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					MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL HELD THURSDAY, APRIL 3, 2003 AT CITY HALL

Present:

Mayor Ellen Polimeni, Councilmembers Michael Neiderbach, Richard Russell, Lori Rivet, Daniel Bray, Sarah Hamlin, Valentine Fenti and Keith Young Councilmember C. Marshall Seager

Absent: Also Present:

City Manager Stephen C. Cole, Assistant City Manager Kay James, Corporation Counsel Scott Smith, Clerk-Treasurer Laura Kay Wharmby

Mayor Polimeni called the meeting to order at 7:30 P.M. and asked for a moment of silence for all of the servicemen and servicewomen who are serving on our behalf, and also for all of their families, including local families and families from far away. Councilmember Rivet moved acceptance of the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of March 20, 2003. Councilmember Fenti seconded the motion, unanimously approved by Council. Recognition of Guests Mr. Robert Sherman of 95 Tillotson Street, addressed the Council and read the following proposal, entitled Our American Flag: “It is a symbol of Peace and Respect throughout the world. We are here tonight as Korean Veterans and a World War II Veteran to ask you as Leaders of our community to support a proposition to fly the American Flag at half staff until our Service men and women are through fighting the enemies of our great country. In this way you are showing respect and reverence for the men and women who have and will be giving the supreme sacrifice for us all. Further, we are asking you as our Community Leaders to encourage all citizens to show respect by flying their flags at half staff, when possible, and also ask everyone to place yellow ribbons on the front of their homes or business, on electric poles and trees to show our support for our troops throughout the world until all are returned home to their loved ones and us. REMEMBER: The Congress of the United States declared that anyone or group of people or community of people can decide whether to fly their American Flags at half staff for whatever reason as long as it is done respectfully.” Respectfully Requested By, Robert Sherman, Korean War Veteran, Ralph Calabrese, Korean War Veteran, Richard Reed, World War II Veteran. Mr. Ralph Calabrese addressed the Council and expressed his pride in the City Council because of the example they have set in the community, especially for the young people in the community. He said he had visited the community of Seneca Falls recently and that all flags were at half staff, and all the poles were lined with yellow ribbons. He said that he would like to see Canandaigua do something to show our young men and women that we do care, that we are proud of them, and that our prayers are with them. Mr. Calabrese also informed the Council that he has been asked to speak about the War in Iraq to the students of the Senior Academy and the Middle School, that he has done so, and that he was honored to be asked. Mr. Richard Reed addressed the Council and commented that there is a beautiful flag pole in the Mini Park which has a very small flag. He said that a regulation size flag can be placed on this pole and that the City already has a regulation size flag available. Mr. Cole said that he would take care of it. With regard to the issue of flying the American flag at half staff, Mr. Cole said that he understands the motive of the proposal, but that whenever he sees a flag at half staff, he thinks of mourning. He said that he feels flying the flag at full staff shows pride. Mr. Sherman said that flying flags at half staff shows support for those who have given their lives and those who will give their lives in the war. There followed discussion with several Councilmembers, including Councilmembers Russell, Fenti, Bray, and Rivet expressing support for flying the flags at half staff for one or two days per

