Mayor Douglas Marchionda Jr. says the village board will look at other organizational issues when deciding how to replace the Street Superintendent.
PENN YAN — Mayor Douglas Marchionda Jr. says it's too early to say what the village will do to replace the gap left with the death of Street Superintendent Randy Jensen.
Jensen had been on medical leave for back surgery when he died suddenly on Feb. 7.
Following the first village board meeting after Jensen's death, Marchionda said the board needs to take some time to consider the options. He said another factor is the planned retirement of Ed Balsley, the village's Director of Public Works.
During the meeting, Marchionda read a prepared statement about Jensen's contributions to the community and called for a moment of silence in his honor.
Other business on the village board's agenda Feb. 17 included:
• STATE FUNDS: The board discussed a letter from State Sen. George Winner received by Richard Osgood, Assistant Director of Public Works. The letter, received Feb. 17, was sent to inform the village that grants the village was expecting will not be forthcoming. The state grants, known as "member items," total more than $35,000 for work on the former police station on Basin Street and to build a new sidewalk from East Main Street to Meadowside Apartments. The village has already completed some of the work in anticipation of receiving the money from the state.
In the letter, Winner explained that Gov. David Paterson and the Democratic leadership of the state Senate and Assembly eliminated the 2008-2009 Senate Republican Member Item account.
Winner advises the village to not proceed with the project, and he says he will do all he can in the 2009-2010 budget process to reverse the action.
• BASIN STREET: Village Attorney Ed Brockman reported that an agreement to sell the former Police Building on Basin Street is nearly finalized.
• ENGINEERING: The board agreed to spend up to $50,000 for survey and preliminary design work for water and sewer projects on Seneca, Sheppard and Keuka Street (sewer only) along with repairs to the water distribution system.
• AUDIT: The board unanimously accepted the 2007 and 2008 audits of the village finances.
• TRANSFERS: In connection with the audits, the board approved a total of $477,771 budget transfers from the unappropriated fund to the Department of Public Works (DPW) equipment fund, fire equipment reserve fund, DPW building fund, village office building reserve fund, and employee benefit liability reserve fund. Hoban cast a no vote on the motion to authorize transferring $66,771 to the fire equipment reserve fund, saying he was concerned that once the money is put into a reserve fund, it cannot be used for anything else.
• KEUKA LAKE LAND USE: The board took no action on a proposed resolution to support the work of a committee that has compiled a Keuka lake Watershed Land Use Guide. Marchionda said he wasn't comfortable supporting it without having all the information. "I just don't like committing to something when we don't know exactly what we're supporting," he said.
• BOAT LAUNCH FEES: Trustee Michael D'Abbracci reported that he and Recreation Director Dan Doyle are working on a system to charge for parking at the village-owned boat launch area off Keuka Street.
• RETIREMENT: The board accepted the retirement of Police Sergeant Keith Woodard, effective Feb. 22. Allison commented, "You couldn't find a finer gentleman in doing his job. He was a good officer for the village."
• BID: The board accepted a bid from Milton Cat to purchase a 2009 rubber tired loader for $110,554. The village expects to get $117,000 for the loader it is trading in.