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44 May 9, 2011

Regular Meeting The regular meeting of the City of Port Jervis Common Council was held in the Council
Chambers, 14-20 Hammond Street, Port Jervis, New York on Monday, May 9, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.

Pledge of Mayor Potter led all present in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
Allegiance

Attendance Mayor Potter and all members of the Common Council were present except Mr. Aumick, and
Mr. Wortmann arrived late. Recreation Director John Faggione, Fire Chief James Fuller,
Director of Public Works Vincent Lopez, Assistant Building Official Laurie Powrie, Police
Lieutenant William VanInwegen, City Clerk-Treasurer Robin Waizenegger, and Corporation
Counsel Damian Brady were also present.

Minutes of Mrs. Waizenegger read the minutes of the April 25, 2011 regular and the May 2, 2011 special
04/25/2011 Regular meetings. The following two (2) corrections were noted: the next Finance Committee meeting
Meeting and will be May 18, 2011, and the time will be omitted after the pledge.
5/2/2011 Special
Meeting read Motion by Mr. Livingston, seconded by Ms. Oppelt, to accept the minutes of the April 25, 2011
regular and the May 2, 2011 special meetings.

AYE: 7 ABSENT: 2 (AUMICK, WORTMANN) NAY: 0 ABSTAIN: 0 CARRIED

Theodore Mayor Potter recognized Michael Conklin, Erin Cornell, Ali Bezzelli, and Shayna Reichert as
Kuykendall the 2011 Theodore Kuykendall Community Service award winners. Mayor Potter thanked the
Community winners and commended them for excelling both inside and outside of the classroom.
Service Award
Winners
recognized

Committee Reports The next Finance Committee meeting will be May 18, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. A long-term borrowing
given workshop will be held after the meeting.

Motion by Mr. Ritchie, seconded by Mr. Belcher, to approve the unpaid bills in the following
amounts for payment: General Fund - $249,656.54, Water Fund - $35,965.06 and Capital Fund -
$151,026.50.

AYE: 7 ABSENT: 2 (AUMICK, WORTMANN) NAY: 0 ABSTAIN: 0 CARRIED

Motion by Mr. Hendry, seconded by Mr. Siegel, to approve Raymond Vanderveer, of Howard
Wheat Engine Company #4, for active membership in the Port Jervis Fire Department.

AYE: 7 ABSENT: 2 (AUMICK, WORTMANN) NAY: 0 ABSTAIN: 0 CARRIED

The Code Committee report will be given at the next Council meeting.

Motion by Mr. Hendry, seconded by Ms. Oppelt, to accept the Code Committee’s April minutes.

AYE: 7 ABSENT: 2 (AUMICK, WORTMANN) NAY: 0 ABSTAIN: 0 CARRIED

Anyone interested in receiving the audio file of the Code Committee meeting can contact Mr.
Hendry.

The Department of Public Works (DPW) update was given and included the following:
 The emergency repairs to the Neversink Bridge have begun, and traffic will be restricted to
one (1) lane for the remainder of this week and a portion of next week. Two-lane traffic
will be used whenever possible.
 There will be a public meeting on May 23, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. concerning the Downtown
Promenade Project. Site plans will be available for viewing beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Motion by Mr. Belcher, seconded by Mr. Ritchie, to authorize the Borough of Matamoras,
Pennsylvania to use the City of Port Jervis’ catch basin cleaner for one (1) day.

AYE: 7 ABSENT: 2 (AUMICK, WORTMANN) NAY: 0 ABSTAIN: 0 CARRIED

Motion by Mr. McCarthy, seconded by Mr. Hendry, to accept the Police Committee’s April
minutes.

AYE: 7 ABSENT: 2 (AUMICK, WORTMANN) NAY: 0 ABSTAIN: 0 CARRIED


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The Police Department’s April monthly report will be approved at the next Council meeting.

Motion by Mr. McCarthy, seconded by Mr. Livingston, to authorize Police Chief William
Worden to apply for the 2011 Cops Hiring Program (CHP) grant.

The grant, offered by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, will fund officers’
salaries and benefits for three (3) years. The City will be required to fund the positions for four
(4) additional years.

The motion is to authorize the Chief to apply for the grant only. Another vote will be required to
accept any grant funds that may be awarded. Mr. Siegel suggested the Finance Committee
review the program prior to accepting grant funds due to the City’s required additional
commitment.

AYE: 7 ABSENT: 2 (AUMICK, WORTMANN) NAY: 0 ABSTAIN: 0 CARRIED

The Police Department is increasing foot and bicycle patrols through the summer months. This
community augmented policing is effective in reducing crime and creating a rapport with
residents.