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week. Councilmember Bray said that he would like to see lots of flags flying, whether at half staff or full staff. Councilmember Bray moved that City Council approve the proposal as presented by Robert Sherman, Richard Calabrese, and Richard Reed, and as read by Robert Sherman. Councilmember Young seconded the motion. Councilmember Rivet suggested amending the motion to accept the proposal, with the condition that flags be flown at half staff on Mondays. Councilmember Hamlin seconded the amendment to the motion. She also encouraged people to place yellow ribbons on poles and trees. Mr. Sal Pietropaolo, BID Manager, addressed the Council and said that flags have been flying on the median on South Main Street and that the merchants have made a concerted effort to fly flags in front of their stores. Councilmember Neiderbach said that he would vote against the amendment as he feels the flags should be flown at half mast all the time, not just one day a week. Role call was read with regard to the amendment to the motion and the amendment carried 6-2 with Councilmembers Neiderbach and Bray voting No. Mayor Polimimeni noted that if the motion is passed, people could still fly their flags at half mast whenever they choose. Role call was read with regard to the amended motion and the motion carried unanimously (8-0). Mr. Joel Freeman addressed the Commission and requested that the City take action to ban the use of herbicides, insecticides, or any lawn chemicals on any City property, and also to encourage homeowners and businesses to do likewise. He discussed several reasons why this should be done, noting how dangerous the chemicals are for children and animals, and that the City could set an example for the rest of the community. He noted that such chemicals are dangerous even after the initial twenty-four hour period after application. Mr. Freeman said that weeds and dandelions can be removed from lawns by hand, and even though it is a lot of work, it is worth it environmentally. He cited examples of chemicals in common usage which are very dangerous, and statistics of people who have suffered from acute reactions to poisoning from lawn chemicals, and incidents of cancer and birth defects from exposure to a chemical called 24D. Mr. Freeman asked the City to at least try banning chemicals from City property for at least a year and then possibly considering passing a City Ordinance with regard to this issue. Mayor Polimeni said that this issue has been discussed in Council in previous years and asked Mr. Cole to speak to this issue. Mr. Cole said that it is his understanding that the City does not use insecticides on its property, but that perhaps some herbicides are used on a limited basis, and that chemical fertilizers are used. He said he would find out what products are used and let Mr. Freeman know. Mayor Polimeni asked Mr. Cole to also report his findings to the Environmental Committee which can discuss this issue. Mr. Freeman asked the Council to also encourage the community not to use the products discussed. Mr. Russell noted that the next Environmental Committee meeting will be on Thursday, April 10th . Councilmember Bray suggested that the Cornell Cooperative Extension may have information with regard to alternatives available, such as organic products which can be used on lawns. Committee Reports

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Councilmember Russell noted that at the next Environmental Committee Meeting on April 10th, the agenda will include discussion of municipal power, outside lighting (Thad Chapin Street, in particular), Eastern Boulevard pedestrian crossing improvements (report from Lou Loy, Department of Public Works), Antis Street parking lot cleanup, and Special Events including the Bruce Bridgeman Memorial Run, the 4th of July celebration, the Crossman 5K Run, and the Canandaigua Triathlon. He said he would add the issue of herbicide use in the City to the agenda. Mr. Cole noted that Youth Council is ready to go forward also. Councilmember Neiderbach noted that at the last Planning Committee Meeting, discussion took place with regard to the Lagoon Park design issues, housing and home ownership, rental properties, and the Uniform Docking and Mooring Law, which will be introduced tonight. He noted that the Committee is still working on an agenda for the next Committee meeting. There was no Finance Committee Report. Councilmember Bray said that the Ordinance Committee has not met since the last Council meeting but will be meeting Tuesday, April 8th, at 7:30 p.m. at the Hurley Building. He said that the following items will be discussed: Sidewalk issues (sidewalks on both sides of streets), Right-of-Way parking ordinance, North Street traffic signal, a rezoning request for 168 Niagara Street (antique shop property), an MU-3 rezoning request (minor tweak for a small parcel of property), North Main Street speeding policy, and sidewalk cafes for Main Street and the Lakefront. Councilmember Bray said that the Joint Recreation Committee will meet on April 23 rd at the Town Hall, and will discuss the new Town park behind the Civic Center, the Summer Day Camp Program, and the trails system. Resolutions Councilmember Hamlin read a resolution and moved its adoption. seconded the motion, unanimously approved by Council. Resolution #2003-035 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CONTRACT AWARD AND THE PAHMENT FOR THE ANNUAL SUPPLY OF POLYHYDROXOSULFATOALUMINUM CHLORIDE (PAC) FOR USE AT THE WATER TREATMENT FACILITY WHEREAS, bids were opened on March 18, 2003, for the annual purchase of Polyhydroxosulfatoaluminum Chloride (PAC) for use at the Water Treatment Facility; and WHEREAS, one bid was received for this proprietary chemical; and WHEREAS, funding for the purchase of this chemical is included in the 2003 Water Treatment Facility Program Budget; and WHEREAS, it is the recommendation of the Public Works Director and the Water Treatment Facility Chief Operator to award a purchase contract to Eaglebrook, Inc. to supply Polyhydroxosulfatoaluminum Chloride (PAC) at a delivered unit price of $.165 per liquid pound; NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council hereby authorizes the City Manager to execute a contract to award and process payment, upon deliveries, for the annual purchase of Polyhydroxosulfatoaluminum Chloride (PAC) at $.165 per liquid pound to Eaglebrook, Inc., 4801 Southwick Drive, Matteson, Illinois, 60443. Councilmember Young asked City Manager Stephen Cole if there was enough money budgeted for this, given the increase in cost. Mr. Cole answered yes. Councilmember Young read a resolution and moved its adoption. seconded the motion, unanimously approved by Council. Resolution #2003-036 Councilmember Bray Councilmember Rivet

