Village Board Meeting
March 28, 2017
Present: Mayor Keville, Trustee Horning, Trustee Bough Martin, Trustee Kopp, Mr. Pulver, Counsel Bell, Chief Corey, Mr. Cunningham, Mrs. Kendall , Mrs. Doss
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Public Hearing – Proposed Local Law –Amendment –Steep Slope Legislation
Mayor Keville called the public hearing to order at 7:02 p.m. He reviewed the proposed local law A-2017 which amends the language in the steep slope legislation eliminating the various levels of steep slope definitions. The Mayor asked if anyone wished to speak for or against the proposed legislation. Mr. Cunningham commented that he thought the amendments were appropriate for enforcement. No one else spoke. The Mayor did advise that Madison County Planning did return their recommendation leaving the determination to the local governing body. With no further information or comments, upon the motion made by Trustee Bough Martin, seconded by Trustee Kopp, the public hearing was closed. All members present voting in favor.
The Mayor called the regular business meeting to order at 7:12 p.m.
The Board members reviewed the minutes of February 28, 2017. Upon the motion made by Trustee Kopp, seconded by Trustee Horning, minutes of February 28, 2017 approved as written. All members present voting in favor.
Court – The Board members reviewed the Court report for February 2017. Everything was in order at the time of the audit by the Trustees. The Mayor commented that Madison County is looking at consolidating Town and Village Courts based on the Governor’s directive for consolidation of services. There is a strong likelihood that consolidation will happen within the next 2-5 years.
Police – The Board members reviewed the February 2017 police statistics.
Codes – The Board members reviewed the February 2017 code report.
Trustee Baldwin arrived at the meeting at 7:14 p.m. during the reports.
WWTP – Mr. Cunningham reported that the Plant had processed 24 million gallons and had met all EPA and DEC standards, there were four roll offs, and the crew is rebuilding some of the pumps, and there has also been work completed on creating single entry security at the main gate, which will be closed at all times and there will security measures required to gain access to the Plant.
DPW – yard waste collection will begin on Monday, as long as the weather holds. Repair work continues on the street sweeper. Repair estimates came in better than originally anticipated for the sweeper, which should be operational soon. Yard restoration from winter damage has begun, and the crew did a great job with the recent heavy snow storm in getting and keeping the Village streets open and travelable. John Golas will be retiring April 25. The plan is to bring Mark Adams on full time beginning June 1.
Administrator – Budget work is nearly complete for the workshop slated for March 30. The Administrator will be gone next week.
Proposed Local Law – Steep Slope
The Board members discussed the information from this evening’s public hearing for amending the existing steep slope legislation. The following resolution was offered by Trustee Bough Martin, who moved its adoption, seconded by Trustee Kopp, to wit:
WHEREAS, pursuant to the provisions of the Municipal Home Rule Law, a proposed local law titled Local Law No. A-2017, “A Local Law to Amend Chapter 148 of the Code of the Village of Chittenango Regulating Steep Slopes,” was presented and introduced at a Regular Meeting of the Village Board of Trustees of the Village of Chittenango held on February 28, 2017; and
WHEREAS, a public hearing was held on such proposed local law on March 28, 2017 by the Village Board of Trustees of the Village of Chittenango and proofs of publication of notices of such public hearings, as required by law, having been submitted and filed, and all persons desiring to be heard in connection with said proposed local law having been heard, and said proposed local law having been in the possession of the members of the Village Board of Trustees of the Village of Chittenango in its final form in the manner required by Section 20 of the Municipal Home Rule of the State of New York; and
WHEREAS, this proposed amendment to Chapter 148 of the Code of the Village of Chittenango was referred to the Madison County Planning Board, in accordance with Section 239-m of the New York General Municipal Law and that Board, by Recommendation Report for GML Log #016-2017, determined that the proposed law will not cause any county-wide impacts and returned same of local determination; and
WHEREAS, the enactment of Proposed Local Law No. A-2017 has previously been determined to be a Type I Action and the Village Board assumed Lead Agency status to determine whether there will be a significant effect on the environment for purposes of the SEQR process; and
WHEREAS, it is in the public interest to enact said Proposed Local Law No. A-2017.
NOW, THEREFORE, it is
RESOLVEDthat the Village Board of Trustees of the Village of Chittenango, Madison County, New York, does hereby enact Proposed Local Law No. A of 2017 as Local Law No. 2 of 2017 as follows:
“VILLAGE OF CHITTENANGO
PROPOSED LOCAL LAW 2-2017
A LOCAL LAW TO AMEND CHAPTER 148
OF THE CODE OF THE VILLAGE OF CHITTENANGO
REGULATING STEEP SLOPES
BE IT ENACTEDby the Board of Trustees of the Village of Chittenango, that this local law amends Chapter 148 of the Code of the Village of Chittenango (hereinafter “Code”), titled “Zoning Law of the Village of Chittenango,” to regulate steep slopes as follows:
So that the term “Steep Slope,” as set forth in Section 148-9 of the Zoning Law, titled “Word usage; definitions,” is hereby amended so as read, in its entirety, as follows:
“Any geographical area, whether on a single lot or not, having a topographical gradient of 15% or greater (ratio of vertical distance to horizontal distance), with a minimum horizontal dimension of 10 feet, whether man-made or natural, and whether created by a retaining structure or not.”
