October 24, 2022 Special Meeting
Mayor James M. Jaroszynski
Trustee Anthony Cavallaro
Trustee Timothy Dunn
Trustee Alan Gustafson, Jr.
Trustee Annette Miller
Gregory Peterson, Attorney
Cindy Capestrani, Village Clerk
Carl Caprino, DPW Superintendent
The special meeting of the Village of Falconer Mayor and Board of Trustees was held on Monday, October 24, 2022 at 6:00 P.M. in the Firemen’s Exempt Hall with Mayor James Jaroszynski presiding.
Pledge of Allegiance & Roll:
Trustee Gustafson, Trustee Dunn, Trustee Cavallaro, Trustee Miller and Mayor Jaroszynski were all present.
THE VILLAGE OF FALCONER WELCOMES PUBLIC COMMENT BY ALL. WE ASK THAT YOU STAND, STATE YOUR NAME AND KEEP YOUR COMMENTS BRIEF (3 MINUTES OR LESS) AS A COURTESY TO THE BUSINESS NATURE OF THE MEETING AND OTHER TIME CONSTRAINTS. IF YOU WISH TO HAVE AN INTERACTIVE CONVERSATION WITH THE BOARD AND/OR MAYOR REGARDING A SPECIFIC MATTER OR CONCERN, IT WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED IF YOU REQUEST TO BE PLACED ON THE AGENDA AND PROVIDE AN OUTLINE OF THE MATTER YOU WISH TO DISCUSS AT LEAST ONE WEEK PRIOR TO THE MEETING. YOU MAY DO THIS BY CONTACTING THE MAYOR OR CLERK AT (716) 665-4400. THANK YOU FOR YOUR KIND CONSIDERATION ON THIS MATTER.
Comments made from visitors regarding the proposed dog park in Falconer Park:
- Dog park does not belong in a residential area
- Area proposed is a main play area for the summer recreation program – closest area for younger children to play where summer rec staff can see them
- Money could be put to better use to upgrade rec building and fix water line
- Safety concern that the parking area for dog park is an entryway into the park for area residents and children walking into the park from Mosher Street
- Tables along the crick in the proposed area are used frequently by parents watching their children in the play area as well as for lunch breaks since it is convenient to get to from the side parking area
- Dog park would be noisy and a deterrent to families using the park and renting the pavilions
- Dog park should not be placed near children’s area of the park
- Environmental issue with the dog park being close proximity to the water in the crick – has DEC been contacted
- Whose is responsible for the maintenance and cleaning of the dog park – dog owners do not always clean up after pet
It was noted that no public money will be used for the dog park. The Rotary Club will match the Rotary Foundation Grant.
Approval for Payment to Lewis Contracting
DPW Roof & Drain Replacement Project –Mayor Jaroszynski is requesting approval for payment to Lewis Contracting in the amount of $98,700 for the completion of the DPW Roof and Trench Drain project. Superintendent Caprino confirmed the completion of both projects.
Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Cavallaro to approve the funds for $98,700 to pay the contractor – Lewis Contracting. Roll: Gustafson: Aye, Dunn: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, Miller: Aye and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None. Carried.
Discussion to Lease Village Owned Property
Mayor Jaroszynski – Brian Nelson, a local business owner wishes to lease the empty lot that the village owns on Main Street for $1000. Brian Nelson is requesting the village grade and mill the lot to fill in any holes. He is planning on moving his sheds into the lot.
There was a concern by the board that the DPW would not have the time currently as they are in the middle of leaf collection. They also would like more information as to how many sheds would be displayed on the property. The decision was tabled until the next board meeting, Mayor Jaroszynski will contact Brian Nelson to discuss the concerns.
Discuss the Concept of Constructing a Dog Park in Falconer Park
Mayor Jaroszynski mentioned that the board has heard residential comments both for and against the dog park during the recent meetings.
Some of the comments from the board during the discussion included:
- Would prefer to look into a splash pad for the kids versus a dog park in the village park
- Dimensions and design of the dog park are needed before making a decision
- The proposed dog park is in a used area by the summer rec program and not an unused area of the park
- The park area may not have enough room for a good size dog park which is needed for larger dogs to run
- Supports residents that want a dog park, but we may need a larger space with more available parking
- Rules would be developed for any proposed dog park to address public concerns
- The intent of the Rotary was to offer something that the residents of Falconer would be able to enjoy
- Understand the concerns regarding safety and the placement of the dog park
In conclusion, Mayor Jaroszynski commented that there were a lot of valid points to consider and asked Rotary to present the plan and design of the dog park to the board before any action can be taken.
Trustee Gustafson made a motion, seconded by Trustee Dunn to adjourn the meeting at 6:52 pm. Ayes-all. Motion carried.
Cindy Capestrani, Village Clerk