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November 14, 2022 Regular Meeting

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

Gregory Peterson, Attorney
Cindy Capestrani, Village Clerk
Bryce Webster, Fire Chief
Paul Andalora, Code Enforcement Officer
Carl Caprino, DPW Superintendent
Laurie Becker, Library Director

The regular meeting of the Village of Falconer Mayor and Board of Trustees was held on Tuesday, November 14, 2022 at 6:00 P.M. in the Firemen’s Exempt Hall with Mayor James Jaroszynski presiding. 

Pledge of Allegiance & Roll:

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

Visitors

Brenda Cavallaro
Nina Gustafson
Steve Garvey
Patricia Bellardo
Justin Gould (WNY News)
Glen Dickerson
Chris Schrader
Peter Fuller
Brian D Nelson
Mindy Trapani
Anna Fales
Amy Bellardo
Jim Ribaudo
Yvonne Ribaudo
Alan Gustafson
Danielle Marra
Brenda Weiler
Mary Fales
Sandy Theis
Holly Hanna
Joseph Taylor
James Rensel
Joe & DiEtte Dispenza

Parliamentary Procedure

THE VILLAGE OF FALCONER WELCOMES PUBLIC COMMENT BY ALL. WE ASK THAT YOU STAND, STATE YOUR NAME AND KEEP YOUR COMMENTS BRIEF (3 MINUTES OR LESS) AS A COURTESY TO THE BUSINESS NATURE OF THE MEETING AND OTHER TIME CONSTRAINTS. IF YOU WISH TO HAVE AN INTERACTIVE CONVERSATION WITH THE BOARD AND/OR MAYOR REGARDING A SPECIFIC MATTER OR CONCERN, IT WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED IF YOU REQUEST TO BE PLACED ON THE AGENDA AND PROVIDE AN OUTLINE OF THE MATTER YOU WISH TO DISCUSS AT LEAST ONE WEEK PRIOR TO THE MEETING. YOU MAY DO THIS BY CONTACTING THE MAYOR OR CLERK AT (716) 665-4400. THANK YOU FOR YOUR KIND CONSIDERATION ON THIS MATTER.

Visitor Comments

Comments made from visitors addressing the board.

  • Falconer Rotary Club reminded of the upcoming Santa parade on Saturday, November 19th at 5pm. The Rotary Club was given permission to remove small shrub in front of Santa House to replace with a 10’-12’ tree that they could decorate as part of their tree lighting ceremony. 
  • Brian Nelson – requested an update on leasing the village owned empty lot on West Main Street. Mayor Jaroszynski noted that the DPW has been busy with leaf collection and may not have the time to grade the property before the snow removal months.
  • Dog park does not belong in a residential area or in the village park
  • Area proposed for dog park is the main play area for the summer recreation program
  • People go to the park for green space and quiet time
  • The park is closed in the winter – is the dog park going to be open?
  • Dog park would be noisy to people renting the pavilions
  • Possible water contamination with the dog park being close to the edge of the creek
  • Are people going to pay to use when there is no fee at Lakewood dog park
  • Rotary’s dog park proposal is fully funded without village money
  • More users in the park creates a safer environment
  • Studies have shown that there is no negative effect of fecal material as long as animals are not crossing waterways 

Minutes

Trustee Gustafson made a motion, seconded by Trustee Cavallaro, to approve the minutes of the October 11, 2022 Regular Board of Trustees Meeting.  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 the minutes of the October 24, 2022 Special Board of Trustees Meeting.  Roll: Gustafson: Aye, Dunn: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, Miller: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: none.  Carried.  

Fire Chief

The chief’s October report was reviewed and noted that the department responded to 49 EMS, 18 Cancelled in Route, 2 Structure fires, 1 system or detector malfunction, 9 Unintentional system, 4 public service assistance, 2 Cover assignment standby at fire station, 2 False Alarm, total 87 calls in October /779 YTD.

Mutual Aid Breakdown- October 2022
                   Given:  Jamestown-16, Frewsburg-12, Gerry-3, Kennedy-6, Fluvanna-1, total 38  
                   Received:  Medic 74-13, Gerry-1, Alstar-3, Kennedy-4, Kiantone-3, total 24

Fire department applied for a grant to the Community Foundations requesting $20,000 for repair work and a non-slip coating to the truck bay floors in the Fire Station. Price to complete all the work is $28,736. Community Foundation awarded $15,000 to the Fire Department for this project.  Current floor is over 25 years old, has stress cracks and is a safety issue when wet. Recommendation by Treasurer Trask would be to take balance out of the Fire Hall reserve.

Trustee Cavallaro made a motion, seconded by Trustee Miller to accept Community Foundation Grant in the amount of $15,00 for flooring in Fire Department Roll: Gustafson: Aye, Dunn: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, Miller: Aye and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None.  Carried. 

Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Gustafson to approve spending the additional amount to add to the grant to repair the floor put in the Fire Hall. Roll: Gustafson: Aye, Dunn: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, Miller: Aye and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None.  Carried. 

Trustee Cavallaro made a motion, seconded by Trustee Dunn to approve membership of Misty Babcock into the Hook and Ladder Company, effective immediately. Satisfactory background and medical evaluation documents were reviewed by the board and filed with the clerk.  Roll: Gustafson: Aye, Dunn: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, Miller: Aye and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None.  Carried. 

Code Enforcement

The October code officer report was reviewed.  It was noted 6 building permits totaling $275 were issued, 3 building inspections were performed, 10 phone calls/personal contact/emails were addressed.

Highlights:

  • Recently participated in a meeting regarding the marketing of the empty lots on Main Street
  • 13 Mason Street & 102 N. Work Street – rehab work has started with new owners on both
  • 17 E. Mosher – owner has completed upper and lower front porches – need to final inspect
  • 460 W. Main Street – updating signage

Attorney Peterson noted there has been activity between attorneys and the insurance companies regarding 217 E. Pearl Street which was subject to notice of violation.  

Department of Public Works

The DPW report was reviewed for the period October 10 – November 10, 2022. 

Library Emergency Roof Repair – Lewis Construction repaired the roof that was leaking over the library as well as repaired the crack in the sandstone on the parapet.

Community Building Camera System Upgrade – Trustee Dunn and Trustee Gustafson shared a comparison on quotes/features from Allied Alarm and FSC to upgrade existing camera system.  Treasurer Trask added that upgrading the camera system was not budgeted so that needs to be considered when determining how many cameras to add at this time. It was decided to schedule a work session to further discuss the Camera system upgrade as well as the fire alarm upgrade that was presented at the last meeting from both companies.

Library  

The October 11, 2022 – November 14, 2022 library report was reviewed. 

Committees:

Finance:

Treasurer Trask submitted a sales tax analysis for review. The Town of Ellicott will be increasing the fee for the village property tax collection to $4,750 a year. 

Legal:  

Public Safety:   

Fire Board met recently on the EMS billing though the county. Should see some revenue coming in the next few months.

Downtown Development 

Farmers Market

Parks: 

Information in folder to review regarding setting pricing for pavilion rental fees for 2023.

Pine Hill Cemetery:

Trustee Gustafson reported that leaf collection had concluded at the cemetery.

Planning/Zoning Board:

Trustee Gustafson will set a date in the future once details have been looked over and finalized to discuss food truck regulations.

Old Business:

  • Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Miller, to reappoint Lawrence E. Trask as Treasurer on an as needed basis. Roll: Gustafson: Aye, Dunn: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, Miller: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: none.  Carried.  
  • Mayor Jaroszynski reported board that a person has accepted the position of treasurer and will be appointed at the next board meeting.
  • Dog Park Discussion – The Falconer Rotary handed out to the board information, photos and dimensions of the proposed dog site location within Falconer Park. The board scheduled a work session for Monday, December 5that 6:00 pm so that they have time to review all of the information. 
  • Santa Parade Flyer – with information on upcoming Santa Parade on Saturday, November 19th at 5pm.

New Business:

  • The board discussed the Park Pavilion rental rates for 2023 and it was decided to keep the rental fees the same as 2022 with no increase.

Correspondence:  

Abstracts

Motion:  It is moved by Trustee Dunn and seconded by Trustee Cavallaro that Abstract #6, General Fund in the amount of $35,526.31 plus balance of emergency roof repair to Lewis Contracting be approved for Payment. Roll: Gustafson: Abstain, Dunn: 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 #6, Cemetery Fund in the amount of $1,818.53 be approved for payment.  Roll: Gustafson: Aye, Dunn: 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 $2,139.95 be approved for payment. Roll: Gustafson: Aye, Dunn: 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 #6, General Fund Hand Items in the amount of $158,036.55 be approved for payment. Roll: Gustafson: Aye, Dunn: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, Miller: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: none. Carried. 

Trustee Gustafson’s letter, dated November 14, 2022, which acknowledged his review of the October 2022 unpaid vouchers and bank reconciliations for M&T Bank and Community Bank on November 13, 2022, was placed into record.

Service Plaque Presentation to retiring Treasurer Lawrence E. Trask:  

Mayor Jaroszynski spoke thanking Treasurer Trask for his service to the Village of Falconer for the past 20 years. He mentioned that he will miss one of Larry’s sayings “it is your decision Mr. Mayor but….”

