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The Telegram
  • Herkimer discusses plans to buy police car

  • Police Chief Joseph Malone presented a quote of $30,990.83 for a Chevy Tahoe for the police department at last week’s meeting of the Herkimer village board.

    The board plans to take out a bond anticipation note to pay for the vehicle and purchase another one for the department at the start of the new fiscal year.

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  • Police Chief Joseph Malone presented a quote of $30,990.83 for a Chevy Tahoe for the police department at last week’s meeting of the Herkimer village board.
    The board plans to take out a bond anticipation note to pay for the vehicle and purchase another one for the department at the start of the new fiscal year.
    “We need to get back on a rotation,” said Malone. “These cars are running 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”
    The chief told the board last month the department was running out of cars that weren’t in the garage for repairs and asked for two new cars to replace a 2006 and a 2007 car. One has 122,000 miles on it and the other, 89,000. He said the last time the department purchased a new vehicle was in 2009.
    In other business:
    • The board authorized two water-sewer department employees to attend plant operators’ courses. Water and sewer Superintendent Scott Blais asked to send Ken Ward and Jeremy Klink to classes in May at SUNY Morrisville. After taking the course, they will take an examination to be certified as wastewater treatment operators. They could then take charge if Blais was not available. The board agreed, but said the employees would be required to repay the village for the cost of the course if they leave their positions within two years.
    • Members of the Basloe Library Board of Trustees attended the meeting to ask permission for a $1,000 fund transfer from the library’s utilities budget to purchase books and materials.
    The cost of books keeps going up, according to library board Vice Chairwoman Carol Kinney, who reviewed data collected about the number of patrons the library serves and said the amount of money in the budget for materials compared with other area libraries. She also pointed out libraries pay more for electronic books than the public does. The transfer was already approved by the library board. Mayor Mark Ainsworth said Librarian Lesley Paul should meet with Village Clerk-Treasurer Amanda Viscomi to make the arrangements.
    • William Rabbia, executive director of the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority, was on hand to give his annual report to the board. He reviewed the revenues from the sale of bags and rental of totes and expenditures and projected a $3,192 surplus for the village. He said the single-stream recycling program has yielded the hoped-for results with a 10 percent increase in recycling county-wide. Keeping that material out of the landfill has resulted in lower tipping fees, he said.
    • The board passed a resolution in support of a pair of foreclosure bills in response to a letter from 142nd District Assemblyman Michael Kearns. Kearns said the two bills, making it mandatory for banks to provide municipalities with contact information of property managers or other parties responsible for upkeep and maintenance of foreclosed properties, had been passed by the state Assembly during the last session, but the companion bill in the Senate was referred to the Senate Committee on Housing and received no further action.  Kearns said the bills are currently referred to the Judiciary Committee in the Assembly. “I am concerned the notice of contact information bill (A.88) and bill (A.824) requiring ‘good faith’ in obtaining a foreclosure will encounter considerable special interest headwind this year,” Kearns said in his letter.
    Page 2 of 2 - • The board granted a request from Viscomi to request a Civil Service list for office personnel. Viscomi said two village office employees may be leaving.
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