Village of
New York Mills
Oneida County, NY

December 12, 2006: Regular Board Meeting


Mayor Maciol called the meeting to order at 7 PM followed by the pledge to the flag and roll call.

Present: Mayor Maciol, Trustee Baryla-White, Trustee Bialek, Trustee Jarosz and Trustee Semeniak

Shared Services Presentation

Mayor Don Ryan from the Village of New Hartford introduced the Community Investment Imitative that New Hartford Central School is working on.  New Hartford Superintendent Dan Gilligan explained the purpose and goals of joint School-Village-Town Collaboration, in which a group of community leaders aimed at sharing services that the same taxpayers pay for. New York Mills Superintendent Dave Langone and School Board President Ken Bart were also present.  Mr. Gilligan explained how everyone can work together to share all kinds of services.

Trustee Bialek thinks it’s a great idea, Trustees all agree.

Trustee Jarosz made a motion seconded by Trustee Bialek to have the Village of New York Mills officially join in with the Community Investment Group.

Local Law #3 for 2006

Mayor read the legal notice to return West Drive and Crescent Drive to allow for two-way traffic as it was originally designed prior to Local Law #3 for 1982 that changed it to allow for one-way traffic only.

Mayor read the responses from residents he received by phone, e-mail and in writing then opened the hearing up to public comment.

Mary Satterlee – 75 New Hartford St. is in favor of two-way street.

Joe Markarowski – 1 Crescent Drive is also in favor of two-way street.

Mike Baiguini – 9 Crescent Drive is not opposed but is concerned with the corner at Crescent being very narrow with only approximately 15 feet of road, street parking is also a concern.

Ed Hill – 8 Crescent Drive is also concerned with the narrow curve especially during the winter with the snow plowing.  There are also a lot of children on the street.  He is not sure of making Crescent a two-way street.

Gary Porcelli – 29 West Drive is opposed to making it a two-way street and feels it doesn’t serve any great purpose.

Stan Kurdziolek – corner of Clinton and West Dr. is ok with changing it back to a two-way street.

Julie Byrch – 28 West Drive stated her yard gets torn up now and feels its ok like it is.

Linda Porcelli – 29 West Drive feelings that backing out of her driveway on the curve will be a problem and especially harder in the winter with the snow taking some of the road away.  It is not a safe curve.

Ray Collins – 85 Clinton Street is in favor of changing to a two-way street.  It was changed when Carolyn Courts came in.

Mayor read letters and comments from residents from the survey that was done in August of 2005.  We sent 33 letters out and received 12 comments back: 10 in favor and 2 against.

Gary Porcelli – stated the four houses on the curve feel it would be an inconvenience to make the change.

Trustee Jarosz – stated Mr. Porcelli did a lot of research on his part.  Can West Drive be one-way and Crescent another way for safety concerns.

Trustee Semeniak – feels there are issues regarding the curve.  We need to look at accessibility for fire and police.  We should monitor the curve area for the first year.

Trustee White – could we try it temporarily for January through March. Mayor stated that we would need to approve the local law change and if it doesn’t work we can change it back with another local law.

Trustee Bialek – agrees with Mr. Porcelli, we need to look at possibilities of making West and Crescent a turn circle.

Trustee Jarosz – feels a turn circle has possibilities of having residents lose some lawn.

Trustee Bialek – has seen turn circles work and would like to look into it.

Mayor – we have heard both sides and in 12 years as a Police Officer in the village he has only seen one accident in that area.  Convenience and safety are important and he is in favor of changing to two-way.

Trustee Semeniak made a motion seconded by Trustee White to accept Local Law #4 for 2006 to change West Drive and Crescent Drive back to two-way streets.

Roll call vote:              Trustee White                          No

                                    Trustee Bialek                         No

                                    Trustee Semeniak                    Yes

                                    Trustee Jarosz                          No

                                    Mayor Maciol                          Yes

Motion defeated.

Public Hearing closed at 7:50 PM.

