Village of
New York Mills
Oneida County, NY
 Minutes 

May 12, 2009: Regular Board Meeting

Body:
 

Mayor Maciol called the Regular Board Meeting to order at 7:00 PM followed by the pledge to the flag, and roll call.

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

Public Hearing Local Law #4 for 2009 - PDMU

Mayor Maciol read the public notice.  Trustee Semeniak made a motion seconded by Trustee Bialek to open the public hearing at 7:04 PM.  The purpose of the public hearing is to further define the PDMU use and add single family dwelling to the definition.

With no further discussion and no comments from the public, Trustee McCoy made a motion seconded by trustee Jarosz to close the public hearing at 7:07 PM. 

Resolution 50-2009 - Trustee Bialek made a motion seconded by Trustee McCoy to enact Local Law #4 for 2009 to add to section 200-11 Uses permitted in PDMU Planned Development Mixed Use; add (i) single family dwellings, upon approval from the state.  All in favor.

Public Hearing Local Law #5 for 2009 - Solid Waste Fee Increase

Mayor Maciol read the public notice.  Trustee Semeniak made a motion seconded by Trustee McCoy to open the public hearing at 7:08 PM.

Trustee Semeniak spoke on behalf of the proposed increase of $.25 per bag and added revenue.

Trustee Bialek stated the green bag money was originally to cover the cost of the tipping fees.  We have seen increases in fuel, maintenance, vehicle, and labor costs.  It is designed as a breakeven factor.

With no further discussion and no comment from the public, Trustee McCoy made a motion seconded by Trustee Jarosz to close the public hearing at 7:12 PM. 

Resolution 51-2009 - Trustee Semeniak made a motion seconded by Trustee McCoy to adopt Local Law #5 for 2009 - Section 205-6 Solid Waste - Solid Waste collection rates shall be as follows:  A. Designated bag:  (1) For 32-33 gallon: $2.75; (2) For 20 gallon: $2.00, upon approval from the state.

Roll call vote:                          Trustee Bialek                         Yes

                                                Trustee Jarosz                          Yes

                                                Trustee McCoy                       Yes

                                                Trustee Semeniak                    Yes

                                                Mayor Maciol                          Yes

Motion carried.

MS4 Annual Report Public Hearing

Trustee Semeniak made a motion seconded by Trustee Jarosz to open the public hearing at 7:12 PM.  Mayor read the legal notice and then turning the public hearing over to Village Engineer Al Swierczek who explained what the MS4 is all about.

Comments - Gary Markowicz - said he has spoken with Henderson Street residents who say the water has gotten worse in their basements since the mall was built.  Al explained that they are part of the county interceptor, which is a complex system.

No board members had any comments.

Trustee McCoy made a motion seconded by Trustee Jarosz to close the public hearing at 7:26 PM.

OPEN FORUM

Gary Markowicz - 56 Greenman Ave - is concerned with the Greenman Ave and Main Street intersection due to cars parking on the side of the road so when a vehicle stops for the sign, the vehicle is usually in the middle of the road.  This has caused close calls when someone is turning off Main Street onto Greenman Ave.  Gary suggested moving the No Parking sign back 1- to 15 feet.  Chief will check out the location of the stop sign and no parking sign and report back.

REGULAR BUSINESS

Trustee Semeniak made a motion to approve Abstract #12; General vouchers A647-A697 in the amount of $56,870.09 and Library vouchers L109-L117 in the amount of $3,142.19 for a total of $60,012.28.

Trustee Semeniak made a motion seconded by Trustee McCoy to approve the April Treasurers report as presented.

Trustee Semeniak made a motion seconded by Trustee McCoy to approve the April 14th minutes with the following correction: Resolution 49-2009 of April 14th minutes - add "to be paid for out of the Main Street account if necessary".

DEPARTMENTS

Recreation - Trustee McCoy has the concert schedule finished and handed out.  On May 26th the Oneida County Sheriff has arranged for prisoners to start painting the clubhouses at the parks. 

Trustee McCoy has been conducting interviews for park attendants and park director.  Trustee McCoy made a motion seconded by Trustee Jarosz to hire the following summer park attendants: Stephanie Geary, Samantha Szkotak, and Robert Frankland.

