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January 13, 2020 Regular Meeting

Mayor James M. Jaroszynski
Trustee Timothy Dunn
Trustee J. Michael Steele
Trustee Alan Gustafson, Jr.

Gregory Peterson, Village Attorney

Anna L. Fales, Village Clerk
Lawrence Trask, Treasurer
Charles Piazza, Fire Chief
Alan Gustafson, Code Enforcement Officer
Peter C. Fuller, DPW Superintendent
Laurie Becker, Library Director

The regular meeting of the Village of Falconer Mayor and Board of Trustees was held on Monday, January 13, 2020 at 7:00 P.M. in the Falconer Public Library with Mayor James Jaroszynski presiding.

Pledge & Roll:

Mayor James Jaroszynski: Here; Trustee Mike Steele: Here; Trustee Timothy Dunn: Here; Trustee Alan Gustafson: Here. One unaccepted trustee position remains vacant.

Visitors

Lisa Vanstrom, Chautauqua County Legislator presented Sue Seamans and

James Rensel each with special Commendations for their years of service to the Falconer Community.

Joseph Taylor, requested an executive session with the board and stated that he has withdrawn his case with the NYS Department of Labor.

Lisa Piazza addressed the board regarding liability and response time of other fire department members living outside of the district.

Joseph Taylor, 25 E. Falconer Street, W. Robert Morris, 135 W. Falconer Street, Brian Nelson, 22 W. Falconer Street, Sue Seamans, Box 255, Falconer, James Rensel, 171 Avalon Avenue Blvd, WE, DeEtte Dispenza, 221 W. Everett St., Falconer, NY, Bryce Webster, Keith Babcock, Orville Echard, Avery Faulkner, Lisa Piazza, Lela Perdue, Thomas Galbraith, and, Michael Roman, all of the Falconer Fire Department, Sandy Thies of the Falconer Public Library and Jordan Patterson of the Post-Journal, were all in attendance to observe the proceedings.

Minutes

Trustee Steele made a motion, seconded by Trustee Gustafson, to approve the minutes of December 9, 2019 Board of Trustee meeting as written. Roll: Dunn: Aye, Steele: Aye, Gustafson: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None. Carried.

Fire Chief

The chief’s December report was reviewed and noted that the department responded to 64 EMS, 3 Carbon Monoxide, 1 False Alarm, and 1 Fire, totaling 69 calls in December/854 total calls in 2019 and 5999.09 total personnel hours in 2019. Mutual Aid Breakdown was not submitted by Chief Piazza for December 2019.

Chief Piazza reported to the board that he resigned as Falconer Fire Chief at a meeting held with department officers, Deputy Mayor Steele and Mayor Jaroszynski on January 12, 2020, effective upon the approval of the below listed 2020 Line Officers. Chief Piazza submitted the updated list of 2020 Line Officers, elected by Fire Company members at a special election held on January 6, 2020, for approval by the village board.

A motion to approve the 2020 Line Officers for the Falconer Fire Department as elected by membership at a special election held on Monday, January 6, 2020 and submitted to the Village Board for approval:

ChiefC401Bryce Webster
1st Assistant ChiefC402Keith Babcock
2nd Assistant ChiefC403Orville Eckard
3rd Assistant ChiefC404Avery Faulkner

Motion made by: Trustee Dunn
Seconded by: Trustee Gustafson

Roll CallAyesNaysAbstainAbsent
Trustee DunnX –
Trustee SteeleX –
Trustee GustafsonX –
Mayor James JaroszynskiX –
(Vacant Trustee Position)

Motion: Approved/Carried

The following persons were also elected to office at the 1/6/2020 Fire Company elections:

PresidentJessica Fosberg
Vice PresidentTom Galbraith
SecretaryLawrence E. Trask
TreasurerDaniel Lathrop
Captains:Tyler Stimpson
Billy Furlow
1st Lieutenants:Cody Dustin
Ian Webster
2nd Lieutenants:Brenton Yager
Michael Roman

Code Enforcement Office

Mr. Gustafson was in attendance to provide the Board with a short verbal code report for December stating that he is working to resolve some chronic issues throughout the village.

A motion to approve W. Robert Morris for the position of Village Code Enforcement Officer effective January 14, 2020.

Motion made by: Trustee Steele
Seconded by: Trustee Dunn

Roll CallAyesNaysAbstainAbsent
Trustee DunnX –
Trustee SteeleX –
Trustee GustafsonX –
Mayor James JaroszynskiX –
(Vacant Trustee Position)

Motion: Approved/Carried

Department of Public Works

The DPW report was reviewed for the period December 9, 2019-January 12, 2020.

Superintendent Fuller also reported that there have been boiler issues in the community building, internet issues in the DPW and fire hall and there was a leak in the highway garage roof.

