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December 5, 2022 Work Session

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

Gregory Peterson, Attorney
Lawrence E. Trask – Treasurer
Cindy Capestrani, Village Clerk

The work session meeting of the Village of Falconer Mayor and Board of Trustees was held on Monday, December 5, 2022 at 6:00 P.M. at the Community Building Board Room with Mayor James Jaroszynski presiding.

Pledge of Allegiance & Roll

Trustee Gustafson, Trustee Miller, Trustee Cavallaro and Mayor Jaroszynski were present. Trustee Dunn was excused from the meeting.

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.

Visitors in attendance:

Nina Gustafson – Gerry, NY
Jim Ribaudo – Falconer, NY
Steve Garvey – 53 Almet Ave
Pat Bellardo – 53 Almet Ave
Dan Rickart – Falconer, NY
Nancy Jones – Falconer, NY
Brenda Weiler – Falconer, NY
Randall & Kirsten Boardman – 114 N. Phetteplace, Falconer, NY
Alan Gustafson, Gerry, NY

Visitor Comments:

Steve Garvey, Falconer resident provided a large visual presentation to the board. The visual had 2 photos on top showing the park area as it looks now with a large green space, picnic tables and grills that all would be displaced if the dog park was put in the proposed area. The bottom 2 photos show the proposed dog park with 5ft fencing which does not belong in the middle of a park as it will ruin the esthetics of the park.

Some of the comments made from visitors regarding the proposed dog park in Falconer Park:

  • Dog park will take away area summer youth program uses
  • Dog park does not belong in a residential area
  • Total area for proposed dog part is under .5 acre, which is not large enough for a dog park
  • The walking path around the park can be used for dog walking purposes
  • Appreciates all of the work the Rotary Club has done in the park and the Village Board for their service but the dog park does not belong in the Falconer Park.
  • Falconer Park is a beautiful park the way it is, does not want a dog park within the park
  • Does not belong in the park, keep the park as a family park
  • Pavilion renters should not have to endure dog noise and smell

Discussion on Camera System and Fire Alarm Upgrades

The board reviewed the information prepared by Trustee Gustafson and Trustee Dunn on the camera system quotes from FSC and Allied Alarm Services. The lower end quotes for 5 cameras to be installed in the library could accommodate up to 8 cameras, where the second option allows for up to 16 cameras for the FSC system and up to 48 for the Allied System. Both systems have an app to view camera activity. The current cameras in the library and park are older with a lower resolution where the ones quoted are a higher resolution and would be an upgrade.

By going with the second option, it would allow the village to add additional cameras at a later date where needed. Currently the library has 3 cameras and the request is for an additional camera downstairs and one upstairs by the front door. The current budget would allow for these additional 2 cameras. If the second option is chosen, the budget would have to be modified or fund using ARPA, sales tax revenue, or fund balance. If additional cameras for the building are added, either company would be able to provide separate monitors, for instance, one in the library and one in the clerks’ office.

Mayor Jaroszynski noted that by going with the second option that accommodates more than 8 cameras we could add a camera on the sign in front of the community building.

The board also discussed the Fire Alarm System quotes from both FSC and Allied Alarm. It was noted that if Allied was chosen for the fire alarm system, they would come in and replace the current box from FSC as it is not proprietary and can be serviced by any company.  Current sensors would be replaced with more appropriate sensors and a few more would be added. Some of the existing sensors are almost 30 years old and towards the end of the recommended life cycle of a sensor. Current fire sensors are not audible so a fire in one part of the building would not be known in other parts of the same building.

Recommendation is to go with Allied Alarm on the second option for the camera system (8TB) for the library cameras and Allied on the fire alarm system upgrade as they both should to be updated for safety reasons with resolutions to use ARPA funding.  The existing cameras at the park and fire hall will continue to be with FSC for now and can be looked at to convert to the Allied system at a later date. The Cameras and Fire alarm system will be added to the agenda for the next board meeting on December 12, 2022.

Review Dog Park Proposed Site in Falconer Park

Trustee Cavallaro inquired on the width of the walkway between the large and small dog areas. Alan Gustafson Sr., commented that the proposal was preliminary and could be adjusted as to what was needed. It will be wide enough to be able to get a vehicle to the park building from Mosher Street for deliveries. He also noted that a portion in the back of the large dog area was a brush covered area and not current usable park space.