So that Sections 148-31.2(B) (3), (4) and (5) of the Zoning Law shall be deleted in their entirety and existing Section 148-31.2(B) (6) shall be renumbered Section 148-31.2(B) (3).
So that Section 148-31.2(C) (2) (b) (IV) of the Zoning Law shall be amended to read, in its entirety, as follows:
“The location and size of areas of steep slopes under existing and proposed conditions in the area of proposed disturbance and within a distance of 50 feet thereof.”
SECTION 4. EFFECTIVE DATE.
This local law shall take effect upon filing with the Secretary of State.”
Trustee Horning yes
Trustee Bough Martin yes
Trustee Kopp yes
Trustee Baldwin yes
Mayor Keville yes
The Mayor advised that he and Mr. Pulver have met with representatives from NBT/Mang Insurance to obtain insurance quotes for the upcoming year. They will also be meeting with a representative from Haylor Freyer & Coon, in addition to getting a quote from the current carrier One Group.
Seneca Hill Update
The Mayor advised that he has spoken with Mr. Lanzafame in regard to the proposed drainage plans for property owned by Mr. Lanzafame. Counsel Bell advised that she has also spoken with Mr. Lanzafame’s attorney in regard to language for the agreement for the proposed drainage projects. The first phase would be the creation of a five foot deep detention basin with rock channel to help divert water to retention pond for slow release through pipe to a ditch. This design would substantially decrease the water flow if we were to ever experience a storm similar to the two that occurred last year. He stressed that based on the several meetings held with Madison County Soil & Water Conservation, maintenance of these types of projects is critical. The Board discussed access to the project and whether there would be a road to access. The Board discussed the transfer of the property and the costs. The purchase price for the portion of the Lanzafame's property not to exceed $10,000 and the paperwork is subject to review and approval of language by the Village’s legal counsel. Counsel Bell will draw a document up based on discussions with the Board, Mr. Lanzafame, and Mr. Lanzafame’s legal counsel to hopefully have ready by the Annual meeting scheduled for April 3. Upon the motion made by Trustee Bough Martin, seconded by Trustee Baldwin, the Board agrees that the purchase price for property from Mr. Lanzafame is not to exceed $10,000, the legal paperwork is subject to the review of Village Counsel, and the Board authorizes Village Counsel to draw up paperwork addressing these items. All members present voting in favor.
Security Cameras – Maloff Towers
The Board discussed the request of property owners of the Maloff Tower apartment complex for video surveillance security cameras in the public areas. There has been concern expressed by the property owners of an increase in criminal behavior in and around the complex. The cameras would be Village owned and the property owners are willing to have the Village install these security cameras, video only, no audio. The cameras would be primarily to make a public statement – provide a deterrent. The Village will wait for the letters of request from the owners of the property in order to proceed with this request.
Paving Village Hall Parking lot
The Board discussed the possibility of paving the Village Hall parking lot. This lot was originally included in the paving bid, but was omitted due to the concern of the flooding that occurred by the Village Hall and the cost for correcting the drainage issue. There is also an issue with the water line that comes into the Village Hall. There is a leak on the Village side of the connection that needs to be repaired. The Village Board discussed fixing that leak (as required by OCWA) and then paving the parking lot.
Codes Training request
Jeff Geer has requested permission to attend training 6/14/17. Upon the motion made by Trustee Horning, seconded by Trustee Bough Martin, the request for training for Codes Officer approved for 6/14/17. All members present voting in favor.
The Board discussed the hydrant billing invoice from OCWA. Counsel Bell pointed out that the agreement between the Village and OCWA which was renewed last year for the hydrants and water included a clause for maintenance and proof of inspection (records showing what repairs, date, replacements etc.) reports to be submitted to the Village annually. The Clerk will contact OCWA about such report.
Tent Donation – Methodist Church
The Board discussed the offer from the United Methodist Church to donate a large tent to the Village that they no longer use regularly. If the Village does wish to accept the offer of the tent, the Church asked that the tent be made available to organizations that might need it. No decision this evening.
Front Hall – Village Offices
The Mayor reported that requests have been made during budget time for upgrades to the front hall at the Village Offices, mainly the replacement of the floor tiles that are in bad shape in some areas. The Mayor stated that after discussing the idea with the Board that they feel it is prudent to wait and see what happens with the possibility of the consolidation of the Court before undertaking any upgrades.
Zombie Property Legislation workshop
The Board was reminded that the NYCOM workshop for zombie property legislation will be held on Thursday evening March 30, 2017 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Manlius Village Centre.
