The Second Public Hearing regarding the 2012 Budget was held November 16th, 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
Lloyd DeMun, II – Councilman
Paul Mortzheim – Councilman
Gerry Simcoe - Councilman
Paul Stermer – Councilman
Richard Johnson – Highway Superintendent
- attendance list
• Meeting was called to order by Richard Biggio at @ 7:00pm.
• Pledge to the flag completed.
• Minutes accepted with corrections
Announcements by Richard Biggio:
• DEC is holding forums regarding ‘fracking. This is the last hurdle before an outcome for drilling is announced. Expect to see movement by April, 2012.
• The Town Board needs to enter an executive session to address comments made during the last session.
Town Board entered executive session at 7:20 pm
Town Board returned to regular session at 7:50 pm
Richard Biggio announced that comments were made by a Board Member and legal advice was sought. The legal recommendation was that the Board member recuse himself from voting on the 2012 Budget adoption. It is Richard Biggio’s opinion that the comments were made in haste with no inclination to seek anything but express frustration. However, because of perceptions, and the need to maintain public confidence in the Board, it is recommended the Board member recuse himself from the vote. The gentleman has offered to recuse himself from the vote.
2012 Budget Public Hearing:
After considering finances and public safety, the Board has reviewed the numbers and it’s obvious which way we need to go. Lindley is a unique town with lots of weather and it demands someone who understands the road conditions. Historically, the Highway Superintendent position salary has been low. We are trying to be competitive.
Richard Biggio asked Board members if there was any discussion. None.
Paul Mortzheim made the motion to accept the 2012 Preliminary Budget, Final, as received on November 9th, 2011. Gerry Simcoe seconded. Roll – Gerry Simcoe: Yes; Paul Mortzheim: Yes; Richard Biggio: Yes; Paul Stermer indicated he is against the budget but not against safety; Lloyd DeMun: Recused himself.
2012 Budget Adopted with a 0.63% Town Tax increase
The Justice Audit is scheduled for Thursday, December 15th at 6:00 pm
Richard Biggio reported that Fran Tempel worked with Mike Ginalski and was able to secure the Lindley Presho School for the Senior Lunches for free. This is a savings of $90.00.
Mike Griffin of NYS DOT will be visiting at the next Town Board meeting (December 14th, 2011) to give an update on the new highway.
Dick Pierce reminded everyone that tonight’s budget adoption is Town only and does not include whatever the County increase will be.
The Town Clerk financial records were audited for September and October, 2011.
Lloyd DeMun made the motion to adjourn the meeting. Paul Stermer seconded. Roll – all agreed. Motion Carried.
Lindley Town Clerk