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Monthly Archives: July 2012

Our Town Assessor, Joyce Otten, has asked that we post a link to the Town of Tompkins 2012 Final Assessment Roll.  Besides clicking on it here, that link as well as a link to General Information on Real Property Tax can also be found on the Town Laws page.  Just click on the Town Laws tab, the last tab in the row of tabs near the top of your screen.

The regular monthly meeting of the Town of Tompkins Town Board was called to order at 7:04 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


Pledge to the flag was led by Peggy Backus


Guest Speakers:


Minutes Approval:
On motion by Stuendel, seconded by Buttel, it was moved to approve the minutes of the Board meeting held on June 11, 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 June 2012.
Vote: All AYEs – Motion carried.


Supervisor’s Report:
The Town’s monthly financial report was presented by Nancy Roberts and reviewed by the board.
On motion by LaTourette, seconded by Buttel, it was moved to receive, approve and place on file the Supervisor’s July 9, 2012 Financial Report.
Vote: All AYEs – Motion carried.



Other Reports:
Report – Planning Board
Minutes for the May’s planning board meeting were read by Michelle.
[Click HERE for PDF of May 10, 2012 Planning Board meeting minutes.]


Report – Assessor


Report – Highway Superintendent

  1. Liquid calcium was spread on 6/22/2012 on Chamberlin Brook, Hathaway Pond Rd., and ½ of Readburn Mountain Rd. More will possibly be spread on 7/10/2012.
  2. For the EWP-funded roadwork to proceed, signatures from landowners will need to be received and notarized.
  3. Roadwork has been done on Carcass Brook and Chase Brook; will be starting on Roods Creek.
  4. 2in Top is done on Higley and East View Rd, also a spot on Dryden and Walton Mt. Roads.
  5. The new truck has been at Wayne’s Welding for 3 weeks.
  6. Mowing is going slow.
  7. Ron approached the board with estimates for sealing Walton Mt., Ferris Dean, and Dryden. This will take apx. 521 ton of stone. Board advised Ron to get figures for the board to review at the next meeting or before.
  8. Summer help has painted the Town Building inside walls.


Report – Dog Control Officer
DCO and Judge are attempting to meet to come up with a solution for the unlicensed dogs.


Report – Supervisor

  1. Bill advised the board that the Planning Board has submitted two checks to the town clerk, one check was over a year old and the other was over 4 months old. The Check that was a year old was unable to be deposited but the other was. Bill will discuss this issue with the planning board.
  2. Steve Brown had approached Bill with interest in setting up a walking trail to the Fire Tower on Rock Rift. He would like to open the fire tower for people to view. Steve will look into associations that may be able to make this possible and to keep any liability away from the town.
  3. On motion by Stuendel, seconded by Buttel, it was moved to pass Resolution 22-2012, which states that the Town of Tompkins Town Board hereby approves and accepts the Emergency Response Plan. Vote: All AYEs – Motion carried.
  4. Picture Frames – The paintings by Mr. Schwartz will be placed in frames from the frame store in Delhi.
  5. Tentative meeting date change for August’s Town board meeting will be August 9th at 6PM providing its ok with Lamont.    [Update:  Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 6PM]
  6. Received a notice from Excellus proposing a raise in rates to 14.7%.
  7. Gravel Permits paperwork is being done; next step is to go to the gravel bank and map it out. Anyone interested in going are welcome.
  8. Carl discussed the abandonment of the portion of Rock Rift and how the process should get started.



Received a letter from Joe Tarantino in response to the dust issue on his road he stated that the calcium that was laid this year did not work and he would like the entire road paved or oil be laid.
Bill will contact Joe and let him know this year nothing can be done but the board will discuss possible options for next year.
Ron stated he will lay another load of calcium this year.




Abstract of Claims:
On motion by Backus, seconded by Buttel, it was moved to approve the Abstract of Claims for July 9, 2012 as follows:
General Fund: $4,195.13
Highway Fund: $85,301.25
Vote: All AYEs – Motion carried.


Reading back of the minutes:
On motion by Backus, seconded by LaTourette, it was moved to accept the minutes as read back.
Vote: All AYEs – Motion Carried


The meeting was adjourned at 8:50 pm


Next meeting will be tentatively @ 6:00 pm on August 9, 2012 at the Town Meeting Room, Trout Creek, NY.    [Update:  Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 6PM]


Michelle Phoenix
Town of Tompkins
Town Clerk