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Minutes Archive - 2020

(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)

 

2020 - Jan.21 | Feb.18 | Mar.17 | Apl.21 | May 19 | May 29 | Jun.16 | Jun.24 | Jul.21 |

 Aug.18 |Sep.15 | Oct.14 | Nov.25 | Dec.23

 

Board of Trustees Regular Meeting - December 23, 2020 - 6:30 PM Community House

Present: Mayor Straney, Trustees: Kathy Buckley, Art Dockerty, and Connie Grant via Gotomeeting

Public:  No one present

Also: DPW Superintendent Jarrod Walrath, Assistant Fire Chief Shannon Countryman, and Police Chief Don VanDeusen

Attorney: Absent

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

Department Heads:

Fire Department: The Board commented on the new reporting system and Asst. Chief Shannon Countryman stated that it is much easier.  Report submitted.

DPW: There were 4 burials done at the cemetery last month and 1 right before the storm.  There was a discussion regarding studded tires and snow removal. Cold patching needs to be done on Ann Street, North Division Street, Hough Street, and West Street.  Report submitted.  

WWTP: The PFOA testing kit came in.  Mayor Straney and Frank Erno met with Delaware Engineering at the WWTP for a site inspection.  Report submitted.

Police: Chief VanDeusen asked the Board if reports could be submitted quarterly instead of monthly.  If there are any spikes in the reporting categories, he will inform the Board.  2 Officers

finished their 160 hours of training.  To address safety concerns with Covid, only one Officer is in the Police vehicle at one time, and masks are to be worn in the Police Station. 

Codes: No one present.  Report submitted.

Marina:  No one present, no report.  Mayor Straney informed the Board that the boats on the Flood Plain, and the last remaining RV have been handled.

Treasurer: The audit for the Fiscal Year ending 2019 has been completed.  The Budget will be started in January. Reports submitted.

Dog Census-No one present, no report. 

Cemetery-No one present, no report. 

Public:  No one present.

Legals: A motion was made by Trustee Buckley and seconded by Trustee Dockerty to hold a public hearing at 6:15 PM on January 19, 2021 to address the Flood Plain Law.  All ayes, motion carried.    

Other:      

Consent Agenda: A motion to create a consent agenda consisting of the minutes of the 11/25/20 Regular 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 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 $57,293.68 was made by Trustee Buckley and seconded by Trustee Dockerty.  All ayes, motion carried.  The claims are broken down as follows:

General Fund: $31,211.14

Cemetery Fund: $0.00

Marina Fund: $120.17

Water Fund: $2,651.38

Sewer Fund: $23,310.99

 New business:

A motion was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Dockerty to allow $200.00 a month payment for 67 West Main Street owner toward the utility bill.  All ayes, motion carried. 

A motion was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Buckley to approve the Sludge Removal Contract with Gloversville-Johnstown Joint Sewer Board dated January 1, 2021.  All ayes, motion carried.

A motion was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Buckley to approve the Cyber Security packet prepared by Steve Trodler to be added to the new hire paperwork.  All ayes, motion carried. 

A motion was made by Trustee Buckley and seconded by Trustee Dockerty to approve Resolution 9 regarding the Fire Contract dated January 1, 2021 to December 30, 2021 with the Town of Minden for $5,000.00.  All ayes, motion carried.

A motion was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Buckley to approve Resolution 10 regarding the Fire Contract dated January 1, 2021 to December 30, 2021 with the Town of St. Johnsville for $38,027.00.  All ayes, motion carried.

A motion was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Buckley to approve Resolution 11 regarding the Fire Contract dated January 1, 2021 to December 30, 2021 with the Town of Palatine for $4,099.00.  All ayes, motion carried.

A motion was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Buckley to approve Resolution 12 regarding the Fire Contract dated January 1, 2021 to December 30, 2021 with the East Canada Creek Fire District for $5,000.00.  All ayes, motion carried.

A motion to adjourn was made at 8:10 PM by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Dockerty.  All ayes, motion carried.

Next meeting- January 19th  at 6:15 pm (Public Hearing) & January 19th  at 6:30 pm (Regular Meeting)

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Board of Trustees Regular Meeting - November 25, 2020 - 6:30 PM Community House

11/25/20 Board of Trustees Regular Meeting 6:30 PM Community House

Present: Mayor Straney, Trustees: Kathy Buckley, Art Dockerty, Jim Castrucci, and Connie Grant via Gotomeeting

Public:  No one present

Also: Treasurer Brandon Loren, DPW Superintendent Jarrod Walrath, Assistant Fire Chief Shannon Countryman, and Police Chief Don VanDeusen

Attorney: Absent

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

Department Heads:

Fire Department: Reworking of the hose bed on Engine 1 needs to be done to allow for the new rescue jacks purchased by the Fire Department with their fundraiser money to be carried on the Pumper/Rescue.  Alex Countryman donated his time for the installation of a new propane heater which will help solve the uneven temperature issues in the furthest western truck bay. 

The Fire Department continues to keep an eye out for a tanker.  Report submitted.

DPW: Mayor Straney stated that the DPW garage is looking great.  The parking spots at the Community House were raked and swept.  The dip on Route 5 was discussed.  Shamrock Sewer may be brought in the put a camera down the line to see the reason for the depression after the Village tries with their camera.  Jarrod stated that they will be purchasing a new sander to go on the pick-up truck for the smaller streets.  He has money in his budget, and the sander would be used on tight streets in the village allowing for plowing and sanding to occur in one pass.  A motion was made by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Grant for Jarrod to purchase the sander.  All ayes, motion carried. 

WWTP: No one present.  Mayor Straney discussed the Mercury Minimization program and the posting on the Village Facebook page.  Tracking of mercury is taking place at the WWTP, and

communications must be sent to Village entities that could possibly discharge mercury to the Village Wastewater.  Report submitted.

Police: Chief VanDeusen stated that they have been receiving positive feedback.  Some residents have been parking on the sidewalk which will result in a parking ticket. Report

submitted. 

Codes: No one present.  Report submitted.

Marina:  No one present, no report.  Mayor Straney received an email from the Fulton County Chamber of Commerce about a meeting to be held on 12/2/2020 to discuss the Village being

given an old blue and yellow buoy boat to be refurbished and placed somewhere in the Village. This offer is contingent upon interest on the part of the Village and the Village supplying a

permanent location for the vessel.

