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2013 Town Board Meeting Minutes > Town Board Meeting - October 21, 2013



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The regular meeting of the Richfield Town Board was held on Monday, October 21, 2013, at the Richfield Town Hall.  In attendance were Supervisor Enjem, board members Bond, Seamon, and Snyder.


The meeting was called to order at 6:45 PM by the supervisor. The first order of business was a public hearing on the 2014 Fire and Ambulance Protection Contract.  There were no comments from the public.  Motion by Enjem, second by Bond and Snyder to close the public hearing at 6:46 PM.  Bond – yes, Seamon – yes, Snyder – yes, Enjem – yes. 


The regular meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM.  Motion by Seamon, second by Snyder to pay claims as presented.  Bond – yes, Seamon – yes, Snyder – yes, Enjem – yes.

                                    A and B General                                 $  4,914.07

                                    DA Highway                                      $  9,996.02

                                    DB Highway                                       $61,449.65

                                    SL Street Lighting                              $     163.48

                                    TA Trust & Agency                            $     588.30

                                    H Wind Project                                   $  1,798.75

                                                                        Total                $ 78,910.27


Motion by Snyder, second by Seamon to approve minutes of September 16, September 23, October 1, and October 15, 2013.  Bond – yes, Seamon – yes, Snyder – yes, Enjem – yes.


Highway Superintendent Kress has met with FEMA and recently had a meeting with a state representative concerning storm damage earlier this year.  The process of writing up project worksheets for reimbursement has been started.  We should receive between $10,000.00 to $15,000.00, but don‘t know when the payment will be made.


County Rep Keith McCarty:  Deb Taylor from the tourism office is retiring. Some area businesses want to create a non-profit that will work to bring in more bed tax money.  They are asking for startup funds of $400,000.00; it will be a three year contract with the county.  All three counties (Montgomery, Otsego, Schoharie) and the MOSA board have agreed to disband MOSA.  Eight letters of interest have been received for the sale of the Manor.  The proposals range from zero to $15,000,000.00.  The 2014 budget right now has a tax increase of 1.5%, but there are concerns over some of the items.  The new radio system will cost about three million dollars; the county needs to figure out how to pay for it.


Supervisor Enjem reminded everyone of the retirement reception for Judge Brykailo on Saturday, October 26, 2013.


New Business:  Geraldine Wong read a letter to the board concerning ongoing issues with her neighbor.  She feels that the “Land Use and Building Management Ordinance” is not being enforced.  Supervisor Enjem will contact the Planning Board chairman; Ms. Wong will also go to the Planning Board.


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The supervisor distributed information on Zoning and Planning Case Law Update classes.  There is one in Utica on October 31, 2013. 


The MVED will hold a regional meeting on October 23, 2013 at 10:00AM in Oneonta.


The town has received notice of proposed new power lines that may go through the region.  The actual route has not been determined.


Motion by Bond, second by Snyder to move the 2014 Tentative Budget to be the 2014 Preliminary Budget.  Bond – yes, Seamon – yes, Snyder – yes, Enjem – yes.


Motion by Enjem, second by Seamon to accept the 2014 Fire and Ambulance Protection Contract, in the amount of $47,925.00.  Bond – yes, Seamon – yes, Snyder – yes, Enjem – yes.


Privilege of the Floor:


Leslie Weaver – the state has talked about running power lines underground.  Why not run them under the Erie Canal to meet up with the Hudson River.


Motion to adjourn at 7:50 by Enjem, second by Snyder.  Bond – yes, Seamon – yes, Snyder – yes, Enjem – yes.





Monica Harris, Clerk 

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