2015 Town Board Minutes > Town Board Meeting - March 16, 2015


TOWN BOARD MEETING

March 16, 2015 

 

The regular meeting of the Richfield Town Board was held on Monday, March 19, 2015, at the Richfield Town Hall.  The meeting was called to order at 6:00 PM by Supervisor Enjem.  Other board members in attendance were Bond, Eckler, and Palumbo.  Board member Snyder was absent.

 

Danny Lapin from OCCA addressed the board on the proposed Edic to Fraser Power Line.  The project is designed to bring energy from upstate to downstate with the line using the same right of way as Marcy South and will run east of the current Marcy South lines.  The final deadline for comments is April 15, 2015.

 

Sandy Mathes from the IDA spoke to the board on the proposed industrial park.  Mathes has spoken to individual town and village boards and would now like to set up a joint meeting for April.  The plan is a twelve month process, the five key issues being; 1) zoning; 2) establishing water/sewer districts; 3) cultural resources; 4) determine lead agency (the IDA would like to be the lead agency); 5) comprehensive plan.  The initial cost of the project will be $200,000.00 and will be paid by the IDA.  The local governments may be asked to provide in-kind services, but there will be no financial cost to the community.

 

Motion by Enjem, second by Palumbo to pay claims, with the exception of voucher # 56 from the A fund.  The bill was previously paid.  Bond – yes Eckler – yes, Palumbo – yes, Enjem – yes.

                                    A General                                            $    21,313.75

                                    DA Highway                                      $    21,762.57

                                    SL Street Lighting                              $          84.73

                                                                        Total                $   43,161.05

  Abstract figures from the February meeting:           

                                    A General                                            $    3,780.48

                                    DA Highway                                      $    6,643.28

                                    DB Highway                                       $         54.75

                                    SF Fire Contract                                 $  48,884.00

                                    SL Street Lighting                              $       127.48

                                                                        Total                $  59,489.99

 

Motion to approve minutes of the February 16, 2015, meeting Enjem, second byBond.  Bond – yes, Eckler – yes, Palumbo – yes, Enjem – yes.

The only bidder for the advertised fuel contract was from Mirabito.  Motion by Eckler, second by Bond to accept the firm bid for Diesel # 1 ($2.8345/gal); the firm price for Diesel # 2 ($2.2185/gal); the fluctuating price for Unleaded Gasoline ($2.0792/gal as of 03/13/2015).  Bond – yes, Eckler – yes, Palumbo – yes, Enjem – yes.

 

Highway Superintendent Kress reported that the town has received the 75% federal government share from the 2013 storm.  We are waiting to see if we get the other 25% from the state or only

 

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12 ½%.  The 2000 Volvo went off the road and needed to be pulled out by Chuck’s.  The box  is beyond repair due to corrosion, etc., and needs to be replaced.  NYMIR was contacted and the

claims adjuster totaled the entire truck.  The town will receive about $42,000.00 for the claim and the truck can be put back on the road after it is inspected.  The highway superintendent has looked into replacement boxes; a stainless steel box costs a little more but lasts much longer.  The insurance check should be put into the Highway Equipment Reserve fund.  With that money it should only cost the town about another $5,000.00 to get a new stainless steel bed.  Motion by Enjem, second by Palumbo to solicit bids for a new stainless steel box for the 2000 Volvo.  Bond – yes, Eckler – yes, Palumbo – yes, Enjem – yes.  The town still needs a mowing tractor.  There is one available on federal contract at White’s Farm Supply, so we may not need to go out to bid.  Board member Palumbo asked if County Highway 22 is able to handle heavy truck traffic.  No, it is posted for 5 ton.

 

The clerk reported on taxes.  Collection seems to be lagging a little bit behind last year.

 

Planning Board Chairman Don Urtz reported that Sandy Mathes did a good presentation for the Planning Board last week.  He has no new information on a joint meeting.

 

County Representative Keith McCarty is serving on the highway committee again this year.  The committee will travel county roads on Thursdays in May to see what shape they’re in.  The county is still repairing bridges;  there will be two days for farmers to recycle farm plastic, one later this week, another on April 18,2015;  this year’s hazardous waste collection day will be September 12, 2015; the county has approved $39,000.00 for an economic study of the power line.

 

Old Business

Motion by Bond, second by Eckler that if Air Temp offers us credits of $862.66 and $416.34 the town will pay the contract balance of $702.00 left from 2014 and accept the new contract of $1288.00 per year to cover one maintenance/cleaning per year.  Bond – yes, Eckler – yes, Palumbo – yes, Enjem – yes.

 

Board member Palumbo and Joanne Christmann volunteered to be on the citizens committee for grants.  Motion by Bond, second by Palumbo to pay GEMS $75.00/hour for grant work, total cost not to exceed $2,500.00.  Hours will be vouchered for board approval.  Bond – yes, Eckler – yes, Palumbo – yes, Enjem – yes.

 

Gerry Wong read a letter and gave a copy to the supervisor.

 

Highway Superintendent Kress reported that a rabies clinic will be held on April 8, 2015, at the highway garage.  New technology for bridges may bring the cost of replacing the Ann St. bridge down to about $150,000.00.

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Board member Eckler – has the signature paper been returned to the bank?  The supervisor is waiting for board member Snyder to return and sign.  How much was transferred to A9010.8(Retirement) at the end of 2014; A1110.4(Justice Contractual) is already down $1400.00

 

and that does not count claims submitted for March; why didn’t the clerk receive the February bills after the meeting so the final abstract could be completed;  the letter received from Kinney’s was not shared with other town officials; the debit card has a limit of $1,000.00 per day, not total; has there been any new correspondence from Verizon?  The supervisor is talking to attorney Merzig about Verizon; is the AUD on schedule?  Yes, it should be completed by the end of this week or early next week.  Are the town checks signed digitally or with a stamp?  A stamp.

 

Board member Palumbo – are the January and February financial records needed for the audit in the file cabinet?  No, they are in the office but will be brought out.

 

 

Board member Eckler – has the signature paper been returned to the bank?  The supervisor is waiting for board member Snyder to return and sign.  How much was transferred to A9010.8(Retirement) at the end of 2014; A1110.4(Justice Contractual) is already down $1400.00

 

and that does not count claims submitted for March; why didn’t the clerk receive the February bills after the meeting so the final abstract could be completed;  the letter received from Kinney’s was not shared with other town officials; the debit card has a limit of $1,000.00 per day, not total; has there been any new correspondence from Verizon?  The supervisor is talking to attorney Merzig about Verizon; is the AUD on schedule?  Yes, it should be completed by the end of this week or early next week.  Are the town checks signed digitally or with a stamp?  A stamp.

 

Board member Palumbo – are the January and February financial records needed for the audit in the file cabinet?  No, they are in the office but will be brought out.

 

Board member Bond asked if the supervisor has done more checking on a credit card for the town to replace the debit card.  The board voted on a credit, not debit card.   

 

Motion to adjourn at 8:23 by Eckler, second by Palumbo.  Bond – yes, Eckler – yes, Palumbo – yes, Enjem – yes.

 

 

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Monica Harris, Clerk

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