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April 11, 2022 Annual Budget Hearing / Regular Meeting

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

Gregory Peterson, Village Attorney
Carl Caprino, DPW Superintendent
Laurie Becker, Library Director
Bryce Webster, Fire Chief
Alan Gustafson, Code Enforcement Officer
Anna L. Fales, Village Clerk

The regular meeting of the Village of Falconer Mayor and Board of Trustees was called to order on Monday, April 11, 2022 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 Miller, Trustee Cavallaro and Mayor Jaroszynski were present.

Visitors

Nina Gustafson- Falconer Rotary Club President and Brenda Weiler -newly appointed Library Board member were present to observe the proceedings.

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.

Budget Hearing

Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Gustafson, to open the Public Hearing on the FY 2022-2023 Budget at 7:02 pm.  Roll: Gustafson: Aye, Dunn: Aye, Miller: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: none.  Carried. 

Budget Presentation and call for discussion and public comment by Mayor Jaroszynski. No members of the public asked to speak.

Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Gustafson, to close the Public Hearing on the FY 2022-2023 Budget at 7:04 pm.  Roll: Gustafson: Aye, Dunn: Aye, Miller: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: none.  Carried. 

Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Cavallaro, to approve the FY  2022-2023 Budget as presented.   Roll: Gustafson: Aye, Dunn: Aye, Miller: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: none.  Carried. 

Trustee Gustafson made a motion, seconded by Trustee Dunn to enter into executive session at 7:05 pm for the purpose of discussing employee contract negotiations.  Roll: Gustafson: Aye, Dunn: Aye, Miller: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: none.  Carried.  Mayor Jaroszynski requested Treasurer Trask and Clerk Fales to remain in attendance.  All others were excused.

No actions were taken in executive session.

Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Gustafson to close the executive session and re-enter into the public portion of the meeting at 7:32 pm.  Roll: Gustafson: Aye, Dunn: Aye, Miller: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: none.  Carried.  Clerk Fales invited administrative staff and visitors to rejoin the meeting.

Moment of Silence:

A moment of silence was held for former Chautauqua County Executive Jack Glenzer.

Minutes

Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Miller, to approve the minutes of the March 14, 2022 regular meeting of the Mayor and Board of Trustees, as written.  Roll: Gustafson: Aye, Dunn: Aye, Miller: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: none.  Carried. 

Fire Chief     

The chief’s March report was reviewed and noted that the department responded to 46-EMS, 5-medical assist, 1-combustible spills/leaks, 1-structure fire, 1-electrical wiring problem, 0-water problem, 10-dispatched/cancelled, 0-public assistance, 1-malicious,mischievous false alarm, 2-system or detector malfunction and 4-unintentional system/de-operation- 71 total calls in March (214 calls-YTD).

Mutual Aid Breakdown- March

Given:  Jamestown-4, Frewsburg-3, Kennedy-2, Kiantone-0,  Fluvanna-0, Alstar-0, 0-assist to A-71 (driver), Gerry-3. Total-12.

Received: Medic 74-4, Kennedy-2, Frewsburg-0, Fluvanna-0, Gerry-0, Coroner-0, Kiantone-1 Alstar-6, Wet team-0 and Jamestown-0.  Total-13.

Code Enforcement

The March code enforcement report was reviewed.

 THIS MONTHYEAR TO DATE
Building Permits Issued11
Building Permit Fees Collected$25$25
Building Inspections Performed13
Certificates of Occupancy00
Certificates of Compliance00
Phone calls/Personal Contacts/Emails410
Complaints Received/Actions Taken00
  • Code enforcement officer, Paul Andalora reported that he passed his third and fourth of 6 CEO classes. 
  • The annual NYS Division of Building Standards and Codes: Uniform Codes: Uniform Code Administration and Enforcement Report for calendar year 2021 has been submitted.

Department of Public Works

The DPW report was reviewed for the period March 14, 2022 to April 8, 2022. Superintendent Caprino informed the board that he has alerted Lutheran Social Services to the erosion issue at the back of the foot path in Falconer Park.  The Lutheran Home owns the damaged property, not the Village.

Attorney Peterson is a $8900 price increase presented by Henderson for the dump box bid awarded via the Sourcewell contract in April of 2021 for the new International truck.

New Ceiling tiles and light bulbs have been ordered for the Falconer Park Rec building.

Library 

The March 14-April 11, 2022 library report was reviewed.  This month the library received $40.00 (copies/fax), $31.00(fines), $57.00 (Book Sales), $530.00 (gifts & donations), and $1,061.37 (other). 

Mrs. Becker introduced Brenda Weiler to the Board.  Mrs. Weiler is the new appointee to the library board.

Mayor Jaroszynski read a note he received from Gloria Strickland complimenting Laurie Becker and Sandy Thies, stating that they always are “warm, welcoming and go above and beyond”.

Legal

Last month the Robert H. Jackson Center hosted a gathering of all previous and current Chautauqua County Executives.  Mr. Peterson commented, “who would have known that Mr. Glenzer would be gone one month later?” 

Mr. Peterson suggested that good opportunity to gather village officials past and present might be to host everyone at  the Jamestown Tarp Skunk ball park on July 13, 2022.

Committees:

Downtown Development:

Old Tasta Pizza building and Olson building on E. Main Street have been sold.  The new owners plan to develop for new business.

Parks:

There have already been 235 respondents to the park survey. 

New Business:

Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Cavallaro, to appoint Peter Fuller trapper for the Feral Cat Program, with all the rights and responsibilities thereof . Roll: Gustafson: Aye,  Dunn: Aye, Miller: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: none.  Carried.

Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Miller, to resolve that Trustee Gustafson’s Standard Workday be set at 6 hours and Record of Activities result of 1.83, based on his documented work hours between 1/1/2020-3/31/2020.  Roll: Gustafson: Abstain,  Dunn: Aye, Miller: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: none.  Carried.

Trustee Gustafson made a motion, seconded by Trustee Cavallaro, to approve Jonathon Chafee and Reality Check’s group Earth Day smoking debris clean up activity to take place in village parks the week of April 18, 2022. Roll: Dunn: Aye, Gustafson: Aye,  Miller: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: none.  Carried.

Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Miller, to authorize Treasurer Trask to enter into an agreement with Kalf Insurance Resources to act as the Village’s group benefits advisor/specialists in partnership with Great Lakes Insurance at no additional upfront cost.  Roll: Gustafson: Aye,  Dunn: Aye, Miller: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: none.  Carried.

Mr. Peterson noted that Jamestown made the very 1st Earth Day Resolution on April 19, 1970.

Organizational Meeting:

Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Gustafson, in compliance with Village Law 50524 regarding the Annual Organizational Meeting, it is moved and seconded to approve:

  • Appointment of Deputy Mayor Anthony Cavallaro
    • Community Bank and M&T Bank as Village of Falconer depositories
    • Designation of the Jamestown Post-Journal as the official newspaper for the publishing of legal notices,
    • Continued participation in the Chautauqua County Mutual Aid Agreement
    • Reappointment of Village Treasurer, Deputy Treasurer, Village Clerk, Deputy Clerk, Village DPW Superintendent, and Deputy Village DPW Superintendent.
    • Appointment of committee members(as listed)
    • Authorization payment in advance of audit of claims for public utility services, postage, freight and express charges, insurances and other charges that become due prior to the Board meeting that otherwise would incur late fee charges,
    • Attendance by municipal officials and employees at schools, conferences, seminars, associated organization meetings, etc., conducted for the benefit of the Village of Falconer
    • Reimbursement to such officers and employees the fixed mileage rate as set by the IRS as reimbursement for use of personal automobiles while performing their official duties on behalf of the Village
    • All regular board meetings will be held at 6 pm on the 2nd Monday of every month in the Firemen’s Exempt Hall, 2 Coleson Drive.
    • All regular board meetings that fall on a Monday holiday will be held the Tuesday immediately following the holiday
    • Designate health & life insurance brokerage- Kafl Insurance Resources.  Group benefit advisors/specialists in partnership with Great Lakes Insurance.
    • The present Procurement Policy
    • The present Disaster Plan
    • The present Public Health Emergency Plan
    • Setting the 2023 Organizational Meeting of the Village of Falconer as Monday, April 10, 2023, at 6:00 p.m.

