Story by Kathleen Wilson
The Village of Florida Board of Trustees held its regular monthly business meeting on Wed., Dec. 13 addressing a full agenda. The meeting commenced with the announcement of the receipt of a notice from County Executive Stephen Neuhaus of a Community Development Grant for the Randall St. Water Main Replacement in the amount of $90,000. A motion was made and carried to authorize Village of Florida Mayor Jim Pawliczek to execute an amendment, due to unexpected encounters on the project, to Jan. 31, 2018. Trustee John Barczak discussed the possible receipt of new grants which will enable the Village to continue running additional new water lines.
Trustee Brian Slattery reported that the Department of Public Works (DPW) installed holiday lights in the Village and at the Village Hall. Trustee Craig Olejniczak provided an update on the Street Light Consortium. O&R reviewed the project to convert the Village lighting to LED, which would involve an estimated 260 lights. It was cited that a significant portion of the O&R bill is the servicing of the lights. There was also discussion of other sources and Olejniczak stated that he will speak with the Village of Goshen regarding a possible collaboration to change the lights in both locales.
The Village will seek proposals in the future from various sources to ensure a quality and cost-effective conversion. Additionally, Mayor Pawliczek stated that he wanted a meeting scheduled with the Planning Board to discuss the light changing conversion.
Roger Dowd, the president of the Seward/Mapes Homestead Restoration Committee, was in the audience and Trustee Barczak thanked Dowd and his committee for all the hard work and fundraising that has taken place thus far on the restoration. At a recent work session, the Board agreed they wanted to appropriate funds to the restoration but cannot contribute to the project if it impedes the ability to receive a grant.
The Restoration Committee is planning to donate $5,000 toward matching funds to the project. The Seward Mapes House and Seward Building are separate entities and the Board discussed the possibility of bringing in an architect to consult in order to learn what can be done with what remains of the historic Seward birth place.
Trustee Slattery and Building Inspector Adrian Mateosian discussed the status of the restoration. While cold weather will inhibit further restoration for the time being, they will work on the outside next since the porch, windows and peeling paint lend no curb appeal. Recently they applied for another grant for the windows for the Seward/Mapes house.
Among other business of the night was the noise coming from the Stauber factory. The factory is located in an IP (Industrial Park) zone near a residential area. At a recent inspection by Fire Inspector Glenn Ehlers, representatives from the factory said they are working to minimize the noise caused by new machinery used at the factory. The walls have been further insulated to reduce the noise level and Building Inspector Mateosian will visit the site soon to test the noise level with a decibel meter. Both the factory and the Village are working together to mitigate the issue.
Other items on the meeting agenda included DPW ongoing project of cutting back branches street by street. A brief discussion ensued concerning reservoir levels, installation of the ice rink, and other items.
For more information on the Village Board meeting, visit www.villageoffloridany.org.
Next Meeting Set for Jan. 10
The next regular Village Board meeting will be held on Wed., Jan. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Village Hall, located at 33 S. Main St. in Florida.