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A RESOLUTION AWARDING A SERVICE CONTRACT FOR CONCESSIONS AT KERSHAW PARK

WHEREAS, Paulette Katchmar, the sole operator of the Kershaw Park concession facility since 1999, has expressed the interest and desire to continue the operation of the concession at Kershaw Park; and WHEREAS, pursuant to the 2003 Service Contract for Concessions at Kershaw Park, page 1, “Payment”, Ms. Katchmar shall pay the City of Canandaigua two installments of $1,250 each to be paid on May 5th and July 7th; and WHEREAS, pursuant to the Request for Proposals for the Operation of a Food Service Concession at Kershaw Park (October 2001), page 3, “License Renewal”, the City grants the Licensee the option to renew this license for two (2) successive beach seasons, with terms to be negotiated; and WHEREAS, the Finance Committee, at its October 22nd, 2002 meeting reviewed and recommended that Paulette Katchmar again be awarded the service contract for the operation and maintenance of a food concession facility at Kershaw Park; NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of Canandaigua does hereby authorize the City Manager to execute a contract for the exclusive food service rights at the Kershaw Park Bathhouse for the summer season of 2003 to Paulette Katchmar for the price of $2,500. Councilmember Bray asked if there was an issue with regard to insurance this year, noting that this has been a problem in the past. Clerk Treasurer Kay Wharmby said that given the limited number of customers and the limited number of products involved, Ms. Katchmar is able to afford the insurance. Councilmember Fenti read a resolution and moved its adoption. seconded the motion, unanimously approved by Council. Councilmember Hamlin

RESOLUTION #2003-037 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING USE OF THE CANANDAIGUA CITY PIER BY THE ROTARY CLUB

WHEREAS, the Canandaigua Rotary Club has requested the use of Canandaigua City Pier on Saturday, July 26, 2003 for their Rotary Pier Dance; and WHEREAS, the purpose of the Rotary Club's Pier Dance and related activities is to raise money for charity; and WHEREAS, the Canandaigua Rotary Club, with regards to the City Pier Dance, have met the insurance requirements of the City of Canandaigua for this event; and WHEREAS, the Environmental Committee reviewed and approved this event at their March 13, 2003 meeting; NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the City Council of the City of Canandaigua that the Canandaigua Rotary Club is hereby authorized to close off and use the City Pier on July 26, 2003 from 4:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. for the Rotary Pier Dance and shall adhere to any regulations that the City Manager and the City Police Department may establish to insure the health and safety of the Canandaigua residents throughout this event; and

