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Monthly Archives: March 2012

There will be a Public Hearing at the Town of Tompkins Town Hall, 148 Bridge Street, Trout Creek, NY, 13847 on Monday April 9, 2012 at 7:00pm to hear comments regarding the proposed local law for Flood Damage Prevention.  Those interested in reviewing the proposed law in advance of the hearing may click HERE for a PDF of the proposed law.

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. Bill 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. Joe Reynolds – Town Building Inspector
  5. Shane Strong – Cobleskill Stone Products
  6. Ducan Martin – Delaware County Planning Dept.


Pledge to the flag was led by Peggy Backus


Minutes Approval:

On motion by Stuendel, seconded by Backus, it was moved to approve the minutes of the Board meeting held on February 13, 2012.

Vote: All AYEs – Motion Carried.

Monthly Financial Reports:

Town Clerks Report:

On motion by Buttel, seconded by LaTourette, it was moved to receive, approve and place on file the Town Clerk’s monthly report for February 2012.

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 LaTourette, seconded by Stuendel, it was moved to receive, approve and place on file the Supervisor’s March 12, 2012 Financial Report.

Vote: All AYEs – Motion carried.


Stone & Pipe Bids

Received Stone bids from Cobleskill Stone and Carver.

On motion by Stuendel, seconded by Buttel, it was moved to accept bid of crushed limestone from Cobleskill Stone for the amounts of

Crushed limestone

1a – $19.25 ton, 1B – $17.55 ton, 1st – $17.55 ton, 1&2 Blend – $18.35 ton.

Vote: All AYEs – Motion carried.


Received bids for pipe from Chemung supply & Jess F. Howes

On motion by Buttel, seconded by LaTourette, it was moved to accept both bids from Chemung supply and Jess F. Howes amounts of

Chemung Supply

All pipe in 20’ Lengths -12”- $4.59/foot – Bands $5.53, 15” – $5.97 – $ Bands $7.19, 18” – $8.83 – Bands $10.64, 24” – $13.77 – Bands $16.58, 30” – $21.19 – Bands $40.80, 36” – $27.14 – Bands $52.25, 42” – $37.80 – Bands $72.80, 48” – $46.14 – Bands $88.87, 60” – $76.50 – Bands $14.33

Jess F Howes

15” – $7.10 – Bands $8.49, 18” – $10.49 – Bands $12.19, 24” – $15.95 – Bands $19.09, 30” – $25.30 – Bands $45.40, 36” – $31.26, Bands – $55.20, 48” – $52.20 – Bands Attached.

Vote: All AYEs – Motion carried.


Guest Speakers:

Duncan Martin – Delaware County Planning Department.

Duncan addressed the board to discuss the Flood Damage Prevention Law.

In summary, the proposed Local law repeals and supersedes Local law No. 1 of the year 1987 and adopts the new law recommended by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in order to maintain the community’s eligibility to participate in the National Flood Insurance program. The proposed Local Law includes updated Flood Insurance Rate Maps.

Duncan stated the board will have to set up a public hearing for April’s Town Board Meeting and that he would send the Town Clerk all necessary paperwork.


Other Reports:

Report – Planning Board

February minutes of the Planning Board were read by Carl.   [Click  HERE for PDF of Planning Board Minutes.]


Report – Assessor



Report – Highway Superintendent

  1. Ron and Nancy have met with FEMA rep. and thus far $58,000 has been approved for damages; of that the town will receive 75%. They still need to meet on damages to Readburn and Rock Rift.
  2. Ron has had Dana Wagner make a new fuel tank.  A new tank would cost $1178 and with Dana making them it will cost half of that.
  3. More Brush has been cut on Finch Hollow.
  4. Snow plowing is down for the winter season this year to about half of what it was last year.
  5. Wings have been taken off the trucks and are being painted.
  6. The grit prices are the same as last year.

Ron has received gravel crushing prices from 3 separate companies and he would like to have10,000 tons crushed at the Town’s gravel bank in Afton. On motion by Buttel, seconded by Backus, it was moved to have Seward Sand and Gravel crush 10,000 ton of gravel. This amount should be enough to hold us  until the spring of 2014.

Vote: 4 AYEs (Buttel, LaTourette, Backus, Layton) – 1 Nay (Stuendel) – Motion carried.

  1.  Ron questioned about getting internet and a computer for the shop. A motion was made by Buttel, Seconded by LaTourette, to have the internet installed and to have the spare computer from the Town office buildings moved to the shop

Vote: All AYE’s – Motion Carried.


Report – Dog Control Officer

  1. Received a call about a dog struck by a vehicle on 206 and another one with it running loose. Picked up deceased dog and other dog, found owners and owners picked up both at DCO’s residence.
  2. Questioned how often the board would like enumeration done. Town Clerk will call other towns and see how often they do this.
  3. DCO and Judge to meet with each other and discuss the process they will be using on the summons for unlicensed dogs.


Report- Supervisor

  1. Ethics policy – Board to review and bring back questions and changes at Aprils meeting
  2. Hydrofracking – Presented by the Planning Board. Bill will confer with other towns and see what they are doing with this issue. Board to review this at Aprils meeting.
  3. Town of Tompkins signs – Drawings are being drawn up by Deb Flemming and she will get back to us when they are done.
  4. New printer and copier quotes shown – Board to look into this further and bring back to Aprils meeting.
  5. Union Negotiation Fact Finder Meeting – tentative date set up for March 20, 2012 at 6:00pm.  Board Members reviewed with no changes the  summary of information that will be given to the Fact Finder.  [March 13 Update: To accommodate the Fact Finder, meeting is now scheduled for March 27, 2012 at 6:00pm]
  6. Pictures for Town building. Helen Zandt has some personal ones and if board would like to see them she would come and show what she has. Will discuss this at April’s meeting.
  7. Helen Zandt discussed with Carl her interest in the school house being used to house town memorabilia.
  8. NYSEG lighting – Board decided it would be more cost effective to have the town do this themselves if they wanted it done.
  9. Lawn Mowing bids for the 2012 Season to go out in Walton Reporter – Same as last year.
  10. On Motion by Backus to accept the Justice 2011 yearly report and to add this to the January 9, 2012 annual audit of Affairs Minutes, 2nd by Stuendel, Vote: All AYEs – Motion Carried.
  11. Sewer System easements – Working on last 4 for signatures.  Some are in the Eminent Domain process.



Joe Reynolds – Building Inspector has received a letter from an individual questioning zoning in the town of Tompkins. He is interested in purchasing property on Hathaway Pond road and using it for a Spiritual retreat. The Board stated they have no Zoning laws and the only thing they can enforce is blocking of the roadway for emergency vehicle traffic. The Individual may also have to be sure he is not breaking any NYS health and safety laws. Joe may also want to be sure to let this individual know the town has no control over neighbors contacting law enforcement due to issues with noise.





Abstract of Claims

On motion by Buttel, seconded by LaTourette, it was moved to approve the Abstract of Claims for February 12, 2012 as follows: General Fund: $24,936.64, Highway Fund: $ 18,618.16

Vote: All AYEs – Motion carried.


Reading back of the minutes:

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

Vote: All AYEs – Motion carried.


The meeting was adjourned at 10:00pm

Next meeting will be at 6pm on April 9, 2012 at the Town Meeting Room, Trout Creek, NY.


Michelle Phoenix
Town of Tompkins
Town Clerk