Harboring Animals Committee (Moratorium)
Trustee Baldwin reported that the Committee has not yet met due to conflicting schedules. She is working to set up a meeting shortly to get as many of the Committee members together. She will keep the Board advised when the meetings are set.
Street Lights – amended non-disclosure form National Grid
Counsel Bell has reviewed the amended non-disclosure form for National Grid for the street lighting. The Board discussed. Upon the motion made by Trustee Horning, seconded by Trustee Baldwin, the Board authorizes Mayor Keville to sign the non-disclosure agreement. All members present voting in favor.
No Parking Signs update
The Mayor advised that due to the recent inclement weather, the NYSDOT has not yet put up the no-parking signs on Route 5 near Sleepy Hollow Road. The DOT will take care of placing the signs most likely early spring. The project is on their list. The Mayor advised he has spoken with the residents in the area and advised that once these signs go up, the no parking regulation will be enforced.
Dyke Road drainage project
Counsel Bell advised that she has been working on a last owner search for the property that is in foreclosure on Dyke Road that is in the location of the proposed drainage project. She is waiting to hear back on the owner search. She advised these searches do take time.
Tuesdays in the Park
The Board discussed the music for Tuesday in the Park. There is a group working on the funding. The Chamber of Commerce will be in discussion with the group to determine if they would be willing to funnel the funds through their organization for the music. There will be a meeting of the Farmer’s Market group next week where this and other items will be discussed. The Committee is under the auspices of the Chamber, same members. It is confusing and the group doesn’t want to “muddy the waters” or confuse anyone with who is coordinating this program.
The Board discussed the changeover of the phone lines and internet from Cornerstone to Northland Communications. Mr. Pulver has been working with Northland on the proposed changes. Installation of the new equipment etc. is $1483. The Board members discussed the information presented. Upon the motion made by Trustee Horning, seconded by Trustee Kopp, the Board authorizes the Mayor to sign the agreement with Northland and to enter into purchase of equipment and for services from Northland. All members present voting in favor.
The Mayor spoke about an idea he had to bring the Village together by lighting up the Village Parks with green lighting; the trees, pavilion. Trustee Baldwin commented that the Village should consider extra lighting in Dr. West Park. This idea will be discussed more.
Village Fireworks Program
The Mayor spoke to the Board in regard to continuing the fireworks program that the Village sponsors on the Friday starting off the OzStravaganza event. He asked if the Village Board wanted to continue this annual event on Friday, June 2, with a rain date of June 3. The cost for the program would be $4,000. The Board members discussed. The Board members agreed that the fireworks was a great event and should be continued. The Board authorizes $4,000 to be spent for the fireworks program which will be done by Skylighters of Western NY.
Onondaga County Mayor’s Association meeting – April
The Board discussed the Onondaga County Mayor’s Dinner meeting scheduled for April 19, 2017. Upon the motion made by Trustee Bough Martin, seconded by Trustee Kopp, the Board authorizes the attendance and pre-payment of any Board member attending the County Mayor’s Meeting on April 19, 2017. All members present voting in favor.
Still on hold.
2016 Unresolved Issues
Trustee Baldwin commented on the lettering on the wall mural on the Benson building. The lettering is extremely faded. She said if someone from the DPW could get the panel down, she would be willing to repaint.
Drug & Alcohol Policy
This document will be re-visited at the April meeting.
The Mayor reported he has spoken with Griffin Smith’s family and they have been in touch with the family of David Mirra. The Mirra family is very supportive of creating a skateboard event/contest in early August. The group agreed this would take place the first Sunday in August and would be named in memory of David Mirra.
General #10 $62,034.21 646-691 Upon the motion made by Trustee Kopp, seconded by Trustee Horning, General Abstract #10 as outlined above approved for payment. All members present voting in favor.
OCWA $6393.13 – for hydrant billing. Upon the motion made by Trustee Baldwin, seconded by Trustee Horning, OCWA invoice as noted above approved for payment. All members present voting in favor.
Sewer #10 $25257.77 153-165 Upon the motion made by Trustee Baldwin, seconded by Trustee Bough Martin, Sewer Abstract #10 as outlined above approved for payment. All members present voting in favor.
Trust & Agency Fund – Olive Branch $25. Upon the motion made by Trustee Horning, seconded by Trustee Bough Martin, invoice for Olive Branch approved for payment. All members present voting in favor.
March 30 – 2-5 p.m. Trustee budget workshop
April 3 – 7 p.m. Annual Organizational Meeting & Budget public hearings
April 25 – 7 p.m. Regular meeting
Upon the motion made by Trustee Baldwin, seconded by Trustee Bough Martin, Board went into Executive Session for discussion of pending legal matters at 8:55 p.m. Upon the motion made by Trustee Horning, seconded by Trustee Kopp, the Executive Session was closed at 9:45 p.m. with no action taking place during the Executive Session. All members present voting in favor.
With no further business, meeting adjourned at 9:45 p.m. upon the motion made by Trustee Kopp, seconded by Trustee Baldwin. All members present voting in favor.
Jill A. Doss
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