Board of Trustee Minutes 12/20/2010

A regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Delhi was held on Monday, December 20, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. in the Village Hall Boardroom.

Present: Mayor  Richard Maxey
Trustees Gregory Krzyston, Kathleen Dreyfus, Christopher Maney, Jeremy Fitch
 

The meeting started at 6:30 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Privilege of the floor was granted to Gail Lennstrom, manager of REGARD properties.  She spoke regarding the water/sewer bill at 73 Meredith Street.   Due to a leaking toilet, her water bill was substantially higher than usual and she was looking for some relief from the Village Board.  She stated that she would have caught the leak sooner had the village not estimated the prior bill.  The Board did not take any action at this time.

Privilege of the floor was granted to Lois Ray who wanted the Board to know how important it is for the sidewalk stones in front of 35 Elm Street to be preserved.  She asked that the Village Board consider this before making final plans for Phase 3 of the Water System Improvement Project, which will affect that area.

Privilege of the floor was granted to Bob Ray.  Bob stated that his property on Route 28 does not village water service.  If he wants to sell in the future, he will mostly likely have to get municipal water service.  What action would the village take in that regard?  Mayor Maxey asked that Bob write a letter to the Village Clerk requesting information on that process and that the Village would consult with the DPW and the Village attorney and get back to him with a written decision.

Motion was made by Trustee Krzyston to approve the minutes of the November 15, 2010 regular meeting.  Motion was seconded by Trustee Maney and passed unanimously.

Motion was made by Trustee Krzyston to approve the Abstract dated December 20, 2010.  Motion was seconded by Trustee Fitch and passed unanimously.

Motion was made by Trustee Krzyston to pay $75 to Ladd Dawson for a used holster for the police department and $342.50 reimbursement to the Town of Delhi as the Village’s portion of the Comprehensive Plan mailing.  Motion was seconded by Trustee Maney and passed unanimously.

Motion was made by Trustee Krzyston to accept the Police Report for November, 2010, the Code Enforcement Officer’s Report dated 11/11 – 12/16/10, the Treasurer’s Report for November, 2010 and the HUD monthly report for November, 2010.  Motion was seconded by Trustee Fitch and passed unanimously.

Lois Ray of the Pool Committee wished to thank the Village Police Department for their help with the wagon rides on Saturday that went throughout the Village.

7:00 Bill Brown from Delaware Engineering gave an update on the Water System Improvement Project.  He stated that Phase 2 General Construction and Electrical Construction is complete.  Delaware Engineering does not recommend installing a test well and transmission main at the Clark Site Well.  It was agreed that Phase 3 would be amended by removing the Clark well and substituting with alternative work items including watermain looping, waterplant piping, and previous Bid Alternate Work.

Motion was made by Trustee Fitch to pay Delaware Engineering $4,982.12 for Phase 2 work and $3,500 for Phase 3 work.  Motion was seconded by Trustee Krzyston and passed unanimously.

William Coon from the USGS gave a presentation on the Flood Inundation Mapping Initiative.  Also present were Delaware County Planning Department and Soil & Water Conservation.  Graydon Dutcher from Soil & Water said that there is grant funding available through Soil & Water to help offset the cost of participating in the Initiative.

Motion was made by Trustee Maney to move forward with the pre-application process for a grant to fund the Flood Inundation Mapping Initiative for the West Branch of the Delaware River at Delhi.  Motion was seconded by Trustee Fitch and passed unanimously.

Motion was made by Trustee Dreyfus to designate the Village Hall as the official polling place for the March 15, 2010 Village Election, with the elections being held from 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Motion was seconded by Trustee Fitch and passed with Trustees Dreyfus, Fitch and Maney voting yes.  (Trustee Krzyston was out of the room)

Mayor announced that Petitions for the Village elections may be picked up starting December 28th for the following positions:  (2) two Trustee positions and (1) one Mayor position, all with a two year term.

Mayor Maxey announced that he will be running for re-election.

Motion was made by Trustee Dreyfus to approve payment of invoices from Roemer, Wallens, Gold & Mineaux for preparation of the serial bond for the water system improvement project at a total of $6,000.00 for Phase 1.  Motion was seconded by Trustee Fitch and passed with Trustees Dreyfus, Fitch and Maney voting yes.  (Trustee Krzyston was out of the room)

Motion was made by Trustee Fitch to approve payment to Delta Engineers for work on the Transportation Enhancement Project for the following two invoices:  8/29-10/30/10 $3,465.27 and 10/31 – 11/27/10 $6,193.10.  Motion was seconded by Trustee Maney and passed with Trustees Dreyfus, Fitch and Maney voting yes.  (Trustee Krzyston was out of the room)

Motion was made by Trustee Krzyston directing the Mayor to sign the 2011 Town Planning Advisory Service Contract and to remit the $3,500 fee to the Delaware County Planning Department.  Motion was seconded by Trustee Dreyfus and passed unanimously.