Roll: Gustafson: Aye,  Dunn: Aye, Miller: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: none.  Carried.

Correspondence:  

Trustee Gustafson’s letter, dated April 11, 2022, which acknowledged his review of the March 2022 unpaid vouchers on April 10, 2022 and bank reconciliations for M&T Bank and Community Bank on April 11, 2022, was placed into record. 

Abstracts:

Motion:  It is moved by Trustee Dunn and seconded by Trustee Cavallaro that Abstract #11, General Fund in the amount of $ 39,086.23 be approved for payment.  Roll: Gustafson: Aye,  Dunn: Aye, Miller: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: none.  Carried. 

Motion:  It is moved by Trustee Gustafson and seconded by Trustee Dunn that Abstract #11, Cemetery Fund in the amount of $ 1,350.65 be approved for payment.   Roll: Gustafson: Aye,  Dunn: Aye, Miller: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: none.  Carried. 

Motion:  It is moved by Trustee Miller and seconded by Trustee Gustafson that Abstract #11, Library Fund in the amount of $ 1,283.82 be approved for payment.  Roll: Gustafson: Aye,  Dunn: Aye, Miller: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: none.  Carried. 

Motion:  It is moved by Trustee Cavallaro and seconded Trustee Miller that Abstract #11, General Fund Hand Items in the amount of $ 38,537.09 be approved for payment. Roll: Gustafson: Aye,  Dunn: Aye, Miller: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: none.  Carried. 

Trustee Gustafson made a motion, seconded by Trustee Dunn to adjourn the meeting 8:43 pm. Vote was approved unanimously. Carried.

Respectfully submitted,
Anna Fales, Village Clerk

April 11, 2022 Work Session

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

Carl Caprino, Superintendent
Lawrence Trask, Village Treasurer
Anna L. Fales, Village Clerk

The work session meeting of the Village of Falconer Mayor and Board of Trustees was held on Monday, April 11, 2022 at 6:15 P.M. in the Firemen’s Exempt Hall with Mayor James Jaroszynski presiding.

A follow-up discussion was held regarding village snow removal practices.  Mayor Jaroszynski recapped the meeting he held with the four business owners who attended the snow removal meeting.  It was noted that Phil’s Auto Plaza has had a long running mutual agreement with the village DPW regarding their snow removal.  Trustee Dunn suggested that it might be good practice to formalize such agreements for future administrations. It was agreed that the village will contact businesses regarding business district snow removal again in late September or early October.

Mayor Jaroszynski opened the floor for any final questions or concerns before the budget hearing. 

Trustee Miller noted that she appreciated Treasurer Trask’s side notes on the budget.  She found them very helpful as a new board member when going through the budget process for the first time.  Treasurer Trask noted that if the gasoline sales tax is dropped by the state and/or county, it could negatively impact the budgeted sales tax revenue.  However, the Village took a conservative approach with the FY 22/23 sales tax revenue in anticipation of any unexpected dip in sales tax.  Trustee Cavallaro questioned CHIPs funding.  Mr. Trask noted that CHIP’s is an in and out line item and has no effect on the bottom line.  The line item will be modified to match the state allocation.

A motion was made by Trustee Cavallaro, seconded by Trustee Dunn to adjourn the work session at 6:57 pm.  Ayes:  All, Nays: None.  Carried.

Respectfully submitted,
Anna L. Fales

March 14, 2022 Regular Meeting

Deputy Mayor Anthony Cavallaro
Trustee Timothy Dunn
Trustee Alan Gustafson, Jr.
Trustee Annette Miller

Gregory Peterson, Village Attorney
Carl Caprino, DPW Superintendent
Laurie Becker, Library Director
Bryce Webster, Fire Chief
Paul Andalora, Code Enforcement Officer
Anna L. Fales, Village Clerk

The regular meeting of the Village of Falconer Mayor and Board of Trustees was called to order on Monday, March 14, 2022 at 7:07 P.M. at the Firemen’s’ Exempt Hall with Deputy Mayor Anthony Cavallaro presiding. 

Pledge of Allegiance & Roll

Trustee Dunn, Trustee Gustafson, Trustee Miller, and Deputy Mayor Cavallaro 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: 

Steve Cybart- Falconer American Legion, Joann Bennett-Valmeere Avenue, Brian Nelson-Falconer Vac Shop, Peter Fuller-N. Work Street, County Legislator Lisa Vanstrom, and Nina Gustafson- Falconer Rotary Club President were present to observe the proceedings.

A motion was made by Trustee Dunn, seconded by Trustee Miller, to approve the use of Falconer Park for the Annual Linda K. Memorial Easter Egg Hunt on April 9, 2022.  Roll: Dunn: Aye, Gustafson: Aye,  Miller: Aye, and Cavallaro: Aye. Nays: none.  Carried. 

Mrs. Bennett reported that several feral cats are living in the shed located on the rental property at 17 Valmeere, which is directly adjacent to her home and causing damage to her property.  She also noted that on the same property there is a dead pine tree that needs remediation. She noted that these issues had been previously reported with no resolution.

Mr. Nelson voiced three questions/concerns to the board:

  1. Would like to see the Main Street areas leveled by the March 2017 fires graded off and grass planted.
  2. Requested parking spaces repainted along Main Street.  This is a state road.
  3. Concerns regarding snow removal at local businesses.

Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Miller to approve Peter Fuller’s request to hold the 2nd Annual Christmas in July village-wide event and parade, July 21-23, 2022.  Roll: Dunn: Aye, Gustafson: Aye,  Miller: Aye, and Cavallaro: Aye. Nays: none.  Carried. 

Finance:

Treasurer Trask presented the 2022-2023 Proposed Budget for review by the Board of Trustees.   Mr. Trask noted that the proposed budget is “balanced” and “very conservative”.  The total appropriations for the 22/23 proposed budget are $1,459,844 and revenues are $1,459,844.  The proposed budget reflects an “increase in property taxes by the allowable tax cap”. Therefore, an owner of a $100,000 home will pay an additional $17.16 in village taxes in 22/23. 

Trustee Gustafson made a motion, seconded by Trustee Dunn to table the FY 22/23 proposed budget for 30 days, as written.  Roll: Dunn: Aye, Gustafson: Aye,  Miller: Aye, and Cavallaro: Aye. Nays: none.  Carried. 

A public hearing on the budget will be scheduled for April 11, 2022 at 7pm in the Firemen’s Exempt Hall.

RESOLUTION #3-2022: Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Miller, to approve the following modifications to the FY 21/22 budget:

  1. Increase budget line item A1620.21 for payment of new digital sign and associated installation costs of approximately $52,500 from increased sales tax revenue A1120.
  2. Increase A9901.9 Transfer to Library by $6,000 to total $85,000, from increased sales tax revenue A1120.

Roll: Dunn: Aye, Gustafson: Aye,  Miller: Aye, and Cavallaro: Aye. Nays: none.  Carried. 

In further discussion, Treasurer Trask noted that the reglazing of the window lintels at the exempt hall, and purchase of a computer for the treasurer, laptop for the clerk and printer for the code officer should be finalized before the end of FY 21/22.

Trustees Dunn and Gustafson recommended that all computers should be set up on a three-year replacement cycle going forward. 

County Legislator:

County Legislator Vanstrom gave a brief legislative update.

Minutes

Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Gustafson, to approve the minutes of the February 14, 2022 work session and regular meetings of the Mayor and Board of Trustees, as written.  Roll: Dunn: Aye, Gustafson: Aye, , Miller: Aye, and Cavallaro: Aye. Nays: none.  Carried. 

Fire Chief     

The chief’s February report was reviewed and noted that the department responded to 46-EMS, 3-medical assist, 2-combustibe spills/leaks, 1-structure fire, 1-electrical wiring problem, 3-water problem, 10-dispatched/cancelled, 3-public assistance, 1-system or detector malfunction and 4-unintentional system/de-operation- 74 total calls in February (223 calls-YTD).

