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Monthly Archives: November 2009

Adopted Budget Adopted Budget
2009 2010
GENERAL FUND REVENUE
REAL PROPERTY TAXES
Town of Tompkins $     110,000 $  201,850
DEPARTMENTAL INCOME
Interest and Penalties $         3,500 $      3,500
Clerk Fees $            500 $         300
Planning Board Fees $              50 $         100
USE OF MONEY & PROP
Interest & Earnings $            900 $         300
LICENSES & PERMITS
Dog Licenses $            200 $         200
Building Permits $         6,000 $      6,000
FINES & FORFEITURES
Fines & Forfeited Bail $         2,000 $      4,000
STATE AID
St Aid Revenue Sharing $       10,000 $    10,000
St Aid Mortgage Tax $         9,000 $      9,000
ST Aid Youth Programs $            750 $             –
Unexpended Income from 2009 $       69,400 $    28,000
Total Income $     212,300 $  263,250
GENERAL FUND EXPENDITURES
TOWN BOARD
Town Board Personnel $         7,200 $      8,000
Town Board Cont. Exp. $         1,500 $      1,800
MUNICIPAL COURT
Municipal Court Personnel $         6,000 $    12,000
Municipal Court Contractual $         2,000 $      3,000
SUPERVISOR
Supervisor-Personnel $       16,800 $    17,400
Supervisor-Equip $      2,000
Super. Contractual $         2,200 $      2,200
TAX COLLECTION
Tax Personnel $         5,000 $      5,000
Tax Collection $         1,600 $      1,300
ASSESSOR
Assess. Personnel $       10,600 $    10,600
Assess. Contractual $         1,500 $      1,200
TOWN CLERK
Town Clerk-Personnel $         6,700 $      7,000
Town Clerk Equipment $            300 $         300
Town Clerk Contr $         1,500 $      2,000
ATTORNEY
Attorney Personnel $         3,000 $      3,000
ELECTIONS
Elections Personnel $         3,200 $      3,200
Election Contractual $            400 $         400
BUILDINGS
Buildings, Equip & Cap $         4,000 $    12,000
Buildings, Contr Expend $         9,500 $    13,000
Unalloc Insurance,Contr $       29,500 $    30,000
TAXES-MUNIC PROP $         2,500 $      2,500
CONTINGENT $         6,000 $      6,000
DOG CONTROL
Dogs Personnel $         1,500 $      2,500
Dogs Contractual $         1,500 $      3,500
SAFETY INSPECTION
Safety Personnel $         7,000 $      7,500
Safety Contractual $         3,000 $      3,000
BOARD OF HEALTH
Health Personnel $            300 $         300
REGISTRAR
Registrar-Personnel $            600 $         600
HWY & STREET ADM
Supt. Hwy. Personnel $       39,000 $    40,850
Supt. Hwy. Contractu $            600 $         600
STREET LIGHTING
Lighting Contrl. Exp. $         1,400 $      1,400
VETERANS
Veterans-Contractual $            400 $         400
YOUTH
Youth Personnel $         4,000 $      4,000
Youth Contractural $         5,100 $      5,100
HISTORIAN
Historian Personnel $                 – $             –
Historian-Contractual $            600 $         600
PLANNING
Planning Contract. Exp. $         5,000 $      6,000
REFUSE & GARBAGE
Refuse-Contractual $         3,000 $      3,000
CEMETERIES
Cemeteries Contr Exp $         2,500 $      2,500
EMPLOYEE BENEFIT
Benefits State Retir $         9,000 $    14,000
Benefits Social Secu $         5,500 $      6,500
Benefits Medical Ins $         1,300 $    17,000
Total Expenditures $     212,300 $  263,250
HIGHWAY REVENUE
Highway Real Property Tax $     610,000 $  541,000
Snow Removal-other Gov $       80,000 $    80,000
Hwy. Interest & Earnings $         3,000 $      2,000
St Aid-Consolidated Hwy $     129,000
Unexpended Income from 2009 $       61,000 $  287,000
Total Highway Revenue $     883,000 $  910,000
HIGHWAY EXPENDITURES
HIGHWAY REPAIRS
Highway Personnel $     213,500 $  226,000
Highway Contractual $     175,000 $  175,000
HIGHWAY IMPROVEMENTS
Perm Improve Highway $     129,000
HIGHWAY MACHINERY
Equipment $     110,000 $  265,000
Equipment Contractual $       80,000 $    80,000
HIGHWAY GARAGE, CONTR $       20,000 $    18,000
HIGHWAY SNOW REMOVAL
Snow Removal Personnel $         3,500 $      3,500
Snow Removal Contr $       15,000 $    22,500
HIGHWAY EMPLOYEE BENEFIT
Hwy. State Retirement $       20,000 $    10,000
Hwy. Benefit Soc.Sec. $       17,000 $    15,000
Hwy. Benefit Medical $     100,000 $    95,000
Total Highway Expenditures $     883,000 $  910,000
Amount to be raised by taxes $     720,000 $  742,850
Increase 3%

 

 

 

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The Public Hearing on the 2010 Budget was called to order at 7:15pm.

