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Brightwaters trustees talk transparency, revenue

Brightwaters Village Hall, shown on Aug. 4, 2012,

Brightwaters Village Hall, shown on Aug. 4, 2012, houses the village court, board of trustees meetings, vehicle and traffic department, and more. Credit: Brittany Wait

Brightwaters trustees discussed transparency measures and revenue streams at their mid-month meeting.

Deputy Mayor Denise Gibson said a new permit for landscapers working in the village would make money and help keep tabs on who's working in the area.

"The goal is first to generate money," she said at Wednesday's meeting. "Second is to have a checklist . . . to know how many vehicles are supposed to be in the village."

The yearly sticker permits could cost about $25 for a company's truck and $10 for each additional truck, she said.

Mayor Joseph McNulty was receptive to the idea. "The fact that you know who's in the village, who's working in the village, who's around the homes."

Trustee Joe McDermott also supported the idea and suggested higher fees.

But Gibson cautioned that the idea needs more research, warning "this will be a trickle-down effect on the village residents" if landscapers increase their fees in return. Trustees agreed to complete the permit in the next two months.

The panel also talked about putting a time clock in village hall office to monitor the staff's working hours, which McDermott said would increase transparency.

"With all the ways we're trying to get the village up to speed, I'd like to put a time clock in the village hall," so the employees and building inspector Vincent Clancy can clock in and clock out, he said.

Trustee John Lawlor said his immediate reaction to the proposal was unfavorable. "What impact does it have on the office environment?" he said.

Gibson said it would be demoralizing for such a small staff of fewer than six people. "It's bad for morale. The office has four rooms in it," she said.

But trustee Jack Riordan said it would be "a good way of controlling their wage information."

McDermott said the village highway department employees have to clock in. He suggested if morale were an issue, the village staff may appreciate a raise. No decision was made.

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