Meeting Minutes

January 7, 2014

 

INCORPORATED VILLAGE OF PIERMONT

BOARD OF TRUSTEES REORGANIZATION MEETING

January 7, 2014

 

 

 

Present:  Mayor Christopher Sanders, Deputy Mayor Mark Blomquist, Trustees Lisa DeFeciani, Trustee John Gallucci Jr., Walter Sevastian, Esq.-Village Attorney, Stephanie Tassello-Village Clerk-Treasurer

 

Trustee Steven Silverberg was absent

 

 

Village clerk treasurer administered the Oath of Office to Trustee Mark Blomquist and Trustee John Gallucci Jr.

 

Acting Village Justice Margaret Holihan administered the Oath of Office to Mayor Christopher Sanders

 

Mayor Sanders called the meeting to order and led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Mayor hereby appoints MARK BLOMQUIST Deputy Mayor for a term to expire at the Reorganization Meeting of January 2015.

 

Motion by Trustee Gallucci Jr., seconded by Trustee DeFeciani.  Upon vote the motion carried and Mayor Sanders administered the Oath of Office.

 

Mayor hereby appoints Stephanie Tassello Village Clerk-Treasurer for a term to expire at the Reorganization Meeting of January 2016.

 

Motion by Trustee Gallucci Jr., seconded by Trustee Blomquist.  Upon vote the motion carried and Mayor Sanders administered the Oath of Office

 

Mayor hereby appoints Julie Pagliaroli Deputy Village Clerk-Treasurer for a term to expire at the Reorganization Meeting of January 2015.

 

Motion by Trustee Blomquist, seconded by Trustee DeFeciani.  Upon vote the motion carried and Mayor Sanders administered the Oath of Office.

 

Mayor hereby appoints WALTER SEVASTIAN as Village Attorney for a term to expire at the Reorganization Meeting of January 2015.

 

Motion by Trustee Gallucci Jr., seconded by Trustee DeFeciani.  Upon vote the motion carried and Village Clerk-Treasurer Stephanie Tassello administered the Oath of Office.

 

Mayor hereby appoints DENNIS MICHAELSasAssistant Village Attorney

for a term to expire at the Reorganization Meeting of January 2015.

 

Motion by Trustee DeFeciani, seconded by Trustee Blomquist.  Upon vote the motion carried and Village Clerk-Treasurer Stephanie Tassello administered the Oath of Office

 

Mayor hereby appoints MARGARET HOLIHAN Acting Village Justice for a term to expire at the Reorganization Meeting of January 2015.

 

Motion by Trustee Gallucci Jr., seconded by Trustee Blomquist.  Upon vote the motion carried and Village Clerk-Treasurer Stephanie Tassello administered the Oath of Office

 

 

Mayor hereby appoints BROOKER ENGINEERING to serve as Village Engineer until the Reorganization Meeting of January 2015.

 

Motion by Trustee Blomquist, seconded by Trustee Gallucci Jr.  Upon vote the motion carried.

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Mayor hereby appoints STEPHANIE TASSELLO as Registrar of Vital Statistics for a term to expire at the Reorganization Meeting of January 2015.

 

Motion by Trustee Gallucci Jr., seconded by Trustee Blomquist.  Upon vote the motion carried and Mayor Sanders administered the Oath of Office.

 

 

Mayor hereby appoints SYLVIA CARBONELL as Deputy Registrar of Vital Statistics for a term to expire at the Reorganization Meeting of January 2015.

 

Motion by Trustee DeFeciani, seconded by Trustee Gallucci Jr.  Upon vote the motion carried.

 

Mayor hereby appoints Daniel Spitzer member of the Planning Board for a term to expire at the Reorganization Meeting of January 2019.

 

Motion by Trustee Gallucci Jr., seconded by Trustee DeFeciani.  Upon vote the motion carried and Village Clerk-Treasurer Stephanie Tassello administered the Oath of Office.

 

Mayor hereby appoints TOBY DASCHBACH as an alternate member of the Planning Board for a term to expire at the Reorganization Meeting of January 2015.

 

Motion by Trustee Gallucci Jr., seconded by Trustee Blomquist.  Upon vote the motion carried.

 

Mayor hereby appoints NATHAN MITCHELL as an alternate member of the Planning Board for a term to expire at the Reorganization Meeting of January 2015.

 

Motion by Trustee Blomquist, seconded by Trustee DeFeciani.  Upon vote the motion carried.

 

Mayor hereby appoints DANIEL SPITZER as Chairperson to the Planning Board of Appeals for a term to expire at the Reorganization Meeting of January 2015.

 

Motion by Trustee Gallucci Jr., seconded by Trustee DeFeciani.  Upon vote the motion carried and Village Clerk-Treasurer Stephanie Tassello administered the Oath of Office.

 

Mayor hereby appoints Maureen O’Connell as Member to the Zoning Board of Appeals for a term to expire at the Reorganization Meeting of January 2016.

