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April 12, 2021 Annual Budget Hearing / Regular Meeting

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

Gregory Peterson, Village Attorney
Carl Caprino, DPW Superintendent
Lawrence E. Trask, Treasurer
Laurie Becker, Library Director
W. Robert Morris, Code Enforcement Officer
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 Monday, April 12, 2021 at 7:02 P.M. at the Firemen’s’ Exempt Hall with Mayor James Jaroszynski presiding.  

Pledge of Allegiance & Roll

Trustee Dunn was excused. Trustee Gustafson, Trustee Reynolds, Trustee Cavallaro, and Mayor Jaroszynski were present.

Visitors:  

The following visitors were in attendance:  Laura Smith, Mike Steele, Sandy Thies, Emma Steele, Mark Steele, Janice Steele, Mikaela LeBaron, Gregory Holmberg, and Pete and Jane Fuller.       

Moment of Silence

Mayor Jaroszynski called for a moment of silence in remembrance of Jamestown Councilwomen Vickye James, who passed away unexpectedly.  Mayor Jaroszynski described Mrs. James as “a fine women who gave everything (in her many years of service) to the city and the county and will be greatly missed”. 

Recognition 

Mayor Jaroszynski presented former Trustee, Michael Steele, with a certificate of recognition for his outstanding service and achievement in the betterment of our community.  Mayor Jim said that he has known Mike personally for many years.  “Our children played sports together, we served as trustees together on the board, and Mike served as my deputy mayor.  His service to the community was always above and beyond, and he was always willingly to give his time.” 

Trustee Steele was joined by his parents, Janice and Mark Steele, his daughter, Emma Steele, his sister, Sandy Thies and his girlfriend, Laura Smith.  

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 Gustafson made a motion, seconded by Trustee Reynolds, to open the Public Hearing on the FY 2021-2022 Budget at 7:08 pm.  Roll:  Gustafson: Aye, Reynolds: 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 Cavallaro made a motion, seconded by Trustee Reynolds, to close the Public Hearing on the FY 2021-2022 Budget at 7:11 pm.  Roll:  Gustafson: Aye, Reynolds: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None.  Carried.

Trustee Reynolds made a motion, seconded by Trustee Cavallaro, to approve the FY   2021-2022 Budget as presented.   Roll:  Gustafson: Aye, Reynolds: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None.  Carried.

Visitors:

Greg Holmberg, FCS Key Club President and Mikaela LeBaron, FSC Key Club Vice-President were in attendance seeking approval to set up a 24/7 community produce stand in Davis Park. All produce provided by the Key Club would be available free of charge to the community.

Minutes

Trustee Reynolds made a motion, seconded by Trustee Gustafson, to approve the minutes of the March 8, 2021 meeting of the Mayor and Board of Trustees, as written.  Roll:  Gustafson: Aye, Reynolds: 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 48-EMS, 3-structure fire, 0-vehicle fire, 6-fire alarms, 0-MVA, 0-CO alarms, 4-trees & wires, and 0- natural gas leaks, totaling 61 calls in March. 

Mutual Aid Breakdown- March
Given:  Jamestown-6, Frewsburg-9, Kennedy-0, Kiantone-0, Fluvanna-0, Alstar-1, Celoron-1, and Gerry-1, totaling 18.
Received: Medic 74-6, Kennedy-2, Frewsburg-0, Fluvanna-0, Gerry-0, Coroner-0, Kiantone-0, Alstar-1, and, Jamestown-0, totaling 9.

Chief Yager reported that bridge washing starts April 15th for which the fire department receives a stipend. He also noted that the bridge washing activity acts as a great training tool for department personnel. This training is important so that anyone on the scene of a fire can handle hose and operate pumps.  Junior firefighters also participate in these trainings.  There are currently 4 active juniors members participating in department activities. 

Code Enforcement

The code officer’s March report was reviewed and noted 4 (8 YTD) building permits were issued ($100.00), 8 YTD ($460.00), 1 building inspections performed (1 YTD), 16 certificates of occupancy (16 YTD), 2 certificates of compliance (2 YTD), 20 phone calls/personal contact/email (35 YTD), 5 complaints received/actions taken (8 YTD), 0 notices of violation mailed (0 YTD), 0 notice of violations solved (0 YTD).  Code Officer Morris was advised by Attorney Peterson to begin the condemnation process for the Pearl Street home damaged last year by fire.

