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  • St. Johnsville village board organizes for 2013

  • The St. Johnsville Village Board of Trustees approved appointments, policies, procedures and rates during an organizational session Monday. Included among the list of approvals were the reappointments of Karen Crouse as clerk and treasurer for a two-year term, Mary Rackmyer as deputy clerk and treasurer for a one...
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  • The St. Johnsville Village Board of Trustees approved appointments, policies, procedures and rates during an organizational session Monday.
    Included among the list of approvals were the reappointments of Karen Crouse as clerk and treasurer for a two-year term, Mary Rackmyer as deputy clerk and treasurer for a one-year term, Anita Smith as historian for a one-year term, Wayne Horender as codes and zoning officer for a one-year term, Bruce Dye as acting village justice for a one-year term, Norman Mastromoro as village attorney for a one-year term and Trustee Martin Callahan as deputy mayor for a one-year term. Additionally, Crouse was reappointed registrar of vital statistics for a two-year term and as budget officer for a one-year term, Rackmyer was reappointed deputy registrar of vital statistics for a one-year term and Horender was reappointed fair housing officer for a one-year term.
    Other appointments included Mathew Rapacz as assistant historian for a one-year term, Eileen Sammons, Mary Gutowski and Michael Yezierski to three-year terms on the zoning board of appeals, Neil Clark to a five-year term on the community development board, Nancy Stowell and Tom Weingart to five-year terms on the library board, Crouse, Callahan and Trustee Gene Colorito to the Department of Public Works, water filtration plant and wastewater treatment plant grievance board, police Chief Diana Callen, Trustee James Castrucci and Trustee Margaret DiGiacomo to the grievance board that covers all other village departments, Robert Smith to a four-year term on the planning board and Callen and Colorito to one-year terms on the harassment committee.
    Mayor Bernard Barnes said the village would hold off on appointing a fire chief, first assistant fire chief, second assistant fire chief and director of emergency preparedness until the results of the St. Johnsville Volunteer Fire Department election are known.
    The mayor also said during Monday evening’s organizational meeting the board of trustees would not make a five-year appointment to the housing authority until June.
    Included among the list of designations were The Times as the village’s official newspaper, NBT Bank, M&T Bank and Adirondack Bank as the village’s official depositories, the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Community House at 16 Washington St. as the time and place for regular monthly village board meetings and $0.55 per mile as the reimbursement rate for officers and employees of the village who use their personal vehicles while performing their official duties on behalf of the village.
    Crouse was authorized to pay public utility, postage, freight and express charges prior to the monthly village board meeting and the mayor was authorized to approve attendance at conferences and training programs. Conferences and programs that require an overnight stay require board approval. The mayor was also authorized to approve purchases over $200, while purchases over $500 require board approval.
    Page 2 of 2 - Also during the meeting, the board re-approved the use of village rules at their monthly and special meetings and adopted the procedures of the state’s Open Meetings Law.
    The next organizational meeting was scheduled for April 7, 2014.
    In other business Monday evening, the board of trustees unanimously awarded the village’s trash and waste hauling contract to Weaver’s Sanitation of Palatine Bridge. Before the contract could be awarded a previous motion that awarded the contract to County Waste had to be rescinded. A review of the bid documents by village Attorney Norman Mastromoro determined County Waste’s bid not meet specifications. The contract with Weaver’s Sanitation is for three years.
    The board approved a change in holidays for village office workers. Barnes said the office staff will work Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and will have Good Friday off.
    The public hearing on the proposed 2013 – 2014 village budget was scheduled for Wednesday, April 10, at 6 p.m. at the Community House
    The budget does not include a property tax increase for residents and uses $86,836.67 in unappropriated fund balance to offset a $36,619 increase in general fund expenditures.
    A special meeting of the board of trustees will take place after the hearing.
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