Mayor Jaroszynski had contacted Lakewood officials and noted that most of the issues at the Lakewood dog park are with the people not getting along. 

Nina Gustafson, Rotary Club president commented that she has been in contact with Monica Simpson, who works with the County IDA and worked with Dunkirk on their dog park. Monica provided Nina with information regarding a grant program to apply for to help fund the dog park project. The grant looks at projects that would people back to Chautauqua County and tourism. Even though many Rotarians do not live in the village, many of them own businesses in Falconer and they commit a lot of time to the village and just want to make it a nice place.

Alan Gustafson Sr. reminded the group that surveys were sent out previously regarding the proposed dog park and based on the responses the dog park project moved forward, and it wasn’t until recently that the opposition for the dog park has come forward.

Mayor Jaroszynski commented that the board has heard both sides, for and against the dog park. He encourages the board if they have any additional questions regarding the dog park proposal,  that they reach out for answers prior to the next board meeting on December 12th.

Trustee Gustafson made a motion, seconded by Trustee Cavallaro to adjourn the work session at 7:13 pm. Ayes-all. Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,
Cindy Capestrani, Village Clerk

October 3, 2022 Work Session

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

Cindy Capestrani, Village Clerk

The work session meeting of the Village of Falconer Mayor and Board of Trustees was held on Monday, October 3, 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.

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:

Steve Garvey – 53 Almet Ave
Pat Bellardo – 53 Almet Ave
Lawrence Trask – 213 Clyde
Brenda Weiler – 200 E. Elmwood Ave
Glen Dickerson – 3 Kimball Ave
Nina Gustafson – Gerry, N
Andrew Sweet – 316 W. Work Street
Bobby Samuelson – 27 W. James
Tim Black – 80 Aldren Ave
Emily McVay – 3476 Sprague Hill
Larry Spangenburg – 32 Mapleshade Ave
Holly Hannon – 114 Richard Avenue
Steve & Mindy Trapani – 211 W. Mosher Street

Mayor Jaroszynski read the Parliamentary Procedures, reminded all visitors to sign in and opened the floor to anyone that wished to address the board.

Steve Garvey – a village resident and former village board member and parks commissioner for 16 years brought a newspaper article from 2001 regarding the horseshoe club that used to reside in the village park but was asked to leave. The club had loud speakers that were used for 50-50 drawings, many times past the curfew, and had events where they were selling beer which is prohibited in the park. He feels there is no place for a dog park in the village park or even in the village as they would all be near residences.  There is a stand-alone dog park in Lakewood which is only 4.8 miles from Falconer.  Some of the reasons he is against the dog park are the noise, smell, conflicts with owners and animals, close to village neighborhoods, and aggressive dogs. He appreciates what the Rotary has done in the past, along with the village to make Falconer Park what he feels is one of the best parks in the area and would like to keep it that way. He is asking the board to represent the village residents first, as the park is in a residential area.

Andrew Sweet – is in favor of the dog park along with others that he has spoken too.  Having a young child, it would be more convenient to walk to the park versus having to drive 4.8 miles to the closest park.  He feels that many of the issues that the park had with the horseshoe club, as stated by Mr. Garvey, would not be the case with a dog park. He stated that if there is a place in the park designated for the dogs, it will eliminate the people that currently let their dogs run loose in the park.  In closing, he feels if the park is well regulated with strict rules and has volunteers to help, that it would be beneficial for the community.  

Glen Dickerson – would like to know how close the dog park would be to the kids’ area. His main concern is for the safety of the children that are in the park, especially during the summer recreation program.  He does not feel Falconer Park is big enough to have a dog park.  He questioned if research was done to find out if any other dog parks have been put in a children’s park and if they have had any problems.

Larry Spangenburg – wants to know if questions can be asked after the presentation since they have not seen any of the plans. Also questioned if the dog park would be close to the kids that attend the summer recreation program and how high the fence would be. Feels that dogs can jump over a 4 feet fence and that should be considered as would be a liability to the village.

