Village Of Hunter
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May 14, 2012: Minutes

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      MINUTES   Regular Meeting – May 14, 2012  Members Present:

Mayor William Maley

Trustee Michael Tancredi

Trustee Alan Higgins

  Also Present:

Village Attorney Larry Gardner, Clerk/Treasurer Paula Boland, Lou Dibble of Delaware Operations, Highway Superintendent Charles Sweet, Planning Board Chairman Paul Slutzky, Planning Board Member Harold Goldberg

  

Public Present:   Jodi Larison, Rob Corson, Joe Schachtele and Cheryl Cornelius of Colonel's Chair Civic Association, Vicki Clear and Vincent Cianciolo of Chefs’ Kitchen, J.D.,  Marika Romero of WDST, Fritzie Martin, Lou Schmidt, Paul Solodar, Jim Ray,  

  PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR:    Variances:  Joe Schachtele inquired about the process for variances.  Village Attorney Gardner replied that it depends upon which law is applicable.  Joe Schachtele inquired if the Planning Board or the Zoning Board of Appeals handles variances.  Village Attorney Gardner replied that it depends upon the issue.  Joe Schachtele inquired if there is a public airing for a variance and referred to a recent variance request for adding a garage.  Village Attorney Gardner replied that there are public hearings for variances.  Planning Board Chairman Slutzky replied that the recent garage variance request went to the Zoning Board of Appeals and that the Zoning Board has reviewed it and is having a public hearing and neighbors are required to be notified.  Mayor Maley stated that the Village Board is not supposed to influence the other two autonomous Boards.   School Budget Election:  Harold Goldberg stated that tomorrow is the election for the $13 million school budget and encouraged everyone to vote and further stated that the budget will increase the tax rate.  

Drainage Problem at 8342 and 8350 Main Street:  Lou Schmidt inquired about the status of fixing the drainage problem at his properties.  Mayor Maley addressed Highway Superintendent Sweet and stated that the design of the drainage is wrong and NYS DOT is done and the contractor is gone.  Mayor Maley stated that the Village needs to do the work and that Engineer Grober of Delaware Engineering needs to find a solution.

  

Village Garbage Bag Sales:  Cheryl Cornelius inquired about the status of Justin Somma of Village Hardware selling Village garbage bags.  Village Attorney Gardner stated that he will call Justin Somma regarding a contract.

  

Hurricane Irene Damages to Dolan’s Lake Park:  Fritzie Martin stated that the damages from Hurricane Irene around Dolan’s Lake Park are still apparent.  Mayor Maley stated that the road crew has cleaned around the stream and that Highway Superintendent Sweet will address the remaining debris.

  

Cosmic Charlies:  Fritzie Martin stated that Cosmic Charlies initially looked good but now it has banners hanging, numerous signs and the bus along the side of the building.  Mayor Maley inquired of Planning Board Chairman Slutzky what kind of sign permits have been issued for Cosmic Chalies.  Planning Board Chairman stated that the place is allowed one free standing sign and that Building Inspector Carpreso has talked to the owners.  Planning Board Chairman Slutzky stated that sandwich board signs are allowed but there are restrictions as to size and time of day.  Mayor Maley stated that Planning Board Chairman Slutzky will review the issues.  Planning Board Chairman Slutzky stated that the issues are mostly Code Enforcement issues.  Trustee Higgins stated that the bus is a registered vehicle. 

  Un-mowed Lawns:  Mayor Maley replied to Fritzie Martin that letters will be sent by Clerk/Treasurer Boland.  

Perpetual Yard Sale:  Fritzie Martin stated that at the west end of the Village a particular property seems to be having a perpetual yard sale.  Mayor Maley stated that he will speak to the property owner.  Highway Superintendent Sweet stated that the owners are moving.

  

Banner for Mountain Jam Weekend:  Marika Romero from WDST inquired about the procedure for WDST to hang a banner in the Village of Hunter across Route 23A near the entrance to Hunter Mountain for the upcoming Mountain Jam Weekend.  She stated that Steve Shepard of NYS DOT gave her a permit form for the Town but it should be for the Village.  Mayor Maley replied that the Village does not have the authority to issue permits.  She submitted to the Mayor the permit form, which indicated that the applicants would be the Village of Hunter and the promoter of Mountain Jam.  Marika Romero replied to the Mayor that the banner merely states “Mountain Jam” and has no commercial advertising.  She showed to the Village Board a picture, which was on her cell phone, of the banner.  She had the banner but the Village Board did not deem it necessary to unfold it because of its size.  Village Attorney Gardner stated that the Village needs to complete and sign the form and that the Village needs to get from its insurance carrier a PERM 17 form.  Mayor Maley requested Marika Romero to remain until the end of the meeting in order to complete the formalities of the form. 

