Village of
New York Mills
Oneida County, NY
 Minutes 

April 08, 2008: Regular Board Meeting

Body:
 

Mayor Maciol called the regular board meeting to order at 7 PM followed by the pledge to the flag and roll call.

Present: Mayor Maciol, Trustee Bialek, Trustee Jarosz, Trustee McCoy and Trustee Semeniak

Also present Police Chief Frankland and Highway Supervisor Cotrupe.

OPEN FORUM

Joe Turczyn -288 Main Street, asked the board to apply pressure to the Town of Whitestown not to do a reevaluation of assessments. Mayor will look into it.

REGULAR BUSINESS

Trustee Semeniak made a motion seconded by Trustee Jarosz to accept Abstract #11: General vouchers A605-A662 in the amount of $65,942.77 and the Library vouchers L095-L102 in the amount of $3,211.31 for a total of $69,154.08.

Trustee Semeniak made a motion seconded by Trustee Jarosz to accept the March Treasurer's report as presented. Check numbers for March: general 11535-11594, payroll 6854-6919.

Trustee Semeniak made a motion seconded by Trustee Jarosz to approve the minutes of the March 11th meeting.

DEPARTMENTS

Recreation - Sue White has submitted her schedules for the summer parks program along with the concert, bell festival, and holiday on main street information to the Mayor, he will forward to Trustee McCoy.

Police - Chief Frankland gave his report which is on file in the Clerk's Office.  The camera from the District Attorney is in the works.  Trustee McCoy made a motion seconded by Trustee Semeniak to approve the Police report.

Highway -Joe Cotrupe have his report which is on file in the Clerk's Office.  Mayor thanked the Highway Department for assisting with the funeral today.  Trustee Bialek made a motion seconded by Trustee Semeniak to approve the Highway report.

Fire Department - Trustee Bialek reported that the public hearing for the Town of Whitestown fire contract will be April 16th.   Fire Chief Glenn would like to purchase a new computer for his office in the amount of $1,092.00 per quote.  Board will look into the matter.

Code Enforcement - Mayor gave report in Dave's absence.  Report is on file in the Clerk's Office.  Trustee Semeniak inquired to how many multi-dwelling inspections he has done for the budget year.  Mayor will forward this request to him.  Trustee Jarosz made a motion seconded by Trustee McCoy to approve the written Codes report.

Engineer - Mayor gave report in Al's absence.  Written report is on file in the Clerk's Office.  Safe Routes to School Grant Application in the amount of $50,000 has been completed by Al and Brian Thomas and submitted.  Trustee Bialek inquired about the flow monitoring report.  Mayor stated that specific areas are being monitored by the County and they will provide us with a report when completed.  Trustee Semeniak made a motion seconded by Trustee Jarosz to approve the written Engineer report.

Attorney - nothing to report

NEW BUSINESS

Central Dispatch Contract -  Resolution 29-2008 - Trustee Semeniak made a motion seconded by Trustee Jarosz to allow the Mayor to sign the 2008 Dispatch contract for Police and Fire totaling $10.725.00.

Soil & Water Management - they are asking us to starting budgeting approximately $1,000 per year.

Pedestrian Safe Streets Training - a 2-day workshop May 15-15 in Utica.

NYS Property Taxpayers Protection Act - Resolution 30-2008 - Trustee Semeniak made a motion seconded by Trustee Jarosz to approve the following resolution.

            WHEREAS, The tremendously high property tax burden on New York families and businesses is the number one issue facing our community today, and the sheer cost of living in New York has forced many residents and businesses to leave, thus slowing the economic engine of the state; and

            WHEREAS, Young people are finding it difficult to purchase homes, seniors are struggling to maintain their homes, and businesses are facing immense challenges to create and retain jobs; and

            WHEREAS, New Yorkers face the highest property taxes in the nation, and when measured as a percentage of home value, nine of the top 10 property tax rates in the entire country belong to counties in New York; and the State must act now to thwart the detrimental effects that high property taxes are having on local governments; and

            WHEREAS, Assembly Minority conference Members have introduced the "New York State Property Taxpayers Protection Act" (Assembly Bill 8775-A), which puts forth new and innovative ideas for property tax reform that limit the amount school districts can raise annually through local tax levies to four percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is less; in addition the Act would relieve municipalities and school districts of unfunded mandates, reduce county Medicaid costs, strengthen financial accountability over school tax dollars, promote local government efficiency, and encourage local option insurance pooling; and

            WHEREAS, The "New York State Property Taxpayers Protection Act" will help fix New York's broken property tax system, providing homeowners, businesses and municipalities significant and lasting relief from the crushing burden of skyrocketing property taxes; and now, therefore, be it

            RESOLVED, That a copy of the Resolution, suitably engrossed, be transmitted to all of our State Representatives.