Treasurer Trask was then presented with a plaque, dinner gift certificate and card from the board and village co-workers. Former Mayor James Rensel also spoke highly about Larry’s service to the village and his commitment to the taxpayers of the village. 

Town of Ellicott Clerk Amy Bellardo spoke and thanked Treasurer Trask for all of his assistance over the years to the town.

Attorney Peterson also spoke highly of the service that Treasurer Trask provided to the village and noted that he will be truly missed.

Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Cavallaro to adjourn the meeting at 7:28 pm. Ayes-all. Motion carried.        

Respectfully submitted,
Cindy Capestrani, Village Clerk

October 11, 2022 Regular Meeting

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

Gregory Peterson, Attorney-Excused
Cindy Capestrani, Village Clerk
Bryce Webster, Fire Chief
Paul Andalora, Code Enforcement Officer
Carl Caprino, DPW Superintendent
Laurie Becker, Library Director

The regular meeting of the Village of Falconer Mayor and Board of Trustees was held on Tuesday, October 11, 2022 at 6:00 P.M. in the Firemen’s Exempt Hall with Mayor James Jaroszynski presiding. 

Pledge of Allegiance & Roll:

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

Visitors

Alan Gustafson Sr & Nina Gustafson of Gerry, NY and Brenda Weiler of Falconer, NY were present to observe the proceedings.

Parliamentary Procedure

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.

Minutes

Trustee Gustafson made a motion, seconded by Trustee Miller , to approve the minutes of the September 19, 2022 Regular Board of Trustees Meeting that included the Public Hearing for the NY Forward Program and the October 3, 2022 Work Session Meeting.  Roll: Gustafson: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, Miller: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: none.  Carried.  

Fire Chief

The chief’s September report was reviewed and noted that the department responded to 55 EMS, 17 Cancelled in Route, 1 Hazmat release investigation, 3 medical assist, 1 system or detector malfunction, 2 Unintentional system, 1 public service assistance, 3 Cover assignment standby at fire station, 1 combustible/flammable spills/leaks, total 84 calls in Sept. /784 YTD. 

Mutual Aid Breakdown- September 2022
                   Given:  Jamestown-11, Frewsburg-11, Kennedy-2, Kiatone-1 Fluvanna-1, total 26
                   Received:  Medic-10, Alstar-3, Kennedy-5, Kiantone-2, Gerry-1, total 21.

  • The VFD has provided mutual aid to several area structure fires recently. Mayor Jaroszynski commended the Falconer Volunteer Department for their service.
  • Five members recently completed and passed a pump operator class and are now NYS Certified Pump Operators. 
  • Emergency Vehicle Operations Course will start the beginning of November with 7-8 members interested to attend. 
  • Falconer Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting a “Trunk or Treat” event on Halloween night, 5:30-8:00 at the Fire Hall. 

Trustee Gustafson made a motion, seconded by Trustee Miller  to approve membership of Kyle T. Heelas into the Hook and Ladder Company, effective immediately. Satisfactory background and medical evaluation documents were reviewed by the board and filed with the clerk.  Roll: Gustafson: Aye,  Cavallaro: Aye, Miller: Aye and Jaroszynski: Abstain. Nays: None.  Carried. 

Code Enforcement

The September code officer report was reviewed.  It was noted 1 building permit totaling $10 was issued, 2 building inspections were performed, 9 phone calls/personal contact/emails were addressed.

Highlights:

  • Attended a National Grid Presentation with Deputy Mayor Cavallaro regarding renewable energy project development that could benefit the village.
  • Attended a networking event for the Chautauqua County Landbank for their 10-year anniversary. 
  • 13 Mason Street – several buildings permits have been issued to new owner. Building previously had a fire back in 2019.
  • 102 N. Work Street – House had a fire this past July, will be meeting with new owners to discuss plans for building.
  • 223 W. Main Street – owners are updating and replacing 3 signs on the building.

Mayor Jaroszynski noted  the overgrown lawn on 19 W. Phetteplace has finally been mowed. 

Department of Public Works

The DPW report was reviewed for the period September19 -October 6, 2022. 

The board reviewed a quote from Chautauqua Court Resurfacing to resurface the basketball court in Falconer Park. Supervisor Caprino stated we need to get on the list if we want to have done in the spring.

Trustee Miller made a motion, seconded by Trustee Cavallaro to accept the quote for $10,500 from Chautauqua Court Resurfacing for May 2023 to resurface the basketball court in Falconer Park .  Roll: Gustafson: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, Miller: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: none.  Carried.  

DPW Roof & Drain Replacement Project – Lewis Construction is asking for a material draw for both projects. The board decided that the project will be paid upon completion.

Price Quote-Library Camera – reviewed quotes from Allied Alarm and FSC  to upgrade existing camera system and add 2 new cameras for the library for the main entry and one in the lower-level of the library. Mayor Jaroszynski commented he would like to also look into adding a camera to protect the sign in front of the community building.  Board decided to table decision to look into how much storage would be needed, Trustee Gustafson and Trustee Dunn will follow up

Fire Alarm Upgrade for Community Building – reviewed quotes from Allied Alarm and FSC to upgrade alarm system for the community building,  also received proposal from Allied for the Exempt Hall/Highway Garage, and Fire Department for future upgrades. Decision was tabled until next meeting. Mayor Jaroszynski will follow up with Treasurer Trask and report next month to the board on the finances.

Library  

The September 19, 2022 – October 11, 2022 library report was reviewed. Laurie Becker brought up the library front door issue, patrons cannot access easily, especially handicap patrons. Since the grant has not been awarded yet, she is asking if the front door be repaired for now. The Treasurer reported that  funding may be available through the Library Fund’s-Deferred Bullet-Aid if we are not awarded the grant. Supervisor Caprino will contact the door company so that they can determine what the cost would be to temporarily fix door until the grant project can be started.

The library has started a new program, “Adopt a Book” and raised $200 in the first week with 9 books being adopted. Story Hour is going well. Ashley constructed a “Little Blue Truck” out of cardboard for “truck day”. She plans to place pumpkins in the back of the truck and the kids will get their photos taken in the truck.  Mayor Jaroszynski complimented on the great job that they all do in the library.

Committees:

Finance:

Treasurer Trask submitted a finance report for review.

Legal:  

None reported as Attorney Peterson was out of town.

Public Safety:

Discussion on the Chautauqua County Humane Society (CCHS) contract renewal for the care and boarding of canines for the village of Falconer. It was noted last year, CCHS took in 18 dogs for the village, the 2 previous years 4 to 5 dogs. The contract has been reviewed by Treasurer Trask and legal counsel . Mayor Jaroszynski has an upcoming meeting with Supervisor Bowman at the Town of Ellicott to see if Village of Falconer can be added to their contract with the CCHS. If that is not an option, he is asking the board for authorization to sign the contract for the village of Falconer with the CCHS.

Trustee Cavallaro made a motion, seconded by Trustee Gustafson to allow Mayor Jaroszynski to sign the Chautauqua County Humane Society Contract for care and boarding of canines for the municipality of village of Falconer. Roll: Gustafson: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, Miller: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: none.  Carried

Downtown Development

Mayor Jaroszynski mentioned that Brian Nelson had inquired about leasing the empty lot that the village owns on Main Street. Since Trustee Dunn was not at the meeting to discuss the matter, Mayor Jaroszynski will follow up with him. With the Vacuum Shop building sold, Brian Nelson will be relocating his business across the street

Mayor Jaroszynski has been in contact with a commercial real estate agency for assistance in marketing the empty lots on main street. 

Farmers Market

 – nothing to report

Parks: 

Trustee Miller thanked the Rotary for the work on the recent dog park presentation. There was a good turnout at the meeting with several residents attending and voicing their opinions both for and against the dog park. Mayor Jaroszynski also received several calls after the meeting supporting the dog park. A letter was sent to all board members from resident Steve Garvey, who is against the proposed dog park being built in Falconer Park. Steve Trapani, who’s property is adjacent to the park, also contacted the mayor with his approval of the dog park. Mayor Jaroszynski also received correspondence from the village of Lakewood regarding the rules and regulations of their dog park as a reference. 

In order to proceed with the planning and fundraising of the dog park, Rotary needs to know if the dog park is going to be approved. Alan Gustafson Sr, asked if the board could approve the concept of having a dog park within Falconer Park, with the details to be approved at a later time so that Rotary could move forward with the plans and  fundraising.  The board decided to table the vote and call a special meeting when Attorney Peterson can be present.

Pine Hill Cemetery:

Trustee Gustafson reported on a new monument on the hill and leaf collection has started.

Planning/Zoning Board:

Trustee Gustafson has spoken with Code Officer Andalora on setting up a meeting to discuss food trucks on Wednesday, November 16.

Old Business:

First round interviews for the Village Treasurer position have concluded..

