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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. Excused Absence – Timothy LaTourette-Councilperson

Others:

  1. Excused Absence – Ronald VanValkenburg-Hwy Superintendent
  2. Nancy Roberts, Bookkeeper
  3. Gail Crane, Deputy Town Clerk
  4. Tammy Wagner
  5. Richard Wagner
  6. Lawrence Curtis
  7. M. Hasib A.Haqq
  8. Abdul-Mannaan Giles
  9. Haiya A. Shahid
  10. Rabbiyah Roberts

Pledge to the flag was led by Howard Buttel.

Minutes Approval: On motion by Backus seconded by Stuendel it was moved to approve the minutes of the May 10, 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.  During the review it was discussed that DA530.4 Hwy Equipment & Repairs Contractual account is higher than expected and required close monitoring and control for the balance of the year.  Bill Layton will speak with Ron VanValkenburg on this.

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 – Presented by Bill Layton

  1. Chips monies have been approved
  2. Shoulder work performed on many roads
  3. Applied liquid calcium on dirt roads
  4. Upgraded pipes and cut brush on multiple roads
  5. Fletcher Hollow Rd. was widened at bottom, cleaned ditch, still to be done is gravel
  6. Mowing of roads performed
  7. Did some repair work on equipment
  8. Pineswamp Rd. cleaned ditch, removed rocks and 6 tires out of end of 4 ft. tube
  9. Alger Rd – cleaned ditch, still to be done is gravel
  10. S. Dry Brook – cleaning out under guard rails
  11. Carrol Hill – will be taking gravel bar out by bridge and gravel road
  12. Hauled grit
  13. Assisted Hamden stone and oil roads

Reports- Planning Board, re Town Clerk

No Report from Planning Board

Bill Layton reported we have a new rep from Delaware County Planning Board – Kristin Janke

Reports- Supervisor, Bill Layton

  1. Summer help hired – Dan Gehl, Dustin VanValkenburg for 7 weeks @ 35 hrs/week
  2. Delaware Watershed Program for Soil and Water Grants – application was submitted by Howie Buttel and Ron VanValkenburg on time.  Thanks for the work on this.
  3. Richard Boggiano, Dryden Brook Rd. called & voiced concerns regarding the new “public access” status of the land owned by the City adjoining his.  Was/is there anything the town can do about this.  His concern is that people will be encouraged to trespass on his land.  The board felt there was nothing they could do regarding the status of the city land and they would just encourage Mr. Boggiano to post his land well with signage.
  4. Tammy & Richard Wagner attended meeting to discuss the property tax grievance meeting and the tax assessment of their property.  They had questions as to how their assessment was calculated and why Joyce Ottens did not attend the grievance meeting.  Walt Ottens sat in on the meeting in her place and they questioned the status of certification of Walt Ottens.  Mr. & Mrs. Wagner stated they have comparable properties that have lower taxes than theirs.  They had obtained a permit and demolished a trailer that had previously been on their property and they expected a larger tax reduction than they received on that.  Bill Layton indicated he will schedule a meeting with Joyce Ottens and the Assessment Review Committee and get back to Mr. & Mrs. Wagner.
  5. Status of new addition to Town Hall Building – Matt Lawrence has the plans for the new addition completed.  Low estimate of $8400 for material (excluding concrete and heating).
  6. Bill received correspondence from Superintendent of Delaware County which indicated the county mechanics have attended a one week course on International Truck maintenance.  The Board felt this could be a cost efficient benefit to our town as our Hwy. Dept. can ask for advice/assistance from the county in future.
  7. Letter was received from the Court Clerk indicating a need for a petty cash fund for the court.  Uses of this fund would enable the court to give change to people who are paying fines with cash.  On motion by Stuendel and seconded by Buttel a petty cash fund of $75.00 would be set up.  Vote:  All ayes, motion carried
  8. 3 PO requisitions from Highway Superintendent reviewed and approved.

Abstract of Claims:

Question was raised by Backus as to the labor rate for brake repair.  Seemed high.  Bill will speak with Ron to get comparative pricing on future rates.

On motion by Backus seconded by Buttel it was moved to approve the Abstract of Claims for June 2010 as follows; General Fund:$ 8,888.95   Highway Fund:$66,646.76

Vote: All AYEs – Motion carried.

Reading back of the minutes:

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

Vote: All AYEs – Motion carried.

Adjourn:  On motion by Layton seconded by Backus it was moved to adjourn. The meeting was adjourned at 8:35 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Sandra M Gardepe

Town Clerk

Next meeting will be on July 12, 2010, 7:00 PM at the Town Meeting Room, Trout Creek, NY.

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