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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. Wendy Layton – Town Assessor
  5. Chris Yacobucci – Lamont Engineers
  6. Joe Tarantino – Town Resident
  7. Willie & Ann Wood – Town Residents


Pledge to the flag was led by Stuendel.


Guest Speakers:
Chris Yacobucci – Chris gave a brief review on the status of the CWMP and answered any questions that anyone had.
At this time the Board also agreed to sign change order #3 and the request for payment.


Follow-up to Public Hearing:
Carl Stuendel moved Resolution 11-2013, seconded by LaTourette, to Adopt Local Law 2-2013, which adopts the NY State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code as the Building Code for the Town of Tompkins.


Minutes Approval:
On motion by LaTourette, seconded by Buttel, it was moved to approve the minutes of the April 8, 2013 Board Meeting.
Vote: All AYEs – Motion Carried.


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

Supervisor’s Report –
On motion by LaTourette, seconded by Buttel, it was moved to receive, approve and place on file the Supervisor’s monthly financial Audit for April 2013 Financial report.
Vote: All AYEs – Motion carried.


Other Reports:
Planning Board – March and April minutes were provided to board members for review.
Click HERE for a PDF of the March & April Planning Board Minutes.


Assessor – Wendy presented the board with her monthly Assessor report.


Highway Superintendent –

  1. EWP Projects – Site showing for potential bidders will be on 05/22/2013.  Bids will be opened on 06/05/2013 at 11:00am and will be awarded on 06/10/2013 at the regular board meeting. Michelle has filled out the prevailing wage paperwork and they are in her office for bidders that need a copy.
  2. Working on Roads – Roods Creek has received #3 & #4 Stone from top of hill to bottom corner; Larry Schaefer has provided the stone and the truck. On top of that stone, stone dust was applied to fill the voids. Larry had stated in the past that he would put crusher run in places where there was a problem from the wear and tear of their trucks on the road. Ron suggested that we ask Larry to attend a board meeting and discuss the destruction that their trucks and equipment is doing to Roods Creek.
  3. Started working Sands Creek but due to it getting dry, work had to stop
  4. Ditching on Abe Boice and have changed 2 road pipes and 2 driveway pipes
  5. Some repairs have been done on equipment
  6. We will be receiving apx. $2,000 more for snow removal from County.
  7. Bid for a 2014 1 Ton went out in paper.
  8. Dana Wagner started working on the corner posts on the trucks. Dana gave an estimate of $300.00 per side per truck. Ron also questioned the board about the painting of the trucks.
  9. Ron stated he misspoke at last month’s meeting about the roads being swept. At that time they were not all swept but as of this meeting they are all done.
  10. Chamberlin Brook – Ron provided the board with estimates for putting down a double surface two tenths of a mile on said road. After much discussion Layton called for Executive Session at 8:34pm – Returned at 8:43pm. Layton explained the board feels it is not feasible to blacktop the road but would put down the normal amount of Magnesium Chloride in May and would monitor the road and the dust issue. If while monitoring the road it has again become unacceptably dusty, the board agreed a second shot would be applied.
  11. Ron has received the fire proof cabinets that were requested by the insurance company.


Dog Control Officer –

  1. At this time no Rabies Clinic has been scheduled for the town.
  2. Received a contract with the Heart of the Catskills Humane Society. On motion by Buttel, seconded by Layton, to sign a 1 year contract with HCHS with the stipulation that Michelle first clarifies the meaning of paragraph #6.
    Vote: All AYES – Motion Carried


Supervisor –

  1. The Trout Creek Church would like to know if they can store a small amount of records. On Motion by LaTourette, seconded by Layton, to allow them to store a small shoe box size box in records room.
    Vote: Four Ayes, One Abstention (Stuendel) – Motion Carried
  2. Both Town signs are now up.
  3. More pictures are being enlarged and framed by Village Printer in Oneonta at $20.00 a piece. Bill stated he dropped off between 40 – 45 pictures to be done.
  4. Summer help has started.



Received letter from J. Green inquiring on the school house reunion and approval to hold it on Saturday, August 10, 2013


A letter was received from the Senior Dining Program requesting the Town of Tompkins to budget $500.00 to go toward the program in 2014.


A letter was received from Georgian Merwin requesting that the old schoolhouse on Bridge Street be dedicated to her fathers and a sign be erected on the building with her father’s name on it. Because the Town Board is considering the restoration of the schoolhouse and the possibility of having it listed on the NY State Registry of Historic Sites, it won’t consider a name change until it understands the requirements for obtaining this historical designation.  The Board will look into it when we get further into this process.



As required by NYMER, Ron has fixed the bolts on the swing set.


We have received the old signs from CWC that say “former place of Rock Royal and Cannonsville”. They have been replaced with new ones.


Received from the Coalition of Watershed Towns a board-member election ballot. The board agreed on who they wanted to vote for, and Layton will fill out the form and send it back.



Abstract of Claims
On motion by Backus, seconded by Buttel, it was moved to approve the Abstract of Claims for May 13, 2013 as follows:
General Fund: $8166.49
Highway Fund: $57,041.86
Vote: All AYEs – Motion carried.



Meeting Adjourned at 10:20 pm


The meeting for June 10, 2013 will be held at the Town Meeting Room, at 7:00pm Trout Creek, NY


Date: May 13, 2013
Michelle Phoenix
Town of Tompkins
Town Clerk

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