The Regular Town Board Meeting was held April 13th, 2011
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
Paul Mortzheim – Councilman
Gerry Simcoe - Councilman
Paul Stermer – Councilman
Lloyd DeMun, II - Councilman
• Meeting was called to order by Richard Biggio at @ 7:00pm.
• Pledge to the flag completed.
• Minutes of the prior meetings were accepted as read.
Announcements by Richard Biggio:
1. The Census Bureau is doing a Census Count Question Resolution Program. Information will be provided to Assessors. Guy Hill, Assessor, will be given this letter.
2. Steuben County is holding a Supervisor’s Meeting Tuesday, April 26th at 7:00pm. Providing CPR classes and discussing the LENS program. The LENS program is a data service that gathers information daily from DMV’s driver’s license file, and then reports new information to supervisors. LENS enables supervisors to monitor the NYS license records of employees and volunteers who drive, and trains drivers on the organizations behalf.
3. Emerald Ash Borer Workshop held by Cornell Cooperative Extension on Thursday, May 5th at the Civil Defense Center, Bath, NY 10:00 am.
4. There is a Federal Technical Assistance Workshop through the Appalachian Regional Development Initiative. This is on Wednesday May 18th at the Radisson Hotel at 9:30 am. Need to pre-register or register at 8:30 am that day. Go to www.arc.gov/events for registration or more information.
5. There is a Home Repair Grant by the Bishop Sheen Housing Foundation for low income, the disabled or seniors aged 60+. Questions, call 585-657-4114.
6. Friends of the Library are having a book sale April 30th through May 7th. Generally all day from 9 am – 7 pm. Discounts increase as sale progresses through the week. Sale being held at the East Corning Fire Hall.
7. Town should be receiving the funds from the JCAP grant in the amount of $4766 at anytime.
8. Regarding CHIPS funding, according to the regional office, a payment of $41,000+ for 2010 will be processed on 4/20/11. They are allowing the Town to carry over a balance of $53,000 to 2011. The 2011 CHIPS funds will be $95,000 and the Town is allowed to spend that entire amount for regular road maintenance – it will not have to be qualified as a 10 year project. This gives the Town a total of $148,000 to spend in 2011 on road repairs and upgrades.
Paul Mortzheim – this is more than the 2011 budget has allocated in the CHIPS budget. We should be able to annotate this incremental money because it’s beyond the budget.
Richard Biggio – Maybe, I will look into that.
Lanny Plumley – Is the dust control budget enough this year?
Paul Mortzheim – yes, just as it always has been.
Richard Biggio – agreement received from Delta RUA attorneys. Set forth a memo that sets forth the legal framework for road work. We will review that.
Paul Mortzheim – a Resident called regarding neighbor’s noise with atv’s. I recommended they contact the police but also assured them I would raise the issue at the Board meeting as a noise ordinance issue.
Gerry Simcoe – that’s a civil matter.
Richard Biggio – I received a letter from the Town of Lawrenceville regarding complaints about excessive noise such as fireworks, operating unlicensed vehicles…. These are civil issues and I will get back to them as such.
Paul Mortzheim – Megan and I are trying a different cash-receipt software from a company that I work for. There is no conflict there. This software will never cost anything to the Town and will save the Town $500/yr on software maintenance agreements.
Paul Mortzheim – During the last Audit meeting we said we would address the Pantry of Angels donation request at the next Board meeting. I think we should.
Gerry Simcoe – regarding the Steuben County Landowner’s Coalition and potential revenue to a town with a gas well: if it’s $1.5 million, why is Caton in the financial trouble it’s in?
Richard Biggio – it might have something to do with whether it’s an active well or not.
Public Comments Fran Tempel – The Pantry of Angels needs volunteers on the Board of Directors. Issues to be addressed include funding, fund raisers, locations. Town Clerk has contact information.
Lanny Plumley – what happened to the idea of a maintenance person for the Town Hall? I could volunteer my services until people are found.
Richard Biggio – we are putting together a list of three businesses for each area of need, and will seek pricing and go from there.
Lanny Plumley – also, what am I getting for my tax dollars?
Richard Biggio – Local government costs, the highway, the salaries and any benefits, Court system, Assessors, Town Clerk, road maintenance, planning, snow plowing….
Lanny Plumley – Gibson hill didn’t get plowed all the way, and that was only one car wide, during that last snowfall we had. For years Gibson Hill Rd routinely gets left for last for roadwork. Things need to change and if I need to I’ll get a petition signed by the residents.
Gerry Simcoe – a petition will be started by residents the first of May to see about getting the Town Highway Superintendent job appointed vs. elected.