Treasurer: Brandon stated that the CD was cashed out and put into the Reserve Account.  Two CD’s are coming up for renewal.  The Marina and Cemetery are over the projected income. 

Mayor Straney stated claims were high this month due to payments of insurance premiums.  

Dog Census-No one present, no report. 

Cemetery-No one present, no report. 

Public:  

Legals: Mayor Straney informed the Board that Norman is still working on the Flood Plain Law and removal of the last RV at the Marina per flood plain regulations.  

Other:      

Consent Agenda: A motion to create a consent agenda consisting of the minutes of the 10/14/20 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 Castrucci 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 $170,107.02 was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Dockerty.  All ayes, motion carried.  The claims are broken down as follows:

General Fund:  $64,895.58

Cemetery Fund: $0.00

Marina Fund: $37,258.87

Water Fund: $47,250.74

Sewer Fund: $20,701.83       

New business:

A motion was made by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Grant to appoint Village Clerk, Jayna Cool as the Registrar of the Electronic Death Registry through the New York State Health Commerce System.  All ayes, motion carried. 

A motion was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Castrucci to approve Resolution #8 the Agreement for Control of Ice and Snow on County Roadways sent to the Village from Montgomery County.  All ayes motion carried. 

A motion to adjourn was made at 7:44 PM by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Dockerty.  All ayes, motion carried.

Next meeting- December 23rd  at 6:30 pm

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Board of Trustees Regular Meeting - October 14, 2020 - 6:30 PM Community House

Present: Mayor Straney, Trustees: Kathy Buckley, Art Dockerty, Jim Castrucci, and Connie Grant

Public:  No one present

Also: Treasurer Brandon Loren, DPW Superintendent Jarrod Walrath, Assistant Fire Chief Shannon Countryman, and Police Chief Don VanDeusen

Attorney: Absent 

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

Department Heads:

Fire Department: Engine 3 has had packing on it pump serviced.  The Fire Department FEMA

Grant for the purchase of a Tanker was not approved for this year but they will be reapplying. 

Report submitted.

DPW: Jarrod stated that it is leaf season, and they will be getting a salt delivery next week.  The sweeper is back and working great.  The pole on the corner of Main Street and Bridge Street has been fixed.

WWTP: No one present.  Report submitted.

Police: A motion was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Dockerty to appoint

Provisional Police Sergeant Renzi to permanent Sergeant with the 12-week probationary

period.  Report submitted. 

Codes: No one present.  Report submitted.

Marina:  No one present, no report.  There are two abandoned boats located behind the WWTP

in the Floodplain.  The registered owners will be contacted for removal of said boats. 

Treasurer: Report submitted.

Dog Census-No one present, no report. 

Cemetery-No one present, no report.  The Cemetery will be closing at the end of the month.

Public:  

Legals: Nothing to report.

Other:  The Village is still working with the West Saint Johnsville Cemetery on pricing list.  Parking Permits have come in for the Community House Parking Lot.  The clerk will prepare rules and regulations, and an application for Board review.  Parking across from the Fire Department was discussed.    

Consent Agenda: A motion to create a consent agenda consisting of the minutes of the 9/15/20 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 Dockerty and seconded by Trustee Grant.  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 $50,671.61 was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Castrucci.  All ayes, motion carried.  The claims are broken down as follows:

General Fund: $40,114.14

Cemetery Fund: $0.00

Marina Fund: $120.17

Water Fund: $2,666.85

Sewer Fund: $7,770.45

New business:

A motion was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Dockerty to renew the existing Village Employee Health Insurance through MVP Healthcare.  All ayes, motion carried. 

A motion was made by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Grant to zero the Combined Utility bill for Jeff Darrach due to his water being turned on 5 days before the reading.  All ayes, motion carried. 

A motion was made by Trustee Dockerty and seconded by Trustee Castrucci to zero out the Combined Utility bill for Gary Armstrong due to no water usage for 2 years and water requested to be shut off.  All ayes, motion carried.

A motion was made by Trustee Dockerty and seconded by Trustee Castrucci to accept the new pricing fees for Building Permits.  Up to the first $1,000.00 in construction cost  is $25.00, and an additional $3.00 will be added per $1,000.00 expended after that.  All ayes, motion carried. 

A motion to adjourn was made at 8:50 PM by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Dockerty.  All ayes, motion carried.

Next meeting- November 25th at 6:30 pm

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Board of Trustees Regular Meeting - September 15, 2020 - 6:30 PM Community House

9/15/20 Board of Trustees Regular Meeting 6:30 PM Community House

Present: Mayor Straney, Trustees: Kathy Buckley, Art Dockerty, Jim Castrucci

Public:  Daniel Nicotera, Josh Diaz, and David Jordan from Montgomery County Office for Aging, Inc.

Also: Treasurer Brandon Loren, DPW Superintendent Jarrod Walrath, Assistant Fire Chief Shannon Countryman, Code Enforcement Officer Cliff Dorrough, and Police Chief Don VanDeusen

Attorney: Norman Mastromoro

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

Department Heads:

Fire Department: Shannon stated they have been busy with training at the Fire Department but have not had a high call volume. The Fire Department would like to bid out the exhaust issue

on Engine 3.  Also, Engine 1 needs repair of the LED lights.  Report submitted.

DPW: Jarrod discussed that the sweeper is at Roosevelts with fuel issues in the back engine.  The scraper blades have been ordered for the plows to prepare for Winter. There was a significant water main leak on August 29th and 30th near Failing Ave and William Street which was repaired.  Jarrod thanked the Fire Department for helping with traffic control while they fixed the sewer line manhole on West Main Street.  Horender’s had to come in and aide with the removal of bricks that traveled down the pipes by the manhole. The water reading was done on September 8th for the September Combined Utility bill.

WWTP: No one present.  Report submitted.

Police: Mayor Straney had the new Police Chief Don VanDeusen sworn in and the oath book was signed.  No report. 

Codes: Cliff stated to the Board that there have been 4 letters sent to the owner of the upper Mill on North Division Street. The burnt store at 27 West Main Street has been sold, a demo

permit has been issued, and the new owner is to begin demolition on the worst areas first then re-evaluate after.  Report submitted.

Marina:  No one present, no report.  There have been credit card payments coming in for boats docking along the wall.  The campground will be closing Columbus Day weekend. 

Treasurer: Brandon discussed the reserve accounts and a CD that is due October 2nd.  Report submitted.

