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The regular monthly meeting of the Town of Tompkins Town Board was called to order at 7:02 pm in the Town meeting room, Trout Creek, NY.


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


  1. Ronald VanValkenburg-Hwy Superintendent
  2. Michelle Phoenix- Town Clerk
  3. Nancy Roberts – Bookkeeper to the supervisor
  4. Brian Albanese


Pledge to the flag was led by Carl Stuendel

Minutes Approval:

On motion by LaTourette, seconded by Buttel, it was moved to approve the minutes of the Board meeting held on July 11, 2011.

Vote: All AYEs – Motion Carried.
Monthly Financial Reports:

Town Clerks Report:

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

Vote: All AYEs – Motion carried.
Supervisor’s Report:

The Town’s monthly financial report was reviewed with Nancy Roberts, bookkeeper to the Supervisor.

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

Vote: All AYEs – Motion carried.

Guest Speakers:

Brian Albanese – Asked if he could put a campaign sign in the Town Building yard. The Board stated he could not due to the fact that you are not allowed to place a campaign sign within a certain number of feet of a polling place.

Other Reports:

Report – Planning Board

Michelle supplied copies of the Minutes for May 12, 2011 Planning Board meeting.  They were reviewed by the Board.  Click July 14, 2011 Planning Bd Minutes for PDF.

Report – Assessor


Report – Highway Superintendent

  1. 2 Inch Top has been put down on Higley Spur, part of Higley Rd, Bobs Brook, Windfall and Gray Road.  They will be sealed up in about 2 – 3 weeks.
  2. Cleaned up the lot behind the Salt Shed ( Old TC Sports Bldg)
  3. Will be putting in rip rap on Dry Brook.
  4. More Ditch and Brush work has been done.
  5. Ron questioned how much the scrap metal brought.
  6. Questioned the Stream Corridor Project, and repairs for Chamberlain Brook, Pine Swamp and Mormon Hollow.
  7. Ron asked for more money for Grit also for Sealing of the roads. Much discussion went on about this. The board agreed to hold a special meeting when Ron gets numbers for the cost of sealing the roads.
  8. Summer help ends this week (8/12/2011).

Report – Dog Control Officer

  1. 6 Summons issued
  2. Received a call from a resident on Lower Loomis about a dog on their property, picked dog up and took to the owner.
  3. Received a cruelty call, checked it out and was unfounded.
  4. Have 15 dog owners not home when went out to give summons. After much discussion the board agreed to have the summons mailed to dog owners return registered receipt.
  5.  Received a Letter from an upset resident that had received a summons. Board reviewed

Report- Supervisor

  1. Vicky Hornbeck will be stripping and waxing floors.  A motion was made by Stuendel to pay Vicky $12 per hour to do floors, Seconded by Backus.              Vote: All AYEs – Motion Carried.
  2. Chris McLaughlin asked if she could place a Barn Quilt (American Flag) on the outside of the Town building, After much discussion a motion was made by Buttel to allow Chris to do so, seconded by LaTourette.                                                                                                 Vote: All AYEs – Motion Carried
  3. Resolution 15 – 2011 – On Motion by LaTourette, seconded by Buttel it was approved to approve Resolution 15 – 2011, The Establishment of the Trout Creek Sewer District in the Town of Tompkins.                                                                                                               Vote: All AYE’s – Motion Carried



Ron had received and provided the blue prints from Hannah Wagner for the Town of Tompkins signs – Board reviewed, No action taken.


On August 1st at 6:00 pm the board met to discuss FEMA Hazard Mitigation Plan.

See attached for that meeting’s minutes.  Click Special Meeting-Hazard Mitigation Plan Update for PDF.


On motion by Backus, seconded by LaTourette, it was moved to approve the Abstract of Claims for August 8, 2011 as follows: General Fund: $ 15,044.20, Highway Fund: $ 14,480.59,

Capital Fund: $ 3130.51

Vote: All AYEs – Motion carried.
Reading back of the minutes:

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

Vote: All AYEs – Motion carried.

On motion by Backus, seconded by Stuendel, it was moved to adjourn meeting at 9:00 pm.

Vote: All AYEs – Motion carried.

Next meeting will be at 7pm on September 12, 2011 at the Town Meeting Room, Trout Creek, NY.

Michelle Phoenix
Town of Tompkins
Town Clerk

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