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September 13, 2022

September 13, 2022

Read Special Meeting September 29, 2022
Read Special Meeting September 30, 2022

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


Patrick Kennedy, Councilman

John Benson, Catherine Benson, Catherine Beecher, Carol Serazio, Brigid Tighe, Patrick Benson, Carol Metz, Patrick Doyle, Kris Garvey

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

A motion to accept the minutes of August 9 was made by Thomas Burke seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.

The meeting was opened to Catherine Benson, Director of the Heermance Memorial Library.  Catherine gave her annual report to the board and presented the proposed 2023 budget in the amount of $290,970 an increase of 4.41% compared to last year.  The budget vote will take place at the library on October 4 at the library. Councilman Burke thanked Catherine for the remarkable job she has done over the past 4 years.

Chief of EMS gave her report to the board.  They had 108 calls and continue to struggle with the shortage of employees; they lost two part-timers.  Currently they have eight full-time and 4 part-time employees. Due to staffing issues weekend scheduling has been problematic.  Nadine would like to move a part-time employee to full-time; there is enough money in the budget for this year.   Thomas Burke made a motion to authorize Nadine to hire/post 1 full-time EMT position.  Michael Veeder seconded the motion which was duly carried.
Ayes: 4 – Hanse, Burke, Veeder, Wilkinson Absent:  1 – Kennedy

Nadine reported that the health care workers benefits (NYS Dept of Health) are pending; funds should be administered in October.  Workers could receive up to $3,000 based on the number of hours worked during the vesting period.    

Highway Superintendent Ross reported they have been busy cleaning up dead trees and getting the vehicles ready for snow plowing season.  

Board members were provided with Code Enforcement’s written report.

Meeting opened for public comments:

John Benson inquired about ARPA funding for Ely Street which was discussed at the Village meeting.  Supervisor stated that once the Kings Road sewer project is complete the Town will be looking at the water infrastructure on Ely Street, probably sometime next Summer.  It was noted that the portion of Ely Street being considered is outside the Village.

Patrick Doyle reported that Flint Mine continues working with the IDA on the PILOT. Towns are waiting for the IDA to move forward on the PILOT before considering Host Community Agreements.  Flint Mine petitioned the siting board to make some minor modifications to the project layout.  The siting board responded with requests of additional information on the modifications. 

Carol Metz thanked Rick and Tom for attending lunch at the Senior Center.  Everyone is welcome anytime.  The sink is being worked on today; it required another part.  Carol stated that they need a new toaster oven.  Things are going well; they have two upcoming events – BINGO on October 19 and a Halloween party on October 31.  Carol asked if the library would give a presentation to the Senior Club and asked that Catherine reach out to Dawn Smith to coordinate.

The rental contract between the Town and the County for the Senior Center was presented.  The only change was that the Town will pay for the floors to be cleaned twice a month after club meetings.  A motion authorizing the Supervisor to sign the rental agreement as presented was made by Thomas Burke seconded by Linda Wilkinson and duly carried.
Ayes:  4 – Hanse, Burke, Veeder, Wilkinson Absent:  1 – Kennedy

Since the commercial stove at the Senior Center was declared surplus at the last meeting, two interested parties have indicated an interest in purchasing it.  A motion to set the minimum bid at $150 was made by Richard Hanse.  Councilman Veeder thought the bid was too low; after discussions Michael seconded the motion which was duly carried.
Ayes:  4 – Hanse, Burke, Veeder, Wilkinson Absent:  1 – Kennedy

A quote from Zef’s Flooring was presented to replace the kitchen floor at the Senior Center in the amount of $1,494.94.  Only one quote was required in accordance with the Town’s procurement policy.  Mike would have liked to see another estimate as he is always looking to save the Town money.  Thomas Burke made a motion to accept the quote from Zef’s which was seconded by Richard Hanse and duly carried.
Ayes:  4 – Hanse, Burke, Veeder, Wilkinson Absent:  1 – Kennedy

It was noted that Rick and Tom will be ripping up and disposing of the old floor which saved $300.

Rick reported that we are waiting for the asbestos report on the Quarry.  Is hopeful that the demolition will be complete by the end of October.

No movement on the tire dump.

General Fund and Highway bills in the amount of $74,722.32 were audited on abstract #9, voucher numbers 2022-606 through 2022-670.

A motion to accept the July Justice reports as presented was made by Linda Wilkinson seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.

At 7:50 pm a motion to enter into executive session for the purpose of discussing contract negotiations was made by Thomas Burke seconded by Michael Veeder and duly carried.  

At 8:05 pm a motion to come out of executive session and adjourn the meeting was made by Michael Veeder seconded by Thomas Burke and duly carried. 

Copies of all resolutions, agreements, and contracts are on file in the Town Clerk’s Office.

Bambi Hotaling, Town Clerk

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