Ogdensburg adopts insurance plan

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  • PHOTOS BY VERA OLINSKI Councilman Michael Nardini reviews water personnel status.

  • From left, Council President Peter Opilla and Councilman Robert Gunderman discuss restocking Heater's Pond.

  • Mayor Rachel Slater explains the garbage contract.

The Ogdensburg Council unanimously adopted on the state health benefit insurance plan for borough employees and Fraternal Order of Police.

Councilmen David Astor and Anthony Nasisi were absent.

In addition, the council unanimously adopted resolutions certifying they had reviewed the 2017 Financial Audit; accepted and approved for filing the 2017 Financial Audit Report Corrective Action Plan; authorized Borough Attorney Richard Brigliadoro to not defend a foreclosure action; and approved Astor applying for the 2018 COPS School Violence Prevention Program Grant.

Councilman Robert Gunderman said the grant is to improve school security.

Mayor Rachel Slater said, they are waiting to find out why the DPW had filled in a firehouse parking lot light pole hole; Elizabethtown Gas should have begun laying natural gas piping; and the well part arrived.

Councilman Michael Nardini said, the advertisement for water personnel is still running, and they will begin to review all applicants next week.

Nardini also said, the quarterly delinquent water billing list went down 80 percent.

Slater said, the 2018 Code Book Codification editorial and review services have been completed.

The review service listed the borough's next steps, she continued, like adopting an ordinance approved by mayor and council and signing the code files on a flash key for the borough office and attorney. Slater concluded, the service will still research one more detail in Chapter 30 Land Development, and the book could be finished before the end of summer.

Council President Peter Opilla said the guard shack is essentially finished; and officials agreed the garbage contract is also finished.

Brigliadoro said, the only issue, from the last meeting, was the size of garbage cans.

Slater said, the size was 75 gallons, and if residents need to use more garbage bags, they can obtain stickers from the borough office.

Municipal Clerk Robin Hough explained one free bulk item may be picked up, and if a resident would like a second, an agreement should be made between the resident and Blue Diamond. Hough added, she had received one resident call regarding a missed mattress, and Blue Diamond will return to remove it.

Slater said residents should call Hough with any problems, in order to track and fix issues.

Councilman George Hutnick said a sign for the Sterling Hill Mine on the train overpass was not ready, and stickers would be used at this time.

Regarding a request for easement, Slater said the council is waiting for residents to find the old title and survey.

Gunderman said, they need to replenish the fish in Heater's Pond, because many were removed for armoring the dam. He continued, he had already researched and received prices regarding restocking the pond.

Opilla said, he was supposed to meet with Solitude Management, and they could give Gunderman information about the fish population.

Slater discussed changing the two monthly meetings to only regular meetings — from one monthly workshop and regular meeting. The change, she said, would facilitate billing being completed and approved twice a month instead of only once.

Brigliadoro agreed with the idea, because action may also be taken at regular meetings.

Cynthia and Richard Predmore said, now that flooding on Predmore Road has been fixed by the borough, another dangerous opening, rusty pipes, holes, and collapsing road need to be fixed. Cynthia added, there is a huge hole on their property, caused by erosion over time.

Slater committed to the additional road problems being fixed.

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