Audit, Old Business, Emergency Business Meeting October 20th 2010

The Lindley Town Audit Workshop and Old Business Meeting was held on
October 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

Richard Biggio – Town Supervisor
Gerry Simcoe – Deputy Town Supervisor
Lloyd DeMunn, II – Councilman
Paul Mortzheim – Councilman
Paul Stermer – Councilman

Attendance list

Meeting called to order at 7:02pm
Pledge to Flag completed.

Richard Biggio announced there will be an executive session regarding ongoing Union Negotiations, an update on the JCAP grant, and a 2011 Budget Workshop.

Public Comments:

• Kitty Pierce – the Titus Family has decided Ammon Titus chair should be placed at the Town Hall. Discussion about this. Richard B. will discuss with Linda Swan about how and when to get the chair to the Town Hall.
• Kitty Pierce – stated that the Lindley School PTA would like to donate their remaining money to the Town to be used in memorials.
• Kitty Pierce – suggested the front lawn be designated as a Memorial Park, and develop a fund for that.

The Board entered executive session at 7:11pm.

The Board returned to the regular Audit Meeting at 7:49 pm.


Tracy Wilson provided an update on the JCAP grant she would like to pursue. Total amount is now $4766. $3366 would cover the initial cost for panic buttons located on the bench and the justice office, with a connection panel large enough for additional buttons if needed in the future. Cost for maintaining and monitoring these buttons would be free for first year, $400 annually after that. Furthermore, these are remote buttons and would not require a phone line, removing the cost for installing a phone line.

$1200 would be needed for a safe that can be placed in the justice office.

$200 would cover the cost of replacing the Court seal. The current seal is large and heavy, and could be used as a weapon. $200 would pay for 2 hand held seals.

Discussion about the ongoing cost for the remote panic button system: The company that would provide the service is Simplex in Big Flats. The call goes through Simplex and then directly to emergency authorities. Concern raised about the $400 annual cost for the system and why using a phone to dial 911 is insufficient. Tracy indicated that in an emergency, a hidden button is much easier to deal with than a phone when trying to de-escalate an individual. Discussion about how cases are different these days than in days past. Tracy called Simplex and learned that the cost does not go up if additional buttons are installed.

Richard Biggio asked for a motion to approve the JCAP request. Lloyd DeMun made the motion. No one seconded. Motion Failed.

Richard Biggio asked for a motion to table this decision. Paul Mortzheim made the motion. Gerry Simcoe seconded. Roll – Lloyd – No, Paul Stermer- Yes, Richard Biggio – Yes, Paul Mortzheim – Yes, Gerry Simcoe – Yes. Motion to table carried.

Budget Workshop:

Board members reviewed each line item in the first draft of the preliminary 2011 Budget.
• Municipal Court request was too high. Discussion included increased number of tickets than in the past, and ¾ of business is now new business. Tracy indicated that her use of a bailiff for safety, use of her personal cell phone for business, and frequent late night/early morning arraignments justified the increased cost.
• Assessors contractual adjusted to reflect a more likely cost for computer.
• Town Clerk request adjusted to $7200.
• Buildings decreased because of expected cost savings with new phone plan.

Kathy Biggio will print off second draft of preliminary report and provide to Board Members for next meeting on the 27th.

Richard Biggio will contact John Keuhn from Sprague Insurance to discuss costs of HSAs for next week.

Motion to adjourn the meeting made by Lloyd DeMun, Seconded by Paul Stermer. Roll –All agreed.
Meeting Adjourned

Respectfully submitted,
Megan Thistle
Lindley Town Clerk

Planning Board Minutes October 18 2010

October 18, 2010

The regular meeting of the Lindley Town Planning Board was called to order by Chairperson, Mary Lentzen at 7:00 pm. Members present included Tim Shaddock, Pat Simcoe, Pat Clark, Earl Titus and CEO, David Fuller. Two visitors were also present.

Minutes of the September meeting were read. A Motion to accept the Minutes as read was made by Earl, seconded by Dave and unanimously passed.

Mary noted the upcoming Stormwater Symposium scheduled for November 4, 2010 at the Elmira Riverview Holiday Inn and hosted by

Kitty Pierce informed the Board that Sally Orr will be presenting the first part of a collection of youtube Videos on the founding of the US Constitution on October 28 at 7:00 pm. The Public is invited.

