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

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