Department of Public Works

The DPW report was reviewed for the period March 8, 2021-April 9, 2021. 

Superintendent Caprino presented the 2 piggyback bids for the proposed purchase of a new 10-wheeler truck for the DPW.

  • Sourcewell: $184,955.32
  • Onondaga County Contract: $179,659.00

Both contracts include the same package as the village’s current 10-wheeler-no extras.

Mr. Carpino reported to the board that Chautauqua County has already purchased 3 or 4 trucks using the Onondaga bid.

Trustee Reynolds made a motion, seconded by Trustee Cavallaro, to approve the purchase of a new International 10-Wheeler truck for use by the village DPW, using the Onondaga County piggyback bid, quote#14734, dated April 1, 2021, for total cost of $179,659.00, as provided by Superintendent Caprino.  The purchase of this vehicle is to be funded through the DPW Reserve Account.   Roll:  Gustafson: Aye, Reynolds: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None.  Carried.

Mayor Jaroszynski reported that the village still has not found anyone interested in taking over the school crossing guard position which will be vacated by Jim Rensel on April 20, 2021.  The school has been advised that there may not be a crossing guard after that time.  Following discussion, the board agreed to advertise one more time for a stand-alone crossing guard position.

Trustee Cavallaro made a motion, seconded by Trustee Reynolds, to hire Peter Fuller as the village’s licensed mosquito pesticide applicator.  Roll:  Gustafson: Aye, Reynolds: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None. Carried.

Library  

The March library report was reviewed.  This month the library received $47.00 (copies/fax), $0.00 (fines), $67.00 (Book Sales), $620.00 gifts & donations, and $984.07 other.  

Committees:

Public Safety:

Trustee Cavallaro made a motion, seconded by Trustee Gustafson, to authorize the Fire Advisory Board to enter into preliminary negotiations with Chautauqua County EMS with regards to operation of EMS/Ambulance services.  Roll:  Gustafson: Aye, Reynolds: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None.  Carried.

Downtown Development:

Mayor Jaroszynski noted to the board that he had spoken to a Home Leasing representative regarding an update on the Falconer Square project funding.  They said they are hoping to hear from the state at the end of April or May now that the state budget has passed.

He also made note that the following village businesses have or are closing their Falconer locations:

  • M&T Bank closing in June
  • Servis Plumbing has already closed
  • The Blue Fin pet store has announced their store is closing on June 23rd.

Farmers Market:

Trustee Reynolds reported that Scott Farms is on board but still needs to complete an application.  Abers is unavailable most Fridays.  No other applications have been received but that there has been some interest from others.

Finance:

Treasurer Trask said the village should receive their portion of the American Recovery Act funding from the town which will be based on the 2018 census.  The funds will be paid over 2 years.  It was suggested a committee be formed, including department managers, on how to best utilize the funds.

Parks and Recreation:

In hopes for more guidance from the state, the board agreed to table their decision until the May board meeting, regarding the opening of the summer rec program this year.

Mayor Jaroszynski stated that if funds allow, he would like the board to consider hiring park security for Falconer Park this summer.  He also stated that signage will be ordered outlining CDC Guidance and other park rules and policies for those using the park.

There are 17 youth baseball and softball teams scheduled to use the village fields this summer.  Scheduling is tight, so preference for use will be given to the village youth organizations.  

Pine Hill Cemetery:

Peter Fuller will look into prices to restore or replace the cemetery sign located at the North Work Street entrance.

Old Business:

Peter and Jane Fuller were in attendance to discuss their ideas for a Christmas in July event for this summer.  Mr. Fuller noted that they have been working with the county Health Department regarding several of their proposed activities but have not yet been approved to move forward due to COVID restrictions.   The Fullers will report back to the board in May.

The Der Kobblers Car Show and Memorial Day Parade were tabled for another 30 days or until the May board meeting.  Band Concerts in the park are approved pending COVID restrictions/guidelines at the time.  Village Clean-Up Day and garage sale days are both pending Rotary decision.