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BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that such approval shall apply only if the following conditions are met: 1. 2. The Rotary Club properly notifies the property owners on the City Pier. The Rotary Club provides adequate supervision and law enforcement during this event. 3. The Rotary Club completely cleans the City Pier at the end of the day's events or by early morning of Sunday, July 27, 2003. Mr. Scott Kesel of the Canandaigua Rotary Club addressed the Council spoke of the event, noting that the event has been streamlined and made simpler, and is considered a gift to the community. Councilmember Bray asked how the Rotary Club will handle boats docking at the pier for the event. Mr. Kesel said that it would not be allowed. Councilmember Fenti made an amendment to the Resolution that the grills will be located as far south on the Pier as practical (to be added as condition #4). Councilmember Russell seconded the amendment which carried unanimously by Council, on a voice vote. Mayor Polimeni noted that a soccer tournament will be held in Canandaigua on the same weekend. Councilmember Hamlin asked if the law enforcement to be provided for this event will consist of City Police or private enforcement. Mr. Cole said that the City will require that the Rotary Club monitor the event and work with the City. Councilmember Russell read a resolution and moved its adoption. Councilmember Hamlin seconded the motion, unanimously approved by Council. RESOLUTION #2003-038 A RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF THE REFORM OF BROWNFIELDS LEGISLATION WHEREAS, New York is the last formerly industrialized state in the northeast to adopt into law a program designed to provide liability relief and expedited cleanups at contaminated “brownfield” sites despite last year’s passage of the federal 2002 Brownfields Revitalization Act; and WHEREAS, New York’s Superfund law should not be more stringent than federal law; and WHEREAS, New York’s municipalities, particularly its formerly industrialized cities, are burdened with brownfield sites, and often find it necessary to step into title to encourage economic revitalization of these sites and the surrounding area, or to prevent existing businesses from fleeing the area; and WHEREAS, once a city steps into title on a brownfield site, the city becomes a “responsible party” under current state law, and is treated as the polluter; and WHEREAS, New York’s cities need protection from environmental liability in order to promote economic development in their portion of the state; and WHEREAS, legislation has been proposed that would exempt New York municipalities from environmental liability when they step into title, voluntarily or involuntarily, to address the problems associated with brownfield sites in their community, would provide additional financial assistance to municipalities, and would also encourage the private sector to address these sites directly through economic incentives such as tax credits and a streamlined process with cleanup “end points” and liability releases at the end of the process, and would relax the Superfund process mandated for this program under existing state law; and WHEREAS, the New York Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials (NYCOM) is lobbying in support of such legislation that would encourage Brownfield remediation and economic development, voluntary cleanup of contaminated property, and environmental restoration through reform of existing legislation;

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NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Canandaigua City Council hereby urges the adoption of Brownfields Reform legislation; and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution shall be sent to NYCOM and to New York State Senator Dale Volker and Assemblyman Brian Kolb. Councilmember Bray asked if the City Manager would explain what brownfields are for those people who don’t know. Mr. Cole said that brownfields are areas that have been contaminated in some way, usually from an industrial use and may be toxic and unsafe. He added that the area could be very active and productive but still listed as a brownfield site. Mr. Bray said that he understands the legislation, but asked how the site gets cleaned up; for example, if the City takes title of the site; is it the responsibility of the person who buys the site? Mr. Cole answered that it works in different ways; that, outside of New York State, sometimes a community or county takes over the site with the idea that the community or county has better access to federal and state money to clean up the site. They would then clean up the site and try to sell it. He said that private companies can do that too, but many times, the legislation says that it is your problem and you should spend your own money to clean it up. Mayor Polimeni said that many of the questions about brownfield legislation right now refer to what level of clean up should be mandated, and the idea is to indicate the level of clean up depends on the use of the site. For example, she said, a site that will be a parking lot may have a different level of clean up than a residential area. Councilmember Bray read a resolution and moved its adoption. seconded the motion, unanimously approved by Council. Resolution #2003-039 A RESOLUTION CREATING LIENS UPON CERTAIN CITY PROPERTIES FOR WATER, SEWER AND CODE ENFORCEMENT ARREARS WHEREAS, Chapter 14.18 of the City of Canandaigua Charter and Section 452.4 of the General Municipal Law authorizes the creation of property tax liens for delinquent water and sewer charges; and WHEREAS, Chapter 4.20.040 B of the City of Canandaigua Municipal Code authorizes the creation of tax liens for delinquent charges for services performed by the City of Canandaigua Code Enforcement Department; and WHEREAS, at this date several such outstanding invoices in arrears exist on the City records which are detailed in the attached statement; and WHEREAS, the property owners on the attached list have been notified of the delinquent charges by the City of Canandaigua Clerk/Treasurer’s Office, NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the City Council of the City of Canandaigua that there are hereby created liens on the properties listed on the attached statement, and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that said liens shall be added to the City’s tax roll and enforced in the same manner as other City taxes. Councilmember Neiderbach asked Mr. Cole how long the property taxes on the list have been delinquent. Mr. Cole answered one year. He said that in most cases, people who are delinquent work out a payment plan with the City, but sometimes, people do not honor that plan and then are placed on the list. Councilmember Bray asked Mr. Cole what the impact of the liens are; is the property taken by the City if the liens are not paid. Mr. Cole said yes, that eventually it could come to that point. Councilmember Hamlin noted that she rents property that is listed, but that she pays her water bill. She asked how someone would rectify that. Mr. Cole said that it is tied to the property, and it is the responsibility of the owner to pay it. He suggested that she see the Clerk Treasurer about her situation. Councilmember Neiderbach read a resolution and moved its adoption. seconded the motion. Councilmember Fenti Councilmember Neiderbach

