helpful work creating a list of signs that the village needs for the streets.  This was very beneficial to the DPW to get the signs ordered.

WWTP: Frank told the Board that the WWTP needs a new PH meter and tires for the truck. The PH meter is required by the state and needs to be read once in the AM and once in the PM.

Also, a temperature is needed for the report.  The probes for the machine keep being replaced which are $213.00 apiece and continue to keep increasing in price.  The machine they have

now is from 2003.  The WWTP is all set to go on the pump out of the sludge. 

Codes:  Cliff stated that the complaints have died down.  There are no local laws on vehicles, junk, tires, or appliances in resident’s yards so state code applies.

Marina: Grace stated that the season is coming to an end.  Grace wanted to acknowledge Clara Cool for her great job with the flowers that she had planted in front of the new bathhouse.

Treasurer: Brandon brought up that there is a CD that will be maturing in October and inquired about what the board may want to do with said CD.  There is also an account that has been at a

$0.00 balance for four months.  He is working on the AUD report as the previous CPA is no longer interested in preparing the report.

Dog Census-No one present, no report

Cemetery-No one present no report.  There have been many compliments on the way the cemetery is looking. 

Public: Dawn Lamphere stated that a representative from Congressmen Delgato will be at the library Monday September 23rd from 10am to noon to accept concern, complaints, or questions from the public. Dawn had also brought up the issue of winter storms and snow removal. Mayor Straney informed the public that we currently have an outside vendor that does lawn mowing for the residents who continually do not mow their lawns. These residents then receive a bill.  Using an outside vendor for snow removal was discussed.  There should be consideration of charging for snow removal the same way as lawn care.  Trustee Grant agreed that if it seems to be working and to continue to do so.

Legals: Mayor Straney discussed the Mutual Aid Agreement that the Village has with the County.  It is a 10-year agreement.  A motion was made by Trustee Dockerty to accept the Safety Mutual Agreement. Trustee Kathy seconded, all ayes, motion carried.  The Solar Project is moving forward relative to a land swap to address the concerns of Pauline Smith.  The land swap creates a conforming lot for this homeowner and allows the Village to meet 12/31/19 construction deadline.  National Grid and Solar Liberty have both signed off.  Mastromoro asked the Board to directly allow Mayor Straney to sign all deeds and documents required for the exchange.  A motion was made by Trustee Grant to empower Charles Straney, Mayor to execute required documents to evidence these transfers in exchange of parcels.  Trustee Buckley seconded, all ayes, motion granted. 

Mastromoro discussed the Fire Dept. incorporating into a Non-Profit.  This would have to be approved by the Board and there would have to be a public hearing.  Mastromoro stated that this would not make the Fire Dept. separate from the Village and that the cost of the Fire Dept. would still be an expense of the Village.  To have a public hearing there must be a 2-week posting in the Newspaper of the Public Hearing, one on the 1st of October and the other on the 8th of October. The Meeting would be on October 15th at 6:15.  A motion was made by Trustee Dockerty to hold a public hearing pursuant to Non-Profit incorporation of the St. Johnsville Volunteer Fire Dept.  Trustee Grant seconded, all ayes, motion carried. 

Mastromoro brought up the Soccer Field transfer to OESJ.  No movement and still waiting for correspondence from School Attorney.  The contract and transfer will need to be approved by the State Legislature.  A motion was made by Trustee Grant to proceed in the matter regarding the Soccer field and the OESJ School. This would entail composition of the letter, conditions of reversing, conditions of use, etc. Trustee Dockerty seconded, all ayes, motion carried.

Sale from Holcomb to Bergen required apportionment by County, Town and Village Taxes.  Motion by Trustee Buckley and second by Trustee Dockerty to accept the newly apportioned village tax bill for Bergen without late fees assessed, all ayes, motion carried.

Other: Mastromoro, Diana Callen, and Mayor Straney discussed a previous topic of protocol and legalities when wanting the Village to implement a Vehicular Disabling Mechanism.  Diana stated that there are currently 37 outstanding tickets. Mastromoro brought up that there must be four board members that have to approve to add it to the current traffic laws as a traffic violation, then the laws must be passed on to the Chief of Police.  Diana said that she would contact other Police Depts. and inquire on their procedures of such mechanisms.  Mayor Straney addressed the fire on Sanders Street and asked if Fire Dept. would be able to red tag a furnace, and take a picture of the tag while already in the house with the surroundings for documentation.   This could be passed to Codes for follow-up.  Furnace Tag out issue to be investigated.

Consent Agenda: A motion to create a consent agenda consisting of the minutes of the 9/17/19 Regular Meeting, DPW, WWTP, Police, Codes and Treasurer’s reports was made by Trustee Buckley and seconded by Trustee Dockerty. All ayes, motion carried.

A motion to adopt said Agenda was made by Trustee Buckley and seconded by Trustee Dockerty. All ayes, motion carried.

Audit of Claims: A motion to accept the claims as presented to the Board as approved to the Board by the Treasurer, in the amount of $66,121.04 was made by Trustee Kathy and seconded by Trustee Grant. All ayes, motion carried. They were broken down as follows:

            General Fund: $40,314.57

            Cemetery Fund: $151.16

            Marina Fund: $5,705.19

            Water Fund: $10,379.37

            Sewer Fund: $9,570.75

 New Business: Soldier and Sailors/sesquicentennial Account, Vehicle Disabling Mechanism, Fire

Dept. Non-Profit public hearing

Motion to adjourn was made by Trustee Buckley and seconded by Trustee Dockerty. All ayes, motion carried.

Board came out of Executive session at 9:23 pm. No action taken. 9:23 pm, back in regular session.

Motion to adjourn at 9:27 pm.

Next meeting-October 15th at 6:30 pm

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Board of Trustees Regular Meeting - August 20, 2019  -    6:30 PM Community House

Present: Mayor Straney, Trustees Kathy Buckley, James Castrucci, Arthur Dockerty, and Attorney Mastromoro Public: Omonike Akinyemi

Also: Diana Callen, Jarrod Walrath, Frank Erno, Brandon Loren and Grace Malefyt

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Straney and the salute to the flag was given.

Department Heads:

Fire Department: No one present, no report

DPW: Jarrod told the Board that two water leaks had been repaired. One on Monroe Street and the other on N. Division Street. He also reported that the leak inside Cellect had been taken care of. The leak is estimated to have been approximately 40,000 to 50,000 gallons a day, He also told that the situation on Averill Street is being worked on. He also has some issues with the equipment. The F450 flatbed, the 2001 F550, the Backhoe and one of the Kubotas are all in bad shape. Trustee Dockerty asked Jarrod to compile a list of priorities concerning the vehicles.

Police: The Chief told the Board that the officers are checking signs on the streets to make sure they are where they should be, and the signs are there. She also asked to go into Executive session to discuss personnel.

