John Ossowski addresses the Little Falls Common Council on Tuesday night.

By Dave Warner

The Little Falls Common Council held its regularly scheduled February meeting on Tuesday night with twelve resolutions on the agenda.

For the first time, the meeting was live-streamed to the City’s new website at cityoflittlefalls.net/, where the entire meeting is archived and can be watched live or when it is convenient for residents. The session is also included below this article.

After comments from the floor, Resolution #10 dealt with Rescinding the appointment of an Acting City Clerk while the elected City Clerk was on temporary medical leave.

The Resolution passed unanimously.

Resolution #11 dealt with the Dog Control Officer position and stated, “Whereas the agreement between the Dog Control Officer and the City of Little Falls has expired on December 31, 2023. Now, therefore, be it resolved that the appointment of Greg Foster of 239 Loomis Street in Little Falls be hereby approved for a period of one year for a term of January 1, 2024, to December 31, 2024.” Compensation for the position is $3,600.00.

The Resolution passed unanimously.

Resolution #12 dealt with vacancies and reappointments on the Planning Board. Tony DeLuca, Mike Ryan, Dave VanMeter, Richard Morgan, Alan Kazmerski, Al Chase, and Tom Mihevc were appointed unanimously.

Resolution #13 dealt with vacancies and reappointments on the Zoning Board. Mike Bulger, Stan Dickson, Marc Verri, David Beers, Teresa Lee, and Rita Rose were appointed by a unanimous vote with terms to expire in February of 2027.

Resolution #14 dealt with vacancies and reappointments on the Urban Renewal Board. Stan Dickson, Joan Carrig, Rose McEvoy, Jill Blauvelt, and James Quatrino were unanimously appointed.

Resolution #15 combined the Harbor Commission and the Recreation Committee. It appointed Tony DeLuca, Lori Casullo, Billy Petkovsek, Pam Munger, Dean Shepardson, David Carpineti, and Bill Mills to the combined committee, with terms to expire in February of 2029.

The Resolution passed unanimously.

Resolution #16 appointed David Carpineti and Sam Roorda to the Board of Public Works with terms expiring in February of 2028.

The Resolution passed unanimously.

Resolution #17 reappointed Sam Roorda to the Board of Assessment.

The Resolution passed unanimously.

Resolution #18 renewed the Veterans Memorial Park Lease Agreement between the City of Little Falls and the Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs, Inc., for three seasons – 2024, 2025, and 2026.

The Resolution passed unanimously.

Resolution #19 approved the public advertisement for competitive bids for the City’s wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) UV Disinfection Project for the following construction contracts:

Contract No. 1 – General, Contract No. 2 – Electrical, and Contract No. 3 – Heating and Ventilation.

The Resolution passed unanimously.

Resolution #20 was allowing the City of Little Falls to piggyback with other communities for the purpose of public purchases utilizing the provisions of General Municipal Law 103.

The Resolution passed unanimously.

Resolution #21 pertained to the adoption of the Herkimer County Hazard Mitigation Plan of 2023 assembled by City Engineer Chester Symanski III, who stated, “This can be used for FEMA grants for hazard mitigation, as well as many others.”

Mayor Deborah Kaufman stated, “It opens up the door to grants that we otherwise wouldn’t have for things that really help us. It’s a good program, and Chet did a great job on outlining a plan of action. It’s just another pocket of many that will help us in a major way.”

The Resolution passed unanimously.

In the Mayor’s comments section, Kaufman said, “The last 30 days have been a whirlwind. It’s been a lot of fun with a lot of challenges. We’ve been inching the ball forward every single day.”

She went on to note specifics with regard to the homeless problem and the vacant and abandoned houses in the City and highlighted some of the features of the new City website.