March 23, 2021

A work session was held by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Babylon on TUESDAY, MARCH 23, 2021, via Zoom and is available to be viewed through the YouTube link:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnyFstcqshRUfoPSgKucQuA?view_as=subscriber

on the Village website:  www.villageofbabylonny.gov

On the motion of Trustee Seibert, seconded by Trustee Silvestri and unanimously carried, the meeting opened at 7:02 p.m.  On the motion of Trustee Seibert, seconded by Trustee Silvestri and unanimously carried, the Board entered into executive session at 7:15 p.m. to discuss current litigation, at which time the work session was ended on the motion of Trustee Seibert, seconded by Trustee Silvestri and unanimously carried.  On the motion of Trustee Seibert, seconded by Trustee Bencivenga and unanimously carried, the executive session ended at 8:02 p.m.

REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE VILLAGE OF BABYLON

WAS HELD VIA ZOOM

Available to be viewed through the YOUTUBE LINK:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnyFstcqshRUfoPSgKucQuA?view_as=subscriber  

ON THE VILLAGE OF BABYLON WEBSITE:

www.villageofbabylonny.gov 

ON TUESDAY,

MARCH 23, 2021

PRESENT:

Mayor Mary Adams

Trustee Robyn Silvestri

Trustee Dominic Bencivenga

Trustee Frank Seibert

Trustee Anthony Cardali

Attorney Gerard Glass

Regular meeting of the Board of Trustees opened at 8:05 p.m.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Trustee Seibert.

On the motion of Mayor Adams, seconded by Trustee Seibert and unanimously carried, it was

RESOLVED to approve the minutes of the March 9, 2021 regular meeting of the Board of Trustees and dispense with the reading of the same.

The Village Clerk read the letter from the Fire Department dated March 17, 2021:

At the regular monthly meeting of the Fire Council held March 16, 2021, the Fire Council took the following actions and we await your approval:

Placed on Sick Leave:

            Sean White effective February 24, 2021

Removed from Sick Leave with Medical Clearance:

            Christopher O’Shea effective February 25, 2021

            Kevin Kelland effective March 1, 2021

            Richard Oehrlein effective March 5, 2021

Added to Drivers List

            William Tillinghast Jr. – Unit 1-2-7

On the motion of Trustee Bencivenga, seconded by Trustee Cardali and unanimously carried, it was

RESOLVED to hire the following as part-time starters at the golf course effective March 29, 2021:

            Robert Adam                          Peter Montalbano                   

            Bill Burke                               Tom Romann

            Linda Burke                            Vincent Padula                                  

            Frederick Butler                      David Sheehan

            William Doxey                       John Ziegelmeier

            Robert Mayo

On the motion of Trustee Bencivenga, seconded by Trustee Cardali and unanimously carried, it was                                   

RESOLVED to set the fees for the Golf Course as indicated below, effective March 29, 2021.

            Residents                    $11.00 per 9-hole round

            Non-Residents            $15.00 per 9-hole round

Trustee Bencivenga commented that these are the rates that were charged in 2019 and we will be accepting credit cards again this year.

On the motion of Trustee Bencivenga, seconded by Trustee Cardali and unanimously carried, it was

RESOLVED to levy a special assessment against the real estate tax bill for the premises known as 24 Paumanake Avenue, Babylon, New York in the amount of $44,443.89 pursuant to Village Code §113-1(I) and the judgment under Index No. 612479/2019 in the Supreme Court decision of Justice Rouse entered October 15, 2020 in the case captioned Incorporated Village of Babylon v. Janet Goltz.

On the motion of Trustee Cardali, seconded by Trustee Bencivenga and unanimously carried, it was

RESOLVED to grant permission to Boy Scout Troop 1 to hold their weekly meetings at the Gazebo on Thursday evenings from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM, weather dependent, from March 18th to June 10th, 2021, following all COVID guidelines.  This permission is granted contingent upon timely receipt of the required certificates of insurance with the Village of Babylon listed as an additional insured, as well as a signed & notarized hold harmless agreement.