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City Council Minutes Resolution #2003-040 A RESOLUTION DETERMINING THE ENVIRONMENTAL SIGNIFICANCE OF PROPOSED LOCAL LAW # 2003-002

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WHEREAS, the City Council has reviewed the Environmental Assessment Form (EAF) for the proposed Local Law #2003-002, the Canandaigua Lake Uniform Docking and Mooring Law, has identified the relevant areas of environmental concern, and has taken a hard look at these areas of concern; and WHEREAS, upon review of the information recorded on the EAF regarding project impacts and consideration of both the magnitude and importance of each impact, it is reasonably determined that the project will result in no major adverse impacts and, therefore, will not cause significant damage to the environment; NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Canandaigua City Council that the City Council determines that the proposed Local Law #2003-002, the Canandaigua Lake Uniform Docking and Mooring Law, will not have a significant effect on the environment, and directs that the attached SEQR Negative Declaration be filed in accordance with the requirements of the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act. Scott Smith, Corporation Counsel, said that the first time that the City and the surrounding Towns adopted a Uniform Docking and Mooring Law, covering the entire perimeter of Canandaigua Lake, it involved a significant amount of work on his part because it involved a lot of meetings and coordination with the other municipalities and attorneys. He said that there was a significant interest of the City of Canandaigua, to be protected with regard to such a law because of the City Pier. Mr. Smith said that this local law must be carefully drafted in order to protect those interests, and in his view, the above draft has significant deficiencies that must be addressed. He suggested the draft go back to staff and committee to work out the deficiencies, noting that the law must be coordinated with every other local law adopted by every other municipality surrounding the lake. Mayor Polimeni suggested tabling the resolution to allow time to rework the draft. Councilmember Russell moved to table Resolution #2003-040. Councilmember Rivet seconded the motion, approved by voice vote. Mayor Polimeni stated that the next resolution deals with fixing a time and place for a public hearing and that it was going to be scheduled for the April 17th meeting. However, she said, it is her understanding there may not be a meeting on the 17th and therefore, determined not to introduce Resolution #2003-41. Councilmember Rivet read a resolution and moved its adoption. Councilmember Fenti seconded the motion, unanimously approved by Council. RESOLUTION #2003-042 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE IMPLEMENTATION, AND FUNDING IN THE FIRST INSTANCE 100% OF THE FEDERAL AID-ELIGIBLE COSTS, OF A TRANSPORTATION FEDERAL-AID PROJECT, TO FULLY FUND THE LOCAL SHARE OF FEDERAL-AID ELIGIBLE AND INELIGIBLE PROJECT COSTS, AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR. (Lagoon Walk) WHEREAS, a Project for the City of Canandaigua Lagoon Walk, P.1.N.4760.19 (the ''Project'') is eligible for funding under Title 23 U.S. Code, as amended, that calls for the apportionment of the costs such program to be borne at the ratio of 65% Federal funds and 35% non-federal funds; and WHEREAS, the City of Canandaigua desires to advance the above project by making a commitment of 100% of the federal and non-federal share of the costs of Preliminary Engineering, and Construction Inspection/supervision. NOW, THEREFORE, the City Council, duly convened does hereby

