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Monthly Archives: February 2010

Call to Order:  The regular monthly meeting of the Town of Tompkins Town Board was called to order at 7:00 pm in the Town meeting room, Trout Creek, NY.

Present:

  1. William Layton-Supervisor
  2. Carl Stuendel-Councilperson
  3. Peggy Backus-Councilperson
  4. Howard Buttel-Councilperson
  5. Timothy LaTourette-Councilperson

Others:

  1. Ronald VanValkenburg-Hwy Superintendent
  2. Nancy Roberts, Bookkeeper
  3. Gail Crane, Deputy Town Clerk
  4. Joyce Ottens, Assessor
  5. Walt Ottens

Pledge to the flag was led by Supervisor Layton.

Minutes Approval: On motion by Stuendel seconded by Buttel it was moved to approve the minutes of the January 11, 2010  meeting as each member had received a copy.

Vote: All AYEs – Motion Carried.

Monthly Financial Reports: Nancy Roberts went over the monthly financials with the Board.

On motion by Buttel seconded by Stuendel it was moved to receive, approve and place on file the Supervisor’s and the Town Clerks monthly reports.

Vote: All AYEs – Motion carried.

Reports- Highway Superintendent, Ron VanValkenburg

  1. On motion by Buttel seconded by Stuendel it was moved to hire Adelbert  VanDyke to take the Towns garbage every Wednesday.  Vote: All AYEs  Motion carried
  2. The rainstorm we had minor damage. Had a small washout on Dufton Hollow Rd.
  3. Mormon Hollow Rd above George Kehr’s need to change a bad pipe.
  4. N Dry Brook Rd below Ed Vierno’s need pipes changed.
  5. Pine Swamp Rd by Toni Shelton’s the creek flooded over the Town put the creek back where it should be.
  6. Have been cutting and chipping brush on Abe Boice and Higley Roads.
  7. Right front fender by the mud flap on the red Chevy needs to be fixed. Superintendent will get two (2) estimates.
  8. On motion by LaTourette seconded by Backus it was moved to place an ad in the newspaper for bids for stone and sluice pipe. Vote: All AYEs  Motion carried.
  9. Put bids for crushing gravel in the paper next month.
  10. Make a copy of paperwork from Windfall Lake Rd for Superintendent.

Reports- Planning Board, re Town Clerk

Three reports Oct, Nov and Dec, 2009 were read by the Town Clerk.

Reports- Supervisor, Bill Layton

  1. On motion by LaTourette seconded by Layton it was moved to reappoint Paul Bartholomew to the Board of Assessment Review. Term to be 5 years October 1, 2009- September 30, 2014.  Vote: All AYEs – Motion carried.
  2. Supervisor Layton made out a paper listing Hwy employee’s names and to it to Frank at Tony’s Shoe Store where employees can get safety boots for $ 175, employee will be responsible for anything over $175.
  3. Assessor was here Joyce and Walt Ottens. Supervisor Layton ask about the property on Abe Boice Rd. There was a discussion about how the taxes are assessed. Veteran’s exemptions were discussed.
  4. Treatment Plant (land), Nate Hendricks, Doug Vandeusen, Carl Stuendel and Bill Layton went around Trout Creek and checked out properties for a sewer treatment plant. Three (3) properties are being considered:
    1. Town’s property on State Hwy 206,
    2. Sharon Gifford  & Kathy Layton’s property on County Hwy 27, and
    3. Old upturn building owned by Hank Higley on County Hwy 27.

On motion by Stuendel seconded by Buttel it was moved to keep the Town’s lot for future use, and consider the other properties for the treatment plant. All : AYEs –  Motion carried.

  1. Resolution #4 of 2010 – Local Technical Assistance Program Application was passed at a special meeting of the Town Board on January 25, 2010. Supervisor Layton read a thank you letter from the Deposit School concerning the grant Tompkins and Deposit are working on together.
  2. On motion by Buttel seconded by Backus it was moved to keep the Crescent Pet Lodge as our place to send stray dogs. Vote: All AYEs – Motion  carried.
  3. The Town will give the Vets Club $400 again this year.
  4. Stadium International added a $70 late fee to the disputed $4,770 bill. The Supervisor and the Superintendent will take the warranty to the Town’s lawyer.
  5. State bids on trucks were discussed – there are currently no 2009 or 2010 trucks available. Howie, Tim and Ron will be on the equipment committee. On motion by Stuendel seconded by Buttel it was moved to let the Committee get the Specs and go ahead and place on order a 2011 truck that will be available in the Fall, if the bids open before the regular meeting in March.  Vote: ALL AYEs – Motion carried.
  6. On motion by Layton seconded by Backus it was moved to send out letters to the Property owners in the flood plain to attend a meeting on Feb 16th concerning the appeal/protest process and flood insurance. Vote: All AYEs – motion carried.
  7. On motion by Stuendel seconded by Layton it was moved to keep Norton Security for 1 year.  Vote: All AYEs – Motion carried.
  8. On motion by LaTourette seconded by Backus it was moved to have deputy Town Clerk do 1 day per month (4 to 5 hours) while Sandy is here and 1 day per week when Sandy is gone. Vote: All AYEs – Motion carried.

The Emergency Squad needs a new heart monitor ($20,000). They have raised $8000, and have asked the O’Conner Foundation for a grant, and they want to know if the Town can help with the balance through the Good Neighbor Fund.

Abstract of Claims:

On motion by Backus seconded by Buttel it was moved to approve the Abstract of Claims for February 2010 as follows;

General Fund: $ 153,432.03

Highway Fund:$   25,962.71

Vote: All AYEs – Motion carried.

Reading back of the minutes:

On motion by LaTourette seconded by Stuendel it was moved to accept the minutes as read back.

Vote: All AYEs – Motion carried.

Adjourn:  The meeting was adjourned at 10:08 pm.

Sandra M Gardepe

Town Clerk

Next meeting will be on March 8, 2010, 7:00 PM at the Town Meeting Room, Trout Creek, NY.

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