Trustee Miller was directed to start the power point presentation with Nina Gustafson, president of the Falconer Rotary Club speaking. About a year and a half ago, the Rotary Club started discussing what they wanted to do with money they had left in the park fund which was established over 20 years ago and has been used towards many park improvements over the years. They decided to research adding a dog park. They applied and were approved through Rotary International for a matching grant to put a dog park in the village park. The grant deadline for the park to be completed is April 2023. 

Trustee Miller added that they looked at how the dog park would fit within the current comprehensive plan which states that the village would benefit from a wider variety of available recreation activities near its parkland.  They are looking at other ways to enhance the park that would benefit the community in addition to the dog park. 

A village survey was done asking the residents if they would be in favor of adding a dog park to the village park and out of 302 responses, 52% said yes the village should explore a dog park in the village park, 29% said yes to a dog park but in a different location, 14% were unsure and there were 16 singular narrative opinions.

Nina Gustafson stated that the Falconer Rotary is proposing that the dog park to be within Falconer Park .The site is a great family destination and has water, parking, and shade, all important features for a dog park.  They looked at other dog parks in the area (Sherman, Dunkirk, Warren, Mayville, Lakewood) to make sure that all needs were met. The proposed area is left of the rec building, no exact dimensions have been determined yet but it will be similar in size to the Mayville dog park.

Key points that are being proposed for the dog park:

  • Park will be fenced, with an added green buffer of shrubs or trees between the neighboring residences and the fence
  • Separate area for big and small dogs
  • A double gated entrance area
  • Seating, possibly a Gazebo,  waste disposal areas, water
  • Annual memberships with a fee to be determined, which will help with the park upkeep
  • Dogs must be licensed and have proof of vaccinations
  • Members will get a badge or key fob for entrance
  • Park will have strict rules posted with set hours 
  • Members will be terminated if rules and regulations are not adhered to

Mayor Jaroszynski reminded the group that before there is any final approval, they will have all of the size information, this is not a voting session, it is a work session for the board to hear from the residents and safety of the children in the park will also be considered in the decision. There will be further meetings and everyone is encouraged to attend them.

Tim Black, village resident and Rotarian, stood up to speak. Rotary Club back in 1999 started to take a larger role in the park. The Rotary Club has raised a lot of money and put in a lot of hard work over the years to help make the park a better place.  The way to keep bad people out of the park is to have a constant supply of good people in the park. There is safety in numbers, busy parks deter bad people. Dogs are in our park now, not following rules, so let’s create a place for the dogs. There are pros and cons for the park, we are never going to have 100%, but we need to start moving forward. He is impressed with the plans, especially that they include memberships and key fobs, maybe explore a taller fence. 

Trustee Dunn commented that the goal is to get opinions so we can compromise to make everyone, if we can, happy with the decision. He appreciates all information given to help understand what the challenges are for the dog park. 

Steve Garvey questioned if the Lakewood police could be contacted to see what the incident report is with their dog park. Mayor Jaroszynski will follow up with Lakewood to get more information. 

Larry Trask, village resident, can see the pros and cons. Questioned if there are any regulations on the size of a dog park. He feels that there is not enough room in the Falconer Park. Also there is water in the park, but he believes that the water line is not an active line to the rec building. He agrees with Glen on the height of the fence and that it needs to be higher. Feels if we can’t regulate rules we have at the park such as no smoking, how can we regulate rules in the future regarding the dog park. Thinks Falconer should have a dog park, not sure it belongs in the park.

Tim Black questioned if the village is more liable with dogs in the park versus have a contained area. Mayor Jaroszynski stated that Attorney Peterson can address this at our upcoming board meeting on October 11.  Nina Gustafson said that the members of the dog park will be required to sign a waiver that they are assuming the responsibility for their dog. 

Steve Trapani, village resident that has property connected to the park thinks it is a good idea. Feels the people within the dog park will police themselves making sure others clean up after their dog which is not happening now with the dogs that are brought into the park. He feels that bringing a dog park to the village park will not bring any more problems to the park that are not already there.     Melinda Trapani, Steve’s wife commented that she has enjoyed living next to the park for over 15 years. It is nice to see people use the park, and it would be nice to have an area for dogs.

