Audit Meeting/Old Business/Emergency, May 19th 2010

The Lindley Town Audit Workshop was held on May 19th, 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

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

Attendance list

Meeting called to order at 7:09 pm

Old Business
• Richard spoke with Pauline Burns of NYS Region 6 DOT. She indicated she will see what can be done to beautify the new highway bank.
• Pam Gee from Davidson and O’Mara was present and the Board apprised her of current issues:
1. Worker’s Compensation with Steuben County and how that seems to be working.
2. Upcoming Labor Negotiations
3. Working with the Planning Board to help make Zoning Laws defensible.
4. Gas well drilling effects on the Town
5. How to get gravel pits, gas wells, wind farms, etc to pay equitable taxes to the Town.
6. Discuss how best to go about giving away the small portion of land on the Clendenning Rd. next to Rte. 15.
7. How to hold stricter enforcement of CEO permits ~ i.e. junk cars, keep people from doing more than the permit allows, and so forth.
8. What to do about Cemeteries and keeping them looking well kept.
• John Kuehn from Sprague Insurance arrived with the Insurance Proposal. He reviewed current rates and coverage. Insurance increased slightly due to the new grader. Last year’s total cost was $15, 365.55. This year’s cost is $16,249.20. Gerry Simcoe made a motion to accept the proposal. Paul Mortzheim seconded. Roll – all in favor. Motion Carried

Mr. Kuehn provided insurance cards for vehicles.

• Richard indicated that Delta Engineers is progressing with the Road Use Agreement and will meet with Dick Johnson soon.
• Code Enforcement Applicants were discussed. Dean Hillyard from Dundee sent a letter of interest. Dave Fuller has indicated that he would consider the position again. A third person from Elkland may also be interested. Richard will talk with Dave Fuller and the individual from Elkland. A decision will need to be made at the next Town Board meeting.
• Letter from the Town Board indicating that the Town never received notice from the school district about closing Lindley Presho School was given to John Bruce.

Emergency Business:

Town Board entered an executive session at 9:00pm to discuss an emergency matter concerning security.

Town Board returned to regular meeting at 9:11pm.

Return to Old Business:

• Gerry S. re-addressed the issue of Cemeteries. At least one tombstone is tipping. Richard will call Bill Mattison to see what can be done. Gerry S. presented two interested parties to mow Lindsley and Fairview. Richard Biggio made the motion to accept A to Z Mowing to mow up to 10 times per season, at $300 for both cemeteries, per mowing. Mowing needs to occur in preparation for Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day, with the remaining mowing interspersed among the season. Further, the Town will have a pre-approved check ready, and that A to Z will be paid once each mowing is completed. Paul Stermer seconded. Roll – All in favor. Motion Carried

Paul Mortzheim made the motion to review financials at next audit meeting in June and to adjourn the meeting. Paul Stermer seconded. Roll – all in favor. Motion Carried

Respectfully submitted,

Megan Thistle
Lindley Town Clerk

Town Board Meeting May 12th 2010

The Regular Lindley Town Board Meeting was held May 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, Steuben Library handouts, Attendance list

• Meeting was called to order by Richard Biggio at @ 7:00pm.
• Pledge to the flag completed.
• Reports were received from Supervisor, Code Enforcement Officer, Town Clerk, Justice, Town Highway Superintendent, and Town Historian.
• Minutes of the last meetings were approved with corrections.

New Business
1. The Southeast Steuben County Library gave a presentation and provided handouts regarding request for funding, future of the library, and how the library is used by the community. Benefits include free and open access for resume writing, job search, computer skills, books on tape, movies, internet. The Library is able to reduce the support coming from Lindley to the 2006 amount and use an endowment to cover the rest. Many volunteers are used to keep costs well under the median cost of libraries. The Library is asking for a 10 year contract.

Announcements: (copies of items can be viewed at the Town Clerk’s office)
1. Annual River Float starts in Lindley on Saturday, May 15th. Sign will be installed at the Ramp and the Bridge on Rte 73.
2. The Area Wide Transportation Meeting took place on April 27th. Fran Woodring and Bill Canfield attended. Notes will be posted on the bulletin board in the lobby.
3. One bench is out front with paving bricks. Paul Mortzheim received donations from Home Depot. Dick Pierce set the bricks and chain. Kitty Pierce would like donations for a 2nd bench next to the second tree. She will put jars out for donations.