New Business:

Trustee Reynolds made a motion, seconded by Trustee Cavallaro, to approve the DPW 2021-2023 contract as presented and dated April 12, 2021.  Roll:  Gustafson: Aye, Reynolds: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None.  Carried.

Trustee Reynolds made a motion, seconded by Trustee Gustafson, to approve the Village of Falconer Employee Handbook as written and dated April 12, 2021.  Discussion:  Trustee Gustafson requested the “Grievance” section be updated to eliminate the arbitration section.  Roll:  Gustafson: Aye, Reynolds: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None.  Carried.

Mayor Jaroszynski noted that he will be tabling his appointment of a deputy mayor until after the November election.

Trustee Cavallaro made a motion, seconded by Trustee Gustafson, to approve the Annual Organizational motions as written:

In compliance with Village Law 50524 regarding the Annual Organizational Meeting, it is moved and seconded to approve:

  • 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, Village Clerk, Appointment of Village DPW Superintendent
  • Appointment of committee members
  • 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 that fall on a Monday holiday will be held the Tuesday immediately following the holiday
  • The present Procurement Policy
  • The present Disaster Plan
  • The present Public Health Emergency Plan
  • Setting the 2022 Organizational Meeting of the Village of Falconer as Monday, April 11, 2022, at 7:00 p.m.

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

Trustee Reynolds made a motion, seconded by Trustee Cavallaro, to approve a one-time only payout of up to and including 2 weeks of unused vacation time which resulted from of the COVID-19 pandemic.  This offer is only available to employees with an excessive balance of unused time, which if used may negatively impact village business.    Roll: Gustafson: Aye, Reynolds: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None.  Carried.

Trustee Cavallaro made a motion, seconded by Trustee Reynolds, to accept the RFP submitted by Bloomquist Landscaping, Inc. of $4,575.00, dated April 8, 2021 for 2021 maintenance and landscaping.   All wages are to be paid by Bloomquist Landscaping at NYS prevailing wage.    Roll:  Gustafson: Aye, Reynolds: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None.  Carried.

Abstracts

Motion:  It is moved by Trustee Reynolds and seconded by Trustee Cavallaro that Abstract #11, General Fund in the amount of $ 47,941.14 be approved for payment.  Roll: Gustafson: Aye, Reynolds: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None.  Carried

Motion:  It is moved by Trustee Gustafson and seconded by Trustee Reynolds that Abstract #11, Cemetery Fund in the amount of $ 320.38 be approved for payment.  Roll:  Gustafson: Aye, Reynolds: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None.  Carried

Motion:  It is moved by Trustee Reynolds and seconded by Trustee Gustafson that Abstract #11, Library Fund in the amount of $ 1,712.06 be approved for payment.  Roll:  Gustafson: Aye, Reynolds: Aye, Cavallaro: Abstain, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Ayes: 3, Abstain: 1, Nays: None.  Carried

Motion:  It is moved by Trustee Gustafson and seconded by Trustee Cavallaro that Abstract #11, General Fund Hand Items in the amount of $ 30,625.04 be approved for payment.  Roll:  Gustafson: Aye, Reynolds: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None.  Carried

Trustee Reynolds made a motion, seconded by Trustee Cavallaro, to adjourn the meeting at 8:56 pm. Roll:  Gustafson: Aye, Reynolds: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None.  Carried

Respectfully submitted,
Anna Fales, Village Clerk

April 20, 2020 Annual Budget Hearing / Regular Meeting

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

Gregory Peterson, Attorney
Anna L. Fales, Village Clerk
Lawrence Trask, Treasurer
Bryce Webster, Fire Chief
W. Robert Morris, Code Enforcement Officer
Peter C. Fuller, DPW Superintendent
Laurie Becker, Library Director

The annual budget hearing/regular meeting of the Village of Falconer Mayor and Board of Trustees was held on Monday, April 20, 2020 at 7:00 P.M. via Zoom Video/Teleconference with Mayor James Jaroszynski presiding.

Pledge of Allegiance

Visitors

Mayor Jaroszynski addressed the visitors with the following statement:
“Anybody out there that wants to address this board, they can email the village clerk falconer@netsync.net or by telephone tomorrow and we’ll get back to you with answers as soon as we can. That’s just for the (regular) meeting.”

