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Meeting Minutes March 2016

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Meeting Minutes March 2016 2017-02-02T09:27:00+00:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

MARCH 14, 2016                                                                               VILLAGE BOARD MEETING

 

                                                                                                                VILLAGE COURTHOUSE

 

                                                                                                                VILLAGE OF GREENWOOD LAKE

                                                                                                                PO BOX 7, 18 CHURCH STREET

                                                                                                                GREENWOOD LAKE, NY  10925

 

PRESENT:            MAYOR:               JESSE DWYER

 

                                TRUSTEES:          KATHELEEN HOLDER

                                                                THOMAS HOWLEY

                                                                KELLI ANN KELM

                                                                CHAD SELLIER

 

                                ATTORNEY:        JOHN BUCKHIEIT

 

 

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG.

 

ROLL CALL BY VILLAGE CLERK PATRICIA OLSEN.

 

ALL PRESENT.

 

 

MAYOR DWYER – EVERY YEAR WE LIKE TO COMMEND AND RECOGNIZE OUR UNSUNG HEROES WHO MAKE VITAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO OUR COMMUNITY.  THEY ARE USUALLY MAKING THESE CONTRIBUTIONS BEHIND CLOSED DOORS.  I HAVE BEEN FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO SEE MANY OF THIS CITIZENS CONTRIBUTIONS.  THE CITIZEN OF THE YEAR, IS DENNIS “CHIP” MURPHY, WHO IS THE SECRETARY OF THE GREENWOOD LAKE ELKS LODGE.  HE IS THE SECRETARY, A PAST EXHALTED RULER, PAST STATE PRESIDENT, US NAVY VETERAN WHO HAS PLAYED A VITAL ROLE IN OUR COMMUNITY.  NOT ONLY AT THE ELKS CLUB, BUT HE ALSO SECURES GRANTS FOR THE SENIORS AND THE KIDS EVERY YEAR.  I HAVE BEEN FORTUNATE TO WORK WITH HIM ON MANY DIFFERENT THINGS OVER THE YEARS.  THEY OPEN THE ELKS CLUB FOR OUR TEEN CENTER, SPONSOR SENIOR LUNCHEONS AND OPEN UP AS OUR STORM SHELTER WHEN NECESSARY. 

 

MAYOR DWYER PRESENTED CHIP MURPHY WITH THE AWARD. 

 

CORRESPONDENCE IS POSTED. 

 

LETTER FROM NY STATE SENATOR’S OFFICE TO NYS DOT REGARDING STORMWATER RUN OFF ON NYS ROUTE 17A. 

 

LETTER FROM THE GREENWOOD LAKE FOOD PANTRY – THANKING THE VILLAGE FOR THE CONTRIBUTION OF $2500 ANNUALLY. 

 

LETTER FROM THE NYS DOT – RECOGNIZING THE LETTER FROM THE STATE SENATOR REGARDING RUN OFF. 

 

VISITING ELECTED OFFICIALS

 

COUNTY LEGISLATOR BARRY CHANEY – I’D LIKE TO THANK THE MAYOR AND TOWN COUNCILMAN FLOYD DEANGELO FOR THEIR PERSISTANCE IN GETTING THE COUNTY TO SIT DOWN AND COME TO THE TABLE WITH THE BISTATE COMMISSION.  TOMORROW NIGHT IS THE STATE OF THE COUNTY ADDRESS IN GOSHEN AT THE EMERGENCY SERVICES CENTER AT 6:00PM.  IT IS ELECTION DAY AS WELL.  RECONSTRUCTION MEETINGS FOR THE COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER IS MOVING FORWARD, AND HOPEFULLY BY SUMMER YOU WILL BE ABLE TO SEE THE ACTIVITY WITH RENOVATIONS SCHEDULED TO BE COMPLETED BY FALL OF 2017.  THERE HAS BEEN SOME RUMBLING ABOUT THE COUNTY PUTTING OUT AN RFP FOR SOMEONE TO RUN THE COUNTY GOLF COURSE.  INFORMALLY I HAVE HEARD THEY WEREN’T VERY INVITING SO THE COUNTY WILL PROBABLY CONTINUE TO OPERATE THE COURSE AT LEAST FOR THIS SEASON.   I SERVED ON A COMMITTEE AND WE MADE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR IMPROVEMENTS.  THE NEW SOCIAL HOST LAW IS COMING WITH AN OUTREACH PROGRAM TO THE SCHOOLS TO DISCUSS THE HAZARDS OF HOSTING PARTIES WHERE ALCOHOL IS SERVED.

