Reminder-- Jim Lundgren will be giving a program on his local Indian Artifacts tomorrow -Thursday 7 Pm May 26th at the Town Hall
See you there.


PS --- Jim is working on a Lindley Veteran's Honor Roll . I suggested that he tell us more about his plans tomorrow evening.
May 16, 2011

At 7 pm, Chairperson, Mary Lentzen, called the regular meeting of the Lindley Town Planning Board to order. Board members present included Fran Woodring, Tim Shaddock, Earl Titus, Pat Simcoe and CEO, Dave Fuller. Also 4 visitors were present.

Minutes of the April 18 meeting were read. A Motion to accept the minutes as read was made by Earl, seconded by Fran and passed unanimously.

Discussion began on an application from Michael Pace, 12 County Route 115, Tax map #424.00.01-029.000 to remodel the bar, restaurant, and 6-10 rooms of the former Cowanesque Hotel. A Motion to accept the application with changes in the original CUP to include compliance with signage and a fence around the dumpster was made by Earl, seconded by Tim and passed unanimously.

A short EAF was filed.

Kris West, Senior Field Representative, Southern Tier Office of the Finger Lakes Land Trust gave a brief presentation to the Board on the purpose and goals of the Organization. Founded in 1989 to protect those lands that define the character of the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York they now work in the 12 counties (over 6000 square miles) comprising the Finger Lakes and portions of the Southern Tier region protecting more than 12,000 acres of the region's wetlands, forests, farmland, grassland, and gorges. The FLLT will work with residents, Towns and Counties to protect and conserve desirable properties for future generations.

Discussion began on a Variance request from Kim Snyder, 9313 Primizzi Road (Tax Map #36.08.01-019.200) for placement of a double wide on an undersized lot (0.7 acre). The ZBA has scheduled a Public Hearing for Wednesday, May 18. Many questions were raised including ability to meet set backs, placement of well and septic and location of well and septic of the neighbors on nearby lots. No site plan was submitted. Questions must be answered before approval can be granted.

Mary was unable to make the Town Board meeting but will give the Summary of Planning Board Review of the Comprehensive Plan to the Board for their information.

Fran W. had several concerns regarding health codes, liquor license and other permits that might be required of the Michael Pace request. Mary will consult Pam Gee as to whether or not the Town should have copies of these documents on file.

At 8:30 pm a Motion was made by Fran to adjourn. Pat S. seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

Respectfully submitted,
Janice Oberlander
Recording Clerk
Rabies Clinic at the Lindley Fire Hall
Saturday, May 21st from 9-11
Cats must be in carriers, dogs on leashes.
Donations to cover County and Town costs appreciated but not required.
Lindley Dogs may be licensed at the Clinic -
$11.00 with proof of spay/neuter
$18.00 unaltered/no proof of alter.
The Regular Town Board Meeting was held May 11th, 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
Lloyd DeMun, II – Councilman

AbsentPaul Stermer – Councilman

• Meeting was called to order by Richard Biggio at @ 7:09pm.
• Pledge to the flag completed.
• Minutes of the prior meetings were accepted with corrections: Richard Biggio clarified, regarding the Delta Road Use Agreement, that engineers have selected a representative sample of the different matrices of the roads in the town. They have looked at what the sampled roads are comprised of to get a baseline of maintenance costs that Dick Johnson has given them. All this is so if we ever go to court, we have defensible information to support a claim against damage. If we expand that study with the engineers to include ALL town roads, then we will have a plan that will prioritize the best route for us as a town to improve the whole road system. We don’t want to get those two issues confused.

Announcements by Richard Biggio:
1. The response to the dog census has been very positive. The next phase following the Rabies Clinic on the 21st of May will be to parse the data and see who is outstanding. This information will be given to the Chemung County SPCA who will then do house to house visits.
2. I have received thank you cards from the Pantry of Angels for the donation and appreciate the follow up.
3. Rural Metro Ambulance service is being sold to Warburg Pincus. This will not change services. Warburg Pincus will be the parent company but Rural Metro will not change. This purchase has made Rural Metro a private company.
4. NYS Dept of Taxation and Finance has issued a Certificate of Final RxR Ceiling. There is a railroad taxation ceiling of $5370. We may need to challenge that in the future.
5. The Association of Towns, Community and Regional Development Institute, and Cornell University’s Cooperative Extension is holding a conference on Friday June 24th . This is located at the Binghamton Riverwalk Hotel. Cost is $60 for elected and appointed officials, $150 for others. Must preregister and runs from 9 am – 5 pm. This is a conference regarding the Marcellus Shale.
6. There is a Federal Technical Assistance Workshop in Corning on Wednesday May 18th .
7. The Steuben County Legislature has a model Site Plan Review Law and Road Use Agreement sample – for our use and review if needed.
8. Delta Engineers is finalizing their Engineering Report regarding the sample roads analysis. Delta’s attorneys are working on finalizing their agreement with us.
9. The lightbulbs on the north and south of the building are now working. The motion lights in back and the lights in front are also working. The flag light needs a ballast yet.
10. The NYS Department of State is holding a State Land Use training on Monday June 6th in Geneva from 5:30 – 9:30 pm with 3 session components: Making a Good Record; Overview of Statutory of Authority of Local Governments to have Site Plans; Special Use Permits. Credits for Code Enforcement Officers. Preregistration is $5.00.