In attendance via Zoom were Tim Becker, acting as meeting co-host, Jordan Patterson of the Post Journal and an unknown visitor identified on the screen as TJ.

Roll:

Trustee Steele, Trustee Dunn, Trustee Gustafson, Trustee Reynolds and Mayor Jaroszynski were all present.

Budget Presentation:

Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Gustafson, to open the Hearing for the 20/21 budget. Roll: Steele: Aye, Dunn: Aye, Gustafson: Aye, Reynolds: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None. Carried.

Mayor Jaroszynski noted that the preliminary budget was presented for review at the March 2nd village board meeting. He gave a brief over view, stating that he “finds it to be a good budget.” “Something the taxpayers can feel good with.” He also noted that the budget calls for a $ 0.15/thousand tax increase over last year. The new rate will be $9.39, up from $9.24 this year. He then opened the floor for questions or comments from the board and public; asking anyone wishing to speak to raise their hands. It was noted that there was no showing of hands.

Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Steele, to close the Hearing for the 20/21 budget. Roll: Steele: Aye, Dunn: Aye, Gustafson: Aye, Reynolds: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None. Carried.

Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Gustafson, to adopt the 20/21 budget as presented. In addition, the board reserves the right to make future budgetary modifications for fiscal year 20/21 revenues and expenses, which may result from the COVID-19 crisis. All department managers must strictly adhere to the Village of Falconer and the New York State procurement policies for any and all purchases. Roll: Steele: Aye, Dunn: Aye, Gustafson: Aye, Reynolds: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None. Carried.

Minutes

Trustee Reynolds made a motion, seconded by Trustee Gustafson, to approve the minutes of the regular Board of Trustee meeting of March 2, and the minutes/transcription of the special Board of Trustee meeting of March 23rd, all as s written. Roll: Steele: Aye, Dunn: Aye, Gustafson: Aye, Reynolds: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None. Carried.

Fire Chief

The chief’s March report was reviewed and noted that the department responded to 41 EMS, 9 Cancelled in Route, 2 Structure Fire, 1 Good intent, 1 system or detector malfunction, 1 electrical wiring/equipment problem, 1 combustible/flammable spills & leaks, and 1 chemical release, reaction, or toxic, totaling 57 calls in March/360.04 personnel hours.

Mutual Aid Breakdown- February
Given: Jamestown-6, Fly Car-3, Frewsburg-3, Kennedy 1, Randolph-1, Cherry Creek-1, Gerry-1, Town of Ellicott Police 1, totaling 17.
Received: Medic 1-1, Alstar-1, Gerry-1, Kennedy-3, Kiantone-1, Fly Car Assist-9, County Fire Police-1, totaling 17.

Mutual Aid Breakdown- March
Given: Jamestown-12, Fly Car-2, Frewsburg-6, Kennedy 3, Town of Ellicott Police 1, totaling 24.
Received: Fluvanna-1, Gerry-2, Kennedy-3, Kiantone-1, Fly Car Assist-3, County Fire Coordinator-1, totaling 11.

Chief Webster responded to Trustee Gustafson’s inquiry regarding the department’s PPE status, saying that the department is “completely set” with what its current needs are for PPE (personal protective equipment in response to the COVID-19 crisis).

Code Enforcement

The March code officer report was reviewed. It was noted 5 ($125.00) building permits were issued, 0 building inspections were performed, 0 certificates of occupancy were issued, 0 certificates of compliance, 40 phone calls/personal contact/emails were addressed, 10 complaints received/actions taken. 7 notices of violations mailed, 1 notice of violations resolved, 1 stop work order issued, and 1 stop work order resolved. CEO Morris also reported that due to the current NY PAUSE order by Governor Cuomo, the village has placed a hold on all new (non-emergency/essential) building permits and inspections until further notice.

Department of Public Works

The DPW report was reviewed for the period March 2, 2020-April 8, 2020.
Superintendent Fuller reported that the DPW department is now working on a 3-man on, 1-man off rotation due to COVID-19 situation.