 

TRUSTEE TOM HOWLEY – SO THE HICKORY HILL GOLF COURSE WILL BE OPENING ON SCHEDULE THIS YEAR?

 

BARRY CHANEY – IT IS OPENING THIS FRIDAY. 

 

MAYOR DWYER – MR. CHANEY IS ALSO BRINGING THE DPW COMMISSIONER AND THE PERSON IN CHARGE OF BRIDGES TO MEET WITH ME ON WEDNESDAY MORNING TO GO TO THE BRIDGE ON WATERSTONE ROAD TO DISCUSS UPKEEP.

 

TOWN COUNCILMAN FLOYD DEANGELO – LEGISLATOR CHANEY WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN DRAGGING THE COUNTY TO THE TABLE AND WE REALLY WANT TO THANK HIM FOR THAT. 

 

DEPARTMENT HEAD REPORTS

 

BUILDING DEPARTMENT               REPORTED BY BUILDING INSPECTOR DODY NICHOLAS.

 

FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY THE BUILDING DEPARTMENT TOOK IN $3,678.00 IN TOTAL FEES.  I ISSUED 4 ORDER TO REMEDIES, 20 BUILDING PERMITS, 11 CC/CO’S, 72 SEPTIC LETTERS WERE SENT AND 29 EXPIRED PERMIT LETTERS WERE SENT, 16 RENTAL INSPECTION LETTERS, 10 FIR INSPECTION LETTERS, 28 RENTAL INSPECTIONS WERE DONE, 4 COMMERCIAL FIRE INSPECIONS AND 5 MUNICIPAL SEARCHES.   I ALSO APPEARED IN COURT WITH 3 CASES AND ATTENDED A PLANNING BOARD MEETING.

 

POLICE REPORTED BY OFFICER DUNLOP

 

FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY THE POLICE DEPARTEMT HANDLED 1361 COMPLAINTS, MADE 25 ARRESTS, ISSUED 91 CITATIONS, 4 PARKING TICKETS, INVESTIGAED 5 MVA’S AND ONE VILLAGE CODE VIOLATION. 

 

WATER REPORTED BY PHILIPE LANDRU

 

THE DESK TOP STUDY ON THE CORROSIVENESS OF WATER HAS BEEN SUBMITTED TO THE VILLAGE BOARD AND TO LEE BURGESS AT THE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT.  WE WILL ULTIMATELY MAKE A DECISION ON HOW TO ADDRESS THESE CORROSION ISSUES RESULTING FROM THE SLOW RISE OF LEAD AND COPPER LEVELS SINCE THE DEC’S MANDATED REMOVAL OF PHOSPHATE FROM OUR WATER.  JIM DWYER’S REPORT MENTIONS USE OF CARBONATES WHICH WOULD RAISE THE LEVEL OF PH.  NO GUARANTEES ARE BEING MADE THAT ADDING SODA ASH WILL BE A SOLUTION AND THERE IS A LIKLIHOOD THAT RAISING THE PH COULD CAUSE A NEW SET OF POTENTIAL PROBLEMS INCLUDING LESS EFFECTIVE DISINFECTION.  ASIDE FROM THE COST OF ADDING THESE CHEMICALS TO OUR WATER, COULD ALSO MEAN ADDING COSTLY UPGRADES TO OUR SYSTEM.  OUR MINERAL RICH WATER COMBINED WITH OUR AGING DISTIBUTION SYSTEM MAKES IT DIFFICULT ENOUGH TO PROVIDE CONSISTANT GOOD WATER TO OUR RESIDENTS.  LEE BURGESS’S RECOMMENDATION IS TO GO BACK TO USING ORTHOPOLYPHOSPHATE IN SPITE OF THE DECS SPEDES PERMIT MANDATE AGAINST USING IT.  I THINK OUR STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENT IS POSTURING ITSELF TO TAKE A PROACTIVE STANCE IN LIGHT OF THE  PROBLEMS FLINT MICHIGAN AND NEWARK ARE FACING WITH LEAD IN THE WATER. 

