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The regular monthly meeting of the Town of Tompkins Town Board was called to order at 7:03 pm in the Town meeting room, Trout Creek, NY.


  1. William Layton – Supervisor – Absent
  2. Howard Buttel – Councilperson
  3. Tim LaTourette – Councilperson
  4. Peggy Backus – Councilperson – Arrived at 7:17
  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 Carl Stuendel.


Guest Speakers: None


Minutes Approval:
On motion by Stuendel, seconded by LaTourette, it was moved to approve the minutes of the Regular Board, Organizational, Board of Health and Appointment meeting’s held on January 8, 2013.
Vote: All AYEs – Motion Carried.


Monthly Financial Reports:
Town Clerk / Tax Collector Report:
On motion by LaTourette, seconded by Stuendel, it was moved to receive, approve and place on file the Town Clerk/Tax Collector monthly report for January 2013.
Vote: All AYEs – Motion carried.

Supervisor’s Report:
The January 2013, Supervisor’s monthly financial Audit was present to the board by Nancy Roberts, Bookkeeper to the Supervisor.
On motion by Stuendel, seconded by LaTourette, it was moved to receive, approve and place on file the Supervisor’s monthly financial Audit for  January 2013 Financial report.
Vote: All AYEs – Motion carried.


Other Reports:
Planning Board – Copies of December 2012 were presented to the board for their review.
[Click HERE to view the December 13, 2012 Planning Board Minutes.]


Assessor – Copies of January 2013 Assessor report were presented to the board for their review.


Report – Highway Superintendent

  1. Ron presented the board with a purchase order for the pipe that needs to be replaced on Mormon Hollow for $6,701.55
  2. On Motion by LaTourette, Seconded by Backus to approve the purchase order presented by Ron for the purchase of a 40 ft pipe in the amount of $6701.55
    Vote: All AYES – Motion Carried

  3. EWP Projects – Rock Rift and Readburn No. 2 are 100% done. Pine Swamp and Readburn No. 1 are still in design.  The Chamberlain Brook project is still waiting to hear from City for approval.
  4. Guys have been cutting brush on Walton Mountain.
  5. Have had minor repairs on equipment.
  6. Gravel Bank permit has been renewed and is good from Jan 29, 2013 – Jan 2018
  7. Will be getting $130,118 in CHIPS money.
  8. Stone and pipe bids will be going out in the papers and will set the opening of bids at the March’s Monthly meeting.


Report – Dog Control Officer
NYS Ag & Markets have done a Municipal Inspection report for Crescent Pet Lodge on January 17, 2013, and the reports shows the dog shelter to be “unsatisfactory” but also does state that it will be re inspected in apx 30 days and it is anticipated that all deficiencies will be corrected by that time.
Russ is due to have Inspection on Friday February 16th and at that time they will discuss with Deb Toth what steps need to be taken if the next inspection of Crescent Pet Lodge fails.


Report- Supervisor

  1. Received a resignation letter from Wendy Layton for her position on the Board of Assessment of Review due to her undertaking the new Assessor position.
  2. On motion by LaTourette, Seconded by Stuendel to accept Wendy Layton’s resignation for the Board of Assessment Review.
    Vote: All AYES – Motion Carried.
    It was discussed that upon investigation there was no need to replace Wendy’s position due to there still being enough members on the board after Wendy’s resignation.

  3. There will be a letter sent out too Mr. & Mrs. Decker in regards to the damage done to the sign located on Decker’s property. It was stated in the letter that LaFever has been reminded by Lamont of this issue and that it has to be dealt with in a timely manner.



On 2/11/2013 a letter was received by Robert Beebe in regards to the City of New York v Town of Tompkins, Stating that the proposals will be presented to the DEP Commissioner during the week of February 11, 2013. Thereafter, any recommended settlement will be submitted to the respective principals, the City of NY and our Town.
At this point Beebe explained in the letter that things are in a “holding pattern”, which, giving these circumstances, He believes is acceptable to CWC.


After review and discussion of the membership renewal for the Del. Co. Chambers of Commerce it was agreed by the Board not renew membership due to the Board feeling as if there was no reason for the Town to have such Membership.


Abstract of Claims
On motion by LaTourette, seconded by Backus, it was moved to approve the Abstract of Claims for February 11, 2013 as follows:
General Fund: $122,494.14
Highway Fund: $19,861.03
Vote: All AYEs – Motion carried.


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


Meeting Adjourned at 8:20pm


The meeting for March 11, 2013 will be held at the Town Meeting Room, at 7:00pm Trout Creek, NY


Date: February 11, 2013
Michelle Phoenix
Town of Tompkins
Town Clerk

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