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RESOLVE, that the City Council hereby approves the above-subject project; and it is hereby further RESOLVED, that the City Council hereby authorizes the City Manager to pay in the first instance 100% of the federal and non-federal share of the cost of Preliminary Engineering, and Construction Inspection/supervision work for the Project or portions thereof; and it is further RESOLVED, that the sum of $719,983 is hereby appropriated from City of Canandaigua and made available to cover the cost of participation in the above phase of the Project; and it is further RESOLVED, that in the event the full federal and non-federal share costs of the project exceeds the amount appropriated above, the City Council shall convene as soon as possible to appropriate said excess amount immediately upon the notification by the New York State Department of Transportation thereof, and it is further RESOLVED, that the City Manager of the City of Canandaigua be and is hereby authorized to execute all necessary Agreements, certifications or reimbursement requests for Federal Aid on behalf of the City of Canandaigua with the New York State Department of Transportation in connection with the advancement or approval of the Project and providing for the administration of the Project and the municipality's first instance funding of Project costs and permanent funding of the local share of federal-aid-eligible Project costs and all Project costs within appropriations therefore that are not so eligible, and it is further RESOLVED, that a certified copy of this resolution be filed with the New York State Commissioner of Transportation by attaching it to any necessary Agreement in connection with the Project, and it is further RESOLVED, this Resolution shall take effect immediately.

Managers Report Mr. Cole reported that the City is moving forward with the marketing of the Muar House for one more month with McMillan Realty, as discussed in the workshop held earlier this week. Also, he said, the portico project is moving forward and will begin next Monday, noting that this project will have a significant impact on City Hall as the parking lot will be off limits beginning Monday and continuing through August. Mr. Cole said that he met with the contractor for the project and explained to him that although this is a small project with regard to size and money, it is a huge project for the City considering the importance of this building to the community. He said that he asked the contractor to take great caution with the project Mr. Cole said that the Comprehensive Plan has now been reduced to CD and copies will be delivered to the Councilmembers tomorrow. Mr. Cole said that the Council in general is very interested in pedestrian improvements and in conjunction with the Strategic Plan, the City has invited Dan Burden, a “guru” of pedestrian “walkability” to come to our community during the first week in June. He said the cost of that would be $1,500 plus expenses, with the idea that he would come on a Sunday afternoon and take some time to walk around with us, and on Monday he would take part in a public meeting to tell us what we need to do. Mr. Cole said that the Genesee Regional Transportation Authority has received funding to bring in a group of people who specialize in “walkability” (trained in the program developed by Mr. Bergen). He said that the GRTA has chosen Ontario County to host these people and the visit will take place in Canandaigua. He said that this visit will take place on May 8th, in the morning, and will be directed more towards professionals and elected officials. He said that what is being discussed now is asking these people to stay and do the presentation that we were going to ask Mr. Burden to do. Also, he said, for a cost of $400, they would come back that evening and do a public presentation. The other part of this is that the people will come on a Saturday and do whatever the City wants them to do, whether it be a public presentation or having them walk around in certain areas. Mr. Cole said that he would suggest taking advantage of the group to be brought in by the GRTA rather than having Mr. Burden visit. He asked how the Council felt about this, and whether they would want to do the Saturday event (May 10th) with this group. He noted that that date is also the date of an Environmental Committee meeting. Mayor Polimeni said that she would support going with the group sponsored by the Genesee Regional Transportation Authority; that it would be a good idea. She also said she would not have a problem with agreeing to both the May 8th date and the May 10th date.

