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Monthly Archives: March 2014

The regular monthly meeting of the Town of Tompkins Town Board was called to order at 7:05 pm in the Town meeting room, Trout Creek, NY.



  1. Howard Buttel – Deputy Supervisor/Councilperson
  2. Tim LaTourette – Councilperson
  3. Peggy Backus – Councilperson
  4. Brian Albanese – Councilperson
  5. William Layton – Absent



  1. Nancy Roberts – Bookkeeper
  2. Michelle Phoenix – Town Clerk
  3. Carole Zandt – Deputy Town Clerk



Guest Speakers: None


Minutes Approval: Annual Audit of Books, Annual Board of Health, Annual Reorganizational and Regular monthly meeting.
On motion by LaTourette, seconded by Backus, it was moved to approve the minutes of all meetings held on January 13, 2014.
Vote: All AYEs – Motion Carried.



Monthly Financial Reports:
Town Clerk / Tax Collector Report –
On motion by LaTourette, seconded by Backus, it was moved to receive, approve and place on file the Town Clerk/Tax Collector monthly report for January 2014.
Vote: All AYEs – Motion carried.


Supervisor’s Report –
Supervisors monthly report was reviews with the Board by Nancy Roberts/Bookkeeper to the Supervisor. On motion by LaTourette, seconded by Buttel, it was moved to approve and place on file  the financial report, dated February 10, 2014.
Vote: All AYEs – Motion carried.


Other Reports:
Planning Board – None


Assessor – February’s Monthly report was provided for board to review.


Highway Superintendent –

  1. Ron wanted the Board members to take note of the amount of grit that has been used this winter season and to take in to account it will need to be built back up and the budget amount of $15,000 will not cover the replacement cost. Ron expects at that point to be hauling back in about 4500 – 5000 yard to get the pile built back up for next season. This could be more depending on how the rest of the winter season goes.
  2. Stone and pipe bids will need to go out.
  3. Scott’s truck is at Stadium and the heating core needs to be replaced.
  4. The guys have been working on trucks and replacing hydraulic hoses and replacing carbides on the wings.
  5. They have unplugged some frozen pipes that go under the roads to keep from water back up into roads.
  6. Been plowing and sanding.
  7. The switch on the fuel pump needs replacement.
  8. Ron wanted to point out the prices of diesel fuel is rising more and more each week.


Dog Control Officer –

  1. 24 Summons have gone out for unlicensed dogs
  2. Have received numerous calls from and unknown caller with complaints on conditions of dogs in the caller’s areas not being fed or having adequate shelter. All complains have been checked out and the dogs had adequate shelter and food.
  3. Harboring letters will be sent out within the next couple of weeks for residents that are harboring unlicensed dogs.


Supervisor – None




Correspondence –

  1. Received a donation check from Padmasambhava Buddhist Center in the amount of $750.00.
  2. Received a request for donation in the amount of $100 for the Delaware County fair 5K Run/Walk and 10K Run. After much discussion and on Motion by Backus, Seconded by Albanese it was decided not to donate this year.
    Vote: All Aye’s – Motion Carried



  1. Resolution 6-2014 – Town Supervisor and Town Attorney are hereby authorized to and directed to obtain a release of liability from Mr. Tomao and then to reimburse Mr. Tomao for the claimed in the amount of $469.40
    On Motion by LaTourette so moved; Town Board Member Buttel Seconded.
    Vote: All Aye’s – Motion Carried
  2. The Sewer district budget was submitted to DEP and approved by Tim Stalter.
  3. Michelle received a call from 4-H Camp Shankitunk and they stated the prices will be rising this year and they would like to see the Town of Tompkins to have more control over campers the Town sends to camp.
    After much discussion On Motion by Albanese, Seconded by Backus, the Board will have the Town of Tompkins applicants submit their application to the Town Board, the Board will review applicants and be sure they are Town Residents and it will be a first come first serve basis once funds are exhausted applications could be turned down. After the board approves the application they will be sending to Camp Shankitunk and applicants will be notified of approval.
    Vote: All Ayes – Motion Carried
    Michelle is to call Camp Shankitunk and find out what the 2014 fees are and to notify them of the process the Town will be doing for Town of Tompkins applicants.
  4. On Motion by LaTourette, Seconded by Backus it was passed to approved pay application #13 for the CWMP and Stormwater Retrofit.
    Vote: All Ayes – Motion Carried.



Abstract of Claims
On motion by Buttel, seconded by Backus, it was moved to approve the Abstract of Claims for February 10, 2014 as follows:
General Fund: $124,657.78
Highway Fund: $24,269.08
Vote: All AYEs – Motion carried.



Meeting adjourned at 8:36PM


Next Meeting to be held on March 10, 2014

Date: February 10, 2013
Michelle Phoenix
Town of Tompkins
Town Clerk