New Business:

  • Mayor Jaroszynski attended a Jamestown Area Homeless Coalition Meeting. Chautauqua County Department of Social Services Code Blue will be in place when temperatures fall below 32 degrees to provide designated warming centers in the area for the homeless. The city of Jamestown received a HUD grant in the amount of 180K to help set up 1-2 central warming locations. 
  • Paula Pichon has been brought on board as a grant writer, on an as needed basis. She has extensive grant writing experience.  She currently works at JCC and the city of Jamestown as a grant writer, and has extensive grant writing experience. She is willing to help out all departments and will be at next board meeting to be formerly introduced.  
  • Trustee Miller made a motion, seconded by Trustee Cavallaro, to hire Paula Pichon as a grant writer on an as needed basis. Roll: Gustafson: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, Miller: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: none.  Carried.  
  • Halloween Hours for the village were set from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.

Correspondence:  

  • FeedMore WNY letter requesting for a donation of $1000 was not approved

Abstracts

Motion:  It is moved by Trustee Gustafson and seconded by Trustee Miller that Abstract #5, General Fund in the amount of $50,458.22 be approved for Payment.  Prior to the vote there was a discussion regarding the road signs purchased noting school championships earned. Roll: Gustafson: Abstain, Cavallaro: Aye, Miller: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: none. Carried.

Motion:  It is moved by Trustee Gustafson and seconded by Trustee Cavallaro that Abstract #5, Cemetery Fund in the amount of $4,833.91 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 $1,610.59 be approved for payment.  Roll: Gustafson: Aye,  Cavallaro: Abstain, Miller: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: none.  Carried. 

Motion:  It is moved by Trustee Gustafson and seconded by Trustee Miller that Abstract 5, General Fund Hand Items in the amount of $39,873.74 be approved for payment. Roll: Gustafson: Aye,  Cavallaro: Aye, Miller: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: none. Carried. 

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

Also, an ARPA committee financial report was submitted  by Trustee Gustafson and Trustee Miller for review.

Mayor Jaroszynski also received an email from Chautauqua County Executive Assistant  Mr. James Feldman looking for a representative to serve on the landfill commission. It is a 2-year term that meets bi-monthly, if anyone is interested, let Mayor Jaroszynski know.

Alan Gustafson Sr, Rotary Santa Parade Chairman is requesting permission to hold the annual Santa Parade on Saturday, November 19, 2022 beginning at 5 pm. There will be a petting zoo, food truck, and carriage rides. The parade route has been discussed with the fire department to assist in road closures. If a location can be determined, they are requesting permission to install a lighted Christmas tree.

Trustee Cavallaro made a motion, seconded by Trustee Miller that the Rotary can hold Santa Parade in the village on Saturday, November 19th at 5 pm.

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

Trustee Cavallaro made a motion, seconded by Trustee Miller to adjourn the meeting at    8:02 pm. Ayes-all. Motion carried.    

Respectfully submitted,
Cindy Capestrani, Village Clerk

September 19, 2022 Public Hearing / Regular Meeting

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

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

The Public Hearing for the NY Forward Program and the regular meeting of the Village of Falconer Mayor and Board of Trustees was called to order on Monday, September 19, 2022 at 6:00 P.M. in 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 all present.

Visitors

Alan & Nina Gustafson — 4580 Rt 380, Jamestown, NY
Danielle & Angelo Marra 501 N. Work Street, Falconer, NY
Brian Nelson 22 N. Falconer Street, Falconer, NY
Nikki Pierce 4001 Dry Brook Road, Falconer, NY

Public Hearing

Trustee Gustafson made a motion, seconded by Trustee Dunn to open the public meeting for the purpose of obtaining citizens’ views regarding the application for the NY Forward program. Trustee Gustafson read the legal notice for the public hearing and following the reading, Deputy Mayor Cavallaro opened the floor to public comments.

Nikki Pierce — Recently purchased 9 & 11 East Main Street to open up a bakery. Her family is very invested in the Village of Falconer to help rehabilitate the village as she remembers it growing up. She is interested in funding opportunities that would be made available with any grants to help improve store fronts and the Main Street corridor.

Danielle & Angelo Marra — Recently purchased the old Servis Plumbing building (17 W. Main Street) to open a painting business. Would be nice to see Main Street revitalized and made safer with more lighted areas. Many small towns are in need of improvements and residents are wanting to bring them back to life. Hoping her new paint business will bring people and other new businesses to the village.

Brian Nelson-Falconer Vac Shop commented that the shake and pie businesses have done a great job cleaning up their buildings and they should be recognized for what they have done. Deputy Mayor Cavallaro commented that the village would be involved in any future grand openings.

Attorney Peterson mentioned some of the projects that the NY Forward program will fund such as building renovations rather than new constructions and projects that deal with vacancy rather than new construction.

Danielle also mentioned that it would be nice if the Community Building and the Historical Room could be made open to the public but she understands that the building needs to be made handicap accessible. Comment was made by Attorney Peterson that this public hearing was intended for the purpose of getting dialog going and obtaining public opinions so that they could be included in the NY Forward application process. Dialog regarding the future of the Community Building can be addressed at future board meetings.

Trustee Dunn made a motion to close the public hearing at 6:22 pm, seconded by Trustee Miller. Ayes: All, Nays: None. Carried

The regular board meeting called to order at 6:23 pm 

Parliamentary Procedure 

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 

Brian Nelson inquired on leasing the open lot on Main Street that village owns. The lot would be used to display more outdoor furniture and a few sheds that are located at another location on West Main Street. He commented if it is for sale, the village should put a sign on it. Deputy Mayor Cavallaro commented since the Home Leasing project fell through village has not had a meeting to discuss further plans with the property. Attorney Greg Peterson recommended Brian to send a letter to the mayor with his intentions for the property so that it can be addressed at a future meeting.

Danielle Marra thanked DPW for taking care of water issue created by heavy rain on Mapleshade. She commented that the area behind the empty lots need repair, there are no lines and many potholes. Carl Caprino noted that nothing has been done since the property might be sold in the future.

Nina Gustafson-Falconer Rotary Club President – Santa Parade is coming up on November, 19th at 5:00pm and there will be a planning meeting that will be announced next week for anyone in the village to join. Will be working with Library to include 25 days of reading and hoping to add Christmas tree lighting and carriage rides to the events.

Minutes 

Trustee Gustafson made a motion, seconded by Trustee Miller , to approve the minutes of the regular Board of Trustee meeting of August 8, 2022, and the Public Hearing meeting of August 29th, 2022 with the correction listed below mentioned by Trustee Dunn.

  • August 8th meeting – Correction to the last paragraph of the Public Safety Committee as Trustee listed as making motion and also seconded. Clerk Capestrani will look up in original notes and make correction. Ayes: All, Nays: None Carried

Fire Chief

The chief’s August report was reviewed and noted that the department responded to 41 EMS, 19 Cancelled in Route, 1 Outside rubbish fire, 1 system or detector malfunction, 8 Unintentional system, 1 mobile property (vehicle) fire, 2 medical assist, 1 combustible/flammable spills & leaks, and 4 Unknown, totaling 78 calls in August/608 YTD.

Mutual Aid Breakdown- August
Given: Jamestown-8, Frewsburg-11, Kennedy -7, Randolph-0, Gerry-5, total 31 
Received: Medic 74-9, Alstar-7, Kennedy-5, Jamestown-1, Kiantone-1, total 23

Paperwork for new membership application did not go through, will hold until next board meeting. Village ID tags should be completed in the next week. Damaged fire hose at Kennedy will be taken care of and old gas operated tools will be gone through and will be added to the list of items going up for auction. Hopes to have list completed for auction in the next month.

Code Enforcement

The August code officer report was reviewed. It was noted 10 building permits totaling $230 were issued, 2 building inspections were performed, 0 certificates of occupancy were issued, 0 certificates of compliance, 10 phone calls/personal contact/emails were addressed, 0 complaints received/actions taken. 0 notices of violations mailed, 0 notice of violations resolved, 0 stop work order issued, and 0 stop work order resolved.

Highlights:

  • Code Officer Andalora attended WSTBOA Educational Conference for Code Officers held at Chautauqua Harbor Hotel
  • 235 W. Main Street — have had many conversations with property manager and was advised last tenant would be moving out before end of this month.
  • 217 E. Pearl — upcoming meeting with owners and owners attorneys on course of action, will include village attorney to also assist.
  • 27-29 E. Main Street — received new drawings and working with Alan Gustafson Sr.on issuing building permit.

Alan Gustafson Sr. commented that the work on the Art Bailey buildings has been temporarily stalled. He is assisting with Code Officer Andalora in speaking with architect on the project. He also noted he will be working with him about Bernie’s building, regarding people hanging out on the fire escape and other structural issues with building. A letter has been sent to 19 N. Phetteplace to address the lawn not being mowed all summer. There is clause in code that permits village to take care of and bill the owner if we want to pursue. Supervisor Caprino will check if the village can borrow a brush hog to accommodate cutting the overgrown lawn. Trustee Dunn noted that we should do something to property owners that are not complying with the code so we have a record.

A certified letter was sent to owner on 8/20 and it was signed for on 9/2. For the record the property owner is Richard Streeter, 3281 SW 44th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Department of Public Works 

The DPW report was reviewed for the period August 8-September 15, 2022.

Update on awarded bids/ work progress – DPW Roof Replacement, Lewis Construction is finishing getting supplies, putting up boundary on top of building and should be starting within the next week. Trench Drain project is moving along, grates are ordered.