Pledge to the flag was led by Supervisor Layton

The Public Hearing was opened for discussion of the proposed budget.

On motion by Buttel seconded by Stuendel it was moved to close the Public Hearing at 7:30pm and call the regular meeting to ordered Vote: All AYEs   Motion carried.

The regular monthly meeting of the Town of Tompkins Town Board was called to order at 7:30 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
  3. Brenda Thurston
  4. Russ Thurston

On motion by LaTourette seconded by Stuendel it was moved to approve the minutes of the October 20, 2009 meeting as each member had received a copy. Vote: All AYEs   Motion carried.

On motion by LaTourette seconded by Buttel it was moved to receive, approve and place on file the Supervisor’s and the Town  Clerk’s monthly reports.  Vote:All AYEs  Motion carried.

Reports- Superintendent

  1. Need to send out new vouchers and change of address for the highway dept PO Box 4, Trout Creek, NY 13847
  2. Went over all the roads and patched holes. Higley Spur and Higley Rd  need more patching.
  3. Bobs Brook Rd – chipped brush.
  4. Dryden Rd cut trees-took out stumps-ditched and widened the road-put down gravel.
  5. Been keeping things maintained.
  6. Will be drawing gravel and cutting brush.
  7. Will be doing the cold patch pad next week weather permitting.

Reports- Planning Board- re Town Clerk

No report.

Reports-Supervisor

  1. Taxes Supervisor Layton discussed the $2.00 late fee.  On motion by LaTourette seconded by Buttel it was moved to discontinue the $2.00 late fee on our taxes.  Vote: All AYEs  Motion carried.
  2. Build on the Town Hall- Discuss further at the next meeting.
  3. Tom Kingsbury- His property has been condemned as per the Town Health officer and is to torn down.
  4. A card of sympathy for John Meredith’s family was signed by all.
  5. On motion by LaTourette seconded by Stuendel it was moved to approve that the Supervisor may sign the agreement for the County Planning Boards payment for their services. Vote:All AYEs  Motion carried.
  6. Currently building permits are not required for annual home-upkeep projects amounting to $5000 or less.  On motion by Stuendel seconded by Buttel it was moved to increase the allowance for such upkeep to $10,000.   Vote: All AYES  Motion carried.

Other

On motion by LaTourette seconded by Stuendel it was moved to issue a negative declaration  for SEQRA(adopting the amendments to the subdivision rules).  Vote:All AYEs  Motion carried.

On motion by Backus seconded by Buttel it was moved to adopt the amendments to update the Subdivision Rules.  Vote: ALL AYEs  Motion carried.

On motion by LaTourette seconded by Stuendel it was moved to approve the Abstract of Claims for November2009 as follows;

General Fund: $  4,434.78

Highway Fund:$ 16,647.68

Vote: All AYEs – Motion carried.

The budget for 2010 was discussed at length and final changes were made.

On motion by LaTourette seconded by Stuendel it was moved to approve the 2010 budget. Vote: All AYEs  Motion carried.

Reading back of the minutes:

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

Vote: All AYEs – Motion carried.

The meeting was adjourned at 10.10pm.

Sandra M Gardepe

Town Clerk

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

For Release: IMMEDIATE

Contact: Lori Severino (518) 402-8000

Monday, October 5, 2009

NEW REGULATION ON OPEN BURNING TAKES EFFECT OCT. 14

Initiative Will Reduce Pollutants, Risks of Wildfires

Taking a step to reduce harmful air pollutants and help prevent wildfires, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has extended restrictions on the open burning of residential waste effective Oct. 14. The open burning of residential waste will be prohibited in all communities statewide, regardless of population, with exceptions for burning tree limbs and branches at limited times and other certain circumstances (detailed below). Previously, the ban applied only in towns with populations of 20,000 or more. The New York State Environmental Board approved this state regulation on Sept. 1.

Chairman of the Environmental Board and Environmental Conservation Commissioner Pete Grannis said: “Burning household trash is dangerous on several levels. It can release potentially dangerous compounds – dioxins and other potential carcinogens – from materials burned in backyard fires. And it is the largest single cause of wildfires in the state.”

