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Dresden village board 08/05/09

Meeting:  The Dresden village board met Wednesday, Aug. 5 for one hour and five minutes.
Attendance:  All board members were present.  There was one member of the public in the audience.
Action:  The board approved an intermunicipal agreement with the town of Starkey about paying for training needed by Brian Quackenbush, the code and zoning officer.  Mayor Loujane Johns explained that the village would pay 20 percent and the town would pay 80 percent.  Quackenbush said he is required to complete 24 hours of training each year.  He explained there is a seminar in Rochester that he usually goes to for his hours.
Discussion without action:  Clerk Terry Dilts gave a report on the grants she is applying for.  She said she sent one grant and is finishing another, both for the village entrance.  Dilts said one grant likes municipalities to have a fund started already.  She said she is sending out letters asking for donations and improvement suggestions.  One last grant she told the board about is for energy conservation and asked them if that was something they were interested in.  It can be used for things like converting village vehicles to run on alternate fuels.
• Dilts also said she called the N.Y. Conference of Mayors about the village being able to combine the zoning and planning boards due to too few members.  Their answer is no.  However, Dilts said there were two options.  The first is dissolving the planning board and the village board would take over their responsibilities.  The second option is to make the two boards smaller, down to three members each, plus an alternate.  Johns pointed out both boards currently have three members on them.
• Quackenbush said he should have 25 certificates of compliance done this year, with 19 completed already.  He also reported that the only fire inspections he has to do are the Methodist church, the diner, and the fire hall.  The Dresden Hotel passed its inspection.
• Warren Zimmerman, assistant fire chief, said the fire department is planning a second chicken barbecue for Sept. 5 because there was charcoal left over from the last one.  He added it would just be chicken halves, not dinners.
• John Stryker, superintendent of public works, was not present, but he submitted a report.  In it he listed that public works has replaced some stop signs to comply with the Department of Transportation regulations, but is still waiting for more signs.  The DPW has some of the supplies to finish the village’s parking lot and will be finishing the handicapped parking area.
•  Johns said a resident in the village suggested that a craft or antique show next year could bring interest and revenue into Dresden.  The board talked about if insurance would be an issue and what would happen if it rained.  One suggestion was that it could be held the same day as the fire department’s barbecue or Dresden Days.
• Trustee David Wernsing asked if the property across the road from the offices would be something the village wanted.  The property, currently with a trailer on it, was foreclosed and now the county owns it.  He said that with a pole barn on it, the village could use it for storage.
Bids/purchases over $1,000: None
Appointments/resignations: None
Upcoming meetings:  The next regular village board meeting will be Wednesday Sept. 2 at 7:30 p.m.  

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