Board of Trustee Minutes 02/11/2019

A budget workshop of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Delhi was held on Monday, February 11, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the Village Hall Boardroom.

Present:       Mayor:            Richard Maxey 

Trustees:   Christopher Maney, Jeremy Fitch, Sridhar “Sam” Samudrala and Robin Hultenius

Street Superintendent Michael Brown

Sr. Wastewater Treatment Operator David Hornbeck

Stacey Eggers, Cedarwood Engineering

The meeting started at 6:00 p.m. 

Board reviewed proposed street budget with Michael Brown. Should start looking at replacing the 2010 pickup soon. Mayor Maxey stated that he intends to ask Senator Metzger’s office for additional money that could pay for it.

Board reviewed sewer department budget with David Hornbeck and Stacey Eggers. There is an equipment wish list totaling 108,500 incorporated.

Motion was made by Trustee Fitch to receive $38,750.63 from the Catskill Watershed Corporation for the Operation and Maintenance of the street sweeper previously funded by the CWC, to be deposited in its own specific account. Motion was seconded by Trustee Hultenius and passed unanimously.

Motion was made by Trustee Samudrala to adopt Resolution No. 1 of 2019 “Asking that AIM Funding be Restored in the New York State’s 2020 Budget”. Motion was seconded by Trustee Maney and passed unanimously. Resolution reads as follows:

            Whereas, “Aid and Incentives for Municipal Funding” (“AIM”) is essential to the Towns and Villages that receive such funding; and

            Whereas, AIM is key state funding that Local Governments have relied on for years; and

            Whereas, AIM affects not just Local Governments but the communities that they are located in; and

            Whereas, Governor Cuomo’s proposed 2020 budget plan eliminates AIM funding for Local Governments that rely upon AIM funding for less than two (2) percent of their budgets; and

            Whereas, it is believed that such a cut will save New York State $60,000,000 in its budget but it will dramatically impact 1,328 of New York State’s 1,465 Towns and Villages; and

            Whereas, MANY Local Governments are already struggling financially, especially those in Upstate; and

            Whereas, Local Governments must create and pass budgets that navigate a number of difficult financial stressors that include: the New York’s Tax cap, increasing health insurance costs, high contribution rates for the New York State Retirement System, prevailing wage, competitive bidding and procurement obligations, the Wicks Law, the Taylor Law, Workers Compensation and a dedicated but an often unionized and civil service protected work force; and

            Whereas, in addressing its budget and its Local levy, Local Governments must face limited avenues for revenue generation, limited economic development in its boundaries, Payments in Lieu of Taxes, an aging population often on limited incomes, a diminishing population, potential business opportunities that are fleeing high taxes and thus leaving New York State and often unpredictable sales tax distribution and/or generation; and

            Whereas, the loss of AIM is magnified for those Local Governments which already have all or part of their budgets set; and therefore be it

            Resolved, that the Village of Delhi and its Village Board on behalf of its residents recognizes the important role of AIM funding in Local Governments; and be it further

            Resolved, that the Village of Delhi and its Village Board enthusiastically encourages the New York State Governor, the New York State Assembly and the New York State Senate to consider the consequences of the proposed reduction of AIM for Local Governments and demands that such funding be replaced in the Budget; and be it

            Resolved, that a certified copy of this resolution shall be forwarded to Governor Cuomo, Senator Jen Metzger, Assemblyman Brian Miller, the New York Conference of Mayors and the local news media.

Motion was made by Trustee Fitch to schedule a public hearing for proposed Local Law #1 of 2019 amending Section 300-28 “Prohibited Uses” for March 18, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. Motion was seconded by Trustee Hultenius and passed unanimously.

Motion was made by Trustee Fitch to approve the draft Financial Statements as prepared by EFPR Group for the Village’s 2017/2018 fiscal year, with corrections to some typos. Motion was seconded by Trustee Hultenius and passed unanimously.

Motion was made by Trustee Fitch to adjourn. Motion was seconded by Trustee Samudrala and passed unanimously.

Meeting adjourned at 7:12 pm.

 

Respectfully submitted,


Michele Barnes

Clerk-Treasurer

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