 

MAYOR DWYER – THE WARWICK ADVERTISER POSTED A STUDY ON LEAD LEVELS IN NEARBY COMMUNITIES.  IT SHOWS OUR LEAD LEVELS COMPARED TO OTHER LOCALITIES.  THE VILLAGE OF FLORIDA EXCEEDS OURS, WICKHAM, MONROE, WOODBURY BLUE LAKE, INDIAN KILLS ALL EXCEED OUR LEVELS. 

 

PHIL LANDRU – WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE LESS THAN .015 MG AND WE ARE AT .0033 WHICH IS BELOW THE CONTAMINANT LEVEL.  THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT IS WATCHING THE RISE OF THESE LEVELS OVER TIME, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THESE OTHER MUNICIPALITIES AND THEY ARE TRYING TO WARD OFF A POTENTIAL HEALTH ISSUE.  ORTHOPOLYPHOSPHATE HAS BEEN PROVEN TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM. 

 

MAYOR DWYER – NOT USING IT IS ALSO CAUSING DISCOLORED WATER.  THE WATER COMING OUT OF THE PLANT IS CLEAR. 

 

PHILIPE LANDRU – IT IS THE DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM THAT A COLOR IS BEING PICKED UP FROM THE MANGANESE.  WHEN PHOSPHATES WERE FIRST INTRODUCTED AFTER THE TREATMENT PLANT THE MANGANESE WAS REMOVED AT THE PLANT. 

 

MAYOR DWYER – BEFORE WE USED PHOSPHATES WE WEREN’T HAVING ANY CORROSION ISSUES, SO WHEN THEY ASKED US TO PULL IT, WE DIDN’T FORESEE CORROSION ISSUES.  AT THIS TIME, ADDING PHOSPHATES BACK IN WILL REDUCE THE CORROSION ISSUE. 

 

MAYOR DWYER CONTINUED – BECAUSE OF ALL THE PROBLEMS OUT IN MICHIGAN, IT LOOKS LIKE CONGRESS IS GOING TO BE PUTTING SOME MONEY OUT THERE FOR DISTRIBUTION PROJECTS. 

 

PHIL LANDRU – WE NEED TO DO A SYSTEM WIDE FLUSH, BUT UNTIL WE FIND THE LEAK THAT IS GOING ON, WE CAN’T DO THAT. 

 

MAYOR DWYER – WE TRIED CONTACTING THE WATER AUTHORITY BUT NO ONE HAS GOTTEN BACK TO US. 

 

DISCUSSION AMONG AUDIENCE MEMBERS REGARDING WATER.  NOT DISCERNABLE. 

 

MAYOR DWYER – THE DEC DID NOT ALLOW US TO USE THIS CHEMICAL AND WE HAD TO INCORPORATE A WHOLE NEW SERIES OF TESTING.   WE HAVE A FAILED LEAD AND COPPER TEST NOW TO BRING TO THE DEC TO SAY YOUR UNFUNDED MANDATE ON OUR WATER SYSTEM IS CAUSING POSSIBLE HEALTH RISKS TO OUR RESIDENTS AND WE NEED AN EXCEPTION TO USE IT LEGALLY. 

 

MAYOR DWYER – WE DO HAVE LEAKS OUT IN THE SYSTEM SOMEWHERE THAT ARE PROHIBITING US FROM DOING A SYSTEM WIDE FLUSH.THE NEW WATER METER READINGS FOUND A FEW LEAKS IN SEVERAL HOMES IN THE VILLAGE. 

 

PHIL LANDRU – EXACTLY, BUT WE COULD HAVE MORE IN POSSIBLY FORECLOSED OR UNINHABITED HOMES THAT WE ARE JUST NOT FINDING RIGHT NOW.  WHEN THE SYSTEM IS FLUSHED WE LOSE A LOT OF WATER AND IT WON’T COME BACK FAST ENOUGH WITH THE LEAKS OUT THERE.  IN CONCLUSION WE’VE BEEN WORKING ON THE EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLAN AND THE ASSESSMENT REPORT FOR THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT WITHDRAWAL FOR THE EPA WHICH IS ALSO DUE THIS MONTH. 