NYMFDLA - request to use the firehouse on April 16th for Oneida County Volunteer Firemen's Association meeting, approved.

Civil Service Workshop - Administration & Procedure, Tuesday April 15th from 9am to noon at the Madison-Oneida BOCES in Verona if anyone is interested.

Final Sewer Overflow Plan - adopted by Oneida County, we have received copies which will be in the Clerk's Office if anyone wants to look at it.

Council of Villages - Wednesday April 9th at Whitesboro at 6:30 pm

Summer Bus Driver Resignation - Resolution 31-2008 - Trustee Jarosz made a motion seconded by Trustee Bialek to accept the resignation of Barbara Thomas as the summer bus driver.

Solar Power Update - immediate savings on electric bills and reduced environmental emissions, everyone has copies.

NYCOM Training - 2008 Main Street Economic Development conferences April 24th at Hudson Valley and May 15th at Buffalo.

Planning Board and Zoning Board Alternates - Resolution 32-2008 - Trustee Semeniak made a motion seconded by Trustee Bialek to set a public hearing for Mayor 13th at 7:15 PM to have alternates for each board.

Attorney General Forum - Thursday April 10th at 7 PM at the Mohawk Valley CC Theatre.

City of Utica Request - Resolution 33-2008 - Trustee Semeniak made a motion seconded by Trustee Jarosz to approve the following CHIPS resolution.

            WHEREAS, in the 2007-2008 New York State Budget provided an additional $3 million in funding for Consolidate Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS), for a total of $312.5 million, and

            WHEREAS, the "New York State Budget" for 2008-2009 is proposing a funding cut of $9.4 million in reductions for the Consolidate Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS), and

            WHEREAS, NYCOM went before the legislature and opposed the proposed $9.4 million reduction in CHIPS capital funding, and

            WHEREAS, NYCOM stated that locally owned road and bridges remained in substantial need of improvements and therefore encouraged the legislature to increase the Governors' proposed budget.

            NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, That we the Village Board of the Village of New York Mills due to the hardship it would cause urge the New York State Legislature and Governor to reconsider the reduction in funds with regard to the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS).

NYMFD New Member - Resolution 34-2008 - Trustee Jarosz made a motion seconded by Trustee Bialek to accept Robert Frankland as a probationary member.

OLD BUSINESS

Sewer Update - will set up at workshop with Al April 15th at 6:15 pm.

Municipal Building Air Conditioning - still in the works

Police Consolidation Study - everyone has copies, please review.  Trustee Bialek is interested in looking further into it.  Trustee Semeniak feels we owe it to the public to look into.  Trustee Jarosz agrees.  This will be discussed at the Council of Villages tomorrow.

Bell - Firehouse - Trustee Jarosz stated we need to take the bell off to see exactly the amount of repairs to be made.  We will need to get someone to move the bell safely.

MAYOR BUSINESS

Received a letter from an employee pertaining to budget information, this will be discussed at the budget public hearing.

TRUSTEE BUSINESS

Trustee McCoy -looks forward to working with everyone.

Trustee Bialek - feels we should review the sidewalk replacement program amount, check with the City of Utica for prices

Trustee Jarosz - Library Board needs a new member to replace the Treasurer whose term is up and does not want reappointment.  Inquired about summer highway help.  Mayor stated he just received more applications and will make copies for the board.

Trustee Semeniak - need to issue a memo regarding spending for the rest of the budget year, essentials only.

Trustee Jarosz made a motion seconded by Trustee Bialek to adjourn the meeting and enter into Executive session to discuss Police Department personnel with the Chief.

Mayor Maciol adjourned the meeting at 8:14 PM to enter into executive session.

                                                                                                Respectfully submitted,

                                                                                                Sharon A. Guca

                                                                                                Village Clerk/Treasurer

Trustee Semeniak made motion seconded by Trustee Jarosz to adjourn executive session at 9:04 PM with no action taken.