Trustee Dunn noted that the village should begin planning to replace the roof. Treasurer Trask reminded the board that here have been preliminary discussions regarding new reserve accounts to encumber funds for repairs/replacements at village buildings, etc.

Library

The December library report was reviewed. This month the library received $46.04 for fines, $115.51 for copies and faxes, $401.00 holiday sale, $2,945.00 for gifts & donations and $5,973.49 other income.

Mrs. Becker reported that she and Mrs. Thies completed a Librarians Guide to Homeless webinar which provided good information for working effectively and compassionately with homeless patrons. April 1st is Census Day. The Library is planning to assist citizens with the new online system. The Winter Book Sale has been very successful and will continue through January. The library received 30 children’s books from a grant from First Book. These free books were then distributed to story hour children and their siblings, Mr. Fiasco’s special needs students at Falconer Central School and to children who visited the library after school. Mrs. Becker also noted that Sue Seamans continues to volunteer doing outreach and book deliveries at the adult day care centers and senior living communities. Outreach circulation numbers are reported back to the library weekly by Mrs. Seamans.

Legal

Mr. Peterson reported that the next court date regarding Ms. Goodwill is scheduled for January 28th at 6:30 pm in Town of Ellicott court.

Committees:

Animal Control:

The December animal control reports were reviewed noting 1 at large dog was taken to the Humane Society on 12/23/2019.

Community Building:

Superintendent Fuller noted that a larger holding tank may be needed for the community building boiler to prevent boil over. The system is being assessed by Servis Plumbing.

Farmers Market:

Dee Dispenza reported to the board that she is no longer able to run the Farmers Market full-time. She said she willing to help when available. She noted that now is the time for the village to make plans for the upcoming summer. Windsong Radiology is planning to bring their 3-D Mammography van to the market on August 11th. They will also be at the fire hall on March 9th.

Finance:

Treasurer Trask made note that the budget plan is due to the board in March for final approval in April. The mayor and department heads should plan to meet with Treasurer Trask to layout their 2020-2021 budget plans/needs.

Pine Hill Cemetery:

Superintendent Fuller reported that National Grid is considering removing trees along N. Works Street/Mosher Street on the cemetery property, rather than trimming them.

Planning & Zoning:

RESOLUTION #1-2020
Resolution to Establish Lead Agency Falconer Square Site Plan

A motion to approve Zoning Board members to act as temporary Planning Board members in order to fulfill the current vacancy until which time a new Planning Board member can be appointed by the mayor.

Motion made by: Trustee Dunn
Seconded by: Trustee Gustafson

Roll CallAyesNaysAbstainAbsent
Trustee DunnX –
Trustee SteeleX –
Trustee GustafsonX –
Mayor James JaroszynskiX –
(Vacant Trustee Position)

Motion: Approved/Carried

A motion to approve the Village of Falconer Planning Board to act as Lead Agency for the purposes of a review under the State Environmental Quality Review Act with respect to the real property to house the Falconer Square Project to be located in the Village of Falconer and identified as Tax Map Parcels Nos. 371.10-4.29, 371.10-4.30, 371.10-4.31, 371.10-4.32, 371.10-4.33, 371.10-4.34, 371.10-4.35, 371.10-4.36, 371.10-4.37, 371.10-4.38, and 371.10-4.39.

Motion made by: Trustee Gustafson
Seconded by: Trustee Steele

Roll CallAyesNaysAbstainAbsent
Trustee DunnX –
Trustee SteeleX –
Trustee GustafsonX –
Mayor James JaroszynskiX –
(Vacant Trustee Position)

Motion: Approved/Carried

New Business:

RESOLUTION 2-2020
Resolution to Establish Lead Agency for the Annexation SEQR

A motion to authorize Mayor James M. Jaroszynski to execute the “SEQRA Coordination- Proposed Annexation of Board of Public Utilities Property” document (Exhibit A), dated December 13, 2019, to provide “Consent to Lead Agency” on behalf of the Village of Falconer Board of Trustees to the City of Jamestown City Council. Whereas, the City Council may serve as lead agency for purposes of a coordinated review under the State Environmental Quality Review Act with respect to the proposed annexation to the City of Jamestown four (4) ±acres of real property located in the Town of Ellicott and the Village of Falconer and identified as Tax Map Parcel Nos. 371.14-1-20, 317.14-1-21, 371.14-1-48, 371.14-1-49 and a portion of 371.14-1-22.1 (the “Property”).