DPW Garage Repainting Project RFP Results — received 3 quotes, Painting Unlimited of Jamestown, Blast All and Ideal Coating. Trustee Dunn noted that Painting Unlimited was the only quote to apply coat of Conflex Masonry Coating and if lasts longer than just paint, it would be worth extra money. Supervisor Caprino noted that applying this in addition to paint should last additional 5 years over just applying paint. Project would be paid for using ARPA funds. Trustee Gustafson noted that funds are limited and the ARPA Committee would like to meet to determine what funds are available based on all projects that the village would like to complete. Attorney Greg Peterson noted that we could adopt it subject to confirmation by the committee to move along project without delay.

Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Gustafson, to work with the bid which is the most responsible bidder, Painting Unlimited of Jamestown, option #2 with 2 caveats — first being Supervisor Caprino will verify that repainting of Village of Falconer Hwy sign is included in option 2 and the second is that we wait for the ARPA board to review funds. Ayes: All, Nays: None Carried

Price Quote-Library Camera — update existing camera to new HD Technology, new cameras downstairs in blind spot and at Library entrance. Trustee Dunn would like confirmation that existing wiring will handle new I-ID system since the bid notes they will not be replacing wiring. Supervisor Caprino will follow up on wiring and check if video storage will hold 30 days of activity and report back to board next month.

Auctions International – Auctions went well, 10-Wheeler Truck sold for $29,100 and old village road sign sold for $45. Leaf box was not sold yet, not at right price, another shop looking at it for purchase.

South Work Street Traffic Signal — Deputy Mayor Cavallaro reported that Mayor Jaroszynski is having on-going discussions with the county.

Supervisor Caprino also mentioned that the new work truck came in that was ordered about 11/2 year ago. Will need to spend approximately $1000 out of operating budget for lights, running boards and seat/floor covers. He also commented that the plow that came with the truck went up $700 and that he will negotiate with the seller to get the price down.

Library 

The August 8, 2022 — September 19, 2022 library report was reviewed. Laurie Becker noted that there was not a lot attendance for the grant funded movie night. There were, at times, issues with the sound, it was worth trying but probably not going to have next summer.

The next library board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 22, 2022 in the library at 8:00 AM.

Committees:

Finance: 

Nothing reported.

Legal: 

Attorney Peterson will be setting up a meeting regarding E. Pearl. He also made mention of an upcoming event on October 12 at the Jackson Center, “The Movement to a Level Playing Field” for the 50th anniversary of a baseball case “Flood v. Kuhn”.

Public Safety: 

  • The Dog Control Report for August 2022 was reviewed. Received a few calls about cats and other animals which were all resolved by phone. Lee asked to be contacted once we have a place to take impounded animals.
  • Deputy Cavallaro reported that Mayor Jaroszynski is having ongoing discussions regarding the new SPCA contract.
  • Approval of the FSC Homecoming Parade. Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Gustafson to approve the FSC Homecoming Parade and bonfire and requests that the fire department support the bonfire, Ayes: All, Nays: None Carried

Downtown Development

NY Forward Grant Application Filing

  • Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Gustafson to apply for the NY Forward Grant application. Ayes: All, Nays: None Carried

Farmers Market: 

Scott Farms will continue in Davis Park for a few more weeks as long as the weather holds up. Trustee Miller will find out end date so that she can inform Supervisor Caprino when to remove the porta john.

Parks:

Trustee Miller commented the committee will connect with the Mayor as to what the next steps are to get the proposed dog park going. Neighbors met this summer but they need to know exactly what the plan and locations are for the dog park. Deputy Cavallaro mentioned Mayor Jaroszynski’s plan is to send letters to neighbors and also set a time and date for a work session to discuss the plans and location. Nina Gustafson, President of Falconer Rotary has the plans for the dog park but they need to know what space is approved for the park. The Rotary Club would like it at Falconer Park. Other suggested areas are on Elmwood, but there are concerns with mosquitos in that area and no access to water. The grant for the dog park expires April 2023. It was decided to hold a work session on Monday, 10/3 at 6:00 pm. Letters will be sent to the neighbors adjoining the park and notice of the work session will be published for the public to attend.

Pine Hill Cemetery: 

Trustee Gustafson reported that a large branch from a tree came down, but luckily no stones were damaged. Three other older trees will be removed. They are installing a mausoleum, slab already started, and footers have been poured. Project will continue in the spring.

Planning/Zoning Board: 

Trustee Gustafson would like to talk with Code Officer Paul Andalora to set up a date for another planning board meeting to discuss food trucks, possibly in October or November. Deputy Clerk Fales noted that at the last meeting code officers were supposed to get together and noted that they could use direction from the committee.

Old Business: 

Interviews for the Village Treasurer position will begin this week and into next week.

New Business: 

Paula Pichon has been brought on board as a grant writer as needed. She has extensive grant writing experience. Currently works at JCC and City of Jamestown as a grant writer.

Correspondence: 

Feedmore WNY letter request for funding was noted in the folders but no action was taken.

Trustee Gustafson’s letter, dated September 19, 2022, which acknowledged his review of the September 2022 unpaid vouchers on September 18, 2022, and bank reconciliations for M&T Bank and Community Bank on September 19, 2022, was placed into record.

Abstracts 

Motion: It is moved by Trustee Dunn and seconded by Trustee Miller that Abstract #4, General Fund in the amount of $97,966.98 be approved for Payment. Prior to the vote Trustee Dunn wanted clarification for the notation at the bottom noting that $74,410.70 of the total was FY 22/23. Trustee Gustafson and Deputy Clerk Fales clarified that the abstract total of $97,966.98 are the total bills to be paid and of that total it was noted by Treasurer Trask that $74,410.70 pertained to FY 22/23 expenses, the balance of $15,598.77 were accruals from FY 21/22 expenses that were carried over. Alan Gustafson pointed out a few other items for discussion prior to the vote. Ayes: All, Nays: None Carried

Motion: It is moved by Trustee Gustafson and seconded by Trustee Dunn that Abstract #4, Cemetery Fund in the amount of $2,077.38 be approved for payment. Ayes: All, Nays: None Carried

Motion: It is moved by Trustee Miller and seconded by Trustee Gustafson that Abstract #4, Library Fund in the amount of $ 2,034.06 be approved for payment. Roll: Gustafson: Aye. Dunn: Aye, Miller: Aye, Cavallaro: Abstain, Nays: None. Carried

Motion: It is moved by Trustee Gustafson and seconded by Trustee Dunn That Abstract #4, General Fund Hand Items in the amount of $40,776.22 be approved for payment. Ayes: All, Nays: None Carried

Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Miller to adjourn the meeting at 7:50 pm. Ayes-all. Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,
Cindy Capestrani, Village Clerk

August 8, 2022 Regular Meeting

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

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

The regular meeting of the Village of Falconer Mayor and Board of Trustees was held on Monday, August 8, 2022 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 Cavallaro, Trustee Miller and Mayor Jaroszynski were all present.

Visitors

Nina Gustafson -Falconer Rotary
Danielle Marra 501 N. Work Street, Falconer, NY
Brian Nelson 22 N. Falconer Street, Falconer, NY
Carlos Andres Contriusvahles, 58 Kent Blvd., Salamanca, NY

Minutes

Trustee Cavallaro made a motion, seconded by Trustee Miller, to approve the minutes of the regular Board of Trustee meeting of July 11, 2022, with the following corrections:

Parliamentary Procedure

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.

Fire Chief

The chief’s July report was reviewed and noted that the department responded to 44 EMS, 18 Cancelled in Route, 3 Structure Fire, 6 Good intent/public service, 3 system or detector malfunction, 1 electrical wiring/equipment problem, 0 False alarm/false call, 1 Unintentional system,  1 mobile property (vehicle) fire, 1 medical assist, 0 combustible/flammable spills & leaks, and 0 chemical release, reaction, or toxic, 1 Unknown, totaling 82 calls in July/530 YTD. 

Mutual Aid Breakdown- July,
Given:  Jamestown-13, Fly Car-0, Frewsburg-7, Kennedy -5, Randolph-0, Cherry Creek-0, Gerry-2 Town of Ellicott Police 0, totaling 27.  
Received:  Medic 74-12, Alstar-5, Gerry-2, Kennedy-5, Jamestown-1, Kiantone-2, Fly Car Assist-0, Celeron-1, County 74-1,  totaling 29
.

Trustee Cavallaro made a motion, seconded by Trustee Gustafson to approve membership of  Devin Ling into the Hook and Ladder Company, effective immediately.  Roll: Gustafson: Aye,  Cavallaro: Aye, Trustee Miller: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None.  Carried.  Satisfactory background and medical evaluation documents were reviewed by the board and filed with the clerk.

The application is ready for the 2022/2023 FEMA grant submission  Award date sometime in February 2023. We are second in line for a grant writer. 

Code Enforcement

The July code officer report was reviewed.  It was noted 7 building permits totaling $200 were issued, 2 building inspections were performed, 1 certificates of occupancy were issued, 0 certificates of compliance, 11 phone calls/personal contact/emails were addressed, 0 complaints received/actions taken. 0 notices of violations mailed, 0 notice of violations resolved, 0 stop work order issued, and 0 stop work order resolved.  

