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The regular monthly meeting of the Town of Tompkins Town Board was called to order at 6:00 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


Pledge to the flag was led by Tim LaTourette


Guest Speakers:


Minutes Approval:
On motion by Stuendel, seconded by Buttel, it was moved to approve the minutes of the Board meeting held on July 9, 2012.
Vote: All AYEs – Motion Carried.


Monthly Financial Reports:

Town Clerk’s Report:
On motion by Layton, seconded by Stuendel, it was moved to receive, approve and place on file the Town Clerk’s monthly report for July 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 Backus, seconded by Stuendel, it was moved to receive, approve and place on file the Supervisor’s August 21, 2012 Financial Report.
Vote: All AYEs – Motion carried.


Other Reports:

Report – Planning Board
Minutes for the June 2012 and July 2012 planning board meetings were presented to the board.
[Click HERE for PDF of the June and July Planning Board Minutes.]


Report – Assessor


Report – Highway Superintendent

  1. Ron asked if the board would consider putting up a privacy fence at the Town building between the Town property and adjacent property.  The board will look into this.
  2. Road crew has been helping out other towns.
  3. Rip rap area on Rock Rift road has been done.
  4. Chips work complete and paperwork sent in.  This year additional paper work has needed to be sent compared to prior years.
  5. Stone done on Dryden, Walton Mt and Ferris Dean Roads
  6. A clutch kit and rear main seal has been done on Scott’s truck.  After the work was done it was noticed the seal is leaking and may need to be replaced again. Work was done by Dana Wagner and Marc Layton.
  7. New Rotors and front brakes were put on the 2010 pickup.
  8. The two 1 tons have had rotors and brakes replaced.
  9. 2004 Chevy had brake lines replaced.
  10. Excavator was skipping while idling so a new injector has been replaced, and also had a light and bracket replaced on the boom.
  11. The DEC contacted Ron and asked if our highway crew could help repair Barbour Book Rd.  We hauled about 400 yards of gravel to help the DEC out with short section of that road.
  12. Intersection of Grey Road and Finch hollow had ditch and pipe work done.
  13. Mowing, cutting limbs, Boom mowing and ditch work done on Tower Mountain.
  14. All Town roads have been mowed, some a second time.
  15. Due to the dry weather roads have not been worked but they have been filling pot holes.
  16. Placed an order with Chemung Supply for carbides costing apx $2,000, ordering this early has saved money.
  17. Ron discussed his interest on getting the frames and boxes painted on the 4 Internationals, when he looked into this he found it had cost Masonville apx $4,200 per truck, Ron would like to see this added to the budget.
  18. The new truck should have the box on Thursday and if all goes well they may have truck after Labor day, Ron wishes to take a truck and trailer and pick up the truck, wing and plow after his inspection instead of it being delivered.
  19. Ron supplied the board with a list of all the roads that have been sealed from 1997 to now.
  20. On Motion by LaTourette, seconded by Buttel, to give Ron permission to have the EWP projects’ bids put in the Walton Reporter after Soil and Water gets them drawn up.
    Vote: All AYEs – Motion carried.


Report – Dog Control Officer
DCO and Judge have met and tickets will start going out along with Harboring letters.


Report- Supervisor

  1. Town Signs – On motion by LaTourette, Seconded by Backus, to purchase 2 4×5 single faced town welcome signs at $1,600 and have installed near the White Barn and across the road from Lloyd Backus residence on 206.
    Vote: Al AYE’s – Motion Carried.
  2. While doing a tour with interested contractors of the sewer district, Bill was approached by a couple contractors with interest in renting the creamery and trailer.  Board showed interest.
  3. A special meeting will be held on August 28, 2012 at 6:00pm with Lamont to present the winning bid for the sewer district.
  4. Cornell Cooperate Extension contacted Michelle with interest in using the meeting/Board room on October 5, 2012. On Motion by Stuendel, seconded by Backus, to allow them the use the meeting room for that day.
    Vote: All AYES, Motion Carried.
  5. The pictures painted by Mr. Swartz were framed and hung.








Abstract of Claims

On motion by Stuendel, seconded by Buttel, it was moved to approve the Abstract of Claims for August 21, 2012 as follows:
General Fund:   $10,164.36
Highway Fund: $127,172.13
Vote: All AYEs – Motion carried.


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


The meeting was adjourned at 8:02 pm.


Next Regular meeting will be September 10, 2012 at7:00 in the Town Meeting Room, Trout Creek, NY.


Michelle Phoenix                 Date August 21, 2012
Town of Tompkins
Town Clerk

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