March 10th Town Board Meeting Minutes

The Regular Lindley Town Board Meeting was held March 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.
• Reports were received from Supervisor, Code Enforcement Officer, Town Clerk, Justice, and Town Historian.
• Minutes of the last meetings were approved with corrections.

Announcements: (copies of items can be viewed at the Town Clerk’s office)
1. Richard announced a Leadership Conference at CCC on April 15th. He will place in the information in the Board members.
2. Richard announced that Census workers are needed. Information is posted on Bulletin Board.
3. Desiree Miller, the 15 year old daughter of Crystal McGannon and a resident of Lindley, won the Miss NYS Teenager competition. Discussion about a Town recognition, perhaps a savings bond. Megan will gather official paperwork regarding her award and Town would discuss further.
4. Delta Road Use Agreement is complete. Caton is also on board and perhaps Tuscarora.
5. The County has adopted a resolution taking over the portion of road from the County Rte 73 bridge to State Rte 15 on Morgan Creek Rd. (.4 miles).

Public Comments:
1. Jason Ballard expressed his concern with the way things were handled with the appointing of Code Enforcement Officer position. He had not been aware of the situation between Dave Fuller and the Board. Jason requested that the Board feel free to come to him with how the Board wants things accomplished. Richard indicated a Performace Issues plan was being developed and he would receive this. Paul M. requested that Jason also bring any concerns or questions to the Board as they arise.
2. Richard Biggio mentioned the Town well pump was replaced this week. Bids were sought and a decision made on an emergency basis. Richard thanked the Town Clerk, Paul Barron, and Dick Johnson for their help in making this happen.
3. Dick Johnson suggested that at some point chlorox should be dumped down the well.
4. Kitty Pierce thanked Sally Orr, Richard Biggio, and Dick Johnson for her locking cupboard. She plans to make the material available by appointment for people interested.
5. Paul M. indicated that a resident approached him requesting the Town find out if there is any law prohibiting him from being buried on his own property. Richard B. indicated that this issue would be presented to legal counsel when the Town has this in place.

Old Business:
1. County Rte 115 Bridge into Lawrenceville is being held up by a portion of property owned by the Town. The State considers it unsecured land and the County needs permission in writing to use the property. Discussion ensued about whether or not the County would try to hold the Town responsible for any changed made to the entrance of Bliss Rd. Richard indicated he would get the wording into the contract that any changes to Bliss Rd were the County’s financial responsibility. Richard asked for a motion to table signing the presented agreement until the wording was changed. Gerry S. made the motion. Lloyd D. seconded. Roll – all agreed.
Motion Carried
Kitty Pierce asked people to keep an eye on ebay for any pictures of that bridge for sale. Bridges like that are no longer being built.

2. Richard indicated that a transfer was required for the Multimunicipal Task Force of $8500 (Delta Engineering RUA). Kathy asked that she have time to work this cash flow accounting –wise. Richard asked for a motion to table the decision. Paul M. made the motion. Gerry S. seconded. Roll – all agreed.
Motion Carried
3. The Fire Department Contract is completed. Meeting broke to get signatures, notarize and copy the contract.
4. Richard announced that there was a vacancy on the Planning Board. Dave Fuller sent a letter announcing his interest. Mary Lentzen provided a written recommendation. Richard asked for a motion to appoint Dave Fuller to the Planning Board to finish Jim White’s term. Paul M made the motion, Paul S. seconded. Roll – all agreed.
Motion Carried

New Business:
1. NYS Power Authority contract has been extended to December 31st 2010 with revised description of what will be purchased, including 2 tankless water heaters, external mail slots to cut down on the continuous airflow into the lobby, and heat control stripping. Paul M. indicated the work was completed and money spent. Kathy B. indicated that expenses were $800 over the $40K of the grant. Paul M and Kathy would meet to finalize the grant reporting and accounting. Richard asked for a motion to accept the contract. Paul M. made the motion. Gerry S. seconded. Roll – all agreed.
Motion Carried

2. Liability insurance ends the end of May. John Keene is sending a packet of information and the Town should call him with any questions.
3. The Worker’s Comp plan – The County is back billing $1871 for funds that were needed for 2009. Due date for that money is in 2011. Richard will send a letter to Ken Isamen reserving the right to withdraw from the County Worker’s Comp. plan.
4. Richard raised the issue of some kind of memorial for Leland Harris. He suggested a panel be organized to determine the best course. Kitty Pierce agreed to assist but not chair. Richard will ask Mary L. for ideas.
5. Richard announced that the money for the JCAP grant for the Justic has come in. The $1800 given to the Justic for the computer license will be returned to the Town from this money. There is additional money coming for furniture. Money is expected in April 2010.
6. Gerry S. asked Jason Ballard if there had been a response from Coldsprings regarding the work they were doing. Jason will call him again. Jason will also contact Steve Catherman regarding the permit for the County Rte 115 bridge work.
7. Paul M. brought up an email he had sent to the Board Members regarding compensating the Town Clerk for additional meetings that were not originally in place when appointed. He suggested $10/hour. Discussion ensued against this idea and Paul M. was reminded by various people that this is an elected position, the budget is set, the Town Clerk office had received a raise with the current budget, and the Town seems to be spending money the Town doesn’t have. The Town Clerk, Megan Thistle, stated that she did not initiate this request and understood that as a salaried individual, a person doesn’t make an hourly wage and the person works until the job is done.
8. Dick Pierce asked about the Rte 73 bridge and how to get a sign for the boat launch. The answer was unclear. Possibly Steve Catherman, with Steuben County or Jennifer Fais.
9. Dale A. Salisbury requested from the Board to look into whether the Town has an ordinance against being buried on his own property. Richard said this would be addressed to the Town legal counsel.
Motion to pay bills with corrections made by Paul M., seconded by Gerry S., roll – all in favor.
Motion Carried

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

Respectfully submitted,

Megan Thistle
Lindley Town Clerk

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