  • 518 W. Falconer – LSS to begin demo.  Paul to give Fire Chief LSS number – would like to use for training purpose
  • 14 W. Phetteplace – grass concern, will follow up
  • 45 Cross Street (UPS) – Certificate of Occupancy complete
  • 235 W. Main St & 400 W. Main Street – issued Uninhabitable Notice
  • E. Pearl – can we move forward to condemn – fire over 3 years ago
  • N. Work Street – conversation to sell – Paul to post No Admittance Sign

Department of Public Works

The DPW report was reviewed for the period July 11-August 4, 2022. 

The board reviewed the 8/4/2022 bid opening results for the Falconer Highway Building Trench Drains bid. One bid was submitted.  

Lewis Construction     $30,500

Trustee Miller made a motion, seconded by Trustee Cavallaro to accept the bid of $30,500 from Lewis Construction for the DPW Trench.  Roll: Gustafson: Aye, Miller: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None. Carried

Superintendent Caprino updated the board on the DPW Roof Replacement by Lewis Construction as being 4-6 weeks before they can start as they are waiting for IOS board. Asked board if they wanted to award bid to next lowest bidder. As per Lewis Contracting, once work begins project should be completed in approximately 1 week. Board wants to stay with current contract unless they cannot fulfill the contracted work.            

Chadakoin Clean-up: Mayor Jaroszynski met with the contractors who cleared the river in the city, they already have the approval from the DEC to do the work.  He asked them for a written proposal to bring to the board. It has been over 3 weeks and no proposal has been received. Mayor Jaroszynski will follow up with Supervisor from the Town of Poland as they are on board with the clean-up.

Trustee Cavallaro made a motion, seconded by Trustee Gustafson, to approve the purchase of a X-TREME VAC BY ODB MODEL LCB50014 Leaf Box-SKU LCB50016 from Stephenson Equipment for a total cost of $16,211.50. Sourcewell Contract # 031121-ODB dated 7/27/22.   Roll: Gustafson: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, Miller: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None. Carried

Supervisor Caprino mentioned that the old village sign and 10-wheeler leaf box are scheduled to be sold at auction by Auction International.

Library  

The July 11-August 8, 2022 library report was reviewed.  This month the library received $13.51 for fines, $39.00 for copies and faxes, $3,648 book sale, $1766.42.00 for gifts & donation, and other $2,463.77.

The summer reading program “Oceans of Possibilities” was a huge success. A total of 191 people were signed up.                                                                                 

The Annual Book Sale in conjunction with Christmas in July was held July 21-23rd. The sale was very successful with all proceeds going towards purchasing new books for the library.  

Summer Band concerts were all well attended this summer. The Glen Colton Concert, sponsored by a grant from the United Arts Appeal, is scheduled for August 11th at Davis Park with games starting at 2:30 pm.

Laurie Becker is very thankful to Gary Henry and Fancher Chair for the donation of a beautiful rocking chair and children’s book to the library. The next library board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 22, 2022 in the library at 8:00 AM.

Committees:

Finance:

FY 21/22 is now closed, OSC AUD  is completed, final transfers to reserves to be completed. Last step for the FY 21/22 is the August 8, 2022 abstract approval request. 

For Fiscal year 22/23 Treasurer Trask reported that 91.9% of the $882,001 property taxes due have been collected as of 8/3/22. The first quarter sales tax revenue was received on 8/4/22 in the amount of $100,492 (31.17% of total FY budget and $19,895 over budgeted quarter). 

The Village received the remaining 50% of its ARPA funding in the amount of $115,230.41 on 7/21/22.

Public Safety:

The Dog Control Report for July 2022 was reviewed.  Received a complaint of a dog barking all the time at 211 W. Falconer Street.  Spoke to Mr. Davis regarding the issue and also informed him that his dog must be licensed in the Town of Ellicott as he recently moved here from Jamestown.

SPCA has an overpopulation problem and if full, villages & towns will need a holding center with all guidelines followed. Village of Falconer does not have a holding facility. Need to look into if Village of Falconer falls under Town of Ellicott contract.  Town of Ellicott will remain in full contract since SPCA is in the town. Partial contracts to be awarded.

Animal Control Contract with Belin Security effective June 1, 2022 – May 31, 2023 was presented for approval. Revision #6 added to contract this year regarding new policy for picking up stray dogs.

Trustee Cavallaro made a motion, seconded by Trustee Miller to accept the Belin Security Animal Control Contract Roll: Gustafson: Aye, Miller: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None. Carried

Downtown Development

Home Leasing request for funding was once again denied by NYS so the project will be abandoned. Mayor Jaroszynski contacted the IDA to work on marketing the Main Street property and will plan a future work session. Brian Nelson spoke regarding purchasing the Powell property and will level, add stone and use for furniture display. Danielle Marra inquired on the  ESD grant letter of intent for the NY Forward program with the deadline for submission being 8/10/22.

Trustee Gustafson made a motion, seconded by Trustee Miller to authorize Mayor Jaroszynski to draft letter of intent for NY Downtown Revitalization and NY Forward. Roll: Gustafson: Aye, Miller: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None. Carried

Farmers Market:

Scott Farms is in Davis Park daily throughout the summer – 10am-6 pm going well.

Parks:

A community meeting was held on Tuesday, July 20th in Falconer Park to discuss planning of park upgrades. Good exchange between the village and community regarding safety, security, and where best to place a dog park. The grant for dog park expires April 2023. 

Mayor Jaroszynski informed that former law enforcement officers are providing park security to deter vandalism (Park #1).

The Rotary has a work party scheduled for Saturday, September 17th and is open to the community to clean up pavilions, equipment, etc.

Old Business:

Reminder next  board meeting will be Monday, September 19th  at 6:00 pm due to NYCOM training.

New Business:

Anna Fales notified board of her resignation from the position of Village Clerk effective Friday, August 5, 2022. 

Trustee Miller made a motion, seconded by Trustee Cavallaro to accept the resignation of Anna Fales from the position of Village Clerk effective Friday, August 5, 2022. 

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

Cindy Capestrani has been appointed the new Village Clerk, Registrar of Vital Records and Deputy Treasurer for the Village of Falconer.

Trustee Cavallaro made a motion, seconded by Trustee Miller to accept the appointment of Cindy Capestrani for the position of Village Clerk, Registrar of Vital Records and Deputy Treasurer for the Village of Falconer effective Tuesday, August 9, 2022.

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

Trustee Gustafson brought up question regarding residency requirements. Mayor Jaroszynski mentioned predecessors Clerk/Treasurer Braun & Clerk Anderson were not village residents. 

Anna Fales has agreed to stay on part time as Deputy Clerk and Registrar of Vital Records effective 8/9/22.

Trustee Miller made the motion, seconded by Trustee Gustafson to approve the appointment of Anna Fales to Deputy Clerk and Registrar of Vital Records.  Roll: Gustafson: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, Miller: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None. Carried

Trustee Miller inquired on Treasurer position status and was informed that Larry Trask, current treasurer has agreed to stay on through 11/10/22 while the village looks to fill his position.

Community Development Block Grant Application

Trustee Gustafson read the resolution for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application to support the redevelopment and equipping of a former manufacturing facility within the Village to accommodate a new brass component manufacturing operation.

Trustee Miller made the motion, seconded by Trustee Gustafson to approve the resolution to fix date and notice for the public hearing for Community Development Block Grant Application to be held on August 22, 2022 at 6:00 pm at the Fireman’s Exempt Hall, 3 Coleson Drive, Falconer, NY. Roll: Gustafson: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, Miller: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None. Carried

Correspondence:  

Trustee Gustafson’s letter, dated August 8, 2022, which acknowledged his review of the July 2022 unpaid vouchers on August 8, 2022, and bank reconciliations for M&T Bank and Community Bank on August 8, 2022, was placed into record.   

Visitor:

Carlos Andres Contriusvahles part of the Semu Nation in the Caribbean is interested in renting 400 square feet from the village for a 24-month period. Plans to teach people who are either homeless or recovering from substance abuse how to help and provide for themselves.  The board instructed him to present the village with a written proposal of his plans.

Abstracts

Motion:  It is moved by Trustee Gustafson and seconded by Trustee Miller that Abstract #3, General Fund in the amount of $ 216,494.11 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 Cavallaro that Abstract #3, Cemetery Fund in the amount of $ 590.85 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 #3, Library Fund in the amount of $ 2,360.65 be approved for payment.  Roll: 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 #3, General Fund Hand Items in the amount of $46,664.93 be approved for payment.  Roll: Gustafson: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, Miller: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None. Carried

Trustee Gustafson made a motion, seconded by Trustee Cavallaro to adjourn the meeting at 7:17 pm. Ayes-all. Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,
Anna Fales, Village Clerk

Transcribed by Cindy Capestrani
Village Clerk

July 11, 2022 Regular Meeting

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

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

The regular meeting of the Village of Falconer Mayor and Board of Trustees was held on Monday, July 11, 2022 at 6:00 P.M. in the Firemen’s Exempt Hall with Mayor James Jaroszynski presiding. 

Pledge of Allegiance & Roll:

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

Visitors

Nina Gustafson and Brenda Weiler representing the Falconer Rotary, we present to observe the proceedings.  Brenda requested permission to install a bench in Davis Park in honor of past Rotarian, Mary Weiler.  She noted that the Rotary would like it to be something kid/family friendly and will match the chairs that are currently in the park.

