Silver Creek swears in two trustees

OBSERVER Photo by J.M. Lesinski Justice Anthony Pearl swears Trustees John Burt and Marv Cummings into office at this week’s Silver Creek Village Board meeting.

SILVER CREEK — The Silver Creek Village Board began its first meeting of the new year with the swearing in of two trustees.

John Burt was re-elected, while Marv Cummings was elected to his first term on the board.

“I just wanted to thank everyone for the kind words over the last couple months,” Cummings said, thanking the board and room for a warm welcome. “I look forward to working with everyone on the board, and the residents of Silver Creek.”

Both men will serve two-year terms.

Not often a presence seen at the board meetings, Judge Pearl made several comments on the current state of affairs in Silver Creek. “We’ve got a project going on where we’re going through old files of people who owe money, and there’s a lot of them,” Pearl stated. “What we can’t get, we’re trying to recover civilly.”

Mayor Jeffrey Hornburg made a special, official proclamation for Silver Creek School Choice Week shortly thereafter. The proclamation read as follows: “Whereas all children in Silver Creek should have access to the highest quality education possible, and whereas Silver Creek recognizes the important roles that an effective education plays in preparing all students in Silver Creek to be successful adults. Whereas quality education is critically important to the economic vitality of Silver Creek, whereas Silver Creek is home to a multitude of high quality public and non-public schools from which parents can choose for their children in addition to parents who educate children in their home, and whereas educational variety not only helps to diversify our economy, but also enhances the diversity of our community. Whereas Silver Creek has many high quality teaching professionals in all types of school settings who are committed to educating our children. Whereas School Choice Week is celebrated across the country, by millions of students, parents, educators, schools and organizations to raise awareness of the need for effective educational opinion. Now therefore, I, Jeffrey Hornburg, Mayor of the Village of Silver Creek, do hereby proclaim Jan. 20-26, 2019 as Silver Creek School Choice Week, and I call this observance to the attention of all of our citizens.”

Being the first meeting of the new year, a number of resolutions were passed by the board. The mayor approved Change Order No. 1 of the Sanitary Sewer Repairs Priority 3 contract between Kenyon Pipeline Inspection LLC and the Village of Silver Creek. The change order reduces the original contract of $944,050 by $17,347.56, resulting in a new contract price of $926,702.44.

The mayor signed Amendment No. 3 between the Village of Silver Creek and GHD Consulting Services Inc. to provide 2018 annual reporting evaluating the I&I reduction from the previous year as required by the NYSDEC for a lump sum of $10,000.

The regular village board meeting will continue to be held on the first and third Mondays of the month. In the event that a regular meeting falls on a holiday, the meeting will be held on the following Tuesday. In the event of a special meeting called by the mayor or trustees, every member of the village board must be informed of the time, date, location and subject of the meeting. Notice of the meeting shall be given to board members, the OBSERVER, and posted at the village municipal building at least 72 hours in advance.

The village board designated Community Bank NA and Evans Bank as the depository of all moneys received by the village treasurer, clerk, and receiver of taxes, while the fixed rate for mileage as reimbursement to village officials and employees who use their personal vehicles for their duties was quoted at $0.45 per mile for the new year. The mileage rate stays the same as it was last year.

In addition to the regular meeting, a brief workshop was conducted before the meeting, where board members discussed ongoing items to be addressed at future meetings. Mayor Hornburg had an update on the proposed buy-out of the village’s NYSEG contract by NY Power. “The numbers are changing because NYSEG was higher than anticipated.” Hornburg said of the situation.

Additionally, the board noted they’re considering hiring a working-supervisor for the DPW, and designated the OBSERVER as the official newspaper of the village of Silver Creek. The next board meeting will take place on Jan. 22 at 7 p.m.