CLINTON — Newly elected Mayor Steven J. Bellona opened his first Village of Clinton Board of Trustees meeting at Lumbard Hall on April 1 by thanking former Mayor John L. Crossley for his 29 years of service to the village as a trustee and mayor.
Bellona spoke of the great work Crossley did, the foundation he left to all the people of Clinton, and how he and the members of the board were thinking of him; their prayers with him.
Bellona welcomed and congratulated reelected Trustee Benjamin J. Fehlner and newly elected trustee Elizabeth C. Tantillo.
After a the reading of appointments, bonding and insurance requirements, in addition to the board holiday schedule, two public hearings were opened. One regarding the 2019-2020 tentative budget and the other concerning Local Law 4, in excess of the tax levy limit. Mayor Bellona asked if there were any residents in attendence who wanted to address the matter. No reply was given.
Waste Water Treatment Plant Operator Jim Cunningham reported a first-ever EPA inspection of the village taking place on Tuesday, April 2. Cunningham asked to go into executive session to discuss how the village wanted to proceed.
Cunningham also told the board with the remodeling of the McDonalds fast-food restaurant on Meadow St. scheduled this year, he suggested the restaurant update their fats, oil and grease interceptor. FOG interceptors are devices that keep fats, oil and grease from entering public buildings plumbing and sewer lines. Cunningham said there have been some problems in that area.
Several motions were approved in other village business:
* A motion was approved for the acceptance of a $457,100 bid to repair and recondition Water Tank 2, as part of the South Street Renovation Project.
The base bid is $343,500, with another $93,600 slated for contingencies and $20,000 for unforeseen improvements as recognized throughout the project. Village Engineer Timothy O’Hara said they may not need all the money, but wont know what they are facing until they get inside the tank.
*A motion was approved to purchase two pick-up trucks for the Department of Public Works. One truck is valued at $41,000 and the other is valued at $38,000.
*A motion was approved to sell several pieces of DPW equipment through Auctions International.
*A motion for a special meeting to adopt the 2019-2020 budget was set and approved for Thursday, April 25 at 7:00 p.m.
*A motion for a Public Hearing on May 6, 2019 for Stormwater Annual Report comments was also approved.
*No all-night parking expired on April 1.
The Board carried motions to close each of the public hearings and moved to executive session with village department heads.