The Swanton Village Council held their meeting on Monday, April 11th at 7:00 p.m. The meeting was called to order followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.
Council first moved to approve the agenda as presented as well as the minutes from the previous meeting that took place on March 28th.
Committee reports were then heard with Water and Sewer being discussed first. It was stated that one item was on the agenda for the packaging of projects 3, 11, and 12.
The costs will be reduced if these projects are bundled into one. The committee recommended that the projects be bundled and to then secure bids for the projects. It was stated that legislation will be drawn up to bundle the projects which will then be presented to council.
Next was the Finance Committee, with the financial documents for January, February and March of 2022 being received.
The documents were placed into Dropbox for members to sign as well as the Permanent Budget Adjustments. The projects being bundled and the money savings from the bundle was also discussed.
The insurance renewal discussion took place next. The appraisal was done last year for all the village assets and work is being done by the insurance agency to set a new premium amount.
It was then stated that Finance Director Vasko wanted to make the committee aware of large and unusual payments that had been made in the first quarter as well as two vehicle purchases.
Motions were then made and approved for the financial documents. Each document was approved independently from each other.
In New Business, council moved to assign a council person to attend the county EMA meetings. Council member Derek Kania volunteered to attend the meetings.
Council then voted to select Mr. Kania to attend the county EMA meetings. Next, the Emergency Resolution for the active transportation plan development assistance program was approved by council.
The mayors report took place next with Mayor Toeppe discussing the Fire Chief’s position. Nine applications had been received with five interviews being conducted. Three were selected to have a second interview with the command staff.
After the command interviews took place, the feeling was that none of the candidates were perfect. A recommendation will be coming to either reopen the job position or to recommend one of them to hire.
Mayor Toeppe then discussed the Tree Commission and a Tree Commission Ordinance. The ordinance regulates if a tree is deemed hazardous and if it is on public property or private property.
Part of the ordinance also includes language that includes the Tree Commission. This wording gives more authority to the Tree Commission.
An ordinance currently held by Bowling Green was looked at and was satisfactory.
It was recommended to refer the tree commission ordinance and separate commission to council for review.