 

AMBULANCE      REPORTED BY NANCY DEANGELO

 

THERE WERE 45 CALLS IN FEBRUARY.  FOURTEEN OF THOSE CALLS WERE TRAUMA AND THE OTHER 31 WERE GENERAL AILMENTS, DIFFICULTY BREATHING, CHEST PAINS, ETC.   WE HAVE A VERY DEDICATED GROUP OF PEOPLE.  WE NEED VOLUNTEERS, 477-2200.

 

COMMISSION REPORTS

 

TRUSTEE HOLDER

 

RECREATION – APRIL 9TH AT 9:00AM IS THE LITTLE LEAGUE PARADEE. 

 

LIBRARY – THERE IS A GENERAL WORKSHOP ON SATURDAY MARCH 19TH FROM 10:00-12:00PM CALLED QUALITY OF THOUGHT.  FORCING BULBS, PRESENTED BY MASTER GARDNER ON MARCH 26TH. FROM 1:00-2:00PM

 

SCHOOL BOARD – ON MARCH 9TH THEY HELD A MEETING IN REGARDS TO THE CAPITAL PROJECT AND PROPOSITION 1 AND 2 THAT WAS VOTED DOWN.  AFTER SOME DISCUSSION, THEY ARE GOING TO GO BACK OUT TO VOTE IN MAY.  IF PROPOSITION #1 IS APPROVED, NONE OF THEAT MONEY WILL BE SPENT WITHOUT VOTER APPROVAL.  I URGE EVERYONE TO DO THEIR HOMEWORK.  IF PROPOSITION 1 DOESN’T PASS, IN 2 YEARS YOUR TAXES WILL GO UP.  INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE ONLINE.  PROPOSITION 2 IS NOT GOING TO BE LOOKED AT AGAIN UNTIL AT LEAST SEPTEMBER.  THEY ARE GOING TO PUT TOGETHER FOCUS GROUPS AND IF ANYONE IS INTERESTED CONTACT MARY DEPIETRO.  THE NEXT SCHOOL BOARD MEETING IS MARCH 16TH.

 

TRUSTEE HOWLEY

 

DPW COMMISSIONER ASTORINO COULDN’T BE HERE TONIGHT.  THEY HAVE GOTTEN AN EARLY START WITH THE STREET SWEEPER WHICH IS OUT AS OF TODAY.  WE TRY TO DO THE NEIGHBORHOODS WITH STEEP SLOPES FIRST BUT WILL GET AROUND TO EVERYONE.  THEY ARE ALSO CLEANING OUT CATCH BASINS IN THE SAME ORDER.  KEEP IN MIND WE COULD STILL POSSIBLE GET SOME WINTRY WEATHER.  IF YOU SEE ANY POTHOLES PLEASE CALL THEM IN.  HOT MIX ASPHALT WILL NOT BE AVAILABE UNTIL APRIL BUT WE CAN MAKE TEMPORARY REPAIRS IN THE MEAN TIME.  THEY HAVE STOCKPILED STONE AND THE MECHANIC HAS DONE SOME VEHICLE MAINTENANCE. 

 

MAYOR DWYER STATED TRUSTEE HOWLEY AND I MET WITH THE DPW COMMISSIONERS AND THE CLERK THIS MORNING TO DISCUSS OUR CURRENT FLEET OF VEHICLES AND ONE MACHINE IN PARTICULAR.  IN THE DPW CONTRACT THERE IS NO CLAUSE THAT DESCRIBES HOW EQUIPMENT WILL BE PURCHASED.  OUR FRONT LOADER NEEDS $20000 WORTH OF WORK.  WE WILL BE SITTING DOWN WITH THE TOWN BOARD TO DISCUSS PURCHASING EQUIPMENT GOING FORWARD. 

