Board of Trustees Meeting
Village of Baxter Estates
315 Main Street, Port Washington, New York
March 12, 2015
Present: Deputy Mayor Charles Comer
Trustee Doug Baldwin
Trustee Alice M. Peckelis
Trustee Nora Haagenson
Village Clerk Yvonne Whitcomb
Treasurer Laurence Tuck
Village Attorney James A. Bradley
Absent: Mayor Frederick E. Nicholson
Deputy Mayor Charles Comer opened the meeting at 7:30PM.
1. Village Clerk
Approval of the February 2015 minutes was tabled.
2. Village Treasurer
A. Budget Workshop
On motion of Trustee Comer, seconded by Trustee Baldwin it was unanimously RESOLVED that there will be a special meeting of the Board of Trustees on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 9:00AM at the Village Hall, 315 Main Street, Port Washington, for the purpose of working on the Tentative Budget for the fiscal year commencing June 1, 2015 and ending May 31, 2016, with Treasurer Tuck.
B. Abstract of Vouchers
On motion of Trustee Baldwin, seconded by Trustee Haagenson, it was unanimously RESOLVED that the Audited Vouchers dated March 12, 2015 for the General Fund totaling $36,705.02 be and hereby are approved.
C. Budget Modification
On motion of Trustee Baldwin, seconded by Trustee Peckelis, it was unanimously RESOLVED to adopt the modified budget as presented by Treasurer Tuck.
D. Budget Public Hearing
On motion of Deputy Mayor Comer, seconded by Trustee Baldwin, it was unanimously RESOLVED to hold a Public Hearing on April 9, 2015 at 7:30 PM for the budget for the fiscal year commencing June 1, 2015 and ending May 31, 2016.
E. BZA Refunds
Motion of Trustee Baldwin, seconded by Trustee Haagenson, it was unanimously RESOLVED to refund unused BZA deposit money of Akiko Blanchard and Steven Howley.
3. New Business
A. Change in April Board of Trustees Meeting Date
On motion of Deputy Mayor Comer, seconded by Trustee Baldwin, it was unanimously RESOLVED to move the regularly scheduled April 2nd Board of Trustee Meeting to April 9, 2015.
B. Bill 1 of 2015
On motion of Deputy Mayor Comer, seconded by Trustee Haagenson, it was unanimously RESOLVED hold a public hearing on April 9, 2015 with respect to Bill 1 of 2015, a proposed local law to authorize the Village of Baxter Estates to implement a tax levy in excess of the limit established in New York State General Municipal Law § 3-c, within the Village.
The Board has considered a short environmental assessment form prepared by the Village Attorney with respect to Bill No. 1 of 2015, and that, based upon that review and recommendation of the Village Attorney, the Village adopts a negative declaration under the State Environmental Quality Review Act with respect to Bill No. 1 of 2015; the Village Clerk and the Village Attorney are hereby authorized to take such actions as are necessary to enable the Village to hold the scheduled public hearing for Bill No. 1 of 2015, including the publication of legal notice in the Village’s official newspaper, and the sending of notices to all governmental agencies entitled to notice of public hearing.
C. Tianderah Road
On motion of Trustee Peckelis, seconded by Trustee Baldwin, it was unanimously RESOLVED to re-open Tianderah Road to vehicular traffic on April 1, 2015, subject to favorable weather conditions.
D. LOSAP Update
Village Attorney Bradley addressed the Board regarding progress on the negotiations on the Length of Service Award Program (“LOSAP”) of the Port Washington Fire Department.
On motion of Deputy Mayor Comer, seconded by Trustee Haagenson, it was unanimously RESOLVED that the Village Board approves the settlement of the proceeding brought by the EEOC as set forth in the draft Third Counter-Proposal dated March 12, 2015, and directs Village Attorney James Bradley to so advise the Town of North Hempstead, the Port Washington Fire Department, and the other villages involved with the Port Washington
On behalf of Mayor Nicholson and himself, Deputy Mayor Comer stated: Although it agrees with the settlement terms as stated in the Third Counter-Proposal, the Village still has reservations on the future cost of the LOSAP program and the financial impact on the overall assessment to the Village and the other involved municipalities. To pass any increased future financial burden resulting from the LOSAP settlement directly onto Village residents, as a line item on future Fire Department budgets, would not be acceptable, and the Village of Baxter Estates will look to the Fire Department to find cost saving measures to cover any such additional cost. The other Trustees present agreed with this statement.
E. Street Sweeping Contract
On motion of Trustee Baldwin, seconded by Trustee Haagenson, it was unanimously RESOLVED that the legal for the village street sweeping contract be placed in the Port Washington News by the Village Clerk.
F. Annual Storm Water Report
Deputy Mayor Comer advised that the reporting form for this year was not yet available from New York State. If it is received in time, the April 9, 2015 Board of Trustee meeting will be our annual storm water meeting.
There being no further business before the Board, on motion of Deputy Mayor Comer, seconded by Trustee Baldwin, it was unanimously RESOLVED that the meeting be and hereby is adjourned at 10:30 PM.