Lanny Plumley – We’ve been promised stone and tar for years. It’s only ½ a mile.
Paul Mortzheim – for years the Board has wanted a long term strategy put in place that helps us manage the money. 80% of taxes goes to the roads.
Lanny Plumley – what’s the update on the Road Use Agreement? Is it over with?
Richard Biggio – it’s for the protection of roads that undergo heavy traffic damage. The study is close to being completed. It provides a hierarchy of road needs and how to best spend the tax dollars on the roads. The Board understands all the issues and will condense the issues and present to the new supervisor so he understands what the issues are.
Dick Pierce – Kitty and I pulled up by the church and stopped traffic because tractor trailers had to stop going both directions on the highway, while another pulled in to Morgan Creek Rd. We had to back up and if anyone had been behind us, the truck wouldn’t have been able to make the turn. We need a stop light there. Also, tankers are going up the back road to Lawrenceville. Why is that?
Lloyd DeMun – they’re going to Kwik Fill and the diner in Lawrenceville that way, rather than go to the exit on the highway. They won’t do that.
Dick Pierce – they won’t put stop or caution lights/signs on the highway…. Is this something that could be raised at the Supervisor’s meeting?
Richard Biggio – I’ll call the people in Hornell about the idea of a stop light by the church. Speed is the biggest problem.
Kitty Pierce – there is a Historical Society Meeting April 28th. Dick will be presenting a post card collection. The Tioga County Honor Guard is coming to honor the Armed Forces on May 22nd.
Megan Thistle – what stretch of 15 is the 45 mph work zone? Discussion about there not being enough signs/warnings and a number of entrances onto 15 that don’t indicate a section is a work zone. Richard B. will call Hornell about this as well. Lloyd D. said he would talk to Ted Walker of the construction crew.
Lindley Presho Pantry of Angels – Richard Biggio - This is a worthy cause. It does serve an area outside Lindley as well. They are getting a match. Caton turned them down. It’s a difficult decision as our tax dollars go toward some social programs which also can fund food banks. This is a local program, though, and the money will remain in Lindley.
Paul Mortzheim made the motion to discuss donating $1500. Paul Stermer seconded. Roll – all agreed.
Paul Mortzheim – This is a worthy cause. It’s not a lot to spend for those who need it.
Fran Tempel – yes they will. It won’t be matched dollar for dollar, but proportionately in food value.
Richard Biggio – This is a worthy cause and my hope is that the Pantry of Angels organization will know where the donation came from? We have saved some money this year so we could donate some.
Lloyd DeMun – I think $800 is a better sum.
Paul Stermer – we can spend as much as we want as long as we take it from Rural Metro.
Richard Biggio – should we try a vote on a specific amount? Like $1000?
Paul Mortzheim - amends his original motion to reflect the amount of $1000. Seconded by Gerry Simcoe. Roll – all yes.
Paul Mortzheim – I did call NYSEG to find out what “demand” charges meant on the bills. What happens is with Municipals/businesses, NYSEG will look at the meter every 15 minutes and takes a five minute average. Then whatever the highest amount is over two months, they apply that highest amount to the whole two month period. That’s the rate the Town will get charged plus kilowatt usage. Coming into the next winter we’ll have to look at what forms of control we’ll put into place.
John Kuehn – Sprague Insurance. Reviewed the Insurance Plan for May 29, 2011 through May 29th 2012. Town Clerk asked for clarification regarding employee coverage. John clarified that any town employee working within the role of their job is covered.
Renewal insurance rate is $550 less than the current rate.
Gerry Simcoe – we should pass it as is.
Paul Mortzheim – regarding the NYMIR – if the Road Crew takes safety courses does that result in savings?
John Kuehn – not specifically, courses are offered to enhance insurance services.
Gerry Simcoe – Regarding hand tools – does it cover the welder, drill, covered press?
John Kuehn – not specifically. But if they’re movable and in a truck and the truck gets in an accident, the policy gives a methodology to respond to the loss.
Richard Biggio – Is the quote the real value for dump trucks, since the costs are jumping around right now, with used trucks in high demand?
John Kuehn – value is based on research.
Paul Mortzheim made the motion to accept the insurance policy as written. Gerry Simcoe seconded. Roll – all agreed.
Richard Biggio - just of note, Bending River Estates is challenging the assessment.
Bills reviewed. Gerry Simcoe made the motion to pay the bills with exception as noted. Lloyd DeMun seconded. Roll – all agreed.
Paul Mortzheim made the motion to adjourn, Gerry Simcoe seconded. Roll – all agreed. Meeting adjourned.
Lindley Town Clerk