Board Meeting Minutes April 18th, 2016

  April 18, 2016

The regular semi-monthly meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Menands, held on Monday April 18th, 2016 was called to order by Mayor Megan Grenier at 6:00 P.M.

PRESENT:

 

Megan Grenier, Mayor

Steve Boulet, Trustee

Diane Foley, Trustee

Seth H. Harris, Trustee

Aileen Nicoll, Trustee

John P. Berry, Jr., Village Clerk

Stephen Rehfuss, Village Attorney

 

ABSENT:

 

Paul Reuss, Exec Asst to Mayor

Also attending:  Bill Garvey, John Stangle, and Bill Nevins.

The Mayor led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Open Forum:

Resident Bill Garvey said that he was looking forward to helping with the clean-up for Menands Little League.

He also stated that he is supportive of the Menands Pump Station being upgraded.

Bill wanted to thank the DPW Department for fixing the stop sign on Jones Court.

Resident Bill Nevins wanted to thank the DPW for fixing the signs that moved during the heavy wind last week.

He also asked if the Village could send out a notification on the Everbridge Alert System in regards to Ganser Smith Park being closed.

A motion was made by Trustee Harris, seconded by Trustee Boulet to accept the minutes of the April 4th, 2016 Board Meeting.

ADOPTED:

 

Trustee Boulet             voting              AYE

Trustee Foley              voting              AYE

Trustee Harris              voting              AYE

Trustee Nicoll              voting              ABSTAINED

Mayor Grenier             voting              AYE

 

A motion was made by Trustee Harris, seconded by Trustee Nicoll to accept the minutes of the April 11th, 2016 Budget Workshop.

 

ADOPTED:

 

Trustee Boulet             voting              AYE

Trustee Foley              voting              AYE

Trustee Harris              voting              AYE

Trustee Nicoll              voting              AYE

Mayor Grenier             voting              AYE

 

A motion was made by Trustee Nicoll, seconded by Trustee Harris to approve payment for the following:

 

WARRANT # 22:

 

GENERAL                 totaling            $79,267.91

WATER                      totaling            $  8,731.07

SEWER                      totaling            $     463.89

TOTALS         $88,462.87

 

PAYROLL # 23:        totaling            $76,391.51

(04/01/16 – 04/14/16)

 

ADOPTED:

 

Trustee Boulet             voting              AYE

Trustee Foley              voting              AYE

Trustee Harris              voting              AYE

Trustee Nicoll              voting              AYE

Mayor Grenier             voting              AYE

 

The Mayor led a discussion on the tentative 2016 – 2017 Village Budget.

A motion was made by Trustee Harris, seconded by Trustee Nicoll to adopt the Preliminary Budget that was submitted by the Mayor on Monday, March 21st, 2016.

ADOPTED:

 

Trustee Boulet             voting              AYE

Trustee Foley              voting              AYE

Trustee Harris              voting              AYE

Trustee Nicoll              voting              AYE

Mayor Grenier             voting              AYE

A motion was made by Trustee Nicoll, seconded by Trustee Boulet to appoint Brian Franklin to the position of Fire Chief, Michael Steurer as 1st Assistant Chief and Andrew Boyd as 2nd Assistant Chief, Benjamin Latanzio and Brian Sheridan Captains, Brendan Murphy, Colin Schanz and Justin Jones Lieutenants.

ADOPTED:

 

Trustee Boulet             voting              AYE

Trustee Foley              voting              AYE

Trustee Harris              voting              AYE

Trustee Nicoll              voting              AYE

Mayor Grenier             voting              AYE

The annual installation dinner of the Menands Fire Co. # 1 and Auxiliary will be held Saturday, April 23, 2016 at the Franklin Terrace, 126 Campbell Avenue Troy starting at 6:30 P.M.

Trustee Harris introduced proposed Local Law # 2 of 2016 indicating the following changes to Chapter 110 Junked Vehicles.

“PARKING OF JUNKED VEHICLES OR VEHICLES ON LANDSCAPED AREAS”

  • 110-1. Findings and purpose.

It is hereby declared that abandoned, junked, discarded, dismantled and unregistered motor vehicles as well as any vehicles parked on landscaped areas in and upon privately owned real property within the Village of Menands are a matter affecting the public interest.  They constitute a nuisance in that health, fire and safety hazards are created.  They constitute an attractive nuisance to children and are a peril to their safety.  This matter is a source of vexation and annoyance and depreciates the value of neighboring properties.  The preservation of public health and protection of property and the elimination of public hazards compel the Board of Trustees of the Village of Menands to legislate on this matter.  It is hereby declared that adoption of this chapter has for its purpose the effect of termination of such practices.