Local Law #4 for 2006

Mayor Maciol read the legal notice to make the intersection of Country Club Drive and Comenale Crescent Drive a designated stop intersection with one stop sign to be placed on the Comenale Crescent Drive side of the intersection.

Scott McGauley – 24 Country Club Drive is in favor of the stop sign but would like to see it a 3-way stop and more police presence to slow the traffic down.

Mary Marrone – 31 Country Club Drive has seen an increase in traffic from Hillside Drive along with cars going faster.

Len Marrone – 31 County Club Drive is in favor of the stop sign, and would also be in favor of the three sign idea.

Trustee Bialek – agrees with the one stop sign for now, we can look into the other two signs.

Trustee White – in favor of sign.

Trustee Jarosz – agrees

Trustee Semeniak – agrees

Trustee Jarosz made a motion seconded by Trustee White to accept Local Law #4 for 2006 to place a stop sign on the Comenale Crescent Drive side of the intersection.

Roll call vote:              Trustee White                          Yes

                                    Trustee Bialek                         Yes

                                    Trustee Semeniak                    Yes

                                    Trustee Jarosz                          Yes

                                    Mayor Maciol                          Yes

Motion carried.

Public Hearing closed at 8 PM.

Trustee Jarosz made a motion to hold a public hearing at 7 PM on January 9, 2007 for Local Law #1 for 2007 for two additional stop signs on Country Club Drive.


Bill Goodman – presented us with October-November Board of Legislators report, would like to make sure towns and villages are updated on the NYRI and to keep up the fight against it.  Wishes all a Merry Christmas and best of health.

Tom Ostrander – 70 Sauquoit Street – stated he is impacted by the work at the #2 Mill.  He has had a problem with stones in the road and no one is cleaning or sweeping the road.  Mayor stated it is the contractors’ responsibility to clean and sweep the area.  He will let Nelson Associates know that they need to monitor the area also.

Ray Collins – 85 Clinton Street, inquiring if any solutions have been made for his water problem yet.  Al stated he called the Highway Supervisor to ask if they can till into a pipe by Mr. Collins driveway but has not received a response yet.  Will have the highway foreman look at the area tomorrow with Al.


Trustee White made a motion seconded by Trustee Bialek to accept Abstract #7: General vouchers A393-A459 in the amount of $173,387.03; Library vouchers L066-L074 in the amount of $3,432.51 for a total of $176,819.54.

No Treasurers report for November due to computer problems.

Check numbers for November: payroll 5612-5678, general 10345-10432.

Trustee White made a motion seconded by Trustee Jarosz to accept the minutes from the November 14th meeting.


Recreation – Trustee White reported everything went well with Holiday on Main Street. Next years date will be December 9th.  Mayor thanked Sue for all her work on this event.

Police – Mayor gave report in Chief’s absence.  Oneida County Stop DWI breakfast was held this morning.  Office Guy Danella received the “Officer Joe Corr Memorial Officers Recognition Award”.

Trustee Bialek made a motion to accept the resignation from Officer Mark Sojda effective 12/19/06.  Trustee Semeniak would like to amend the motion to say to accept with regret the resignation of Officer Mark Sojda effective 12/19/06. Trustee White seconded the motion.

Trustee Jarosz is concerned with the lack of part time officers and overtime and asked why the part timers aren’t called in to fill shifts.

Trustee Jarosz sent a memo to Chief and Joe regarding call ins to salt and plow roads.

Trustee White made a motion seconded by Trustee Semeniak to accept the police report.

Highway – Trustee Jarosz gave Joe’s report.  Mayor asked that the Main and Porter Street stop sign be looked at, can’t seem to get the sign to stay straight.  We need to look at the ground area around the sign.  Need to check out 3 Mill Place, garbage is not in compliance and correspondence will be sent out.  Trustee Semeniak made a motion seconded by Trustee White to accept the highway report.

Fire Department – Trustee Bialek reported the Town of Whitestown board has approved money for the fire contracts in the amount of 407,000.  They have not held a public hearing yet to enter into contracts with the villages for distributions.

