The Herkimer village board voted last week to schedule a public hearing for Sept. 16 on Local Law No. 4, titled “Historic Preservation Ordinance Local Law.” The hearing will begin at 7:05 p.m.
The proposed law is intended to protect and enhance the village’s landmarks and historic districts and protect and enhance the village’s attractiveness to visitors in a way that will also support and provide stimulus for the economy and ensure “harmonious, orderly and efficient growth and development in the village.”
The proposal calls for the creation of a village Historic Preservation Commission, which could designate an individual property as a landmark and designate a group of properties as a historic district if they meet certain criteria. A public hearing would be conducted prior to any such designation.
The proposal also includes sections dealing with alteration, demolition or new construction affecting landmarks or historic districts as well as with maintenance and repair, violations and appeals.
A copy of the proposal is available at the village office.
Despite the work done on the village’s storm drains following the June flooding, the heavy rainstorm on Labor Day showed the problem has not been resolved.
Scott Cool, of Prospect Street, said he took pictures of the water on the street after the rain and the sight was reminiscent of the June flood. He added no curbs in his neighborhood to keep the water in the street.
Mayor Mark Ainsworth said the street crews would be using cameras to try to locate the blockage causing the problem.
“My drains had been working, but not last night,” commented village Attorney Nicholas Macri.
Macri reported he had reviewed the contract with Simmons Recovery for consultation work for the village with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and had several concerns. The village had tentatively awarded Simmons the contract and the firm has already begun work. Trustee Harold Stoffolano asked him to write up his concerns and give the list to the board.
Macri also advised the board he had no legal issues with the proposal from Basloe Library regarding the steps in its transition from a municipal to a school district library, but he advised the trustees to read the proposal completely.
In other business, the board:
• Approved a request for the use of Myers Park on Sept. 21 for a POW/MIA Recognition Day event.
• Received correspondence from Herkimer County Community College advising the village the college is involved in a rebranding process, which will affect the college’s signs. Deputy Mayor Katherine Nichols said the village has been advised who would be responsible for changing the signs.
• Received a thank you letter from the Herkimer Elks Lodge for the assistance of the street department and village police with its car show.
Page 2 of 2 - • Decided to ask the Herkimer Now group to add painting the village meter poles to a Saturday painting project in the downtown area. The group had asked if the village had any painting it would like done in addition to the plans it already had to get rid of some graffiti.
• Approved a resolution that would allow police Chief Joseph Malone to sell some old vehicles and equipment.