Mutual Aid Breakdown- February

Given:  Jamestown-6, Frewsburg-5, Kennedy-3, Kiantone-0,  Fluvanna-0, Alstar-0, 0-assist to A-71 (driver), Gerry-0. Total-14.

Received: Medic 74-9, Kennedy-7, Frewsburg-0, Fluvanna-0, Gerry-0, Coroner-0, Kiantone-1 Alstar-4, Wet team-1 and Jamestown-0.  Total-22.

Code Enforcement

The February code enforcement report was reviewed.

 THIS MONTHYEAR TO DATE
Building Permits Issued00
Building Permit Fees Collected$0$0
Building Inspections Performed02
Certificates of Occupancy00
Certificates of Compliance00
Phone calls/Personal Contacts/Emails57
Complaints Received/Actions Taken00
  • Code enforcement officer, Paul Andalora reported that he passed his second of 6 CEO classes. 
  • An inquiry was made regarding the Dow Street property adjacent to the sub-station to be used as a staging area for battery storage

Department of Public Works

The DPW report was reviewed for the period February 14, 2022 to March 11, 2022.

Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Gustafson, to empower Superintendent Caprino to seek sealed public bids for the Removal and Repair of the DPW Garage Roof and for the Repair and Restoration of the DPW Garage Floor Drains.  Roll: Dunn: Aye, Gustafson: Aye,  Miller: Aye, and Cavallaro: Aye. Nays: none.  Carried.  The village plans to use the ARPA funds for the DPW Garage Roof project. Final approval on use of the ARPA funds will be given once project costs are confirmed.

Trustee Gustafson made a motion, seconded by Trustee Dunn, to approve the Chautauqua County Department of Health to hold two drive-thru rabies clinics in the DPW garage on April 2 and 23rd, from 10 am-1 pm.  Pre-registration is required .  Roll: Dunn: Aye, Gustafson: Aye,  Miller: Aye, and Cavallaro: Aye. Nays: none.  Carried.  The county must provide the village with  certificate of insurance with the village listed as an additional insured, prior to the first event.

Library 

The February 14-March 14, 2022 library report was reviewed.  This month the library received $66.00 (copies/fax), $22.00(fines), $102.00 (Book Sales), $913.00 (gifts & donations), and $3,511.70 (other). 

Trustee Miller made a motion, seconded by Trustee Gustafson, to approve the Library Board’s recommendation to appoint Brenda Weiler to the position of Falconer Public Library Board Trustee.   Roll: Dunn: Aye, Gustafson: Aye,  Miller: Aye, and Cavallaro: Aye. Nays: none.  Carried.  Mrs. Weiler will be filling the position recently vacated by Brandon Caruso.

Legal

Mr. Peterson invited everyone to a presentation at the Robert H. Jackson Center on March 24 at noon.  Author Kathleen Brady, noted biographer of Lucille Ball and Ida Tarbell will be the featured speaker as part of the center’s Turner Winter Series.

On April 1st, at 10 am, the Winter Series will resume with ,”The Role of the Federal Prosecutor” Trini E. Ross, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York.  At 11:00 am a play will be read: “The Trial of Al Capone”, followed at noon with a luncheon interview with Hon. Jeremiah J. McCarthy, U.S. Magistrate Judge, United States District Court for the Western District of New York, and lead by Greg Peterson.

Committees:

Public Safety:

DOC Belin issued one appearance ticket for three unlicensed dogs at 340 W. Main Street.

Downtown Development:

A letter of support of the Falconer Square Project was signed by the trustees and is to be sent to Home Leasing in support of their anticipated NYS DHCR funding application.

Parks:

The final draft of the park survey was reviewed and agreed that it will be posted to Slick-text, Facebook and the village website, as well as hard copies available at the clerk’s office and the library. 

A proposed mountain bike path project at Falconer Park is being researched.

Planning Board:

A meeting will be scheduled to resume Food Truck guidelines.

New Business:

Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Gustafson, to set and notice a public hearing for the FY 22/23 Budget and Annual Organizational Meeting on April 11, 2022 at 7 pm in the Firemen’s Exempt Hall.  Roll: Dunn: Aye, Gustafson: Aye,  Miller: Aye, and Cavallaro: Aye. Nays: none.  Carried.

Correspondence:  

Clerk Fales submitted to record a letter from the Chautauqua County Offices of Emergency Services requesting the village’s participation in a County-Wide  Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan Update.  This project is being funded through a FEMA grant and requires local jurisdictions to participate in order for them to remain eligible FEMA’s pre-disaster and post-disaster mitigation grant programs.  Clerk Fales will submit the required information to the County this week.

Trustee Gustafson’s letter, dated March 14, 2022, which acknowledged his review of the February 2022 unpaid vouchers and bank reconciliations, was placed into record. 

Abstracts:

Motion:  It is moved by Trustee Dunn and seconded by Trustee Gustafson that Abstract #10 General Fund in the amount of $93,175.59 be approved for payment. Roll: Dunn: Aye, Gustafson: Aye,  Miller: Aye, and Cavallaro: Aye. Nays: none.  Carried.

Motion:  It is moved by Trustee Gustafson and seconded by Trustee Dunn that Abstract #10, Cemetery Fund in the amount of $ 369.66 be approved for payment.  Roll: Dunn: Aye, Gustafson: Aye,  Miller: Aye, and Cavallaro: Aye. Nays: none.  Carried. 

Motion:  It is moved by Trustee Miller and seconded by Trustee Gustafson that Abstract #10, Library Fund in the amount of $ 1,714.39be approved for payment.  Roll: Dunn: Aye, Gustafson: Aye,  Miller: Aye, and Cavallaro: Aye. Nays: none.  Carried. 

Motion:  It is moved by Trustee Miller and seconded by Trustee Dunn that Abstract #10, General Fund Hand Items in the amount of $ 37,919.03 be approved for payment.  Roll: Dunn: Aye, Gustafson: Aye,  Miller: Aye, and Cavallaro: Aye. Nays: none.  Carried.

Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Miller to adjourn the meeting 8:55 pm. Vote was approved unanimously. Carried.

Respectfully submitted,
Anna Fales, Village Clerk

February 14, 2022 Regular Meeting

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

Carl Caprino, DPW Superintendent
Laurie Becker, Library Director
Bryce Webster, Fire Chief
Paul Andalora, Code Enforcement Officer
Alan Gustafson, Code Enforcement Officer
Anna L. Fales, Village Clerk

The regular meeting of the Village of Falconer Mayor and Board of Trustees was called to order on Monday, February 14, 2022 at 7:07 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. 

Moment of Silence: 

A moment of silence was held for Glen H. Dickerson, Jr. and Timothy Strickland.  Mr. Dickerson served as the village code officer for 10 years, was a 50+ year member of the Falconer Fire Department and also a past fire chief.  Mr. Strickland was a past member of the Falconer Fire Department.  

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:   

Nina Gustafson, Falconer Rotary Club President was present to observe the proceedings.

Minutes

Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Gustafson, to approve the minutes of the January 10, 2022 regular meeting of the Mayor and Board of Trustees, as written.  Roll: Dunn: Aye, Gustafson: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, Miller: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: none.  Carried.   

Fire Chief       

The chief’s January report was reviewed and noted that the department responded to 41-EMS, 2-medical assist, 1-auto fire, 1-structure fire, 2-chemical release, 2-water problem, 13-dispatched/cancelled, 1-false alarm, 2-public assistance, and 5-unintentional system/de-operation- 70 total calls in January (149 calls-YTD). 

Mutual Aid Breakdown- January

Given:  Jamestown-6 (2 cancelled), Frewsburg-7, Kennedy-5, Kiantone-0,  Fluvanna-0, Alstar-0, 0-assist to A-71 (driver), Gerry-1. Total-21. 

Received: Medic 74-7 Kennedy-5, Frewsburg-0, Fluvanna-0, Gerry-1, Coroner-0, Kiantone-1 Alstar-4, and Jamestown-0.  Total-18.

