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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. 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. Rosemary Roberts – Representative for J & P Decker
  5. Tiffany Hood – Student of Walton Central School
  6. Morgan Layton – Student of Walton Central School
  7. Carolyn Butler – Student of Walton Central School
  8. Joe Tarantino – Town Resident
  9. Mike Beers – Student of Walton Central School


Pledge to the flag was led by Morgan Layton


Minutes Approval:

On motion by Stuendel, seconded by Buttel, it was moved to approve the minutes of the Board meeting held on April 9, 2012.

Vote: All AYEs – Motion Carried.


Monthly Financial Reports:

Town Clerk’s 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 April 2012.

Vote: All AYEs – Motion carried.


Supervisor’s Report:

The Town’s monthly financial report was reviewed by the board

On motion by Stuendel, seconded by LaTourette, it was moved to receive, approve and place on file the Supervisor’s May 14, 2012 Financial Report.

Vote: All AYEs – Motion carried.


Guest Speakers:

Joe Tarantino – Town Resident

Mr. Tarantino addressed the board with issues of dust that is covering his residence on Chamberlain Brook. Mr. Tarantino stated in the past couple year’s calcium has been applied to control the dust but it does not seem to be working and it is getting costly to clean the dust off his buildings, he asked why the Town couldn’t go back to using oil. He stated he is not looking for the town to spend a lot of money on the road just a remedy to the dust issues. Ron stated that for some reason oil is not being used much anymore by any towns. Ron also stated he would check with Suit Kote but will not guarantee anything else can be done. Bill suggested Ron get a price comparison between calcium and oil and the town could then see what the best cost effective resolution to this matter could be.


Rosemary Roberts – Representative for Paula and John Decker

Rosemary approached the board with maps she had received from the County and stated that she has not been able to come across a Title for the property that was sold to the state from the county.

After much discussion the board advised Rosemary Roberts to contact the state and see if they had the title she was looking for. Bill also advised Rosemary Roberts she would have to contact Rob Panasci and Chris Yaccobuci with any further matters that involve the sewer system.



Other Reports:

Report – Planning Board

Planning board Minutes for April 12, 2012 where provided for all board members to review.

(Click HERE for PDF of PB Meeting Minutes.)


Report – Assessor



Report – Highway Superintendent

  1. Received from FEMA or will be receiving from FEMA for disasters declared in our town:
    DR-4031‑ Hathaway Pond, Franskevicz Rd, Dryden, Readburn, Chase Brook, and LaTourette Rd.
    DR-1993(May 2011 Ice Storm) – Received for Dry Brook & Gray Rd. 4020 received apx. $22,000. Have heard nothing regarding the Pine Swamp area PW.

    The project worksheets that have been presented to FEMA for DR-1993, DR-4020 (Hurricane Irene), and DR-4031 (Tropical Storm Lee) come to a total      of $83.628.35. Federal amount $62,721.28 (75%).  We have received $48,000 in payments as of 5/14/2012.

  2. Filled out paperwork from FEMA
  3. Equipment for last month that has been worked on is the Roller and Broom.
  4. Cold Patched
  5. Cut Brush
  6. Cleaned some roads with Broom
  7. 22 road cones were stolen from Eastview Rd. Since then12 were found in a ditch.
  8. All equipment has been waxed.
  9. Gravel has been crushed
  10. Two EWP projects 100% paid: Pine Swamp $265,326 and Chamberlin Brook $45,888.  Three projects (of which Town pays 25%) are
    two on Readburn for $29,464 and $62,128 and
    one on Rock Rift for $33,722.
  11. Brush cut, Ditch work, changed pipe and laid gravel on East view Rd.
  12. Summer help – Ron questioned Board as to if one or two people will be hired. Board agreed that they will hire 2 as in the past. The County may only pay for one.
  13. Chips – if town wants partial payment paperwork needs to be mailed by May 16.
  14. Del Co Emergency Services sent out a letter stating fire departments will now only be toned out to trees down if there is a life threat.



Report – Dog Control Officer

  1. Tried to contact the Judge about summons to be issued but has yet to make contact.



Report- Supervisor

  1. Ethics policy – Are being handed out and employees need to sign when they receive them
  2. Wood Policy – After much discussion the Board agreed to use a modified version of the county policy.  The policy will be wrote up and brought back to next month’s meeting.
  3. Town employees may be able to get discount glasses through a program through Leather stocking. When more info available Bill will provide it to employees.
  4. Printer – Nancy stated she called everybody and when she went to order the printer she found it was no longer on sale. The cost is $529. On motion by LaTourette, seconded by Layton it was approved to purchase the printer.  Vote: All AYEs – Motion carried.
  5. The sign at the end of Cemetery Road was put up.
  6. Received a letter from a resident inquiring if the town would pay for their children to go to 4-H day camp for the summer with a cost of $175. The Board agreed this would be ok providing the same child going to the day camp does not also bill the town for swimming lessons.
  7. Pictures for Town Hall – Bill prices frames at AC Moore at $30 each. Bill will also check into Big M and the County Office Bldg and see where they have their pictures done and the cost.
  8. Flags – The town will purchase their own flags instead of going through the Legion.
  9. Health Insurance for Ron. On Motion by Stuendel, Seconded by LaTourette,  Ron’s contribution to health insurance will be 9% and that rate will be retroactive to the last pay period for Ron. Vote: All AYEs – Motion carried.
  10. Bill will advise Linda of the new change in Ron’s insurance.
  11. The windows in the School house had been broke out, the people that had done it had been found and a letter was received from one of the persons with his apologies. The windows have been fixed.




Donation letter received from Delaware County Firefighters Association. After much discussion a motion by Layton, seconded by Stuendel to send $100 after Bill checks to see if it is Legal for Towns to send out donations. Vote: All AYEs – Motion Carried.





Abstract of Claims

On motion by Backus, seconded by Buttel, it was moved to approve the Abstract of Claims for May 14, 2012 as follows: General Fund: $7487.65, Highway Fund: $82,061.90

Vote: All AYEs – Motion carried.


Reading back of the minutes:

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

Vote: All AYEs – Motion Carried


The meeting was adjourned at 9:15pm


Next meeting will be at 7:00 pm on June 11, 2012 at the Town Meeting Room, Trout Creek, NY.



Michelle Phoenix
Town of Tompkins
Town Clerk

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