Board of Trustees
Village of Baxter Estates
315 Main Street, Port Washington, New York
January 5, 2012
6:00 P. M.
Mayor Frederick E. Nicholson
Deputy Mayor Charles Comer
Trustee Douglas Baldwin
Trustee Alice M. Peckelis
Trustee Nora Haagenson
Village Attorney Christopher Prior
Village Treasurer Laurence C. Tuck
Village Clerk Yvonne Whitcomb
Tree Commissioner Lance Wagner
The Board voted to go into executive session at 6:00 P. M. The Board came out of Executive Session at 7:20 P. M. No action was taken.
A public hearing was held to consider the adoption of Bill No. 3 of 2011 to amend the Village Code to provide that unpaid fees owed to the Village can be converted to liens against real property. Public comment was heard and entered into the record. On motion of Trustee Baldwin, seconded by Trustee Comer, it was resolved to close the public hearing. On motion of Trustee Baldwin, seconded by Trustee Comer, Local Law 1 of 2012 was unanimously adopted.
2. Bill No. 4 of 2011 (Local Law 2 of 2012)
A public hearing was held to consider the adoption of Local Law No. 4 of 2011 to amend the Village Code to provide that a pool permit shall be valid for period of time to be adopted by Resolution of the Board of Trustees. Public comment was heard and entered into the record. On motion of Trustee Comer, seconded by Trustee Baldwin, it was resolved to close the public hearing. On motion of Trustee Baldwin, seconded by Trustee Haagenson, Local Law 2 of 2012 was unanimously adopted.
The minutes of the December 1, 2011 Board of Trustees meeting were tabled.
A contingent of residents attended the meeting to find out why the Village planned to cut down trees on Hilltop Road. Mayor Nicholson advised that a number of trees had been damaged during Tropical Storm Irene last summer and that the Village has the opportunity to be reimbursed by FEMA. In order to qualify for the grant, the Village must first expend the money. Tree Commissioner Wagner said he had inspected all of the trees slated for removal. Most of them he felt should come down. All of the trees are in the village of right-of-way. The Village will replant.
Richard Kranin, a resident of Hilltop Road, stated that removal of the trees will have a significant visual impact on the streetscape. He recommended that the replanting guidelines formulated by Tree 1-1 be implemented. Kranin suggested that the Village contact arborists at Clark Botanical Garden.
Mr. Anthony of Hilltop Road pointed out that a number of houses on Hilltop do not have any trees. Mr. Ilardo of Hilltop Road recommended that the Village plant trees in front of these houses.
With input from the residents, each tree was reviewed; some were recommended only for pruning.
Village Attorney Prior was prepared to present the Board with a draft local law for next month’s meeting to override the 2% tax cap recently enacted by the New York State Legislature. It was decided to withdraw this measure since there was insufficient support from the Board.
On motion of Trustee Comer, seconded by Trustee Baldwin, it was unanimously RESOLVED to modify the fees charged for various services per the attached schedule.
On motion of Trustee Baldwin, seconded by Trustee Haagenson, it was unanimously RESOLVED a) appoint Angela Smith and Cynthia Wrobel inspectors of election at the rate of $15 per hour; b) appoint Angela Smith as Chief Inspector; c) direct the inspectors to prepare a register of enrolled voters; and d) direct the Village Clerk to publish in the official newspaper of the Village a legal notice containing all of the information required by Sec. 15-104(3) (b) and (4) of the Election Law.
On motion of Trustee Comer, seconded by Trustee Baldwin, it was unanimously RESOLVED to hold a public hearing on the proposed 2012 contract with the Port Washington Fire Department at the next Board of Trustees meeting on February 2, 2012.
Treasurer Tuck presented the Board with abstract of audited vouchers in the amount of $95,581.17. Trustee Peckelis pointed out that a charge from Ackerman, Cullen Brickman et al in the amount of $178.50 for NY Dormitory Authority grants was the responsibility of the Port Washington-Manhasset Office of Emergency Management, not the Village. On motion of Trustee Comer, seconded by Trustee Baldwin, it was unanimously RESOLVED to approve the abstract of audited vouchers in the amount of $95,402.67. $1
The Board authorized the Village Clerk to place the rental of the second floor of the Village Hall with a real estate agent.
There being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was adjourned.
Alice Peckelis, Trustee