September 17, 2007

A regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees was held on Monday, September 17, 2007, in the Village Hall. Mayor Maedl opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m. Also present were Deputy Mayor Conley, Trustee Bateman, Trustee Kirkpatrick, Trustee Sarchia, Coordinator Dodge, Police Chief Swick, Clerk-Treasurer Schweigert, and Daniel E. Seaman, attorney. Trustee Sarchia led the Pledge of Allegiance. There were several Village residents in attendance, as well. Mayor Maedl opened the public hearing at 7:00 p.m. regarding the Restore NY Grant Application to be submitted by the Village of Middleport. Clerk Schweigert read the notice. Mayor Maedl explained the purpose of the grant and listed the properties that are included in the application: 5 Front Street, 2 State Street, 66 Main Street, 31 Main Street, and the building remnants on Elizabeth Street owned by Sally Coe. There being no comments, questions, or concerns from those present, Mayor Maedl closed the public hearing at 7:02 p.m. The following resolution was offered by Trustee Kirkpatrick, who moved its adoption, and seconded by Trustee Sarchia: WHEREAS, the proposed projects identified in the Restore NY Grant Application are consistent with the Village of Middleport’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan (which encompasses the entire Village) that was adopted on August 19, 2002, and approved by the New York State Secretary of State on January 27, 2003, and WHEREAS, the proposed financing is appropriate for the scope of these projects; and WHEREAS, the projects facilitate effective and efficient uses of existing and future public resources so as to promote both economic development and preservation of community resources, and WHEREAS, the projects develop and enhance facilities in a manner that will attract, create, and sustain employment opportunities, NOW, THEREFORE, the Board of Trustees approves and authorizes the submission of the grant application for the Restore NY Grant for these projects. The vote on the preceding resolution was as follows: Ayes: Mayor Maedl, Deputy Mayor Conley, Trustee Bateman, Trustee Kirkpatrick, and Trustee Sarchia; Nays: none; Abstentions: none; Absent: none. The resolution was unanimously adopted. A motion was made by Trustee Kirkpatrick, and seconded by Trustee Sarchia to approve the minutes of the August 20, 2007, meeting. Carried. A motion was made by Trustee Bateman, and seconded by Deputy Mayor Conley, to authorize payment of bills submitted on Abstract No. 4-W. General: $53,097.19; Water: $573.30; Sewer: $6,213.43; Total: $59,883.92. Carried. A motion was made by Deputy Mayor Conley, and seconded by Trustee Bateman, to approve payrolls 7 and 8, for weeks ending August 25 and September 8, 2007. Carried. The Treasurer’s report was submitted and accepted for the month of August 2007. The Public Works report was submitted and accepted for the month of August 2007, including a cost analysis for the Mill Street project. The Village and Town Police reports were submitted and accepted for the month of August 2007, with Chief Swick reading the highlights. Correspondence was read: A thank you was received from Barbara Noble for the flowers sent to her by the officials and employees of the Village from a collection that was taken The Fire Department submitted a certified letter to inform the Board that they intend to renew their liquor license. Mayor Maedl extended thanks to the Police and Public Works Departments for their help during the Middleport Festivities on Saturday, September 1, 2007. The Middleport Area Business Association hopes to have this grow bigger every year. Mayor Maedl asked Mr. Seaman for the status of enforcing the outdoor woodburning furnaces ban. He will be getting together with Tom Arlington about enforcing on complaint only the first year. Trustee Bateman wanted to discuss the issue of teens loitering on Main Street has she has had some complaints. Discussion ensued regarding the difficulty of preventing youth from congregating in places as there must be a criminal act occurring and someone must be a complainant in order for the police to act. Chief Swick and his men to ask groups of kids to “move along” on a regular basis, but they have rights, too. Chief Swick passed out the results of a report generated by the new “your speed is” trailer that has been set up throughout the Village. He has received lots of positive comments regarding the use of this trailer as people see it as a deterrent to speeding. Chief Swick advised that he has been working with the Town of Royalton to straighten out the fines that should have been returned to the Village in the past year that haven’t been due to the electronic filing of tickets. Notification was received that we will be getting about $14,000 in back fine money. Ryan Halstead, of 41 N. Hartland St., asked that the sewer overflow pipe that terminates on his property be checked as a nasty smell is coming from it. Mr. Dodge will check as that pipe hasn’t been used in many years. Linda Wells, 62 N. Hartland St., asked about the status on the “illegal” dumping. Mr. Dodge advised that he and Mayor Maedl met with a representative from the DEC regarding this. They are waiting to hear back from him. She said that it stinks like crazy in the area from oil and stuff. Couldn’t determine what she was referring to as no oil has been dumped there at any time. The next meeting of the Northwestern Frontier Association of Village Officials is Wednesday, October 17, 2007. There being no further business, a motion was made by Trustee Kirkpatrick, and seconded by Deputy Mayor Conley, to adjourn. Carried. Respectfully submitted, Rebecca A. Schweigert Clerk-Treasurer
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