Mayor Jaroszynski read a letter that was sent by Ro Woodard, residing on N. Phetteplace that was unable to attend.  He read some of her comments to be considered.  The board thanks the residents for their opinions and they will be discussing the dog park at the next board meeting on Tuesday, October 11.

Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Cavallaro to adjourn the meeting at 7:04 pm.  Ayes-all. Motion carried.

April 11, 2022 Work Session

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Respectfully submitted,
Anna L. Fales

February 14, 2022 Work Session

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

Trustee Anthony Cavallaro
Trustee Annette Miller 

Carl Caprino, Superintendent
Anna L. Fales, Village Clerk 

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

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

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

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

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

Respectfully submitted,
Anna L. Fales 

October 12, 2021 Work Session

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

Anna L. Fales, Village Clerk

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

Pledge of Allegiance & Roll

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

Parliamentary Procedure

SOCIAL DISTTANCING PRACTICES WILL BE STRICTLY FOLLOWED AND MASKS ARE REQUIRED. VISITORS ARE ALLOWED A MAXIMUM OF THREE (3) MINUTES TO ADDRESS THE CHAIR. THIS IS NOT THE PLACE OR THE TIME TO CONDUCT A DEBATE WITH ANYONE. IT IS A MEETING TO DELIBERATE AS THE MAYOR AND BOARD OF TRUSTEES TO TRANSACT BUSINESS OF THE VILLAGE. ALL REPORTS, REQUESTS, IF NECESSARY, WLL BE SUBMITTED TO THE RESPECTIVE COMMITTEE OR COMMISSION FOR STUDY, INFORMATION GATHERING AND RECOMMENDATIONS. ALL CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED HAS BEEN PLACED WITH TRUSTEES AND IS ON FILE.

Visitors:

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

New Business:

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

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

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

Respectfully submitted,
Anna Fales, Village Clerk

September 13, 2021 Work Session

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

Lawrence Trask, Treasurer
Anna L. Fales, Village Clerk

The work session meeting of the Village of Falconer Mayor and Board of Trustees was held on Monday, September 13, 2021 at 6:15 P.M. in 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.

Parliamentary Procedure

SOCIAL DISTTANCING PRACTICES WILL BE STRICTLY FOLLOWED AND MASKS ARE REQUIRED. VISITORS ARE ALLOWED A MAXIMUM OF THREE (3) MINUTES TO ADDRESS THE CHAIR. THIS IS NOT THE PLACE OR 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:

No visitors were present.

New Business:

No new business discussed.

Old Business:

The opt-in/opt-out of Marijuana dispensaries and retail sale within the Village, in accordance with NYS Cannabis Law 131, was discussed. Trustee Dunn asked “if anyone had seen any medical reasons supporting or saying the Marijuana is safe and good to use? The discussion should not solely be based on increase tax dollars.” Major Jaroszynski stated that in his 25 years of law enforcement, his experience with users has not been good. Clerk Fales read to the board and will be submitting into record, all responses received from residents who left comments in the Clerk’s office regarding their opinions on opting in or opting out of both retail dispensaries and/or on-site consumption locations. For the record, all comments received, to date, were in favor of the Village opting-out of both.

Mayor Jaroszynski and Treasurer Trask provided overviews of the Federal American Rescue Plan funding. Mr. Trask noted for the board that the village will receive two funding allocations of approximately $115,000, the first in 2021 and the second in 2022. The village now has to decide the best use of the funds. A few of the current suggested uses are:

  • An air filtration system in village buildings
  • Paving of the park walking path
  • Reinstalling water to the park rec building
  • A digital sign in front of the Community Building
  • New Accounting System to replace the outdated system currently in use
  • Parapet repair-Community Building

The board was asked to submit any other ideas or concerns to be considered.

Treasurer Trask noted that per his initial calculations, the Village will have approximately $68,704 of unrestricted funds, leaving about $46,526 restricted spending dollars.

Mayor Jaroszynski reported that the village was offered the property on the corner of Dow and Main Street. The board was asked to consider whether or not they would be interested in the village taking ownership of the property.

