Village of Mantua
Regular Council Meeting
June 20th, 2006
Mayor Hopkins called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. and led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Roll Call: Wesley Hawkins, Ben Prescott, Linda Schilling and Giles Seith.
Others Present: Clerk–Treasurer Betsy Woolf, Assistant Clerk Susan Skrovan, Village Solicitor David Benjamin, Police Chief Harry Buchert, Village Administrator Ed Trego, Rich Iafelice with CT Consultants, Lionel Finch, and Village residents Bob Ress and Dave Woolf.
Mayors Report: Mayor Hopkins spoke with Jennifer from Neighborhood Development regarding the Sontag Lane project. They held a meeting to look for six volunteers to move rental units, one building at a time in order to make improvements. Their plan is to go in and paint, replace carpeting, windows, HVAC units, stoves, refrigerators, etc. They also plan to expand the community area in the community room. Mayor Hopkins also spoke with Gary Davis of Aetna Plastic Corp. Mr. Davis is interested in purchasing the Vanguard building he is in now, adding additional warehouse space and more employees. Mayor Hopkins congratulated the Soap Box Derby committee and winners: Kameron Kulasky, winner of the Stock Division, Tyler Gallagher, winner of the Masters Division and Anna Heritage, winner of the Super Stock Division. This is the second year in a row for Tyler Gallagher.
Minutes: A motion was made by L. Schilling to bring the minutes from the Council meeting of May 16, 2006 to the floor. Seconded by W. Hawkins. All ayes on roll call. There was no discussion. A motion to approve as submitted was made by L. Schilling and seconded by W. Hawkins. All ayes on roll call.
Clerks Report: B. Woolf presented council with the monthly financial reports and current appropriations.
Bills of Resolution: A motion to bring the bills of resolution to the floor was made by G. Seith with a second from B. Prescott. All ayes on roll call. Wes Hawkins questioned a $38,000 amount for the new administration building. Betsy said she would take a look at it and get back with Wes. There was no further discussion. A motion to approve as submitted was made by L. Schilling and seconded by W. Hawkins. All ayes on roll call.
ORDINANCE 2005-10 AN ORDINANCE ACCEPTING THE DEDICATION OF THE WATER/SANITARY SEWER HARDWARE OFFERED BY THE CRESTWOOD LOCAL SCHOOL BOARD OF EDUCATION AS A PART OF THE VILLAGE OF MANTUA WATER/SANITARY SEWER SYSTEM, ACCEPTANCE OF THIS DEDICATION IS CONDITIONED ON RECEIPT OF A COPY OF THE CERTIFICATE OF CONTRACT COMPLETION APPROVED BY THE CRESTWOOD SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD, THE DATE OF WHICH ACCEPTANCE SHALL BE PART OF THE ONE YEAR WARRANTY GUARANTEE PERIOD AS FOR THE PROJECTS GENERAL CONDITION SECTION 11.3.1 AND DECLARED AN EMERGENCY. Remains tabled at 2nd reading. W. Hawkins asked whether there has been any change. No. Stays tabled.
ORDINANCE 2006-19 AN ORDINANCE APPROVING AND ADOPTING A PERMANENT BUDGET FOR 2007 FOR THE VILLAGE OF MANTUA, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY. 2nd Reading. Motion to bring to floor made by W. Hawkins with a second from B. Prescott. All ayes on roll call. W. Hawkins stated the finance committee was pleased with it. Motion to approve was made by L. Schilling and seconded by B. Prescott. All ayes on vote.
RESOLUTION 2006-20 TRANSFER. Motion to bring to floor made by L. Schilling with a second from W. Hawkins. All ayes on roll call. B. Woolf explained this being a transfer to pay debt due July 1 for water and sewer plant, etc. The fund was short; she transferred from the general fund. It looks like the sewer fund is starting to build up better this year. Motion to approve was made by L. Schilling and seconded by W. Hawkins. All ayes on vote.
A motion to excuse M. Hura and J. Rogers was made by L. Schilling and seconded by W. Hawkins. All ayes on vote.
A motion to accept all committee reports as submitted was made by L. Schilling with a second from B. Prescott. All ayes on vote.
Mayor Hopkins introduced Lionel Finch who will be the new building inspector for the Village. He is presently building inspector for the City of Aurora and has all certifications required by the State. Mr. Finch gave a presentation on HB175 which is a new Residential Building Code created by the State. The State would like to see everyone adopt the code. Mr. Finch passed out copies for review. Any changes to the code can only be made by submission to the State. More discussion followed.
Citizen, Bob Ress, commented on an expired permit for a house on Elm Street that has been torn up for at least 13 years. Can there be anything done. It would be in the hands of Bill Zoller, Zoning Inspector. More discussion followed.
Village Administrator Ed Trego gave an update on their work to Ambler Lane. Work should be coming to a close with paving possibly as soon as tomorrow weather permitting. In addition, Ed had a discussion with Harold Huff and plans to set up a meeting next week regarding the proposal of 30,000 in flow per day. Last meeting Ed asked for an inventory of all tools purchased for the new administration building. He would like to get a copy of that list including all warranties, because the service department will be responsible for this information. Betsy asked Ed if he had asked for that inventory list at a council meeting? It was at the last service meeting. Finally, Ed reported the service department is looking for its fifth full time employee again. They have been without a fifth full time for two to three years. This has been discussed with the Mayor and council members. Wes asked if a fifth full time employee’s wages were in the budget. Ed said yes with some juggling.
Police Chief Buchert reported that one new patrol car is in at the dealership, the second should be in by the end of this week. The Soap Box Derby went off without any major incidents.
Susan stated to the Mayor and Council that she is happy to be on board with the Village.
Wes Hawkins reported that the Finance committee went over the 2007 budget, no action tonight due to council absences.
Village Solicitor David Benjamin commented on a pending lawsuit from Enertech. He will begin the process and ask for legislative authorization by council at their next meeting to pursue this action.
B. Woolf advised the Finance committee that the health insurance would be increasing by 14%; Larry Kaczmarek is getting quotes.
Mayor Hopkins reminded council of the open house and dedication on Sunday July 9th. He would like to see everyone attend. A special council meeting may take place on the 9th in chambers for the budget, which has to be passed by July 15th and in by the 20th. Everyone will be notified along with the newspaper and on the TV channel.
Motion to adjourn at 7:35pm was made by L. Schilling and seconded by B. Prescott. All ayes on roll call.
Mayor Claude E. Hopkins
Clerk-Treasurer Betsy M. Woolf