“That doesn’t mean we are going to raise taxes,” Mayor Jeff Katz said. “It just protects us in case we goof on the budget.”
In other actions, the board voted unanimously to allow the fire department to put up pinwheels in April for Child Abuse Prevention Month and to celebrate Red Cross Month in March with a flag raising to be held with members of the Mohawk Valley American Red Cross. The date for the flag raising will be announced later.
Trustee Cynthia Falk, chairwoman of the Streets and Buildings Committee, told the board that four bids for paid parking machines were received and meetings have been set up in the next two weeks with the two vendors who submitted the lowest bids.
Hectronic and Access Technology Integration Inc. each submitted bids for seven and 13 multi-space parking pay stations. Each vendor will meet with a quorum of board members to demonstrate their machines. Hectronic will have its meeting at 12:15 p.m. today, and ATI will have its meeting on March 6 at a time to be determined.
It is possible that the board will call a special meeting on March 6 to select a bid winner in time to have the system in place for the tourist season, according to village clerk Teri Barown.
Bids were taken for machines that take coins and credit cards and machines that take coins, credit cards and bills. However Falk said that while doing research, her committee learned that the machines that take bills have caused a large number of complaints because of mechanical problems.
Hectronic’s bids were for $6,695 per machine that took just coins and credit cards and $9,800 for machines that also took dollars. ATI’s bids were $6,680 and $9,533 per machine respectively. Since the bid prices were nearly equal, Falk said she wanted the board members to be able to see the machines so that they could make a decision based on usability factors.