Dog Census-No one present, no report.  There was a discussion with the public regarding licensing of dogs. 

Cemetery - No one present, no report.  Mayor Straney is working with Shelly Arduini from the West Saint Johnsville Cemetery on a new pricing list for the Cemetery.

Public:  Dan Nicotera addressed the Board regarding Neighborhood Watch’s 10 signs they would like to have placed  around the Village. David Jordan from the Montgomery County Office for Aging, Inc. discussed with the Board the OFA Senior Transport they offer.     

Legals: Nothing to report.

Other:  Jarrod will need a motion to begin painting and numbering the parking spots at the Community House parking lot.  A motion was made by Trustee Dockerty and seconded by Trustee Castrucci.  All ayes, motion carried.  

Consent Agenda: A motion to create a consent agenda consisting of the minutes of the 7/21/20 Regular Meeting, DPW, WWTP, Police, Codes and Treasurer’s reports was made by Trustee Dockerty and seconded by Trustee Buckley. All ayes, motion carried.

A motion to adopt said Agenda was made by Trustee Buckley and seconded by Trustee Castrucci.  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 $90,893.07 was made by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Dockerty.  All ayes, motion carried.  The claims are broken down as follows:

General Fund: $57,022.45

Cemetery Fund: $73.40

Marina Fund: $631.86

Water Fund: $30,822.49

Sewer Fund: $2,342.87

New business:

A motion was made by Trustee Dockerty and seconded by Trustee Buckley to appoint Don VanDeusen as the Police Chief effective September 15, 2020.  All ayes, motion carried. 

A motion was made by Trustee Dockerty and seconded by Trustee Buckley to approve “RESOLUTION TO APPROVE THE CORRECTIVE SUBDIVISION OF TAX PARCELS 8.52-3-32 AND 8.52-3-30”  All ayes, motion carried. 

A motion was made by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Dockerty to cash out the Community Bank CD for $81,522.70 but to hold until the Reserve Accounts are resolved.  All ayes, motion carried.

A motion to adjourn the regular meeting and go into executive session to discuss WWTP and DPW, personnel was made at 8:55 PM by Trustee Dockerty and seconded by Trustee Buckley.  All ayes, motion carried.

A motion was made by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Buckley to come out of executive session at 9:10 PM.  All ayes, motion carried.

Next meeting- October 14th at 6:30 pm

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Board of Trustees Regular Meeting - August 18, 2020 - 6:30 PM Community House

8/18/20 Board of Trustees Regular Meeting 6:30 PM Community House 

Present: Mayor Straney, Trustees: Kathy Buckley, Art Dockerty, Connie Grant via phone

Public:  Daniel Nicotera, Clara Cool, and Samantha Carter

Also: Treasurer Brandon Loren, DPW Superintendent Jarrod Walrath, Waste-water Operator Frank Erno, Assistant Fire Chief Shannon Countryman

Attorney: Norman Mastromoro

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

Department Heads:

Fire Department: Shannon discussed with the Board the new Data Demon software reporting System and its ability to report based on locations served in contract areas.  She also stated the

brush truck needs a new battery. The flooding in the Fire Department has stopped since replacing the sand bags in the building’s rear lot, but they are looking for a more permanent

solution.  Mayor Straney informed Shannon about the new employee at the Wastewater Treatment plant and the role he could potentially play in Fire Truck repair and upkeep. Report

submitted. 

DPW: Jarrod discussed the Fire Hydrant by the bank was repaired and also a water main leak  issue on Monroe Street as well.  Jarrod stated it was a busy month at the Cemetery due to an employee being unable to work due to a medical issue.  There were 6 burials in the month.  Mayor Straney recognized the DPW for the great improvement in the operational quality and appearance of the Village equipment and trucks at the DPW.  Report submitted.

WWTP: Frank stated the camera on the blower building is not working so he will be replacing it with another camera he has on hand.  Frank, Jarrod and Mayor Straney met with FEMA to

discuss flood plain at the WWTP and DPW area.  We are compliant with the 30’ spacing requirement of items from the riverbank. The new employee at the WWTP is working out great.  Report submitted.

Police: Mayor Straney read the resignation letter submitted by Chief Callen.  The chief will be stepping down from her position as Chief to a part-time Police Officer in the Village.  Donald

VanDuesen will be assuming day to day responsibility for the operation of the Department. Report submitted.

Codes: Mayor Straney stated that citations have been going out and building permits applications have been coming in for work in the Village. Cliff has been busy on the added half day Wednesday of each week, and things are getting addressed around the Village.  Report submitted.

Marina:  No one present, no report.  There have been boaters that have stayed overnight on their boats at the Marina.  The Village collects a dockage fee via credit card.  They also fill out a

registration form which complies with the State Covid regulations.  There are not any public facilities open such as bathrooms or laundry.The gas/ diesel pumps have not been replaced

since the November 2019 flooding so there have been no fuel sales with the exception of one emergency situation where a boater was at risk of running out of fuel.

Treasurer: Brandon discussed the need for appraisal of Village buildings and vehicles before submitting the fixed assets report.  Mayor Straney has a call in to C-Biz to have this appraisal done.  Report submitted.

Dog Census-No one present, no report. 

Cemetery-No one present, no report.  Mayor Straney is working with Shelly Arduini from the West Saint Johnsville Cemetery on a new pricing list for the Cemetery.

Public:  Dan Nicotera asked the Board if they had any suggestions on Neighborhood Watch signs to be put around the Village. Dan will design a few and present it to the Board when he is done. They had their first Neighborhood Watch meeting and it had a great turn out. 

Legals: Nothing to report.

Other:  Mayor Straney discussed the Solar Array.  The Village’s electric needs are now being met by the solar array at a reduced cost per kilowatt; however, the Village is contractually obligated to purchase all power the array produces.  Summer power production being at its maximum and consumption at its minimum means 18 months of readings through both the summer and winter months will be necessary to evaluate the economic impact of the array on the Village’s utility costs. Of concern is over production, which would have the Village purchasing power for future use. If this is the case, a balanced usage should be sought through conversion of Village power needs from other sources.

Consent Agenda: A motion to create a consent agenda consisting of the minutes of the 7/21/20 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 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 $43,544.50 was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Buckley.  All ayes, motion carried.  The claims are broken down as follows:

General Fund: $32,666.77

Cemetery Fund: $2,002.49

Marina Fund: $789.33

Water Fund: $2,657.52

Sewer Fund: $5,528.39

New business:

A motion was made by Trustee Dockerty and seconded by Trustee Grant to accept Resolution #6 of 2020 pertaining to the new LGS-1 New York State Records keeping requirements.  All ayes, motion carried.

