October Trustees Work Session

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

October Trustees Work Session

Updated 10/22/2009 – 01:32 pm

There was a weirdness at Village Hall tonight, the kind of weirdness that comes with a full moon or a red wind1.

Most of it was as a result of Trustee James Kametler acting like he'd overdosed on a cocktail of sildenafil citrate and goof balls throughout.

He wasn't just babbling as Trustee Hank Tucker is wont to do... and there were more examples of that this evening, Kametler was running his mouth about everything anyone said.

One subject the deposed Deputy Mayor was hot about was the presence of "roach coaches," or mobile food units that service various con­struction sites within the Village, one in partic­ular the new Library.

He not unreasonably wanted the police to warn or summons the vendors who obstruct traffic, something Police Chief Ray Dean stated that he had been made aware of, and was attend­ing to.

But then, after some protracted and pointed questioning by Kametler of Chief Dean and Village Clerk Kathleen McGinnis regarding vendor licensing, the Trustee then proposed a fee for the licenses because...

"They're really putting a hurting on local delis."

Asked how much he had in mind, Kametler shot back:

"I don't care... make it $5000."

(Currently, such licenses are obtained from the Village without fee, simply by making application.)

Not quite sure whose water Kametler is carry­ing here, but Sunset Court Deli is a suspect.

Update: several sources suggest that a more likely candidate would be Loughlin's Deli.

For the greater part of the meeting Trustee Tucker was content to let Kametler run with the ball, but could only contain himself for so long before he uttered some inanity about, and this is verbatim, the Village's "good residents" to differentiate those desirable types, presum­ably, from the not-so-good ones.

(No clarification was offered.)

Other items discussed included:

  • Next Friday's Halloween and Home­coming parade activities.
  • A request from a non-Chamber of Commerce member merchant to have a link to their business on the Munici­pal Website.
  • An announcement that the Department of Public Works vehicle Impound Yard was now operational.
  • Tree maintenance issues including the removal or diseased or dead trees... a very tricky matter which sank the Stu Tobin administration 25 years ago.
  • A presentation by Village Attorney Hermon Bishop of his draft legislation addressing increases in Building Fees and a mechanism to "pass along" professional fees incurred by the Village in relation to an application.

In a foreshadowing of the November 5th Village Board Meeting, Mayor Conad Teller noted that a Special Exception application for Hampton Synagogue was on the calendar.

The Work Session was adjourned and by motion of Trustee Joan Levan, an Executive Session was entered into for the purposes of discussing "current or future investigations."


  1. "There was a desert wind blowing that night. It was one of those hot dry Santa Anas that come down through the mountain passes and curl your hair and make your nerves jump and your skin itch. On nights like that every booze party ends in a fight. Meek little wives feel the edge of the carving knife and study their husbands' necks. Anything can happen. You can even get a full glass of beer at a cocktail lounge." – Raymond Chandler.


1. Hampton West said...

I was recently in Santa Barbara County, California. In Santa Barbara the temperature was 71°F. In the wine country of Santa Ynez all of 30 miles away but over a mountain range, it was 107°F!!! The "red wind " was blowing that day!! Great reference, love it!!!

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