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The Telegram
  • Village of Herkimer seeks historian

  • The village of Herkimer is looking for a village historian.

    Mayor Mark Ainsworth said at a meeting Wednesday he recently learned the state requires each village to have a historian, appointed by the mayor.

    He had not previously been aware of the requirement.

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  • The village of Herkimer is looking for a village historian.
    Mayor Mark Ainsworth said at a meeting Wednesday he recently learned the state requires each village to have a historian, appointed by the mayor.
    He had not previously been aware of the requirement.
    Anyone interested in seeking the post is asked to contact the village office.
    The village board voted Wednesday to purchase two signs directing visitors to the village offices and court.
    Board members also discussed purchasing signs reminding dog owners to keep their pets on a leash and to clean up after them.
    Trustee Katherine Nichols said she would like to see the village purchase three of these signs with the funds remaining from the hydraulic canal project and post them in the three sections of the project.
    “We could get the project closed out,” she said.
    Nichols said there are several choices of wording for the signs, but she likes the one that reads, “Leash and clean up after your pet. It’s the law.”
    Questions were raised about whether or not a fine amount would be included on the sign and the matter was tabled until the board has more information.
    “We need those signs all over the village too, not just along the hydraulic canal,” said Trustee Anthony Brindisi.
    Nichols agreed, but said money from the hydraulic canal project could not be used for signs in other parts of the village.
    In 2009, the village was awarded about a half million dollars in economic stimulus funding for the project to clean up the canal, which had fallen into disuse. The manmade waterway had once provided water power for the former village municipal plant and for local businesses. The project, which involved the sections of the canal owned by the village, included cleanup of illegally dumped materials, an archaeological survey and review by the Army Corps of Engineers. Drainage pipe was then laid and the canal along those areas was filled in, landscaped and paved to create green space and walking paths along what was renamed the Hydraulic Canal Greenway.
    The board also discussed the process to be followed now that the Frank J. Basloe Public Library has received voter approval to become a school district library. Ainsworth said the village would continue financing the library until its new revenue comes in when taxes are received in the fall. He asked that the library keep spending to a minimum during this period.
    “We hope there will be money left to come back to the village,” he said.
    He said Village Attorney Nicholas Macri will draw up the necessary paperwork. The library has a consultant on retainer to help with the transition.
    Trustee Harold Stoffolano said the village board agreed to work out something with the library building, which is owned by the village, and will be working with the library board.
    Page 2 of 2 - In other business, the board:
    • Approved a request from the Herkimer Veterans Council for the annual Memorial Day Parade on Monday starting at 1 p.m. Services will follow in Myers Park.
    • Approved a request from the Herkimer Garden Club to conduct a flower sale on June 8 in the Myers Park gazebo.
    • Approved a request from St. Francis de Sales Regional Catholic School to hold a picnic on June 18 in Myers Park.
    • Approved a request from the Herkimer Elks to conduct a flag ceremony on June 13 in Myers Park.
    • Received information about a workshop on June 20 on the Transportation Enhancement Program. Nichols said she would attend.
    • Approved a request from Police Chief Joseph Malone to send Patrolman Jody Wheat for trauma training at no cost to the village.
    • Heard Malone also plans to send two officers to receive training in social media. “It’s a good way to get information out to the public,” he said.
    Malone praised Department of Public Works Superintendent Peter Macri and his crew for keeping the village’s vehicles going and saving the village money.
    Brindisi commented Herkimer Fire Chief John Spanfelner and his department were left out of the recognition of the various agencies that responded to the March 13 shootings in Mohawk and Herkimer.

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