 

DEPUTY MAYOR KELM

 

ON MARCH 6TH WE HAD THE ANNUAL GREENWOOD LAKE BOWLING FUNDRAISER AND THIS YEAR WE RAISED $4960.00.  THE FOOD PANTRY WAS GIVEN $3460.00 AND WE DONATED $1500 THIS YEAR TO THE HUDSON VALLEY HONOR FLIGHT.  IT WAS A GREAT DAY AND AS USUAL TOO MANY PEOPLE AND NOT ENOUGH LANES.  IT WAS A GREAT DAY AS USUAL AND I WANT TO THANK JOE AND MAUREEN ANTHONY, MARIE AND MATT VETH, PAT OLSEN AND BETH FARRELL FOR EVERYTHING THEY DO FOR THAT DAY.  THE STREET FAIR IS COMING UP IN JUNE AND WE ARE LOOKING FOR VENDORS.  IF YOU ARE INTERESTED YOU CAN GET AN APPLICATION BY GOING TO THE GWLCHAMBER.COM WEBSITE OR VILLAGEOFGREENWOODLAKE.ORG.  YOU CAN EMAIL GWLSTREETFAIR@GMAIL.COM FOR AN APPLICATION.  YOU CAN ALSO CALL 845-477-2652 AND SOMEONE WILL GET BACK TO YOU. 

 

TRUSTEE SELLIER REPORT

 

FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY WE HAD A PLANNING BOARD MEETING WITH ONE APPLICANT TO TAKE AN EXISTING LOT AND TURN IT INTO STORAGE.  THE PLANNING BOARD REFERRED THEM TO THE ZBA FOR A USE VARIANCE.   THERE WAS NO ZBA MEETING IN FEBRUARY.  THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN COMMITTEE IS IN THE FINAL EDIT OF THE PLAN.

 

MAYOR DWYER – WE FORMALIZED A CODE REVIEW COMMITTEE AND THE BOARD WILL BE WORKING ON WHICH CODES WE THINK NEED TO BE REVIEWED. 

 

ATTORNEY BUCKHEIT REPORT

 

EARLIER TODAY I MET WITH JOHN MCGARY THE ORANGE COUNTY REAL PROPERTY MANAGER TO BEGIN THE PROCESS WITH WHICH WE HOPE TO GAIN THE PARCEL OF PROPERTY OWNED BY THE AMERICAN LEGION IN THE NORTHERNMOST PART OF THE LAKE AS WELL AS THE ADJACENT OLD ROAD BED.  THE VILLAGE HOPES TO GET THIS PROPERTY AT NO COST AND WILL USE IT FOR PROJECTS IN THE FUTURE.  WE HAVE COORDINATED THE DATE FOR THE NEXT STAIRWAY TO HEROIN EVENT WHICH WILL BE THURSDAY APRI L2 8TH AND COORDINATED FOR AN APPEARANCE BY CADET HARRISON MAJORS WHO RECEIVED TWO PURPLE HEARTS FOR COMBAT INJURIES SUSTAINED IN AFGHANISTAN.   I PARTCIPATED IN NUMEROUS VILLAGE AND COUNTY EVENTS TO INTERACT WITH HIGHER OFFICIALS.  THE MAYOR, MYSELF AND PHIL MET WITH SOME PROPERTY OWNERS TO RESOLVE WATER ISSUE AS WELL.   

 

VILLAGE CLERK REPORT             REPORTED BY PATRICIA OLSEN

 

WE ARE CURRENTLY WORKING ON THE UPCOMING 2016/2017 VILLAGE BUDGET AND OUR NEXT BUDGET MEETING WILL BE ON APRIL 4TH.  WATER BILLS ARE READY AND ALMOST READY FOR PRINT.  WE ARE WAITING ON A PROGRAMMING UPDATE BUT THEY SHOULD BE GOING OUT BY NEXT WEEK.  IF YOU NOTICE ANY POTHOLES, ETC PLEASE CALL MY OFFICE AT 477-9215 ANE WE WILL TAKE CARE OF THEM FOR YOU. 

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

LEAD AND COPPER – MAYOR DWYER STATED I HAVE RECEIVED INFORMATION FROM THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT THAT AGREES WITH THE DESK TOP STUDY THAT WE NEED TO REINTRODUCE ORTHOPOLYPHOSPHATES.  I WOULD LIKE TO READ A LITTLE OF THE LETTER..