  • Chief Webster reported that the DerKobbler’s meets the 2nd Thursday of each month. 
  • Training continues on the new fire engine. 
  • Mutual aid run cards are being updated with 4 zones in Village of Falconer 

 Code Enforcement 

The code enforcement report was reviewed for the period January 10-February 11, 2022.   

  • Code enforcement officer, Paul Andalora reported that he passed his first of 6 CEO classes and started the second series of classes today.   
  • It was noted that the code office is awaiting information from the Department of State as to their specific requirements for the downtown Chicagoland Reality properties located on E. Main Street.  Once specifications are provided from the state, new permits will be issued for the proposed construction/renovation project.   
  • Water/Sewer issues at the old Prime Steakhouse property are still being addressed.  CEO Gustafson believes the property is vacant at this time.

Department of Public Works

The DPW report was reviewed for the period January 10, 2022-February 11, 2022.    

  • Installation of the fire department’s new drinking fountain/bottle filler has been completed.  
  • The electronic entry door in the library has stopped working.  A reconfiguration of the entryway is being considered.  Contracting quotes will be needed per the village procurement policy.  Trustee Dunn suggested an outside foyer to avoid using limited library space for an internal foyer. 
  • Superintendent Caprino noted that the DPW is way behind on its truck replacement schedule.  The board reviewed two trade/piggyback proposals for the current ¾-ton  and the 1-ton trucks which Treasurer Trask suggested could be purchased through 5110.2 and 5110.4 budget line items.  Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Cavallaro to replace the 2013 1-ton and 2015 ¾ ton-Chevy trucks using the proposed trade/piggyback bids, as submitted, at a net cost of $28,198 using $18,000 from line item 5110.2 and $10,198 from line item 5110.4 in FY 21/22 .  Roll: Gustafson: Aye, Dunn: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, Miller: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: none.  Carried.   
  • Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Miller to approve payment of all necessary costs associated with renewal of Peter Fuller’s pesticide applicator permit which is required by the DEC to administer the village’s annual mosquito larvae pesticides. Roll: Gustafson: Aye, Dunn: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, Miller: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: none.  Carried.   
  • Superintendent Caprino asked for approval the immediate hire of  Daniel Colburn in preparation to replace Brenton Yager, who has resigned his position from the DPW as of March 31, 2022.  This will be a 32-day overlap of the two employees for specifically for training purposes.  Trustee Cavallaro made a motion, seconded by Trustee Dunn to hire Dan Colburn, effective immediately, for position of DPW motor vehicle operator, on a provisional basis, per the current collective bargaining agreement.  Roll: Gustafson: Aye, Dunn: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, Miller: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: none.  Carried.   
  • The scope of work report for the Community Building chimney, parapet, and brick pointing, prepared by RE Kelley, was reviewed by the board, noting the parapet, chimney, and first-floor steel window lintels are the most critical issues. A knock down and/or replacement of the chimney and parapet are recommended. The chimney restoration is most critical and needs to go to public bid, using scope of work details provided by RE Kelley.  Superintendent Caprino was asked to contact RE Kelley for additional information on the remaining phases work needed. 

Library   

The January 10-February 14, 2022 library report was reviewed.   

  • Library board members, Dr. Pat Fales, Pam Vanstrom, Steve Swanson and Lisa Conti, were sworn in ,by Village Clerk Anna Fales, on January 27, 2022 during the FPL board’s regular January meeting. 
  • National Popcorn Day on January 19th and National Lego Day on January 28th were celebrated with fun activities for patrons. 
  • The Audubon Society nature photography club is displaying their “Spring” themed collection the entire month of February in the FPL.  A meet and greet with photographers was held February 12th from 10:30 am-12:30 pm. 
  • Ro Woodard is holding a NYS boating safety course on February 19th in the Falconer Fire 

Department from 8 am-4 pm.  The event is co-sponsored by the FPL and the Falconer Fire Department with a pizza lunch provided compliments of Sue Seamans.  Currently, there are 16 people signed up. 

This month the library received $21.00 (copies/fax), $0.00(fines), $38.00 (Book Sales), $910.00 (gifts & donations), and $934.67 (other).   

Committees:

Public Safety:

Trustee Cavallaro entered into record, the NYS Department of Agriculture Dog Control Inspection Report completed on 1/11/2022, which rated DCO services as “Satisfactory”.

Downtown Development:

Resolution #1-2022-A motion was made by Trustee Dunn, seconded by Trustee Miller, authorizing the approval of another 18-month extension, without lapse, of the original Falconer Square Site Plan approval, as outlined in a letter dated, February 7, 2022, from Mr. Dan Brocht of Labella Associates, with the following revisions/corrections to be made: 

  • Current Zoning is Village Center, not R-2 
  • Note that the Village Board, not the Planning Board, provided approval of extensions of all approvals until February 10, 2022. 

Roll: Dunn: Aye, Gustafson: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, Miller: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None.  Carried. 

Note:  The letter below, originally dated February 7, 2022, was revised on February 16, 2022, to reflect the above listed revisions as requested by motion of the Village Board.   

February 7, 2022 
Revised February 16, 2022 

Village of Falconer Planning Board 
101 West Main Street 
Falconer, NY 14733 

RE: Falconer Square – Home Leasing 

Members of the Board: 

The proposed project of Falconer Square is to be located in the Village of Falconer on tax parcels 371.10-0429, 371.10-04-30, 3710-04-31, 371.10-04-32, 371.10-04-34, 371.10-04-35, 371.10-04-36, 371.10-04-37, 371.10-04-38 and a portion of the Village of Falconer right of way which are all located in an area zoned (VC) – Village Center by the Village of Falconer. According to the Village of Falconer municipal code, the proposed project is an allowable use and is in conformance with the Village’s regulations. No variances are required. 

  • Preliminary Site Plan approval was granted by the Village of Falconer Planning Board at their meeting on November 20, 2019. 
  • On January 21, 2020 the Planning Board issued a Negative Declaration on SEQR and recommended that The Village Board approve the Final Site Plan at their next meeting. 
  • The Village Board issued Final Site Plan approval on February 10, 2020 per resolution #3-2020. 
  • The Village approved abandonment of existing ROW as part of Site Plan Approval on February 10, 2020.  
  • At the August 11th 2020 meeting, the Village Board approved an extension of all approvals until February 10, 2022. 

The project is currently being prepared for a 2022 resubmission to the funding institution for review and approval. As the project continues to go through the funding application process, I would like to formally request that the Board grant an additional extension to guarantee that there are no gaps in the project’s Village approvals, as required by the funding agency.

If you have questions or require further clarification, please contact me directly at (585) 472-2967.

Respectfully submitted, 

LABELLA ASSOCIATES, D.P.C. 

Dan Brocht 

Dan Brocht
Senior Project Manager

Resolution#2-2022-A motion was made by Trustee Dunn, seconded by Trustee Steele, to amend Resolution #1-2022, to specify that all necessary Village approvals relating to the Home Leasing Falconer Square Project be extended until August 14, 2023, as required by the funding application.  Roll: Gustafson: Nay, Dunn: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, Miller: Aye and Jaroszynski: Aye. Carried. 

Farmers Market: 

Trustee Miller is planning to hold this year’s market on Fridays in Davis Park from 11 am6 pm, running from June 17-end of September.  She will be reaching out to vendors with dates and time. 

Finance: 

The third quarter tax receipts (2/3/2022) was $93,135.  Total YTD is $301,124.  Treasurer Trask reported that this is $2,444 over budgeted amount of $298,680 with the final quarter yet to be received. 

Parks:

A draft of the park survey was reviewed and discussed as to the best mode of distribution and for compiling results.  Trustee Miller noted that Google Forms online complies results automatically.  It was agreed that the survey would be active for 30 days.  Mayor Jaroszynski thanked Nina Gustafson and Trustee Miller for their work on the project.  

Planning Board: 

The discussion regarding street opening fees was tabled another month, until the March meeting. 

