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Montour Falls village board 10/05/09

Meeting:  The Montour Falls village board met Monday, Oct. 5 for two hours, plus an executive session lasting 15 minutes.
Attendance:  Phil Smith was the only board member absent.  There were three members of the public in the audience.
Action:  The board approved sending Lance VanAlstine to Morrisville for a water operator course.  Mayor Donna Kelley said it will cost $550, plus hotel and meals, but goes from Nov. 9 to 13.  The other option was a course at Corning Community College once a week from December to February for $700.
• Kelley was approved to sign the amendment for the Main Street Connector project from 2005.  She explained the agreement needs to be changed, but she was not mayor at the time the project started.  The agreement will be amended to remove a kiosk from the plans and to now reflect the actual cost of the project.  Clerk Suzanne Casselberry said the project was completed two years ago, and it covered sidewalks and curbing in the village.
• The board approved the 2010 fire contracts to be sent to Montour and Dix for review.
Discussion without action:  Kelley said she is looking into a shared services agreement for highway superintendent with another municipality.  The board agreed it was worth looking into, even if it falls through.
• The village heard back from the state on putting up decibel limit signs.  The state said they would do it, and put the signs up on Routes 14 and 224.
• The board reviewed the bids for the telemetry project, including work on the Department of Public Works building and Genesee Street for the operation of water pumps.  Kelley said the bids came in about twice as high compared to what Larson Development said they would.  The lowest bid was $73,000, from Blackmon Ferrall Electric.  The only other bid was from Vacri Construction, for $90,400.  A letter from Greg Cummings, with Larson, said this was because the estimate was based on a very preliminary design.  The board had some questions about something else in the letter concerning the project costing $110,000 to $120,000.  Decision on awarding a bid was tabled.
• The village was approached by Moody Associates who is looking to buy bulk water for use in Marcellus Shale gas drilling.  Board member Jim Howell said it would be a source of revenue.  However, he said there was still the question of start-up cost to be able to sell water in bulk.
Upcoming meetings:  The next regular board meeting will be Monday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. 

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