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The regular monthly meeting of the Town of Tompkins Town Board was called to order at 6:58 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. Willy & Ann Wood – Town residents


Pledge to the flag was led by Howie Buttel.


Guest Speakers:
Willie & Ann Wood – attended meeting to observe.


2013 Tentative Budget
The tentative budget was reviewed by the board.
On Motion by Backus, seconded by Buttel, it was move to accept the 2013 Tentative Budget (as presented by the Bookkeeper to the Supervisor) as the Preliminary Budget.
Vote: All AYES – Motion Carried

A Public Hearing on the Preliminary Budget will be held on November 8, 2012 at 7pm.
[Click Here for PDF of the Preliminary Budget.]


Minutes Approval:
On motion by Stuendel, seconded by Buttel, it was moved to approve the minutes of the Board meeting held on September 10, 2012.
Vote: All AYEs – Motion Carried.


Monthly Financial Reports:
Town Clerk’s Report:
On motion by Layton, seconded by Buttel, it was moved to receive, approve and place on file the Town Clerk’s monthly report for September 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 October 9, 2012 Financial Report.
Vote: All AYEs – Motion carried.


Other Reports:
Report – Planning Board – Minutes for the August 9, 2012 planning board was presented to the board for review.
[Click Here for PDF of the Aug 9, 2012 Planning Board minutes.]


Report – Assessor – None

Report – Highway Superintendent

  1. Cold patch has been done on Chase Brooke and the City section by the Rainbow, Ron hopes to have that area broke up and re graveled next year.
  2. Gravel has been hauled from Afton and stocked piled at the Town property.
  3. Roads have been worked and graveled including:
    Barbour Brook took 25 loads, Chamberlain Brook took 39 loads, Faulkner Rd took 24 loads also had changed pipe, Dufton Hollow took 4 loads and has      had limbs and ditch work done, Carroll Hill took 15 loads, Kerryville Rd took 12 loads and also had limbs trimmed.
    Franskevicz Road is being worked on now and thus far has taken 10 loads.
  4. The new truck had to have a clutch fan repaired and was under warranty.
  5. 2006 International had anti freeze in the oil and was found that the oil pump went, Dana Wagner has repaired it.
  6. 2005 1 ton had the module kit and fuel pump go so that it was unable to draw off of both tanks.
  7. Ron tallied that they have used 3836 yards of gravel for the roads this year.
  8. Ron contacted Ben Funk and found that a good starting price for the 1988 truck would be $19,000.  Ron was unsure if that was bare or with Sander and Plow and he would look into it.


Report – Dog Control Officer

  1. 63 Summons have been mailed for unlicensed dogs.
  2. Discussed charging a $25 late fee.


Report- Supervisor

  1. A letter was received from the Lawyer of a land owner that disputes the right of way for the Sewer district. Rob Panasci had replied and stated they feel things were correct and will proceed with the project, he also stated they had given the land owner plenty of time to dispute the survey in question and to have it surveyed on their own.
  2. Chips Money has been received.
  3. Received a contract from Lafever for the rental of the creamery and small trailer. On motion by Stuendel, seconded by Backus, to allow rental with the stipulations in the contract.
    Vote: All AYE’s – Motion Carried
  4. Georgiana Merwin, Town of Tompkins Tax Collector, has submitted a resignation letter taking effect on December 31, 2012. Board discussed possible appointments for that position and due to classes that may need to be taken for the appointed person it may be better to ask for Georgiana to resign on November 1, 2012. There was also discussion on a retirement gathering for Georgiana.
  5. There was only one application for the Assessor position submitted.  The board interviewed the applicant.
    On motion by LaTourette, seconded by Stuendel, it was moved to appoint Wendy Layton to the Assessor position.
    Vote: All AYE’s – Motion carried
  6. Bill had spoken to Frank Morgan about a privacy fence for the Town Hall property, Frank suggested using evergreen trees due to the fact they would have less upkeep than a wooden fence.
  7. Bill took the picture of the hotel that once stood on Jacob’s Block and had it scanned, enlarged, and mounted at the Frame Shop in Walton at a cost of $100.
  8. Bill had received a late notice from the County for taxes on a property owned by the Town. Bill is going to contact the County to see what needs to be done to get this taken care of.



Layton had received a letter from an individual that is requesting reimbursement for money owed back to them for their mother that was in Country Side Care Center, due to the fact they had closed down.
Layton stated that this letter was sent out to all supervisors.


Carl Stuendel provided the Town Board with the Planning Board’s revised Town of Tompkins Subdivision Regulations that corrected some minor issues and one major change of eliminating Simple Sub Divisions. The Board will review these changes and, if necessary, make any further modifications at the November meeting.  Before the Board adopts the changes, they will be submitted to the Delaware County Planning Board for review and a Public Hearing will be scheduled for community comment.


Abstract of Claims
On motion by LaTourette, seconded by Buttel, it was moved to approve the Abstract of Claims for October 9, 2012 as follows:
General Fund: $3018.57
Highway Fund: $248,993.20
Vote: All AYEs – Motion carried.


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


Date: October 9, 2012
Michelle Phoenix
Town of Tompkins
Town Clerk

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