Library

The March library report was reviewed. This month the library received $24.00 for fines, $50.00 for copies and faxes, $125.00 holiday sale, $973.00 for gifts & donation, and other $850.90. Mrs. Becker noted that in response to the Governor’s orders for the COVID-19 crisis, the Library has been closed since March 17th. Sandy Thies has been busy volunteering making masks and writing book quoted on sidewalks throughout the village. Ashley Nelson is now streaming Story-Hour for children on Facebook Live. Trustee Gustafson commented that his family is “really enjoying” the Story-Hours.

Committees:

Animal Control:

The March 2020 animal control report was reviewed, noting one complaint of an at-large dog on E. Mosher Street.

Trustee Steele read a letter, dated March 11, 2020 from Joseph and Rita Taylor, 25 E Falconer Street, requesting a special permit to house 3 dogs at his residence. After discussion, Trustee Steele made a motion, seconded by Trustee Dunn, to table the special permit request pending further investigation by Officer Belin. Roll: Steele: Aye, Dunn: Aye, Gustafson: Aye, Reynolds: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None. Carried.

Trustee Steele submitted into record the report received from Officer Belin, dated April 9, 2020, regarding his April 7, 2020 investigation of the Jaroszynski property at 411 West Avenue, Falconer, NY. Officer Belin’s report was summarized noting that he, Officer Belin, “had never received a formal type of complaint regarding the dogs at 411 West Avenue. So, under Section 5.12 of the Village of Falconer Animal Control Law, he could see no reason that the Falconer Village Board should not issue a special permit for a third dog if they elect to do so.”

Trustee Steele made a motion, seconded by Trustee Dunn, to approve a one-year special permit to house three dogs, as long as there are no complaints from the neighborhood in that one-year time. The permit will be renewable yearly with the submission of a new application. Roll: Steele: Aye, Dunn: Aye, Gustafson: Aye, and Reynolds: Aye. Nays: None. Jaroszynski: Abstain. Carried.

Farmers Market

Trustee Reynold’s was given an update on the market’s status by the mayor, noting that the market was tabled by the board for one year. Trustee Reynolds asked, “Is there any way to do something like that in a non-official capacity or anything of that nature. Just, because I feel like a lot of farmers locally would probably like the opportunity to get their produce out there, and I know it’s a, it might be a good engagement opportunity for folks in our town.” Trustee Dunn replied, the deadline to apply to hold a market during the summer of 2020 had passed.

Fire Advisory Board:

Trustee Steele read the following letter from the Fire Advisory Board into record:

“The fire advisory board requested the village board to pass a resolution, establishing a fire truck purchasing committee. While advisory nature of the purchase of said committee shall be to:

  1. Consider and draw specifications necessary for the bidding process.
  2. Research and prepare for the sale of existing engine 401.
  3. Report on a regular basis to the village board.

The proposed committee will consist of six members as follows:
Ken Lyons, Lance Hedlund, Anthony Cavallaro, Bryce Webster, Avery Faulkner, Orville Eckard.

The proposed chairperson for the committee is Anthony Cavallaro. It is understood that while this resolution establishes the committee is a functioning group, a separate resolution will be necessary for the purchase of said truck in a sale of existing truck. The anticipated length of time necessary for the whole collection of data in preparation of the bid is expected to be between seven and 18 months. The formation of this committee is temporary and the committee will be dissolved work is accomplished.”

Trustee Steele made a motion, seconded by Trustee Dunn, to approve the for mentioned Fire Advisory Board’s request as written. Roll: Steele: Aye, Dunn: Aye, Gustafson: Aye, Reynolds: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None. Carried.

Parks:

Superintendent Fuller requested approval to replace the four cameras over by the playground area, park pavilions and the parking lot. Two of the existing cameras were recently damaged by vandals. The approximate price quoted by FSC for the upgrades was $2,000. Following discussion, and in consideration with the current state of the economy due to the COVID-19 crisis, the board agreed to hold off on the purchase.

Planning and Zoning:

Trustee Gustafson reported that all meetings are currently on hold due to the COVID-19 crisis.