Motion was made by Trustee Krzyston to approve the Annual Software Support Contract for Accounting and Payroll with Williamson Law Book Company and pay the $660 charge for each.  Motion was seconded by Trustee Fitch and passed unanimously.

Motion was made by Trustee Fitch to grant Kurt Mable an easement to allow for a driveway to his property on Delview Terrace Extension in his process to seek approval from the Village of Delhi Planning Board to develop that parcel of land.  Motion was seconded by Trustee Maney and passed unanimously.

Motion was made by Trustee Krzyston to approve a proposal by Alpha Geoscience to continue the evaluation of the Clark site and initial planning for installation of a large test well at accost of $9,690.  Motion was seconded by Trustee Dreyfus and passed unanimously.

Motion was made by Trustee Krzyston to schedule a public hearing for proposed Local Law #1 of 2011 entitled “Outdoor Woodburning Furnaces” for January 24, 2011 at 7:15 p.m.  Motion was seconded by Trustee Dreyfus and passed unanimously.

Motion was made by Trustee Krzyston to schedule a public hearing for proposed Local Law #2 of 2011 entitled “Fraternities in the Conservation District” for January 24, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.  Motion was seconded by Trustee Fitch and passed unanimously.

The Board discussed a request from Ashok Kaushik asking the Village to secure his Franklin Street property that was used as a staging area for the water project with a strong steel fence.  The issue was tabled until after the property has been seeded and mulched.

Motion was made to approve a resolution entitled “A Property Tax Cap Must Include Mandate Relief”.  Motion was seconded by Trustee Maney and passed unanimously.  Resolution reads as follows:

WHEREAS the level of property taxation throughout New York has reached dangerously high levels; and

WHEREAS New York leads the nation in property taxes simply because we lead the nation in imposing inefficient state mandates on our local governments; and

WHEREAS two of the largest components of every municipal budget over which local officials have little control – pension payments and health insurance costs – are increasing at exorbitant rates; and

WHEREAS in the case of pension costs, bills from the State Retirement System will increase by an average of 40% in both 2011 and 2012; and

WHEREAS state laws pertaining to the collective bargaining of contracts between municipalities and employee unions, particularly those pertaining to firefighters and police officers, do not allow local officials to reasonably control the costs such contracts impose on property taxpayers; and

WHEREAS as a solution to New York’s property tax crisis, the Governor of New York and the New York State Legislature will, in 2011, consider enactment of legislation imposing a cap on the annual growth in property taxes; and

WHEREAS a property tax cap will only work if it is simultaneously accompanied by a repeal of current state mandates that require local governments to increase spending and property taxes; and

WHEREAS a property tax cap without repeal of costly state mandates will, by definition, lead to drastic cuts in essential local services and dramatic layoffs of municipal employees;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Village of Delhi that the Governor of the State of New York and the members of the New York State Senate and New York State Assembly must reform the cost drivers that lead to high property taxes in New York – including pension benefits, health insurance costs and the collective bargaining process – as the central element of any effort to provide overdue property tax relief to the residents and businesses of New York.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the Governor, Senate Majority and Minority Leaders, Assembly Speaker and Minority Leader, Senator Bonacic, Member of Assembly Crouch, and the New York State Conference of Mayors.

Motion was made by Trustee Krzyston to set the Fraternity/Sorority Special Use Permit fee at $100.  Motion was seconded by Trustee Dreyfus and passed unanimously.

Mayor announced that Doris Tyrell is resigning from the Zoning Board of Appeals.

The Board discussed the request from Gail Lennstrom regarding the water-sewer bill at 73 Meredith Street and decided to take no action.

Motion was made by Trustee Krzyston to enter executive session to discuss the employment history of a particular person.  Motion was seconded by Trustee Maney and passed unanimously.  Clerk was invited to stay during the executive session.

Motion was made by Trustee Krzyston to exit executive session.  Motion was seconded by Trustee Dreyfus and passed unanimously.

Motion was made by Trustee Krzyston to split the sewer stipend for the Clerk’s office between all three clerks.  Motion was seconded by Trustee Maney and passed unanimously.

Motion was made by Trustee Krzyston to adjourn.  Motion was seconded by Trustee Dreyfus and passed unanimously.

Meeting adjourned at 9:17 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,


Michele C. Griffin, Clerk

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