A motion was made by Trustee Dockerty and seconded by Trustee Grant that the January 15, 2019 Chief of Police Contract with Diana Callen, at her request and upon her written resignation effective from August 16, 2020, is hereby terminated without claim by either party against the other.  All ayes, motion carried.

A motion was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Dockerty to charge $1,750.00 for the water bill period of September 2019 to March 2020 and March 2020 to September 2020 to 67 West Main Street.  All ayes, motion carried. 

A motion to adjourn the regular meeting and go into executive session to discuss WWTP, DPW, and Police personnel was made at 7:52 PM by Trustee Buckley and seconded by Trustee Dockerty.  All ayes, motion carried.

A motion was made by Trustee Buckley and seconded by Trustee Dockerty to come out of executive session at 8:36 PM.  All ayes, motion carried.

A motion was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Buckley to approve a salary for existing Village Police Officer Donald VanDuesen of $33,0000.00 per annum as “Officer in Charge” in light of the resignation of Chief Callen.  All ayes, motion carried. 

A motion to adjourn was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Buckley at 8:43PM.  All ayes, motion carried.

Next meeting- September 15th at 6:30 pm

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Board of Trustees Regular Meeting - July 21, 2020 - 6:30 PM Community House

7/21/20 Board of Trustees Regular Meeting 6:30 PM Community House

Present: Mayor Straney, Trustees: Kathy Buckley, Connie Grant, Art Dockerty

Public:  Daniel Nicotera, Tammy Dingman, Robert Snell, Clara Cool

Also: Treasurer Brandon Loren, DPW Superintendent Jarrod Walrath, Police Chief Diana Callen,  Waste-water Operator Frank Erno, and Code Enforcement Officer Cliff Dorrough

Attorney: Norman Mastromoro

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

Department Heads:

Fire Department: No one present.  Report submitted. 

DPW: Jarrod discussed the fire hydrant at the intersection of Center Street and North Division that was struck in the middle of the night.  Jarrod stated he was going to order new bristles for the Bobcat broom which would cost around $850.00.  Report submitted.

WWTP: Frank and Mayor Straney discussed with the Board the new mandated testing for the Wastewater Treatment Plant.  Safelite will be coming out to repair a cracked windshield on the

WWTP Truck. Report submitted.

Police: Chief Callen thanked Jarrod and the DPW for putting bars on the Police Station windows. Chief Also discussed the cruiser 113 picked up a screw in the one tire and they were

getting a replacement tire.  The cost to fix the Police cruiser at Fitzpatrick’s was $1,171.00. Report submitted.

Codes: Cliff discussed 3 W. Main Street where Mohawk Valley asbestos is removing asbestos from the building.  Also, 36 Hough has been posted for violations.  Report submitted.

Marina:  No one present, no report.

Treasurer: Report submitted.

Dog Census-No one present, no report. 

Cemetery-No one present, no report.  Mayor Straney and Jarrod Walrath discussed the memorial made by McFee Memorials that will be installed at Cemetery next Memorial Day due

to not being able to be installed this year because of Covid.

Public:  Dan Nicotera expressed his concern with the Board of Police hours being removed for the overnight shift.  The Mayor and Police Chief spoke with him about the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department and New York State Police providing coverage overnight, and the limited reported incidents.  Mr. Nicotera expressed his desire to pursue a Neighborhood watch.    Tammy Dingman asked Codes Officer Cliff Dorrough about vacant properties in the Village, some with code violations, and the presence of Red Notices on the exterior. The notices are not condemnation notices but notices of action required by owners. 

Legals: Attorney Norman Mastromoro discussed the ongoing Tax proceedings with the Town of Ephratah.  2016 is still pending which is good for three years.  Norman also filed again in 2019 making it valid until 2022.  He stated that it has been decades since the state has appraised the property the Village owns in the Town of Ephratah.    

Other: 

Consent Agenda: A motion to create a consent agenda consisting of the minutes of the 6/16/20 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 Grant 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 $72,724.44 was made by Trustee Dockerty and seconded by Trustee Grant.  All ayes, motion carried.  The claims are broken down as follows:

General Fund: $68,376.04

Cemetery Fund: $0.00

Marina Fund: $229.90

Water Fund: $750.47

Sewer Fund: $3,368.03

New business:

A motion to stop receiving cash payments(over $25.00) starting June 1st, 2021 was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Buckley.  All ayes, motion carried.

A motion was made by Trustee Dockerty and seconded by Trustee Grant to set the Peddler Permit price to $60.00 per year or $10.00 per weekend.

A motion to adjourn the regular meeting and go into executive session was made at 8:30 PM by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Dockerty.  All ayes, motion carried.

A motion was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Dockerty to come out of executive session at 9:55 PM.  All ayes, motion carried.

A motion to adjourn was made by Trustee Dockerty and seconded by Trustee Grant at 9:57 PM.  All ayes, motion carried.

Next meeting- August 18th at 6:30 pm

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Board of Trustees Special Meeting - June 24, 2020 - 6:30 PM Community House

Present: Mayor Straney, Trustees: Kathy Buckley, Connie Grant, Art Dockerty

Public:  No one present.

Also: Attorney: Norman Mastromoro

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

Enter into record a letter received by Board Member James Castrucci received on June 24th pertaining to Public Safety Personnel.

A motion to go into executive session at 6:31 PM to discuss personnel regarding Public Safety and possible litigation relative to WWTP was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Buckley.

A motion to come out of Executive Session was made at 8:46 PM by Trustee Buckley and seconded by Trustee Grant.  All ayes, motion carried.

No action taken.

A motion was made by Trustee Dockerty and seconded by Trustee Buckley to appoint Cliff Dorrough, the Village Codes Enforcement Officer for an additional half day (Wednesdays 8-noon) for $11,000.00 per year. All ayes, motion carried.

A motion was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Buckley to appoint James Kierzinski to the Housing Authority Board for a 5-year term.  All ayes, motion carried.

A motion to adjourn at 9:08 was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Dockerty.  All ayes, motion carried.

