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December 13, 2021 Regular Meeting

Mayor James M. Jaroszynski
Trustee Timothy Dunn
Trustee Alan Gustafson, Jr.
Trustee Anthony Cavallaro
Trustee Annette Miller

Gregory Peterson, Village Attorney
Carl Caprino, DPW Superintendent
Laurie Becker, Library Director
Eric Yager, Fire Chief
Alan Gustafson, Code Enforcement Officer
Paul Andalora, Code Enforcement Officer (Provisional)
Anna L. Fales, Village Clerk

The regular meeting of the Village of Falconer Mayor and Board of Trustees was called to order on Monday, December 13, 2021 at 7:00 P.M. at the Firemen’s’ Exempt Hall with Mayor James Jaroszynski presiding. 

Pledge of Allegiance & Roll

Trustee Dunn, Trustee Gustafson, Trustee Cavallaro, Trustee Miller, and Mayor Jaroszynski were present.

Parliamentary Procedure

SOCIAL DISTANCING 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.

Visitors: 

Joseph Taylor, 25 E. Falconer Street, Malina and Vicky Sanders were present to observe the proceedings.

Minutes

Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Miller, to approve the minutes of the November 8, 2021 regular meeting of the Mayor and Board of Trustees. Trustee Gustafson noted a correction should be made under the fire report to reflect mutual aid to Jamestown to read 101 calls YTD.  Roll: Dunn: Aye, Gustafson: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, Miller: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: none.  Carried. 

Library 

The November library report was reviewed.  At their November 18th meeting, the library board accepted Brandon Caruso’s resignation from the board with regret. The library board is scheduled to meet again on January 27, 2022. 

Director Becker thanked Trustee Gustafson for his work in recording and editing the “25 Days of Reading” project.  Major Jaroszynski thanked the library staff, Sandy Thies and Ashley Nelson for going above and beyond in assisting Clerk Fales in copying thousands of Pine Hill Cemetery records in advance of them being sent out for digitization.

November’s community project called “Stuff the Bird” incentivized patrons to donate non-perishable food items for the Falconer Food Pantry.  Participants were entered into a drawing to win one of two frozen turkeys.

The library was awarded a $4,850.00 grant from Cummins to be used to refurbish the library’s Young Adult area.

This month the library received $74.00 (copies/fax), $6.95(fines), $140.00 (Book Sales), and $805.00 (gifts & donations). 

 Code Enforcement

The October-November code enforcement report was reviewed:     

 This MonthYear to Date
Building Permits Issued232
Building Permits Pending4 
Building Permit Fees Collected$35.00$1,507.68
Building Inspections Performed1034
Certificates of Occupancy018
Certificates of Compliance04
Complaints Addressed14 

Mr. Andalora will be participating the first session of the NYS code enforcement training class from January 24-27th.

Department of Public Works

The DPW report was reviewed for the period November 5, 2021-December 9, 2021.   Superintendent Caprino reported that D&S Glass was the only window company that would reglaze the windows at the Firemen’s Exempt Hall.  Jamestown Glass would only replace the windows.  D&S Glass quoted $571.42 for reglazing repairs.  Mayor Jaroszynski gave his approval to move forward with the reglazing.

Fire Chief     

The chief’s November report was reviewed and noted that the department responded to 62-EMS, 0-medical assist, 0- false alarm, 3-structure fire, 0-grease fire, 0-truck fire, 0-fire alarms, 0-excessive heat-no fire, 0-MVA, 0-CO Alarm, 0-natural gas leaks, 0-truck stuck on tracks, 0-extrication rescue, 0-smoke in building, 0-trees down, 0- lines down, 0-flooded basements, 0- lift assist, 0-stand-by, and 27-dispatched then cancelled in November

Mutual Aid Breakdown- November

Given:  Jamestown-10, Frewsburg-9, Kennedy-3, Kiantone-2, Gerry-1, Fluvanna-0, Alstar-0, 0-assist to A-71 (driver), and Randolph-1.

Received: Medic 74-6, Kennedy-6, Frewsburg-0, Fluvanna-0, Gerry-1, Coroner-0, Kiantone-1, Alstar-4, Stat Medivac-1, and, Jamestown-0.

2022 Falconer Fire Department Line Officers as voted by department members:

Fire Chief Bryce Webster

1st Assistant Keith Babcock

2nd Assistant Avery Faulkner

3rd Assistant Tyler Stimson

Captains:
Brenton Yager
Cody Catalano

President Greg Scott

Vice President Kirsten Sisson

Treasurer Peter Fuller

Secretary Lela Perdue

Trustee Cavallaro made a motion, seconded by Trustee Dunn, to accept the fire department line officers as presented.    Roll:  Dunn: Aye, Gustafson, Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, Miller: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye.  Carried. 

Mayor Jaroszynski thanked Chief Yager for an outstanding service as fire chief in 2021.

Committees:

Public Safety:

Trustee Cavallaro reviewed the November Dog Control Report, noting DOC Belin was unable to locate two at large dogs reported along W. Main Street.

