February 17th Audit Meeting

The Lindley Town Audit Workshop was held on February 17th, 2010 at the Lindley Town Hall, 637 US 15, PO Box 62 Lindley, New York 14858.
Official Copy held at the Town Clerk’s Office

Present:
Richard Biggio - Town Supervisor
Paul Mortzheim – Councilman
Lloyd DeMun, II – Councilman
Paul Stermer – Councilman
Kathy Biggio – Finance Director
Megan Thistle – Town Clerk

Absent:
Gerry Simcoe – Councilman

Meeting called to order at 7:00 pm

Old Business
The Request for Proposal for Legal Services was reviewed and amendments made. Final version will be prepared. Motion to accept the modified Request for Proposal for Legal Services made by Paul S. Seconded by Paul M. Roll – All ayes.
Motion Carried

Richard noted that the Lindley Presho Fire Department Contract should be signed and certified by a Notary. This modification will be made to the signature page of the contract.

Audit of Town Clerk financial records completed through January 2010.
Audit of the Finance Director’s records completed through January 2010.

Meeting adjourned - 9:00 pm

Respectfully Submitted,


Megan Thistle
Lindley Town Clerk

Town Board Meeting 2/10/10

The Regular Lindley Town Board Meeting was held February 10th , 2010
at the Lindley Town Hall, 637 US 15, PO Box 62
Lindley, New York 14858.
Official Minutes held at Town Clerk’s Office

Town Board Members Present:
Richard Biggio – Town Supervisor
Lloyd DeMun, II - Councilman
Paul Mortzheim – Councilman
Gerry Simcoe – Councilman
Paul Stermer – Councilman

Attached: Agenda
Attendance list

• Meeting was called to order by Richard Biggio at @ 7:03pm.
• Pledge to the flag completed.
• A minute of silence was held in honor of recently deceased Leland Harris, for his lifelong service to the community.
• Reports were received from Supervisor, Code Enforcement Officer, Town Clerk, Justice, and Town Historian.

Announcements: (copies of items can be viewed at the Town Clerk’s office)

1. Richard announced completion of the annual 2010 Boundary Validation.
2. Kathy Biggio presented her findings from the Steuben County Risk Manager’s Conference regarding Worker’s Compensation and the state of the Self-Insurance Plan.
a. Steuben County plan rates have gone up dramatically.
b. 4 alternative sources for Insurance are available and need to be explored.
c. March 31st is the due date for continuing with the Steuben County plan, or utilizing an alternative.
3. NYS Department of Public Service sent a letter to Mr. Widger of Nixon Peabody, LLC regarding a joint petition of Fortuna Energy and Corning Natural Gas – Upon review of this joint petition, the NYS Dept. of Public Service found that the petition was not in compliance and needed to be rectified before being processed.
4. The Town Historian, Kitty Pierce, provided a copy of the letter she sent to the Association of Historians regarding her decision not to renew membership, due to the costly rate.

Public Comments:
Bob Nichols, our County Legislator, discussed his attendance in Albany:
1. Things are financially very bad in Albany but no one will provide numbers. There appears to be an attitude of waiting for the economy to improve before taking action.
2. Programs need to be cut but no one seems willing to address this.
3. The Rte. 15 project continues to be funded, but there is still currently no money allocated for the bridges or pavement.
4. The County is cutting the amount of road salt, however it remains at a safe level.
5. The Co. Rte 115 bridge into Lawrenceville will be shorter. The Federal Cost is 80%, State is 15% and the County is 5%.
6. If Social Services program applications are not processed within a certain time frame, the State has enacted a penalty system which can result in rates higher than the cost of a Social Services staff. Cuts in that staffing area are unlikely as a cost saving measure.

Old Business:
1. Multi Municipal Task Force from Delta – Richard indicated that based on his research of alternatives, this group’s plan appeared to be the best. Board discussed costs, options for purchasing phases together or separately, services offered. Handouts available in the Town Clerk’s office.
a. The town would be in charge of determining the route of drilling trucking.
b. The town would receive notification of a need for a route by the DEC copy of the permit.
Motion to accept the Phase I and Phase II package at $8500 one time fee was made by Paul M. Seconded by Gerry S. Roll – Gerry – yes, Paul M. – yes, Richard Biggio – yes, Paul S. – no, Lloyd D. – no.
Motion Carried
2. The issue of the Town Clerk hours and Sally Stermer's concerns was addressed. The Board indicated that the current hours are sufficient and no further action was needed.