Tim gave a demonstration on the many uses of the Power Point Program with the idea the Board's work on Lindley's Comprehensive Plan Update could be presented with this program.

The Board began a discussion on WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO MANAGE LAND USE TO ACCOMPLISH THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN, with members submitting their suggestions. Mary will send the list of suggestions to Board members for their study in preparation for the November Board meeting.

Dave submitted a Conditional Use Application Check List.

Kitty stated she has received a copy of the NY State Preservation booklet. Dick Pierce asked if the Town could encourage more home building in Lindley if the current 2 acre lot size minimum could be reduced to 1 acre? Earl stated the 2 acre minimum helps to keep more open space and also allows for sufficient spacing of wells and septic systems. Pat S. noted the 2 acre reasoning should be explained as to why it is a required minimum.

At 8:15 pm a Motion to adjourn was made by Tim, seconded by Earl and passed unanimously.

Respectfully submitted,
Janice Oberlander
Recording Clerk

Town Clerk getting LOCKED UP for GOOD!

Hi all... the Lindley Town Clerk, Megan Thistle, is getting locked up today to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. She needs BAIL! She will be locked up at the Ramada Inn (formerly Holiday Inn) in Painted Post from 2:00 - 3:00 pm and needs your help! Come donate, come visit, or just come to take pictures! See you there!

Regular Town Board Minutes October 13, 2010

The Regular Lindley Town Board Meeting was held October 13th, 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
Gerry Simcoe – Councilman
Paul Mortzheim – Councilman
Paul Stermer – Councilman

Attendance list
Pantry of Angels handouts

• Meeting was called to order by Richard Biggio at @ 7:05pm.
• Pledge to the flag completed.
• Reports were received from Town Clerk, Justice, Historian, Supervisor, and Highway Superintendent.
• Minutes of the September meetings were accepted

1. Will do the Executive Session on the Agenda last, since it is restricted to Board members.
2. Richard Biggio thanked all the people who put together the Old Home Day event and announced that Dick and Kitty Pierce were surprised with the award of Citizens of the Year. Kitty Pierce thanked everyone who helped put the event together.
3. Richard Biggio reported that there is some support to change the Highway Superintendent position from an elected to an appointed position. He indicated the Board is being pressed to place this question on the upcoming ballet but clarified that there is a legal process required. Richard indicated that the role of the petition was to show the Board that there was interest, and now that the Board knows there is, proper procedure will be followed. This is a lengthy process and must be started in May of the desired year. Richard Biggio indicated this discussion was over until May 2011 at which time the Board will again pursue the issue.
4. Delta has completed gathering the road counts and are currently processing the information. Richard Biggio reminded everyone that the purpose of the study is to protect the roads from abnormally heavy use.

Public Comments:
Al Schoonover commented on the Delta project and expressed his concerns in using Delta. Al shared, in part, his opinion that the Town was not getting its value from Delta, his concerns that Dick Johnson didn’t have a copy of the Delta contract, his fear that the Town was setting itself up for a lawsuit, and that no one seems to know where the road counters were placed.

Richard Biggio reiterated the purpose of the Delta project and indicated that Al’s concerns and opinions were noted. Lloyd DeMun commented to Al that neither he nor Paul Stermer voted for the Delta Road Use Agreement project.

Fran Tempel – has the Board heard if additional towns have joined the Delta road project to decrease town shares? Richard indicated that at the time Lindley contracted with Delta, there were 8 towns and so the cost was decreased. There are now over 30.

New Business:
• Regarding the JCAP grant for the Court. Tracy Wilson presented her plans in asking for a portion of the NYS JCAP grant: funding for putting in 2 panic buttons (one on the bench, one in the Justice office); the purchase of a safe for the Justice office; and funding for a telephone system dedicated to the court to accommodate fax, phones, panic buttons, and credit card machine. Tracy was expecting to request $7500 for the cost of these improvements.

Paul Mortzheim asked if there would be ongoing costs to the Town after these items were in place. Tracy indicated a $9.99 monthly fee for the panic buttons was expected.

