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Village Board updates codes, honors police sergeant

MILLBROOK — Interim Mayor Mike Herzog opened the Village Board meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 9, with a moment of silent prayer for the victims of Sept. 11, 2001. The first items of business were the appointment of Trustee Tim Collopy as deputy mayor and the appointment and swearing in of Victoria Contino as trustee, to finish the remainder of Herzog’s unexpired term. Genevieve Classon was appointed to the Planning Board and will be sworn in at Village Hall at her convenience.

Fire Chief Ted Bownas gave his report for the month of August, which included three motor vehicle accidents, three structure fires, 41 EMS calls and 40 Northern Dutchess Paramedic (NDP) responses among others. 

Millbrook Police Sgt. Jared Witt also gave his report, which included issuing five parking tickets, receiving one complaint of a domestic incident, six complaints of suspicious activities, two complaints of trespassing, one complaint of fraud, one complaint of animal abuse and one complaint of larceny, among others.

The mayor then read a letter commending Witt for his rapid and professional response to someone in medical distress at a restaurant on Franklin Avenue. After aiding the victim, she was taken to a local hospital. Witt was quick to share the accolades with others who also acted quickly to save the woman’s life.

The Highway Department’s Bob Colocolla reported on brush pickups, both regular and after Tropical Storm Isaias on Aug. 4, which necessitated sweeping up gravel and debris. He’s worked with the town doing flag duty for a full day. The village’s new truck is in service. It was also discussed that after three-day holidays more garbage receptacles might be needed; Colocolla said extra bins are available. People continue to dump garbage outside of the municipal bins, especially household garbage, which has been a problem for the village. Brush pick up is now done in the village; leaf pickup begins Oct. 1.

A public hearing was opened on changing five items in the Village Code: the first concerns the Procurement Policy; it was amended to provide that the Village Board shall review and update its procurement policy on an annual basis. Another chapter sets the official year of the village and the terms of office, more clearly expressed, which were set in 2008. The mayor and trustees serve four year terms; the mayoral and two trustee positions through elections in the General Election year, while the other two trustee positions are through elections on the next election cycle. The Village Round Table was the official newspaper listed in the Codes, but is now defunct. The official newspaper is now named by the Board of Trustees at the reorganization meeting each year. The final change had to do with the Investment Policies, Chapter 24. It now reads: All investments of village funds shall be approved by the Board of Trustees and shall be in compliance with the New York State General Municipal Law § 11, Temporary Investments. These local laws shall take effect as of the date of filing with the New York Secretary of Labor.

Herzog introduced a resolution to amend Law 230, to allow changes to the Thorne Building overlay map, two parcels on Franklin Avenue and two on Washington, changing from private multi-dwelling properties to general business properties. There will be a public hearing on the matter on Tuesday, Oct. 13, the public can participate virtually through Zoom; notices will be posted online, at www.villageofmillbrookny.com, as well as at village hall, the post office and at town hall.

A fund for renovating and repairing the tennis courts will be established, with a separate account carefully tracked in lieu of using an outside agency. 

The Village Board added it would like to do whatever it can to help area restaurants and businesses survive as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. While it didn’t mention specifics, members said they’re open to ideas.   

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