 

Motion by Trustee DeFeciani, seconded by Trustee Gallucci Jr..  Upon vote the motion carried.

 

Mayor hereby appoints Ponisseril Somasundaran as Member to the Zoning Board of Appeals for a term to expire at the Reorganization Meeting of January 2019.

 

Motion by Trustee DeFeciani, seconded by Trustee Blomquist.  Upon vote the motion carried And Village Clerk-Treasurer Stephanie Tassello administered the Oath of Office.

 

Mayor hereby appoints Roberta Ebert as Member to the Zoning Board of Appeals filling the unexpired term of Greg Toner for a term to expire at the Reorganization Meeting of January 2015.

 

Motion by Trustee DeFeciani, seconded by Trustee Blomquist.  Upon vote the motion carried.

 

Mayor hereby appoints Matthew Smith as an Alternate member of the Zoning Board of Appeals for a term to expire at the Reorganization Meeting of January 2015.

 

Motion by TrusteeGallucci Jr., seconded by Trustee Blomquist.  Upon vote the motion carried and Village Clerk-Treasurer Stephanie Tassello administered the Oath of Office.

Mayor hereby appoints Heidi Spitzer as an Alternate member of the Zoning Board of Appeals for a term to expire at the Reorganization Meeting of January 2015.

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Motion by Trustee Gallucci Jr., seconded by Trustee Blomquist.  Upon vote the motion carried and Village Clerk-Treasurer Stephanie Tassello administered the Oath of Office

 

Mayor hereby appoints MARGARET HOLIHAN as Chairperson to the Zoning Board of Appeals for a term to expire at the Reorganization Meeting of January 2015.

 

Motion by Trustee Gallucci Jr., seconded by Trustee DeFeciani.  Upon vote the motion carried and Village Clerk-Treasurer Stephanie Tassello administered the Oath of Office

 

Mayor hereby appoints DANIEL SHERMAN Chairperson of the Piermont Parks Commission for a term to expire at Reorganization of January 2015.

 

Motion by Trustee Blomquist, seconded by Trustee DeFeciani.  Upon vote the motion carried and Village Clerk-Treasurer Stephanie Tassello administered the Oath of Office

 

Mayor appoints the following as Liaisons to Village Departments:

Deputy Mayor Blomquist: Police Department, and Fire Department

Trustee Gallucci Jr.: Department of Public Works

Trustee Silverberg: Building Department, Land-Use Boards

Trustee DeFeciani: Clerks Office, Justice Court, and Parks

Mayor Sanders: Fire Department

Motion by Trustee Gallucci Jr., seconded by Trustee DeFeciani.  Upon vote the motion carried.

 

Mayor hereby designates the ROCKLAND JOURNAL NEWS as the official newspaper for the Village of Piermont.

 

Motion by Trustee Blomquist., seconded by Trustee Gallucci Jr.  Upon vote the motion carried.

 

Mayor hereby designates the   M & T BANK, PROVIDENT BANK, MBIA CLASS AND FIRST NIAGARA as the official depositories for the Village of Piermont.

 

Motion by Trustee DeFeciani, seconded by Trustee Gallucci Jr.  Upon vote the motion carried.

 

Mayor hereby designates the following as the official locations for posting of notices for the Village of Piermont:      

Village of Piermont Village Hall

                                                                        Canzona’s Market

                                                                        Railroad Station

                                                                        Piermont Post Office

                                                                        Piermont Library

                                                                        M & T Bank

                                                                        Eleanor Stroud Skating Pond

 

Motion by Trustee DeFeciani, seconded by Trustee Gallucci Jr.  Upon vote the motion carried.

 

Mayor hereby designates the first and third Tuesdays of each month as the regular meeting days for the Board of Trustees Meetings. 

 

Motion by Trustee Blomquist, seconded by Trustee DeFeciani.  Upon vote the motion carried.

 

Adoption of Procurement Policy for the Village of Piermont

Village Attorney Walter Sevastian reported the Village follows this Policy for all purchases the State requires that the Village adopts it on an annual basis. There were no modifications with the Procurement Policy from the previous year.

 Trustee Gallucci Jr.  moved to adopt the Procurement Policy effective for the official year 2014-2015 for the Village of Piermont.  Trustee Blomquist seconded the motion, which carried by a vote of 4-0

 

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Adoption of Resolution authorizing attendance at Schools and Conferences

 

Mayor Sanders reported this is an annual adoption to allow Appointed Officials, Police Officers and Department heads to attend Schools and Conferences.