WWTP: Frank told the Board that the WWTP needed a sump pump. The estimated cost is $300.00 so the Board told him to buy it.

Codes: No one present, no report

Marina: Grace told the Board that she has found out that the lighthouse is under the care of the Village, and needs repair. She reported that the tanks, sheds and parking lot have been painted. She was told by the Board that the "Kayak Condo" project is on hold until 2020.

Treasurer: Brandon explained that he is working on getting the water meter info into QuickBooks. He is also working on a Profit & Loss report for each month going forward. He also explained that the new tax roll is on QuickBooks and can be paid in QuickBooks when taxes are collected.

Dog Census-No one present, no report

Cemetery-No one present no report

Public: Omonike Akinyemi spoke to the Board about screening movies at the Marina and is looking for a place to do this when the weather gets bad. The Mayor suggested the Community House. After some discussion, it was decided that she could use the Auditorium in the Community House if she can provide a six (6) month schedule and it is not at a time that is being used. She will also have to fill out an application to use the room. After that, a discussion ensued concerning gathering the inventory of all the different places where items are stored.

Legals: Attorney Mastromoro informed the Board that the 2016 assessment proceeding is back on the Court calendar and is just waiting for a conference. There was a discussion about appraisers and the Office of Real Properties was a suggestion for some help. The Mayor will touch bases with Mark Rose from Little Falls about an appraiser they used in a lawsuit. The attorney then discussed the two agreements between The Village and Shimkus/Default and Smith concerning William Street Ext. Trustee Buckley made a motion to accept the agreements as presented. Trustee Castrucci seconded, all ayes, motion carried. Solar Liberty would like to start work this week. National Grid needs an easement first, but the Village is the only one that can do that. A motion was made by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Buckley that, upon approval of the Village Attorney, the Mayor is authorized to sign a "Grant of Easement" agreement with National Grid regarding the pending solar project and following a formal commitment by Solar Liberty to assume all costs of utility pole location or relocation. All ayes, motion carried.

Old Business: The letter to the school about the Soccer Field has not been finalized yet. Local Law #3 of 2019 was tabled. A motion was made by Trustee

2019, Traffic Regulation #2019-1 that prohibits parking on Ann Street on the west side from the northerly curb line of New Street 62' (sixty-two) north. Allayes, motion carried. Roll Call-Mayor Straney-Yes Trustee Buckley-Yes Trustee Castrucci-Yes Trustee Dockerty-Yes Trustee Grant-Absent

Trustee Dockerty made a motion to accept Resolution #5 of 2019, Traffic Regulation # 2019-2 that prohibits parking on both sides of Falling Avenue on a straight line drawn from the intersection of Failing Avenue with the northerly curb line of Timmerman Avenue south to New York State Route 5. Trustee Castrucci seconded, all ayes, motion carried. Roll Call-Mayor Straney-Yes Trustee Buckley-Yes Trustee Castrucci-Yes Trustee Dockerty-Yes Trustee Grant-Absent John Leslo has ordered the membrane and caulking to patch the

Community House roof. He will show DPW how to do it for future reference.

Consent Agenda: A motion to create a consent agenda consisting of the minutes of the 7/16/19 Public Hearing, 7/16 Regular Meeting, DPW, WWTP, Police, Codes and Treasurer's reports was made by Trustee Buckley and seconded by Trustee Dockerty. All ayes, motion carried.

A motion to adopt said Agenda was made by Trustee Buckley and seconded by Trustee Dockerty. All ayes, motion carried.

Audit of Claims: A motion to accept the claims as presented by the Clerk, in the amount of $95,665.76 was made by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Dockerty. All ayes, motion carried. They were broken down as follows:

General Fund: $ 32,617.79

Cemetery Fund: $ 1,720.26

Marina Fund: $ 13.235.39

Water Fund: $ 37,985.97

Sewer Fund: $ 10,106.35

New Business: The Mayor has hired Jayna Cool as Village Clerk to fill the term of Mary Rackmyer, who is retiring, which will end May 31, 2020 on the approval of the Board. A motion was made by Trustee Dockerty and seconded by Trustee Castrucci to appoint Mayor Straney Registrar of Vital Statistics to fill the term of Mary Rackmyer. There was discussion about extending the term of the Joint Comprehensive Planning Board since it did not get off the ground for six (6) months. It was decided to extend the term to

February 2, 2020. The Clerk will call the Town Clerk with this information. The attorney will check on the procedure needed to start using a vehicle boot for those who don't pay their parking tickets. A motion was made by Trustee Buckley and seconded by Trustee Dockerty to waive the cost of garage sale permits for the Village Wide Garage Sale Days which will be September 6-8. All ayes, motion carried. The next Village Wide Trash Days will be September 20 and 21, 2019. Sales tax received by the Village for the 211 quarter of 2019 was $51,952.79.

A motion was made by Trustee Dockery and seconded by Trustee Buckley to go into executive session to discuss personnel. All ayes, motion carried. A motion was made by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Buckley to return to the regular meeting. All ayes, motion carried. No action taken.

A motion was made by Trustee Buckley and seconded by Trustee Dockerty to increase SRO Officer Thomas Oare and Officer Donald VanDeusen's wages from $18.00 to $19.50 for the 2019-2020 school year.

There was some discussion about the Nestle offer, and it was decided that the Board was not interested. The Mayor will handle contacting them. It was decided not to advertise in the Waterway Guide this year.

Motion to adjourn was made by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Dockerty. All ayes, motion carried. Next meeting-September 17th at 6:30 pm

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Board of Trustees Regular Meeting July 16, 2019

Present: Mayor Straney, Trustees Kathy Buckley, James Castrucci, Arthur Dockerty, Connie Grant, and Attorney Mastromoro

Public: Sharon Fuller, Dawn Lamphere and Pauline Smith

Also: Diana Callen, Jarrod Walrath, Grace Malefyt and Cliff Dorrough

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Straney and the salute to the flag was given.

Department Heads:

Fire Department: No One Present

DPW: Jarrod told the Board that maintenance on Congdon Springs will be done next week and the bleacher seats need to be painted. A motion was made by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Grant to purchase the remainder of the lumber to finish the job at a cost of approximately $800.00 and is to be stored inside to dry. All ayes, motion passed. There was also discussion about the removal of the pressure reducers at the Marina. All campers have been asked to sign an agreement concerning the water hook up. By Fall all campers will be uniform. Jarrod also told the Board that the new F550 truck should be delivered mid to late August.

Police: The Chief told the Board that she has lost four police officers. She presented the contract between the Village and OESJ School for the two SRO officers. There was some discussion about recording of the officers' time. It was decided that the school should sign off on the officers' time and then the Village would sign off. WWTP: No one present. The Mayor informed the Board that he had canceled two contracts with Koester

that would save the Village approximately $4,000.00.