Public Comments:
1. Fran Tempel would like the library supported but unsure about a 10 year contract.
2. John Bruce, Kyle Kollhoff and Chad Terwilliger raised the issue of the Lindley-Presho school closing and wonder about the Town’s position. John Bruce requested the Town stand behind efforts to keep the school open. Discussion ensued regarding the school being a true community center for the families of Lindley.

Fran Tempel and Gerry Simcoe had approached the school district during the summer of 2009 to get clarification regarding districts plans for the school but the School District itself never approached the Lindley Town Board regarding Lindley-Presho school. The Town Board agreed to write a letter stating this.

During the summer 2009 meeting, the School district still owed 1 million dollars on the building and was considering renting it out to BOCES or other educational services. If the school became a community center, the Town would have to pay per sq. foot of usage. Kitty P. suggested the parent group visit the County Clerk’s office to view deed information and abstracts concerning the agreement written up in 1951 or 1957 between the land and the School district, when Lindley Presho was constructed.

Further discussion continued regarding the potential closure and how it would, and would, not benefit the students, community, teachers, bus routes. Kyle K. commented that when he spoke recently with Mike Ginalski, School Superintendent, Mr. Ginalski said that the district would survive if the school is kept open.

Richard B. said he and Gerry S. would get the statement written up including “the school is a vital part of the Lindley Presho community.” Gerry S. agreed letter will be available next Wednesday evening, May 19th, 2010.

Dick J. suggested having our own school including a high school. Kyle indicated this was possible with grants.

3. Kyle Kollhoff raised the issue of being an HAS and offered a presentation for insurances. Richard requested more information.
4. Library comment - Many people utilize the library from Lindley and investing in the library is an investment in the entire county.
5. Earl Titus is concerned with the Presho Cemetery. He cannot find anything designating this area as wetland area. Earl shared maps showing that no wetlands are indicated and he will continue to fill that area in.
6. Kitty P. thanked Megan for the new chair for her desk and Paul M. for the Home Depot donations for the bench areas. Kitty also announced the Armed Forces Day Sunday May 16th from 2-4 pm at the Town Hall. Kitty announced the 220th birthday of Lindley, also from 2-4.
7. Randy Hill asked when a decision will be made on the library. Richard indicated it will be close to budget time before a decision can be made. An advertisement will be made for the town members to be aware of the meeting date for this in the fall.

Old Business:
1. Code Enforcement officer issue – Richard indicated the Board is looking at the performance measure and the CEO rules, including the officer being at both the Planning Board Meetings and Town Board Meetings, and ZBA by request. Richard requested Board members continue to review the latest version of the Performance Measures draft. Richard has someone else in mind but commented that Mr. Coons was not able to do the job for the compensation of $5000 offered. $12,000 is more likely to attract a Code Officer.

Richard requested a motion to accept the current draft of the Performance Measures. Gerry S. made the motion, Paul M. seconded. All in favor.
Motion Carried

Paul Stermer asked if Dave Fuller would be interested. Mary Lentzen indicated he would do it if asked. Discussion about expectations, salary, other Town CEO’s and what they do.

2. Paying bill for Jessie Wilson check up. Kyle commented if County Comp doesn’t pay and the Town does, future claims, if any, will be the Town’s responsibility. If County Comp does pay, any future claims on this issue would be the responsibility of the County. Richard suggested tabling again until Legal Counsel could be contacted. All agreed to table until next week.
3. County plan – Ken says he has extended the deadline, to be announced. Ken is holding account open at this time.
4. Gerry S. has not connected with the Gas Co. yet about the front lawn.
5. Hector Road cross section – Paul M. will follow up on this.

New Business
1. Lawn mower – Dick J. will service and repair this. Larry Axtell is no longer interested. Dick J. indicated that Public Service recipients may be available for work and the County will be responsible for any injuries etc. Gerry S. said Jim Lundgren did the lower half of Fairview on his own. Discussion about who could help pick up cemeteries – girlscouts, boyscouts, families allowed to do their own lots? Dick J. said a stone was tipping and sinking and who was responsible. Discussion but no clear concensus. Richard will call the County and see if the mobile work program and Monterey people available. Dick P. said they would put up the flags but would like the cemetery mowed before Memorial Day.
2. Kitty showed the original lease to one of the lots at Fairview Cemetery. In 1893 $5.00 would buy you the lot.
3. Dick J. concerned about sign staying installed signifying boat launches. Discussion – will look at it after meeting.