  • 110.2. Definitions

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meaning indicated:

JUNKED VEHICLE – Any vehicle, including but not limited to a trailer or motorcycle, which fails to display a currently valid and properly attached registration sticker.  This shall apply to such vehicles which are offered for sale.

LANDSCAPED AREAS – Those areas of a lot consisting of lawn, trees, plants and other natural materials which are designed to be green areas and which shall not contain buildings or structures other than fences.  

 

  • 110.3. Placement of junked vehicles restricted.

It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation, whether as owner, occupant, lessee, agent, tenant, vehicle owner or otherwise, to store or deposit or cause or permit to be stored or deposited a junked vehicle in and upon any vacant lot or land or vacant space or upon the surface of any lot or land, fenced or otherwise, within the Village of Menands.  Nothing in this chapter shall prohibit the parking of junked vehicle in a private garage that is completely enclosed.

  • 110.4. Parking of vehicles on landscaped areas.

It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation, whether as owner, occupant, lessee, agent, tenant, vehicle owner or otherwise, to store, deposit or park, or cause to be stored, deposited or parked a vehicle on any landscaped area of any lot of land, fenced or otherwise, within the Village of Menands.

 

  • 110.5. Notice of violation.

If the provisions of the foregoing section are violated, the Village Building Inspector, Chief Fire Inspector, Chief of Police or an authorized employee of these departments shall serve written notice, either personally or by mail, upon the vehicle owner or the owner, occupant or person having charge of the land upon which any junked vehicle is located.  To comply with the provisions of this chapter, such person served shall be given 10 days from the date of such notice to remove the junked vehicle or any vehicle parked on landscaped areas.

  • 110.6. Applicability.

This chapter shall not apply to properties used in conjunction with a legally established motor vehicle station, repair shop or dealership in use.

  • 110.7. Penalties for offenses. [Amended 2-5-2007 by L.L. No. 7-2007]

Any person, firm or corporation violating any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof; be punishable by a fine of no less than $25 nor more than $250 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 15 days, or both, for the first offense, and by a fine of not more than $500 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 20 days, or both, for each subsequent violation, in addition to any expenses incurred by the Village.  For the purposes of this chapter, each day that the condition is not remedied after the expiration

of the time given to remove the junked vehicle or any vehicle from a landscaped area shall constitute a subsequent offense.

  • 110.8. Right of entry.

The Building Inspector, Chief Fire Inspector, Chief of Police or authorized employee of these departments, in enforcing the provisions of this chapter, shall have the power to enter, examine and inspect any land, lot, yard, court or building to determine whether any violations exist.

  • 110.9. Police assistance.

The Village of Menands Police Department shall assist the Building Inspector, Chief Fire Inspector or authorized employee of these departments in determining property or vehicle owner identification information and license plate and registration validity.

After a discussion with the residents who voiced their concerns over the proposed amendments to Section 110 of the Village Code, the Board tabled the resolution to the May 2nd, 2016 meeting.  Which would give the Village Attorney time to change the language.  Although the item was tabled, Trustee Harris wanted it stated in the minutes that he was happy to see the Board addressing the issue.

The Mayor asked if the Fire Chiefs could be invited to Executive Session at the May 16th, 2016 meeting.

Trustee Boulet reported when Opening Day for Menands Little League would be.  This season would be dedicated to Yusef Westerman.

Trustee Nicoll reported that a resident wanted to thank Fire Chief Brian Franklin for a call he made to her residence last week and the chief made her feel at ease.

The Mayor asked if we could get our Playground inspected.  The Clerk stated that he was currently working on it.  She also said that she and Trustee Harris would be attending a dinner for the Turkish Cultural Center.  The Mayor reported that she toured the old Two Guys Building.

A motion was made by Trustee Harris, seconded by Trustee Nicoll to adjourn.

 

ADOPTED:

 

Trustee Boulet            voting              AYE

Trustee Foley              voting              AYE

Trustee Harris              voting              AYE

Trustee Nicoll              voting              AYE

Mayor Grenier             voting              AYE

 

The meeting was duly adjourned at 6:28 P.M.

 

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John P. Berry, Jr.

Clerk