Danielle Marra, 501 N. Work Street, reintroduced herself to the board and to Trustee Dunn.

Minutes

Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Gustafson, to approve the minutes of the regular Board of Trustee meeting of June 13, 2022, with the following corrections:

  • Review of abstracts-May 9th
  • Library fines-$73.00
  • Roll: Gustafson: Aye, Dunn: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None.  Carried.

Fire Chief

The chief’s June report was reviewed and noted that the department responded to 50 EMS, 24 Cancelled in Route, 0 Structure Fire, 5 Good intent/public service, 1 system or detector malfunction, 0 electrical wiring/equipment problem, 1 False alarm/false call, 1 Unintentional system,  1 Water problem, 1 medical assist, 0 combustible/flammable spills & leaks, and 0 chemical release, reaction, or toxic, totaling 84 calls in June/447 YTD. 

Mutual Aid Breakdown- June
Given:  Jamestown-12, Fly Car-0, Frewsburg-13, Kennedy -4, Randolph-0, Cherry Creek-0, Gerry-0, Town of Ellicott Police 0, totaling 29.
Received:  Medic 74-8, Alstar-9, Gerry-0, Kennedy-2, Kiantone-1, Fly Car Assist-0, totaling 20.

Trustee Cavallaro made a motion, seconded by Trustee Dunn to approve membership of Justine Sell into the Hook and Ladder Company, effective immediately.  Roll: Gustafson: Aye, Dunn: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None.  Carried.  Satisfactory background and medical evaluation documents were reviewed by the board and filed with the clerk.

Trustee Cavallaro made a motion, seconded by Trustee Dunn to approve membership of Kyle Keefe into the Hook and Ladder Company as a Class C-Exterior Firefighter, effective immediately.  Roll: Gustafson: Aye, Dunn: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None.  Carried.  Satisfactory background and medical evaluation documents were reviewed by the board and filed with the clerk.  Kyle was an active member of the Junior Fire Fighters.

Code Enforcement

The June code officer report was reviewed.  It was noted 11 ($718.00) building permits were  issued, 2 building inspections were performed, 0 certificates of occupancy were issued, 0 certificates of compliance, 25 phone calls/personal contact/emails were addressed, 0 complaints received/actions taken. 0 notices of violations mailed, 0 notice of violations resolved, 0 stop work order issued, and 0 stop work order resolved.  

Department of Public Works

The DPW report was reviewed for the period June 13-July 7, 2022. 

Superintendent Caprino reported that FSC (Fire, Safety, Communications Systems Inc.) identified that the village buildings: Community Building, Fire Department and DPW garage have no current strobe/horn warning system.  FSC provided a price quote and scope of work document for upgrading the Community Building ($10,567.36).  The board instructed Superintendent Caprino to see 2 additional price quotes and to confirm whether or not the current activation box can be used with other systems.

Superintendent Caprino presented the board with a price quote of $16,211.50 for a new leaf box for the 10-wheeler truck, just to give the board an idea of the cost.  Two more quotes are needed per the procurement policy.  

The board reviewed the 6/16/2022 bid opening results for the Removal and Replacement of the DPW Roof.  

Lewis Construction $68,500
Paramount Roofing $75,650
Jamestown Roofing $80,000
RMG Custom Metal $70,325

Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Cavallaro to accept the lowest bid of $68,500 from Lewis Construction, funded exclusively using ARPA funds.  Roll: Gustafson: Aye, Dunn: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None. Carried

Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Gustafson, to authorize the Jamestown BPU to install an additional light pole to the West Mosher Street Falconer Park parking lot at a cost of $1,000.   Roll: Gustafson: Aye, Dunn: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None. Carried

Sean Cobb will be moving from Summer Park Attendant to full-time DPW Motor Vehicle Operator beginning tomorrow, 7/12/2022, filling the current vacancy.  Alexander Lillie has been hired fill the Summer Park Attendant position.  

Library  

The June 14-July 11, 2022 library report was reviewed.  This month the library received $6.00 for fines, $45.00 for copies and faxes, $54.00 book sale, $695.00 for gifts & donation, and other $500.00-Summer Reading Grant (CCLS).

The library has been very busy, partially attributed to the CCLS summer “Road Trip” designed to encourage patrons to visit other libraries throughout the summer.  Next week is the Annual Book Sale in conjunction with Christmas in July.  Summer Band concerts (Thursday’s July 21-23) are in full swing.  There were approximately 85-90 attendees in the audience last week.

A grant application was submitted to the Library System to help fund a new handicapped accessible entrance at the Library’s main entrance.

“Oceans of Possibilities” summer reading program event was held on June 24th. Off the Stick Ice Cream Truck came and those who signed up for summer reading received a free ice cream.  Volunteers also manned large outdoor and indoor games and activities.  The event brought in 120 people. 

The next library board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 28, 2022 in the library at 8:00 AM.

Committees:

Finance:

The board reviewed the FY 21/22 closing report as detailed by Treasurer Trask. Mr. Trask noted that sales tax was up 31%.  The library experienced a deficit of $6,309.86. Fund Balance 5/31/2022 is $847,476 (Approximately 60.5% of budget).

Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Cavallaro, to modify the FY 21/22 budget as follows:

  1. Approve Final Transfers (as presented) to Reserve Accounts:

    Community Building – Reserve “HC” $45, 000.00
    Street Equipment Reserve $64,015.76
    Fire Truck Reserve $78,649.84
    Fire Maintenance Reserve $422.39
  1. Approve Budget Modifications (as required) which balance additional Revenues/Expenses/Fund Balance to Match FY 21/22 Actual: 

    General Fund
    Revenues -Budgeted Increased to $1,541,606.47
    Expenses -Budgeted Increased to $1,486,685.96
    Increase Fund Balance (Surplus) $54,920.51

  2. ALL Other Funds:
    • Approve Closing for ALL Funds to complete/balance the processing of Year End Reports May 31, 2022, in regards to Budgets/Fund Balance Etc. and the NY-AUD. **Schedules Attached.  Work papers and additional information detail are on file in Treasurer’s office.

As per work papers presented by Treasurer Trask for closing the FY 21/22.

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

For Fiscal year 22/23 Treasurer Trask reported that 88.61% of property taxes due have been collected as of 7/8/2022.  The Village will soon receive the remaining 50% of its ARPA funding.  The $115,230.41 is due to be dispersed to the village in summer 2022.

A correction needs to be made to General Fund Abstract #2.  The .gov website payment was incorrect and needs to be deleted from the payment approval.  The new General Fund abstract total is $ 150,381.90.

Legal:

Mr. Peterson reminded everyone of his invitation to all village staff, employees and boards to the Tarp Skunks game this week.  Dinner is at 5 pm, followed by the game at 6:30 pm.

Public Safety:

The Dog Control Report for June 2022 was reviewed.  Mr. Kevin Brace of Ames Street Jamestown was given a second warning about allowing his dog to run at large and to not properly pick up and dispose of the dog’s waste.

A separate incident regarding an at-large dog on Elmwood Avenue has been resolved.

Downtown Development

Mayor Jaroszynski will be contacting the Town of Ellicott regarding their potential interest in participating in the formation of a local development corporation.

Parks:

A community meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 20th at 6 pm in Falconer Park-Pavilion #3 to discuss planning of park upgrades, etc.

Pine Hill Cemetery:

Staff is watering trees due to low rain this year.  A new employee was hired to help catch up on weed whacking

Planning and Zoning:

On June 28th the planning board discussed and compared food truck regulations from other local communities.  The code officers will compile a final list of regulations to be presented to the planning board at their next meeting.

New Business:

A candidate for the clerk position was interviewed and is very promising.  

Abstracts

Motion:  It is moved by Trustee Dunn and seconded by Trustee Gustafson that Abstract #2, General Fund in the amount of $ 150,381.90 be approved for payment.  Roll: Gustafson: Aye, Dunn: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None. Carried

Motion:  It is moved by Trustee Gustafson and seconded by Trustee Dunn that Abstract #2, Cemetery Fund in the amount of $ 1,589.11 be approved for payment.  Roll: Gustafson: Aye, Dunn: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None. Carried

Motion:  It is moved by Trustee Gustafson and seconded by Trustee Dunn that Abstract #2, Library Fund in the amount of $ 2,703.70 be approved for payment.  Roll: Gustafson: Aye, Dunn: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None. Carried

Motion:  It is moved by Trustee Cavallaro and seconded by Trustee Dunn that Abstract #2, General Fund Hand Items in the amount of $42,628.45 be approved for payment.  Roll: Gustafson: Aye, Dunn: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None. Carried

Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Cavallaro to adjourn the meeting at 7:20 pm. Ayes-all. Motion carried.        

Respectfully submitted,
Anna Fales, Village Clerk

June 13, 2022 Regular Meeting

Mayor James M. Jaroszynski 
Trustee Anthony Cavallaro
Trustee Timothy Dunn-excused
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, June 13, 2022 at 6:00 P.M. at the Firemen’s’ Exempt Hall with Mayor James Jaroszynski presiding.  

