TOWN BOARD MEETING
November 18, 2013 Page 1 of 2
The regular meeting of the Richfield Town Board was held on Monday, November 18, 2013, at the Richfield Town Hall. The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by Supervisor Enjem. Other board members in attendance were Bond, Seamon, and Snyder. Board member Seamon asked for a moment of silence in respect for Mary Weingates, a local resident killed in a house fire this past week.
Motion by Enjem, second by Snyder to pay claims as presented. Bond – yes, Seamon – yes, Snyder – yes, Enjem – yes.
A and B General $17,093.62
DA Highway $38,147.90
DB Highway $31,925.05
TA Trust & Agency $ 408.30
H Wind Project $ 1,815.98
Motion to approve minutes from October 21, October 28, November 12, 2013, by Snyder, second by Bond. Bond – yes, Seamon – yes, Snyder –yes, Enjem – yes.
Highway Superintendent Kress reported that all the CHIPS paperwork has been turned in, we should receive payment sometime after December 15, 2013. The Highway Superintendent has met with state officials and all the papers have been submitted for FEMA review. Damages amount to about $ 22, 000.00. The town is responsible for 12 ½% of that.
The clerk spoke briefly about upcoming DEC changes. There is a training session in Oneonta tomorrow that will help everyone get ready for the new procedures.
Motion by Enjem, second by Snyder that James Marzeski be appointed to fill the vacancy to the Richfield Town Court created by the resignation of Judge Brykailo. Bond – yes, Seamon – yes, Snyder – yes, Enjem – yes. Supervisor Enjem will get in touch with Mr. Marzeski, the clerk will send a letter to the other candidate.
More correspondence is coming out on the proposed power line. We will do nothing until we get more information. The New York State Court of Appeals is expected to hand down a decision soon on the Middlefield and Dryden hydrofracking laws.
Supervisor Enjem, Geraldine Wong, and Dan Sullivan have attended some land use classes together. Ms. Wong said there are grants available from the state, but communities are not ready for them; the process of obtaining grants has changes; board members are encouraged to attend training classes; the town needs a comprehensive plan in order to apply for grants; money may be available for Bakers Beach.
TOWN BOARD MEETING
November 18, 2013 Page 2 of 2
National Benefit Life is offering a “Deluxe” package to employees regarding disability insurance. There is no money budgeted, the issue was tabled.
Motion by Snyder, second by Bond that the Town Board approve TBR#3-2013, a “Resolution that now therefore, be it resolved that the Town Board of the Town of Richfield adopts the Otsego County Hazard Mitigation Plan Five Year Update as the Town of Richfield’s Hazard Mitigation Plan, and Resolves to Execute the Actions in the Plan.” Bond – yes, Seamon – yes, Snyder –yes, Enjem – yes.
Board member Seamon asked about who is responsible for seeing that new construction in the town does not happen without the proper permits from the town. The Land Use Officer issues permits, he doesn’t feel the job is being done properly. Supervisor Enjem will send a letter to the Land Use Officer to have her come to the December board meeting.
Privilege of the Floor
Geraldine Wong – hopes all boards can work together.
Motion to adjourn at 7:43 PM by Enjem, second by Seamon. Bond – yes, Seamon – yes, Snyder – yes, Enjem – yes.
Monica Harris, Clerk