METAMORA VILLAGE COUNCIL … The Metamora Village Council discusses the quotes given for the village tree trimmings. From left clockwise John Hudik, Karen Noward, Cindy Pawlaczyk, John Pupos, Mayor Richard Sauerlender, Heather Lumbrezer, Cathy Mossing, Karon Lane. (PHOTO BY JACOB KESSLER, STAFF)
By: Jacob Kessler
The Metamora Village Council met on June 7th at 7pm. Solicitor Alan Lehenbauer was asked to give a report regarding the easement for the dry hydrant that was discussed at the last meeting.
Alan informed the council that there had been nothing received from the state and asked that the measure be passed in anticipation of receiving the easement. The measure was passed, and the council moved to old business.
The council had received quotes from tree trimming companies for community owned trees in the village. Pasternak Tree Services was chosen by the council to provide the service for $7750. The quote did not include trimming for Swanton Street or West Main Street.
The council will ask for a quote for those streets as well as the trees in front of the Methodist Church on East Main and the Christmas tree in front of the Metamora State Bank. A motion was made and passed to raise the tree fund up from $500 to the $7750 needed to pay for what was quoted.
There was a discussion on sewer credits for homeowners that use water that is not being reclaimed. A 25% fee was voted on and passed due to the meters needing to be read.
There will need to be an ordinance made for this later. The fee will take place starting in January 2022. Homeowners will need to have a second meter which is not provided by the village.
An issue regarding checks was brought up due to the check number not matching the gross amount. It was decided to include both the gross and the net amount.
There was a motion to pay the bills as read and the motion was carried.
The chicken BBQ will be taking place August 14th and September 12th and it was decided to buy 2 charcoal pallets instead of 3.
The Methodist church had been sent a letter after the prior meeting due to safety concerns. The owner has sent in a response and has asked for a list of what the violations were and when they need to be taken care of by.
The council then went into an executive session at 7:18 to discuss personnel and property sales. The council returned from executive session at 7:30 and did not conduct any business.
An issue regarding ATV’s, golf carts and snow mobiles being driven on the roads was brought up.
It had started to become a problem in April due to traffic issues. It was discussed that the Fulton County Sheriff’s office had been made aware due to all vehicles having to be registered with the state to be on the roadway.
The council discussed applicants and voted to hire a new Deputy clerk.
In new business an invoice for a sod cutter from Kenn-Feld was voted to be approved for payment.
With the state mandate for COVID-19 being lifted there was a discussion on whether to replace the current mask sign on the door with a new sign provided from the Fulton County Health Department. A new sign was decided on that stated to wear a mask upon entering if you were not vaccinated.
The Post Office put in a request to have signs placed stating no parking or driving through the alley behind the building. The alley is not believed to belong to the village.
The Post Office will need to put up signing for its own spaces and settle disputes with the other landowners involved.
Better Way Stump Grinding was chosen to grind the stumps located at the park for a total of $420. Chips will be left to be disposed of.
A Workman’s Compensation claim had been received from a person saying that they were a worker for the village. The person is not a worker for the village and the claim will be denied.
The village will be buying approximately 100 tons of grindings from the Shelly Corporation. They will be brought to the village and placed at the park, lagoon, and reservoir at a rate of $2 per ton.
The overall cost will be around $200. A motion to accept the cost was made and passed.
The issue of mowing the reservoir with a “sickle bar” was brought up with it being decided to look into the matter later on.
The meeting concluded at 8:11pm with no further business.
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