A brief discussion was held regarding issues of dually trucks parking illegally in the village.  Superintendent Caprino reported that he placed notices on all known dually vehicles in the village, citing village code 127-16, asking them to please comply with the law.

Cemetery: 

Trustee Gustafson noted that there were 4 burials in the month of January. 

Old Business: 

Mayor Jaroszynski reported that he and Superintendent Caprino had a very positive meeting with county executive Wendell regarding the transfer of management of the traffic light  at Elmwood Avenue and South Work Street.  Mr. Wendell will follow up on his with his department heads and report back. 

Clerk Fales noted that record of activity reports were received from Trustee Gustafson and Trustee Cavallaro.  Once all activity reports are received, a standard workday resolution for all will be entered into record and sent to the state retirement department. 

The annual Pride Day planned for the 1st Saturday in May will include an opportunity for residents who which to dispose household (most) items free of charge. Allowable items can be brought to the DPW, from 9 am -3 pm that day, for disposal or recycling.  Paints and chemicals, electronic devices, tires of all types and refrigerators if Freon has not been removed cannot be accepted.  The village clerk’s office will distribute free stickers to residents.  Proof of residency will be required. 

Free COVID tests will be distributed through the Village Clerk’s office while supplies last.  Proof of residency is required. Clerk Fales will post a notice in the Post Journal and through Slick Text. 

Correspondence:   

Clerk Fales submitted to record a letter, dated January 31, 2022, from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation regarding property owned by Daniel Leighton, 3790 Ross Mills Road, noting Wetland LW-9 Boundary Delineation. 

Trustee Gustafson’s letter, dated February 14, 2022, which acknowledged his review of the January 2022 unpaid vouchers and bank reconciliations, was placed into record.   

Abstracts:

Motion:  It is moved by Trustee Dunn and seconded by Trustee Cavallaro that Abstract #9, General Fund in the amount of $42,025.45 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 #9, Cemetery Fund in the amount of $ 1,071.66 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 #9, Library Fund in the amount of $ 2,450.50 be 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 Dunn that Abstract #9, General Fund Hand Items in the amount of $ 36,539.90 be approved for payment.  Roll:  Dunn: Aye, Gustafson: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, Miller: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None.  Carried.

Mayor Jaroszynski noted that he will be away next month and will be appointed Trustee Cavallaro as Deputy mayor during his absence. 

Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Miller to adjourn the meeting 9:23 pm. Vote was approved unanimously. Carried. 

Respectfully submitted,
Anna Fales, Village Clerk

February 14, 2022 Work Session

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

Trustee Anthony Cavallaro
Trustee Annette Miller 

Carl Caprino, Superintendent
Anna L. Fales, Village Clerk 

The work session meeting of the Village of Falconer Mayor and Board of Trustees was held on Monday, February 14, 2022 at 6:30 P.M. in the Falconer Public Library with Mayor James Jaroszynski presiding. All social distancing and COVID safety protocols were followed.   

A discussion was held regarding village snow removal practices.  Superintendent Caprino gave a brief review of current and past practices.  He also noted concerns of snow from some businesses being pushed onto village property.  Mayor Jaroszynski stated that it is a “safety issue”.  

In an effort to find an acceptable solution, Clerk Fales was asked to invite business partners to meet with village officials on March 21st. A copy of the invite will also be sent to the Town, County and State.  

The board also reviewed a copy of rules for usage of the community building.  The discussion was tabled. 

A motion was made by Trustee Dunn, seconded by Trustee Gustafson, to adjourn the work session at 7:06 pm.  Ayes:  All, Nays: None.  Carried. 

Respectfully submitted,
Anna L. Fales 

January 10, 2022 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
Bryce Webster, Fire Chief
Alan Gustafson, Code Enforcement Officer
Anna L. Fales, Village Clerk

The regular meeting of the Village of Falconer Mayor and Board of Trustees was called to order on Monday, January 10, 2022 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:   

Nina Gustafson, Falconer Rotary Club President was present to observe the proceedings.

Minutes

Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Gustafson, to approve the minutes of the December 13, 2021 regular meeting of the Mayor and Board of Trustees, as written. Trustee Dunn questioned the fire report structure and the reason zeros were reported for categories.  Clerk Fales explained that reporting all categories monthly provides a more accurate tracking of yearly totals.  Roll: Dunn: Aye, Gustafson: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, Miller: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: none.  Carried.   

Library   

The December 13, 2021- January 10, 2022 library report was reviewed.  Mrs. Becker gave a final report on the “25 Days of Reading” , noting that there were 7,996 views of the stories throughout the month of December.  A $550 Adult Literacy Grant was awarded to the library from the Chautauqua Cattaraugus Library System to be used to encourage Senior readers to embrace technology as an aid to continue their enjoyment of literacy. This will be a partnership with students from Falconer Central School who will work one-on-one with Seniors.  The grant will also help bridge the gap between young and old as they provide encouragement for continuing literacy. The library board is scheduled to meet again on January 27, 2022.   

This month the library received $26.00 (copies/fax), $6.00(fines), $122.00 (Book Sales), $4,960.00 (gifts & donations), and 550.00 (CCLS grant).   

Code Enforcement

No formal code report was presented for the month of December.  CEO Gustafson noted that he continues to work with Mr. Andalora to get him acclimated into his new position.

Department of Public Works

The DPW report was reviewed for the period December 10, 2021-January 7, 2022.    

Fire Chief       

The chief’s December report was reviewed and noted that the department responded to 41-EMS, 2-medical assist, 1-auto fire, 1-gas leak, 1-electrical issue, 1-public service, 26-dispatched/cancelled, 4-malfunction, 1-accidential trip, and 1-unknown- 79 total calls in December. 

2021 Year-end total calls- 936
2021 Year-end total personnel hours- 1,977.75

Mutual Aid Breakdown- December

Given:  Jamestown-11, Frewsburg-10, Kennedy-2, Kiantone-2, Gerry-0, Fluvanna-0, Alstar-0, 0-assist to A-71 (driver), and Randolph-1.

Received: Medic 74-6, Kennedy-2, Frewsburg-0, Fluvanna-0, Gerry-1, Coroner-0, Kiantone-2, Alstar-7, Stat Medivac-11, and Jamestown-0.

  • Chief Webster reported that he is working on putting together a fire truck maintenance agreement with Churchville.  All light work would still be performed by the DPW.  
  • A list is being complied for the upcoming budget of needed maintenance in the fire hall. 
  • Will be applying for grants for fire truck equipment. 
  • Looking to replace 2 outdated desktop computers with 2 laptops ($450 each) and 1 pc ($380) through Tech Soup for not-for-profits. The chief was instructed to move forward with the purchase as long as he had the funds in his budget. 
  • Training continues on new fire engine. 
  • A list of old equipment is being complied for liquidation. 

Legal  

Mr. Peterson recognized the accomplishments of Falconer native, Elizabeth Vanstrom Hirz, who will be the first women to lead the Erie County, Pa., District Attorney’s Office.  Mrs. Hirz is the daughter of Jim and Jeanne Vanstrom.

Committees:

Public Safety:

Trustee Cavallaro reviewed the December Dog Control Report, noting DOC Belin followed up on an unsafe, unsanitary living conditions and unsafe /too many dogs complaint at 340 W. Main Street.  The resident was instructed by DOC Belin to license the 2 adult dogs.  The puppies appeared to be less than 8 weeks old. DOC will follow up.   

The feral cat program was discussed.  The village will need to train new trappers for this program.

Downtown Development: 

The Western New York Regional Empire State Development Council (ESD) awarded Home Leasing with a $950,000 grant for the Falconer Square project.  Mayor Jaroszynski stated that this is ”positive” news and makes us “very hopeful” that the project will also be awarded funding through the upcoming Community Development Block Grant program (CDBG) round.  “We will have to wait and see but we are hopeful.”  “It has been a great team effort up to this point.” 

Farmers Market: 

Trustee Miller reported that she is currently working to find the best day and times for the market. 

Parks:

Trustee Miller and Nina Gustafson will work on compiling a series of survey questions for community interests at Falconer Park, including thoughts on a proposed dog park, alternative uses for the tennis courts, etc.

