A packed house of family, friends, and Village residents were on hand to congratulate our new Chief, who gave a heart-warming speech.
There were many licenses up for renewal including automotive, taxicab driver, taxicab company, carting and cabaret. Of note were the approval of Carney’s Pub and Amity Ales, two new restaurants located in the Village, which are now open for business. South Shore Optometric’s application for a canopy was approved, signaling that their storefront in the old Christoffers (Southwest corner of Oak Street and Broadway) will open soon.
The Board approved the proposal to enter into agreement with attorneys Lamb & Barnosky LLP; this firm specializes in employment matters and will represent the Village in upcoming negotiations with the clerical union’s contract which is set to renew this fall.
A resolution requesting the services from the Financial Restructuring Board of New York State passed by a 4-1 vote. The 10-member board was established to offer assistance to “fiscally eligible” municipalities. The Village is eligible for this no-fee service as it meets both of the following criteria:
- A five-year average full value tax rate in the top 25% state wide
- A five-year average General Fund balance that is less than five percent of General Fund expenditures.
The Financial Restructuring Board will undertake a comprehensive review of the Village’s finances and operations and make recommendations; grants and/or loans of up to $5 million may be offered to the Village. Any recommendation that the Financial Restructuring Board makes to the Village is non-binding. In addition, the Board of Trustees has committed to transparency in the process, notifying residents of the recommendations.
In an on-going effort to save our Village money, the Clerk/Treasurer requested the Village move its bank accounts to Suffolk County National Bank; the bank committed to charge no fees and double the interest the Village receives on certain deposits, allowing the Village to realize $13,000 in savings. The resolution authorizing the move was approved by all members of the Board.
In an effort to shore up enforcement of two-family, non-owner occupied homes, a resolution calling for a public hearing of Local Law number 7 of 2015, was passed. The hearing will take place on September 28, 2015 at 7:30pm. Specifically, the bill allows for the Zoning Board of Appeals to grant a special exception permitting the renewal of owner-occupied and non-owner occupied two-family dwellings, in instances where the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) granted two-family use by Special Exception for the subject parcel prior to March 3, 2010. The ZBA prefers to grant Special Exception rather than Use Variance as a Use Variance is tied to the land; Special Exception is not and can be renewed yearly, or at the ZBA’s discretion.
A resolution to call for a public hearing on Local Law number 8 of 2015, calling for the creation of the position of Police Commissioner, was passed. The public hearing will be held Monday, September 28, 2015 at 7:30pm. The Police Commissioner will act as the Chief Administrative Officer of the Police Department, with primary responsibility for planning, management, and administration of budgetary and financial management, external contacts with other agencies and media, with limited direct powers with respect to policing and law enforcement matters. The creation of a Police Commissioner offers the opportunity to save the Village tax dollars, while continuing to provide the level of service Village residents require.
The Board unanimously passed upgrades to Administration’s software system. A comprehensive upgrade will take place, allowing for greater efficiency and service. Code Enforcement and the Fire Marshall will have the ability to issue violations and permits from tablets on the road, eliminating hours of paper processing and decreasing the amount of time from permit application to approval. Licenses and permits will be available for submission and payment on the website. We are excited to offer residents the ability to pay their taxes via credit card on the Village’s website (for the June 2016 payment). We are confident the new software selected will make administration run more efficiently and ease the process for any interaction residents have with the Village (paying taxes, applying for permits, etc.).
Full meeting minutes will be available in the document center as soon as they are approved by the Board at the next public meeting. I hope you enjoyed this meeting recap. As always, feel free to contact the Mayor with any feedback or suggestions.