FORESTVILLE - The Forestville Village Board is looking for a way out of the woods - literally.
During Tuesday's village board meeting, the board heard a presentation from Forecon Forestry/ Timberland Realty on service it can offer the board dealing with its property in Arkwright.
The property holds the springs which previously supplied water to the village. The water project being undertaken by the village switches that water source to wells inside the village.
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Forecon Forestry representatives Brian Bullard (left) and Craig Vollmer presented a consulting services offer to the Forestville Village Board.
In an October committee meeting it was discussed that with the property no longer being visited regularly, it could become a liability. The value of the timber versus insurance and taxes was also weighed at that meeting.
At that meeting it was decided Forecon, a forestry consultant firm from Falconer, should come present to the board on its options.
Forecon representatives Brian Bullard and Craig Vollmer explained Forecon's and the village's long history, beginning in 1988.
Bullard said in 1988 and 2010, Forecon created forestry management plans for the village and in 1989, 1991, 1992 and 2001 the springs property was harvested. He said now it is resting, but in the past 20 years the amount of timber has doubled on the property.
Vollmer explained since Forecon opened in 1954, it has evolved to offer a variety of environmental conservation services including management of resources, timber sales, bid perspectives and property sales.
"As a natural resource management company, we have evolved over time to offer an expansive suite of services. ... We are a lot more than just forest and trees now," he said.
Vollmer explained Forecon employs certified experts and uses science in harvesting and in evaluating the market for sale of timber.
Bullard said Forecon expanded into real estate with Timberland Realty because the company found that its clients were underserved in this area. It specializes in timber property and recreation property sales.
Mayor Linda Aures asked that residents with any questions for Forecon put the questions in writing and drop them off at the village clerk's office or email them to email@example.com by Dec. 31. Aures said these will be compiled with the board's questions and sent to Forecon so they can send a formal reply.
Clerk Jim White after the meeting explained that the village board is looking into revenue sources from the property in order to offset the cost of a short-term bond anticipation note (BAN) issued by the village to pay for the demolition of a crumbling building in 2009. In November the board learned it has one year to pay off the $247,000 debt.
Attorney Michael Sullivan reported he spoke with state Senator Catharine Young about getting special legislation to extend the BAN payment. He said Young should get back to them by January and the board will need to decide by then how it would like to extend the loan terms - pay all in one budget period, or over several years.
Deputy Mayor Kevin Johnson reported work is still being dome on the water project. He said most of the lines are in and are being pressurized and tested and services are being completed. He said residents needing to update their pipes to code have been notified.
Johnson also set up an informational meeting for North Side out-of-village water customers including Bennett State Road for Dec. 19 at 6 p.m. in the village hall. He said the water project engineer, Sullivan and himself will be in attendance to explain forming a water district.
The village board will not have a second meeting in December and will next meet Jan. 14.