Trustee Gustafson made a motion, seconded by Trustee Dunn to adjourn the work session at 6:55 pm. Ayes: all. Nays: none. Carried.

Respectfully submitted,
Anna Fales, Village Clerk

August 9, 2021 Work Session

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

Lawrence Trask, Treasurer
Anna L. Fales, Village Clerk

The work session meeting of the Village of Falconer Mayor and Board of Trustees was held on Monday, August 9, 2021 at 6:17 P.M. in 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.

Parliamentary Procedure

SOCIAL DISTTANCING PRACTICES WILL BE STRICTLY FOLLOWED AND MASKS ARE REQUIRED. VISITORS ARE ALLOWED A MAXIMUM OF THREE (3) MINUTES TO ADDRESS THE CHAIR.  THIS IS NOT THE PLACE OR 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:        

No visitors were present.

New Business:

No new business discussed.

Old Business:

The opt-in/opt-out of Marijuana dispensaries and retail sale within the Village, in accordance with NYS Cannabis Law 131, was discussed.  Mayor Jaroszynski told the board that, to date, neither he nor the village office has heard from any residents in favor of dispensaries/retail sale of Marijuana in the village.

Trustee Miller provided a handout with additional information on the topic.  She said that it is important that the board listens to the constituents on this topic and also keep in mind that the village can always opt-in if they choose to do so at a later time.  Trustee Gustafson agreed and added that with an opt-out, the village” can see the ramifications down the road.”  He noted that per the Law, a municipality cannot opt-out later once you choose to opt-in.  Clerk Fales shared some points of discussion from Senator Borrello’s recent presentation to the Chautauqua County Municipal Clerks Association.  A public hearing on this topic will be set for September 13, 2021.

Mayor Jaroszynski and Treasurer Trask provided an overview of the Federal American Rescue Plan funding, how it is to be allocated and a brief review of its allowed uses, as they relate to Category 1 (proven revenue loss-unrestricted use) and Category 2 (restricted use) of the Plan.  Mayor Jaroszynski reported that the management team was asked to come up with ideas on how to best to spend these funds. Trustee Cavallaro stated that he feels the funds should be used for major projects, not basic repairs.  Mr. Trask stated that he would be working to calculate the amount, if any, of lost revenue which can be associated with the pandemic. He stated that he is awaiting further guidance on how the lost revenue is to be calculated.  

Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Cavallaro to adjourn the work session at 6:57 pm.  Ayes: all. Nays: none. Carried.

Respectfully submitted,
Anna Fales, Village Clerk

July 12, 2021 Work Session

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

Lawrence Trask, Treasurer
Anna L. Fales, Village Clerk 
Gregory Peterson, Attorney 

The work session meeting of the Village of Falconer Mayor and Board of Trustees was held on Monday, July 12, 2021 at 6:24 P.M. in 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.

PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE 

SOCIAL DISTTANCING PRACTICES WILL BE STRICTLY FOLLOWED AND MASKS ARE REQUIRED. VISITORS ARE ALLOWED A MAXIMUM OF THREE (3) MINUTES TO ADDRESS THE CHAIR.  THIS IS NOT THE PLACE OR 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 Vanstrom, Chairmen of the Fire Advisory Board and Eric Tichy of the Post journal were present. 

New Business:

The board discussed the need for and required actions to include a food truck section to the village zoning law.  It was noted that there are currently 2 food trucks that regularly run a business in the village and three other trucks just outside of the village.   Food trucks are increasing in popularity and currently there are no regulations or fees for these businesses in the village zoning law. 

Trustee Miller stated that she felt that Jamestown’s pilot program addresses this issue very well, including the rational for allowing food trucks in a community. 

 Trustee Dunn stated that he is not opposed to some regulation.  Saying, “it makes good sense to have rules to ensure these businesses are acting appropriately” should the food truck business increase in the village. 

Mayor Jaroszynski suggested that this issue be sent to the village planning and zoning boards to have them develop a plan which can then be presented to the board of trustees for final approval. 