New Business:

Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Gustafson, to approve the Annual Organizational motions as written:

  • In compliance with Village Law 50524 regarding the Annual Organizational Meeting, it is moved and seconded to approve:
    • 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
    • Appointment of committee members
    • 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,
    • The present Procurement Policy
    • Setting the 2021 Organizational Meeting of the Village of Falconer as Monday, April 11, 2021, at 7:00 p.m.
    Roll: Steele: Aye, Dunn: Aye, Gustafson: Aye, Reynolds: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None. Carried.
  • The Board discussed the 2020 Memorial Day Parade and concluded that due to the social distancing requirements set forth by Governor Cuomo in response to the COVID-19 crisis, a traditional parade may not be feasible this year. The Falconer American Legion will be contacted by Clerk Fales.

Abstracts

Motion: It is moved by Trustee Dunn and seconded by Trustee Steele that Abstract #11, General Fund in the amount of $ 20,814.65 be approved for payment. Roll: Steele: Aye, Dunn: Aye, Gustafson: Aye, Reynolds: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None. Carried

Motion: It is moved by Trustee Gustafson and seconded by Trustee Reynolds that Abstract #11, Cemetery Fund in the amount of $ 615.43 be approved for payment. Roll: Steele: Aye, Dunn: Aye, Gustafson: Aye, Reynolds: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None. Carried

Motion: It is moved by Trustee Steele and seconded by Trustee Dunn that Abstract #11, Library Fund in the amount of $ 674.51 be approved for payment. Roll: Steele: Aye, Dunn: Aye, Gustafson: Aye, Reynolds: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None. Carried

Motion: It is moved by Trustee Reynolds and seconded by Trustee Steele that Abstract #11, General Fund Hand Items in the amount of $20,696.59 be approved for payment. Roll: Steele: Aye, Dunn: Aye, Gustafson: Aye, Reynolds: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None. Carried

Mayor Jaroszynski closed the meeting with the following comments:

“Okay, just my closing notes here because of what’s happening nationally and in our own state and our own community. I just felt it as mayor just to give praise to local fire department, to our local healthcare workers. They’re going above and beyond. All our essential workers are going above and beyond in response to this to the virus. To this Coronavirus. I’d also and just as you all can read and see on TV, the people around the nation and in New York state, that because of the Corona, COVID crisis, have been laid off, or their jobs have been lost. Food Banks are just working tremendous right now and we have at least one that I know of in Falconer. So, if we as a board or as a community can reach out and give to these food banks, it would be much appreciated, and I would appreciate it. So that’s, that’s my closing comments. As far as the board meeting tonight.”

Adjourn

Motion to adjourn into Executive Session for the purpose of employment review at 7:44 pm.
Motion made by: Trustee Steele
Seconded by: Trustee Dunn
Roll: Steele: Aye, Dunn: Aye, Gustafson: Aye, Reynolds: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None. Carried

Motion to close the executive session and re-enter into open session at 7:46 pm.
Motion made by: Trustee Steele
Seconded by: Trustee Gustafson
Roll: Steele: Aye, Dunn: Aye, Gustafson: Aye, Reynolds: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None. Carried

Motion to adjourn the meeting 7:48 pm.
Motion made by: Trustee Steele
Seconded by: Trustee Gustafson
Roll: Steele: Aye, Dunn: Aye, Gustafson: Aye, Reynolds: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None. Carried

Respectfully submitted,
Anna Fales, Village Clerk

April 8, 2019 Annual Budget Hearing / Regular Meeting

Mayor James R. Rensel
Trustee Timothy Dunn
Trustee James Jaroszynski
Trustee J. Michael Steele
Trustee Deette Dispenza

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

The regular meeting of the Village of Falconer Mayor and Board of Trustees was held on Monday, April 8, 2019 at 7:00 P.M. in the Community Building Board Room with Mayor James Rensel presiding.

Trustee Steele made a motion, seconded by Trustee Jaroszynski, to accept, effective immediately, Trustee DeEtte Dispenza’s Letter of Resignation from her position of Trustee and Deputy Mayor of the Village. The Letter was dated March 11, 2019. Mayor Rensel thanked Trustee Dispenza for her service to the village, stating that she will be sorely missed. Ayes: Dunn, Steele, Jaroszynski, and Rensel. Recused: Dispenza. Carried.

