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Village Board meets: Bids approved, zoning, planning secretary appointed

MILLBROOK — The Nov. 10 Village Board meeting was opened by newly-elected Mayor Mike Herzog at 6:30 p.m.; in attendance were re-elected Trustee Vicky Contino and Trustee Tim Collopy, with Trustee Kevin McGrane present via Zoom; Trustee Joe Rochfort was absent.

The  mayor first asked for a moment of silence in honor of the late Washington town Councilman Al De Bonis, who passed away on Oct. 19. 

The department report was submitted from Fire Chief Ted Bownas. A total of 78 incidents, including five auto accidents, 50 EMS calls, two structure fires and one carbon monoxide call were made last month. EMS responses were reported from Northern Dutchess Paramedics (NDP), as were 55 from the Millbrook fire department  and zero from the Rescue Squad.

Chief Bownas also mentioned that mail-in raffle tickets are being mailed out by the department, as its usual fundraisers could not take place this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The fire department is hoping for a good response to help make up the difference in fundraising losses for 2020. The mayor commended the volunteer fire department members who helped with early voting.

The police report was presented by Sgt. Jared Witt; it included 16 village and town complaints. There were four property damage reports and one road hazard report. The Millbrook Police Department assisted other departments; it assisted the Millbrook fire department five times, the Millbrook EMS 10 times, the Town of Washington twice. Police officers reported for court duty twice. They made arrests: 10 were for domestic incidents, two were for criminal mischief. There were also incident reports of disturbances, assaults, resisting arrest, larceny, aggravated harassment, a fight and a prisoner transport, for a total of 29 criminal incidents.

Herzog thanked Witt for his help with the early voting election process at the Millbrook firehouse, one of the county’s five Early Voting Supersites, which had a phenomenal turnout. The department will try to recoup some of its expenses from Dutchess County, including 35 hours of overtime. Herzog thanked Dutchess County Legislator Deirdre Houston (R-25) and Democratic County Election Administrator Debbie Wright for their assistance.

Herzog and Witt have been attending a series of county-wide meetings about police reform. Millbrook’s policing policy has not been updated since 1996.

Highway Department Superintendent Bob Collocola reported the village is doing leaf pickup. Workers brought in the flower barrels from Franklin Avenue for the winter, installed a sander on its second truck and installed Plexiglas windows at Village Hall. They also assisted with flushing storm drains and replaced cold patching at a new catch basin on Hillside Avenue. Out on a Limb tree service removed two trees, one on Maple Avenue and one at the water tower. Outside lighting at Village Hall was repaired and replaced by Curto Electric.

Three bids were received for roof repairs at Village Hall:  one for $ 7,000; one for $ 12,956; and one from Bob Turner for $6,500, which was accepted. 

Bids were received for replacing the furnace at Village Hall. One was from Pen Tech for $14,200; one for $18,500; and one for $ 17,613, from Pen Tech, which won the bid based on cost and because it’s done work for the village before. 

A single bid was made and awarded for a new police car, from Meyer Ford in Morristown, N.J. The bid is for a 2020 SUV at a cost of $40,973.20, with no lettering or emergency equipment. The Police Department said it prefers to get that work done locally, at an estimated cost of about $15,000. Witt said that price is a little high, but it includes a prisoner cage, spotlight and push bumper.

The mayor read a proclamation for Arbor Day, on April 24, 2021. Two trees will be planted this fall to replace trees that were previously removed; a third tree will be planted on Arbor Day with the help of some students, hopefully, near Elm Drive Elementary School.

Regina Crawford, who had previously resigned as secretary for the village’s planning and zoning boards, has agreed to return to the positions. The boards were happy to welcome her back. And at the Oct. 13 meeting, David Gruning was sworn in as a member of the Planning Board.

A contract between the Town of Washington Recreation Department and the village was approved, to be signed shortly.

A county sponsored drive-thru holiday event will be held in Wilcox Park in Stanford in early December, as many local parades have been canceled due to the pandemic. To participate, contact Dutchess County Parks at 845-298-4600 or email soneil@dutchessny.gov by Nov. 30.

The next Village Board meeting will be Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 6:30 p.m. at Village Hall. 

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