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The regular monthly meeting of the Town of Tompkins Town Board was called to order at 7:01 pm in the Town meeting room, Trout Creek, NY. With Brian Albanese leading in the Flag salute.

 

Present:         

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

 

Others:

  1. Michelle Phoenix – Town Clerk
  2. Nancy Roberts – Bookkeeper to the supervisor
  3. Ronald VanValkenburg – Highway Superintendent

 

Guest Speakers: None

 

Minutes Approval:
On motion by LaTourette, seconded by Buttel, it was moved to approve the minutes of the regular board meeting held on September 8, 2014.
Vote: All AYEs – Motion Carried.

 

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

Supervisor’s Report –
On motion by LaTourette, seconded by Backus, it was moved to approve and place on file the supervisor’s financial report for September 2014.
Vote: All AYEs – Motion carried.
 

 

Other Reports:
Planning Board – None. The planning board had stated to Bill that they may not have meetings if there is no business.
 

Assessor – None
 

Highway Superintendent –

  1. Received $1996 in money for scrap metal.
  2. Working roads
  3. Various loads of gravel have been put on roads.
  4. All gravel from gravel bank has been hauled over to gravel pile.
  5. Approximately have 50 loads left to crush and Ron asked if there was money to have this done.
  6. All working of roads for 2014 has been completed.
  7. Some repairs have been done on trucks
  8. Ron stated that grit may be used this year with the salt for the County Roads.

 

Dog Control Officer – None
 

Supervisor –  

  1. Our bill for the use of the Transfer Station in Hancock for Town of Tompkins residents in prior years has been $2200. This year we had received a bill for $5000. Bill had looked into this and had been told that only 68 residents of Tompkins had used the transfer station. On motion by Albanese to cease participation in the use of the Hancock transfer station due to rate increase for all Town of Tompkins residents, Seconded by Backus. Vote: All Ayes
  2. Closure of Rock Rift Road – Bill is going to contact Wayne Reynolds and discuss steps on doing a total abandonment or a 90 – 10 split.
  3. Discussion took place on the issue with the fire district coverage between Hancock and Tompkins. Bill will contact Luther Higley to discuss this again.

 

 

Correspondence: None

 

Other:
The Board reviewed and discussed figures on the Tentative budget for 2015. On motion by Layton, seconded by Buttel to accept the tentative budget tonight with discussed changes and make it the preliminary budget.
Vote: All AYEs – Motion carried.
 

 

Sewer District:
On motion by Albanese, Seconded by Layton it was moved to approve and for the supervisor to sign pay application #18.
Vote: All Ayes
 

On motion by Backus, Seconded by Albanese to approve the Abstract of Claims for October 14, 2014 for the sewer district in the amount of $21,982.14
Vote: All Ayes
 

There has been a walkthrough of the sewer district and a punch list has been compiled of items that needed to be complete before final payment can be made. After all items on the punch list are completed and are satisfactory Lamont will approve final payment. Lawn settlement will be exempt from this punch list and will be again reviewed in the spring of 2015.
 

Resolution 11-2014
On motion by Backus to authorize the sewer use assessment to be included on the real property tax bills and authorizing the Town Clerk to file the 2015 sewer rates of the Trout Creek Sewer District with Delaware County, 2nd by Buttel
Vote: All Ayes – Motion Carried.
 

 

Abstract of Claims
On motion by Layton, seconded by LaTourette, it was moved to approve the Abstract of Claims for October 14, 2014 as follows:
General Fund: $9951.99
Highway Fund: $102,134.75
Vote: All AYEs – Motion carried.
 

Meeting adjourned at 9:35PM
 

Next Meeting to be held on November 6, 2014
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Date: October 14, 2014
Michelle Phoenix
Town of Tompkins
Town Clerk

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The regular monthly meeting of the Town of Tompkins Town Board was called to order at 7:21 pm in the Town meeting room, Trout Creek, NY. With Tim LaTourette leading in the Flag salute.
 