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Board of Trustees Regular Meeting - June 16, 2020 - 6:30 PM Community House

6/16/20 Board of Trustees   Regular Meeting 6:30 PM Community House

Present: Mayor Straney, Trustees: Kathy Buckley, Connie Grant, Art Dockerty, Jim Castrucci

Public:  No one present

Also: Treasurer Brandon Loren, DPW Superintendent Jarrod Walrath, Police Chief Diana Callen, and Code Enforcement Officer Cliff Dorrough

Attorney: Norman Mastromoro

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

Department Heads:

Fire Department: No one present.  Report submitted. 

DPW: Jarrod discussed the extra work that was done at the Park to get ready for the Graduation Ceremony.  Jarrod stated he sent letters to some of the residents on Failing Ave and William Street regarding the ongoing sewer issues.  The DPW had four pool fills and one burial.  The street sweeper is being brought to its manufacturer CYNCON to have repairs done.  Report submitted.

WWTP: No one present.  Report submitted.

Police: Chief Callen stated that the Police Department assisted the Veterans on Memorial Day and everything went smoothly.  Report submitted.

Codes: Cliff discussed with the Board that the fire damaged house on Kingsbury was sold and a  permit was pulled to begin necessary repairs.  Work is underway for the façade and roof

 repairs on the Masonic temple, and the recent fire on Lion resulted in the house being red  tagged until necessary repairs are completed.  There are also three court cases pending.

Report submitted.

Marina:  No one present, no report.  Under Montgomery County’s order, the Campground may open as a “Temporary Residential Site”.  Residents who bring their campers there must self-

quarantine for 14 days and report to the Montgomery County Department of Health.  The Harbor Master house is finished and just needs the inside painted.  Mayor Straney spoke with

the Canal Corporation and they decided to put in and take out the docks, but this will be the final year doing so.

Treasurer: Treasurer Brandon stated we have received the 2018/2019 AUD from Read Financial.  No report.

Dog Census-No one present, no report. 

Cemetery-No one present, no report. 

Public:  No one present.

Legals: Attorney Norman Mastromoro stated the Solar Liberty/AES issue is resolved.  He is working with DEC and the Town of St. Johnsville to correct the incorrect letter designations on the Flood Plain Maps Submitted by FEMA.  

Other: 

Consent Agenda: A motion to create a consent agenda consisting of the minutes of the 5/19/20 Regular Meeting, DPW, WWTP, Police, Codes and Treasurer’s reports was made by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Grant.  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 to the Board as approved to the Board by the Treasurer, in the amount of $75,679.50 was made by Trustee Dockerty and seconded by Trustee Castrucci.  All ayes, motion carried.  The claims are broken down as follows:

General Fund: $67,936.45

Cemetery Fund: $0.00

Marina Fund: $651.47

Water Fund: $2,940.00

Sewer Fund: $4,151.58

New business:

St. Johnsville Housing Authority PILOT program was discussed.

The Village is presently at 43% “non-reported” for the 2020 Census.

A motion to adjourn the regular meeting and go into executive session was made at 8:55 PM by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Dockerty.  All ayes, motion carried.

A motion was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Dockerty to come out of executive session at 9:32 PM.  All ayes, motion carried.

The Board decided in executive session to have a special meeting posted in the paper for June 24, 2020 at 6:30 to discuss Public Safety Personnel.

A motion to adjourn was made by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Grant at 9:39 PM.  All ayes, motion carried.

Next meeting- July 21st  at 6:30 pm

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Board of Trustees Organizational Meeting - May 29, 2020 - 6:30 PM Community House

Present Village Clerk Jayna Cool, Trustees Connie Grant, Kathy Buckley, Arthur Dockerty, and Mayor Charles Straney  

Public:

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

The attached list of appointments was made all for a one (1) year term:

Treasurer-Brandon Loren, motion by Trustee Grant, seconded by Trustee Dockerty

Clerk-Jayna Cool, motion by Trustee Buckley, seconded by Trustee Grant

Registrar of Vital Statistics- Jayna Cool, motion by Trustee Grant, seconded by Trustee Dockerty

Historian- Mathew Rapaz, motion by Trustee Dockerty, seconded by Trustee Grant

Codes/ Zoning- Clifton Dorrough, motion by Trustee Grant, seconded by Trustee Buckley

Fair Housing Officer- Clifton Dorrough, motion by Trustee Grant, seconded by Trustee Dockerty

Fire Chief- Christopher Weaver, motion by Trustee Grant, seconded by Trustee Buckley

1st Assistant Fire Chief- Shannon Countryman, motion by Trustee Grant, seconded by Trustee Buckley

2nd Assistant Fire Chief- Alex Countryman, motion made by Trustee Buckley, seconded by Trustee Grant

Deputy Mayor- Connie Grant, motion by Trustee Buckley, seconded by Trustee Dockerty

Selections other than appointments were as follows:

*Library Board- Rebecca Sokol (5 Year Term) Motion by Trustee Buckley, seconded by Trustee Grant

*Planning Board- No one

*Zoning Board of Appeals- No one

*Grievance Board #1-DPW, Water and WWTP (2 Trustees & Village Clerk)

Trustees Grant, Buckley and Jayna Cool (1 Year Terms)

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

Trustees Dockerty and Castrucci and Jayna Cool (1 Year Terms)

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

*Official Newspaper-Recorder. Motion by Trustee Grant, seconded by Trustee Dockerty.

*Official Bank-NBT St. Johnsville, Adirondack Bank Little Falls, Community Bank              Canajoharie-Motion by Trustee Grant, seconded by Trustee Dockerty.

*Time/Place for regular meetings-3rd Tuesday of month/6:30 pm at Community House Motion by Trustee Grant, seconded by Trustee Buckley.

*Selection of Roberts Rules-Motion by Trustee Dockerty, seconded by Trustee Buckley. 

*Approve Bonding-Clerk, Treasurer. Motion by Trustee Grant, seconded by Trustee Dockerty.

*Procurement Policy- Motion by Trustee Grant, seconded by Trustee Buckley.

*Meeting Procedure Policy- Motion by Trustee Dockerty, seconded by Trustee Buckley.

Resolutions passed are as follows:

*Mileage Allowance-$.57.5 per mile. Motion by Trustee Buckely, seconded by Trustee

Grant.            

*Designation of Depositories-NBT Bank, St. Johnsville, Adirondack Bank, Little Falls and Community Bank, Canajoharie

*Advance Approval of Claims-Motion by Trustee Grant, seconded by Trustee Buckley.

