Dundee village board 08/11/09
Meeting: Dundee village board met for approximately one hour Aug. 11 followed by an executive session to discuss legal matters lasting approximately one hour.
Attendance: Trustee Larry Howell was absent. Four members of the public were in the audience.
Action: Trustees agreed to have Ryan Hallings of the Yates County Economic Development Center write a grant application for rehabilitation of Millard Park through the State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Mayor Fred Cratsley Jr. said a local match of 25 percent would be required. This could be cash or in-kind services. If the application receives a grant, more equipment, lights, park benches and possibly a walking trail could be installed as well as a basketball court and some paving.
Discussion without action: The topic of feral cats in Dundee was discussed and the village may contact an area organization that could assist with control.
• Lauren Snyder, coordinator of the health and wellness project in the area told the board the housing survey in Dundee has completed 422 surveys of the total of 639 properties. Snyder said 575 surveys must be completed for the project to be eligible for Community Development Block Grant funding.
• Fire chief Dan Peterson reported the department got a 50/50 Forestry grant which has a $1,000 reimbursement for the department. He said the department has received the forestry grants in the past few years and it helps with purchase of equipment. Peterson requested the village to contact the New York State Department of State so that the department could become a not-for-profit corporation. Sutherland told the board the office will be closed Sept. 1 and 3 while she and deputy clerk Cheryl Wood attend accounting classes.
• Wastewater treatment plant operator Howard Sautter reported the tanks are coming along at the plant. The walls may be poured Aug. 14.
• In response to a question about the status of the old treatment plant on Seneca Street, attorney Ed Brockman said the sale of the property should close by the end of the month or the first part of September.
• Howell updated the board on cost of a camera for inspection of water and sewer lines and a used vacuum truck. He said both would be beneficial to the sewer system and could also be used on dry wells.
• Howell has completed the tree removal list that totals 21 trees on village streets that should be taken down. There are also three in the cemetery on the list.
Bids/purchases over $1,000: Trustees accepted the low bid of $9,600 from Cameron Sutherland and Sons for replacement of the highway barn roof at their Aug. 11 meeting. The bid accepted was the lowest of four bids received. There was some discussion about whether the highway crew could do the work and Streets Superintendent Andy Howell said, “For us to try with all the other things that pop up would be really hard to fit in. The old roof should be torn off and the new one put on the same day.” Howell said the village also lacks the proper tools and safety equipment that would be necessary for village crews to do the work. Funds for roof replacement are in the budget.
Appointments/resignations: Village resident Sheri Mezzepelle was appointed to the village planning board. One vacancy remains on the board.
Upcoming meetings: Aug. 25 at 5 p.m. in the village office on Union Street.