Richard Biggio posed the question of whether a panic button should be added to the Town Clerk office if they were being installed anyway. Board decided to wait until a firm estimate was provided within the next week.

• Town Seal – The antique Town Seal was replaced with Board approval in May 2010 because paper didn’t hold the impression well anymore. A resolution was necessary to make the new seal use valid.

Resolution to Purchase and Use an Updated Town Seal

Whereas the Town Board agreed and did purchase a new Town Seal in May, 2010 and the Lindley Town Board does validate all use of the new Town Seal from May 1st, 2010 forward. Motioned by: Paul Mortzheim. Seconded by Gerry Simcoe. Roll – all agreed.
Resolution Adopted

Dick Pierce – Provided a note to the Town Board regarding the petition to make the Highway Superintendent position appointed. There is opposition to this petition and Dick could collect signatures if desired.
Richard Biggio - this will be further addressed in May, 2011.

Budget Review:

Kathy Biggio – Finance Director, reviewed the line items of the first draft of the 2011 budget. The Town Board determined additional review will occur at the next meeting on October 20th at 7 pm, and a Budget Workshop will be held on Wednesday, October 27th at 7 pm at the Town Hall.

Paul Mortzheim thanked Dave Fuller for his progress with the garage issue on Rte 15.

Janet Schroeder of Pantry of Angels provided a brief presentation about what they do, how they assist people in need to get food, and a request to the public for potential Board of Director members. Janet provided handouts and will contact the Town Clerk with information that could be included on the Lindley Town Blog.

Town Board entered into an Executive Session at 9:15 pm to discuss Union Negotiation issues.

Lloyd made the motion to end the Executive Session. Paul Stermer seconded. Roll – all agreed. Executive Session ended at 9:51 pm.


Gerry Simcoe made the motion to pay the bills. Lloyd DeMun seconded. Roll – all agreed.
Motion Carried

Paul Stermer made the motion to adjourn the meeting. Paul Mortzheim seconded. Roll – all agreed. Meeting adjourned at 10:30 pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Megan Thistle
Lindley Town Clerk

Historical Society Program October 28th

The program: " You Tube History -- Part I -The Founding " for the monthly meeting of the Lindley /Presho Historical Society will be presented by Sally Orr. The meeting will be October 28th -7 P.M. at the Lindley Town Hall on U.S. Rt.15
Sally spent many hours developing an audio/visual program -- a time line of events that created the History of the United States and Lindley . The October program is the first in the series that she originally made to be presented at The Lindley Old Home Day in September but was unable to show due to problems with the lighting. Sally was instrumental in the filming and editing of the video -The Settlement-( Col.Lindsley's arrival in Lindley in 1790) and has a talent for making history come alive. The meetings are free and open to the public .Everyone is invited to come and view Sally's latest creation.

Kitty Pierce
Lindley Historian

Budget Workshop October 27th

There will be a Budget Workshop at the Lindley Town Hall, 637 US 15, Lindley NY on Wednesday, October 27th, 2010 at 7:00pm. The public is invited to attend.

Pantry of Angels food pantry

The Pantry of Angels food pantry, located at the Presho United Methodist Church, 1727 Indian Hills Rd., offers free food to residents of the towns of Presho, Lindley, and Caton who need assistance. The food pantry is open each Thursday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Proof of residence must be shown.

If you need food and cannot attend the distribution, please call the church at 607-523-7250 on Thursday between 4 and 5:30 to make arrangements. If there is an emergency food need, please call 607-523-8020,  607-523-8125 or 377-0836.

Donations are always welcome and much appreciated.  Checks may be made out to "Pantry of Angels" and mailed to Pantry of Angels, PO Box 60, Lindley NY  14858.  Monetary donations are needed to make purchases from the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. Donations of non-perishable foods are also accepted and can be delivered to the Presho United Methodist Church on Thursdays between 4:00 and 5:30 p.m. or Sundays between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.

Volunteers are also welcome to serve on the Pantry of Angels Board of Directors or during distributions. The Board supports the Pantry of Angels with public relations activities, fund raising, long range planning and general oversight duties. If you are interested in serving our Lindley community in this way, please contact Janet Schroeder at 607-523-8020.