Codes: Cliff told the Board that he issued two permits this month. He also said that he is wasting time on Fridays checking lawns that need to be mowed when he has other things to do.

Marina: Grace presented the Marina report to the Board.

Treasurer: No one present, but the Mayor told the Board that Barb has given last years numbers to the auditor.

Dog Census-No one present.

Cemetery-No one present.

Public: Nothing

Legals: A motion was made by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Dockerty to allow the attorney to proceed with the filing of the Article 7 tax proceeding against the Town of Ephratah. The Treasurer will be instructed to cut a check to the attorney. All ayes, motion carried. The attorney asked the Mayor if he had received the signed agreement from Solar Liberty on the Second Amendment PPA. There have been no communications with anyone and there is no executed copy. Nothing new on the Lease. The letter to school concerning the soccer field needs some additional wording that the attorney will work on. Trustee Castrucci told the Board that he had spoken with the Montgomery County Treasurer and was told that the Village could add the cost of mowing to the tax bill. The attorney was instructed to prepare a Local Law adding the property maintenance costs not paid past and future to the tax bills on a motion by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Castrucci. All ayes, motion carried. The Mayor will confirm with the Treasurer.

Old Business-The Mayor informed the Board that he will be meeting with Wayne Tripp, who is with FW Forestry about the possibility of logging. They will do a walk thru to see if it would be feasible at this time.

Consent Agenda: A motion to create a consent agenda consisting of the minutes of the 6/18 Regular Meeting, DPW, WWTP, Police, Codes and Treasurer's reports was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Dockerty. All ayes, motion carried.

A motion to adopt said Agenda was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Dockerty. All ayes, motion carried.

Audit of Claims: A motion to accept the claims as presented by the Clerk, in the amount of $54,299.30 was made by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Dockerty. All ayes, motion carried. They were broken down as follows:

General Fund: $42,777.95

Cemetery Fund: $208.89

Marina Fund: $5,999.75

Water Fund: $2,379.20

Sewer Fund: $2,933.51

New Business: Tipping fees at the Montgomery County Transfer Station increased from $72.50 to $82.00 per ton this year. The Mayor will check with Weaver Sanitation about the fees in Fulton County. The N. Division Street Bridge was discussed. It needs repair, and the Mayor has received quotes to do a temporary fix.

A motion was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Castrucci to accept the bid from Town & Country Bridge and Rail at a cost of $2,650.00 for the repair. The cost is for labor, equipment and material to repair the failing expansion joint. The work will include trimming lifted steel, grinding and prepping steel and cutting and installing new steel patch plate. The Village will supply traffic control with the proper signage to reduce traffic to one lane on the bridge. All ayes, motion carried. A motion was made by Trustee Dockerty and seconded by Trustee Castrucci to donate $100.00 to BUG Country Radio to advertise the Fireman's Fair. All ayes, motion carried. The Mayor informed the Board that the Community House roof needs repair. He is getting quotes for the repair. The Central Hotel roof was also discussed. A price for tarping the roof will be discussed at the next Community Conversation, which will be held on Tuesday, July 30th at the Community House. Next was the discussion about the No Parking signs on Failing Ave. not being uniform. A motion was made by Trustee Buckley and seconded by Trustee Dockerty to amend the No Parking law so there is no parking on either side of the street from the intersection of Timmerman and Failing south to Route 5. All ayes, motion carried. Another issue is the parking on Ann Street. A motion was made by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Dockerty to have No Parking from the Ann Street fence, which the Mayor will measure for future reference, to New Street on the westerly side of the street. All ayes, motion carried. A motion was made by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Buckley to adopt Local Law #2 of 2019 for enactment, which increases the membership of the Zoning Board of Appeals from 3 to 5. All ayes, motion carried. Mayor Straney appointed Shawn Schoolcraft to the Zoning Board of Appeals with the Board's approval. The motion was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Castrucci. All ayes, motion carried.

Other: A motion was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Dockerty to go into executive session to discuss personnel and real estate. All ayes, motion carried. A motion was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Dockerty to return to the regular meeting. All ayes, motion carried.

A motion was made by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Buckley to accept the contract between the Village and OESJ Central School for two SRO officers for the 2019-2020 year as written. All ayes, motion carried.

After some discussion Trustee Dockerty made a motion to discontinue fuel usage to St. Johnsville Housing, OESJ School and SAVAC needs to be current or they will also not be allowed to get fuel from the Village. The motion was seconded by Trustee Castrucci. All ayes, motion carried.

Trustee Castrucci made a motion to authorize Attorney Mastromoro to follow through with the Agreement with Solar Liberty and Shimkus/Smith concerning the land swap of 10' with acceptance due Monday, July 22 by noon.

Motion to adjourn was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Dockerty. All ayes, motion carried. Next meeting - August 20th at 6:30 pm

 

Board of Trustees Public Hearing - Local Law #2 of 2019

Increasing Membership of Zoning Board of Appeals for 3 to 5   -   July 16, 2019 6:15 PM Community House

Present: Mayor Straney, Trustees Kathy Buckley, James Castrucci, Art Dockerty, Connie Grant and Attorney Norman Mastromoro

Public: Sharon Fuller, Dawn Lamphere and Pauline Smith

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Barnes and the salute to the flag was given. Public: No Comments

A motion was made by Trustee Buckley and seconded by Trustee Dockerty to adjourn the meeting. All ayes, motion carried.

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Board of Trustees Regular Meeting June 18, 2019 - 6:30 PM Community House

Present: Mayor Straney, Trustees Kathy Buckley, James Castrucci, Arthur Dockerty, and Connie Grant, Attorney Mastromoro

Public: Sharon Fuller, Jeannette Cretser, Margaret DiGiacomo, Elaine Sperbeck, Tom & Karen Jones

Also: Shannon Countryman, Chris Weaver, Alex Countryman, Diana Callen, Jarrod Walrath, Grace Malefyt and Cathy Anderson

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Straney and the salute to the flag was given.

Department Heads:

Fire Department: Chris Weaver reported that the bids came in for the SCBA. After the department went over the specs and prices, they would like to go with MSA (Garrison) at a cost of $131,554.50 for 22 air packs with cylinder & 22 spare cylinders with a contribution of $6,783.00 from the Village. A motion was made by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Dockerty to accept MSA's (Garrison) bid for 22 air packs evaluated by the department. Shannon Countryman informed the Board about an AFG grant for between $200,000.00 and $250,00.00 with a 5% match from the Village for apparatus. She explained that Engine 6 is 30 years old and should be replaced. The cost to write the grant is $4,000.00. Trustee Castrucci made a motion to spend the $4,000.00 to have the grant written. Trustee Dockerty seconded the motion, all ayes. Motion carried. DPW: Jarrod told the Board that the guys have been picking up yard debris and leaves. He also reported that the Sweeper and 1990 dump truck have been inspected. The manhole in front of the Post Office has been fixed. The South Division St. water break should be fixed by the end of the week. Trustee Dockerty commended Jarrod for his work at the ball field.