Tabled Items:

            *Village Holidays

            *Opening Meetings Law, Board of Trustees Meetings Procedure Policy

            *Director of Emergency Services

A motion was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Buckley to accept every appointment, resolution and item discussed at the Organizational/ Year End Meeting.  All ayes, motion passed.

*Next Organizational Meeting - April 6, 2021, 6:30 pm at the Community House.  Motion by Trustee Buckley, seconded by Trustee Dockerty.

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

 

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Board of Trustees Regular Meeting - May 19, 2020 - 6:30 PM Community House

Present: Mayor Straney, Trustees: Kathy Buckley in person, Connie Grant, Art Dockerty via Gotomeeting

Public:  No one present, per required social distancing order.  Leeann & Peter Brisbin, W. Liberty via Gotomeeting

Also: Treasurer Brandon Loren in person, DPW Superintendent Jarrod Walrath, Police Chief Diana Callen, and WWTP Supervisor Frank Erno via Gotomeeting.

Attorney: not present

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Straney and the salute to the flag was given.  Mayor Straney held a moment of silence for the lives lost due to the COVID-19 Virus.

Department Heads:

Fire Department: No one present.  Report submitted.  

DPW: Jarrod discussed the manhole cover at the bottom of Fowler Hill being repaired.  He ordered new flags for various Village buildings.  Mayor Straney informed the Board of Public Works appreciation day and discussed the great job the DPW and WWTP employees do for the Village.  Trustee Dockerty discussed getting cameras for the DPW.  Report submitted.

WWTP: Frank discussed the switching of clarifier4s and aerators.  The sludge was taken out and sent to the Johnstown- Gloversville WWTP.  The RAS pump needs to be returned due to the

lack of a direct bolt setup. Frank met with FEMA and discussed the return action sludge pump and influent pump.  No report.

Police: Chief Callen stated that the call volume has been normal.  The 2019 Charger has gotten 2 new tires, brakes and rotors.  There is a 2 year warranty on the rotors and lifetime brakes. 

Mayor Straney discussed the old cruiser as being used as a Village vehicle if it passes inspection. Instead of the DPW driving places with an F350 they could use that and save on gas, and wear and tear.  Also, could be used as a back-up SRO vehicle.  Chief Callen also discussed the Montgomery County report on car parades not being allowed based on the COVID-19 Executive Order.  Report submitted.

Codes: No one present, no report.  Mayor Straney informed the Board of a house that had accumulated 3.5 ton of items brought to the landfill, which was a fire hazard.  The police,

codes, Mayor, and DPW all helped assist in resolving this matter.

Marina:  No one present, no report.  Under Montgomery County’s order, the Marina may open as a “Temporary Residential Site”.  Residents who bring their campers there must self-

quarantine for 14 days and report to the Department of Health.  The buildings at the Marina i.e. Bathhouse, Laundry Room, Harbor House are closed.  Mayor Straney received a call from Steve

Ramsey from the NY State Power Authority regarding their plan to hopefully start the Waterway opening July 4th to Aug 8th. 

Treasurer: Treasurer Brandon Loren was present, no report.  Brandon is getting everything ready for the Year end meeting on May 29th. 

Dog Census-No one present, no report.  Mayor Straney stated that Kirk Bayes has taken the position but at this time can not go door to door due to the COVID-19 Executive Order.

Cemetery-No one present, no report.  Mayor Straney discussed that the positions at the Cemetery have been cut to one.  Matt LaCoppola is doing a great job at the Cemetery and can

receive help from the DPW if needed.

Public:  Leeann & Peter Brisbin via Gotomeeting, wanted to thank the Village employees for the great job they do around the Village and for the residents.

Legals: Mayor Straney updated the Board regarding the Solar Liberty/ AES project.  The paperwork is almost finalized and there has been discussion about the taxes generated relative to the project.  He will be gathering the documents needed for the Tax Grievance days at the Town of Oppenheim and Town of Ephratah.  

Other: Mayor Straney stated to the Board that the Village employees would be going back to their regular scheduled hours starting Monday, April 27, 2020.  There is essential Village work that can be done safe and solitary manner in accordance with State requirements. 

Consent Agenda: A motion to create a consent agenda consisting of the minutes of the 4/21/20 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 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 $49,906.95 was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Buckley.  All ayes, motion carried.  The claims are broken down as follows:

            General Fund: $ 30,095.67

            Cemetery Fund: $ 0.00

            Marina Fund: $ 281.00

            Water Fund: $ 2,983.82

            Sewer Fund: $ 16,546.46     

New business:

The Village Wide Trash days will be on June 12th and June 13th. 

The Year End/ Organizational Meeting will be held May 29th at 6:30.

There was a discussion from Mayor Straney regarding the Library being a School entity as opposed to a Village entity.  As of June 1st the Library will be taking over their own payroll, payments, check cashing, insurance, and accounting.

A motion was made by Trustee Dockerty and seconded by Trustee Connie to approve Resolution #4 of 2020 Contract for the control of grass and brush on County Roads beginning June 1, 2020 and ending May 31, 2021.  All ayes, motion carried. 

A motion was made by Trustee Buckley and seconded by Trustee Dockerty to have Mayor Straney put a notice out regarding the cancellation of the Parks & Recreation program at the Soldiers & Sailors park and, the cancellation of the Marina Concerts.  All ayes, motion carried.

A motion to adjourn the regular meeting was made at 8:33 PM by Trustee Buckley and seconded by Trustee Dockerty.  All ayes, motion carried.

A motion to go into executive session was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Buckley.  All ayes, motion carried.

A motion was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Dockerty to come out of executive session.  Nothing to report.  All ayes, motion carried.

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

Next meeting- June 16th at 6:30 pm

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Board of Trustees Regular Meeting - April 21, 2020 - 6:30 PM Community House

Present: Mayor Straney, Trustees: Kathy Buckley in person, Connie Grant, Art Dockerty, James Castrucci via Gotomeeting

Public:  No one present, per required social distancing order.

Also: Police Chief Diana Callen, Treasurer Brandon Loren

Attorney: not present 

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Straney and the salute to the flag was given.  Mayor Straney held a moment of silence for the lives lost due to the COVID-19 Virus.

Department Heads:

Fire Department: No one present.  Report submitted.

DPW: No one present.  Report submitted.

WWTP: No one present.  Report submitted.

Police: Chief Callen stated to the Board that SAVAC/GAVAC extended the offer to the Village

Police to sanitize the Police vehicles once a week using SAVAC’s vehicle sanitizing equipment.  Report submitted.