Pledge of Allegiance & Roll

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

Visitors

Danielle Marra, 501 N. Work Street spoke briefly on her thoughts about opening a business with her husband, redevelopment,  bringing back business to downtown, commercial zoning ordinances, and building something for the kids in the village.  Mayor Jaroszynski encouraged Mrs. Marra to reach out to him or to Trustee Dunn to further discuss her ideas and to explore potential opportunities. Nina Gustafson- Falconer Rotary Club President was present to observe the proceedings.

Parliamentary Procedure

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.

Minutes

Trustee Gustafson made a motion, seconded by Trustee Miller, to approve the minutes of the May 9, 2022 regular meeting of the Mayor and Board of Trustees.  Trustee Gustafson noted that a correction be made under Correspondence.  The correct date of review of the unpaid vouchers was May 8th, not May 9th.  Roll: Gustafson: Aye, Miller: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: none.  Carried. 

Fire Chief     

The chief’s May report was reviewed and noted that the department responded to 53-EMS, 0-outside rubbish fires, 2-medical assist, 0-combustible spills/leaks, 1-structure fire, 1-electrical wiring problem, 1- smoke odor problem, 0-water problem, 3-public service assistance, 2-standby, 14-dispatched/cancelled, 0-mischievous false alarm, 1-false alarm, 1-system or detector malfunction and 2-unintentional system/de-operation- 81 total calls in May (362 calls-YTD).

Mutual Aid Breakdown- May

Given:  Jamestown-10, Frewsburg-5, Kennedy-3, Kiantone-0,  Fluvanna-0, Alstar-5, 0-assist to A-71 (driver), Gerry-1 and Medic 74-8. Total-32.

Received: Medic 74-0, Kennedy-8, Frewsburg-0, Fluvanna-0, Gerry-2, Coroner-0, Kiantone-2 Alstar-0, Wet team-0 and Jamestown-0.  Total-12.

Chief Webster will be pursuing a FEMA grant to be used to purchase at least 32 sets of turn-out gear. The department will also apply for another Community Foundation grant.

Chief Webster reported that two Knox boxes have been ordered and installed at 6 N. Alberta and 54 E. Main Street.

The code officer and chief will be riding around the village this month identifying property concerns.

Code Enforcement

The May code enforcement report was reviewed.

 THIS MONTHYEAR TO DATE
Building Permits Issued1118
Building Permit Fees Collected$305$545
Building Inspections Performed25
Certificates of Occupancy11
Certificates of Compliance11
Phone calls/Personal Contacts/Emails1525
Complaints Received/Actions Taken510

Department of Public Works

The DPW report was reviewed for the period May 9, 2022 to June 9, 2022. Superintendent Caprino informed the board that the Exempt Club windows have been re-caulked, the new electronic sign in front of the Community Building has been installed and that the FSC performed the annual fire alarm system inspection.  FSC suggested updated wiring and the installation of an alert system with strobe and sound in both the fire department and the community building.  Superintendent Caprino was asked to get quotes on the updates as soon as possible.  Trustee Cavallaro also suggested that the alarm system call county dispatch first and the DPW after that.

Clerk Fales was asked to post the old village sign onto Facebook and the village website to see if anyone has interest in purchasing it. Mayor Jaroszynski thanked the DPW staff for their hard work in preparing the foundation and electric for the new sign.

2022 Woodchip Quotes (Falconer Park Playground):

Curtiss $11,244.00

Jeff Associates $12,584.00      

Deep River Ranch. $12,121.60

Trustee Miller made a motion, seconded by Trustee Gustafson, to approve and accept John Curtiss Design, Inc.’s price quote of $11,244.00 for the purchase of playground wood chips for Falconer Park.  Roll: Gustafson: Aye, Miller: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: none.  Carried. 

The board agreed to put a hold on the purchase of Child Form Wear Mats and Springmate pony.

Library  

The May 9-June 13, 2022 library report was reviewed.  This month the library received $70.00 (copies/fax), $74.29(fines), $573.00 (Book Sales), $588.00 (gifts & donations), and $1,857.84 (other). 

The summer concert series gets underway on July 7th in Davis Park.

Legal

Mr. Peterson noted for the board that the new DPW truck is in Jamestown and almost ready for delivery.

The Tarp Skunks game for July 13th has been changed to a 6:30 pm start time.  Mayor Jaroszynski gave the library approval to close at 4:30 that evening to allow staff attend the event.

Committees:

Public Safety:

The animal control reports for April and May were reviewed.  

The village received notice from the Chautauqua County Humane Society that they are currently overpopulated and unable to take in animals at this time.  The village is seeking alternatives.

Downtown Development:

Mayor Jaroszynski has set up a meeting next Monday with Don McCord regarding the process and advantages in beginning a local development corporation in the village.

Farmers Market:

Scott Farms is in Davis Park daily throughout the summer – 10am-6 pm.

Parks:

Trustee Miller gave a brief review from last week’s meeting in Falconer Park with members of the Falconer Rotary Club, noting the need for new wood chips, cameras, the replacement of spring horses and discussions on how to bring families back into the park.

Pine Hill Cemetery:

There were four burials in May.  Superintendent Fuller is looking to hire one person to weed whack in the cemetery this summer.

Planning & Zoning:

A planning board meeting regarding food truck ordinances is tentatively set for June 28th at 7 pm.

New Business:

None.

Correspondence:  

A letter regarding the 2020 census was shared with the board.  The letter outlined the process for a municipality or it’s representatives to dispute the results of population counts,  if it is believed the count is incorrect.

Trustee Gustafson’s letter, dated June 13, 2022, which acknowledged his review of the May 2022 unpaid vouchers on June 12, 2022, and bank reconciliations for M&T Bank and Community Bank on June 12, 2022, was placed into record.  

The Christmas in July Santa Parade is set for July 23, 2022.

Visitors:

Brian Nelson asked to address the board regarding follow up to his requests from the  March 2022 board meeting: What can be done regarding bicycles and electric bikes traveling at a high rate of speed down the village sidewalks? 

Brian also followed up on the striping of parking spaces along Main Street.  He said he is willing  hire and pay to have them done in front of his store, if the DPW is unwilling or cannot get it done in a timely manner.  Mayor Jaroszynski stated that he will research the issues and follow up with Brian. 

Abstracts:

Motion:  It is moved by Trustee Gustafson and seconded by Trustee Cavallaro that Abstract #1, General Fund in the amount of $ 106,466.29 be approved for payment.  Roll: Gustafson: Aye,  Miller: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: none.  Carried. 

Motion:  It is moved by Trustee Gustafson and seconded by Trustee Cavallaro that Abstract #1, Cemetery Fund in the amount of $ 1,201.39 be approved for payment.   Roll: Gustafson: 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 #1, Library Fund in the amount of $ 5,495.82 be approved for payment.  Roll: Gustafson: Aye,  Miller: Aye, Cavallaro: Abstain, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: none.  Carried. 

Motion:  It is moved by Trustee Cavallaro and seconded by Trustee Gustafson that Abstract #1, General Fund Hand Items in the amount of $ 56,601.63 be approved for payment.  Roll: Gustafson: Aye,  Miller: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: none.  Carried. 

Motion:  It is moved by Trustee Gustafson and seconded Trustee Miller that Abstract #1, Fire Department Maintenance Reserve Fund in the amount of $ 14,198.78 be approved for payment. Roll: Gustafson: Aye, Miller: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: none.  Carried. 

Trustee Miller made a motion, seconded by Trustee Cavallaro to adjourn into executive session at 7:15 pm. Vote was approved unanimously. Carried.

Executive Session:

No formal action was taken during the executive session.

Trustee Cavallaro made a motion at 7:36 p.m. to exit executive session and return to the regular meeting. Trustee Miller seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Trustee Miller made a motion at 7:36 p.m. to end the regular meeting. Trustee Gustafson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Respectfully submitted,
Anna Fales, Village Clerk

May 9, 2022 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, May 9, 2022 at 6:00 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

Mrs. Rhonda Brown, 31 Cherry Avenue spoke briefly on her thoughts, concerns and upgrade ideas for Falconer Park. She noted that she is in support of a dog park but not at Falconer Park.  Nina Gustafson- Falconer Rotary Club President was 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.

Minutes

Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Cavallaro, to approve the work session minutes of the April 11, 2022, as written.  Roll: Gustafson: Aye, Dunn: Aye, Miller: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: none.  Carried. 

Trustee Gustafson made a motion, seconded by Trustee Miller, to approve the minutes of the April 11, 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 April report was reviewed and noted that the department responded to 48-EMS, 2-outside rubbish fires, 0-medical assist, 1-combustible spills/leaks, 0-structure fire, 1-electrical wiring problem, 0-water problem, 2-public service assistance, 1-standby, 7-dispatched/cancelled, 0-malicious,mischievous false alarm, 1-system or detector malfunction and 4-unintentional system/de-operation- 67 total calls in April (281 calls-YTD).

Mutual Aid Breakdown- April

Given:  Jamestown-4, Frewsburg-9, Kennedy-1, Kiantone-0,  Fluvanna-0, Alstar-0, 0-assist to A-71 (driver), Gerry-1. Total-15.

Received: Medic 74-10, Kennedy-2, Frewsburg-0, Fluvanna-0, Gerry-0, Coroner-0, Kiantone-2 Alstar-1, Wet team-0 and Jamestown-0.  Total-15.