Once considered harmless, recent studies demonstrate that open burning releases substantial amounts of dangerous chemicals into the air. A study by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in conjunction with DEC and the New York State Department of Health, found that emissions of dioxins and furans from backyard burning alone were greater than those from all other sources combined for the years 2002-04. Trash containing plastics, polystyrene, pressure-treated and painted wood and bleached or colored papers produce harmful chemicals when burned. The study found that burning trash emits arsenic, carbon monoxide, benzene, styrene, formaldehyde, lead, and hydrogen cyanide, among others.

“While bygone generations burned their garbage, that practice now must end. Decades ago, garbage didn’t contain plastics, foils, batteries, paper bleached with chlorine and other materials used today,” Commissioner Grannis said.

In addition to releasing pollutants, open burning is the largest single cause of wildfires in New York State. Data from DEC’s Forest Protection Division show that debris burning accounted for about 40 percent of wildfires between 1986 and 2006 – more than twice the next most-cited source. In 2006 alone, debris burning triggered 98 wildfires in the state.

 

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“The extension of the ban on open burning to all municipalities in New York will afford people living in all communities the chance to breathe air that is free from the contaminants that are byproducts of open fires,” said Michael Seilback, Vice President of Public Policy and Communications at the American Lung Association in New York. “We thank and commend Commissioner Grannis and the DEC for adopting these regulations that will undoubtedly improve the quality of the air we all breathe and improve the lives of people suffering from asthma and lung disease.”

“We have known for many years that open burning of garbage releases toxic fumes and poses a serious fire hazard,” said Laura Haight, NYPIRG’s senior environmental associate. “Burn barrels are considered the major uncontrolled source of dioxin, a potent cancer-causing chemical that is created when plastic and other materials are burned together. We applaud Commissioner Grannis and his department for taking this critically important action to protect our health.”

Jackson Morris, Air & Energy Program Director for Environmental Advocates of NewYork said, “We commend DEC for finalizing the state’s new open burning regulations. This rule will result in immediate, on-the-ground improvements in air quality, as the open burning of household waste spews volumes of toxics into our air. Millions of New Yorkers will breathe easier with this rule on the books.”

Open burning of residential wastes in any city or village or in any town with a population of 20,000 or more has been prohibited since 1972. DEC moved to expand the prohibition to all communities after holding meetings to receive input from stakeholders and state agencies. A proposal was released in May 2008 and was followed up with public hearings and an extended public comment period. Approximately 1,800 comments were reviewed by DEC.

As a result of public comments, modifications were made to the original proposal to include an exemption for burning of tree limbs and branches in smaller municipalities during certain times of the year.

The regulation bans all open burning except for the following:

  • On-site burning of limbs and branches between May 15th and the following March15th in any town with a total population less than 20,000.
  • Barbecue grills, maple sugar arches and similar outdoor cooking devices.
  • Small cooking and camp fires.
  • On-site burning of organic agricultural wastes, but not pesticides, plastics or other non-organic material.
  • Liquid petroleum fueled smudge pots to prevent frost damage to crops.
  • Ceremonial or celebratory bonfires.
  • Disposal of a flag or religious item.
  • Burning on an emergency basis of explosive or other dangerous or contraband by police, etc.
  • Prescribed burns performed according to state regulations.
  • Fire training with some restrictions on the use of acquired structures.
  • Individual open fires to control plant and animal disease outbreaks as approved by DEC upon the request by the Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets.
  • Open fires as necessary to control invasive plant and insect species.

 

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Towns totally or partially within the boundaries of the Adirondack and Catskill Parks are designated fire towns under Environmental Conservation Law. The law prohibits open burning without a written permit from the DEC. On-site open burning of limbs and branches allowed under the new regulation still requires a permit if it occurs in a fire town. To find out if your town is a Fire Town and/or to obtain a permit, contact your local DEC Forest Ranger. A list of rangers and their phone numbers may be obtained by calling 518-897-1300.

In addition to the open burning regulation, the Environmental Board also approved two additional rule proposals – a regulation that requires automobiles to include environmental performance label standards and a regulation that sets new limits on emissions of smog-causing Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) from 11 new categories of consumer products.

A complete outline of common questions and answers on the new regulation is available at http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/58519.html on the DEC website.  (For general information on keeping our air clean see http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/32060.html at the DEC website.)