Police: The Chief thanked the community for their support during the investigation of the burglary at the high school. With the help of the community the suspect was apprehended, and the stolen goods retrieved. She also told the Board that the school year will be ending soon, as will the contract for the SRO officers. She has been in touch with the school, and they would like to renew the contract. She will bring the new contract to the July meeting for review.

WWTP: No one present. The Mayor informed the Board that a new flow meter has been ordered. He also discussed the grant that Prime will be writing.

Codes: No one present

Marina: Grace told the Board that the Marina is on the list to have the wall fixed by the State. She also said that the old bathhouse needs repairs. Trustee Grant would like to see expenditures on the monthly report. The "kayak condo" is still in the works.

Treasurer: No one present, but the Mayor told the Board that Barb is still working on finalizing the end of year books. He also informed the Board that we are now using Quickaooks software instead of KVS. KVS will still be kept for archival purposes

Dog Census-No one present. The Mayor told the Board that the census will be done alphabetically by street. Cemetery - No one present.

Public: Margaret DiGiacomo expressed her concern over yard debris being left in the street and possibly going into the sewer when it rains. Jarrod explained the process of picking up the debris on Mondays. The Village is split into the north and south side. If anyone has an excess of debris should call the DPW and schedule use of a truck.

Legals: Attorney Mastromoro has sent a letter to the NYSDOH informing them of the Village and Town's decision to dissolve the Consolidated. Board of Health. He is just waiting for a formal determination. He also presented Local Law 112 of 2019 which increases the number of members of the Zoning Board of Appeals from three to five. After some discussion, Trustee Buckley made a motion to adopt Local Law #2 of 2019 for presentation at a Public Hearing to be held on July 16th at 6:15 pm. Trustee Dockerty seconded the motion, all ayes. Motion carried, The Mayor asked everyone to think of people that would want to be on the Board. The attorney discussed the Proposed Second Amendment. The Mayor informed the Board that he had the property on William St. staked out. The matter was tabled. The attorney also told the Board that he will have a letter concerning the Soccer Field at the next meeting. After some discussion concerning billing residents for mowing, Trustee Castrucci will get clarification about putting the charge on their tax bill

Old Business-The Firemen's Fair dates were discussed again. They would like the field from August 1428th Trustee Grant made a motion to allow the firemen to use the field from August 14-18. Trustee Dockerty seconded, all ayes. Motion carried. Discussion went to the Ball field and Grandstand grant. The Mayor thought it would be a good idea to involve the residents of the Village if there is a need to downsize the amount of the grant. It could be a community project. The question of asking the Fowler Foundation for a donation. That has not yet been done. Trustee Castrucci explained that Harbor Point said there is almost no difference in using cold flow fuel at the DPW garage as opposed to the kerosene. The Mayor is still getting quotes for the well generator.

Consent Agenda: A motion to create a consent agenda consisting of the minutes of the 5/21/19 Public Hearing, 5/21 Regular Meeting, 6/5 Year End Meeting, DPW, WWTP, Police, Codes and Treasurer's reports was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Buckley. All ayes, motion carried.

A motion to adopt said Agenda was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Buckley. All ayes, motion carried.

Audit of Claims: A motion to accept the claims as presented by the Clerk, in the amount of $93,119.72 was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Castrucci. All ayes, motion carried. They were broken down as follows:

 General Fund: $55,651.62

Cemetery Fund: $7,572.95

Marina Fund: $8,582.92

Water Fund: $6,339.17

Sewer Fund: $14,869.06

New Business: No one showed from Nestle. It will be discussed at the July meeting. The Mayor appointed Brandon Loren Treasurer with the approval of the Board. Trustee Grant made a motion to accept the Mayor's appointment of Brandon Loren as Treasurer. Motion was seconded by Trustee Buckley. All ayes, motion carried. Karen Jones presented a Bible to Mayor Straney that was used in the Bible Reading Marathon that took place April 29-May 2. The Mayor explained the WWTP grant that Prime Engineering would like to write. The grant is worth $30,000.00 with a $6,000.00 Village match at a cost of $1,500.00. The issue at the WWTP is that the rain increases infiltration. A motion was made by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Dockerty to have Prime write the grant at a cost of $1,500.00. All ayes, motion carried. After some discussion, it was decided not to contract with Koester for gas cleaning this year for a savings of $5,840.00. The Mayor informed the Board that the Village has been denied both tax appeals in the Towns of Ephratah and Oppenheim. A motion was made by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Dockerty to have the attorney start the process for the next step, which is legal filings necessary to appeal the tax evaluations. All ayes, motion carried. There was also a discussion about having a forester evaluate our timber to see if it can be logged.

A motion was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Dockerty to go into executive session to discuss office personnel. All ayes, motion carried. A motion was made by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Grant to return to the regular meeting. All ayes, motion carried. No action taken.

Other: The Mayor explained that it will be July 3 before the Village can legally remove debris from 77W. Main St. He also told the Board that 18 Kingsbury is still an issue with the owner walking away from the property. There is still a substantial water/sewer bill owing.

Motion to adjourn was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Dockerty. All ayes, motion carried. Next meeting-Public Hearing July 16th  6:15 pm followed by Regular Meeting.

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Board of Trustees Year End Meeting June 05, 2019   -   6:00 PM Community House

Present: Mayor Straney, Trustees Buckley, Dockerty, Grant and Attorney Mastromoro The meeting was called to order by Mayor Straney and the salute to the flag was given.

Legals-Attorney Mastromoro brought up the subject of the Consolidated Board of Health. The Joint Resolution to Dissolve the St. Johnsville Consolidated Board of Health needs to be signed Trustee Grant made a motion to sign the Resolution to dissolve the Consolidated Board of Health and return any funds in the checking account to the Town. Trustee Dockerty seconded, all ayes, motion carried. Roll Call: Mayor Straney-Yes, Trustee Buckley-Yes, Trustee Dockerty-Yes, Trustee Grant-Yes, Trustee Castrucci-Absent

The attorney discussed the Proposed Amendment to the Lease. He stated that they would like to change the terms from 50 to 49 years, change the wording from premises to facilities, and remove the term reasonable. The attorney will find out about the attached Exhibits that are not referred to. Trustee Grant made a motion to accept the Second Amendment to the Power Purchase Agreement with the removal of Paragraphs C and H. Trustee Buckley seconded, all ayes, motion carried.