On the motion of Trustee Cardali, seconded by Trustee Bencivenga and unanimously carried, it was

RESOLVED to grant permission to St. Joseph’s Church to conduct the annual ‘Stations of the Cross’ around Argyle Lake on Good Friday, April 2nd, 2021, between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM, following all COVID guidelines.  This permission is granted contingent upon timely receipt of the required certificates of insurance with the Village of Babylon listed as an additional insured, as well as a signed & notarized hold harmless agreement.

On the motion of Trustee Cardali, seconded by Trustee Bencivenga and unanimously carried, it was

RESOLVED to correct the resolution dated March 9, 2021 regarding the public hearing to be held April 13, 2021; this hearing will be to consider the adoption of proposed Local Law 3 of 2021, regarding No Bike Zones.  [The original resolution indicated proposed Local Law 4 of 2021].

Trustee Cardali commented that we should be on board to open the pool this year on the last day of school.  Registration begins in May; more details should be available by the next meeting.

On the motion of Trustee Silvestri, seconded by Trustee Seibert and unanimously carried, it was

RESOLVED to grant permission to the Bicycle Advisory Committee to host Bike Belmont, a community group ride from the Park Avenue tennis courts, around Belmont Lake, and back, on Saturday, May 8th, 2021, from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM, following all COVID guidelines.  The Babylon Bike Shop will sponsor a complimentary bike safety check-up tent prior to the ride for all participants.  All participants will be required to sign the Village activity waiver.

And, it was

ALSO RESOLVED to grant permission to the Bicycle Advisory Committee to maintain temporary signs throughout the Village to advertise this event.

On the motion of Trustee Silvestri, seconded by Trustee Seibert and unanimously carried, it was

RESOLVED to grant permission to the Bicycle Advisory Committee to host a Bike Rodeo for students in grades 4 through 6 on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Park Avenue basketball courts, following all COVID guidelines.  The Bike Rodeo will be in collaboration with the Long Island Coalition for Transportation Safety supported by Long Island Transit Solutions, and will include a safety talk and bicycle obstacle course.  All participants will be required to sign the Village activity waiver.

On the motion of Trustee Silvestri, seconded by Trustee Seibert and unanimously carried, it was

RESOLVED to grant permission to the Long Island Youth Club to canvass/fundraise in the Village from 11:00 a.m. to Sundown on the following weekends, provided all COVID guidelines are followed:

Saturday, May 22nd, 2021 (rain date: Sunday, May 23rd)

Saturday July 31st, 2021 (rain date:  Sunday, August 1st)

On the motion of Trustee Silvestri, seconded by Trustee Seibert and unanimously carried, it was

RESOLVED to approve the following warrant for March 23, 2021:

            General Account:                           $ 194,136.59

            TOTAL GENERAL FUND:              $ 194,136.59

            Trust Fund:                                      $     2,341.69

                        TOTAL:                                           $ 196,478.28

Trustee Silvestri congratulated the Board members recently elected and commented that Mayor Adams made history as the first female Mayor in Babylon Village history, which is especially fitting during women’s history month.

Trustee Silvestri also mentioned the new Village website, www.villageofbabylonny.gov, is now up and running,

On the motion of Trustee Seibert, seconded by Trustee Silvestri and unanimously carried, it was

RESOLVED to hire Anthony Bozymowski as a full-time sanitation laborer with an annual salary of $29,120 effective February 22, 2021.

On the motion of Trustee Seibert, seconded by Trustee Silvestri and unanimously carried, it was

RESOLVED to grant permission to the Babylon Village Chamber of Commerce to hold the following 2021 events with COVID precautions, including sidewalk access and street closures, as per the attached list updated March 23, 2021.  This permission is granted contingent upon timely receipt of required Certificates of Insurance with the Village of Babylon listed as an additional insured, as well as signed and notarized hold harmless agreements, from the Chamber of Commerce and any vendors that participate.

Chamber

2021 Events

Date / Time

Special Requests

Spring Shop & Dine

April 10, 2021

11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

(rain date 4/17)

-Street Closures-

   Deer Park Ave. from Main St. 

   to Park Ave.

-Restaurants will use metal 

  barricades to set up outside of

  their storefront

“Mom’s Day to Play”

May 1, 2021

Promoting shopping & dining specials ahead of Mother’s Day; shoppers will enter to win a “spa day” gift basket

Spring Fling Arts & Music Festival / Sidewalk Chalk Contest

May 15, 2021

11:00 AM to 6:00 PM

(rain date 5/22)

-Street Closures-

   Deer Park Ave. from Main St. 

   to Park Ave.

