Village of Macedon – Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Mayor Cramer called to order the annual Organizational Meeting of the Village at 7:00 PM. Changes in Appointments for the year include the appointments of Mr. Dave Nelson, and Ms. Bev Bassage onto the Planning Board, with Ms. Linda Braun appointed as Chairman. Poohtray Designs was named as the Web Designer. Under Commissions Mayor Cramer removed Deputies, with exception of Trustee Marcy Frey as the Deputy Mayor. While meetings will remain on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month, the first meeting will now be held as a Business Meeting, with the second meeting as a Workshop Meeting. The Village also named the Times of Wayne County as the official newspaper of the Village. The last of the approved changes was noted in the policy for Village Employees to make unauthorized purchases, changing the amount from $500.00 to $300.00.
Under Correspondence, Mayor Cramer acknowledged a letter from Town of Macedon Supervisor, Mr. Bill Hammond, requesting the two boards meet for a joint Town/Village Board Meeting, and listed possible dates and discussion points. Discussion ensued, and the Village board agreed while it would be a great idea, the Village board would like to discuss their positions on the suggested talking points prior to a joint meeting, and will get back to them in the near future. A letter from the DEC was received stating the annual inspection at the Sewer Plant was favorable to the Village, naming Bakewise as its main concern. A third letter acknowledging the LWRP Grant which was declined by the Village was received, noting that the grant funding had been rescinded. Finally, two invitations were received. The first from Books, Etc. which will be hosting an Employee Appreciation Coffee Hour on Friday, May 4th from 4:00-8:00 PM, open to all Town and Village Employees, as well as members of the Macedon Trails Committee. The second invitation was from the Pal-Mac School District, who will be hosting a Special Olympics on Friday, May 18th from 9:00 AM until noon.
DPW Superintendent Dave LeMoyne sent a written report on the department, as he was unable to attend the meeting, which was presented to the board. Fire Chief, Mr. Tim Wilcox introduced JJ Phillips, Captain of the Fire Department. Chief Wilcox reported the department has been remodeling in the fire hall, installing new gear racks and repainting, and received many compliments during the recent pancake breakfast. The department is also seeking quotes to refurbish the old clock. He also reported that the Wal-Mart Appreciation fundraiser event was a success. Wal-Mart donated all food and supplies, and in total over 900 meals were sold, with 100% of the profits going towards the Macedon Fire Department and the Macedon Ambulance, each department receiving $1,293.00. He also noted that the Fire Department will receive an additional $1,000.00 for the Health & Wellness Grant- also from Wal-Mart. Chief Wilcox also reported that no one attended the Recruitment NY event; and gave the March Report noting the department received 148 hours of training, and received 26 fire calls for 5 fires and 4 false alarms and averaged a response time of 3-5 minutes. Lastly he reported that an application had been received requesting a volunteer to go from restricted to full duty after the applicant’s 18th birthday, and this was approved by the board.
Deputy Mayor, Marcy Frey, reported that the Gravino Park jungle gym is flooded again, and requested the DPW Department install drainage below the playground equipment to help alleviate the recurring problem. Mayor Cramer requested she meet with DPW Superintendent Dave LeMoyne and Village Engineer Dan Cornwall to begin the project, ASAP. Ms. Frey also requested nametags for Board members to wear at public events, and for traffic tickets to be reprinted with the correct address for court. Ms. Frey also reported that a Community Clean-Up will be held on Saturday, May 28th from 9:00 AM until noon, with efforts focused on the corner of 350 and 31, Bickford Park, and the flowerbed around the gazebo at the Fire Department. Also noted was that the Brownsfield Grant is moving forward, and is currently in the 2nd part of the nomination stage, with the 3rd stage following which is implementation. Lastly, she announced that the 4th Annual Movie in the Park will be held on Friday, June 8th in Gravino Park. The event is sponsored by the Village, with the help of the baseball organization and the American Legion, who will provide popcorn and children’s activities.
Trustee Don Lohse reported that the Express Mart project is on schedule for a June 15th opening, explaining that the new building will be going up within the next two weeks. He also noted that some areas of the drawings need to be cleared up before the C of O is issued, but that he is otherwise “Pleased with the construction of the building- they are doing a fantastic, professional job.” He also reported on the Kemp Street Pump House, stating there are 2 individuals interested in the 2 building lots, and suggested the board move on the clearing of the land for sale. Mayor Cramer replied that the Commissioner and the Engineer meet ASAP to begin the process.
Trustee Dave Kelly reported that the Sewer Plant is busy and back on track, constantly upgrading and finishing out the year’s budget. He also noted that the Screw Press Bids are to be opened on Friday, May 27th at 10:00AM for review.
Trustee Dave Sliney reported that he hopes to have more Village members representing volunteers at fundraisers in the future.
Village Engineer Dan Cornwall reported that he will put out an RFP for Electrical Engineers for a generator and electrical upgrades at the sewer plant and is also completing the annual MS4 Report.
Public comment was offered, noting that the Canal Park and Cemetery signs are in need of replacement. Trustee Sliney and Trustee Frey agreed to look into that.
Mayor Cramer reported that the Village will take part in the Autumn on the Erie Event with a family oriented Community Picnic on October 6th, as well as a Summer Sidewalk Festival on June 16th. Lastly she reported that the Canal Clean Sweep was a success, and thanked the 9 volunteers who came out to help remove trash, brush, and paint the star.
Under Business the board approved summer help hiring in the DPW at a rate of $10.00 per hour, until August, primarily for mowing and odd jobs help. The board also approved the HSBC Bank Signer change, removing Trustee Sliney and adding Deputy Mayor Frey to the account. Lastly the Medicare Billing Agreement was approved.
The board then adjourned the public meeting to meet in Executive Session. The next regular meeting of the Macedon Village Board will be held on Wednesday, May 9th, at 7:00 PM in the Village Hall.
By Becky Block