Planning Board:

A meeting which was scheduled for January 11th has been postponed for at least 30 days due to the rise in COVID-19 cases in the area.

Old Business:

Following an extensive discussion, a request for use of the Community Building Hall was tabled until the next board meeting.  Trustee Cavallaro requested more information on use guidelines, liability, and concerns regarding COVID-19.

Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Gustafson, to table Chautauqua Lake Rowing Association’s request to use the Community Building for indoor practice from March 7-April 1, 2022. Roll: Dunn: Aye, Gustafson: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, Miller: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: none.  Carried.  Clerk Fales will compile information on use guidelines and liability.  

New Business:  

Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Cavallaro to authorize Mayor Jaroszynski to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with Falconer Central Schools regarding the proposed Shared Service Agreement, dated December 2021.  Roll:  Dunn: Aye, Gustafson: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, Miller: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye.  Carried. 

Mayor Jaroszynski reported that the village will be holding a free COVID test kit and N-95 mask distribution in the lobby of the Community Building tomorrow, January 11th from 5pm-6pm.  Proof of residency is required.

Correspondence:        

Trustee Gustafson’s letter, dated January 10, 2022, which acknowledged his review of the December  2021 unpaid vouchers and bank reconciliations, was placed into record.   

Abstracts:

Motion:  It is moved by Trustee Dunn and seconded by Trustee Cavallaro that Abstract #8, General Fund in the amount of $36,963.90 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 #8, Cemetery Fund in the amount of $ 122.95 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 #8, Library Fund in the amount of $ 1,291.52 be 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 Miller that Abstract #8, General Fund Hand Items in the amount of $ 35,918.79 be 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 Cavallaro to adjourn the meeting and enter into executive session to discuss the personnel agreement terms at 8:51 pm. Vote was approved unanimously. Carried. 

No action taken by the board.  

Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Cavallaro to adjourn the executive session at 9:11 pm. Vote was approved unanimously. Carried.

Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Miller to adjourn the meeting 9:11 pm. Vote was approved unanimously. Carried. 

Respectfully submitted,
Anna Fales, Village Clerk

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

November 8, 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 Tuesday, November 8, 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 and as a representative of Waddington’s Tavern regarding incidents that occurred at the tavern on several occasions involving residents of 340 W. Main Street.  He suggested that the village consider adopting a code that would govern properties which have reoccurring police calls, similar to a code adopted by the city of Jamestown.

Minutes

Trustee Cavallaro made a motion, seconded by Trustee Gustafson, to approve the minutes of the October 12, 2021 work session meeting and regular meeting of the Mayor and Board of Trustees. Dunn: Abstain, Gustafson: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, Miller: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: none.  Carried.  

Library  

The October library report was reviewed.  This month the library received $31.00 (copies/fax), $9.00(fines), $41.00 (Book Sales), $1,895.00 (gifts & donations), and $2,537.09 (other). 

Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Miller, to approve Courtney Theofilactidis, effective immediately, to fill 6 hours of the position of Falconer Public Library’s part time library page, which was vacated by Maree Dunn in September.  Roll:  Dunn, Aye, Gustafson, Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, Miller: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye.  Carried.

The library is celebrating Children’s Book Week, November 8-14th.  The theme is “Reading is a Superpower”.

Village Historian, Brenda Cavallaro is working on decorations for the history tree commemorating the 100thAnniversary of the Community Building.  Mrs. Cavallaro will be decorating the tree with angel ornaments with the names of past and present members of the village administrations and department heads.  The tree will be on display in the lobby of the Community Building throughout the holiday season.  Attorney Peterson suggested that this might be the perfect occasion to hold a reunion of former village officials, marking this unique moment in time.  

Mrs. Becker requested approval for Ro Woodard to use the fire hall training room for a boater safety training course on Saturday, February 19, 2022.  Mrs. Woodard is directed to contact Chief Yager for approval.

The library, in conjunction with the Falconer Rotary Club, will be hosting 25 Days of Christmas Stories.  Village officials and members of the community are invited to participate as guest readers.  The readings will be taped and posted to the library Facebook page starting on December 1st.  Santa Claus will read the final book in the 25-day series.

Code Enforcement

The October code enforcement report was reported verbally by Code Officer, Alan Gustafson.  He noted 5 building permits were issued totaling 35 YTD.   He made special note of the following issues and complaints:

  • Cherry Street water issue-still working on a resolution
  • 144 W. Main Street-bad living conditions-the property has been posted
  • Bailey E. Main Street Buildings- DOL stopped work on properties. The scope of work was more than the permit listed.
  • W. Mosher Street property-no permit
  • Budget Inn-bed bug/cockroach complaint
  • N. Dow Street property-roof remains unfinished.  Will require a full inspection to rule out water damage, etc.
  • 217 East Pearl Street- court decision has been finalized.  Follow up with insurance carrier-start condemnation process.

Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Miller, to approve the hiring of Paul Andalora as the new code enforcement officer for the village, effective immediately.  Roll:  Dunn, Aye, Gustafson, Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, Miller: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye.  Carried.  Mr. Andalora has a background in manufacturing and construction; however, he is uncertified and must complete the NYS Code Enforcement Officer certification.  He will remain a provisional hire until his certification is completed.

Department of Public Works

The DPW report was reviewed for the period October 11, 2021-November 4, 2021.   Superintendent Caprino was instructed to research the cost of installing a bottle filling water fountain in the fire hall truck bay and the feasibility of remediating the water flow issue versus capping off the water fountain in the training room.

There was a short discussion regarding the DPW equipment replacement recommendations.  Superintendent Caprino noted that a snow plow and the one-ton truck are due (overdue) for replacement per their schedule.

Fire Chief       

The chief’s October report was reviewed and noted that the department responded to 65-EMS (559-YTD), 1-medical assist (1-YTD), 1- false alarm (1-YTD), 1-structure fire (13-YTD), 1-grease fire (1-YTD), 1-truck fire (10-YTD), 7-fire alarms (41-YTD), 2-excessive heat-no fire (2-YTD), 0-MVA (13 YTD), 3-CO Alarm (8-YTD), 1-natural gas leaks (6-YTD), 0-truck stuck on tracks (1-YTD), 1-extrication rescue (1-YTD), 0-smoke in building (1-YTD), 0-trees down (2-YTD), 0- lines down (1-YTD), 0-flooded basements (9-YTD), 4 lift assist (11-YTD), 5-stand-by (10-YTD), and 13-dispatched then cancelled (13-YTD), totaling 106 calls (767-YTD) as reported in October.  

Mutual Aid Breakdown- October

Given:  Jamestown-18 101-YTD), Frewsburg-12 (91-YTD), Kennedy-1 (14-YTD), Kiantone-1 (6-YTD), Gerry-2 (6-YTD), Fluvanna-2 (4-YTD), Alstar-1 (3-YTD), 3-assist to A-71 (driver) 3-YTD):  totaling 40 (228-YTD).

Received: Medic 74-3 (50-YTD), Kennedy-4 (27-YTD), Frewsburg-1 (3-YTD), Fluvanna-0, Gerry-2 (11-YTD), Coroner-0, Kiantone-2 (4-YTD), Alstar-3 (17-YTD), Stat Medivac-1 (2-YTD), and, Jamestown-0:  totaling 16 (118-YTD).

Trustee Cavallaro made a motion, seconded by Trustee Dunn, to accept Courtney Delahoy for full membership into the Falconer Volunteer Fire Hose Company, as of November 14, 2021.    Roll:  Dunn: Aye, Gustafson, Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, Miller: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye.  Carried.  Miss Delahoy is a Junior member of the Falconer Fire Company, is in the current EMT class, has passed all the necessary medical and background checks and will turn 18 years of age on November 13, 2021.

There are currently 6 Falconer Fire Department members enrolled in the Chautauqua County EMT class.

Chief Yager noted that the FEMA grant decision is due in a few weeks.  If awarded, it will provide funding for 17 sets of fire gear.