Chief Webster and Mayor Jaroszynski commended the hard work of all the volunteers who worked to extinguish the muti-unit fire in Frewsburg this morning. 

Chief Webster reported that he is working with Rand Machine on a possible donation.  Rand Community Philanthropic Foundation will be hosting a 1st Annual PO-FI-VE golf tournament on June 18th at Chautauqua Golf Club.  Proceeds will be used to support local police, fire and veterans’ organizations.  Chief Webster had been invited to do a presentation for the foundation committee regarding a proposed purchase by the department if granted a donation. 

The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation awarded the department with $2400 to purchase battery operated tools.  Old tools will be inventoried and put out to auction at a later date.  Engine 402 is getting a much-needed facelift, replacing rear doors and some gauges. Funds from both FY 21/22 and FY 22/23 will be used to fund this project.  The department is hosting the annual Kiwanis Club Bike Rodeo on May 21st.

Mayor Jaroszynski commended all who worked on the annual inspection dinner. State Senator George Borrello honored Don Armstrong and Dan Lathrop with 50-year membership recognition awards.

Chief Webster requested approval by the board to repair the black top by the drain and seal the front apron and side parking lot at the fire hall.  Suit-Kote Corporation has identified the need to seal the front of the hall with 2 layers and the side with just 1 layer of coating. The cost using the county bid is $13,500 which does not include re-striping of the lot.  Fire Advisory Chairman Vanstrom has been contacted and agreed the work needs to be done.  Chief Webster noted that the re-stripping will be paid out of the fire department budget.  Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Cavallaro to approve sealing and repair the fire department parking lot as described by Chief Webster, at a cost of $13,500 to be paid from the fire department maintenance account. Roll: Gustafson: Aye, Dunn: Aye, Miller: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: none.  Carried. 

Code Enforcement

Code Officer Gustafson noted that the county’s foreclosure list has been posted.  The deadline for municipal action is June 16th.

The April code enforcement report was reviewed.

 THIS MONTHYEAR TO DATE
Building Permits Issued67
Building Permit Fees Collected$215$240
Building Inspections Performed14
Certificates of Occupancy00
Certificates of Compliance00
Phone calls/Personal Contacts/Emails410
Complaints Received/Actions Taken35
  • 344 W. Main-performed building and fire inspection
  • 235 W. Main St.-address garbage issue outside
  • 2-4 E. Main St.-Accompanied County Health Department on inspection.  Mr. Andalora will provide owner with list of items to be corrected.
  • CEO Andalora has scheduled remaining 2 CEO courses.  Should be fully certified in August 2022.

Department of Public Works

The DPW report was reviewed for the period April 11, 2022 to May 5, 2022. Superintendent Caprino informed the board that the traffic light unit in front of the high school and at Elmwood and Work Streets have been repaired.  Clerk Fales was asked by the mayor to send a follow-up letter to county Executive Wendell regarding the county taking over responsibility for the Elmwood Avenue traffic light.

The board agreed to open Falconer Park gate and restrooms, May 23rd -May 27th during the daytime hours.  Everything should be locked at 4;30 pm.

2022 Village Landscaping Quotes:

Klice Lawn and Landscape                            Self-owned/operated              $5,100.00

Brotherhood Property Maintenance                No                                           $5,304.30

Bloomquist Landscaping, Inc.                        No                                           $5,250.00

Trustee Cavallaro made a motion, seconded by Trustee Miller,  to hire Klice Lawn and Landscape and approve quote of $5100  for 2022 Village Landscaping.  Roll: Gustafson: Aye, Dunn: Aye, Miller: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: none.  Carried. 

Superintendent Caprino is seeking quotes for the reconstruction of the library entrance to include prevailing wage.

Prior to the board vote to approve the DPW Roof Replacement bids which were opened on    April 21, 2022, Trustee Gustafson stated that he had contacted NYCOM and spoke to David Bessember, Legal and Research Analyst for NYCOM.  Mr. Bessember stated that it is now NYCOM’s opinion that  prevailing wage should be paid on ARPA funded projects, even if this is a federally funded program and prevailing wage is not required in the US Treasury’s Final Rule.  Out of abundance of caution, the board instructed Clerk Fales to rebid the project with the prevailing wage requirement.

Attorney Peterson updated the board regarding the legality of 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.  Mr. Peterson stated that he had spoken to  Dale Neighbor, VP of national customer relations at Navistar.   Mr. Neighbor stated that it is not the intention of Navistar to change the bid price and that he would work with Henderson to resolve the issue.  It may be necessary for another dump box manufacturer to fill the order.  Mr. Peterson will follow up as the situation progresses.

Trustee Gustafson noted that the woodchips in the Falconer Park playground need to patched.

Library 

The April 11-May 9, 2022 library report was reviewed.  This month the library received $82.00 (copies/fax), $5.00(fines), $53.00 (Book Sales), $550.00 (gifts & donations), and $934.67 (other). 

Beginning May 14th, young patrons can enjoy a new “Story Play Saturday” program.  Stations and books will be provided that are based on a monthly theme.  There will be dramatic play, Lego activities, arts and crafts, science experiments and more.

The library received a grant made possible by the Falconer Region Community Fund at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.  The grant will cover licensing for two movie events for the village o be held at the Falconer Central School football field.  The first movie will be on Friday, July 22, 2022 with a Christmas themed movie to go with the village Christmas in July celebration.

The FPL Board will meet on Thursday, May 26, 2022 at 8:00 am in the library.

Legal

Mr. Peterson invited village staff and officials to join him for a night of Tarp Skunks baseball on July 13th starting at 5:00 pm.  Clerk Fales will put together and invitation with details.

Committees:

Public Safety:

The most recent Shelter Report for NYS Agriculture Department, dated 4/28/22, was reviewed and entered into record. The shelter was asked to review charges for reoccurring at-large dog redemptions.

Parks:

Trustee Miller reviewed some of the  results from the Falconer Park survey: 

  • Public Safety was the number one concern.  Respondents requested an increase police presence, restroom access, more handicapped accessible amenities, improved walking path and picnic tables updates.
  • Some of the ideas for repurposing the tennis courts were pickleball courts, a splash pad, volleyball court and skate park.
  • In regards to a village dog park, 51% responded they are in favor of a dog park, 20% were not in favor, 9% were uncertain, 20% do not own dogs.  52% of respondents were in favor of dog park in Falconer Park while 29% preferred it be in a different location.
  • Several respondents wanted to see the basketball courts updated.

Mayor Jaroszynski stated that he would like the village to hold a public hearing to review the results and comments of the survey.  Trustee Dunn said that the village needs to narrow down the thoughts and items to target.  He also noted that the village should now see what kids want in the park.

Clerk Fales was asked to contact the Sheriff unit to see if any of their officers would be interested in working part-time security duty at the park

Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Miller, to empower the mayor to sign a letter supporting the Falconer Rotary Club’s application for funding $2000 towards a village dog park.  Roll: Gustafson: Aye, Dunn: Aye, Miller: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: none.  Carried. 

It was noted that funding through the Ralph Wilson Foundation may be available for park updates such as a splash pad.

Pine Hill Cemetery:

Staff is planting new trees.

New Business:

Trustee Gustafson made a motion, seconded by Trustee Dunn, to approve updates to the village Procurement Policy to include Section 3 Business Participation in Procurement and Contracting  and Minority-and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) Business participation in Procurement and Contracting, as required for the NYS CDBG grant.  Roll: Gustafson: Aye,  Dunn: Aye, Miller: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: none.  Carried. 

Finance:  

The board reviewed Treasurer Trask’s FY 21/22 sales Tax Receipt Analysis, noting FY 21/22 Sales Tax Revenue A1120 exceeded the original budget by $92,300.  There is currently $33,800 remaining over the Modified FY 21/22 Budget.  Mr. Trask suggested the board consider using these funds to pay for a survey of Falconer Park Land or to add the funds to the Community Building Reserve Fund.           

Correspondence:  

An email was received on May 2, 2022 from Melanie Smith regarding the village’s Leash Law and several dogs running at large.  She requested “a reminder be sent to the community that dogs need to be leashed at all times for the safety of the residents and dogs alike”

Trustee Gustafson’s letter, dated May 8, 2022, which acknowledged his review of the April 2022 unpaid vouchers on April 10, 2022 and bank reconciliations for M&T Bank and Community Bank on May 9, 2022, was placed into record. 

Abstracts:

Motion:  It is moved by Trustee Dunn and seconded by Trustee Cavallaro that Abstract #12, General Fund in the amount of $ 64,094.20 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 #12, Cemetery Fund in the amount of $ 373.05 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 #12, Library Fund in the amount of $ 958.02 be approved for payment.  Roll: Gustafson: Aye,  Dunn: Aye, Miller: Aye, Cavallaro: Abstain, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: none.  Carried. 

Motion:  It is moved by Trustee Cavallaro and seconded Trustee Miller that Abstract #12, General Fund Hand Items in the amount of $ 36,494.62 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 Miller to adjourn the meeting 8:15 pm. Vote was approved unanimously. Carried.

Respectfully submitted,
Anna Fales, Village Clerk

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

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