February 22, 2005

A regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees was held on Tuesday, February 22, 2005, in the Village Hall. Mayor Maedl opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m. Also present were: Deputy Mayor Conley, Trustee Bateman, Trustee Herriven, Trustee Shuttleworth, DPW Superintendent Mahar, Police Chief Swick, and Clerk-Treasurer Schweigert. Attorney Daniel E. Seaman was absent. Trustee Shuttleworth led the Pledge of Allegiance. There was a Village resident in attendance, as well. A motion was made by Deputy Mayor Conley, and seconded by Trustee Bateman, to approve the minutes of the December 13, 2004, meeting as distributed at the January 18, 2005, and the January 18, 2005, minutes as distributed at the February 12, 2005, meeting. Carried. A motion was made by Trustee Shuttleworth, and seconded by Trustee Herriven, authorizing the Clerk-Treasurer to pay the bills submitted on Abstract No. 9-T in the amount of General: $20,171.57 and Sewer: $16,289.10 for a Total of: $36,460.67. Carried. A motion was made by Trustee Bateman, and seconded by Deputy Mayor Conley, to approve payrolls 18 and 19, for weeks ending January 29 and February 12, 2005. Carried. A motion was made by Trustee Herriven, and seconded by Deputy Mayor Conley, to authorize the Clerk-Treasurer to make the following budget amendments: FROM TO AMOUNT A3120.43 A3120.47 $ 500 A3120.46 A3120.47 $3,500 A8140.2 A3120.47 $1,000 A5110.2 A5110.44 $ 500 A7110.2 A7180.4 $ 800 A9050.8 A9015.8 $ 788 TOTAL $7,088. Carried. The Treasurer’s report was submitted and accepted for the month of January 2005. The DPW report was submitted and accepted for the month of January 2005. The Village and Town police reports were submitted and accepted for the month of January 2005, with Police Chief Swick reading the highlights. The fire report was submitted and accepted for the month of January 2005. The Historian’s annual report for 2004 was submitted and accepted. Water and sewer billing for the quarter ending February 1, 2005, was as follows: Water: $51,663.04 Sewer: 44,476.99 Total: $96,140.03 The following resolution was offered by Deputy Mayor Conley, who moved its adoption, and seconded by Trustee Shuttleworth: RESOLVED, that the forthcoming General Village Election will be held on Tuesday, March 15, 2005, from 12:00 p.m. noon until 9:00 p.m. at the Village Hall, Middleport, New York. The following candidates were nominated for the office and term set forth before each name: CITIZEN’S PARTY Mayor: Two-year term Julia A. Maedl 33 Mechanic Street Middleport, New York PEOPLE’S PARTY Trustee: Two-year term Elizabeth Bateman 1 William Street Middleport, New York YOUTH PARTY Trustee: Two-year term Timothy A. Herriven 34 Kelly Avenue Middleport, New York RESOLVED, that this resolution shall be published in the official newspaper of the Village of Middleport by February 28, 2005. The vote on the above resolution was: Ayes: Trustee Conley, Trustee Bateman, Trustee Herriven, Trustee Shuttleworth, and Mayor Maedl. Nays: none. Absent: none. The resolution was duly adopted. Correspondence was read: X A thank you was received from Clute Phillips Post 938 to the DPW for hanging their “Honor Roll” in the Legion room. X A thank you was received from Clute Phillips Post 938 to the DPW for the repair and replacement of the lanyard on the flagpole in Veterans’ Park. Trustee Bateman commented that the lights on the flags in the front of the Village Hall look nice, too. X The Niagara County Legislature forwarded a copy of a resolution they passed to retain expert legal counsel to obtain party status in the siting/permitting process for any hazardous waste landfilling in Niagara County, for the purposes of protecting the health, safety and well-being of the county’s residents and to promote environmental justice. X The County Legislature will be reappointing the ad hoc committee for the Mutual Self-Insurance Fund. They have requested notification if the current member from Middleport will continue or if a new member will be name. ClerkTreasurer Schweigert is current member, and Board will have her continue on the committee. County will be notified. Discussed problem with parking at 60 S. Vernon Street. Tenants do not have enough parking available and continue to park on the street overnight. Many tickets have been issued. Because the parking ban will not be enforced after April 3, 2005, no action will be taken at this time. Problem will probably be resolved by next winter, as tenant turnover at that address is high. Discussed parking problem on Francis Street. Barden has called back many laid off employees, so they are parking on Francis Street again. Mayor Maedl will contact Barden, as she had no response to the last letter written to them about this. If “no parking” is put in place from 34 Francis Street to Kelly Avenue, it will cost the Village quite a bit of money, as the Local Law will have to be amended. Mayor Maedl and DPW Superintendent Mahar are still working on the carpeting for the Scout House. Mayor Maedl will get a quote from the Carpet Collection in Lockport to satisfy the Village’s purchasing requirements. Trustee Bateman asked about the sewer problems at 4 State Street, as mentioned in the DPW report. Mr. Mahar will check the meter to see if water is being used. Mayor Maedl advised that she had requested the DPW to clean the snow off the bridge on Telegraph Road due to a request by a resident. The DPW cleaned from Locust Drive to Wilson Farms, which resulted in a complaint from a resident on Telegraph Road that the north side didn’t get the same treatment. The DPW will now only clean snow off bridges. Clerk Schweigert suggested that homeowners be reminded that if they do not clean snow from the sidewalk in front of their residence, they are liable if someone is injured, not the Village because we do not have a “sidewalk law.” Trustees Bateman and Herriven felt that homeowners should be reminded next fall, perhaps in a newsletter or ad in the paper. The next regular meeting will be held on Monday, March 21, 2005, at 7:00 p.m. There being no further business, a motion was made by Trustee Herriven, and seconded by Trustee Bateman, to adjourn. Carried. Meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m. Respectfully submitted, Rebecca A. Schweigert Clerk-Treasurer
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