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

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