The Lindley Town Board 2012 Budget Workshop #1 was held on
October 19th, 2011 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
Lloyd DeMun, II – Councilman
Paul Mortzheim – Councilman
Gerry Simcoe – Deputy Town Supervisor
Paul Stermer – Councilman
Richard Biggio called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm
Minutes of the previous meeting were accepted as read.
• Gerry Simcoe picked up a box of paperwork pertaining to Lindley from Kent Woloson, previous Legal Services for the Town. Megan Thistle, Town Clerk, will index the records for Pam Gee and Richard Biggio.
• Mary Lentzen provided Richard Biggio with a Joint Landowner’s Coalition of New York, Inc. seminar addressing road use issues relating to natural gas development. The Seminar is October 24th 2011 at the Holiday Inn Arena in Binghamton. Please contact Shirley Warren at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to register. Registration is needed by Thursday, October 20th by 5:00 pm.
• The Post Office has hired an agency “CBRE” to review their leases.
• The Lindley Caton Pantry of Angels has prepared a brief for use during the budget workshop considerations.
Kitty Pierce – thanked Harry Pierce for the mortar and bricks he placed around the Ammon Titus chair outside.
Richard Biggio reviewed Pam Gee’s responses to concerns raised at the last meeting:
• Regarding use of a town road to a business in another town – Lindley may look into ways to collect from the business for damages to the road, however this is not considered commercial traffic, and may also open a Pandora’s Box regarding any traffic throughout town that is passing through to another town.
• Does mileage need to be reimbursed to town employees at the Federal rate. Yes.
• Can Town Hall security include a locked door? If the Town can justify why the door is locked, then yes this can be used as a form of security. A buzzer would assist. Gerry Simcoe asked Tracy Wilson, Judge, if a monitor can be hooked up with a tone. This option does exist.
Richard announced that an Audit of the Judge’s financial will need to be scheduled. Tracy Wilson indicated this would need to be done in December as the Court Clerk is out. Tracy Wilson asked if she could hire a Deputy Court Clerk to be used when the Court Clerk is unavailable. Richard B. commented that this comes out of the budgeted contractual account already established
Dick Pierce – asked about a half-door for the court office. Tracy Wilson indicated this had been looked at in the past and something about the door frame made it difficult to put into place. Richard Biggio suggested Tracy talk to Dee Hill about this because the Corning City Manager’s Office just did something like this.
Tracy Wilson said that JCAP grant money is still available and a bank teller window could be put in.
Richard B. indicated that these are more options that can be looked into and considered.
2012 Budge Workshop #1
Kathy Biggio, Finance Director, presented draft budget #1 will requests from employees and Fire Department. Kathy suggested the Highway Superintendent salary be set at $44,000, with 2 person insurance coverage, with the proposal that if the individual needs family, they make up the difference between 2-person coverage and family coverage costs. Kathy also suggested that if they prefer single coverage, the salary be raised to $49,000.
Kathy also proposed a pay increase equalization rate that would cost $4500 total for 2012, but then hold any wage increases for three years after that as we wait for the economy to recover.
Kathy indicated that with this current draft, the budget was showing a decrease of $14 dollars per $1000, compared to last year.
Kathy suggested taking $100 thousand dollars above reserves and put that into equipment for highway in 2012, and to increase the annual savings amount for equipment to $50,000.
Town Board Members reviewed line items and will review salary items at the next Budget Workshop on November 2nd. Richard Biggio stated that the Line Item for the Library should remain a donation. All Board Members agreed.
The Town Board agreed to budget $1400 for the Lindley Pantry of Angels.
Old Business, contd.
Lloyd DeMun asked other Board members why they were reconsidering cameras in the building when they had previously determined not to allow cameras to maintain the ‘user friendly’ nature of the Town Hall. Discussion about having more information/options now; the tone attached with cameras option; keeping the door locked is also an option now. Lloyd was concerned that he was under the impression the Board had made a decision and now it seemed that wasn’t the case.
Fran Tempel wondered if a door buzzer and a half-window would suffice. Discussion of ideas continued without decision.
Next Budget Workshop was scheduled for November 2nd at 7:00 pm, with a Public Hearing Scheduled for November 9th at 7:00 pm.
Paul Mortzheim made the motion to adjourn the meeting, Gerry Simcoe seconded. Roll – all agreed. Meeting adjourned.
Lindley Town Clerk