Mayor Rensel noted that there were several interested individuals to replace Trustee Dispenza. Mayor Rensel appointed Carmella Catanese to replace Trustee Dispenza as Trustee and J. Michael Steele as Deputy Mayor. There was no opposition from the board. Oaths’ of Office were performed.

Visitors

DeEtte Dispenza 221 W. Everett Street, Alan Gustafson Jr of 105 W. Main Street, and Janet & Matt Durland of 219 E. James Street were in attendance. Mr. & Mrs. Durland submitted a Letter of Interest for the purchase the spare lot located at 211 E. James Street at a purchase price of $6,000.00. Mayor Rensel noted that there was at least one other interested party to be considered.

Minutes

Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Steele, to approve the minutes of March 11, 2019 as written. Ayes: Dunn, Steele, Jaroszynski, Catanese and Rensel. Carried.

Public Hearing

Mayor Rensel called for a motion to open the Public Hearing on the 2019-2020 Budget. Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Jaroszynski, to open the Public Hearing to discuss the 2019-2020 Budget. It was noted that the W. Main Street fires put the village in a tough position; resulting in a loss of $330,000 in total tax base. This budget reflects a 2% increase in tax levy which is still below the rate of inflation, which is currently 2.55%. Tax rate will increase from $9.02-$9.24/$1000, remaining within the Property Tax Cap Limit.

A motion was made by Trustee Steele, seconded by Trustee Dunn, to close the Public Hearing. Ayes: Dunn, Steele, Jaroszynski, Catanese and Rensel. Carried. Trustee Jaroszynski made a motion, seconded by Trustee Dunn to approve the 2019-2020 Budget as presented and without modification. Ayes: Dunn, Steele, Jaroszynski, Catanese and Rensel. Carried.

The total budget is $1,410,400 with a new tax rate of $9.24 per thousand. The 2017-2018 Real Property Assessed Value decreased to $90,679,233.

Fire Chief

The chief’s March report was reviewed and noted that the department responded to 59 EMS calls, 4 fire, 3 HAZMAT, 1 fire alarm, 1 water evacuation, 2 standby calls and 1 rubbish fire, totaling 71 calls, 452.22 personnel hours in March.

Trustee Dunn questioned the origin of high number of calls the department has been responding to in recent months. If another municipality is putting an undo the burden (above the usual shared service calls) on Falconer, is there a way to bill that municipality for the service?

Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Jaroszynski, to sell Falconer Fire Department surplus equipment through auctionsinternational.com. Ayes: Dunn, Steele, Jaroszynski, Catanese and Rensel. Carried. Chief Piazza must provide Mayor Rensel with a complete & itemized list of surplus equipment to be sold prior to contacting Auctions International.

Trustee Steele made a motion, seconded by Trustee Jaroszynski, to accept Tina Chase as an EMS only member in the Falconer Fire Department. All required background checks and physicals have been completed satisfactorily. Ayes: Dunn, Steele, Jaroszynski, Catanese and Rensel. Carried.

The Fire Department Inspection Dinner will be held Saturday, April 27, 2019 at the Falconer Moose Club.

Code Enforcement Office

The code enforcement report for March was reviewed noting that 4 building permits were issued ($100 collected/$185 YTD), 5 building inspections were performed/13 YTD, 0 certificates of occupancy/0 YTD, and 0 certificates of compliance/4 YTD. There were 45 phone calls, e-mails, personal contacts made/105 YTD and 10 notices of complaints filed with action taken by the CE office in the month of March/24 YTD.

Mr. Gustafson proposed updating the code enforcement fee schedule. A plan will be presented at upcoming meeting.

Zoning law updates need to be a village priority. Also should consider combining planning & zoning boards into a single board.

Department of Public Works

The DPW report was reviewed for the period March 12-April 7, 2019.

Mr. Fuller reported that the Community Building roof repair has been completed and that the parapet walls are in urgent need of re-pointing.

Library

The March library report was reviewed. This month the library received $62.00 for fines, $55.00 for copies and faxes, $70.00 basket sale, $1825.00 for gifts and donations, and $864.19 other-CCLS Materials Plan.

Committees:

Animal Control:

One owner sited for dog running at large.

