By Caitlin Croft
The September meeting of the Village Board (VB) opened with good news. The Village received just shy of $95,000 from NYS Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Programs, NYS Energy and Research Development, and NYS Aid and Incentives to Municipalities. The Energy Grant was from efficiencies in the Waste Water Treatment Facility.
Next, Ron Mavity spoke about his ATM Proposal. This is to install two ATMs where the telephone booths used to be. They will be similar to the one currently outside of Katy’s Café. There was one member of the public who spoke out against it: “The line of sight would be detrimental to shops; the previous phone booths obstructed sight lines in the first place.” The ATMs will also serve as informational kiosks displaying events, maps of the community and have a live camera. This information would be shared with the police and village if needed. The proposal will be taken into consideration by the VB.
Ed Rick of the Gin Mill spoke about the second egress installed to the side of Villaggio. Many of his complaints are civil matters and cannot be solved by the VB. The Code Enforcement Officer (CEO) is working with the owners of the building to correct any issues with this second egress.
Mayor John Burrell attended the 219 Bridge Dedication for Gerard ‘Jess’ Fitzpatrick. Senator Cathy Young led the ceremony. Jess was an avid Notre Dame fan and it was his Alma Mater. State Assemblymen Joe Giglio ended his portion of the dedication with “God Bless and Go Notre Dame.”
There will be a meeting regarding Fall Festival where all community members are encouraged to attend. “This will be to discuss the festival and find way to improve,” states Spencer Murray, VB Trustee. It will be held on Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. at the Village Hall.
Department reports were discussed and approved. During the Village Planning Board Report, the short-term rentals regulations were brought into question. Village Planner Gary Palumbo is considering the issue to see if the regulations are part of the zoning regulations on behalf of the VB.
There is a new committee to be chaired by Village Trustee Greg Cappelli and co-chaired by Ann Northrup regarding short term rentals in the Village. “Northrup has done extensive research into the matter and will be a great fit for the co-chair position,” Cappelli stated.
During the CEO Report, Kelly Frederickson stated he was satisfied with Fall Festival this year, but would like to improve upon tents and their exits for next year.
The new parking on Park Street was highly effective and used well during Fall Festival. The VB expressed their satisfaction with the outcome of that project.
There have been inquiries for four to five more dedication benches to be placed in the Village.
The efforts for the joint Town and Village Engineer position is moving forward. It has been narrowed down to three candidates and second interviews have been conducted.
The next meeting of the Village Board will be held on Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. at the Village Hall.