Finance:

Treasurer Trask’s November notes were reviewed.  At the recommendation of the board, Mayor Jaroszynski will be contacting County Legislator Lisa Vanstrom to request that the county take over the responsibility for the stop light system located on County Road 380 at Elmwood Avenue and Work Streets.

At the recommendation of Treasurer Trask, the board agreed that the purchase of a new finance system should be postponed.  The current system works sufficiently and is much more economical.

Parks:

Trustee Miller reported that the dog park plan is progressing forward.

Pine Hill Cemetery:

A motion was made by Trustee Gustafson, seconded by Trustee Dunn to add a $150 fee to the Pine Hill Cemetery Price List to be charged only for burials that require driving platforms.  Roll:  Dunn: Aye, Gustafson, Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, Miller: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye.  Carried. 

Planning Board:

A meeting was held on November 30th at 6:30 pm.  Trustee Gustafson reported that there was good discussion on the topic of food truck regulations with input from both food truck vendors and business owners. Next meeting is scheduled for January 11, 2022 at 6:30 pm.

Old Business:

The Santa parade was recapped noting that is seemed to be a huge success moving it to the evening.  The Gustafson’s noted that there were over a thousand people estimated to have attended.  The Falconer Rotary handed out 850 glow sticks to the children along the route.  Mayor Jaroszynski noted that he has had nothing but compliments from the public.

A motion was made by Trustee Dunn, seconded by Trustee Cavallaro, to purchase a double-sided electronic sign for the front of the Community Building at a cost of $41,998.83, bid through the Sourcewell contract, with the required $10,500.00 down payment to be paid out of excess 21/22 sales tax.

Trustee Gustafson stated that he likes the idea of the sign, but is not sure it is a good time right now for the village to spend $41, 988.83 on a sign.  He also questioned the location of the sign.  Roll:  Dunn: Aye, Gustafson, Nay, Cavallaro: Aye, Miller: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye.  Carried.  It was noted that Chautauqua Sign Co. was invited to bid on the project and after consideration, declined to participate in the bid.

New Business:

The ALS-BLS Joint Pre-Hospital Service Agreement was presented and discussed.   A question arose as to whether or not the fire department has to procedurally approve the agreement.  Attorney Peterson stated that the village trustees are the fire commissioners and therefore are responsible to approve the agreement.           

Mr. Steve Vanstrom, Fire Advisory Board, stated that this agreement will allow Falconer to continue to provide long-term EMS services.  The annual fund drive is only bringing about $20,000/year and the current ambulance payment is approximately $2,000.00 per month.  This agreement will allow a way for EMS to charge for their services. Several points within the contract were also reviewed prior to the vote.

Trustee Cavallaro made a motion, seconded by Trustee Dunn, to approve the above stated ALS-BLS contract between Chautauqua County and the Village of Falconer and that the mayor be given authority to execute the agreement, which will become effective upon the county executive’s signature.  Roll:  Dunn: Aye, Gustafson: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, Miller: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye.  Carried.

 Correspondence:      

Trustee Gustafson’s letter, which acknowledged his review of the November 2021 unpaid vouchers and bank reconciliations, was placed into record. 

Complaints from two village residents, regarding drainage, which were received by the clerk following the recent rainstorm, were reviewed.  Superintendent Caprino noted that he has addressed them directly with the residents.

Abstracts:

Motion:  It is moved by Trustee Dunn and seconded by Trustee Miller that Abstract #7, General Fund in the amount of $ 76,719.94 + $10,500 for the down payment on the electronic sign be approved for payment. Roll:  Dunn: Aye, Gustafson: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, Miller: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None.  Carried. 

Motion:  It is moved by Trustee Gustafson and seconded by Trustee Dunn that Abstract #7, Cemetery Fund in the amount of $ 205.86 be approved for payment.  Roll:  Dunn: Aye, Gustafson: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, Miller: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None.  Carried.

Motion:  It is moved by Trustee Miller and seconded by Trustee Gustafson that Abstract #7, Library Fund in the amount of $ 2,446.85be approved for payment.  Roll:  Dunn: Aye, Gustafson: Aye, Cavallaro: Abstain, Miller: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None.  Carried.

Motion:  It is moved by Trustee Cavallaro and seconded by Trustee Gustafson that Abstract #7, General Fund Hand Items in the amount of $ 52,507.54be approved for payment.  Roll:  Dunn: Aye, Gustafson: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, Miller: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None.  Carried.

Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Miller to adjourn the meeting and enter into executive session to discuss litigation at 8:44 pm. Roll:  Dunn: Aye, Gustafson: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, Miller: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None.  Carried.

No action taken.

Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Miller to adjourn the executive session at 8:58 pm. Roll:  Dunn: Aye, Gustafson: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, Miller: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None.  Carried.

Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Miller to adjourn the meeting at 8:58 pm. Roll:  Dunn: Aye, Gustafson: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, Miller: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None.  Carried.

Respectfully submitted,
Anna Fales, Village Clerk