The 5th Annual National Night Out event will be August 2, 2011 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at
Riverside Park. The event is free, and the committee is seeking donations of money, food, and/or
prizes. Chief Worden thanked the community for its support. Anyone interested in making a
donation can contact the Police Department at 845-858-4065.

The Community Development Agency (CDA) discussed their financial report and approved a Liaison Reports
grant for plantings in the East Main Street flower beds and an Arts Walk sponsorship. given

The next CDA meeting will be May 25, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.

The next Housing Authority meeting will be May 19, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at Hillside Terrace.

The Tourism Board thanked all those who participated and attended the City’s first annual City-
wide Yard Sale and 6th Annual Antique Fair. The Board has begun planning for the Fall Foliage
Festival. The next meeting will be May 19, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.

The Recreation Update was given and included the following:


 A dance for Middle and High School students will be May 20, 2011 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00
p.m.
 Youth Center hours were given.
 18th Annual Delaware River Run, the largest to date, was a tremendous success. Thanks
were given to City officials, Police Department staff, DPW staff, Volunteer Ambulance Corp
personnel, and over sixty (60) volunteers who helped with the race.
 The Summer Recreation program schedule will be available Memorial Day weekend.

Motion by Mr. Livingston, seconded by Mr. Siegel, to authorize the Recreation Department’s
field trip to a New York Yankees game.

AYE: 8 ABSENT: 1 (AUMICK) NAY: 0 ABSTAIN: 0 CARRIED

The next Recreation Commission meeting will be May 17, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at the Youth Center.

The Senior Advisory April meeting had been cancelled. Mr. Siegel will announce the next
meeting date when it becomes available.

The Access 23 Television update was given and included the following:
A karaoke bash fundraiser will be May 21, 2011.
Subway series sweatshirts are still available.
Local landlords can advertise rental availability on the station’s bulletin board.
A camera operator is needed for the second Council meeting each month, which is held on the
fourth Monday.

Mr. Belcher reviewed the City’s April electric and natural gas usages and savings. The total
savings for April 2011 was $3,954.76. The savings from July 2010 to April 2011 is $52,728.20.
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Mayor’s Mayor Potter thanked the Whitewater Park Committee and Mayor Dick Carter from Cascade,
Correspondence Idaho for the informative town hall meeting held May 7, 2011 to discuss the City’s proposed
reviewed Whitewater Park. The meeting was well attended.

Motion by Mr. Hendry, seconded by Mr. Livingston, to authorize Calvary Christian School to
hold a Field Day and Picnic on May 19, 2011 at Riverside Park from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

AYE: 8 ABSENT: 1 (AUMICK) NAY: 0 ABSTAIN: 0 CARRIED

Motion by Mr. McCarthy, seconded by Mr. Belcher, to authorize Claudine DiNopli the use of
Chris Marion Park as her business location for the 2011 season.

Authorization will end December 1, 2011.

AYE: 8 ABSENT: 1 (AUMICK) NAY: 0 ABSTAIN: 0 CARRIED

First Fire Chief Jeff Rhoades discussed the Fire Department’s participation in the Insurance
Services Office (ISO), Inc. evaluation to improve our community rating and accurately record
the latest information about properties in the City. The accurate classification allows
commercial property owners to realize the benefits of improved fire protection for the
community.

City Clerk- Motion by Mr. Siegel, seconded by Mr. Livingston, to authorize the Finance Committee to
Treasurer’s Report review and accept the City’s insurance renewal with Trident.
given
This year’s renewal, due by May 22, 2011, contains added coverage an an approximately three
percent (3%) decrease in premium cost. Mr. McCarthy encouraged Council members to attend
and participate in this Finance Committee meeting. Mr. Siegel added that the public is also
welcome to attend.

AYE: 8 ABSENT: 1 (AUMICK) NAY: 0 ABSTAIN: 0 CARRIED

The first half of the 2011 City tax collection period ended May 2, 2011. The second half tax is
due by June 30, 2011 without penalty.

Public Comment Mr. Edward Keyes asked if a videotape of the Whitewater Park town hall meeting could be
given aired on Access 23 Television. Mr. Belcher stated that he had taped the meeting, and it would
be aired on May 12, 2011.

Mr. Peter Grech, 4th Ward resident, spoke about all Council members being given an equal
opportunity to speak during the public comment portion of the meeting.

Old Business Mr. Siegel stated that 17 Seward Avenue was scheduled for demolition on May 11, 2011.

Meals-on-Wheels, Jewish Family Services, and Angel Foods Ministry are still looking for
volunteers.