Motion made by: Trustee Dunn
Seconded by: Trustee Steele

Roll CallAyesNaysAbstainAbsent
Trustee DunnX –
Trustee SteeleX –
Trustee GustafsonX –
Mayor James JaroszynskiX –
(Vacant Trustee Position)

Motion: Approved/Carried

Mayor Jaroszynski reported to the board his appointments to the following positions:

Deputy MayorJ. Michael Steele
Village Treasurer/Deputy ClerkLawrence E. Trask
Village Clerk/Registrar of Vital RecordsAnna L. Fales
Committee Appointments:(as submitted below)

Deputy Mayor

  • Mike Steele

Beautification-Inactive

Downtown Development and Community Building Committee

  • Mike Steele

Finance and Negotiations with FSDEA

  • Vacant
  • Tim Dunn

Farmers Market

  • Vacant
  • Market Manager

Fire Advisory Board

  • Mike Steele
  • Steve Vanstrom, Chair
  • Bryce Webster, Chief
  • Mayor Jim Jaroszynski
  • Supervisor Patrick McLaughlin
  • Councilman Dan Heitzenrater
  • Councilwomen Katy Whitmore
  • Jessica Fosberg, FFD Assoc. President
  • Anthony Cavallaro
  • Lance Hedlund
  • Larry Trask
  • Peter Fuller
  • Ken Lyon

Library Advisory Board

  • Vacant
  • Dr. Patricia Fales, President
  • Lisa Conti
  • Steven Swanson
  • Pam Vanstrom

Parking

  • Tim Dunn
  • Peter Fuller
  • Bob Morris, Code Officer

Parks

  • Tim Dunn

Pine Hill Cemetery

  • Alan Gustafson
  • Pete Fuller, Superintendent

Planning Board-Resolved May 13, 2019 to combine Planning and Zoning Boards into one-7 member board (4 year terms)

  • Alan Gustafson
  • Vacant, Chair
  • Ken Lyon
  • Howard Moore Jr.
  • Vacant
  • Chris Hannon

Zoning Board of Appeals

  • Alan Gustafson
  • Vacant, Chair
  • Chris Schrader
  • Tim Becker
  • Joseph Dispenza
  • Jim Cusimano

West Main Street Redevelopment Advisory Committee

  • Carmella Catanese, Chair
  • Brian & Kay Nelson
  • Charlie & Kellie Moss
  • Steven Sandberg
  • Dan Heitzenrater
  • Gary Henry, Jr.
  • Anna Fales, Clerk
  • Jim Jaroszynski, Mayor

Comprehensive Plan Committee

  • Trustee-Tim Dunn
  • Jim Jaroszynski, Mayor
  • Jim Cusimano
  • Stephen Roach
  • Jamie Haight
  • Jim Sirianno
  • Brenda Cavallaro
  • Holly Hannon
  • Matt Fuller
  • Peter Fuller
  • Bob Morris, Code Officer
  • Larry Trask, Treasurer
  • Anna Fales, Clerk

Policy Development for Drainage, Ditches and Driveways

  • Mike Steele
  • Peter Fuller

A motion to authorize the Be Kind 5 K to be held in the village, originating and ending at the Falconer Fire Hall on June 26, 2020.

Motion made by: Trustee Dunn
Seconded by: Trustee Gustafson

Roll CallAyesNaysAbstainAbsent
Trustee DunnX –
Trustee SteeleX –
Trustee GustafsonX –
Mayor James JaroszynskiX –
(Vacant Trustee Position)

Motion: Approved/Carried

A motion to authorize the wage payment for the position of mayor to be adjusted back to the budgeted amount of $450.00/month ($5,400.00/year) retroactive to January 1, 2020. It was noted that the previous mayor waived his payment of wages for personal reasons.

Motion made by: Trustee Dunn
Seconded by: Trustee Steele

Roll CallAyesNaysAbstainAbsent
Trustee DunnX –
Trustee SteeleX –
Trustee GustafsonX –
Mayor James Jaroszynski –X
(Vacant Trustee Position)

Motion: Approved/Carried

Correspondence:

Mayor Jaroszynski read a thank you note the village received from Trustee Catanese.

Abstracts

Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Steele that Abstract #8, General Fund in the amount of $97,799.32 be approved for payment. Roll: Dunn: Aye, Steele: Aye, Gustafson: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: none. Carried.

Trustee Gustafson made a motion, seconded by Trustee Dunn, that Abstract #8, Cemetery Fund in the amount of $316.06 be approved for payment. Roll: Dunn: Aye, Steele: Aye, Gustafson: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: none. Carried.

Trustee Steele made a motion, seconded by Trustee Gustafson, that Abstract #8, Library Fund in the amount of $11,496.36 be approved for payment. Roll: Dunn: Aye, Steele: Aye, Gustafson: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: none. Carried.

Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Steele, that Abstract #8, General Fund Hand Items in the amount of $50,768.88 be approved for payment. Roll: Dunn: Aye, Steele: Aye, Gustafson: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: none. Carried.

Motion to Adjourn

Trustee Steele made a motion, seconded by Trustee Dunn, to adjourn the meeting at 7:58 PM. Roll: Dunn: Aye, Steele: Aye, Gustafson: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: none. Carried.

Respectfully submitted,
Anna Fales, Village Clerk