MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
November 14, 2012
- Mayor Harry Nicolaides
- Deputy Mayor Albert T. Jaronczyk
- Trustee Sheila Brennan
- Trustee Susan Auriemma
- Trustee Peter Puttre
- James A. Bradley, Village Attorney
- Barbara C. Miller, Clerk/Treasurer
The Mayor called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m
MINUTES for the meeting of October 10, 2012 were approved as corrected.
CLAIMS for October/November were presented, as detailed in the Abstract of Vouchers in the amount of $150,033.72. A budget adjustment of $29,250.00 was also presented. After review, the Board approved all for payment.
JUSTICE REPORT for October 2012 was submitted and stated revenues in the total amount of $8,205.00
Deputy Mayor Albert T. Jaronczyk explained to the Board that he reviewed the 2012/2013 insurance renewals in the amount of $30,560.00. This sum is only a $190.90 increase from the 2011/2012 year. A motion was made by Deputy Mayor Albert T. Jaronczyk to approve the renewal of the village insurance policy for this amount, seconded by Mayor Harry Nicolaides and approved by all.
Mr. James McGivney told the Board that he was one of the first tree inspectors in the Village and as a Trustee, voted for the tree law. His concern is not only for the present condition of the Village trees, but also residents who do not maintain their own trees. He suggested that the Village re-look at the tree law and consider permitting a resident to take down a healthy tree, but replace it with a five or six foot tree. Rita Syracuse also spoke about the tree permit application. She also feels that the pruning law is too strict and permits should not be needed for most pruning. The Mayor explained that this law was established because some residents were butchering several trees.
75 ABBEY – TREE ON HOUSE
Mrs. Kelly Towers appeared before the Board to speak about what happened to her house during the hurricane. Two trees hit her house. Mrs. Towers reiterated that the tree permit law is too strict and needs to be re-looked at. She also expressed a strong opinion that all permits be expedited to assist the residents after a major disaster.
TREES REMOVAL OR PRUNING
The Chair of the Tree Committee, Deborah Miller, requested that the Board approve that all tree permit fees be waived from October 29, 2012 through and including November 5, 2012. The applications would continue to require the arborist’s letter, but the fee would be waived. On a motion made by Trustee Susan Auriemma, seconded by Trustee Sheila Brennan, that the tree permit fees be waived from October 29, 2012 through November 5, 2012 and approved by all.
The Village Attorney advised the Board that Mr. Goldrick has still not moved the trees required in the resolution and his agreement with the Village. We are now approaching the winter months and it appears that the removal of or movement of any trees will have to be done in the early Spring. The Village Attorney will contact Mr. Goldrick’s attorney.
Several residents spoke about the hurricane and the way everything was handled by LIPA. Many residents expressed gratitude towards all the efforts of the Mayor and Board members as well as the road staff. Mrs. Pandelakis explained that this is the time to get LIPA to place all the village wires underground as they did in Southampton. She stated that LIPA has shown over and over again their poor management and lack of communication.
There being no further business, the meeting was declared adjourned at 9:50pm.
Barbara C. Miller