Other-Trustee Grant would like the attorney to prepare a local law changing the number of members of the Zoning Board from 3 to 5 to be presented to the Board at the June 18th meeting. A motion was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Buckley to have the attorney draft a letter outlining the acceptable terms for the transfer of the present soccer field from the Village to the school. All ayes, motion carried. There is a very large bag of coins that came from Herbie's Smith house that burned in the safe in the Village Office. There was discussion about who owns the money. Does the Village just continue to hold the coins? The discussion then turned to all the artwork in the Community House, Matt Rapacz did a listing years ago, but was never appraised. Trustee Grant made a motion to pay bills. Motion was seconded by Trustee Buckley, all ayes, motion carried. The Village's software is being updated to QuickBooks and payroll will begin the bi-weekly process. Steve Trodler is the new IT person. Spring Cleanup cost the Village a total of $2,933.93 with Weaver's fee and landfill fees. A sonar reading device needs to be replaced at the WWTP at a cost of $3,200.00. Mayor Straney attended the grievance for the water pipeline taxes and was told that the water running through the pipes had no bearing on the assessment.

A motion was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Buckley to adjourn the meeting. All ayes, motion carried.

Next meeting-June 18th at 6:30 pm

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Board of Trustees Reg. Meeting - May 21, 2019  6:30 PM Community House

Present: Mayor Straney, Trustees Kathy Buckley, James Castrucci, Arthur Dockerty, and Connie Grant, Attorney Mastromoro

Public: Dawn Lamphere, Sharon Fuller, Michael O'Dockerty, Tim Matis, Katrina Carringi, Julie Erno, Joseph Carter, Paul Lavoie and Pauline Smith

Also: Shannon Countryman, Chris Weaver, Frank Erno and Jarrod Walrath

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Straney and the salute to the flag was given.

Department Heads:

Fire Department: Chris Weaver reported that the jet ski that is in the Burgess Building can be scraped. They will be sending an incident report to the insurance company concerning Engine #1 that slid into a ditch. They will be getting quotes for the bay door openers and the manual doors need to be replaced. He also reported that the roof on the firehouse should be patched.

DPW: Jarrod told the Board that the guys have been picking up yard debris and leaves. He also reported that someone dumped garbage after hours of the Village Wide Cleanup. He suggested that next time maybe the WWTP could be used as a drop off station where the gate could be locked.

Police: No one present

WWTP: Frank told the Board that there will be an inspection with DEC on the 29th

Codes: No one present, but the Mayor informed the Board that the house on 39 Monroe St. Is being demolished and the Main St. property will have engineering information in 60-90 days. He also said that lawns that are not being mowed by homeowners will be mowed and billed by the Village.

Marina: No one present

Treasurer: No one present

Mayor Straney-told the Board that Kirk Bayes will be doing dog census and enumeration. He will have the paperwork that needs to go to the Town for licensing.

Public: Michael O'Dockery-ZBA reported that they are looking for new members that will be willing to meet four times a year. The goal would be to have five members as opposed to the current three.

Dawn Lamphere-inquired about the No Parking sign that was at the end of Ann Street, as it is difficult to pull out from the intersection of Ann and New due to the cars parked on the street.

Pauline Smith-asked about the progress of the Solar Project. Mayor Straney told her that he would meet with her and explain what is happening. Paul Lavoie, attorney for Solar Liberty explained about the testing that was done and that Solar Liberty will fix any lawn damage to her property.

Legals: Attorney Mastromoro was asked to write a letter of opinion concerning the monies left in the Consolidated Board of Health and deliver it at the Year End Meeting. The Clerk will then send a check to the Town. The subject of the dog control officer residency was discussed. He informed the Board that the language for the legislation will have to be rewritten. At this point, we do not have a dog control officer. Kirk's title will be changed to Census and Enumeration. The Assessment proceeding is being removed from the Judge's calendar until the property can be appraised. A motion was made by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Buckley to have the attorney proceed with the application and to have the Mayor sign and appear at the grievance meeting In Ephratah. All ayes, motion carried. There was some discussion about the Lease Agreement and Second Amendment with Solar Liberty. It was decided to wait until the Year End Meeting to discuss the matter further.

Consent Agenda: A motion to create a consent agenda consisting of the minutes of the 4/16/19 Regular Meeting, DPW, WWTP, Police, Codes and Treasurer's reports was made by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Dockerty. All ayes, motion carried.

A motion to adopt said Agenda was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Castrucci. All ayes, motion carried.

Audit of Claims: A motion to accept the claims as presented by the Clerk, in the amount of $93,814.25 was made by Trustee Buckley and seconded by Trustee Dockerty. All ayes, motion carried. They were broken down as follows:

General Fund:         $ 48,667.07

Cemetery Fund:         $ 4,147.71

Marina Fund:         $ 2,060.23

Water Fund:         $ 3,641.40

Sewer Fund:         $ 35,297.84

Old Business-None

New Business: A motion was made by Trustee Dockerty and seconded by Trustee Castrucci to appoint

Christopher Weaver as Director of Emergency Preparedness. Chris Weaver asked for August 12 through August 30 for the Firemen's Fair, to get ready and cleanup. He was asked to wait for an answer until it is decided when the ball field will be resodded and the construction of the grandstand would start. The matter was tabled until the next meeting. The subject came up again about General

Codes estimate for updating our codes book. The matter was put on hold for more research. The Mayor explained the Montgomery County Kayak Share Grant. There is no cost to the Village for the "Kayak Condo" which will hold five kayaks for public use. A motion was made by Trustee Dockerty and seconded by Trustee Grant to give the County $1,000.00 to update the LWPP. All ayes, motion carried. Mayor Straney informed the Board that Prime AE will submit a proposal for engineering services of an Engineering Planning Grant (EPG) of $30,000.00 to the State for a study of the Village's sanitary sewer collection system to identify sources of inflow and infiltration. The Mayor will also be getting more quotes for a new board for the generator at the Water Plant. The Clerk presented from Helping Hands a request to use the Community House on October 61h for a benefit to raise money for the Community Christmas Dinner. Trustee Castrucci made a motion to allow the use of the rooms and was seconded by Trustee Grant. All ayes, motion carried. The Clerk also informed the Board of the Sales Tax for the first quarter of $43,668.68. The Clerk informed the Board that Municipay, our credit card vendor is requiring a mandatory equipment upgrade. A motion was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Buckley to go with Non-EMV:P2PE Compliant Card Swipe Only at a cost of $125.00. All ayes,

motion carried. After much discussion, a motion was made by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Dockerty to accept Harbor Point as our fuel supplier for one year commencing on June 1, 2019. The Village received a request from Mark Villenuve to have a cart at the Marina during the concerts to distribute literature. It was decided not to allow this, as it was religious in nature. The Mohawk Valley PEA has invited the Board and families to attend the 2018-19 Chapter Banquet on Wednesday, June 5i at the OESJ High School Cafeteria. Trustee Buckley will be attending. A motion

was made by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Dockerty to use monies from the reserve account to pay for the new police car. All ayes, motion carried. A motion was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trusted Castrucci to go into Executive Session to discuss personnel. All ayes, motion carried. A motion was made by Trustee Dockerty and seconded by Trustee Buckley to return to the regular meeting. All ayes, motion carried. No action taken.

