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2013 Town Board Meeting Minutes > Town Board Meeting - June 17, 2013



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The regular meeting of the Richfield Town Board was held on Monday, June 17, 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 Domion was absent.


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

                                    A and B General                                 $ 5,443.30

                                    DA Highway                                      $ 2,279.80

                                    DB Highway                                       $ 6,430.65

                                    SL Street Lighting                              $      81.73

                                    TA Trust & Agency                            $    507.32

                                    H Wind Project                                   $ 1,215.00

                                                                        Total                $15,957.80

Highway Superintendent Kress reported that a state inspection of the River Street Bridge revealed that the I beams need to be repaired.  Spectra engineering has been here to assess the problem and will submit a remediation proposal.  Sometime since the beach was closed in September vandals removed the copper plumbing from the beach bathrooms.  The value of the pipes is very small, but it cost about $ 1,000.00 to replace everything.  A police report is on file.  The storm of Thursday, June 13th caused no significant damage in the town, but the lake level has risen significantly.


The clerk distributed copies of the May fire report.  There is no new information on the changes the state will be making to the DECALS program.


Motion by Seamon, second by Snyder to approve TBR # 1 – 2013, a “ RESOLUTION TO ALLOW THE ALTERNATIVE NOTICE OF CLAIM UPON THE SECRETARY OF STATE.”  Bond – yes, Seamon – yes, Snyder – yes, Enjem – yes.


County Rep. Keith McCarty reported that the county recycling contracts runs out at the end of the month, but nothing should change at the transfer station; an LLC has been set up for the sale of the Manor; the administrator of the Manor has resigned;  the MOSA service agreement expires April, 2014.


Old Business

Jeremy Silverman spoke to the board about the presentation he will do next month concerning grant applications.  On July 15, 2013 the

regular town board meeting will begin at 6:00 PM, the presentation will be at 7:00 PM.  The meeting will be held at the Richfield Central School.


New Business

New copies of the Code of Ethics and the Local Law Imposing a Moratorium on Heavy Industry Within the Town of Richfield have been given to board members.  Otsego County will not act as a commission for the town.  Councilwoman Bond expressed concerns about a moratorium

against  industry at the same time that the town has an approved an industrial park site within the town.  She also asked what the role of the Planning Board will be?  They have received training in the SEQR process not the Town Board.  Supervisor  Enjem stated that  we wouldn’t be in a


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lawsuit if  the Planning Board did things right the first time.  Motion by Seamon, second by Enjem to hold a public hearing on the proposed Moratorium on Heavy Industry at 6:00 PM on

August 19, 2013, at the Richfield Central School, with a public hearing on the Code of Ethics to immediately follow.  Bond – yes, Seamon – yes, Snyder – yes, Enjem – yes.


NYSEG Solutions is no longer delivering natural gas.  Motion by Enjem, second by Seamon to all the account to switch back to NYSEG.  Bond – yes, Seamon – yes, Snyder – yes, Enjem – yes.


The wind turbine issue is still under appeal.  Board members were given information on NYS Planning Federation summer school. The Deowongo Island dedication will be held on Saturday, June 22 at 11:00 AM.  Chiobani yogurt wants to set up at Bakers Beach on July 5, 2013 and distribute free yogurt.


The beach manager this year will be George Twitchell, not Tianderah Twitchell.


Privilege of the Floor

Marc Fleischman – sent the supervisor an e-mail seven weeks ago; Atlantic Power does not have the funds to proceed with the wind project; want the supervisor to make them bring a letter saying they have money to proceed with the project. 

Terry Berkson – what about the prisoners coming to paint the town hall?  Supervisor – Marcy is no longer sending them this far.

Rex Seamon – anything more on the proposed water district? No.

Jane Feisthamel – survey for Canadarago Lake will go out the end of June.

Ryan Fagan – are there regulations about drawing water from Canadarago Lake. No.

Susan Huxtable – Richfield is one of the four towns in Otsego County without a moratorium.

Dan Sullivan – Richfield does not have a comprehensive plan.

Keith McCarty – Scott Fickbohm (Soil & Water) said there is five million dollars available from the state for additional damage from storms Irene and Lee.

Joe Zvirzdin – articles can be found against wind towers and hydrofracking; keep our town safe.

Susan Huxtable – Middlefield case is wonderful.

Supervisor Enjem asked Owen Grant about Atlantic Power and if our attorney should send a letter to Atlantic Power asking for financial information.

Fred Eckler – could the town have a white goods collection week?  Keith McCarty – Springfield has Oneonta Auto Crushers come, they do not charge.  Supervisor Enjem – we can look into it.

Nick Palevsky – the town flag is torn, not flying properly.  Highway Superintendent Kress - A new replacement should arrive tomorrow.

Board member Bond – how will the Supervisor respond to Mr. Fleishman’s request?  Enjem – he will contact the attorney.


Motion to adjourn at 8:31 PM by Enjem, second by Seamon.  Bond – yes, Seamon – yes, Snyder – yes, Enjem – yes.




Monica Harris, Clerk



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