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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

March 2, 2020 Work Session

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

Lawrence Trask, Treasurer
Anna L. Fales, Village Clerk
Peter C. Fuller, DPW Superintendent

The work session meeting of the Village of Falconer Mayor and Board of Trustees was held on Monday, March 2, 2020 at 5:45 P.M. in the Community Building Board Room with Mayor James Jaroszynski presiding.

Jordan Patterson of the Post Journal was in attendance to observe the proceedings.

Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Gustafson, to approve the minutes of February 10, 2020 Board of Trustee Work Session as written.  Roll: Dunn: Aye, Steele: Aye, Gustafson: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None.  Carried.

Mayor Jaroszynski briefly updated the board on the following topics:

  • Trustee appointment-Mayor Jaroszynski will be appointing Kipp Reynolds to fill the trustee vacancy which resulted when Phil Ribaudo turned down the write-in position Mr. Ribaudo won during the November village elections.
  • The mayor updated the board regarding the Annexation.  He stated that talks broke down with the City when City of Jamestown Mayor Sundquist notified them that the city was planning to vote to move forward with the Annexation at their meeting on February 27, 2020.  Mayor Sundquist stated that even after their vote, he wanted to continue talks but the Town, School and Village all agreed to suspend talks based on the City’s decision to continue on with the Annexation.  If the City at some point decides to stop the Annexation, then the Town, Village and School would be more than willing to resume discussions.
  • Despite the fact that a resident stepped forward and offered to take the lead in organizing the Farmers’ Market, it may be too late for this summer.  The mayor asked the board to consider a one-year re-organizational hiatus.
  • Community Building Maintenance Reserve Account-continued discussion regarding setting up a reserve account to address anticipated maintenance at the community building. Treasurer Trask suggested starting the account beginning fiscal year 2021 (June 2020) with a beginning balance transfer of $5000 using profits from the proposed sale of the Davis Street parking lot to Home Leasing.  Mr. Trask suggested that Attorney Peterson guide the village in proper steps to set up the account. Trustee Steele stated that he felt it is a good plan and a good idea for the village to plan ahead.
  • Fire Advisory Board update-Trustee Steele reported that he is only hearing good things out of the department.  The board continues their efforts to plan ahead for the future.  They are currently “talking 30-years out.”
  • Solid waste proposals- The board will consult with Attorney Peterson this evening regarding potential changes to upcoming bid from a three-year down to a one-year contract.
  • The board reviewed the proposed resolutions to be addressed at this evenings board meeting. There were no major questions or concerns expressed by board members.  Abstracts will be presented for payment approvals at the Special Board meeting scheduled for March 23rd at 7pm.  Two annexation resolutions will also be put before the board at that special meeting.

New Business:

Treasurer Trask updated the board on a meeting he had with NY CLASS regarding municipal investments.  He reported that in comparing the village’s current CD investments through M&T Bank, there is only a slight difference in overall earnings.  He noted that he feels that handling the village investments locally may be worth the difference.  As Federal interest rates fall, CD rates also fall.

Alan Gustafson reported that he is working on building a village website.  He noted that due to the large scope of the project, it may roll out in stages.  He asked the board’s input on priority items, noting he had an initial list that includes: list of board members, code, meeting minutes, upcoming events, link to slick text, local attractions, board agendas, business registry and possible a link to available real estate.

Superintendent Fuller reported that he had received a price quote of approximately $13,000 from King’s heating for heating/cooling systems (2) for the main office/board room/clerk-treasurer office.  Mr. Fuller suggested that with the installation of these supplemental units, it will make it easier for the boiler to keep up with the rest of the building.  The boiler has continually had issues over the winter which may be partially due to the fact that the pipes connecting the boiler system are approximately 100 years old.

The office currently has 2 aging (over 13 years old) cooling only systems.  As a comparison, the cost of replacing just the cooling units if they were to breakdown, the current cost would be approximately $6,200.

Per the villages procurement policy, two more price quotes are required for board consideration.

Trustee Steele made a motion, seconded by Trustee Gustafson to adjourn at 6:45 pm.  Ayes:  All, Nays: None.  Carried.

Respectfully submitted,
Anna L. Fales

February 10, 2020 Work Session

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

Lawrence Trask, Treasurer
Anna L. Fales, Village Clerk
Peter C. Fuller, DPW Superintendent

The work session meeting of the Village of Falconer Mayor and Board of Trustees was held on Monday, February 10, 2020 at 5:45 P.M. in the Community Building Board Room with Mayor James Jaroszynski presiding.

Jordan Patterson of the Post Journal was in attendance to observe the proceedings.

Trustee Dunn made a motion, seconded by Trustee Steele, to approve the minutes of January 13, 2020 Board of Trustee Work Session as written. Roll: Dunn: Aye, Steele: Aye, Gustafson: Aye, and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None. Carried.

Mayor Jaroszynski briefly updated the board on the following topics:

  • Trustee appointment-still pending. Any interested residents should contact Mayor Jaroszynski.
  • Annexation: talks are continuing with the city and BPU.
  • March board meeting: A special meeting may be needed to address annexation. The city is expected to hold their vote on whether or not to proceed with the annexation at their February 27th voting session.
  • Truck-Lite-Top officials, including Mayor Jaroszynski met with Truck-Lite officials. Truck-Lite reported that their decision to shut down production facility is tentative at this point. However, they are committed to retain their office personnel in Falconer. The mayor stated that the county IDA generously offered their resources to help Truck-Lite consider keeping their business in Falconer.
  • Farmers Market-Dee is stepping back so a market manager replacement is needed. We have a very short-time line. The mayor asked the board if the village should consider a one-year hiatus to re-evaluate and restructure the program?
  • Community Building Maintenance Reserve Account-continued discussion regarding setting up a reserve account to address anticipated maintenance at the community building, such as, rebuilding the parapet, repointing of the brick, heating system updates, etc. Treasurer Trask suggested starting the account beginning fiscal year 2021 (June 2020) with a beginning balance transfer of $5000. Mr. Trask suggested that Attorney Peterson guide the village in proper steps to set up the account.
  • Fire Advisory Board update-the board met a couple times. Air bottles, 4” hose and computer backup equipment have been approved and ordered.
  • Solid waste proposals- The village’s solid waste/recyclables contract with Casella expires this year. The board was given a copy of the current bid specifications to review and offer proposed revisions, prior to posting the bid. Trustee Steele initiated a discussion as to whether or not the bid should contain an exit clause or be changed a one-year versus a 3-year contract, to protect the village in case the village loses the Dow Street annexation.
  • Trustee Dunn suggested the board earmark all services that the board would consider cutting if the village loses the annexation.
  • The board reviewed the proposed resolutions to be addressed at this evenings board meeting. There were no major questions or concerns expressed by board members.
  • Falconer Central School STEM Camp-Mayor Jaroszynski noted that the school asked for his signature as support for a combined funding letter to be sent out on behalf of the school & village. He noted that the village would not be providing any direct funding to the program, only in-kind services & support.

Trustee Steele made a motion, seconded by Trustee Dunn to adjourn at 6:50 pm. Ayes: All, Nays: None. Carried.

Respectfully submitted,
Anna L. Fales