-Restaurants will use metal 

  barricades to set up outside of storefront

Pride Parade

June 13th, 2021

Parade will take 45-60 minutes, depending on number of vehicles; assistance from Code Enforcement for duration of parade.

Summer Sundays

June 13, 2021

July 18, 2021

August 15, 2021

September 19, 2021

NOON to 7:00 PM

-Street Closures-

   Deer Park Ave. from Main St. 

   to Park Ave.

Babylon Summer Masquerade

(Events will involve best decorated mask contests to promote mask wearing)

July 8 (rain date 7/15)

July 22 (rain date 7/29)

August 5 (rain date 8/12)

August 19 (rain date 8/26)

-Street Closures-

   Deer Park Ave. from Main St. 

   to Park Ave.

-Restaurants will use metal 

  barricades to set up outside of

  their storefront

“Chinese Auction” Fundraiser at

Babylon Village Pool

August 25, 2021

7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Tickets limited for crowd control pertaining to COVID restrictions. Guests can enjoy concessions and

live music.

Shopping Crawl

October 3, 2021

Fall Harvest Festival

October 16, 2021

11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

(rain date 10/23)

-Street Closures-

   Deer Park Ave. from Main St. 

   to Park Ave.

-Restaurants will use metal 

  barricades to set up outside of

  their storefront

Safe Halloween

Trick or Treat

October 30, 2021

Outdoor trick or treat with children’s entertainment on the sidewalk; throughout the Village; possible children’s outdoor concert at Conklin House

Street Closure from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM during the majority of trick-or-treating time.

Small Business Saturday

November 27, 2021

Old Fashioned Night of Shopping

December 3, 2021

(rain date 12/10)

-Street Closures-

   Deer Park Ave. from Main St. 

   to Park Ave.

 Santa Parade

Gingerbread Contest

(American Legion Hall)

December 12, 2021

Additional Chamber Special Requests:

-          Sidewalk access for all event weekends listed above

-          Sidewalk access every Saturday from Memorial Day to Labor Day

-          Sidewalk access every weekend in December

-          Red Meter Bags in place from November 27 (Small Business Saturday) to New Year’s

Mayor Adams thanked the Chamber of Commerce and restaurant committee for a great meeting today.  Everyone came with the common interest of what is in the best interest of the Village.  They stepped up to the plate and agreed to absorb the overtime costs for the Village employees for many of these events, much like the Babylon Beautification Society does.

On the motion of Trustee Seibert, seconded by Trustee Silvestri and unanimously carried, it was

RESOLVED to give the Poll Inspectors on the attached list who worked the Village Election held on March 16, 2021, an additional $10 compensation.

On the motion of Mayor Adams, seconded by Trustee Seibert and unanimously carried, it was

RESOLVED to appoint Matthew T. McDonough as Deputy Village Attorney at a rate of $75,000 annually prorated, until the Village Annual Organizational meeting on April 5, 2021.  Village Attorney Gerard Glass will continue to serve until this date.

The Board all thanked Gerard Glass for his years of excellent service to the Village and wished him well.  They welcomed new Village Attorney Matthew Mc Donough.

Mayor Adams made the following comments:

-        The budget for the 2021-22 fiscal year was received by the Village Clerk from the Village Treasurer on March 19, 2021, and has been presented to the Board by the Village Clerk. 

-        The annual budget hearing will be held at 7:00 PM on Monday, April 5, 2021 via video conference and can be viewed on the Village Facebook page and on the Village website, www.villageofbabylonny.gov  

Questions and comments concerning the tentative budget can be emailed to: babylonbudget@villageofbabylonny.gov

Immediately following the budget hearing, the annual organizational meeting will be held.

-       Village offices will close at Noon on Good Friday, April 2, 2021.

With the upcoming Passover and Easter holidays, Mayor Adams wished all a happy holiday and reminded everyone to continue to wear masks, social distance, wash hands, and stay safe.

The meeting adjourned at 8:34 p.m.

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Village Clerk

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