Codes: No one present, no report.

Marina:  No one present, no report.

Treasurer: Treasurer Brandon Loren was present, no report. 

Dog Census-No one present, no report.

Cemetery-No one present, no report.

Public:  Josh Thomas, Courier Standard Enterprise, via Gotomeeting

Legals:

Other: Mayor Straney stated to the Board that the Village employees would be going back to their regular scheduled hours starting Monday, April 27, 2020.  There is essential Village work that can be done safe and solitary manner in accordance with State requirements. 

Consent Agenda: A motion to create a consent agenda consisting of the minutes of the 3/17/20 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 Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Grant.  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 $58,762.39 was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Castrucci.  All ayes, motion carried.  The claims are broken down as follows:

            General Fund: $ 28,145.87

            Cemetery Fund: $ 0.00

            Marina Fund: $ 1,955.30

            Water Fund: $ 7,260.50

            Sewer Fund: $ 21,400.72

New business:

A motion was made by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Dockerty to adopt the 2020-2021 Budget as presented.  All ayes, motion carried.

Charles Straney  ___X___ Aye   ______ Nay 

Trustee Castrucci   ___X___ Aye   ______ Nay 

Trustee Dockerty    ___X___ Aye   ______ Nay 

Trustee Grant  ___X___ Aye   ______ Nay 

Trustee Buckley ___X___ Aye   ______ Nay 

A motion was made by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Dockerty to allow Brandon Loren, Treasurer for the Village of St. Johnsville, with input from Dave Read of Read financial to

appropriately allocate and balance the Water and Sewer accounts for the 2018-2019 AUD.  All ayes, motion carried.

A motion was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Castrucci to waive the late fees for the March 13, 2020 Village of St. Johnsville Combined Utility Bill and to extend the deadline

to pay without late fees from April 13, 2020 to June 16, 2020.  Any payments not made by June 16, 2020 will be assessed the 10% late fee.  All ayes, motion carried.

A motion was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Dockerty to allow Mayor Straney and Steve Trodler to negotiate a price on the UBS Billing Software required for the

Neptune Water Meter Reading system that will generate the Water/ Sewer Bills.  All ayes, motion carried. 

A motion was made by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Dockerty to have Mayor Straney discuss Faith Morey’s Village of St. Johnsville Combined Utility Bill.  All ayes, motion

carried.

A motion was made by Trustee Buckley and seconded by Trustee Castrucci to have Mayor Straney discuss Robert Linney’s Village of St. Johnsville Combined Utility Bill.  All ayes, motion

carried.

A motion to adjourn was made at 7:16 PM by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Dockerty.  All ayes, motion carried.

Next meeting- May 19th at 6:30 pm

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Board of Trustees Regular Meeting - March 17, 2020 - 6:30 PM Community House

Present: Mayor Straney, Trustees: Kathy Buckley, Connie Grant

Public:  No one present, per required social distancing order.

Also: Police Chief Diana Callen, Code Enforcement Officer Cliff Dorrough

Attorney:

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Straney and the salute to the flag was given.  Mayor Straney stated the purpose of the meeting was to insure Village Vendors were paid to avoid any interruption of services to Village Residents in this time of emergency.

Department Heads:

Fire Department: No one present.  Report submitted.

DPW: No one present.  Report submitted.

WWTP: No one present.  Report submitted.

Police: Chief Callen discussed the struggle the Police Department is having with staffing.  She also discussed that due to the Covid-19 virus the Police will only be entering homes for

emergency calls and that the officers have been informed to try to the best of their ability to handle the calls outside of the home if possible. This will minimize possible contact in

accordance with the Executive Order on social distancing.  Report submitted.

Codes: Cliff stated to the Board that he has two open court cases.  However, there will be no court cases for the next 45 days at least due to the Covid-19 virus.  There was discussion about

chimney height on resident’s homes and that the chimney must be 3’ above the highest peak of the home.  Report submitted.

Marina:  No one present, no report.

Treasurer: No one present.  Report submitted. 

Dog Census-No one present, no report.

Cemetery-No one present, no report.

Public:  

Legals:  

Other: A motion was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Buckley to accept the Gutchess Timber bid of $30,282.00 for logging of the Village Watershed property.  All ayes, motion carried.

Consent Agenda: A motion to create a consent agenda consisting of the minutes of the 1/21/19 Regular Meeting, DPW, WWTP, Police, Codes and Treasurer’s reports was made by Trustee Buckley and seconded by Trustee Grant.  All ayes, motion carried.

A motion to adopt said Agenda was made by Trustee Buckley and seconded by Trustee Grant.  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 $93,397.43 was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Buckley.  All ayes, motion carried.  The claims are broken down as follows:

            General Fund:  $ 85,933.27

            Cemetery Fund: $ 28.12

            Marina Fund: $ 205.62

            Water Fund: $ 3,683.94

            Sewer Fund: $ 3,546.48

New business:

A motion to adjourn was made at 7:00 PM by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Buckley.  All ayes, motion carried.

Next meeting- April 21st at 6:30 pm

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Board of Trustees Regular Meeting - February 18, 2020 - 6:30 PM Community House

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

Public:  Chris Mosher

Also: Fire Chief Chris Weaver, Assistant Chief Alex Countryman, Superintendent Jarrod Walrath, WWTP Operator Frank Erno, Code Enforcement Officer Cliff Dorrough

Attorney: Norman Mastromoro

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

Department Heads:

Fire Department: Chief Weaver discussed that Engine 6 needs new rear brakes and that the generator on Tower 1 is in need of work.  In addition, the fire dept. needs 3 sets of turn out

gear.  Currently there are 3 to 4 members without turn out gear.  Chief Weaver stated that it is roughly $12,000.00 for four of them.  Alex had a lengthy discussion of a software programs:

Data Demon, Emergency Reporting, and NYS OFPC.  The Fire Department would like the purchase of this software funded to fulfill State reporting requirements.  Report submitted.

DPW: Jarrod stated the repair and painting of the bleachers for the baseball field at the park is complete, and the netting along the baseline will be going up.  The County will be coming to clean off the bridge.  Report submitted.

WWTP: Frank discussed that the flow meter software reporting system is working well.  He talked with Doug Cole about the valves, RAS pump, and electric motor. Report submitted.

Police: No one present.  Report submitted.

Codes: Report submitted.

