By Caitlin Croft

Brooke Szpaicher of Ellicottville has been ratified by the Village Board (VB) to the Joint Fire Commission. The next step will be ratification by the Town Board at their December 2018 meeting.

The new Joint Town and Village (T/V) Engineer Nile Pearson joined in on the conversation via telephone, so he can start to acclimate himself to the current matters the VB is dealing with.

There was a motion to approve the minutes from the November meeting; there was a second and the VB approved. Next, there was a motion to accept the Financial Report; there was a second and the VB accepted.

In the Mayor’s report, there was discussion on the Intermunicipal Agreement for Shared Services of the Town/Village Engineer. There was a motion made to have the Mayor sign this document; a second and the motion was accepted.

Next there was discussion on proposed 2017-2018 budget modifications. There would be the following changes: additions to liability insurance, attorney fees, insurance for the new plow truck, engineering for the sludge removal project and last, for the emergency purchase of the Village truck. These modifications total over $50,000. There were concerns that not enough time to review these proposed modifications was provided by the Mayor. There was a motion to table the modifications; there was a second and it was tabled.

The Mayor advised on a meeting with Matt McAndrew and Mark Burr regarding the eventual driveways approaches on Fillmore and their drainage concerns. The county is working free of charge for the Village on all the surveying required to properly address the issue.

The following reports were accepted via individual motions: Planning, Engineering, Sewer and Code Enforcement. Mark Chudy of the Department of Public Works (DPW) was there to discuss the candidates for the two open DPW positions. There was initially a total of five applicants and it has been narrowed to Joe Folts and Brian Clark. The VB made a motion to hire the two candidates Chudy selected; there was a second and approved. The VB also made a motion to accept the DPW Report; there was a second and it was approved.

Sidewalks on Elizabeth Street and Route 242 E have been replaced from work done by the County on water lines. Village Clerk Mary Klahn advised of the 1,900 water meters to be replaced or installed, only 44 are left to have appointments made.

Lastly, Robby Wilkens has resigned from the Village Zoning Board. There was discussion on replacement candidates and processes, yet no decision was made.

The next meeting of the Village Board will be Jan. 8, 2018 at 6 p.m. at the Village Hall.