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09-165

Express Terms

6 NYCRR Part 215, Open Fires

6 NYCRR Part 191, Forest Fire Prevention

6 NYCRR Part 621, Uniform Procedures

6 NYCRR Part 215, Open Fires

Existing Part 215 is repealed.

A new Part 215 is added as follows:

215.1 Definitions

215.2 Prohibitions

215.3 Exceptions and restricted burning

Section 215.1 Definitions.

(a) Open Fire – Any outdoor fire or outdoor smoke producing process from which air contaminants are emitted directly into the outdoor atmosphere. Open fires include burning in barrels or modified barrels. Open fires do not include burning in outdoor furnaces or boilers that are used to heat buildings when the devices are actually used for such purpose.

(b) Agricultural Land – The land and on-farm buildings, equipment, manure processing and handling facilities, and practices that contribute to the production, preparation and marketing of crops, livestock and livestock products as a commercial enterprise, including a ‘commercial horse boarding operation’ and ‘timber processing’. Such farm operation may consist of one or more parcels of owned or rented land, which parcels may be contiguous or noncontiguous to each other.

(c) Camp Fire – A camp fire or any other outdoor open fire less than three feet in height, and less than four feet in length and width or diameter.

(d) Agricultural Waste – Any waste from naturally grown products such as vines, trees and branches from orchards, leaves and stubble. In addition, any fully organic waste either grown or generated on the premises, including but not limited to paper feed bags, wood shavings used for livestock bedding, bailing twine, and other non-plastic materials. Agricultural waste does not include pesticide containers, fertilizer bags, large plastic storage bags (including bags commonly known as “Ag bags”), offal, tires, plastic feed bags, and other plastic or synthetic materials.

(e) Acquired Structure – A structure donated or loaned from a property owner for the purpose of conducting fire training.

(f) Untreated wood – For the purposes of this Part, any wood or lumber which is not chemically treated, coated, stained, sealed, glued or otherwise adulterated. Untreated wood does not include such materials as pressure treated lumber, plywood, particle board, fiberboard, and oriented strand board.

(g) On-site burning – The burning of material, grown or generated on a particular property, in an open fire on the same property. For purposes of this definition, the “same property” shall include only property that is geographically contiguous and under the control or ownership of the same person.

Section 215.2 Prohibitions.

Except as allowed by section 215.3 of this Part, no person shall burn, cause, suffer, allow or permit the burning of any materials in an open fire.

Section 215.3 Exceptions and restricted burning.

Burning in an open fire, provided it is not contrary to other law or regulation, will be allowed as follows:

(a) On-site burning in any town with a total population less than 20,000 of downed limbs and branches (including branches with attached leaves or needles) less than six inches in diameter and eight feet in length between May 15th and the following March 15th.

For the purposes of this subdivision, the “total population” of a town shall include the population of any village or portion thereof located within the town. However, this subdivision shall not be construed to allow burning within any village.

(b) Barbecue grills, maple sugar arches and similar outdoor cooking devices when actually used for cooking or processing food.

(c) Small fires used for cooking and camp fires provided that only charcoal or untreated wood is used as fuel and the fire is not left unattended until extinguished.

(d) On-site burning of agricultural wastes as part of a valid agricultural operation on contiguous agricultural lands larger than five acres actively devoted to agricultural or horticultural use, provided such waste is actually grown or generated on those lands and such waste is capable of being fully burned within a 24-hour period.

(e) The use of liquid petroleum fueled smudge pots to prevent frost damage to crops.

(f) Ceremonial or celebratory bonfires where not otherwise prohibited by law, provided that only untreated wood or other agricultural products are used as fuel and the fire is not left unattended until extinguished.

(g) Small fires that are used to dispose of a flag or religious item, and small fires or other smoke producing process where not otherwise prohibited by law that are used in connection with a religious ceremony.

(h) Burning on an emergency basis of explosive or other dangerous or contraband materials by police or other public safety organization.

(i) Prescribed burns performed according to Part 194 of this Title.

(j) Fire training, including firefighting, fire rescue, and fire/arson investigation training, performed under applicable rules and guidelines of the New York State Department of State’s Office of Fire Prevention and Control. For fire training performed on acquired structures, the structures must be emptied and stripped of any material that is toxic, hazardous or likely to emit toxic smoke (such as asbestos, asphalt shingles and vinyl siding or other vinyl products) prior to burning and must be at least 300 feet from other occupied structures. No more than one structure per lot or within a 300 foot radius (whichever is bigger) may be burned in a training exercise.

(k) Individual open fires as approved by the Director of the Division of Air Resources as may be required in response to an outbreak of a plant or animal disease upon request by the Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture and Markets, or for the destruction of invasive plant and insect species.