 

“THIS TREATMENT HAD BEEN IN PLACE IN THE VILLAGE UNTIL MAY 2013, AT WHICH TIME CHEMICAL TREATMENT WAS DISCONTINUED.  THE BAN ON THE USE OF SUCH PHOSPHORUS BASED CHEMICALS AROSE OUT OF THE New York STATE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATIONS CONCERNS FOR WATER QUALITY IN GREENWOOD LAKE.  PRIOR TO THE BAN, THE BLENDED PRODUCT WAS INJECTED INTO THE WATER SUPPLY AS A WAY TO ADDRESS THE ELEVATED SOURCE OF WATER MANGANESE LEVELS.  UPON CONSTRUCTION OF THE WATER FILTRATION PLANT, PHOSPHATE WAS EMPLOYED JOINTLY WITH FILTRATION TO MANAGE WATER ISSUES DUE TO THE MANGANESE.  ALL WHILE THE PHOSPATE WAS USED LEAD AND COPPER LEVELS REMAINED IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE EPA AND NYS DOH STANDARDS.  PRIOR TO USE OF ORTHOPOLYPHOSPHATE THEY MET EVERY STANDARD.  THE RESULT OF REMOVING THE ORTHOPHOSPHATE, WHICH WAS REQUIRED BY THE DEC CAUSED THE WATER TO ATTACH THE LEAD AND COPPER AND BRING IT INTO THE WATER LINES AND ESSENTIALLY FROM PEOPLES HOMES.  THE WATER THAT WE PRODUCE IN THE WATER FILTRATION PLANT DOES NOT CONTAIN ANY LEAD OR COPPER.  THE AGING INFRASTRUCTURE DOES CONTAIN SOME LEAD AND COPPER JOINTS INSIDE RESIDENTS HOMES.” 

 

MAYOR DWYER CONTINUED – BASICALLY THIS LETTER IS TELLING US THE BEST THING TO DO IS TO USE ORTHOPOLYPHOSPHATE AND THE ONLY WAY WE CAN USE THAT IS TO GET SPECIAL PERMISSION FROM THE DEC.  THIS IS A BANNED SUBSTANCE IN OUR ZONE BECAUSE OF THE LAKE.  WE HAVE TO PLEAD TO THE DEC THAT THE HEALTH OF OUR RESIDENTS IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE QUALITY OF THE LAKE.  WE HAVE SPOKEN TO SENATOR BONACIC AND KARL BRABANEC TO LET THEM KNOW THAT WE WILL BE FIGHTING THE DEC TO LET US USE POLYOTHOPHOSPHATE.  I WILL BE SENDING A LETTER TOMORROW REQUESTING A WAIVER THAT WILL ALLOW US TO USE IT.  ANYTHING WE DO MUST BE APPROVED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND THEY ARE RECOMMENDING THAT WE USE IT.   WE APPRECIATE THE PATIENCE THAT OUR RESIDENTS HAVE NEEN HAVING AND I WANT TO ASSURE YOU WE ARE WORKING AS QUICKLY AS WE CAN. 

 

VILLAGE BUDGET

 

MAYOR DWYER STATED WE HAVE HAD OUR PRELIMINARY BUDGET MEETING WHERE WE WENT OVER THE REQUESTED BUDGET AMOUNTS.  THE REQUESTED AMOUNTS WERE REASONABLE AND WERE AT A ½ PERCENT INCREASE.  THIS BOARD HAS SET SYSTEMS IN PLACE TO ASSURE THAT THIS IS A SEEMLESS PROCESS OUR NEXT MEETING IS APRIL 4TH AT THE COURTHOUSE AT 6:00PM.

 

WATERSTONE SIDEWALK – WE DISCUSSED BASIC FINALIZED PLANS FOR THE GRANT WE ARE PURUING WITH SENATOR BONACIC’S OFFICE FOR $75,000 TO CREATE SIDEWALK ON WATERSTONE ROAD.  THE PLAN IS FOR AN ELEVATED SIDEWALK, CONCRETE, FROM THE GAZEBO TO WATERSTONE BRIDGE.  IT WILL BE ON THE LAKESIDE ALONG THE ENTIRE SPAN.  THE BRIDGE IS OWNED BY THE COUNTY SO WE WILL BE WORKING WITH THEM AND THE DPW AND OUR ENGINEER.  WE WILL HAVE TO GO OUT FOR PROPOSALS AND SELECT THE LOWEST QUALIFIED BIDDERS.  THE TIMELINE IS ANTICIPATED TO BE END OF SUMMER, EARLY FALL. 