Public Comments Rudy Jakubik – what is the status of mowing the cemeteries, do I have permission to proceed?
Gerry Simcoe – It was my understanding this was a 2 year contract?
Richard Biggio – Regular Holidays – before Memorial Day, Labor Day, Fourth of July.
Ruday Jakubik – will mow 2x a month in May, June, July, August and September.

Old Business:

New Business:
Richard Biggio – the JCAP grant funds have been received and were direct deposit into the wrong bank. Once we tracked that down we got it into the correct bank and Kathy finalized closing the accounts at the old bank.

We can now move forward with installing panic buttons in the various locations. The install will cost $80 per button, plus a $400 per year maintainence fee that covers all buttons. Tracy was able to negotiate so that the first year is free.

Install will occur on May 27th at 10 am. Gerry Simcoe and Paul Mortzheim confirmed that installing Bookkeeper and Clerk buttons was a “go” and was part of the initial agreement to passing the JCAP grant.

Tracy Wilson indicated that the rest of the JCAP grant will cover a safe and various office equipment. Tracy mentioned the Court is beginning to have space issues. Richard B. commented that if the safe needs to be anchored down, let him know.

Tracy informed the Board that starting July 1st, Court Sessions will be held the first 3 Tuesdays of the month, with the remaining Tuesdays being used for administrative and processing days. Court sessions will still be held at 6:00 pm on the first 3 Tuesdays of the month. Court office hours will remain Tuesdays from 3:30 – 8:00 pm.

Kathy Biggio has been dealing with the IRS on a matter that does not concern the Town of Lindley, in terms of who the IRS was trying to collect money from. Apparently an error had been made in the Tax ID # and a Town name. The other town forwarded the collection notice to Lindley because it had our Tax ID # on it. However Kathy has proof that all taxes have been paid on time. Kathy has been working ultimately with the Supervisor of the IRS and straightened out the issue. The Supervisor at the IRS indicated this issue will be straightened out and Lindley will receive a letter confirming this in 2 weeks. If not Kathy will call and I will be putting notices in the paper.

Richard Biggio announced that the Town Clerk has been called to Steuben County Jury Duty the week of May 23rd. If this happens, office hours will be Monday and Wednesday from 4:00-7:00 pm and to please call ahead. Megan will not know until just prior to the 23rd, or the morning of.

Richard Biggio brought up the resident interest in making the Highway Superintendent position an appointed position. Pam Gee has provided a memo dated September 28th 2010 outlining the legal steps required in order to get this question on the Ballot in November, 2011. Richard B. will contact Al Schoonover, who was
spearheading this project for the residents last year. Some discussion on whether or not another petition was required. Not clear at this time and Board members will review the memo.

Richard Biggio raised the concern about the lawnmower. Dick Johnson is trying to fix it. The bolt fell out and it doesn’t work. May need to purchase another one and can be done for a $130 – 300. Paul Mortzheim requested if the Town gets one, it be purchased from Home Depot, over Walmart.

Richard Biggio announced that Kitty called before vacation and reported that the flag pole at the Lindsley Cemetery is gone. Gerry Simcoe agreed to call and sheriff and make a police report.

Lloyd DeMun asked who does the lawn for the Town. Should the Town ask Rudy to do it as well? It’s part of Cindy’s duties. Richard Biggio indicated it was something the Town could look into. Fran Woodring asked about the weeds in the ditch. No indication on who could clear that. Dick Johnson has done this in the past.

Richard Biggio announced that Steve Ritter has requested to use the Board Room next week the 18th of May for the Zoning Board of Appeals. Gerry Simcoe made the motion to cancel the Audit Meeting scheduled for the 18th. Lloyd DeMun seconded. Roll – all present agreed.
Motion Carried.

Paul Mortzheim indicated that Budget season is approaching and the Board should consider finding a way to fix increases. Richard Biggio indicated that this can be done by tracking what the Governor plans. Current plans seem to be a cap of 2%. Gerry Simcoe commented that this would be a good thing.

Bills:Bills reviewed. Gerry Simcoe made the motion to pay the bills with exception as noted. Lloyd DeMun seconded. Roll – all agreed.

Lloyd DeMun made the motion to adjourn the meeting, Paul Mortzheim seconded. Roll – all agreed. Meeting adjourned at 9:03 pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Megan Thistle
Lindley Town Clerk
The Town Clerk’s office may be closed the week of Monday the 23rd for Jury Duty. If this happens, Special Hours will be Mon and Wed from 4 – 7 pm but please call ahead at 607-523-8816
On Sunday May 22nd at 2 P.M., The Tioga County, Penna Honor Guard will honor all Military personnel with an Armed Forces Day ceremony. The ceremony will be held on the lawn of the Lindley Town Hall on U. S. Rt.15. Armed Forces Day was created August 31,1949 for the purpose of honoring Americans serving in the 5 services- Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and the Coast Guard. This is a free event and the public is encouraged to attend and to thank members of the Armed Forces-past and present for their patriotic service in support of our country. Bring a Military Veteran or Friend .

The regular meeting of the Lindley –Presho Historical Society will be held on Thursday May 26th at 7 P.M. at the Lindley Town Hall. Jim Lundgren will present his plans for a Veteran’s Honor Roll for the Town of Lindley residents .He will, also, will have a display of the Indian artifacts that he has collected locally for many years.. The meeting is free and open to the public.