(l) Individual open fires that are otherwise authorized under the environmental conservation law, or by rule or regulation of the Department.

6 NYCRR Part 191, Forest Fire Prevention

Sections 191.1 and 191.5 are repealed

Sections 191.2-191.4 are renumbered to be sections 191.1-191.3

6 NYCRR Part 621, Uniform Procedures

Subdivision (g) of section 621.1 is amended to read as follows:

(g) Air Pollution Control, ECL article 19, (implemented by 6 NYCRR Parts 201, 203, [215,] and 231): including construction and operation of a new emission source or a modification to an existing emission source of air contamination, and construction of indirect sources of air contamination [and restricted open burning for air pollution control purposes (Note: permits for restricted open burning for the purpose of forest fire control, under authority of section 9-1105 of the Environmental Conservation Law and 6 NYCRR Part 191, are not subject to this Part)];

The Public Hearing concerning amending the Subdivision rules was called to order at 7:00pm. On motion by Buttel seconded by Backus it was moved to amend the Subdivision rule on design standards for screened gravel with a 4” base. Also to add October 20, 2009 to the front of the Subdivision rules.   Vote:All AYEs    Motion carried

 

Addendum – this has to be approved by the County Planning Board to be final.

 

On motion by Stuendel seconded by LaTourette it was moved to close the Public Hearing and open the regular meeting at 7:10pm.

 

The regular monthly meeting of the Town of Tompkins Town Board was called to order at 7:10 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
  3. Brenda Thurston
  4. Mary Lou and Charles Koehler
  5. Sabastian D’Agate

 

Pledge to the Flag was led by Peggy Backus

 

On motion by LaTourette seconded by Backus it was moved to approve the minutes of the September 28, 2009 meeting as each member had received a copy.

Vote: All AYEs – Motion Carried.

 

On motion by LaTourette seconded by Layton 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-Superintendent

  1. Been working on Dryden Brook Rd- Cutting trees, clearing stumps and ditching.
  2. Trucks are equipped with winter tires.
  3. Truck radiator, got the leak fixed. New radiator prices are aluminum $800 Copper $1000-1100.
  4. Dana is still working on the broom.
  5. Garbage- trying to stay within fire regulations. Ron VanValkenburg will check with Al Negrin to see if he will pick up the garbage.
  6. Supervisor Layton will ask John Reynolds about abandoning Rock rift Rd.
  7. Motor oil-should we change suppliers. Superintendent will get prices.
  8. Needs pad 14’x20’ (approximately $3690) for our cold patch- On motion by Buttel seconded by LaTourette it was moved to build the pad.  Vote: All AYEs  Motion carried.
  9. DEC came and inspected the Highway garage and fuel tanks for contaminants. Fuel tanks needed to be cleaned.

 

Reports- Planning Board- re Town Clerk

Separate paper No report.

 

Reports- Supervisor

  1. Signs for cemeteries- cancel until next year.
  2. Cleaning person-  On motion by Stuendel seconded by Buttel it was moved to hire both applicants Chris McLaughlin and Vickey Hornbeck if Carol Seward doesn’t want to come back. Vote: All AYEs  Motion carried.
  3. Signs are up and Deb Fleming is sending back $100 as she made a mistake and charged for 2 double sided signs instead of 1 single and 1 double sided.
  4. Supervisor Layton and the Board sent Helen Zandt a letter about the school house and a letter from the Delaware County Historical Society—See attached letters.
  5. On motion by Layton seconded by Buttel it was moved to send Nancy Roberts to school for Advanced Government Accounting.  Vote: All AYEs  Motion carried.
  6. We received $900 – Money for fuel from the Fire Department
  7. October 26, 2009 at 7:00pm meeting with the Board, Supervisor Brenda Thurston DCO and Town Clerk.
  8. Nancy Roberts looked up prices for property tags—300 for $60 per hundred.

 

Nancy Roberts went over the financials with the Board.

 

Other- Budget for 2010  On motion by Buttel seconded by Stuendel it was moved to approve the Preliminary Budget for 2010.  Vote: All AYEs    Motion carried.  There will be a public hearing to approve the Budget for 2010 on Nov 5, 2009 at 7pm.

 

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

General Fund: $  7,982.71

Highway Fund:$97,860.37

Vote: All AYEs – Motion carried.

 

Reading back of the minutes:

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

Vote: All AYEs – Motion carried.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 9:00pm.

 

Sandra M Gardepe

Town Clerk

 

Next meeting will be on Nov 5, 2009 at the Town Meeting Room, Trout Creek, NY.