Board of Trustees

Village of Baxter Estates

315 Main Street, Port Washington, New York

March 3, 2011

7:30 PM

 

Present:           Mayor Frederick E. Nicholson

`                       Trustee Charles Comer

                        Trustee Douglas Baldwin

                        Trustee Alice M. Peckelis

                        Trustee Michael Taylor

                        Village Attorney Christopher Prior

                        Village Clerk Yvonne Whitcomb

 

Absent:            Treasurer Laurence Tuck

 

 

Also present:  Nancy Solomon with Long Island Traditions, Katie Piacentini with the Anton News, Anne Skuda, Abigail Jackson, Nina and Warren Bernstein, Patrick Fife, Attorney for Landsberg, Lynn and Perry Rengepis

 

Open Regular Meeting 7:30p.m.

 

Meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance led by Trustee Taylor.

 

1.   New Business

 

    A.  Landmarks Preservation Committee Grant

 

 

“Nancy Soloman of Long Island Traditions addressed the Board on behalf of Long Island Traditions to advise the Board that Long Island Traditions had been awarded a grant to review properties of potential historic significance.  Long Island Traditions has been in contact with Chairman Peter Salins of the Village’s Landmarks Preservation Committee, and they discussed their mutual interest in having  Long Island Traditions apply a portion of that grant to review properties in the Village of Baxter Estates for potential historic significance.  Landmarks Preservation Committee member Anne Skuda addressed the Board on behalf of the Landmarks Preservation Committee to express its support of the request being made by Long Island Traditions to the Village Board of Trustees to conduct such a review of Village properties with the grant proceeds.   In response to questions by the Trustees, Ms. Soloman confirmed that no Village funds would be required if the request was approved.  Ms Soloman noted that Long Island Traditions would seek access to Village records available under FOIL, and might seek information or insight from Village officials or staff as part of the process.   The Village Attorney advised the Board that approving such a request was within the Board’s powers.  The Board members discussed the potential benefits to the Village from such a study.

 

            After discussion, upon motion duly made seconded and unanimously carried, the Board RESOLVED as follows:

 

That the request of Long Island Traditions, by its officer Nancy Soloman, to conduct a review of Village properties for potential historic significance, using proceeds of a state grant be, and it hereby is, approved, conditioned upon the fact that nothing in this resolution is intended or shall be deemed to provide Ms. Soloman, or Long Island Traditions, access to any property in the Village without first obtaining the approval of the owner thereof, and conditioned upon there being no village funding committed to any aspect of such study, and that inquiries made by Ms. Soloman, or Long Island Traditions, of Village personnel shall be accomplished in a manner that is not disruptive to the conducting of Village business, and conditioned upon such study being completed within nine months of the adoption hereof.

 

 

 

B.      William and Murial Landsberg

 

Attorney Patrick Fife addressed the Board on behalf of his clients Mr. And Mrs. Landsberg.  He requested immediate action  regarding the Gallo walls.

 

Perry  and  Lynn Rengipis, and Ann Kromer  voiced their opinions on the gabion wall  located on 23 Locust Ave.

 

All present were asked to attend the Board of Zoning  Hearing on this matter to be held on  March 23, 2011 at 7:30 PM.

 

 

 

Executive Session 9:45 pm

On motion of Mayor Nicholson, seconded by Trustee Comer, the Board voted unanimously to enter into Executive Session.

At 10:00 PM  Trustee Comer  stated that Executive Session had concluded and that no action had been taken by the Board of Trustees.

 

On motion of Trustee Baldwin, seconded by Trustee Peckelis, it was unanimously RESOLVED to approve an amount not to exceed $ 5,000.00 authorizing the Engineering firm of Mueser Rutledge to inspect and report on the gabion wall at 23 Locust Ave.

 

C .   Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan

On motion of Trustee Comer, seconded by Trustee Baldwin, it was unanimously RESOLVED that the completed CEMP be filed with the Port Washington Manhasset Office of Emergency Management.

  1.   Village attorney retainer agreement

On motion of Trustee Comer, seconded by Trustee Baldwin it was unanimously RESOLVED to accept the proposed retainer agreement of Ackerman, Levine, Cullen, Brickman and Limmer LLP for the year 2011-2012.

  1. Annual Stormwater Report

Trustee Comer reported that the next meeting of the Board of Trustees on April 7, 2011 will be the Annual Village Stormwater Meeting.

F.     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, 2011.

  1. Village Clerk

A.      Minutes

On motion of Trustee Taylor, seconded by Trustee Baldwin it was unanimously RESOLVED that the reading of the minutes of the February 3, 2011 Board of Trustees Meeting be waived and they be and hereby are approved as presented by Clerk Whitcomb.

On motion of Trustee Taylor, seconded by Trustee Baldwin, it was unanimously RESOLVED that the reading of the minutes of the February 12, 2011 Special Board of Trustees Meeting be waived and they be and hereby are approved as presented by Clerk Whitcomb.

  1. Treasurer

A.   Abstract of Vouchers

On motion of Trustee Comer, seconded by Trustee Baldwin, it was unanimously RESOLVED that the audited Vouchers prepared by Treasurer Tuck, dated March 3, 2011 for the General Fund totaling $29,389.92 be and hereby are approved.

B.     Tentative Budget Workshop 2011-2012

On the 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 12, 2011 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, 2011 and ending May 31, 2012, with Treasurer Tuck.

 

There being no further business before the Board, on motion of Trustee Comer, seconded by Trustee Peckelis, it was unanimously RESOLVED that the meeting be and hereby is adjourned at 10:40PM

 

                                                          ______________________________

                                                            Yvonne Whitcomb, Village Clerk