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Montour Falls village board 9/7/10

Meeting:  The Montour Falls village board met Tuesday, Sept. 7, for two and a half hours.
Attendance:  All board members were present.  There were six members of the public in the audience.
Action:  The board approved ordering 500 biodegradable leaf pickup bags, costing $230.  Like Watkins Glen, the village will give them for free to residents.  Mike Hughey, highway foreman, said he preferred picking up leaves in containers like this.
• Improvements to Turner Park road will include the addition of six new storm drains.  Mayor Donna Kelley said there are currently two existing drains.  Trustee Jim Howell explained this is the minimum number needed to allow residents to connect sump pumps and cellar drains to the storm drains.
• The board will pay Schuyler County $4,277.62 owed in back taxes to take ownership of the yacht club building.  Kelley explained the county seized the building from the yacht club because of the unpaid taxes.  The board agreed owning the structure would be a benefit to the village marina.
• Montour Falls will provide one person for labor over three days to the landfill commission.  Trustee Phil Smith explained the commission is seeing what the footprint of the Irelandville Road landfill is.  He said this is a feasibility study to see if it is cost effective to dig up the fill.
• The board increased Code Enforcement Officer Dean Hillyard’s hours by five, for a total of 20 hours per week.  Trustees also approved a $2,000 increase in pay for the year.  Howell explained that Watkins Code Enforcement Officer Gordy Wright wanted to hire Hillyard as an assistant.
Discussion without action:  Danielle Hautaniemi, county planning director, spoke to the board about Marcellus Shale and the county’s energy task force.  She explained the group is focusing on shale drilling because there is such an interest in the topic.  Hautaniemi said the task force is looking at other rural communities where drilling is allowed.
• Hughey presented the board with information on playground equipment costs.  The board is considering putting in new equipment at the marina.
Bids/purchases over $1,000:  The board approved Steve Silliman to construct a new storage building at the cemetery.  He had the lowest bid, $7,000, that met the specifications.
Upcoming meetings:  The next regular board meeting is Monday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. 


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