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Councilmember Hamlin agreed, and asked Mr. Cole what he envisions would happen on Saturday. Mr. Cole said that different places in the community would be visited, set up in advance. For example, he said, the group could go to the intersection of Main Street and Routes 5&20, and the experts could give the City some ideas of things that could be done there. He added that members of the public could be invited to participate. He said that certain areas could be identified as having a need for improvement. Mayor Polimeni asked if there would be a chance of the group meeting with the Joint Recreation Group. Mr. Cole said that could be arranged with the group. Councilmember Russell said that he would support the two dates with the group, but would not want to give up the Environmental Committee meeting on the 10th of May. Councilmember Bray said that he thinks it would be a good idea to involve the Town of Canandaigua because there are a lot of common borders between the Town and the City, and there will be a new Town park. He asked if problem areas would be the emphasis or would new ideas in certain neighborhoods be the focus. He suggested that both issues be incorporated into the visit. Mr. Cole noted that several people would not be able to attend the April 17th City Council meeting and recommended that the meeting be canceled. Councilmember Rivet moved to cancel the April 17th City Council meeting. Councilmember Fenti seconded the motion, unanimously approved by Council. Mayor Polimeni noted that the next meeting would then be on May 1st, and that Cindy Vanderlee, the Prevention Specialist from Canandaigua Academy will attend and present the data that has been received regarding the drug and alcohol survey given to the high school and middle school students.

Miscellaneous Councilmember Russell asked if it was possible to forward the document presented tonight with regard to the American flag issue to the County Board of Supervisors. Mayor Polimeni said that it is her feeling the three veterans present tonight may be presenting their document to the County. City Treasurer Kay Wharmby said that she would check into that. Councilmember Hamlin asked Mr. Cole if he could update the Council on City crosswalks. Mr. Cole discussed ideas to help people comply with the new law which requires drivers to stop for pedestrians crossing streets at crosswalks, noting that several police tickets have already been given out to those who have not complied with the law. He noted that flexible signs would be placed in the middle of the two lanes between April 15th through November 15th of each year. Also, he said, the City will be recommending removing three crosswalks, two of the three in front of the YMCA, and one near Byrne Dairy, and moving a crosswalk next to Coy Street to the south corner of Coy Street, for better visibility. Mr. Russell suggested providing the flexible signs for the crosswalks near the YMCA and the Churches. Mr. Cole said the signs will be offered to those organizations. Mr. Bray asked if there has been any discussion on making the traffic signal at Phelps Street and South Main Street an active signal so the crosswalk there can become functional some day. Mr. Cole said that the Director of Public Works recently reminded the DOT that they were going to look at this intersection this spring with regard to making the signal a three light intersection. Hopefully, he said, the City will receive an answer to this issue soon. He also informed the Council that the DOT will install a left turn arrow for people traveling south on Main Street at the Ontario Street intersection, this summer. Mr. Bray said that this type of signal should also be considered for the Main Street/Chapel Street/Buffalo Street intersection. Councilmember Fenti said, with regard to drivers stopping at crosswalks, people should be reminded that both lanes of traffic should stop and pedestrians should be aware that both lanes of traffic do not always stop.

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Councilmember Bray noted that the March 31st deadline for the New York State Pension Plan figures has passed, and asked if the figures are available, and also if there is anything known at the State level. Mr. Cole said that he did not have any firm figures, but that his belief is that the State Controller’s proposal that would limit it to 4.5% will be adopted, which would be a huge improvement for us. Mayor Polimeni said that NYCOM is confident it will be 4.5%, but the bigger concern is for next year, and something that will have to be considered in the Fall. Councilmember Rivet moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:03 P.M. Councilmember Fenti seconded the motion, unanimously approved by Council. ___________________________ Laura Kay Wharmby Clerk-Treasurer djb


				
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