August 9, 2021 Work Session
Mayor James M. Jaroszynski
Trustee Timothy Dunn
Trustee Alan Gustafson, Jr.
Trustee Anthony Cavallaro
Trustee Annette Miller
Lawrence Trask, Treasurer
Anna L. Fales, Village Clerk
The work session meeting of the Village of Falconer Mayor and Board of Trustees was held on Monday, August 9, 2021 at 6:17 P.M. in the Firemen’s Exempt Hall with Mayor James Jaroszynski presiding.
Pledge of Allegiance & Roll
Trustee Dunn, Trustee Gustafson, Trustee Miller, Trustee Cavallaro, and Mayor Jaroszynski were present.
SOCIAL DISTTANCING PRACTICES WILL BE STRICTLY FOLLOWED AND MASKS ARE REQUIRED. VISITORS ARE ALLOWED A MAXIMUM OF THREE (3) MINUTES TO ADDRESS THE CHAIR. THIS IS NOT THE PLACE OR TIME TO CONDUCT A DEBATE WITH ANYONE. IT IS A MEETING TO DELIBERATE AS THE MAYOR AND BOARD OF TRUSTEES TO TRANSACT THE BUSINESS OF THE VILLAGE. ALL REPORTS, REQUESTS, IF NECESSARY, WILL BE SUBMITTED TO THE RESPECTIVE COMMITTEE OR COMMISSION FOR FURTHER STUDY, INFORMATION GATHERING AND RECOMMENDATIONS. ALL CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED HAS BEEN PLACED WITH THE TRUSTEES AND IS ON FILE.
No visitors were present.
No new business discussed.
The opt-in/opt-out of Marijuana dispensaries and retail sale within the Village, in accordance with NYS Cannabis Law 131, was discussed. Mayor Jaroszynski told the board that, to date, neither he nor the village office has heard from any residents in favor of dispensaries/retail sale of Marijuana in the village.
Trustee Miller provided a handout with additional information on the topic. She said that it is important that the board listens to the constituents on this topic and also keep in mind that the village can always opt-in if they choose to do so at a later time. Trustee Gustafson agreed and added that with an opt-out, the village” can see the ramifications down the road.” He noted that per the Law, a municipality cannot opt-out later once you choose to opt-in. Clerk Fales shared some points of discussion from Senator Borrello’s recent presentation to the Chautauqua County Municipal Clerks Association. A public hearing on this topic will be set for September 13, 2021.
Mayor Jaroszynski and Treasurer Trask provided an overview of the Federal American Rescue Plan funding, how it is to be allocated and a brief review of its allowed uses, as they relate to Category 1 (proven revenue loss-unrestricted use) and Category 2 (restricted use) of the Plan. Mayor Jaroszynski reported that the management team was asked to come up with ideas on how to best to spend these funds. Trustee Cavallaro stated that he feels the funds should be used for major projects, not basic repairs. Mr. Trask stated that he would be working to calculate the amount, if any, of lost revenue which can be associated with the pandemic. He stated that he is awaiting further guidance on how the lost revenue is to be calculated.
Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Cavallaro to adjourn the work session at 6:57 pm. Ayes: all. Nays: none. Carried.
Anna Fales, Village Clerk