Story by Lourice Angie
During the Florida Village Board meeting on Wed., Jan. 10, Florida Village Clerk Gloria McAndrews announced that the NYS DOT has asked the Village to sign a Shared Service Agreement to facilitate disaster assistance as the need arises. Commissioner Erik Denega of the Orange County Department of Public Works sent a copy of the amendment for services for remedial work to the Glenmere Lake Dam.
The O.C. Department of Health sent the summary of their annual inspection of the water plant. They are requesting a Change of Order for the FY-17 Scanlon Ave. Project in the amount of $3,932.50 due to an increase in the pipe costs. This was due to Hurricane Harvey. Assistant Fire Chief John Greenhill requested that the emergency access road at the top of Farries Ave. be kept plowed and navigable throughout the winter months.
A motion was made by the Board and executed by Mayor James Pawliczek to approve the proposed shared agreement with the State and to facilitate disaster assistance as needed for the max of two years.
Trustee John Barczak provided some information about a request that was made to the IDA (International Development Association) for assistance with Village restorations. Barczak says he believes the Village may receive some funds and that so far it was looking good.
After a lengthy discussion between the Board and Al Muhlrad, of Remee Wire and Cable Services in the Village of Florida, Muhlrad displayed great frustration at the amount of time it was taking for a solution and for the approval of the water contract. The local business owner also expressed his concern that the Village was providing the county jail with a better water rate than a Village resident.
“This is absolutely shocking to me because we’ve been talking about this water for some time. After taking the letter I received from the Village of Florida saying that I would receive water, there is now a total 180 degree reversal on all of this. To be honest I don’t know how to take this,” said Muhlrad.
Trustee Barczak said that the agreement made with the jail, which was made before his term as a Village trustee, was a terrible deal. The Village had to spend more than $90,000 on a vertical bar screen that needed to be installed because of the plastic waste that comes from the jail. One of the main things Trustee Barczak pointed out to Muhlrad was that when the Board originally received Muhlrad’s contract, the amount of water listed was at a certain amount of gallons per day and that the number has gone extremely higher.
“It was more than we had agreed upon verbally,” said Barczak.
Muhlrad responded saying, “There are three points to the contract: the first one is the two years. I can’t do anything with two years. Three years you might as well give me nothing at all.”
He asked for the contract to be changed to 25 years. The Board could not agree to 25 years but suggested that a 10 to 15 year agreement would be feasible. The Mayor said that the Board was unable to vote at this meeting because the full Board was not present.
The discussion was postponed until Mon., Jan. 22 when the Board anticipates resolving the issue at a private work session.
The Board approved the amendment to agreement for Consultant Services for the remedial work to Glenmere Dam in the amount of $74,962.45 for a new amount not to exceed of $640,612.45 (engineer fees). That total is divided by into three parts.
Door at Trooper Barracks
The door at the trooper barracks, located at 25 Meadow Rd., was believed to have been broken and required replacement. The Village Building Inspector has received several quotes for the door replacement. The Building Inspector and Village Trustee Craig Olejniczak met with a trooper at the site and discovered that the problem was due to a faulty combination lock. The troopers concern was that someone could unknowingly enter the barracks.
After examining the lock on the door, it was discovered that the jam was slightly broken and can be fixed. The Building Inspector suggested getting Tom Manson or Bob Zukowski to shim and patch the door back to its original state. The lock is the only thing that would need to be replaced, a small job requiring minimal time to complete.
Public Hearing for a Local Law
Village resident John Macis addressed the Board about the possibility of passing a law that would restrict people from venturing out on Glenmere Lake during the winter.
“My opinion is that it would be a great injustice to this community; this is a community of people who have passed down fishing, hunting and trapping year after year, generation after generation, by utilizing this lake. I understand it’s our water source. Many people who utilize the lake are aware of that and take consideration,” said Macis.
Mayor Pawliczek responded that the intent was to try and keep people from venturing out on the lake and too close to the dam. Village Clerk Gloria McAndrews suggested that people should keep at least 100 feet from the north side of the lake. Warning signs have been posted as a preventative measure. Although a law was not adopted, the Board urges anyone venturing out on the ice to do so at their own risk.
“We don’t want you going out anywhere on the lake; it’s not a good idea,” said Village Attorney Bernard Kunert.
Two Lights at Glenview Hills
The Board approved the placement of two LED street lights in the Glenview Hills development at an additional cost of $241.68 per year after receiving a contract from O&R for the installation. The lights will be underground street poles and consist of two 3,900 lumen LED fixtures at lots 50/51 and 68/69. Additionally, O&R sent the Board an estimate for the future purchase of the Village street lights to be installed in the amount of $88,575.
Next Village Board Meeting
The next meeting of the Florida Village Board will be held on Wed., Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Florida Village Hall, located at 33 S. Main St. in Florida.