Joe Cotrupe stated we need basketball nets.

Police - Chief Palmer gave his report which is on file in the Clerk's office.  The criminal mischief current total was high due to the tire slashing incident in the beginning of April.  Trustee Bialek made a motion seconded by Trustee Jarosz to approve the Police report.

Highway - Joe gave his report which is on file in the Clerk's Office.  Trustee Bialek made a motion seconded by Trustee McCoy to approve the Highway report.

Fire Department - Trustee Bialek reported Truck 1 in back in service.  The cost was $1,015.00 to fix it but it is fine now.  He attended the Fire Contract meeting with the Mayor and reported we will be putting a budget together for the 2010 fire contract.

The Open House went very well, an A+ for effort on everyone's part.

Code Enforcement - Dave gave his report which is on file in the Clerk's Office.  He met with Carolyn Court Apartments who will clean up the garbage complaint/mess.

Trustee Jarosz made a motion seconded by Trustee McCoy to approve the Codes report.

Engineer - Al gave his report which is on file in the Clerk's office.  The dye testing is underway for the Clinton Street Storm Sewer Separation.  The scope of the sanitary sewer rehab of the next sewer sealing/rehab project is being finalized.  Road paving this year will be St. Mary's Street.  Sauquoit Creek Basin debris removal and bank stabilization work on Mudd Creek in the vicinity of Royal Brook Lane.  The piping of drainage channel across the Glod/Funicello parcels has been competed in County Club/Porter/Parkside.  Trustee Semeniak made a motion seconded by Trustee Bialek to approve the Engineer's reports.

Attorney -nothing to report.

NEW BUSINESS

Schedule End-of-Year Meeting - Resolution 52-2009 - Trustee Semeniak made a motion seconded by Trustee McCoy to hold the end-of-year meeting Tuesday May 26th at 6 PM. 

Resolution 53-2009 - Trustee Semeniak made a motion seconded by Trustee Bialek to rescind his previous motion and change the meeting date to Wednesday May 27th at 6 pm.

Memorial Day Parade - will be Monday May 25th - line up at Elm St at 10:30 am parade at 11 am.  Services at 10 am at the Firemen's Monument.  In case of rain services will be held in St. Mary's gym.

Sewer Resolution - Resolution 54-2009 - Trustee Semeniak made a motion seconded by Trustee Jarosz to acknowledge we need to make repairs and we need money to do them by approving the following resolution to endorse the pursuit of all forms of funding assistance for OCD's SSP abatement project.

ENDORSEMENT OF PURSUING ALL FORMS OF FUNDING ASSISTANCE FOR ONEIDA COUNTY SEWER DISTRICT SSO AND CITY OF UTICA CSO ABATEMENT PROJECTS
WHEREAS, the Oneida County Sewer District ("OCSD") is a municipal waste water treatment works organized to serve the waste water treatment needs of the City of Utica, the towns of Deerfield, Frankfort, Marcy, New Hartford, Paris, Schuyler and Whitestown, and the villages of Clayville, Holland Patent, Oriskany, New Hartford, New York Mills, Whitesboro and Yorkville (the "Constituent Municipalities"); and
WHEREAS, the OCSD consists of facilities owned by the OCSD which receive and treat waste water from the constituent municipalities; and
WHEREAS, each of the constituent municipalities own, operate and maintain the waste water transmission facilities within their respective municipal boundaries; and
WHEREAS, the OCSD experiences wet weather overflows at its pump station on the Sauquoit Creek; and
WHEREAS, these wet weather overflows are caused by excess storm and ground water exceeding the capacity of the pumping station during wet weather events; and
WHEREAS, the City of Utica also experiences overflows during wet weather conditions, and
WHEREAS, the Village of New York Mills as one of the constituent municipalities is collectively responsible along with the other Constituent  municipalities for the operation, upkeep and maintenance of the OCSD's facilities, and
WHEREAS, the constituent municipalities have formed a steering committee to educate the users of the OCSD facilities about the cause of the overflows, the need to prevent them and the costs associated with the necessary study, repair and upgrade of the OCSD facilities as well as the facilities within each of the constituent municipalities; and
WHEREAS, the Village of New York Mills,  is a member of the Oneida County Sewer District Steering Committee, and
WHEREAS, the OCSD is in the process of completing a comprehensive evaluation of the sewer system, including a projection of the extensive field work, data collection and analysis that will be required to develop a Plan of Study for the repair and upgrade of the system by July 2010; and
WHEREAS, the projected cost of the Plan of Study, sewer system rehabilitation and repair, storm water separation, and evaluation of pump station and treatment plant capacity is currently estimated at $160 million; and
WHEREAS, the City of Utica is in the process of preparing a Long-Term Control Plan for its combined sewer system for submission to the NYSDEC for its approval by July 2010, and
WHEREAS, the projected cost of the City of Utica's Long-Term Control Plan, and its anticipated requirements for storm sewer separation projects and construction of combined sewer overflow treatment facilities is currently estimated at $157 million, and
WHEREAS, the District's member municipalities will be unable to withstand the enormous financial burden imposed on them by the collective costs of these sewer system upgrades and repairs without state and federal funding assistance; now
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that Town/Village/City property owners and rate payers within the Oneida County Sewer District are and will be unable to pay the $320 million projected for repairs and upgrades, and
IT IS FURTHER RESOLVED, that on May 12, 2009, the Village of New York Mills, acting through the Oneida County Sewer District Steering Committee, does call upon our state and federal representatives to procure state and federal funds to pay for the costs of the studies of the system and the attendant upgrades and repairs to the sewer and storm water systems.
Motion by:  Trustee Semeniak
Seconded by:  Trustee Jarosz
Roll call vote:  All in favor.

