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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.


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


  1. Ronald VanValkenburg-Hwy Superintendent
  2. Nancy Roberts
  3. Tim Oralls

Pledge to the flag was led by Peggy Backus.

On motion by Stuendel seconded by Buttel it was moved to approve the minutes of the July 13,2009 meeting as each member had received a copy.

Vote: All AYEs – Motion Carried.

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.

Correspondence – Letter from Senator Bonacic.

Letter was an answer to our letter about polling places in our Township about to be closed. Senator Bonacic basically said these are local matters that should be handled at local levels.


  1. 930 loader is fixed and back at the gravel bank.
  2. Readburn Rd cutting brush and working the road.
  3. 2006 International is still at Stadium- trying to fix it.
  4. Crusher- Teitsworth Auction wants to put it on the internet.  On motion by Stuendel seconded by LaTourette it was moved to put the crusher on the internet. All AYEs  Motion carried.
  5. Changed starter, brake can, air hoses on various trucks.
  6. 2in” was put on Bullock Hill Rd on 7-7-09
  7. Paperwork for chips has to be in the 13th of August, Has been sent. $125,119.83 has been spent.
  8. There is enough stone left (400 ton) to seal some roads.   ON motion by Buttel seconded by LaTourette it was moved to seal the roads until the stone runs out.  All AYEs  Motion carried.
  9. We have two (2) riprap jobs –Hathaway Pond Rd and Dufton Hollow Rd.
  10. The broom- Dana has located a remanufactured motor 4bt Cummings motor 85 horse with turbo. With a 3 months warranty for $4550.   On motion by Buttel seconded by LaTourette it was moved to buy the remanufactured motor for the broom.   All AYEs    Motion carried. Ron will try to get them to pay the freight one way.
  11. Windfall Run – Wait and see if we take it over.
  12. Warranty on the Excavator- time ran out so there is none.
  13. Superintendent wants the Planning Board to amend the subdivision rule on roads to read crushed gravel instead of screened gravel.

Reports- Planning Board- re Town Clerk

Separate paper – No report.

Reports- Supervisor

  1. Adding on to our building   nothing.
  2. Hancock Telephone Co— On motion by LaTourette seconded by Backus it was moved to approve the agreement with Hancock Telephone Co.  All AYEs    Motion carried.
  3. Grant NYS—Carl Stuendel will inquire.
  4. Noise ordinance—The Board discussed the noise ordinance and decided that the article from the Talk of the Town was very specific about how hard it would be to enforce such an ordinance. Tom Evans sent an e-mail to Carl Stuendel: There is no State law on this subject. Based on local laws that Tom reviewed, a nuisance noise would be over 90 decibels.
  5. We finally paid Tim Bennet.
  6. 4H camp—21 kids attended.
  7. Taggarts set up the generator at the Hwy Building. They will come back and run a separate line to the air compressor because the generator won’t handle it. When the Good Neighbor CD comes due the money for the generator will be put back in Highway funds. Concrete blocks will be put around the generator for protection.
  8. We need to have the new door knobs put on the school house door and the new bulletin board put up.   On motion by LaTourette seconded by Buttel it was moved to have Marc Layton to do these jobs.   All AYEs   Motion carried.
  9. Painting of the doors is all done and paid for.
  10. Discussed heating the school house and looking into a grant to fix and insulate the building. Unless we get a grant, we are not planning to heat the building this winter.
  11. Union contract – July 7, 2009 approved the contract-July 20,2009 when we received the contract. Contract that had been prepared by the Town was signed by the Board on August 10, 2009 to be sent to Roberta Dunker.
  12. Meeting scheduled with the Assessor, Building Inspector and all board members, on Tuesday August 11, 2009 at 6:00pm.

On motion by Buttel seconded by Backus it was moved to approve the Abstract of Claims for August 2009 as follows;

General Fund: $ 7,112.63

Highway Fund:$ 90,999.95

Vote: All AYEs – Motion carried.

Nancy Roberts went over the financials with the Board.

Prices will be checked out on supplies for bathroom tissue and paper towels.

Tim LaTourette got called out to work at 8:50pm.

Reading back of the minutes:

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

Vote: All AYEs – Motion carried.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:20pm.

Sandra M Gardepe

Town Clerk

Next meeting will be on September 14, 2009 at the Town Meeting Room, Trout Creek, NY.

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