Mr. Siegel reminded motorists to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks.

Mr. Livingston thanked all those who attended the Whitewater Park town hall meeting.

Mr. Livingston thanked Mr. Faggione for his work with the 2011 Delaware River Run and the
Tourism Board for their work on the City-wide Yard Sale.

Mr. Ritchie thanked Mayor Carter for coming to Port Jervis to speak about his Whitewater
Park in Idaho.

Mr. Ritchie commended the Recreation Department staff and volunteers for their work with the
Delaware River Run.

Mr. Hendry stated that Mayor Carter was very helpful, and the Whitewater Park Committee is
working hard.

Mr. Hendry commented on the success of the Tourism Board’s yard sale.
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Mr. Belcher stated that the Whitewater Park town hall meeting would be aired on Tri 23 Television.

Mr. Wortmann stated that the April 27, 2011 3 rd Ward Neighborhood Watch meeting was well-
attended and thanked Chief Worden for being a guest speaker.

The next ADA Committee meeting will be June 2, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.

Mr. Wortmann reminded 3rd Ward residents of a constituents’ meeting on May 19, 2011. New Business

The next DPW Committee meeting will be May 16, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.

Mr. Hendry encouraged the public to attend the Code Committee to discuss the proposed rezoning of
the acre. Comments, questions, and concerns are welcome.

The Salvation Army’s Appreciation Dinner will be May 11, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Church
in Matamoras, Pennsylvania.

Motion by Mr. Ritchie, seconded by Mr. Belcher, to authorize the City Clerk-Treasurer to sign the
2011 base proportion report.

AYE: 8 ABSENT: 1 (AUMICK) NAY: 0 ABSTAIN: 0 CARRIED

The Knights of Columbus will be having a bus trip to a Scranton Yankees baseball game on June 5,
2011. Tickets are forty dollars ($40.00).

Mr. Livingston thanked Mr. Lopez and Chief Worden for having stop signs installed at Cahoonzie
Street and Kingston Avenue.

Mr. Siegel suggested reviewing Orange and Rockland’s tree-trimming policy and putting a policy in
place to ensure the company replaces any trees that are damaged during their process.

The Port Jervis Volunteer Ambulance Corp (PJVAC) will be holding an open house on May 21, 2011
from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at their Barcelow Street location. They also will be hosting a blood drive
in honor of Joshua Sullivan.

Mr. Siegel detailed PJVAC’s April statistics and thanked them for the work they do for the
community.

Mr. Siegel stated that the Police Department’s foot and bicycle patrols are well received.

The WIC program now has an office in the Middletown Health Center located at 140 Hammond
Street.

Mr. Siegel thanked the Fire Department for approving Engine 4’s July carnival.

Motion by Ms. Oppelt, seconded by Mr. Livingston, to set Executive Session at 8:00 p.m. to discuss Executive Session
contractual matters and Recreation Department personnel. set

AYE: 8 ABSENT: 1 (AUMICK) NAY: 0 ABSTAIN: 0 CARRIED

The Council entered Executive Session at 8:00 p.m.

The meeting reconvened at 8:10 p.m. Meeting


reconvened

Motion by Mr. Livingston, seconded by Ms. Oppelt, to approve hiring the following individuals as
seasonal employees for the Recreation Department:
May 10, 2011—Joe Maillet—laborer
June 17, 2011—Scott Reed, James Schock, Danielle Reed, and Luke Reed—lifeguards
June 27, 2011—Dave Simmons and Mike Cordisco—senior recreation leaders
Nikki Philpot, Jackie Avdoyan, Luke Behnke, Liz Ross, Amanda Androvette, and
Alex Cordisco—recreation leaders
Nicole Stellato—Youth Center summer leader
Ben Wolf and John Moriarty—recreation specialist (tennis instructors)

All positions have been budgeted.

AYE: 8 ABSENT: 1 (AUMICK) NAY: 0 ABSTAIN: 0 CARRIED


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Motion by Mr. Belcher, seconded by Mr. Livingston, to authorize the Mayor to sign Amendment
#4 of the New York Department of Environmental Conservation NYDEC) contract between the
City of Port Jervis and the NYDEC for the cleanup of the Statewide Oil site.

AYE: 8 ABSENT: 1 (AUMICK) NAY: 0 ABSTAIN: 0 CARRIED

Motion by Mr. Hendry, seconded by Mr. Siegel, to adjourn the meeting at 8:11 p.m.

AYE: 8 ABSENT: 1 (AUMICK) NAY: 0 ABSTAIN: 0 CARRIED

Robin Waizenegger
City Clerk-Treasurer