Community Center Grant Award - we received acknowledgement of $6,000 for capital improvements to the senior community room at the NYM Senior Center in the 2009-2010 state budget.

Library Appointments - Resolution 55-2009 - Trustee Jarosz made a motion seconded by Trustee Bialek to approve the appointment of Marguerite Goodemote as Library Aide and Patricia Smith as Library Clerk PT.

NYCOM Centennial Diner - June 30th at Saratoga Hilton starting at 6 pm.

NYCOM 100th Training Seminar - will be held 6/28 to 7/1 at the Saratoga Hilton.

Fire Chief Request - Resolution 56-2009 - Trustee Bialek made a motion seconded by Trustee Jarosz to give Chief Glenn permission to attend a Fire Expo in Harrisburg PA, May 15, 16 & 17 along with using Squad 1.

MS4 Resolution - Resolution 57-2009 - Trustee Semeniak made a motion seconded by trustee Bialek to authorize the Mayor to sign the MS4 resolution.

Highway Summer Help - Resolution 58-2009 - Trustee Jarosz made a motion seconded by Trustee Bialek to hire Richard Oeinck and Brian Majka for summer highway help starting June 1st.

OLD BUSINESS

Stimulus Update - nothing new to report.

Police Consolidation Update - nothing new to report.

Intermunicipal Sewer Agreement - with the Town of New Hartford.  Al will check on it and report back.  John Meagher will also check on it.

Overhead Door Maintenance Estimates - no estimates yet.

MAYOR BUSINESS

The old Bonide site at 2 Wurz Ave has been declared a safe site.

Officer Jim Toomey joined us to explain how the new License Plate Reader works.  We took delivery in March and put it in service on March 18th.  We are able to use this reader in two of our police cars and have taken several wanted persons off the street already.

Trustee Semeniak commended him for writing the grant that purchased this equipment.

TRUSTEE BUSINESS

Trustee McCoy - nothing

Trustee Bialek - would like to keep the thought of a handyman alive, will discuss further.

Would also like to look into the use of solar panels.

Trustee Jarosz - nothing

Trustee Semeniak - enjoyed the article on the History of New York Mills for Loretta Mandry.

With no further business Trustee Semeniak made a motion seconded by Trustee McCoy to adjourn the regular meeting at 8:57 PM and enter into executive session to discuss two personnel matters.

Trustee McCoy made a motion seconded by Trustee Semeniak to adjourn executive session at 10:13 PM with no action taken.

Trustee McCoy made a motion seconded by trustee Semeniak to reopen the regular board meeting to adjourn the meeting at 10:13 PM.

                                                                                    Respectfully submitted,

                                                                                    Sharon A. Guca                     

                                                                                    Village Clerk/Treasurer