September 8, 2020



Richard Hanse, Supervisor
Thomas Burke, Councilman
Michael Veeder, Councilman
Patrick Kennedy, Councilman
Linda Wilkinson, Councilwoman
Bambi Hotaling, Town Clerk

GUESTS: Helen Golden, Helen Meier, Carol Metz, David Meier, Mark Flach, Patrick Doyle, Catherine Benson, Katie Higgins, Charles Hailer, Giuseppina Agovino, Dawn Smith, Nadine Myrdycz, Gabe Wapner (via cell phone)

Supervisor called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Rick opened the meeting to Catherine Benson, Director of the Heermance Library. Catherine presented her annual report to the board and distributed copies of the proposed budget for 2021.
There has been no increase in the budget; same as last year. The library election and budget vote till take place at the library on October 6 from 10 am – 9 pm. A copy of the budget and the directors report are on file in the Town Clerk’s Office.

A motion to accept the minutes of August 11 was made by Patrick Kennedy seconded by Linda Wilkinson and duly carried.

Supervisor opened the meeting to the public.

Helen Meier distributed and read a prepared statement which is on file with the Town Clerk.

Patrick Doyle gave an update on Flint Mine’s Article 10 application which was accepted on August 12. Virtual presentations will be held on October 22 at 1 and 6 pm. Flint Mine is proceeding with the Article 10 process.

Supervisor read an email received from Gabe Wapner late this afternoon regarding Hecate solar project. The Article 10 application was deemed complete on September 2, 2020. Two informational forums will be held on September 22 (virtually) at 12:30 and 6:30 pm. There will be two Public Statement Hearings on September 29, 2020 (virtually) at 12:30 and 6:00 pm.

EMS Chief Myrdycz reported 75 calls.

Highway Superintendent Ross reported that the roads have been complete in accordance with the 284 agreement. They have installed several culvert pipes and the sand has been moved to the new storage facility. They need more room for salt storage. Discussion ensued; no action taken. Also need to get electric in the salt shed, get specs, and put out for bid.

A contractor has been hired by the owners to deal with the camp property issues out in Earlton.

As discussed last month, the floors (front entry, dining area, and TV/craft room) at the Senior Center need stripped and sealed. Rick received two quotes one from Clean Sweep Maintenance Systems for $2,100 and one from DTB Enterprises for $1987. Patrick Kennedy made a motion to accept the quote from DTB Enterprises. Mike Veeder seconded the motion which was duly carried.
Ayes: 5 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Wilkinson

Rick asked the board to revisit the request to use the Senior Center for a dedication ceremony honoring Diane Ringwald for her 37 years of service to the community. The event is scheduled to take place on September 19 at 10:30 am at the pocket park (which is being dedicated in her name). Afterward refreshments will be served and weather depending can be set up outside. If not, the center will be used, bathroom facilities will be open. Rick will take responsibility for cleaning up and disinfecting the building. Tom Burke offered his assistance as well. Patrick and Mike agree this is a good thing for the community. Mike would like to see it held outside if possible. A motion authorizing use of the Senior Center was made by Thomas Burke seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Kennedy, Veeder, Noes: 1- Wilkinson

It was noted that the floors would not be sealed until after the event.

Patrick Kennedy made a motion to schedule a public hearing on the proposed fire contract with Earlton Fire Department for October 13 at 7:00 pm. Michael Veeder seconded the motion which was duly carried.

A special meeting was scheduled for September 30 at 4:00 pm for the Town Clerk to distribute copies of the tentative budget to the board members.

General Fund and Highway bills in the amount of $29,227.11 were audited on abstract #9, voucher numbers 2020-650 through 2020-713.

A motion to accept the June and July Justice reports as presented was made by Thomas Burke seconded by Patrick Kennedy and duly carried.

A motion to approve the budget transfers as presented was made by Patrick Kennedy seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.

Linda asked about the status of the contract for fire protection services with Hose Co. #3. Mike and Patrick as the liaisons are working with Donna.

It was noted that Mike has received complaints about the lack of landscaping at the Town Building. The Town Clerk and Supervisor have received complaints as well.

At 7:55 pm Thomas Burke made a motion to adjourn the meeting which was seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.


Bambi Hotaling, Town Clerk