New Business:
1. The Fire Protection Contract was renewed. Copy held in the Town Clerk’s office.
Motion to sign agreement made by Gerry S., seconded by Paul S. Roll – all
yes.
Motion Carried

2. Code Enforcement Fee Schedule addressed and two versions reviewed. Motion to accept Town of Lindley Fee Schedule A made by Gerry S., seconded by Paul M. Roll – all in favor.
Motion Carried
3. Legal Service Request for Proposals presented to the Board. Motion to table this and discuss further at the Audit meeting on February 17th made by Gerry S., seconded by Paul S. Roll – all in favor.
Motion Carried

4. Paul S. raised the issue of doing other business at the Audit meetings and will it be readvertised. Richard confirmed that the meeting will be advertised that Old business and Emergency business may also be addressed at the Audit meetings.
5. Paul S. expressed unhappiness with the way the appointment for the Code Enforcement Officer was handled.
6. Discussion about whether or not Jason Ballard is able to do the Code Enforcement Job without the training. A letter from NY Department of State confirmed that this was so.

Bills:
Motion to pay bills made by Gerry S., seconded by Paul S., roll – all in favor.
Motion Carried

Motion to adjourn meeting made by Gerry S., seconded by Paul S., roll – all in favor.
Motion Carried


Respectfully submitted,



Megan Thistle
Lindley Town Clerk

In remembrance of Leland Harris, 2010



After a brief illness, Leland Harris, long time resident of Lindley and a strong community member, passed. We remember him fondly as our Election Inspector and Bus Driver, along with so many other memories. Thank you, Mr. Harris.

Audit Meeting January 20th, 2010

The Lindley Town Audit Workshop was held on January 20th, 2010,
at the Lindley Town Hall, 637 US 15, PO Box 62
Lindley, New York 14858.
Official Copy held at the Town Clerk’s Office

Present:
Richard Biggio – Town Supervisor
Gerry Simcoe - Councilman
Paul Mortzheim – Councilman
Lloyd DeMun, II – Councilman

Absent:
Paul Stermer – Councilman

Meeting called to order at 7:00 pm

The audit of the Finance Director’s records were completed through December 2009.

Additional Business:
1). Appointments were finished –
• Zoning Board Chair – Josh Smith
• Ethics Board – Fran Tempel, Gerry Simcoe, Sally Orr
• Decision to audit Justice, Town Clerk and Finance Director’s books not less frequently than quarterly.
• Code Enforcement Officer – Jason Ballard
• Board of Assessment Review – Paul M. reported a complaint made against Judy Barron but that he supported her continued role on the BAR panel.

2). Discussion about the Multi Municipality Task Force regarding pipelines coming into NYS. Pros and Cons of going with this MMTF continued.

3). Discussion of Justice Report and what is considered meaningful information to the Town.

Meeting adjourned – 10:30 pm

Respectfully Submitted,



Megan Thistle
Lindley Town Clerk

Town Board Meeting January 12th, 2010

The Regular Lindley Town Board Meeting was held on January 12th, 2010
at the Lindley Town Hall, 637 US 15, PO Box 62
Lindley, New York 14858.
Official Minutes held at Town Clerk’s Office

Town Board Members Present:
Richard Biggio – Town Supervisor
Lloyd DeMun, II - Councilman
Paul Mortzheim – Councilman
Gerry Simcoe – Councilman
Paul Stermer – Councilman

Attached: Agenda
Appointments
Attendance list

Meeting was called to order by Richard Biggio at @ 7:00pm.
Pledge to the flag completed.
Minutes read and Motion to accept minutes as read made by Gerry S., seconded by Lloyd D. Roll call – all ayes.
Motion carried.

Paul M. expressed gratitude and thanked Fran Tempel for her months of service on the Board. Richard B. stated he hoped to use Fran’s skills in the future.

Richard B. explained there are many transfers at the year end meeting but not as many in the beginning of the year.

Richard announced that reports had been received by the Justice, Finance Officer, Clerk, and Highway Superintendent. Megan left meeting momentarily to get the Justice and Clerk reports for Councilmen. Reports available in the Town Clerk’s office.

Richard discussed the Justice report. He indicated that the clerks in the Court had done a lot of work and received considerable funds from the outstanding tickets. Richard stated that they had 200 – 225 open cases yet out of the original 1500. He explained that the court clerks had initiated contact with individuals and their respective states (46 states) but that now they needed to follow the responses and either close them when paid, or continue to follow up if a person pleads not guilty.