Other: None

Public: None

Motion to adjourn was made by Trustee Dockerty and seconded by Trustee Castrucci. All ayes, motion carried. Next meeting-Year End Meeting - June 5, 2019 at 6:00 pm

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Board of Trustees Public Hearing 2019-2020 Budget April 02, 2019 - 6:30 PM Community House

Present: Mayor Straney, Trustees Buckley, Castrucci, Dockerty, and Grant

Public: None

Other: Barb Millington and Jarrod Walrath

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Straney and the salute to the flag was given.

A motion was made by Trustee Buckley and seconded by Trustee Grant to adjourn the meeting at 7:10. All ayes, motion carried.

Mayor Straney called the regular meeting to order. After some discussion about the budget, a motion was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Buckley to accept the budget as prepared by Treasurer Millington, All ayes, motion carried, Roll call: Mayor Straney-Yes Trustee Buckley-Yes Trustee Castrucci-Yes Trustee Dockerty-Yes Trustee Grant-Yes

The Mayor told the Board that he received a letter from the Town of Danube. They will be going out to bid for a Fire Contract.

The Clerk was asked to prepare a report for total expenditures for Fire Equipment Repair for the fiscal year 2017.

A motion was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Dockery to adjourn the meeting. All ayes, motion carried.

Next meeting-April 16, 2019 at 6:30 pm

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Board of Trustees Organizational Meeting April 01, 2019 - 6:30 PM Community House

Present Village Clerk Mary Rackmyer, Trustees James Castrucci, Connie Grant, Charles Straney, and Attorney Mastromoro

Public: Kathy Buckley, Amanda, Shannon and Sam Straney, Gene Colorito, Jarrod Walrath and Josh Thomas

The meeting was called to order by the Village Clerk and the salute to the flag was given.

The Village Clerk read the resignation letter of Trustee and Deputy Mayor Straney. She then swore in Charles Straney as Mayor. Mayor Straney then swore in Trustee Grant and new Trustee Art Dockerty. Mayor Straney appointed Kathy Buckley to fill the vacancy of Trustee Straney, which is a one-year term. He then swore her in.

The attached list of appointments was made:

Treasurer-Barb Millington/1-year term, Clerk-Mary Rackmyer /1-year term, Deputy Clerk (Hold), Budget Officer (Hold), Codes Officer-Cliff Dorrough, Fair Housing Officer-Cliff Dorrough and Deputy Mayor-Connie Grant

A motion to accept the attached list of appointments was made by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Dockerty. All ayes, motion carried. Roll Call: Mayor Straney-Yes Trustee Buckley-Yes Trustee Castrucci-Yes Trustee Dockerty-Yes Trustee Grant-Yes

Selections other than appointments were as follows:

*Library Board-David Salvagni (5 Year Term)

*Housing Authority-No One

*Planning Board- Thomas W. Elwood, Robert Failing Ill, Dawn Lamphere, Sharon Fuller-all two-year appointments. 1 seat still open. Motion by Trustee Dockerty and seconded by Trustee Buckley. Al! ayes, motion carried.

*Zoning Board of Appeals-Mike Yezierski and Michael O'Dockerty-both one-year terms. 1 seat still open

Motion by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Grant. All ayes, motion carried. *Grievance Board #1-DPW, Water and WWTP (2 Trustees & Village Clerk)

Trustees Grant, Castrucci and Mary Rackmyer (1 Year Terms)

*Grievance Board #2-All depts. not covered under Board #1 (2 Trustees & Village Clerk)

Trustees Dockerty and Buckley and Mary Rackmyer (1 Year Terms)

*Harassment Committee-Trustee Grant and Chief Callen (1 Year Term)

*Official Newspaper-Recorder. Motion by Trustee Castrucci, seconded by Trustee Dockerty. All ayes, motion carried.

*Official Bank-NBT St. Johnsville-Motion by Trustee Grant, seconded by Trustee Castrucci. All ayes, motion carried

*Time/place for regular meetings-3rd Tuesday of month/6:30 pm at Community House

Motion by Trustee Dockerty, seconded by Trustee Grant. All ayes, motion carried.

*Selection of Roberts Rules-Motion by Trustee Castrucci, seconded by Trustee Buckley. All ayes, motion carried.

*Approve Bonding-Clerk, Treasurer, Deputy Clerk, Mayor and Village Trustees. Motion by Trustee Grant, seconded by Trustee Castrucci. All ayes, motion carried.

Resolutions passed are as follows:

*Mileage Allowance-$.58 per mile. Motion by Trustee Grant, seconded by Trustee Castrucci. All ayes, motion carried. Roll call: Mayor Straney-Yes Trustee Buckley-Yes Trustee Castrucci-Yes -  Trustee Dockerty-Yes Trustee Grant-Yes

*Designation of Depositories-NBT Bank, St. Johnsville and Adirondack Bank, Little Falls Motion by Trustee Grant, seconded by Trustee Buckley. All ayes, motion carried.

Roll call: Mayor Straney-Yes Trustee Buckley-Yes Trustee Castrucci-Yes

Trustee Dockerty-Yes Trustee Grant-Yes

*Advance Approval of Claims-Motion by Trustee Castrucci, seconded by Trustee Dockerty. All ayes, motion carried. Roll Call: Mayor Straney-Yes Trustee Buckley-Yes All ayes, motion carried, Roll call: Mayor Barnes-Yes        Trustee Castrucci-Yes

Trustee Castrucci-Yes           Trustee Dockerty-Yes           Trustee Grant-Yes

*Next Organizational Meeting-April 6, 2020, 6:30 pm at the Community House. Motion by Trustee Grant, seconded by Trustee Dockerty. All ayes, motion carried.

Motion to adjourn by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Dockerty. All ayes, motion carried. 

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Board of Trustees Regular Meeting March 12, 2019 - 6:30 PM Community House

Present: Deputy Mayor Straney, Trustees James Castrucci, Gene Colorito, and Connie Grant, Attorney Mastromoro

Public: Dawn Lamphere, Sharon Fuller and Jeannette Cretser

Also: Shannon Countryman, Frank Erno, Cliff Dorrough and Jarrod Walrath

The meeting was called to order by Deputy Mayor Straney and the salute to the flag was given.

Public-Nothing

Department Heads:

Fire Department: Shannon Countryman told the Board that the generator for the Tower Truck has been

repaired. It was a wiring issue. She also reminded the Board about the Fire Department's Annual Banquet on April 27th at the Beardslee Castle. The Fire Department would like to file for a 501-c, as they are only an association currently, for fund raising that will need Board approval. The attorneys will work out the details. She was asked to get an estimate for tire prices and the number that will be needed to be replaced.