Present:

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

 

Others:

  1. Michelle Phoenix – Town Clerk
  2. Nancy Roberts – Bookkeeper to the supervisor
  3. Ronald VanValkenburg – Highway Superintendent
  4. Wendy Layton – Town of Tompkins Assessor
  5. Rick Roberts – Finger lakes Trails.

 

 

Guest Speakers:
Rick Roberts, The Finger Lakes Trail coordinator for our area, Mr. Roberts was here to discuss the hiking trail that is in our area named “The Rock Rift Rail Trail”. Rick explained that a new marked portion of the trail goes from St Rt. 10 to the Rock Rift Fire Tower and back to St Rt.  10. Mr. Roberts provided maps and pamphlets for anyone interested.

 

Minutes Approval:
On motion by LaTourette, seconded by Buttel, it was moved to approve the minutes of the regular board meeting held on July 14, 2014 and the special meeting held July 17, 2014
Vote: All AYEs – Motion Carried.

 

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

Supervisor’s Report –
On motion by LaTourette, seconded by Buttel, it was moved to approve and place on file the supervisor’s financial report, dated September 8, 2014.
Vote: All AYEs – Motion carried.
 

 

Other Reports:
Planning Board – None
 

Assessor – Provided.  Wendy was also here to explain the States equalization rates and how it will affect tax bills.
 

Highway Superintendent –

  1. 3/10 of a mile on Chase Brook was torn up and approximately 80 loads of Gravel and Mag Chloride have been put down.
  2. Helped the Towns of Deposit, Franklin and Walton.
  3. Cut brush on Carrol Hill.
  4. Finished stoning and oiling.
  5. Received money for scrap.
  6. We were turn down for the grant through the State & Municipal Facilities Capital Program. Next year we will try again and see if you can get money to purchase a storage building of some sort.

 

Dog Control Officer –

  1. Received a call from NYSEG about one of the linemen getting bit by a dog on Lower Loomis. The dog has been identified and Russ has supplied NYSEG with the rabies paperwork on said dog.
  2. Received a call from an investigator from Delaware County requesting any information the Town may have on the 2 Huskies that had been killed for the upcoming court case.
  3. Talked to Linda the Court Clerk, her and DCO have come up with an agreement on the summons process for unlicensed dogs.

 

Supervisor –
Bill brought up the Towns website and if there was a desire to keep it. Nancy Roberts stated that Carl would continue to put the Town minutes on the site and charge the Town $50.00 a month. The Board made no decision on keeping the website or not.
 

 

Correspondence:
Received an anonymous letter from residence on Tower Mountain stating that there was a person that has Fresh eggs sales. The complainant stated when they had purchasing their property it stated that there is a stipulation restricting this type of endeavor and they would like the Town to put a stop to sales of fresh eggs.
 

 

Other:

  1. A discussion took place about transactions taking place in the Town of Tompkins and that a receipt should be given for any and all transactions taking place with any official of the Town of Tompkins – See Resolution 10- 2014.
  2. The Board reviewed and discussed figures on the Tentative budget for 2015.

 

 

Sewer District:

  1. On motion by Buttel, Seconded by LaTourette it was moved to approve and for the supervisor to sign pay application #17 upon receiving official signed copies from Lamont.
    Vote – All Ayes
  2. On motion by Backus, Seconded by LaTourette to approve the Abstract of Claims for August 19, 2014 for the sewer district in the amount of $817.94.
    Vote – All Ayes
  3. The Court Room office will now be used by the Sewer District operators they were given a key to the Town building so they have access to their office.

 

 

Abstract of Claims:
On motion by Buttel, seconded by LaTourette, it was moved to approve the Abstract of Claims for September 8, 2014 as follows:
General Fund: $9311.65
Highway Fund: $150,469.51
Vote: All AYEs – Motion carried.

 

Meeting adjourned at 10:20PM

 

Next Meeting to be held on October 13, 2014
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Date: September 8, 2014
Michelle Phoenix
Town of Tompkins
Town Clerk