Steve Vanstrom presented the board with a purchase offer of $60,000, which was received from South Strabane Township, Washington, PA, for the sale of the 2000 Quantum Fire Pumper Truck.  According to Mr. Vanstrom, the truck committee and the Fire Advisory Board are both in agreement that the purchase offer is more than reasonable and recommend the village board consider the offer for approval.  The truck committee’s research showed that similar used trucks were selling for $25,000$35,000.  It was also noted that the interested party would like to take possession of the truck in midAugust, even though Falconer’s new pumper truck is not scheduled to be delivered until early September. Mr. Vanstrom stated that if an event requiring a pumper truck should arise in the interim, the situation would be covered by one of the remaining department vehicles and/or through mutual aid.   

The truck committee and specifically Skip Cavallaro, were recognized for their hard work and success on this project. 

The board quickly touched base on the upcoming action needed to Opt-in or to opt-out of Marijuana dispensaries in the village.  The board requested additional information on this topic.   

Mayor Jaroszynski briefly reviewed the agenda for the 7 pm regular monthly board meeting, noting that action will be requested for the extension of the dog control contract and also the acceptance of Mr. Morris’s resignation from his position as the village code enforcement officer. Noting that Alan Gustafson Sr. and David Rowe will assist the village in the interim until a new CEO can be hired.  

Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Cavallaro to adjourn the work session at 6:50 pm.  Ayes: all. Nays: none. Carried.

Respectfully submitted,
Anna Fales, Village Clerk 

November 9, 2020 Work Session

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

Anna L. Fales, Village Clerk

The work session meeting of the Village of Falconer Mayor and Board of Trustees was held on Monday, November 9, 2020 at 5:45 P.M. in the Falconer Public Library with Mayor James Jaroszynski presiding. All social distancing and COVID safety protocols were followed.  No work session was held in October.

Anthony Cavallaro and Steve Vanstrom, both representing the Fire Advisory Board, were in attendance to update the board on the fire truck committee progress and their recommended actions.

Mr. Vanstrom presented the mayor and board with a proposed purchase agreement between Churchville Fire Equipment Corporation and the Village of Falconer, dated 9/14/2018, for the purchase of a new pumper truck and extrication equipment through the Sourcewell Consortium.  The cost of the new pumper and equipment, if paid in full upfront will be $706,364.  That equates to a discounted savings of $21,747.

Mayor Jaroszynski told the board that he and Trustee Steele had met with the fire advisory board over the weekend to review the agreement.  The mayor said he was pleased that the committee responded to his request for a “bare-bones” fire truck.  He said, in all, the committee deleted approximately $9,900 in options.  Mr. Cavallaro echoed the mayor’s comments, noting that the committee worked diligently for 7 months analyzing the needs of the fire department against spending.  He said the committee worked well together throughout the process as they reviewed specifications item by item.

Trustee Reynolds asked if there would be a warranty provided. Mr. Vanstrom responded, yes, 1 full year complete.  Items like transmission and computers would be prorated.

Trustee Reynolds and Trustee Gustafson asked several additional questions regarding the Sourcewell bidding, payment and bonding processes.   Mr. Cavallaro responded that the bid was open to all vendors, the purchase is 100% bonded and that Sourcewell is paid by the bidder and receives no payment or commission from the vendor (Churchville) for the sale.

Following the discussion, Mayor Jaroszynski thanked the Fire Advisory Board & truck committee for their hard work. 

The board will take action on the proposed purchase agreement during open session of the regular board meeting starting at 7 pm this evening.

Fire Chief Webster presented a brief overview of the fire departments financial status for the current fiscal year along with his plans for the remainder of the year.  He noted that he will be seeking additional grants though FEMA and also local funding sources to equip his department and membership with the proper equipment to safely carry put their duties.  He also noted his intentions to purchase 3-4 nozzles, 500’ back-up 3/4” hose and 200’ 2” back-up hose.   These items will be a total spend of approximately $6,320.00.

Chief Webster provided the board with a one-page summary of his presentation. 

Trustee Gustafson provided the board with a brief preview of the new village website.  The website will be ADA and accessibility compliant.  It is also a reactive website which will adjust automatically to viewing on either a PC or handheld devices. There was additional discussion on items to be added and security features.  A follow-up presentation is planned for the December meeting.

A motion was made by Trustee Dunn, seconded by Trustee Gustafson, to adjourn the work session at 6:45 pm.  Ayes:  All, Nays: None.  Carried.      

