The Organizational Town Board Meeting was held January 11th, 2012
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:
Gerry Simcoe – Town Supervisor
Pat Clark – Boardmember
Lloyd DeMun, II - Boardmember
Linda Salyerds – Boardmember
NYS DOT Resolution
Letters of support for Boardmember candidates David Ballard and Fran Tempel
• Meeting was called to order by Gerry Simcoe at 7:00pm.
• Pledge to the flag completed.
• Reports were received from Town Clerk, Justice, Historian, Supervisor, Code Enforcement Officer and Highway Superintendent.
• Minutes of the prior meetings were accepted as read.
Announcements by Gerry Simcoe:
1. NYMIR has proposed a decrease of 3.1%
2. Time Warner Cable will decrease costs from $62.04 to $61.04
3. Steuben County Self-Insurance costs for 2012 will be $12,061.00
4. The Steuben County Legislature will hold a Public Hearing January 23rd. Posted on Town Hall Bulletin Board.
5. There will be a recognition ceremony for long term Town employees who have left/retired on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 2:00. All are welcome to attend.
6. Megan Thistle, Town Clerk, read the annual Association of Towns training announcement. Kathy Biggio, Bookkeeper indicated that there are often local trainings in Syracuse and Corning.
Mary Lentzen, Planning Board Chair, announced that the Planning Board is requesting a Public Hearing to determine if there can be a 5-month moratorium on camper and campground applications. Mary indicated that the current zoning laws have no real regulations on campers in town. The Planning Board would like time to study this and make a proposal to the Town Board regarding density and health issues. Audience and Board discussion about this. The moratorium for 5 months means that the application process would be on hold until zoning recommendations can be proposed to the Town Board. Lloyd DeMun made the motion to hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, January 18th to discuss adopting a 5-month moratorium on campers/camping applications. Linda Salyerds seconded. Roll – all agreed.
Updating the NYS DOT Resolution to add highway mileage to the Town inventory: The revision of the NYS DOT resolution adopted at the last meeting adjusted the mileage to be added to the Town Highway Inventory. This mileage is used to determine the amount of CHIPS money received from the State. Total overall mileage update is 4.33 miles including from Mersereau Lane from Stowell Rd to the End of Road for a total length of 1.75 miles; Stermer Road from SR 15 to End of Road for a total length of 2.71 Miles; and then Delete Glick Rd from SR 15 to the End of Road for a total length of 0.13 miles. Pat Clark made the motion to adopt the Resolution. Lloyd DeMun seconded. Roll – all agreed.
New Business, Cont’d:
Gerry has been in conversation with the Highway Union regarding starting wage for a new hire. As a result of the way the contract is written, and the fact that several retirements have occurred, the next person hired would start at about $8.94. Gerry is proposing a short-term, one-time adjustment to the Contract to hire someone at $10.94 for the next 90 days, in order to be fair to a new hire. Discussion about: Update that Marc Stocum, Highway Superintendent, has someone lined up to accept the job at the higher rate; making the rate higher if possible; tabling decision until talking again with Union; basing rate on experience; whether this adjustment would bump everyone’s pay up and affect the budget for 2012. Pat Clark made the motion to make the next new-hire hourly start rate $10.94, contingent upon acceptance by the Union, seconded by Lloyd DeMun. Roll – all agreed.
Gerry would contact the Union with the Board’s decision and get back to everyone.
Appointment of individual to fill the vacancy on the Town Board for one year, to go through election process in November 2012:
• Two Applicants – David Ballard [R] and Fran Tempel [D]. Several letters of support were read for Fran Tempel pointing out previous experience on the Town Board during a vacancy, commitment to community interest and involvement over the past ten years, work experience as a teacher, budget process experience. A letter from the Lindley Republican Committee in support of David Ballard pointing out much experience with Union Work in the School District, budgetary experience, commitment to community and church. Much discussion by community members and Board in support of each candidate.
• Ken McKillip pointed it out that if there is a Republican vacancy on the Board, it’s always replaced by a Republican. This was refuted by Gerry Simcoe who replaced a Republican as a Democrat himself. Kitty Pierce commented that politics mean nothing in Lindley, it’s the best person for the job. Fran Woodring thanked people for the kind words they had for his wife.
• Pat Clark indicated this was a very difficult decision for him. His perception, however, is that based on the constituents he’s talked to for the last three weeks, he needs to vote what they desire and put his personal views aside.
• Dick Pierce - historically in the 60’s when I was Town Clerk I ran for Supervisor but the Republican committee was supporting a Democrat. No one tells me who to vote for.
• Ken McKillip concurred with all the comments being made and talks to the people every year. Mary Lentzen asked if the people he speaks to are Republicans and Ken McKillip answered in the affirmative. Mary asked if that was what people wanted, a Board with one mindset? Ken McKillip pointed out that the two new boardmembers are Republicans.
• Kitty Pierce reminded people that Fran lost the election two years ago by 1 vote, and this last election by only 50. She added that Republican Gerry Simcoe, and Democrat Fran Tempel campaigned together this past year and that Party didn’t matter.
• Kathy Biggio remarked that both candidates are good people and that regarding Fran – she has experience on the Town Board and brings it with her because she attends virtually all meetings.
• Dave Ballard commented that he has nothing against Fran but that he does have experience with budgets, projections, and 25 years in Civil Service. He indicated he enjoys reaching mutual agreements between parties and does a good job.
• Brenda Criss commented that as a public servant, a person is never rewarded and Fran should be rewarded for her diligence and commitment to the community through her attendance and voluntary activities on behalf of the Board, and on the Board of the Pantry of Angels.
• Dave Ballard suggested the issue be brought to the public and hold a special election.
Dee Hill recommended it was time the Board made a vote.
Lloyd DeMun motioned for a poll of the Board for Fran Tempel, seconded by Gerry Simcoe. All for Fran – Gerry Simcoe, Lloyd DeMun.
Pat Clark motioned for a poll of the Board for Dave Ballard, seconded by Linda Salyerds. All for Dave Ballard – Pat Clark, Linda Salyerds.
Ken McKillip indicated that a special election may be called for and the Board of Elections has told him this will cost taxpayers $1000. Kathy suggested getting more public feedback. Dee Hill asked who the Town Supervisor was and if he would please run the meeting. Gerry Simcoe reminded Dee that he tries to listen to others’ ideas.
Gerry Simcoe indicated they will go forward with the meeting and return to this issue again this meeting.
New Business cont’d:
Marc Stocum received estimates for furnace – the lowest bid requires ½ up front. Discussion about how this would be handled.
Linda Swan asked for clarification about the Public Hearing for the Camper Moratorium.
Dee Hill shared that a law has been passed that will take effect in February regarding Open Meetings Law and sharing of information such as agendas.
Town Board entered an executive session at 8:35 to further discuss the board vacancy.
Town Board returned to Organizational Board Meeting at 8:50. Gerry will call the Board of Elections and discuss options regarding a Special Election.
Dick Pierce asked for clarification regarding Robert’s Rule of Order if there is no quorum. Gerry Simcoe indicated it’s still a draw, any decision needs to have a majority vote of 3.
Bills were reviewed. Linda Salyerds made the motion to pay the monthly bills. Lloyd DeMun seconded. Roll – all agreed.
Linda Salyerds made the motion to adjourn the meeting. Lloyd DeMun seconded. Roll – all agreed. Meeting adjourned at 9:15pm.
Lindley Town Clerk