DPW: Jarrod told the Board that patching of potholes will begin this week. He ordered the Ferris Zero Turn from Clinton Tractor. He showed the Board a "Proposed Entry" form for homeowners to sign if entry is needed to their property. The attorney will give his opinion on it at the next meeting. He has been informed that the new LED lights will be installed next week and will take approximately five days to complete. Police: No one present

WWTP: Frank told the Board that Mike Kardash has sent in his application for the WWTP exam.

Codes: Cliff reported that he has been working on getting sidewalks shoveled. There was discussion about unplated and unregistered vehicles and how many are allowed on a homeowner's property. Attorney Mastromoro will get samples of Local Laws and bring back to the April meeting. The 2017 and 2018 State reports are finished, but he can't do the 2016 report as he has no information. The lack of this report should not be a concern for the State. He will also be in touch with the homeowners that border 39 Monroe St, which will be torn down, about the driveways which will need to be utilized for the demolition.

Marina: No one present

Treasurer: No one present

Public: Shannon Countryman expressed her concern about residents parking by the police station and the possibility that the ambulance may not be able to exit as the driveway is narrow. DPW was instructed to put up a temporary no parking sign there. That brought up a discussion about who plows and paints the parking spots in front of Kinney's and the Laundromat.

Legals: Attorney Mastromoro explained that a Special Use Permit needs to be issued by the Zoning Board of Appeals before a building permit is to be issued to Solar Liberty. The permit would be to the Village for Public Utilities. Solar Liberty has until 6/30 to finish installation of the panels. Trustee Castrucci made a motion to allow Deputy Mayor Straney to sign the application. Trustee Grant seconded the motion, all ayes. Motion carried. The attorney also told the Board that he gave forms to the Clerk that need to be filled out and returned so that the Village can get their money from the Reaney Trust.

A motion was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Castrucci to accept Resolution No. 2 of 2019, which asks Assemblyman Santabarbara and Senator Amedore to propose special State legislation allowing three part time officers over the age of 35 to sit for the next Montgomery County Civil Service exam and for the Village of St. Johnsville to employ any one, or all, of these officers full time, provided there exists no other viable applicant on the eligible list. All ayes, motion carried. Roll call: Deputy Mayor Straney-Yes, Trustee Castrucci-Yes, Trustee Colorito-Yes and Trustee Grant-Yes. Mayor Barnes-Absent.

A motion was made by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Colorito to adopt the Bond Resolution for a total of $110,000.00, which includes $99,350.00 to purchase a dump truck and $10,650.00 to purchase a lawn mower. All ayes, motion carried.

Deputy Mayor Straney informed the Board that he received a letter from the OESJ School concerning the soccer field land. After some discussion, it was decided that the Attorney Mastromoro speak with the school attorney and get more clarification.

Consent Agenda: A motion to create a consent agenda consisting of the minutes of the 2/12/19 Regular Meeting, DPW, WWTP, Police, Codes and Treasurer's reports was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Colorito. All ayes, motion carried.

A motion to adopt said Agenda was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Colorito. All ayes, motion carried.

Audit of Claims: A motion to accept the claims as presented by the Clerk, in the amount of $70,781.49 was made by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Grant. All ayes, motion carried. They were broken down as follows:

General Fund: $ 61,493.19

Cemetery Fund: $0.00

Marina Fund: $363.39

Water Fund: $2,201.57

Sewer Fund: $6,723.54

Old Business-There was some discussion about the disillusionment of the Combined Board of Health. The attorney will provide the Board with a letter of opinion on the matter. The matter of the monies left in the account was the bone of contention. If was felt that the money should stay in the account until the end of the fiscal year.

New Business: The American Legion extended an invitation to join the Memorial Day parade on May 27th

A ceremony will follow at the Legion dedicating the Memorial Park with memorial benches and bricks. There will also be a free lunch provided. The Clerk updated the Board on the 2019 Police Charger. It should be ready by March 31. After discussion concerning the annual contract with Cummins Sales and Service for the WWTP, it was decided to cancel the contract. Checking of the equipment can be handled in house or by a local business.

Other: None

Public: None

Trustee Castrucci made a motion to go into Executive session to discuss personnel. Trustee Grant seconded, all ayes, motion carried. A motion was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Castrucci to return to the regular meeting. All ayes, motion carried. No action taken.

Motion to adjourn was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Castrucci. All ayes, motion carried. Next meeting - April 1, 2019 6:30 pm-Organizational

April 2, 2019 6:30 pm-Public Hearing (2019-2020 Budget)

April 16, 2019 6:30 pm-Regular Meeting

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Board of Trustees Regular Meeting February 12, 2019 - 6:30 PM Community House.

2/12/19 Board of Trustees Regular Meeting 6:30 PM Community House

Present: Mayor Barnes, Trustees James Castrucci, Gene Colorito, Connie Grant, and Charles Straney

Public: None

Also: Shannon Countryman and Jarrod Walrath

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Barnes and the salute to the flag was given.

Public - None

A motion was made by Trustee Straney and seconded by Trustee Castrucci to approve Local Law #1 of 2019 (Administration and Enforcement of the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code in the Village of St. Johnsville) for enactment. The Clerk is to complete filing. All ayes, motion carried.

Department Heads:

Fire Department: Shannon Countryman asked about disposing of the old lights. She explained that the generator on Tower #1 is not working and it will be needed by April 1. She will work with Jarrod to see if the old one from Engine 1 would work, and to get someone to look at it to find out if it can be repaired. She also told the Board that the Fire Department received matching grant for $1,500.00 through DEC. They will get brooms, hand tools and backpacks. There will be OSHA training classes on 2/16/19.

DPW: Jarrod told the Board that the starter on the 2001 had to be fixed. He also gave the Board prices through Amazon for pressure regulators for the campers at the Marina. The cost is $23.98 per regulator, 28 sites and 3 extras brings the total to $743.38.

Police: No one present

WWTP: No one present

Codes: No one present

Marina: No one present

Treasurer: No one present

A motion was made by Trustee Straney and seconded by Trustee Castrucci to hold a public hearing on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 6:30 pm to discuss the 2019-2020 budget. All ayes, motion carried.

After some discussion concerning the dissolution of the Consolidated Board of Health it was decided to table the matter until there are agreeable terms about the monies left in the account. The motion was made by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Colorito. All ayes, motion carried.

Legals:

Consent Agenda: A motion to create a consent agenda consisting of the minutes of the 1/15/19 Regular Meeting, DPW, WWTP, Police, Codes and Treasurer's reports was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Castrucci. All ayes, motion carried.

A motion to adopt said Agenda was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Castrucci. All ayes, motion carried.