Lloyd asked for clarification about why Mr. Sullivan had been Justice the latter part of 2009 and how often can the Board expect a report from the Justice now. Justice Sullivan was hired after Susan Williamee resigned, until a new Justice was elected in November 2009. Lloyd indicated he would like to keep a closer watch on the Justice reports and suggested monthly or at least quarterly. Discussion resulted in a decision that quarterly reports be supplied by the Justice. Lloyd asked that the Justice be present for questions during the time that she provide her report. Richard B. indicated that as an elected official, she keeps her own time and office duties, and that the Board does not control her activities.

Kim Clark, Court Clerk, asked for clarification about what the Board would like on the reports. Richard B. reiterated that the Justice is an elected official and answerable to the public but that he would like to see how the Justice is doing through the year, in order to know that the budget amount is correct. Richard reminded everyone that elected officials are answerable to the public, not each other.

Announcements:
Richard made the following announcements:
1. Sally Stermer sent a letter of concern about the Town Clerk’s office hours. Richard indicated his response thanked her for her continued interest in the community and that he would gather the necessary information and get back to her.
2. There was a complaint regarding a public official.
3. Association of Towns Notice (attached) regarding Annual Training School. Announcement was read and will be posted in the copy room for people to express interest in attending.

Richard B. opened the meeting up for public comment. Mary Lentzen invited Richard to the Planning Board meeting on the 19th at 7:00. Richard agreed to attend. Richard expressed an interest in a Town Calendar idea and indicated that changes were coming in light of the highway and zoning issues.

Old Business:
1. Richard expressed an interest and support for the MMTF (Multi Modal Task Force) presentation that Mr. Mesmer had provided in December 2009. After discussion about what the Town financial commitment would be, it was decided to gather more information and discuss at a later date.
2. Richard asked if the resolution had been adopted for the I86/I99 Economic Development Blueprint had been done. This was confirmed.
3. Appointments were made. Regarding the Attorney, Richard is preparing a Request for Proposal to seek bids for legal services. Regarding the Bookkeeper, Richard indicated that the Board would be re-advertising the position for specific qualifications. Paul M. said he would provide a format that WorkForce uses for their listings. Regarding the appointment of the Code Enforcement Officer – Board members decided to revisit this appointment and possibly get someone from out of town.

Kathy Biggio, Finance Officer, entered the meeting with the Justice report. Clarification on the numbers presented was sought. Tracy Wilson, Justice, explained that the number Paul M. was questioning was an average across NYS.

8:02 – Richard stated that the Board would now enter an Executive Session to discuss a possible disciplinary action.

8:45 – Board returned from Executive Session with no formals determination to vote on.

Richard opened the meeting to the audience:

Fran Woodring asked if the CEO appointment would include the CEO in the discussion of what’s required of the CEO. Richard affirmed this and indicated that it’s an issue for the Board in terms of how to measure performance.

Paul M. addressed the County tax process and said that how the County adjusts tax increases is a matter of semantics, as Kathy Biggio stated in last month’s meeting and that it is difficult to follow.

Bills

Bills reviewed at 8:50. Gerry S. made the motion to pay the bills, Paul S. seconded, roll call – all agreed. Motion Carried.

Motion to adjourn meeting made by Paul M., seconded by Lloyd D. Roll – all agreed. Motion Carried, meeting adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,



Megan Thistle
Lindley Town Clerk

Finger Lakes SPCA Announcement

Finger Lakes SPCA
Wellness Clinic for Dogs & Cats

This Program is made available for low income families.
Please bring your benefit card or 3 consecutive pay stubs to verify you meet HEAP income eligibility guidelines.


February 2nd (Tuesday) and March 2nd (Tuesday)
72 Cameron Street –Bath
5-8 P.M.
Walk In or Call Ahead For an Appointment (607-776-3039)
Staffed by a Licensed Veterinarian

Physical Exam & Wellness Consultation are required –Only $10.00
*Other medical services and products will be made available for additional fees at a substantially discounted rate.

The purpose of the F.L.SPCA’s Wellness Clinic is to help with preventive and routine veterinary care for cats and dogs whose families have limited financial means to arrange for such care with their local veterinary hospital and/or clinic. Our wellness clinic will provide education and products/services at a reduced cost to help with routine problems such as fleas, mites, worms, overgrown nails, mats, etc.
Routine vaccines, FeLV & FIV testing and microchipping will also be made available. Please contact the SPCA directly for complete information on the Wellness Clinic’s range of services, prices, Heap income eligibility guidelines &/or to schedule an appointment.

All cats must be escorted in a carrier and all dogs must be leashed.