Respectfully submitted,
Anna L. Fales

September 14, 2020 Work Session

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

Anna L. Fales, Village Clerk

The work session meeting of the Village of Falconer Mayor and Board of Trustees was held on Monday, September 14, 2020 at 5:45 P.M. in the Falconer Public Library with Mayor James Jaroszynski presiding. All social distancing and COVID safety protocols were followed.  It is noted that this is the first work session held since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Anthony Cavallaro and Steve Vanstrom, both representing the Fire Advisory Board, were in attendance to update the board on the fire truck committee progress and their suggestion actions.

Mr. Vanstrom presented the mayor and board with a packet of information put forth by the truck committee which included:

  1. A letter from the committee
  2. 20/21-year budget with the Capital F account accruals highlighted noting, that as of 5/31/20 the balance was, $881,263.14 and at year-end, the balance was $1,019,612.00.
  3. Information packet on Sourcewell purchasing consortium.

Mr. Vanstrom explained that the department budget’s for truck replacements every 20 years.

This is now the 21st year of service for E410.  The next potential replacement of E401 looks like it will be in 27 years. The committee tries to project out 30 years in advance.  In 2006, the committee projected a replacement truck in 2021 to cost approximately $662,162.

Mr. Vanstrom noted that the village is currently a member of the purchasing consortium, Sourcewell, which is a municipal purchasing company.  Sourcewell, manages competitive bids for municipalities and other public entities.  There is no fee to join, but there is a $2,000 fee for bid management service.  In return, Sourcewell guarantees a 2% discount below the lowest bid.

Currently there are 3 companies that produce Class A trucks along the east coast: Pierce, Sutton and Seagrade.  The committee considers serviceability, whether or not trucks are certified for rebuild and whether or not the truck is worthy of the 20-year service life required by our department. Mr. Vanstrom stated that a Class A Custom Pumper is needed to meet these requirements.

Of the three companies, Seagrade is manufactured along the east coast with Syracuse as their closest location. They are certified to rebuild but they are not interested in business this far west.  Sutton is located in Ohio. They have the serviceability capabilities but are not certified to rebuild.  Pierce can provide both serviceability and they are certified to rebuild. 

Using Sourcewell, if the lowest bid comes in at $707,000, less a 2% discount, the cost would be $693,000.  The Sourcewell charge of $2,000 to be added bring the cost to $695,000.  A prepay cash discount of $25,000 is offered, if payment is made within 10 days of the order. That would make the final cost approximately $670,000, which is a difference of less than $8,000 of the committees 2006 projected replacement cost of  $662,162.  Build time for a truck is usually 10 months – 1 year.

Mr. Vanstrom explained that the department’s fixed system extractor (Jaws of Life) is on the current truck and is also 20 years old.  The fire department has experienced many times when the hose was not long enough.  It is the committee’s recommendation to add a new portable extractor to the cost of the new pumper, making the E401 replacement a combo rescue pumper.  The estimated cost of the extractor is $22,000, which would be paid out of the truck fund, not out of the small equipment fund.  This addition would increase the estimated cost of the truck to $ 692,000.00.

E401 is the workhorse of the department with 2-2.5% more use that the other trucks.

Mr. Vanstrom stated that the committee will need the board approval to authorize the bid process to be handled through Sourcewell at a cost of $2,000, along with additional approval to begin the process to sell the current E401 truck.

Mr. Vanstrom noted that Pierce standardizes equipment which makes transition easier for volunteer fire departments because it standardizes maintenance, pump panels, and it is serviced from Churchville, NY (near Rochester).

The current department truck replacement schedule is as follows:

TruckPurchased YearReplacement Year
40120002020
40220022022
Ladder truck20142034

Mayor Jaroszynski thanked the Fire Advisory Board & truck committee for their hard work and detailed presentation to the board. 

The board will address their decision on the committee’s requests in open session of the regular board meeting starting at 7 pm this evening.

A motion was made by Trustee Dunn, seconded by Trustee Gustafson, to adjourn the work session at 6:50 pm.  Ayes:  All, Nays: None.  Carried.

Respectfully submitted,
Anna L. Fales