 

IDA GRANT SUBMISSION PASSIVE BOAT LAUNCH – MAYOR DWYER STATED WE ARE SUBMITTING A JOINT APPLICATION WITH THE TOWN OF WARWICK TO INSTALL A PASSIVE BOAT LAUNCH OF WHAT IS CURRNTLY COUNTY OWNED PROPERTY.  IT WILL BE FOR KAYAKS AND CANOE’S.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

WALKING TRAIL DEDICATION AND EXPANSION – MAYOR DWYER STATED TRUSTEE HOLDER AND I HAVE BEEN DISCUSSING THIS AND BROUGHT IT TO THE VILLAGE BOARD TO TRY AND EXPAND THE PATH AND DEDICATE IT TO WALTER ANDREWS, THE FORMER SCOUTLEADER AND COMMUNITY LEADER.  HE WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN WORKING WITH THE BARK PARK AND WE WOULD LIKE TO CONNECT THE BARKPARK TO THE WALKING PATH.  THERE IS A WETLAND HERE SO THAT NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED AND THOSE RESTRICTIONS NEED TO BE ADHERED TO. 

 

LAKE MANAGEMENT – SEN BONACIC FUNDING, NORTH ARM RETENTION PONDING – WE MET WITH A ROUNDTABLE WITH COUNTY EXECUTIVE, COUNTY LEGISLATORS INCLUDING BARRY CHANEY, AND SENATOR BONACIC’S REPRESENTATIVES TO DISCUSS LAKE ISSUES.  WE DISCUSSED THE NORTH ARM AND THE CAUSE OF THE SEDIMENTATION IN THE NORTH ARM WHICH IS COMING MOSTLY FROM STATE OWNED PROPERTY.  WE MET WITH THE DEC AFTER THAT AND DID A WALK THROUGH AND WHAT WE ARE PROPOSING IS FOR THEM TO IDENTIFY THAT THEY ARE CAUSING THIS PROBLEM. WE ARE PROPOSING THE SOLUTION TO BE RETENTION PONDS TO BE ENGINEERED, BUILT AND PAID FOR BY NEW YORK STATE.  WE ARE CONTINUING THAT CONVERSATION AND ARE ASKING THE DEC TO LOOK AT THIS ISSUE.  IF WE ARE GOING TO INVEST MONEY IN THAT ARM OF THE LAKE WE DON’T WANT IT TO BE MONEY BASICALLY THROWN AWAY IF THE SEDIMENTATION IS GOING TO CONTINUE.  

 

 

DEPUTY MAYOR KELM STATED THE FOLLOWING EVENTS ARE COMING UP:

 

BASKETBALL – MONDAYS GRADES 6TH TO 8TH AT 8:00PM – 9:30PM.

WEDNESDAYS IS GRADES 9 TO 12 FROM 8:00M TO 10:00PM AND FRIDAY NIGHTS FROM 8-10 IS MENS BASKETBALL. 

TUESDAY MARCH 15 IS ELECTION DAY AT THE SENIOR CENTER FROM 12-9:00PM

MARCH 15TH IS ALSO A COALITION MEETING AT 7:00PM AT VILLAGE HALL

MARCH 16TH IS NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH AT COURTHOUSE AT 7:30

MARCH 19TH IS PBA EASTER EGG HUNT AT AMERICAN LEGION AT 10:00AM

MARCH 25TH IS ELKS GOOD FRIDAY FISH FRY FROM 5:00 – 8:00

MARCH 26TH IS LEARN TO ROW AT THE EAST ARM ROWING CLUB 9-12.

 

TRUSTEE HOWLEY ADDED BECAUSE TUESDAY IS ELECTION DAY THE SENIORS WILL BE HAVING A LUNCHEON AT THE ELKS.

 

TRUSTEE HOLDER – I JUST WANTED TO SAY HOW CROWDED THE OPEN GYM NIGHTS ARE, THEY ARE DOING A GREAT JOB. 

 

PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR.