  

“Pool Boy” Signs:  Cheryl Cornelius stated that the increased signage within the Village is indicative of new business, which is good.  She inquired about the validity of the trail type sign, which the “Pool Boy” has displayed.  Planning Board Chairman Slutzky replied that a sign application was not submitted.  Mayor Maley stated that he will speak to Building Inspector Caropreso.

  

Catskill Watershed Corporation Grant for the Zoning/Subdivision Laws Project:  Cheryl Cornelius inquired of the status of the CWC grant.  Mayor Maley replied that Mary Beth of Delaware Engineering stated that the project will be done.  Planning Board Chairman Slutzky stated that two workshops have been held already.

  

Beautification Committee:  Paul Solodar stated that he had three issues as follows:

  1. Un-mowed Lawns:  Paul Solodar thanked Highway Superintendent Sweet and Clerk/Treasurer Boland’s office staff for commencing the process to send letters to the list of un-mowed lawns, which he had presented to Highway Superintendent Sweet during the day.
  2.  Letters to be Sent to the Following Three Properties:
    1. Sestilio Botti’s Central Mall Property with the Visible Dumpster:  Paul Solodar stated that nothing has been done and a letter needs to be sent.
    2. The Finn Properties with the Needed Improvements to Buildings and Gardens:  Paul Solodar stated that the gardens have been cleaned.
    3. The Bill Mullare Property with the Aggregate Stone:  Paul Solodar stated that a letter needs to be sent.
Mayor Maley suggested that Cheryl Cornelius draft a letter and submit it to the Village for approval.
  1. Streetscape Money for the Mountain Brook Property:  Paul Solodar requested that the Village submit an application to get streetscape money to improve the Mountain Brook Property.  He stated that he has gotten prices for trees and for 300 feet of fencing west of the bridge and for a pipe to snake a hose and for boulders.  It was agreed that Mayor Maley, Trustee Tancredi, Paul Solodar, Cheryl Cornelius, and Amy Slutzky meet to discuss applying for streetscape money to Karl Heck of Greene County Economic Development, Tourism & Planning.
  

Dilapidated Buildings:  Jim Ray inquired about the status of the dilapidated buildings.  Village Attorney Gardner stated that Building Inspector Caropreso is working on two and the other one will be cleaned up next weekend.

  CORRESPONDENCE:  
  1. Hunter Mountain – letter dated 4/6/12 – WDST’s Mountain JAM VIII:  Mayor Maley read the letter which states that Hunter Mountain will be hosting WDST’s Mountain Jam VIII from May 31 through June 3, 2012 and that a schedule of events is attached and that the usual procedures will be followed for on call services when necessary.
   RESOLUTIONS:   Resolution # 28 - 12 Appropriate Funds from Line Items with an Excess to Line Items with a Shortfall forGeneral Fund, Water Operating Fund, and Sewer Operating Fund for 2011/2012 

Offered by Trustee Michael Tancredi; Seconded by Trustee Alan Higgins

 

RESOLVED that the Village of Hunter Board of Trustees authorizes the Clerk/Treasurer to appropriate funds as needed to line items with a shortfall from line items with an excess and from Fund Balance Unassigned, when line items with excesses are exhausted, for fiscal year 2011/2012 for the General Fund, the Water Operating Fund, and the Sewer Operating Fund.

 

The foregoing resolution was duly put to a vote and was carried, which resulted as follows:

 

            Mayor William Maley                  voting - yea

            Trustee Michael Tancredi            voting - yea

            Trustee Alan Higgins                  voting - yea

 The resolution was thereupon duly adopted.  A proposed resolution entitled “Authorize Mayor to Sign VFIS Proposal” was tabled.  (The Village Board wanted to speak to a Fire Company Chief Officer to explain the details of the proposal for the increased yearly cost for the Accident & Sickness portion of the VFIS (Volunteer Fire Insurance Services) Insurance Policy before adopting the resolution.)  A proposed resolution entitled “Approve Newly Elected Fire Company Chief Officers” was tabled.  (A motion was made by Trustee Michael Tancredi to adopt the resolution, which was not seconded.  Trustee Alan Higgins stated that he wanted to speak to a Fire Company Chief Officer to explain the purpose for the increase in the number of Chiefs.  The Village Board agreed to table the resolution.)  Resolution # 29 - 12 Renewal of Hunter Whines, Inc. Retail Liquor License 

Offered by Trustee Alan Higgins; Seconded by Mayor William Maley

 

RESOLVED that the Village of Hunter Board of Trustees has no objection to the renewal of the retail liquor license for applicant Hunter Whines, Inc. dba Hunter Village Wines & Liquors located at 7947 Main Street, Hunter, NY 12442.

