Comptroller: Falconer Under No Fiscal Stress

FALCONER- The village of Falconer is not under any fiscal stress

During a recent meeting, Falconer officials discussed a letter from the New York State Comptroller’s office regarding a statewide monitoring system that would identify local governments experiencing fiscal stress.

The state comptroller’s office has developed a public fiscal stress monitoring system that provides feedback to counties, cities, towns, villages, school districts and citizens regarding the level of fiscal stress in which these entities are currently operating. The village of Falconer’s annual update document was reviewed and, as of Dec. 31, 2013, the village was classified as “no designation” with a score of 0 percent – which means Falconer is under no fiscal stress. The village board reviewed the report and congratulated and thanked the village staff.

In other news, there will be an annual villagewide clean-up set for May 17. Volunteers will report to the fire hall at 115 Davis St. beginning at 9 a.m. to receive a designated area to clean. Participants should bring their own gloves, rakes and shovels; garbage bags are provided. The Falconer Fire Department Auxiliary will serve a light lunch to the volunteers beginning at 11:30 a.m.

“It takes a village working together to spruce up the downtown after this very long winter,” Mayor David Krieg said. “The village board thanks the village staff, the fire department personnel, the fire department auxiliary, the Falconer Business Association, local service and youth organizations, teachers and students from Falconer School District and the village of Falconer Beatification Committee for all the planning and work that goes into this yearly event.”

The village clean-up of Main Street began as a project of the Falconer Lions Club many years ago and developed into a communitywide event under the direction of the late Mayor Abe Mattison.

Frank LaMarca, commander of Henry Mosher Post 638 American Legion in Falconer, updated the board on the legion’s plans for a veterans’ memorial in Davis Park during February’s meeting.

“Little by little, we will be putting together a memorial park in our veterans’ name,” LaMarca said. “We are working on plans right now.”

The legion is preparing drawings for the village board to review. Code Enforcement Officer Frank Fonti advised that the completed plan will be reviewed by the village planning board and then the village board for approval or suggestions.

Fonti also announced that the planning board will hold a site plan review for a proposed project at Ellison Bronze. The company located at 125 W. Main St. in Falconer will be constructing a small building for storage.

At March’s meeting, Krieg appointed Lance Hedlund to serve on the Fire Advisory Board, noting he is a member of the Falconer Fire Department and comes to the board with a vast knowledge of fire service.

Samuel Ognibene, Department of Public Works superintendent, described the upcoming restroom project for the main village park on North Phetteplace Street. Plans are available for review, and bids will be opened on April 14. Bid results will be reviewed at the April board meeting.

The garbage and recycling contract expires May 31. Draft specifications were reviewed and are expected to be ready in April. Bids will open in May and be reviewed in the May meeting of the village board. The current contract is with Casella and is a three-year deal.