 

Trustee Blomquist moved to adopt the Resolution to allow attendance as Schools and Conferences for the official year 2014-2015 for the Village of Piermont.  Trustee Gallucci Jr.  seconded the motion, which carried by a vote of 4-0

 

Mayor Sanders moved up Agenda item Department Reports 

 

Department Reports

 

DPW

DPW Superintendent Tom Temple reported he is currently working with our Insurance Company seeking reimbursement for the 2002 Bombardier sidewalk snowplow that was destroyed during Hurricane Sandy.  He has submitted to FEMA for reimbursement but a final amount has yet to been determined.  Due to the recent winter storms he requested to get bid specifications to purchase new multi-purpose tractor which would be more suitable for the needs of the Village. 

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. moved to authorize DPW Superintendent to obtain Bid Specifications on a Multi Purpose Tractor.  Trustee Blomquist seconded the motion which carried by vote 4-0

 

 

Fire Dept.

Chief Cavanaugh – absent

 

Police Dept.

Chief O’Shea – absent

 

Building Dept.

Building Inspector Charles Schaub – absent

Approval of Minutes

Trustee Gallucci Jr. moved to approve minutes from the December 3, 2013, December 10, 2013- Workshop, and December 17, 2013 meeting of the Board of Trustees.  Trustee DeFeciani seconded the motion, which carried by a vote 4-0

 

 

Approval of Warrant

Trustee Blomquist moved to approve the Warrant in the amount of $ 28,569.48 attached to the Minutes.  Trustee Gallucci Jr seconded the motion, which was carried by a vote of 4-0.

 

 

Resolution Authorizing Mayor to sign Employee Agreements

Mayor Sanders presented two (2) Employees’ Letters of Understanding to the board for the Calendar Year 2014, Clerk Treasurer and Deputy Clerk Treasurer.

 

Trustee Blomquist moved to approve Mayor Sanders signing Two (2) Employee’s Letter of Understanding for the Calendar Year 2014.  Trustee DeFeciani seconded the motion which was carried by a vote 4-0.

 

Mayor Sanders presented a Letter of Understanding for Superintendent of Public Works to the board for multi-year agreement 2013 thru 2016.

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. moved to approve Mayor Sanders signing One (1) Employee Letter of Understanding for the multi-year agreement 2013 thru 2016.  Trustee Blomquist seconded the motion which was carried by a vote 4-0.

 

 

 

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Resolution Authorizing Mayor to sign Memorandum of Understanding

Mayor Sanders presented the Department of Public Works Memorandum of Understanding.

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr.  moved to approve Mayor Sanders signing the Memorandum of Understanding.  Trustee DeFeciani seconded the motion which was carried by a vote 4-0.

 

Request from the American Cancer Society

American Cancer Society requested to hold their annual George Washington Bridge Challenge through the Village on Sunday June 8, 2014.  

 

Trustee Blomquist  moved to approve the Annual George Washington Bridge Challenge on Sunday June 8, 2014 subject to authorization and coordination with the Police Department  Trustee Gallucci Jr. seconded the motion  which carried by a vote 4-0.

 

 

Accept Resignation from Part-time Police Officer

Trustee Gallucci Jr. moved to accept Part-time Police Office Clifton Bullock resignation effective immediately.  Trustee Blomquist seconded the motion which carried by vote 4-0

 

 

Old/New Business

 

Village Attorney Walter Sevastian reported an update regarding a previous request from the Piermont Volunteer Fire Department seeking a referendum to amend the conditions of their Service Award Program.  They are seeking to lower the retirement age from 62 to 60, and to also extend the service credits from 30 years to 40 years.  These amendments would need to be approved by the Board of Trustees by resolution with a majority of 60% vote in which Trustee Blomquist, being a member of the Fire Department and the Service Award program would have to recuse himself.  The proposal would then be subject to a mandatory referendum with a Village-wide election.  If passed, it would become effective January 1st the following year and the annual contribution would increase.

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. questioned the current contribution for the Service Awards.

 

Village Attorney Walter Sevastian reported the plan administrator submits an annual report to the Village; last year the contribution was $136,000, which included an administration fee in the amount of $3,800.  He will forward the 2012 Service Awards report to the Board for their review and explained the Service Awards plan administrator is available to meet with the board and answer any questions the Board may have.

 

Mayor Sanders stated he would like to review the report and possibly have a workshop before he meets with the Service Awards plan administrator. 

 

Trustee Blomquist questioned if this is passes, does it impact the 2% tax cap or is it excluded.

 

Village Attorney Walter Sevastian replied yes

 

Trustee Blomquist also requested to separate the two request as lowering the retirement age with have an impact as the extension on the service credits will have no impact

 

Village Attorney Walter Sevastian will check into the procedures.

 

Trustee DeFeciani wanted to follow up with her request to go paperless she thinks it would save the Village money, a lot of paper and waste. 

Mayor Sanders directed the Clerk to review the costs for paper and other costs for printing.  He also thinks this should further be discussed during the budget workshops.

 

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Adjournment

Trustee Galucci Jr. moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:48pm.  Trustee DeFeciani seconded the motion, which was carried by a vote of 4-0.

 

 

 

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

Stephanie Tassello

Clerk-Treasurer