Chief Yager requested permission to compose a list of unused fire equipment to sell in auction.  The board noted that the list must document explicitly each item, the auction process, the decision guidelines to accept/deny bids and the potential value of each item.  The list should then be presented to the board for approval.

The fire department Christmas dinner will be held on December 11th at the Firemen’s Exempt Hall.  Cocktails at 6 pm and dinner at 7 pm.

Committees:

Legal:

Mr. Peterson reiterated his support of a reunion of village officials.

Public Safety:

Trustee Cavallaro reviewed the October Dog Control Report. 

Finance:

Treasurer Trask’s sales tax analysis was reviewed noting that sales tax continues to trend higher than expected.  Clerk Fales reported that the village is required to increase its “Dishonesty Insurance” as one of the Jamestown Container CDBG grant stipulations.  Funds will be provided through the grant to cover the additional expense, therefore, there is no liability to the village.  Clerk Fales also made quick mention that there is federal legislation pending which may expand the use of ARPA funding.

Parks:

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

Pine Hill Cemetery:

Trustee Gustafson reported that the trees, which were purchased thanks to a Chautauqua Region Community Foundation grant, have arrived to planted along the road and throughout the PH section of the cemetery.

Planning Board:

Trustee Gustafson reported that a date of November 30th at 6:30 pm is tentatively set for the planning board to consider implementing food truck regulations in the village.

Old Business:

Alan Gustafson invited the board to participate in the Santa Parade on the evening of November 20th.  Line-up starts at 4:15 pm on Dow Street with the parade stepping off at 5 pm.  Robert Cross of 3-C’s Catering will have his food truck in Coleson Park, near the Santa House, selling hot dogs and hot chocolate following the parade.  The Rotary is donating books to be handed out to children who visit Santa following the parade.

New Business: 

Congratulations to Trustee Cavallaro and Trustee Miller for their wins in last week’s election.  

Clerk Fales noted that in a letter dated, October 14, 2021, the NYS Retirement Division has requested updated tracking’s and Standard Workday Resolutions for several village officials.  Officials were provided a copy of the letter, including instructions on how to correctly track their activities and were given a deadline of February 2022 to turn in their tracking reports.

Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Cavallaro, to approve the purchase and installation of a backup camera system on the new Pierce fire engine at a cost not to exceed $4,000, and to be paid with funds from the Fire Truck Reserve Account. Roll:  Dunn: Aye, Gustafson: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, Miller: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye.  Carried.

Correspondence:      

Clerk Fales submitted to the board a copy of the Public Notice, which is to be posted at the request of the Chautauqua County Planning Board, regarding “30-day period of the inclusion of predominantly viable agricultural lands into existing agricultural districts.  Clerk Fales will post the notice in the lobby of the Community Building beginning, November 9, 2021. 

Trustee Gustafson’s letter, dated November 8, 2021, which acknowledged his review of the October 2021 unpaid vouchers and bank reconciliations on November 7, 2021, was reviewed and placed into record.  

Mayor Jaroszynski requested Clerk Fales post “What You Should Know About the Emergency Broadband Benefit” flyer in the lobby of the Community Building, the library and on the village Facebook page to help assist residents in need.

Abstracts:

Motion:  It is moved by Trustee Dunn and seconded by Trustee Cavallaro that Abstract #6, General Fund in the amount of $ 85,360.73 be approved for payment. Roll:  Dunn: Aye, Gustafson: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, Miller: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None.  Carried.  Trustee Dunn questioned the M&T credit card expenses.  Trustee Gustafson noted that the credit card was used for the approved Clerk/Treasurer NYCOM conference expenses.

Motion:  It is moved by Trustee Gustafson and seconded by Trustee Dunn that Abstract #6, Cemetery Fund in the amount of $ 1,411.59 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 #6, Library Fund in the amount of $ 14,534.33 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 Cavallaro and seconded by Trustee Miller that Abstract #6, General Fund Hand Items in the amount of $ 33,358.36 be approved for payment.  Roll:  Dunn: Aye, Gustafson: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, Miller: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None.  Carried.

Mayor Jaroszynski reviewed an email received from Treasurer Trask, dated November 8, 2021, regarding an inspection performed by Tim Strickland and his recommendations for repair of the windows in the Firemen’s Exempt Hall.  Superintendent Caprino was asked to follow-up on the repairs.   Trustee Cavallaro noted that the village should come up with a plan for regular maintenance and repairs of village buildings.

Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Gustafson to adjourn the meeting at 8:33 pm. Roll:  Dunn: Aye, Gustafson: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, Miller: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None.  Carried.

Respectfully submitted,
Anna Fales, Village Clerk

October 12, 2021 Regular Meeting

Mayor James M. Jaroszynski
Trustee Timothy Dunn-excused
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
Anna L. Fales, Village Clerk 

The regular meeting of the Village of Falconer Mayor and Board of Trustees was called to order on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at 7:00 P.M. at the Firemen’s’ Exempt Hall with Mayor James Jaroszynski presiding.   

Pledge of Allegiance & Roll

Trustee Dunn-excused. 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:   

Nina Gustafson, President of the Falconer Rotary Club, and Ron Schlegel of R.E. Kelley, Inc. in Brownsville, NY, were in attendance for board meeting. 

Minutes 

Trustee Gustafson made a motion, seconded by Trustee Cavallaro, to approve the minutes of the September 13, 2021 work session meeting and regular meeting of the Mayor and Board of Trustees. Roll:  Gustafson, Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, Miller: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye.  Carried. 

Trustee Gustafson stated that the August fire chief’s report noted for calls given 4 YTD to Gerry, not 2. Clerk Fales will correct in the regular meeting minutes. 

Fire Chief        

The chief’s September report was reviewed and noted that the department responded to 77-EMS (494-YTD), 1-structure fire (13-YTD), 0-truck fire (9-YTD), 0-trees down (2-YTD), 5-fire alarms (34-YTD), 0-MVA (13 YTD), 0- lines down (1-YTD), 2 lift assist (7-YTD) and 0-flooded basements (9-YTD), 4-stand-by (5-YTD), 0-CO Alarm (5-YTD), totaling 96 calls (661-YTD) as reported in September.   

Mutual Aid Breakdown- September 

Given:  Jamestown-9 (83-YTD), Frewsburg-22 (79-YTD), Kennedy-2 (13-YTD), Kiantone-1 (5-YTD), Gerry-0 (4-YTD), Fluvanna-0 (2-YTD), and Alstar-1 (3-YTD):  totaling 35 (192-YTD). 

Received: Medic 74-7 (47-YTD), Kennedy-3 (23-YTD), Frewsburg-1 (3-YTD), Fluvanna-0, Gerry-3 (9-YTD), Coroner-0, Kiantone-0 (2-YTD), Alstar-2 (14YTD), Stat Medivac-1 (2-YTD), and, Jamestown-0:  totaling 17 (102-YTD). 

The board once again voiced their concerns regarding the high volume of mutual aid EMS calls into a certain neighboring district.  Trustee Cavallaro noted that “mutual aid is not meant to have anyone (department) handle daily calls.  Mutual aid is for help.  Each department has a responsibility to their district to cover their own calls.”  Chief Yager stated that “Ambulance 71, when available, is the first unit toned out, then Falconer. 

Trustee Cavallaro made a motion, seconded by Trustee Miller, to accept Justin Marsh for membership into the Falconer Volunteer Fire Hose Company.    Roll:  Gustafson, Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, Miller: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye.  Carried.  Mr. Marsh was a past member of the Falconer Fire Company and has passed all the necessary medical and background checks. 

Code Enforcement 

The August -September code enforcement report was reviewed and noted 8 building permits were issued ($185.00), 30 YTD ($1,472.68), 15 building inspections performed (24 YTD), 0 certificates of occupancy (18 YTD), 2 certificates of compliance (4 YTD), N/R* phone calls/personal contact/email (90 YTD), 14 complaints received/actions taken (45 YTD), 0 notices of violation mailed (0 YTD), 0 notice of violations solved (0 YTD).    

