Story by Kathleen Wilson
As soon as the Village Treasurer completed his announcements, the Village Trustees each took the floor to discuss unfinished business and new business at the Village of Florida Board meeting on Wed., Sept. 12.
Sewers-routine maintenance is always ongoing and Trustee John Barczak reported 28.51 tons of sludge was pumped out to maintain the sewers. Next was cleaning the clear well which is a 14 ft. space and due to laws surrounding work in a confined space, the Village sought and found a qualified party to clean the area. Sediment was removed and the clear well cleaned and residual sediment effected a small section of homes in the Village.
Trustee Barczak cited that the heavy amount of rain has the reservoirs full but they’ve had some chlorine issues recently and are working on a resolution. Barczak also noted all issues are posted on the Village website and clearly state that anyone with questions should contact Town Hall and/or contact Barczak directly who lists his cell number and invites anyone with questions to call him.
“Just as the Village meetings are open to the public, we make public announcements via our website, the Village Facebook page and residents can register to receive text updates on the Village website at www.villageoffloridany.org,” said Barczak.
Youth Recreation & the Building & Planning Departments
Village Attorney Elizabeth Cassidy is reviewing the contract received from O&R and both Cassidy and Turstee Craig Olejniczak are cross-referencing Village invoices as well as vetting the data from GPS maps to ensure the Village data matches that of the O&R count. Also taken into consideration is future construction/building in the Village. LED Street Light contract is close to being finalized. Once finalized, bids will be sought for purchasing the required equipment.
Trustee Olejniczak reported he is already working on a Budget Proposal for the 2019 Youth Recreation Program to discuss with the Town of Warwick. He also asked about signs posted at the playground. While there is not a sign specifically stating “no smoking,” Olejniczak asked that we all refrain from smoking in and around where children are playing clearly stating,
“We all want a safe environment for our children,” said Olejniczak.
Police & Justice Depts. & Building & Planning Depts.
Chief of Police James Coleman was in attendance and Mayor Daniel Harter asked Chief Coleman to provide information to the Board on the request for a new vehicle for the Police Dept. as informed by Trustee Thomas Fuller. After investigating fully, it was determined that the 2009 patrol car needs to be replaced. It is critical to the Village Police Dept. and considered an emergency. After comparing repair costs in the thousands and replacement costs which will include warrantees, the Board moved to replace the vehicle.
DPW & Parks, Buildings & Grounds Dept.
Residents of Scanlon, Highview, Cedar, and Birch who have received notices regarding meter installations are urged to contact the Village Hall.
“We still have multiple residents not installed and rather than receive estimated water usage, those residents will be invoiced appropriately,” said Trustee Brian Slattery.
Other unfinished business included the completion of the handicap ramp at the Village Hall. The ramp has been installed, but also requires handrailing and bids have been received to complete the work on project and completion is expected shortly.
In addition to the new business of a vehicle for the Police Dept., other notable new business included a resolution to introduce a local law to designate Village intersections as stop intersections. The intersection at Werner Ave. and Houston Street was proposed as a four-way stop to slow down traffic and changing the intersection at Ferries and New from a one-way stop to a three-way stop was proposed.
A public hearing will be held at the Village Hall on Wed., Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m. In addition, the Village Clerk will submit notice in the official newspaper- the Warwick Valley Dispatch.
Burbio App Coming Soon
Burbio will sync information from various local public entities into one common app. School calendars, community events, town, recycling, and community groups and businesses. Burbio collects information from websites via automated calendar feeds that update through the app which allows users to post and manage their own calendar information. Everyone will be able to personal the feed they receive from Burbio.
A motion was made and seconded to submit an application to the Department of Environmental Conservation for Triploid Grass Carp to begin the process of cleaning Glenmere Lake. It was noted that the proper research and advisement will be an important part of the process.
“The carp will serve as a biological control agent for weed control,” said Mayor Harter.
The Village will work with the state for advisement since there is a specific method for release, both annually and number to be released.
Next Village Board Meeting
The next Village Board meeting will be held on Wed., Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Village Hall, located at 33 South Main St. in Florida NY. The public is welcome to attend.