On Monday, September 28th, the Board of Trustees met with a full agenda and a packaged court room. With a majority vote, the Board of Trustees approved a new local law establishing the position of Police Commissioner. Historically, the police department has been commandeered by a Chief and Lieutenant, with the Lieutenant handling the administrative responsibilities and the Chief responsible for police matters.
With the recent retirement of the Lieutenant, the Police Commissioner position was created as a “fail safeâ€ to accommodate the administrative function of the police department should the newly appointed Chief or Administrator need assistance with running the department. While the law passed at this meeting establishes the position, there is no immediate plan, or current candidate on record, for the position.
Regarding licenses, three Automotive Licenses were renewed, one new Taxi Cab Driver license was approved and two applications for Taxi Cab Driver license were denied. An application for on-street parking for one year was approved. A special use permit for Amityville Foreign Auto Parts located at 105 Merrick Road was approved.
A resolution was passed renewing the relationship with Nationwide as the Village’s Deferred Compensation Plan for Employees (457). A 457 is similar to a 401k, and is for the benefit of the employee’s to save money for retirement; this plan does not cost the tax payers additional money, it is solely funded by employee contributions.
A resolution establishing the standard workday for elected and appointed officials at 7.5 hours per day was passed by a majority vote. This resolution establishes the basis for reporting time served to the retirement system for those appointed and elected officials who participate. Each year the Clerk/Treasurer gathers a three-month representative sample of time served by elected and appointed officials; this time is then calculated by averaging the three months and then dividing that number by the standard work day. This number is then reported to the retirement system. This method of reporting was established by the Office of the State Comptroller.
The resolution reporting the days worked to the New York State and Local Employees Retirement System based on the time keeping system records and records of activities maintained by the Clerk/Treasurer was tabled until the October 26 meeting to allow for the re-calculation of days based upon the establishment of the 7.5 hour work day.
A public hearing was held to discuss Local Law #7 of 2015 authorizing the Zoning Board of Appeals to renew owner-occupied and non-owner occupied two-family dwellings by special exception for those approved by the Zoning Board of Appeals prior to March 3, 2010. Due to concerns relating to whether the passing of an owner would create a gray area, the public hearing was closed after comment and no formal vote was taken to allow for the re-writing and/or re-consideration of the law.
The next Board of Trustees meeting will be held Monday, October 26th at 7:30pm. Once approved, full meeting minutes will be available at amityville.com.