Department of Public Works 

The DPW report was reviewed for the period September 13, 2021-October 7, 2021.   Several village and shared service projects were completed. 

Superintendent Caprino reported that the old fuel tanks and pumps sold at auction for $2,025.00. The DPW will be winterizing Falconer Park this week and locking the gates for the winter right before Halloween.  Leaf pickup starts Monday.  DPW staff will be back on 5-day work week beginning October 18, 2021. 

Mr. Ron Schlegel, of R.E. Kelley, Inc., gave the board a brief description of his findings and remediation recommendations following his preliminary inspection of the Community Building masonry; including the parapet, chimney block and mortar around the garage doors.  

Photos of the chimney were provided to the board showing the severe condition of the chimney’s brick and mortar, which substantiate Mr. Schlegel’s recommendation to either cap it off at the roofline or to have it rebuilt, depending on whether or not the chimney is being used to vent the heating system.  Mr. Schlegel proposed that a real lift be brought in to be used to safely pull some of the bricks in order to inspect the extent of damage and degradation of the existing brick and mortar.    The installation of flashing around the garage doors was also suggested to help minimize deterioration caused by water.  Mr. Schlegel noted if they performed the inspection in the fall, the village would have a good idea of the scope of work needed; minimizing the need for assumptions on work needed and total associated cost. 

Trustee Cavallaro noted that it has been approximately 30 years since the Community Building was repointed. 

Library   

The September library report was reviewed.  This month the library received $95.00 (copies/fax), $71.50 (fines), $76.00 (Book Sales), $335.00 (gifts & donations), and $2243.80 (other).   

The library board met on September 23rd and took the following actions: 

  • Approved Carrie Lyon as part-time library page, replacing Maree Dunn. Final approval is requested from the village board. 
  • Approved the Lego station for children, with the understanding that parents will be responsible to monitor their own children. 

The board received a mini diversity grant to purchase materials for specials needs classes, books, resources to be used to help “break the barriers of special needs aversion”.  The grant was written successfully by Sandy Thies.

Mrs. Becker noted that the owner of the Edward Work home located on E. Mosher Street has inquired regarding the village’s interest in its historical value should the current owner choose to sell the home. 

Trustee Miller made a motion, seconded by Trustee Cavallaro, to approve Carrie Lyon for the position of Falconer Public Library’s part time library page, effective immediately.  Aye, Gustafson, Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, Miller: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye.  Carried. 

Committees: 

Legal: 

Mr. Peterson submitted at photo copy of American Heavyweight Bare-knuckle Boxing Champion, John L. Sullivan.  The photo was autographed during John L’s visit to Falconer in 10/30/1886. Inscribed along with his autograph, is the phrase,” Remember me I am the Knocker”.  Mr. Peterson suggested the village add the photo to a village scrapbook for historical purposes. 

Public Safety: 

Trustee Cavallaro reported that 3 members of the truck committee will be traveling to Appleton, WI for a final inspection on the new pumper truck.   

Finance: 

The tax collectors report, dated 11/12/2021, of unpaid village taxes totaling $34,888.85, was submitted to the board for approval. 

Parks: 

The dog park committee is scheduled to meet on 10/14/2021.  Mayor Jaroszynski stated that he would like the village to develop a park survey for residents to have input on what they would like to see in Falconer Park. 

Pine Hill Cemetery:

Fall foundations are in. 

Old Business: 

The Village was awarded a Community Development grant from NYS to assist Jamestown Container in repair, upgrade and remediation activities at its manufacturing facility at 14 Deming Drive in the Village.  

The electric sign committee will be meeting in November to review final price quotes. 

Nina Gustafson, Falconer Rotary President, told the board that they will be holding the Santa Parade in the evening this year, at 5pm on November 20th.  The Rotary will contact the Fire Auxiliary Craft Fair organizers regarding the change in time.  Additionally, the Rotary is planning several other activities in hopes to build a daylong celebration of the holiday season.

New Business:  

Clerk Fales proposed the village consider holding semi-annual Village-Clean-up Days, similar to those held in Celoron.  Celoron, allows residents to dispose of trash, metals and other household items, free of charge, 2 times per year (some items will be excluded). 

Superintendent Caprino asked for approval to publish employment ads for a DPW motor vehicle operator to begin training as Mr. Yager’s replacement.    

Trustee Gustafson stated that he would invite Kris Stimson, of the Falconer School reunion committee to discuss their 2022 village-wide reunion plans at an upcoming board meeting.  He also noted that he and Trustee Miller had met to discuss potential uses for the ARPA funding.  He noted that the village has until April 2022 to provide a list of uses for the funds. Trustees Miller and Gustafson feel that a survey of village residents might be helpful. 

Halloween trick or treat hours are set in the Village from 5:30-7 pm on October 31st

Correspondence: 

The Falconer Rotary requested that the Village proclaim October 24, 2021 at World Polio Day.   

Trustee Gustafson’s letter, dated October 12, 2021, which acknowledged his review of the September 2021 unpaid vouchers and bank reconciliations on October 11, 2021, was reviewed and placed into record.   

Abstracts: 

Motion:  It is moved by Trustee Cavallaro and seconded by Trustee Miller that Abstract #5, General Fund in the amount of $ 36,444.27, reflecting the addition of $4500.00 due to Donegal Construction Corporation for the purchase of 2.5” Mill Asphalt, be approved for payment. Roll:  Gustafson: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, Miller: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None.  Carried. 

Motion:  It is moved by Trustee Gustafson and seconded by Trustee Miller that Abstract #5, Cemetery Fund in the amount of $ 746.33 be approved for payment.  Roll:  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 #5, Library Fund in the amount of $ 1,587.28 be approved for payment.  Roll:  Gustafson: Aye, Cavallaro: Abstain, Miller: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None.  Carried. 

Motion:  It is moved by Trustee Miller and seconded by Trustee Cavallaro that Abstract #5, General Fund Hand Items in the amount of $ 33,768.36 be approved for payment. Roll:  Gustafson: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, Miller: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None.  Carried. 

Trustee Miller made a motion, seconded by Trustee Cavallaro to adjourn the meeting at 8:26 pm. Roll:  Gustafson: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, Miller: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None.  Carried. 

Respectfully submitted,
Anna Fales, Village Clerk 

October 12, 2021 Work Session

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

Anna L. Fales, Village Clerk

The work session meeting of the Village of Falconer Mayor and Board of Trustees was held on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at 6:00 P.M. in the Firemen’s Exempt Hall with Mayor James Jaroszynski presiding.

Pledge of Allegiance & Roll

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

Parliamentary Procedure

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 THE TIME TO CONDUCT A DEBATE WITH ANYONE. IT IS A MEETING TO DELIBERATE AS THE MAYOR AND BOARD OF TRUSTEES TO TRANSACT BUSINESS OF THE VILLAGE. ALL REPORTS, REQUESTS, IF NECESSARY, WLL BE SUBMITTED TO THE RESPECTIVE COMMITTEE OR COMMISSION FOR STUDY, INFORMATION GATHERING AND RECOMMENDATIONS. ALL CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED HAS BEEN PLACED WITH TRUSTEES AND IS ON FILE.

Visitors:

The Fire Advisory Board members: Steve Vanstrom, Lance Hedlund, Peter Fuller, and Ken Lyon were present.

New Business:

A motion was made by Trustee Cavallaro, seconded by Trustee Miller to enter into executive session at 6:02 pm for the purpose of discussing the details of a proposed EMS billing contract. Roll: Gustafson: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, Miller: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: none. Carried. Major Jaroszynski invited the members of the Fire Advisory Board: Vanstrom, Hedlund, Fuller, Lyon and Clerk Fales to remain for the executive session discussion.

A motion was made by Trustee Gustafson, seconded by Trustee Miller to exit out of the executive session at 6:51 pm. Roll: Gustafson: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, Miller: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: none. Carried.

Trustee Cavallaro made a motion, seconded by Trustee Gustafson to adjourn the work session at 6:52 pm. Ayes: all. Nays: none. Carried.

Respectfully submitted,
Anna Fales, Village Clerk