Board of Trustees Meeting
Village of Baxter Estates
315 Main Street, Port Washington, New York
June 4, 2015
Present: Mayor Nora Haagenson
Mayor Charles Comer
Trustee Alice M. Peckelis
Trustee Douglas Baldwin
Village Clerk Yvonne Whitcomb
Treasurer Laurence Tuck
Village Attorney Chris Prior
Absent: Trustee Chris Ficalora
Also present: Court reporter Lisa Marconi, Abby Jackson
Public Hearing 7:30PM
Mayor Nora Haagenson re-opened the Public Hearing duly advertised in the April 29, 2015 issue of the Port Washington News to consider Bill No. 2 of 2015, a proposed local law to amend Zoning Code to regulate impervious and other parking surfaces in front yards, within the Village.
All those present wishing to speak having been heard, on motion of Deputy Mayor Comer, seconded by Trustee Peckelis, it was unanimously RESOLVED to close the public hearing on Bill No. 2.
A verbatim transcript of the public hearing is annexed to and incorporated into these minutes.
Open Regular Meeting 7:35PM
On motion of Trustee Baldwin, seconded by Deputy Mayor Comer, Bill No. 2 of 2015 was unanimously adopted as Local Law 1 of 2015.
Resident Abby Jackson addressed the Board on the restricted parking allowed on Locust Ave. and asked the Board for a modified solution. The Board members advised the resident that they would review the situation, and invited recommendations from the residents.
Mayor Haagenson reported on the meeting held by the Port Washington Police at Fish Kebab Restaurant at 7:00PM on May 26, 2015. The meeting was for Village residents to voice concerns relating to Village issues and meet with police representatives. Various issues were discussed, including traffic on Central Drive, homeless people in the Village parklands and phone scams.
Insert to Minutes of June 4, 2015 Meeting
of Board of Trustees of the Village of Baxter Estates
Introducing Bill No. 3 of 2015, to Amend Village Code
to Address Fines and Penalties for Code Violations
At the Board’s request, the Village Attorney proposed language to amend the Village Code to Address Fines and Penalties for Code Violations.
Mr. Prior noted that, if the Board desired to conduct a public hearing with respect to the draft bill, then the bill should be introduced by Board resolution, with a determination made with respect to it under the State Environmental Quality Review Act, and that a public hearing be scheduled for the July meeting.
The Board Members reviewed the proposed language and discussed same with counsel.
After discussion, upon motion duly made by Trustee Baldwin, seconded by Trustee Peckelis and unanimously carried, it was
1. The draft bill presented by the Village Attorney to the Board to Address Fines and Penalties for Code Violations, in the form presented by the Village Attorney, is hereby introduced as Bill No. 3 of 2015; a public hearing with respect thereto shall be held at the Village Hall on Wednesday, July 8, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.; and
2. The Board has considered a short environmental assessment form prepared by the Village Attorney with respect to Bill No. 3 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. 3 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. 3, including publication of legal notice of hearing and the sending of notices to all necessary parties.
The Board discussed informal proposals received with respect to painting of the Village Hall. The Board members desire to review the qualifications of the prospective contractors, and to be able to award the work upon completing the review prior to the next Board meeting.
On motion of Trustee Baldwin, seconded by Trustee Peckelis, it was unanimously RESOLVED to
Paint the exterior of 315 Main Street for an amount not to exceed $6,950.00 which such painting contractor is acceptable to the Mayor.
The Board members discussed their desire to develop a relationship with a consulting Engineer with experience in representing municipalities.
Village Attorney Chris Prior will invite Jim Antonelli of Sidney B. Bowne & Son, LLP to address the Board on July 8, 2015.
Mayor Haagenson informed the Board that she had met with Congressman Steve Israel, Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judy Bosworth, representatives from the Town of North Hempstead and the Army Corps of Engineers to discuss the eroding of Baxter Beach and the abutting Shore Road, a County Road.
On motion of Deputy Mayor Comer, seconded by Trustee Peckelis, it was RESOLVED to invite
STF Group to make a presentation on solar energy to the Board on July 8, 2015
Mayor Haagenson Aye
Deputy Mayor Comer Aye
Trustee Baldwin Abstained
Trustee Peckelis Aye
Trustee Ficalora Aye
On motion of Deputy Mayor Comer, seconded by Trustee Baldwin, it was unanimously RESOLVED that the reading of the minutes of the May 7, 2015 Meeting of the Board of Trustees be waived and they be, and hereby are, approved as presented by Clerk Whitcomb.
A. Abstract of Vouchers
On motion of Deputy Mayor Comer, seconded by Trustee Baldwin, it was unanimously RESOLVED that the Audited Vouchers dated June 4, 2015 for the General Fund totaling $28,221.62 be and hereby are approved as prepared by Treasurer Tuck.
Deputy Mayor Comer reported that the 12th annual MS 4 Storm Water Report for the year ending March 9, 2015 has been submitted on time to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.
Mayor Haagenson reported that the Village of Baxter Estates Tax Freeze/Government Efficiency Plan had been submitted on time to the NYS Division of the Budget.
On motion of Deputy Mayor Comer, seconded by Trustee Baldwin, it was unanimously RESOLVED to ratify the Plan as submitted.
Deputy Mayor Comer presented an update on the ongoing LOSAP discussions. He stated that a change in the existing PWFD Length of Service Plan would have to be approved by the Board and put out for Village referendum vote in September 2015.
Executive Session 10.40 PM
On motion of Mayor Haagenson, seconded by Deputy Mayor Comer , the Board voted unanimously to enter into Executive Session to discuss personnel matters.
At 10:45 PM, Mayor Haagenson announced that Executive Session had concluded, with no action taken.
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 10:48PM.