Some safety improvements are planned at the Mohawk Municipal Building.
Village Trustee George Cryer told the board at a meeting Monday the Mohawk Municipal Commission plans to make some renovations in the utilities office. The present window will be removed and replaced with a smaller window with safety glass for security. The counter will be moved as well. Plans also call for adding an exit door to the parking lot from the utilities office. Cryer said the commission is planning to do the work.
He said keeping people out of the municipal building was an issue the day of the shootings when media representatives from outside the area were trying to get in to interview people. The board discussed the possibility of having identification badges for village officials, firefighters and law enforcement personnel with a different color to identify each group.
Cryer also expressed concerns about the cost of some of the improvements needed at the municipal building. The complex, built in 1960, houses the village offices, Mohawk Municipal Commission offices and police and fire departments. He said the village offices and meeting room could be moved upstairs, but there is no elevator to allow for handicapped access. Repairs had to be made to the fire bays because the floor heaved and more work on the floor is needed. “We may have to spend another $30,000,” he said.
He suggested putting a modular home at the municipal substation at the end of Richfield Street for offices using the $10,500 in rent the village receives from the utilities office. He said the fire apparatus could be housed in the garage on Firman Street.
The rent money is included in the revenue portion of the village budget, Village Clerk Judy Bray pointed out.
“You’d have to absorb or cut $10,500 from the budget,” she said.
“I’m not in favor of this,” said Trustee Matthew Watkins. “It doesn’t help the village. “Until we’re a thriving village, I would not like to spend money on rehousing us.”
The merger of the Mohawk and Ilion schools could mean some changes for the crossing guards, Cryer said. At this point, the village doesn’t know how many children will be walking to schools in the village. He also said the emergency plans for the schools should be discussed with school officials.
Village Attorney Karl Manne presented a proposed local law changing the number of members on the zoning board of appeals from five to three and allowing the appointment of one alternate member.
A second proposed local law sets guidelines for those making requests to conduct events in any village parks. Requests would come before the village board.
The board plans to set public hearings on the two proposed laws at its next meeting.
Page 2 of 2 - The attorney said he had modified the proposed changes to the fire department bylaws and sent them to fire Chief Daniel Mabbett, who will present them to the department for approval.
Manne also reported on matters that had been raised at previous meetings. He said the gates on the cemetery in the village should not be removed at this time. Also, Watkins had raised a question at an earlier meeting about the possibility of licensing all-terrain vehicles for use in the village. The section of the vehicle and traffic law that applies to this would allow the use of ATVs on the street only if there is no other way to gain access to a specifically designated ATV trail. There are no such trails.