Board of Trustee Minutes 5/16/2011

 

A regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Delhi was held on Monday, May 16, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. in the Village Hall Boardroom.

Present:               Mayor                   Richard Maxey
                           Trustees                Christopher Maney, Jeremy Fitch, Gerry Pilgrim                               

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

Privilege of the floor was granted to Ed Chytallo who wanted to address the water/sewer bill of 18 Court Street.  The Mayor stated it would be addressed later in the meeting.

Privilege of the floor was granted to Eric Groh, Commissioner of the Delhi Joint Fire District.  He stated, the DJFD has been looking at possible ways to increase the daytime EMS coverage.  One solution may be to create a paid EMS department, so that it can bill insurance, etc.  He was just present to give the village a “heads up” and will provide more information as it becomes available.

Privilege of the floor was granted to Jim Robbins.  He thanked the Village for responding to his FOIL request.  He said that he walked around the Village this morning and that the very houses that have been previously cited are the ones with the lawns not mowed and garbage strewn about.  He urged the Board to ask the village attorney to take action against these property owners.  Mayor Maxey responded that the attorney has been contacted and that Code Enforcement has been ticketing.  Trustee Maney said that this IS an important topic to the Board and that the Board is doing further research and has been in contact with a community facing similar problems.

Privilege of the floor was granted to Virginia Hoyt.  She was upset that the handicapped door wasn’t unlocked.  She also thanked the Board for considering her outbuilding for a recreation center, but said that she and her family decided that they are not interested in doing that.

Privilege of the floor was granted to Sheila Ayres who said that there needs to be a change to the request by the Art & Soul of the Catskills.  She said that Fair on the Square has agreed to let Art & Soul use their benches and tables and they would like to keep them in our garage until after their event.

Motion was made by Trustee Fitch to approve the minutes of the April 18, 2011 regular meeting.  Motion was seconded by Trustee Maney and passed unanimously.

Motion was made by Trustee Fitch to approve the Abstract dated My 16, 2011 for a total of $199,198.95 plus additional vouchers totaling $12,041.90.  Motion was seconded by Trustee Maney and passed unanimously.

Motion was made by Trustee Fitch to accept the following reports:  Police Report for April 2011, Police Annual Report for 2010, Code Enforcement Officer’s Report for 4/14/11 – 5/12/2011, and the Treasurer’s Report for April, 2011.  Motion was seconded by Trustee Maney and passed unanimously.

The Board discussed having David Truscott write a grant application for a “preservation planning study” from the NYS EPF for historic preservation of the Village Hall.  Motion was made by Trustee Pilgrim to table the issue to enable them to get more information.  Motion was seconded by Trustee Maney and passed unanimously.

Motion was made by Trustee Pilgrim to approve the request from the Delhi Beautification Committee for the purchase of four benches ($523.26 each) and four garbage receptacles ($709.95 each).  Motion was seconded by Trustee Maney and passed unanimously.

Motion was made by Trustee Maney cast votes for the election of Executive Committee members for Delaware County in the Coalition of Watershed Towns as follows:  Bill Layton, T/Tompkins Supervisor,  Peter Bracci, T/Delhi Supervisor and Carl Steundel, T/Tompkins Councilman for two year terms, and for Bruce Dolph, T/Walton Supervisor and John VanBenschoten, V/Margaretville Mayor as alternates.  Motion was seconded by Trustee Fitch and passed unanimously.

7:00        Public hearing regarding the CDBG grant for housing rehabilitation.  Lynda Hitt was present from the Delaware Opportunities housing office to explain that the grant application is to rehab about 16 housing units (owner-occupied). 

Motion was made by Trustee Maney to close the public hearing t 7:08 p.m.  Motion was seconded by Trustee Fitch and passed unanimously.

Motion was made by Trustee Fitch to approve the resolution authorizing the filing of the grant application and authorizing the Mayor to sign the application.  Motion was seconded by Trustee Maney and passed unanimously.  Resolution is as follows:

Authorizing the filing of an application for single purpose Small Cities Community Development Block Grant Program this 16th  day of May, 2011 at a duly called meeting of the Board of Trustees, a quorum being present and voting:

WHEREAS, the Housing and Community Development Act of 1977, as amended authorizes making federal grant funds to eligible units of government for the purpose of carrying out programs developed so as to give maximum feasible priority to activities which will benefit low and moderate income families or prevent or eliminate slums or blights; and

WHEREAS, the Village of Delhi has been invited by the New York State Office of Community Renewal to submit an application for funding for an eligible project or activities which meet the community development needs of the Village; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Trustees of the Village  of Delhi deems it to be necessary and in the public interest to apply for a single purpose grant program under the New York State Small Cities Community Development program to pursue certain ongoing community development activities relating to housing rehabilitation; and

WHEREAS, the Housing and Community Development Act of 1977, as amended, and the New York State Office of Community Renewal require the municipality to give certain assurances with respect to the acceptance of community development fund s.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Delhi as follows:

SECTION I           The filing of an application by the Village of Delhi for Small Cities CDBG funds in the amount of$400,000 and the same be hereby approved.