Marina:  No one present, no report.  Mayor Straney stated to the Board that the electrical work and insulation has been done in the flooded Harbor Master House.  The FEMA meeting is on

February 19th.  Also, the Village office is accepting applications for the part time Harbor Master position.

Treasurer: No one present.  Report submitted.  Mayor Straney stated that he had met with Dave Read of Read Financial and that we are close to completing the AUD. 

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: Chris Mosher wanted to publicly thank Jarrod and the DPW for their hard work on the sewer line back up issue on Failing Ave.  He discussed how Jarrod and the DPW men responded to his home at any hour and made sure that the problem was taken care of. 

Legals: Norman updated the Board on the Solar Liberty/ AES issues and what needs to be the next step in getting this matter resolved.

Other: A motion was made by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Dockerty for the approval of the Data Demon software for the St. Johnsville Fire Department, Inc.  All ayes, motion carried. 

A motion was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Castrucci for the approval of the survey presented for the Licari/ Humphrey land swap to correct mutual encroachments.  All ayes, motion carried. 

Consent Agenda: A motion to create a consent agenda consisting of the minutes of the 1/21/19 Regular Meeting, DPW, WWTP, Police, Codes and Treasurer’s reports was made by Trustee Buckley and seconded by Trustee Grant.  All ayes, motion carried.

A motion to adopt said Agenda was made by Trustee Castrucci 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 $184,277.50 was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Castrucci.  All ayes, motion carried.  The claims are broken down as follows:

            General Fund: $99,911.97

            Cemetery Fund: $ 0.00

            Marina Fund: $ 595.11

            Water Fund: $ 64,958.05

            Sewer Fund: $ 5,823.16

            Water/Sewer $ 12,202.18

New business: The Board decided to take part in the Springfest parade as invited by the Chamber of Commerce.

A motion to go into executive session was offered at 8:35 PM by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Dockerty to discuss personnel in the office. No action taken.

A motion was made at 9:27 PM by Trustee Dockerty and seconded by Trustee Castrucci to come out of executive session.  All ayes, motion carried.

A motion was made by Trustee Dockerty and seconded by Trustee Castrucci to approve the pay increase for Jayna Cool to $29,500.00 a year.

A motion to adjourn was made at 9:29 PM by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Dockerty.  All ayes, motion carried.

Next meeting- March 17th at 6:30 pm

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Board of Trustees Regular Meeting - January 21, 2020 - 6:30 PM Community House

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

Public: Bill VanGorder, NBT Insurance Representative

Also: Fire Chief Chris Weaver, Assistant Chief Shannon Whiteman, Superintendent Jarrod Walrath, WWTP Operator Frank Erno, Police Chief Diana Ca!!en, Code Enforcement Officer Cliff Dorrough, 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 heater core in the ladder truck has been replaced and is functioning. There were new tires put on Engine 6 as the existing tires evidenced sidevyall failure. The OSHA training is Saturday January 25th February 3 r Fire Department personnel will be given

physicals as required. Fire trucks will be getting the annual inspection as required. Report submitted.

DPW: The DPW did painting and lettering to the 2014 Dump Truck, undercoating on the pick-up and the new truck prior to being placed into service. The water leak was fixed on Monroe Street, and all snow was removed on Main Street, the Community house, and Kinney's. Report submitted.

WWTP: Frank discussed the cameras at the WWTP which are up and running providing real time reporting to WWTP personnel. Report submitted.

Police: Three officers who worked shifts for the Village have been hired as full time officers in a Police Department that will not allow them to fill part time shifts for the Village. Report submitted.

Codes: Cliff had one permit for Kingsbury Ave. Seven properties issues are progressing in court. St. Johnsville grocery that burned is on the to do list to discuss with the owner what the next action should be taken. At the ZBA meeting two variances were accepted and one was tabled awaiting further input from the applicant. Businesses that have 100+ occupancy require a Fire Inspection to be done once a year and we should pursue the introduction of a local law. No report.

Marina: Letters were sent out to the seasonal campers. There was more discussion about FEMA and building on the flood plain. No one present, no report.

Treasurer: Brandon discussed that all reports, excluding Retirement, have been completed. QuickBooks will be switched to Enterprise. The Village was refunded the monthly employee fee and half of the yearly payment as well. The W2's had to be calculated half from KVS and the other half from QuickBooks. This made the task difficult and time consuming. The AUD is close to being completed from Read Accounting. 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: Bill VanGorder from Mang Insurance discussed the Insurance policies and coverage's of the Village.

Legals:

Other: A motion was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Dockerty for the approval of the fire contract #1 for Fire Protection with the Town of Danube. All ayes, motion carried.

A motion was made by Trustee Dockerty and seconded by Trustee Castrucci for the approval of the fire contract #2 for Fire Protection with the Town of Danube. 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 Buckley and seconded by Trustee Dockerty. All ayes, motion carried.

A motion to adopt said Agenda was made by Trustee Castrucci and seconded by Trustee Grant. 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 $79,940.81 was made by Trustee Buckley and seconded by Trustee Dockerty. All ayes, motion carried. The claims are broken down as follows:

 

 General Fund: $44,876.68

 

 Cemetery Fund: $0.00

 

 Marina Fund:$804.22

 

 Water Fund: $23,356.43

 Sewer Fund: $10,903.48

New business: There were letters sent out to the employees that worked at the Cemetery and Marina in 2019 to reapply for these positions. The fee for the Code Enforcement Officer physically going to a property to look for any code violations will be a $20.00 fee. If a company requires any paper copies, or a letter typed up from said findings either faxed, emailed, or mailed, it will also be a $20.00 fee before sending said item.

A motion was made by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Buckley to approve John & Joan Lewindowski and Judy Swartz to work at the March 18, 2020 Village Election. All ayes, motion carried.

A motion was made by Trustee Dockerty and seconded by Trustee Dockerty to approve the Kayak Resoiution MOU #3 of 2020. All ayes, motion carried.

A motion to go into executive session was offered at 8:26 PM by Trustee Dockerty and seconded by Trustee Grant to discuss personnel at the DPW. No action taken.

A motion was made at 8:41 PM by Trustee Grant and seconded by Trustee Castrucci to come out of executive session. All ayes, motion carried.

A motion to adjourn was made at 8:44 PM by Trustee Dockerty and seconded by Trustee Grant. All ayes, motion carried.

Next meeting- February 18th at 6:30 pm

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