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2013 Town Board Meeting Minutes > Town Board Meeting - December 16, 2013



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The regular meeting of the Richfield Town Board was held on Monday, December 16, 2013, 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, Seamon, and Snyder.


Motion to pay claims as presented by Enjem, second by Seamon.  Bond – yes, Seamon – yes, Snyder – yes, Enjem – yes.

                                    A and B General                                 $  6,095.65

                                    DA Highway                                      $  7,161.34

                                    SL Street Lighting                              $       81.71

                                    TA Trust & Agency                            $     588.30

                                    H Wind Project                                   $     608.76

                                                                        Total                $14,535.76    

Motion to approve minutes from November 18, 2013, by Snyder, second by Seamon.  Bond – yes, Seamon – yes, Snyder – yes, Enjem – yes.


Highway Superintendent Kress reported that a CHIPS payment in the amount of $ 64,983.67 should be received on December 18, 2013.  DEC has asked that the beach gates be left open for the season for ice fishing.


Clerk report – the Herkimer County Humane Society has sent a new contract.  There are new provisions concerning animal cruelty, but otherwise it is the same contract as past years;  we will need to file a new resolution for the “Standard Workday and Reporting Resolution” with the retirement system; Williamson Law has upgraded the Town Clerk software to allow for on-line backup; DEC did not take the DECALS system off-line on December 9, 2013, as originally planned, the new date is December 26, 2013.


The Supervisor reported that he did send a letter to the Margaret Woodrow asking her to attend the meeting.


Old Business:  The Supervisor and Dan Sullivan have attended various meetings concerning grant availability and applications.  Supervisor Enjem is going to get estimates for the repair of buildings at Bakers Beach.  Motion by Enjem, second by Snyder to have an advisory committee for Bakers Beach headed by Lanny King.  Lanny King will pick up to seven members to work with her. Bond – yes, Seamon – yes, Snyder – yes, Enjem – yes.  The board briefly discussed the proposed transmission line that may be coming through our area.  The town can apply for party-status and seek intervener funds to help keep the line from coming here.  Motion by Seamon, second by Snyder to approve TBR # 4 – 2013, a “Resolution for Party Status for the Power Lines and to Apply for Intervener Funds.”  Bond – yes, Seamon – yes, Snyder – yes, Enjem – yes.


Board member Seamon asked County Rep McCarty if the sale of the Manor is still going on – yes.




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New Business:


The Supervisor and Dan Sullivan have attended a SEQR training workshop.  There was a discussion on members of the Planning Board attending the required four hours of training per year and having one member of the Planning Board attend Town Board meetings.  The clerk acts as the Planning Board Clerk and asked what information anyone would like.


An ad will be placed in the Pennysaver for candidates interested in the opening created by the death of Paul Szeflinski.  Letters should be sent to the attention of the Supervisor and be received by January 15, 2014.  The supervisor will make copies of the letters available to board members so they have time to review them before the January  20, 2014 board meeting.


Board member Bond asked if anyone has copies of the Code of Ethics approved as a local law in August, 2013.  The supervisor needs to provide everyone with a copy.


Mang Insurance wants to give us a quote for the town insurance.  The supervisor feels it is good business practice to see what’s available and this is nothing personal against our current broker, Ames Insurance (Larry Jouben).


Board member Bond asked if we have a quote for a fire alarm system NYMIR advised the town to install.  Highway Superintendent Kress – yes, but it is a few years old.


Two special meetings were scheduled – a year end meeting to be held December 30, 3013 at 9:00 AM, and the organizational meeting to be held January 6, 2014, at 6:00 PM. 


Privilege of the Floor:


Nick Palevsky – the fire contract fund still show on the balance sheet, the fund was disbursed in January, 2013


Board member Bond asked if the supervisor checked the bank statements against what was paid out in checks. 


There is also a discrepancy in the bridge fund.


Board member Snyder suggested that these issues cannot be resolved tonight.  We need to get answers.  Motion by Snyder, second by Seamon to adjourn at 7:34 PM.  Bond – yes, Seamon – yes, Snyder – yes, Enjem – yes.




Monica Harris, Clerk 

meeting to be held January 6, 2014, at 6:00 PM. 

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