Village opens bids for tennis court repairs

   The Village of Caledonia opened the bids received for the repair of the Washburn Park tennis courts. Bids ranged between $19,449 and $22,900 from three different companies. The cost of the repairs will be shared with Caledonia-Mumford Central School, whose tennis teams practice and hold their home tennis matches at the courts. The board requested that Chris Buckley, water and street supervisor, review the low bid prior to the board accepting it.

   The board also opened sealed bids for the upcoming water abandonment project, which will effectively terminate the village’s local water supply and treatment system when the contract with Monroe County Water Authority is finalized and their water begins to flow through Caledonia pipes. Bids for the work ranged between $42,793 and $85,195. The village received a $100 thousand grant from the state to offset the cost of decommissioning the village’s local water system and the change to MCWA.

   The Code Enforcement Officer reported that he would begin inspecting multi-family buildings within the village. No building permits have been issued; he has issued junk car and rubbish clean up notices.

   Caledonia Police Department Sergeant in Charge David Richardson reported on February activity, which included domestic violence calls, traffic violation stops, and executing court ordered bench warrants. Richardson said the village would purchase new bullet-proof vests for police officers using federal grant money to fund half of the cost. CPD entered into a lease agreement to park off-duty vehicles at the new location of Genesee Valley Emergency Medical Services.

Other Board Business

   The board will adopt an employee internet and cell phone policy to fulfill a mandate of the village insurance company. A street vendor received approval from the village board to sell chicken barbecue dinners on weekends from his mobile trailer, which he plans to park at the entrance to Caledonia Commons parking lot. The vendor agreed to not sell on any days when local not-for-profit organizations are holding similar fundraisers.

   A resident requested that the board contact the NYSDOT regarding the parking regulations along Main Street. Mayor Joe Caluorie said he is planning to meet with DOT officials to discuss the unsafe conditions for motorists and pedestrians at Soldiers’ Monument, that resulted from the DOT instituted change in traffic flow.

   The chairperson of the Caledonia Fire Department Parade and Field Days outlined their plans for the two-day event, to be held at the fairgrounds on Leicester Street. A parade down State and Main Streets to the fairgrounds kicks off the event, which includes games, entertainment, food and live music on June 26 and 27, 2009. Mayor Caluorie said the board is available to help in any way possible.

   Caluorie announced that the village received notice from the regional DEC office that the water plans have been tentatively approved in Albany. The mayor called this information, "The closest we’ve been to getting this water change accomplished." He was optimistic that process would now move along to completion of the change from local water to Monroe County water.

   The board is holding Sunday budget workshops at the village office. These workshops are open to the public.