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The regular monthly meeting of the Town of Tompkins Town Board was called to order at 7:04 pm in the Town meeting room, Trout Creek, NY. With William Layton leading in the Flag salute.

William Layton – Supervisor
Brian Albanese – Councilperson
Howard Buttel – Councilperson
Peggy Backus – Councilperson
Tim LaTourette – Councilperson – Absent

Michelle Phoenix – Town Clerk
Ron VanValkenburg – Highway Superintendent
Nancy Roberts – Bookkeeper – Via Zoom
Craig Manno – property owner on Wagon Wheel Rd

Bid Opening for Kelsey Community House – None submitted
A discussion took place on the sale of the property and it was decided to advertise it through a real estate broker and to get their opinion on the sales price. Michelle will give bill the name of the real estate broker in Hancock that contacted her for the bid specifications.

Bid Opening Snow Removal of the Sewer District properties – None received
Contact Sam Galley and see if he is interested.

Floor Time: The property owner Craig Manno on Wagon Wheel Road approached the board asking if he could purchase the road because he is the only owner on the road. The board stated he could not purchase the property but the board showed interest in adornment of the road and would seek the avenues on the process and get back to the owner and advise him as to the requirements.

A motion was made by Buttel, seconded by Albanese, approving the minutes of the regular meeting for October 13, 2020,
Albanese – All others in favor.   Motion Carried.

On motion by Albanese, seconded by Buttel, it was moved to approve the Abstract of Claims for November 5, 2020 as follows:
General Fund: $22,190.80
Highway Fund: $70,287.49
All in favor – Motion carried.

Monthly Financial Reports:
On motion by Backus, seconded by Albanese, upon finding discrepancy with the Town Clerk Report and the Code enforcers report. To have it fixed and the Town Clerk and the code enforcers report for October 2020 will be presented at the November 2020 meeting.
All in favor – Motion Carried

On motion by Buttel seconded by Albanese, it was moved to approve and place on file the supervisor’s monthly financial reports as of 10/30/2020 dated 11/5/2020.
All in favor – Motion Carried

On motion by Albanese, seconded by Backus to approve the sewer districts Abstract of Claims for November 5, 2020 as follows $5,213.58
All in favor – Motion carried.

On motion by Albanese seconded by Backus it was moved to approve and place on file the sewer districts monthly financial report as of 10/30/2020 dated 11/5/2020.
All in favor, Motion carried.

RESOLUTION #81 2021 Town/SD Budget
On motion by Albanese, seconded by Backus it was moved to make the presented 2021 preliminary budget to the final 2021 Town / SD budget.
All in favor, Motion Carried

On motion by Albanese, seconded by Layton it was moved to hire Floor Fool for cleaning of the Town building for $75.00 per cleaning and Highway garage at $50.00, being done 2 times in the Winter and 1 time in the summer per month.
All in Favor, Motion Carried

A Short discussion took place on the Emergency Management Plan that is required per the State. Michelle stated she will start working on it and present a draft at one of the upcoming meetings.


Sewer District workers report – Novembers report was provided

Assessor – None

Planning Board – None

Dog control Officer – None

Highway Superintendent

  1. Working roads, been cutting brush
  2. Ron stated he had Suit Kote here to review roads that he would like to seal in 2021. Suit Kote will send a quote.
  3. All the grit has been hauled in
  4. All the trucks are dressed for the winter weather.
  5. There has been some repair work done on the trucks.
  6. The 2014 1 ton sold for $23,000
  7. Been out 1 time to sand/salt the roads so far
  8. Would like to start the spec process for a 10-wheeler soon.

Supervisor –

  1. Bill got together with Steve Hood, Ed Engelman, and the engineer to review the fire tower and what needs to be done. The engineer will send back his report in about a month.
  2. Bill looked into placing a play set on the school house property and didn’t realize that it could be in the way of digging up the time capsule in 6 years, Bill didn’t realize it was as large as it was until he viewed pictures. A Backhoe will need to be brought in to dig it up. Upon further discussion the Board didn’t feel it was in their best interest to move the picnic table to another location because it was set up as a memorial for a Town resident. Also, the removal of the old swing set takes away from the historical value of the property. There was also the discussion as to which who would be responsible for the new piece of equipment years on down the road. And to what requirements would have to be addressed with the insurance company for “safety issues”. At this time the Board does not feel it would be in their best interest to place a play set on the school house property.
  3. Bill would like to get the process started to get rid of all the Towns surplus property.

Other – Albanese state the Towns generators have started to be serviced by Trimbell electric but there are some parts they need to complete the service.

Correspondence: – None

Meeting adjourned at 8:20pm                         

Next meeting to be held on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 7PM
Date: November 5, 2020
Michelle Phoenix                                                                                       
Town of Tompkins Town Clerk

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