SECTION II         The Mayor of the Board of Trustees, as Chief Executive Officer, is hereby authorized and directed to:

(a)     File said application with the New York State Office of Community Renewal; and
(b)    Serve as the authorized representative of the Village of Delhi in connection with the application and to provide such additional information as may be required.

SECTION III       The Governor of New York, the Secretary of HUD, and all and other interested parties be and are hereby assured of full compliance by the Village of Delhi with the assurances attached hereto and made a part hereof. 

SECTION IV      That upon approval of the Small Cities CDBG funding application, the Mayor of the Board of Trustees be and is hereby authorized and empowered on behalf of the Village of Delhi to execute same.

SECTION V         This resolution shall take effect immediately.

Motion was made by Trustee Pilgrim to table the approval of a resolution entitled “Support Smoke Free Movies”.  Motion was seconded by Trustee Maney and passed unanimously.

Trustee Fitch asked why the smoke-free signs have not been posted around the village.  Mayor Maxey said that it’ll be taken care of this week.

Motion was made by Trustee Fitch to appoint Faiga Brussel to a 7-year term on the Planning Board and Bryan Bower to a 5-year term on the Zoning Board of Appeals.  Motion was seconded by Trustee Maney and passed unanimously.

Motion was made by Trustee Maney to re-appoint David Wakin as Chair of the Planning Board and Antha Robbins as Chair of the Zoning Board of Appeals.  Motion was seconded by Trustee Fitch and passed unanimously.

7:30:      Pubic hearing began on the Land Acquisition Permit.  Nicole Franzese was present from the Delaware County Planning Department to answer any questions.

             Bob Mable said that he and Cordy Rich own property within the Village and asks that the Village not restrict his property prohibiting land acquisition by New York City.

            Scott Clark said that he doesn’t want to sell his vacant land within the Village to the City, but it doesn’t make sense for him not to if the Village won’t expand the water and sewer service to his property.

            David Truscott urged the Village to preclude NYC from buying land or easements.

Motion was made by Trustee Pilgrim to close the public hearing at 7:56 p.m.  Motion was seconded by Trustee Fitch and passed unanimously.

Motion was made by Trustee Pilgrim to table the vote regarding the land acquisition until the June 20, 2011 meeting.  Motion was seconded by Trustee Fitch and passed unanimously.

Motion was made by Trustee Fitch directing the Mayor to sign the Annual Software Support Contract with Williamson Law Book Company for the water/sewer billing and directing the Clerk to pay the annual fee of $750.00.  Motion was seconded by Trustee Maney and passed unanimously.

Motion was made by Trustee Maney to approve replacement of the fencing at the playground by J&K Fencing at a cost of $4,500.  Motion was seconded by Trustee Fitch and passed unanimously.

Motion was made by Trustee Maney to transfer the Upper Legion property to the Town of Delhi.  Motion was seconded by Trustee Fitch and passed unanimously.

Motion was made by Trustee Maney to schedule a public hearing to reenact the two hour parking limit law that was erroneously omitted when the Code books were updated.  Public hearing is scheduled for July 18, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. Motion was seconded by Trustee Fitch and passed unanimously.

Motion was made by Trustee Maney to approve the request from the Art & Soul of the Catskills to close Church Street and partially close Court Street (from the corner of Main Street to the Post Office driveway), to have the Village Police support security during the event and to use their traffic cones and barricades, to place a dumpster in the Village parking lot behind Village Hall, use the Village’s bunting on the Bandstand’s railing, and store benches and tables in the village garage at Village Hall.  Motion was seconded by Trustee Fitch and passed unanimously.

Motion was made by Trustee Maney to authorize the Mayor to sign the contract with American Fireworks Display for fireworks on July 1st, with a rain date of July 8th.  Motion was seconded by Trustee Fitch and passed unanimously.

The Board discussed requests by two properties in the Village for relief of their extremely high water bills due to high usage and a leaky toilet.  The Board decided to take no action as it is the responsibility of the homeowner to perform proper maintenance.

Motion was made by Trustee Maney to complete a further request by DPW Superintendent for the  I&I work at a cost not to exceed $17,000.  Motion was seconded by Trustee Fitch and passed unanimously.

Motion was made by Trustee Fitch directing the Clerk to create a separate banking account for O&M of the Stormwater Retrofit Program, and to deposit the $29,959.01 from the CWC into that fund.  Motion was seconded by Trustee Pilgrim and passed unanimously.

Motion was made by Trustee Maney to pay vouchers to Delaware Engineering for $4,555.16 and $2,051.09 for Phases 3 and 2 respectively.  Motion was seconded by Trustee Fitch and passed unanimously.

Motion was made by Trustee Fitch at 9:15 p.m.to enter executive session to discuss contract negotiations and possible litigation.  Motion was seconded by Trustee Maney and passed unanimously. 

Motion was made by Trustee Fitch to exit executive session.  Motion was seconded by Trustee Maney and passed unanimously.

Open session resumed at 10:14 p.m.

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

Meeting adjourned at   10:14 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Michele C. Griffin, Clerk

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