The Lindley Town Board 2012 Budget Workshop #2 was held on
November 2nd, 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 7:05pm
Announcements by Richard Biggio:
• Richard is receiving information about Gas Drilling and the things people should be doing to prepare for the boom and bust.
• Kitty suggested that the Cemetery Volunteers take down the flags. Dee Hill was present and she and Richard discussed the tree that should come down, as well as best timing to take the flags down.
Dee Hill asked about the half-door idea Richard B. was going to ask her about. Richard and Dee discussed this as an additional security measure for the Judge’s office.
Discussion about the issue of raises across the board, or none: Paul Mortzheim indicated that a few positions warranted raises due to the nature of the position and workload (Town Clerk, Town Supervisor, Budget Director, Judge, Planning Board). Paul M. did not support normalizing salaries, or giving raises to the positions across the board. Kathy Biggio, Finance Director, indicated she would not take a raise unless it was across all positions. Lengthy discussion about how to preserve the integrity of the nature of public service while still valuing the positions. Discussion about doing a cost of living increase across all positions. Board decided to hold salaries at current amounts for all jobs, with the exception of the Highway Superintendent position.
Discussion about the Highway Superintendent Position salary: Town is caught between two things - the need to make the salary somewhat competitive since the Town doesn’t know who will be in the position, and the need to manage the rising costs of medical coverage. Lengthy discussion among board members, finance director, and audience members about what salary is competitive and fair, and what the Town can offer as a health care benefit in addition to salary.
Richard Biggio suggested a motion be made to offer $45,000 in salary, plus 2-person medical coverage. Gerry Simcoe made the motion. Paul Mortzheim seconded. Roll – Gerry Simcoe: Yes; Paul Mortzheim: Yes; Paul Stermer: No; Lloyd DeMun: No; Richard Biggio: Yes. Motion Carried
Board determined that the best balance was to set the salary for the Highway Superintendent Position at $45,000, plus 2-person medical coverage, with any additional medical coverage payable by the individual taking the position.
NOTE: this increase in the salary for this position does not impact Residents’ taxes because there are savings throughout the budget that ultimately offset this salary increase.
Other line items were addressed and put into the budget formulas. After discussion, it was determined to offer the Preliminary Town Budget for 2012 with a Town Tax increase of 0.269%. Public Hearing is set for Wednesday, November 9th at 7:00 pm at the Town Hall.
Lloyd DeMun made the motion to adjourn. Paul Stermer seconded. Roll – all agreed. Meeting adjourned at 10:15 pm.
Lindley Town Clerk