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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


  1. Ronald VanValkenburg-Hwy Superintendent
  2. Nancy Roberts –  Bookkeeper to the Supervisor
  3. Michelle Phoenix- Town Clerk
  4. Gail Crain – Deputy Town Clerk
  5. Tim Cox – CWC
  6. Judy Pangman – Lamont
  7. Chris Yaccobucci – Lamont
  8. Brian Albanese – Town Resident
  9. Joe Reynolds – Town Building Inspector
  10. Denise & Jim Walker – Town Resident
  11. Antoine Faison – Town Resident
  12. John Zabriskie – Town Resident
  13. Russell Thurston – Planning Board

Pledge to the flag was led by Howie Buttel

Minutes Approval: On motion by Stuendel, seconded by Buttel, it was moved to approve the minutes of the Board meeting held on March 14, 2011.

Vote: All AYEs – Motion Carried.

Monthly Financial Reports:

Town Clerks Report:

On motion by Stuendel, seconded by Buttel, it was moved to receive, approve and place on file the Town Clerk’s March’s monthly report.

Vote: All AYEs – Motion carried.

Supervisor’s Report:

The Town’s financial Statements and Monthly Financial Audit were reviewed with the Board by Nancy Roberts, Bookkeeper to the Supervisor.

On motion by Stuendel seconded by Buttel it was moved to receive, approve and place on file the Supervisor’s Financial Report.

Vote: All AYEs – Motion carried.

Guest Speakers:

Judy Pangman & Chris Yaccobucci – Lamont

Judy and Chris reviewed with the board the processes that Lamont has done up to this point, they have also provided upcoming processes that are coming in near future.

1. SEQR part 2 & 3 and Negative Declaration Review & Approval

2. Archeology study to start soon by Binghamton University

3. North County (NCES) wetland Delineation (now) & Threatened and endangered species review (summer) (collection system/private land)

4. Preliminary Collection System Layout

5. Contractor for restoration of treatment sites.

6. Town Highway Dept – Survey Map

7. Material from WWTF cut and fill

8. Spoils areas

9. Easements mailed next month, pending archeology study

10. Higley property subdivision: Town Purchasing property?

Mr. & Mrs. Walker

Filed a complaint with the towns building inspector about a surrounding neighbor with issues of the amount of junk cars and rubbish on the property. The Walkers would like the board to help resolve this issue. Joe had given a notice of violation to the resident with the junk cars on 3/30/2011.

Bids – Lawn Mowing

  • Bids reviewed lawn mowing from Kevin Klee, Chris Goodrich, Brent Trembell and Dan Gehl.

On motion by Buttel seconded by Backus it was moved to accept Dan Gehl’s bid on lawn mowing for the 2011 season.

Vote: All AYES – Motion Carried

Other Reports:

Report – Planning Board

Russ Thurston was here and stated they board had met last month.

Report – Assessor

Assessor’s Report for February and March was read by Town Clerk.

Report – Highway Superintendent

Due to time issues Ron Asked board to postpone meeting for Highway Superintendent report to another night. Ron stated he has a lot go through and would like to do this when there is more time.

On motion by Buttel seconded by Backus it was moved hold special meeting on Tuesday April 19, 2011 at 6pm to review Superintendents report.

Vote: All AYES – Motion Carried


 Report – Dog Control Officer

  1. 3/15/2011 – Call received to check on welfare of a dog.
  2. 3/19/11 – Call received about missing dog
  3. 3/26/2011 – Appearance ticket issued for un-licensed dog after 2 warnings.
  4. 3/27/2011 – Call received about dog barking excessively.
  5. 3/29/2011 – Resident complained about town dog law.
  6. 4/2/2011 –  Enumeration process started 36 dog counted 0 licensed
  7. 4/9/2011 – Continuation of enumeration 21 dogs counted 3 licensed
  8. It was found that the last set of puppies picked up on Southworth Road had the disease Parvo, after further investigation with Crescent Pet Lodge it was also found that the last 2 groups of puppies brought to them by the prior dog control officer had also had the disease. This is a very contagious disease and there is concern of it spreading throughout the town. After much discussion it was decided by the board members that they will no longer allow any dogs be picked up at the residence on Southworth road. Russ Thurston was in attendance and said he understood the boards concern and agreed upon this.
  9. Discussion was brought up about the enumeration process and the procedure that should be followed after enumeration of dog(s) has been done.

On motion by Carl seconded by Layton it was moved to give 14 days from date of DCO’s  enumeration to comply and get all unlicensed dogs licensed, If dogs have not been licensed by the 14 days a summons will be given. If upon enumeration the resident is not found to be home and a dog or dogs are seen or heard a letter will be mailed stating enumeration has been done at the residence and they have 14 days from the date of the letter to license dog(s).

Vote: All AYES – Motion Carried


Report- Supervisor

  1. Interior walls of the new courtroom addition have been painted by Mike Wooden in the amount of $450.00
  2.  Payroll school for Terry, after much discussion it was found there was no need to send her.
  3. Court Clerk position was filled by Linda Scott, Lynn will be training her until she leaves sometime in May. It was decided between the board that there is approximately 20 hrs a week work and Town will pay $10.00 per hour during Linda’s probation period of 60 days, after probation is complete board will review pay scale.
  4. Resident on Chamberlin Brook contacted Bill questioning why calcium is now being put on road and not dust oil. Ron stated Calcium has been found to work better and is less messy. Bill is also going to check and see if Dust Oil is even allowed to be used anymore.
  5. Vicky Hornbeck – After much discussion on putting Vicky on pay roll the board decided to investigate the cost of this.
  6. [Two resolutions, Resolution 2011-7 and Resolution 2011-8, were passed at this meeting and will be posted as soon as they are made available.  (posted May 17, 2011 cfs)] [Resolution 2011-7 (which superseded Resolution 2011-6, see Town Board Meeting March 14, 2011) was itself superseded by Resolution 2011-14.  See Town Board Meeting – June 13, 2011.  //   Resolution 2011-8 regarding Taxation of Watershed Agricultural Easements is available as a PDF: ToT Res 2011-8.  (posted Sept 1, 2011 cfs)]






Abstract of Claims

On motion by Backus, seconded by Buttel, it was moved to approve the Abstract of Claims for March 2011 as follows: General Fund: $ 40555.39, Highway Fund: $ 19735.30

Vote: All AYEs – Motion carried.

Reading back of the minutes:

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

Vote: All AYEs – Motion carried.

On motion by Layton, seconded by Backus, it was moved to adjourn meeting at 10:07 pm.

Vote: All AYEs – Motion carried.

Next meeting will be at 7pm on May 9, 2011 at the Town Meeting Room, Trout Creek, NY.

Michelle Phoenix

Town of Tompkins

Town Clerk

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