Bills were reviewed. Gerry S. made the motion to pay the bills. Paul M. seconded. All in favor.
Motion Carried

Gerry S. made the motion to adjourn the meeting. Paul M. seconded. All in favor.
Motion Carried

Meeting adjourned at 9:19pm

Respectfully Submitted,

Pam Clarkson
Lindley Deputy Town Clerk

May 15th Boat Launch

Eleventh Annual River Float
Lindley Launch Site to Mulholland Bridge, Erwin
Saturday, May 15, 2010

RAIN OR SHINE – CALL 962-5092 x 209 for instructions if conditions potentially unsafe.

To Lindley Launch Site, Town of Lindley: Take Route 15 South to the blinking light, turn left on Morgan Creek Road. At the bridge, turn left onto the dead-end road. The launch site is about 200 feet from the intersection.

To Mulholland Launch Site, Town of Erwin: Take Route 417 to Mulholland Road. Cross the bridge – the site is on the left near the USGS Gauging Station.

The Friends of the Chemung River Watershed is a not-for-profit organization of community volunteers whose mission is to protect, preserve and promote the watershed, and to improve economic resources, the quality of life and the natural environment for the residents of the Chemung River Watershed.

The Chemung Basin River Trail Partnership is a voluntary association of groups and government agencies at all levels working together to improve and maintain public access to the Chemung River and its tributaries and to promote watershed protection

6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. Paddlers arrive at the Lindley Launch Site and register. One driver from each group drives to Mulholland Bridge, to leave their car.

7:00 a.m. Breakfast begins for paddlers/drivers at the Lindley site. Paddlers do hands-on activities with an interactive Flood Model, presented by Janet Thigpen, STCRPDB Flood Mitigation Specialist.

8:00 a.m. Shuttle picks up drivers at Mulholland Bridge and returns to Lindley Launch site.

Shuttle service provided by Ammon Titus Bus Service, Lindley.

8:30 a.m. Safety talk, Jim Pfiffer, Friends Director; Program: “Stormwater Measures for the I-99 Construction Project,” Pauline Burnes, Regional Landscape Architect, Region 6 NYSDOT; and Unveiling the Kiosk and dedicating the Launch Site, state/local officials: Town Supervisor, Richard Biggio; NYSDEC; NYSDOT, Pauline Burnes; NYS Assemblymember, Jim Bacalles; (invited)

9:00 a.m. Launch from Lindley Launch site. David Buck, Endless Mountain Outfitters, is our experienced guide. He also has canoes/kayaks for rent – please reserve ahead of time. (See response form.)

Noon (approx.) Land at the Mulholland site.

Eleventh Annual River Float Response Form
I DON’T HAVE A BOAT…..please contact Endless Mountains Outfitters to rent a canoe or kayak:
I HAVE NEVER PADDLED ____ (Participants who have never paddled will be assigned a partner to ensure their safety and that their trip is fun!)
____ I will bring ____ kayak(s), _____ canoes(s) or other non-motorized + ____ life jacket(s).
____ I have space for a passenger.

Registration Fee / Insurance Fee: covers the cost of insurance for a paddling event through the Friends of the Chemung River Watershed as well as handouts and incidentals. Please complete the attached form.

____ Register _____ participants @ $7.00 per person …………………$___________
____ Reserve _____ breakfast(s) @ $5.00 per person…………………$___________
I agree to wear a suitable personal flotation device and carry a whistle when on or around the River. I understand that I need to wear clothing suitable for getting wet. I will bring my own water bottle to fill up at the Float.
1. Participant’s Signature:______________________________________________ Date:_______________
Participant’s Name (please print)______________________________________ Phone: ______________
I CAN BRING A CELL PHONE: (number) _____________________
2. Participant’s Signature:______________________________________________ Date: _______________
Participant’s Name (please print) ______________________________________ Phone: ______________
I CAN BRING A CELL PHONE: (number) _____________________

Interested in Geo-cacheing?? Check these out before the Float for clues.
PO Box Lindley GC1HYZZ (puzzle cache)
Scientific Equipment GC1VCWD
Patterson’s Rest GC1BG72 (puzzle cache)

Please return this form and payment made out to STCRPDB by May 12 to (payment appreciated):
Southern Tier Central Planning,
8 Denison Parkway East, Suite 310, Corning, NY 14830
Questions? Call Susan, STCRPDB, 607-962-5092
Payment is accepted on the day of the Float.
Registration fees are non-refundable unless the Float is canceled.
Call STC at 607-962-5092 extension 209 and listen for instructions.