Audit of Claims: A motion to accept the claims as presented by the Clerk, in the amount of $246,992.15 was made by Trustee Straney and seconded by Trustee Grant. All ayes, motion carried. They were broken down as follows:

General Fund: $ 202,399.00

Cemetery Fund: $376.20

Marina Fund: $242.99

Water Fund: $33,535.44

Sewer Fund: $10,438.52

Old Business-There was some discussion about the Marina Rules and Regulations. It was decided to table the changes until next month.

New Business: The County presented an amended Agreement for Snow Removal. The dates were changed from 2019-2021 to 2019-2020. A motion was made by Trustee Straney and seconded by Trustee Grant to accept the Agreement. All ayes, motion carried.

The Clerk informed the Board that the sales tax for the 4th quarter was $49,463.56.

the bid opening was held on February 7' for the 2019 Ford F550 with plow and salter. The bids were as follows: Browns Ford of Amsterdam    $97,378.30

Fuccillo Ford of Nelliston $97,379.00 and Carbone Utica Ford $99,378.30

The Clerk was informed by Attorney Mastromoro that all bidders were contacted about the color of the vehicle color and there was no discussion about the bid price. A motion was made by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Grant to accept Browns Ford of Amsterdam's bid of $97,378.30. All ayes, motion carried.

A letter was given to the Board from Martha Mancini (The Gallery) as she was not able to attend the meeting. Her concern was the snow removal on Main St. The Board accepted her letter, and the issues will be discussed.

Other: None
Public: None

Trustee Grant made a motion to go into Executive session to discuss personnel. Trustee Castrucci seconded, all ayes, motion carried. A motion was made by Trustee Straney and seconded by Trustee Grant to return to the regular meeting. All ayes, motion carried. No action taken.

*Trustee Straney made a motion to allow Chief Callen to purchase a radio for the Tahoe and to accept the gifted vehicle. Trustee Castrucci seconded, all ayes, motion carried.

The Mayor thanked the Board and department heads for all their cooperation during his terms as Mayor.

Motion to adjourn was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Straney. All ayes, motion carried. Next regular meeting will be March 12, 2019 at 6:30 pm.

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Board of Trustees Regular Meeting January 15, 2019 - 6:30 PM Community House

Present: Mayor Barnes, Trustees James Castrucci, Gene Colorito, Connie Grant, Charles Straney and Attorney Norman Mastromoro

Public: Sharon Fuller, Jeannette Cretser and Dawn Lamphere

Also: Nancy Downing, Cliff Dorrough, Jarrod Walrath, Frank Erno and Chief Diana Callen

The meeting was called to order by Deputy Mayor Straney and the salute to the flag was given.

Public-Dawn Lamphere informed the Board that there will be another Community Conversation meeting on January 3111, at 6:30 to be held at the Community House.

Legals: Attorney Mastromoro discussed the issue of identity theft. Trustee Straney told everyone that he had met with Mang Insurance and there was some discussion concerning raising the limit of coverage and umbrella. The Town has resolved to dissolve the Combined Board of Health. He also discussed proposed Local Laws land 2 of 2019, which concerned regulating alarm devices in the Village and the NYS Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Codes. Mayor Barnes made a motion to adopt Local Law #1 (NYS Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Codes) for presentation at a public hearing to be held February 1211 and 6:15, Motion was seconded by Trustee Straney, all ayes, motion carried. Cliff said that he would handle getting the 2016-18 reports finished.

Consent Agenda: A motion to create a consent agenda consisting of the minutes of the 12/18/18 Regular Meeting, Police, DPW, WWTP, and Treasurer's reports was made by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Straney. All ayes, motion carried.

A motion to adopt said Agenda was made by Trustee Straney and seconded by Trustee Castrucci. All ayes, motion carried.

Audit of Claims: A motion to accept the claims as presented by the Clerk, in the amount of $ 78,584.50 was made by Trustee Straney and seconded by Trustee Grant. All ayes, motion carried. They were broken down as follows:

General Fund: $50,854.79

Cemetery Fund: $126.84

Marina Fund: $682.42

Water Fund: $16,778.14

Sewer Fund: $8,142.31

Department Heads:

Fire Department: No one present

DPW: Jarrod told the Board that he needs a printer

Police: Chief Callen explained that one of the new recruits will not be staying with the Village. She also asked for approval for Raymond Renzi to attend a course in Police Supervision to be held 2/25-3/15/19 at a cost of $600.00. A motion was made by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Straney to allow Raymond Renzi to attend the Police Supervision course. All ayes, motion carried.

WWTP: Nothing

Codes: Cliff will present a list of charges for building permits at the next meeting.

Marina: No one present

Treasurer: The Treasurer will meet with the Board to discuss the budget on January 28th at 5:30 pm.

Old Business-The Mayor reminded everyone to bring their suggestions about the Marina Rules to the February meeting.

New Business: *The Clerk presented the names for poll workers for the March 19 election. Trustee Grant made a motion to accept Judy Swartz, John and Joan Lewandowski as poll workers. Trustee Castrucci seconded, all ayes, motion carried. Trustee Straney told the Board that the Land

Bank is preparing specs for 3 W. Main St. *The Board discussed the Town's resolution to dissolve the Consolidated Board of Health. The Town would like all monies to be returned to them. After some discussion, a motion was made by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Straney, that the Village of St. Johnsville concurs with the Town of St. Johnsville to dissolve the St. Johnsville Consolidated Health District and requests that the monies being held by the District Treasurer be shared equally between the two (2) municipalities. Roll Call: Mayor Barnes-Yes, Trustee Castrucci-Yes, Trustee Colorito -Yes, Trustee Grant-Yes, Trustee Straney -Yes Motion carried. The Clerk will send a copy to the Town. *The Mayor showed proposed pictures of Main St. done by the Main St. Grant study.

Other: None
Public: None

Trustee Grant made a motion to go into Executive session to discuss personnel. Trustee Straney seconded, all ayes, motion carried. A motion was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Straney to return to the regular meeting. All ayes, motion carried. No action taken.

*Trustee Grant made a motion to accept the changes to the Chief Callen's Employment Agreement, which include holiday pay, hours of work and hourly pay. Trustee Straney seconded, all ayes, motion carried. *A motion was made by Trustee Castrucci to increase Mike Kardash's pay from $11.10 to $14.00 per hour. Trustee Straney seconded, all ayes, motion carried. *A motion was made by Trustee Straney and seconded by Trustee Grant that the Village Attorney draft a letter to the Oppenheim­Ephtratah-St. Johnsville Central School District confirming the approval of this Board of Trustees for the District to conduct survey, SEQR, and other minimally invasive procedures on a pre-determined position of the 3.60 +1- acres of Village owned tax parcel 9.06-2-13 for the sole purpose of assisting in the continuation of sale-purchase negotiations between the two (2) entities.

Motion to adjourn was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Straney. All ayes, motion carried.

Next regular meeting will be February 12, 2019 at 6:30 pm.

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