Parks:

The camera system is down at Falconer Park. It is in need of an internal power unit (recording system). Superintendent Fuller is working on options for repair/replacement of the system.

Downtown Development:

Pride Day date change to May 4, 2019.

Home Leasing LLC proposed a mixed use development project for 5 downtown parcels along W. Main Street. The village owns 2 of the 5 parcels and is being offered a purchase price $39,000 from Home Leasing for the two properties. This price is based on an independent appraisal of the properties.

Mr. Peterson explained that according to Municipal Law, the Village of Falconer has the power to sell publically owned properties to a private entity without a public hearing or forum.

Trustee Catanese asked for clarification regarding income limits for apartments to be included in the proposed “workforce housing” development. Anna will reach out to Home Leasing regarding mixed income limits.

Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Jaroszynski to approve Resolution #5-2019, authorizing the Purchase/Sale Agreement between Home Leasing, Inc and the Village of Falconer. Ayes: Dunn, Steele, Jaroszynski, Catanese and Rensel. Carried

Finance:

Mr. Trask reported that the Village’s proposed 2019-2020 Property Tax Cap is under review by the OSC. No adverse findings are expected.

Planning & Zoning Board:

Trustee Jaroszynski made a motion, seconded by Trustee Dunn, to combine the Planning & Zoning Board of Appeals into one 7 member board with 2 alternates. Ayes: Dunn, Steele, Jaroszynski, Catanese and Rensel. Carried. Mr. Gustafson is going to confirm that current members are interested in remaining on the combined board.

New Business:

Trustee Jaroszynski made a motion, seconded by Trustee Steele to accept the 2019-2020 committee Structure as presented by Mayor Rensel. Ayes: Dunn, Steele, Jaroszynski, Catanese and Rensel. Carried

Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Steele, to approve in compliance with Village Law 50524 regarding the Annual Organizational Meeting:

  • 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 and Chautauqua County Disaster Preparedness Plan
  • Reappointment of all current committee members
  • 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,
  • The present Procurement Policy,
  • Normal Board Meetings scheduled for the second Monday of each month at 7 pm, and all Work Sessions scheduled at 5:45 pm on the same evening, and which fall on a legal holiday will both be held on the Second Tuesday of that month at their regularly scheduled times of 5:45 pm and 7:00 pm, all other meetings will remain on the second Monday of each month,
  • Setting the 2020 Organizational Meeting of the Village of Falconer as Monday, April 13, 2020, at 7:00 p.m.

Ayes: Dunn, Steele, Jaroszynski, Catanese and Rensel. Carried.

This year’s Memorial Day Parade has been pushed back to begin 10:15 am to assist the Falconer-Frewsburg High School band in meeting time constrains for all three municipalities (Frewsburg, Kennedy and Falconer) in which they march.

The 2019 Falconer Park Youth Program-will only run for 6 weeks this summer due to the Falconer Central School schedule. The budget and payroll will be adjusted to reflect the change.

Abstracts

Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Steele that Abstract #11, General Fund in the amount of $59,097.46 be approved for payment. Ayes: Dunn, Steele, Jaroszynski, Catanese and Rensel. Carried.

Trustee Jaroszynski made a motion, seconded by Trustee Catanese, that Abstract #11, Cemetery Fund in the amount of $315.42 be approved for payment. Ayes: Dunn, Steele, Jaroszynski, Catanese and Rensel. Carried.

Trustee Catanese made a motion, seconded by Trustee Dunn, that Abstract #11, Library Fund in the amount of $1,267.60 be approved for payment. Ayes: Dunn, Steele, Jaroszynski, Catanese and Rensel. Carried.

Trustee Steele made a motion, seconded by Trustee Jaroszynski, that Abstract #11, General Fund Hand Items in the amount of $ 36,172.17 be approved for payment. Ayes: Dunn, Steele, Jaroszynski, Catanese and Rensel. Carried.

Motion to Adjourn to Executive Session

Trustee Steele made a motion, seconded by Trustee Jaroszynski, to adjourn into executive session for the purpose personnel matter at 8:51 PM. Ayes: Dunn, Steele, Jaroszynski, Catanese and Rensel. Carried. No formal actions was taken during this meeting.

Anna L. Fales
Village Clerk