Dresden board hears about insurance, ponders coming vacancies, sets fees

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

If you think homeowner insurance is complicated, try covering a whole village.  Steve Stork of Stork Insurance came to the Dec. 3 meeting of the Dresden Village Board to explain the 2009 policy, which covers equipment, employees, liability, failure to provide services, dishonest officials, the fire department and all their equipment and personnel, etc., etc. 

Members of the village board had lots of questions on what is covered. The good news is - even with all the rising prices the cost to the village is only going up a few hundred dollars.

In other business discussed at the meeting:

• VACANCIES: Mayor Wadsworth said there is an urgent need for board members. Wadsworth will be stepping down as mayor and Trustee Ron Merritt will not be seeking re-election in March.  Information is available at the village office.

 Appointed positions need filling also for a planning board member, two zoning board members and one county planning board position.

• FIRE DEPARTMENT: Chief Charles Leach said  E-20 is now fixed. The new equipment trailer has been primed, painted and lettered.  The department gave approval at the December meeting to pay for grant writing training to be taken by Village Clerk Terry Dilts in January.  The village board gave approval for the department to seek grants for new equipment.

Warren Zimmerman reported  there were seven calls in October, four were EMS calls.

•DPW:  Superintendent John Stryker reported extensive work had to be done on the leaf machine and truck causing delays in leaf pick-up.  He says inspections are due on two vehicles and one needs tires, which will be done with state bid.

• ZONING:  New Dresden Building and Zoning Officer Brain Quakenbush sent a written report on work done.  Two building permits were issued. One site was denied.  He has met with two other residents about proposed projects.

• FEES:  Members approved a new schedule of village fees.  The returned check fee was raised from $15 to $20.  The cost of sidewalk construction  fees was lowered to encourage residents to fix their sidewalks. The cost for grave openings was increased from $175 to $225 for village residents and from $250 to $300 for non-residents. A complete list of changes is available at the village office.

• HEALTH INSURANCE: Dilts showed the board information received from Barbara Welch of Countryside Benefits in Naples, which offers some alternative health insurance plans.  Dilts said she would like to see if the plans require the insured to only go to certain doctors.  She will find out before a decision is made.

• BILL: Dilts said she is having problems getting credited for a paid bill from Dell Financial. A payment sent to the wrong department was never forwarded.  She has sent a letter to the Attorney General’s Office.  Board members suggested she consult with NYS Council of Mayors also.

• WATER: The village received a letter from Penn Yan Village Clerk/Treasurer Shawna Wilber giving water plant operation figures from a 2006-2007 audit.  Wilber also said the 2007-2008 audit is complete but has not been approved by the Penn Yan Village Board yet. Dresden has credits coming for both years which will be applied to the 2008-2009 bill. 

According to Wilber, a village representative will be setting up a meeting to discuss capital billing costs.

• MEMBERSHIP: The board tabled membership in the Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association.

Trustee Ron Merritt was absent.