 

RESIDENT NORMAN WESTPHAL – YOU MENTIONED RETENTION PONDS,. ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT ON ROUTE 17A?

 

MAYOR DWYER – NO.  IT WILL BE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF OLD TUXEDO ROAD

 

NORMAN WESTPHAL – WE USED PHOSPHATES FOR YEARS AND YEARS AND IT WAS NEVER A HEALTH PROBLEM, RIGHT?

 

MAYOR DWYER –NO IT WAS NEVER A HEALTH PROBLEM.  WE USED IT FOR MANGANESE.  THEN WE DID UPGRADES TO THE PLANT AND INTRODUCED THE PLATE SETTLERS WHICH WAS ANOTHER PROCESS TO SETTLE MANGANESE.  WHEN WE APPLIED FOR OUR SPEDES PERMIT TO DISCHARGE WATER,..

 

NORMAN WESTPHAL – SO WHY DID ORANGE COUNTY BAN IT?

 

MAYOR DWYER – THE DEC BANNED IT FOR ANYONE LOCATED IN TMDL ZONE.  WE ARE IN THAT ZONE BECAUSE OF THE LAKE.  IF WE USE PHOSPHATES WE ARE ABOVE OUR ALLOWED LEVEL.  TO COME INTO COMPLIANCE WE SAID WE REALLY DIDN’T KNOW WHY WE WERE STILL USING IT SO WE AGREED TO NO LONGER USE IT. 

 

COUNCILMAN FLOYD DEANGELO – WHY DID WE STOP USING THE PHOSPHATES OUR WATER WAS SO MUCH BETTER BEFORE WE DID. 

 

ROBIN – DO YOU FIND THAT MAYBE YOU SHOULD RAISE TAXES AT LEAST TO THE CAP?  I HAVE READ AND SEEN OUR TOWNS THAT END UP IN A DEFICIT BECAUSE INSTEAD OF RAISING TAXES A LITTLE EVERY YEAR, THEY DIDN’T AND THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN HAD TO RAISE THEM A LOT.  I DON’T WANT TO END UP IN THAT SITUATION.    PEOPLE CAN HANDLE SMALL INCREASES MUCH BETTER THAN A HUGE ONE. 

 

MAYOR DWYER – AT THE BUDGET MEETING WE DISCUSSED USING SOME OF OUR SURPLUS.  WE HAVEN’T REDUCED TAXES.  WE HAVE ADDED FUNDING TO CERTAIN PROGRAMS WHILE STAYING UNDER THE TAX CAP AND HAVING MINIMAL TAX INCREASES.  WE HAVE MADE DECISIONS THAT WILL COST THE VILLAGE LESS MONEY.  YOUR CONCERNS ARE VALID.

 

DEPUTY KELM – I THINK THERE WAS A LOT OF FLUFF IN THE BUDGET IN PRIOR YEARS.  WE HAVE GOTTEN RID OF THAT. 

 

MAYOR DWYER – THE FUND BALANCE IN OUR BUDGET IS OUR SAVINGS ACCOUNT.  OVER THE YEARS THE VILLAGE WAS USING OVER $100,000 PER YEAR TO HELP BALANCE THE BUDGET.  WE HAVE REDUCED THAT AMOUNT AND ADDED TO THE OVERALL FUND BALANCE. 

 

MOTION TO PAY ALL AUDITED BILLS.

 

MOTIONED BY TRUSTEE KELM.  SECONDED BY TRUSTEE HOLDER.  ALL AYES TO SAID MOTION.

 

MOTIION TO APPROVE THE FEBRUARY 16, 2016 MINUTERS.

 

MOTIONED BY TRUSTEE HOLDER.  SECONDED BY TRUSTEE SELLIER..  ALL AYES TO SAID MOTION.

 

MOTION TO ADJOURN THE MARCH 14TH VILLAGE BOARD MEETING. 

 

MOTIONED BY TRUSTEE HOLDER.  SECONDED BY TRUSTEE HOWLEY.  ALL AYES TO SAID MOTION.

 

MEETING ADJOURNED AT 8:40PM.

 

RESPECTFULLY YOURS

 

PATRICIA OLSEN

VILLAGE CLERK/ TREASURER