 

The foregoing resolution was duly put to a vote and was carried, which resulted as follows:

 

            Mayor William Maley                  voting – yea

            Trustee Michael Tancredi            voting – recuse

            Trustee Alan Higgins                  voting – yea

 The resolution was thereupon declared duly adopted.  Resolution # 30 - 12 Declaration of Surplus 

Offered by Trustee Michael Tancredi; Seconded by Trustee Alan Higgins

 

RESOLVED that the Village of Hunter Board of Trustees declares the 1984 Chevy 4 wheel drive pick up truck VIN # 1GCHD34J5EF385474 to be surplus.

 

The foregoing resolution was duly put to a vote and was carried, which resulted as follows:

 

                        Mayor William Maley                  voting - yea

                        Trustee Michael Tancredi            voting - yea

                        Trustee Alan Higgins                  voting - yea

 The resolution was thereupon declared duly adopted.   Resolution # 31 - 12 Approval of Water and Sewer Application 

Offered by Trustee Michael Tancredi; Seconded by Trustee Alan Higgins:

 

RESOLVED that the Village of Hunter Board of Trustees approves the water and sewer application submitted on 5/4/12 by applicant, Konstantin Kostov of 73 Turkey Hill Road, Westport, CT 06880, for the development of a single family residential lot for the property identified as Tax Map # 164.09-07-02, which is a vacant lot partially within the Village of Hunter located on Pine Lane within the Colonel's Chair Sewer System, with the Village of Hunter in receipt of check # 1312 in the amount of $1,500 received from Konstantin Kostov and Biliana I. Alabatchka as a deposit for the water portion of the application.

 

The foregoing resolution was duly put to a vote and was carried, which resulted as follows:

 

            Mayor William Maley                  voting – yea

            Trustee Michael Tancredit           voting – yea

            Trustee Alan Higgins                  voting – yea

 The resolution was thereupon declared duly adopted. A proposed resolution entitled “Agreement between the Village of Hunter and Chefs’ Kitchen/Bagels & Burgers” was not adopted.  (The resolution would have authorized Mayor Maley to sign an agreement permitting Chefs’ Kitchen/Bagels & Burgers to operate a prepared food concession located at the basketball court area of Dolan’s Lake Park for a fee for the Mountain Jam weekend.  The basketball court property is owned by both the Village of Hunter and Hunter Mountain.  Hunter Mountain under its agreement with the promoter for the Mountain Jam event is not permitted to have an outside concession during the event.  Chefs’ Kitchen/Bagels & Burgers was vague on some particulars.  The Mayor was concerned for future Mountain Jam events that numerous vendors may request usage of the area.  The discussion resulted in the adoption of the following resolution.)   Resolution # 32 - 12 Prohibit Agreements with Vendors for Mountain Jam 

Offered by Trustee Alan Higgins; Seconded by Mayor Maley

 

RESOLVED that the Village of Hunter Board of Trustees prohibits the Village of Hunter from entering into agreements with vendors to operate on Village property during the Mountain Jam events and during other events promoted by WDST.

 

The foregoing resolution was duly put to a vote and was carried, which resulted as follows:

 

            Mayor William Maley                  voting - yea

            Trustee Michael Tancredi            voting - yea

            Trustee Alan Higgins                  voting - yea

 The resolution was thereupon declared duly adopted. 

BILLS:

 

Fund                                                                             Voucher #’s                   Abstract #’s General Fund                                                                      V-577 to V-628              12

Water Operating                                                            F-142 to F-152               F-12

Sewer Operating                                                            G-209 to G-229              G-12

Colonel's Chair Sewer Improvement Capital Project           HCC-18             HCC-12

Firehouse Construction Capital Reserve                           HFC-13                         HFC-12

Heller Development Escrow Account                                TAH-1                           TAH-12

Sewer System (new) Capital Project                                HG-2                             HG-12

Water Supply Capital Project                                          HF-16                           HF-12

Zoning Subdivision Laws Project                          HZ-9                             HZ-12

 

The above vouchers were audited and ordered paid.

 ADJOURNMENT: 

A motion was made to adjourn the meeting at 9:22 P.M. by Trustee Alan Higgins; Seconded by Trustee Michael Tancredi.

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Paula Boland, Clerk/Treasurer

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