Trustee Bialek made a motion seconded by Trustee Jarosz to accept the 2007 list of Officers from the Fire Department.

Trustee Bialek made a motion seconded by Trustee Whtie to accept the following new probationary members: Brian Revere, Joseph Zwijacz, Mark Gesaroni and Philip Linahuber.

Code Enforcement – Mayor reported Walgreen’s recently opened.  Mayor received complaints regarding the lights in the parking lot and style of the fence.  After looking into the matter the lights are lower than the plans stated and the fence is the same as in the plans.   The owner of 319 Main Street is obtaining demolition quotes.

Engineer - Al reported we were granted a temporary easement from Al Tehan for the cleaning of the hydraulic canal behind the #1 Mill.  With the help from the Town of Whitestown the work was been completed today.  We will send a letter of thanks to Sal for his help.  Mayor commended Al and Sal Granato for getting this job taken care of.

Attorney – Bill reported Oriskany Manufacturing is looking into purchasing the old Bonide property.


Towing Lottery – Mayor read the legal notice; we received six applications therefore a lottery was held for the five spots.  They are as follows:

1)      Boulevard Auto

2)      Exclusive Motors

3)      James Malagese

4)      Village Motors

5)      Norms Service

Back up will be Commercial Car Care

This list goes into effect at 12:01am on 1/1/07.

Health Insurance Matter – we have an option to change to Teamster for the Trustees and Judge.

Trustee Semeniak made a motion seconded by Trustee White to change the Trustees and Judge to Teamsters Health Insurance pursuant to the process of enrollment to be effective January 1, 2007 along with payment for September, October and November premiums.


NYRI Update - no change

Mill Project – moving right along, any problems call Jamie Sprague.

Community Center Project - received the bids November 8th, the 2004 construction costs were estimated to be around $108,000.  We received two bids as follows:

            Charles A. Gaetano Construction                   $209,800

            Murnane Building Contractors                       $138,300

Murnane will do a work order change to reduce the bid by 10% for the air conditioning unit.

Trustee Semeniak made a motion seconded by Trustee White to award the bid to Murnane in the amount of $138,300.

Trustee Semeniak made a motion seconded by Trustee White to start the BAN procedure with bonding council.

Cell Phone Policy – waiting to hear from the Dept of Audit and Control.

Temporary Sign Local Law – will schedule a workshop, size of the signs is a question.


Ø      Mayor attended three Town of New Hartford Planning Board meetings and three ZBA meetings and reported that Moe’s Southwest Rest will not be coming to the strip mall.

Ø      Received a letter from the Town of New Hartford saying their preliminary comprehensive plan is complete.  Clerk has copies and CD if anyone wants to see them.

Ø      Deanne Balutis is concerned with the lack of communication between the village police, town police and court regarding dangerous dogs. Mayor reported it is the dog owner’s responsibility to notify people if they have a dangerous dog. He will follow-up with a letter to Deanne.

Ø      Gale Hammond from the Governors Office of Small Cities Program is very impressed with the Mill Project and will use this project as a model to others.

Ø      Defensive Driving Thursday December 14th at 3:30 at the firehouse.

Ø      Wal-Mart gave us a $400 Grant to help four village families in need of extra help for Christmas.

Ø      Fred Griffiths sent us a copy of his letter he sent to the water board regarding road cuts.

Ø      Starting Thursday December 12th the Police Consolidation will be interviewing Police Chiefs then Village Police Chiefs.


Trustee Baryla-White – all set

Trustee Bialek – would like to thank the Highway Dept for putting up the decorations and also the volunteers: John Montrose, George Herthum, Dave Neary, himself and the Optimists.

Trustee Jarosz – all set

Trustee Semeniak – all set

Trustee Semeniak made a motion seconded by Trustee Jarosz to adjourn the meeting.

Mayor Maciol adjourned the meeting at 10:35 PM.

                                                                                    Respectfully submitted,


                                                                                    Sharon A. Guca

                                                                                    Village Clerk/Treasurer