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2014 Town Board Meeting Minutes > Town Board Meeting - March 17, 2014



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The regular meeting of the Richfield Town Board was held on Monday, March 17, 2014, at the Richfield Town Hall.  The meeting was called to order at 6:30 PM by Deputy Supervisor Palumbo.  Other board members in attendance were Bond and Eckler; absent were Enjem and Snyder.


Public Comment:


Geraldine Wong: her neighbor’s property is causing a dangerous condition for exiting her driveway.   She would like a response from the board regarding this safety issue.  She asked when she may expect it.  Deputy Supervisor Palumbo – by the next meeting.


Nick Palevsky: the new financial sheets are beneficial but there may be trouble when it comes to budget time; personal services need to be entered.


Motion by Bond, second by Eckler to pay claims as presented.  Bond – yes, Eckler – yes, Palumbo – yes.

                                    A and B General                                  $22,862.70

                                    DA Highway                                        $17,058.24

                                    SL Street Lighting                                $       81.73

                                    TA Trust & Agency                             $     588.30

                                                                        Total                $40.590.97

Motion by Bond, second by Eckler to approve minutes of the February 17, 2014, meeting.  Bond – yes, Eckler – yes, Palumbo – yes.


The town received one sealed bid from Mirabito Energy Products for the advertised fuel bids.  Upon the recommendation of Highway Superintendent Kress, motion by Eckler, second by Palumbo to accept the Mirabito bid. Bond – yes, Eckler – yes, Palumbo – yes.


Ultra Low Diesel #1(ULSK)    firm bid price $ 3.6630/gallon;  Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel #2(ULSD)  firm bid price $ 3.4130/gallon;  unleaded gasoline fluctuating price only available, $ 3.2738/gallon as of March 14, 2014.


The town has received $16,565.78 for the federal share (75%) of last summer’s disaster.  We are still waiting for the state to pay their share.  The highway superintendent will meet with a representative from NYS Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security to close out the process.  The close out should net the town another $2,500.00 to $2,600.00.


The clerk reminded everyone of the upcoming rabies clinic to be held on Thursday, April 10th at the highway garage.  Flat tax paid to date $ 973,990.88, penalties $ 1,122.25, for a total of $975,113.13.

1435 parcels have been paid.  Motion by Eckler, second by Bond to support TBR # 1–2014, the posting of the “Standard Work Day and Reporting Resolution” as approved on January 6, 2014.  The Town Board sets the standard workday as eight (8) hours for the highway superintendent, six (6) for all other elected or appointed employees.  Bond – yes, Eckler – yes, Palumbo – yes.  The clerk will send the paperwork to the state retirement system.


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Dan Sullivan reported for the Planning Board that there has been no new business before the board the last two months.  The board discussed possible revisions to the subdivision ordinance. 


County Rep Keith McCarty reported that the county has received four proposals for garbage collection.  Two were incomplete, two were good.  Communication towers in the county will be upgraded at a cost of 2.6 million; the cost will be bonded; the county is looking for a tower site somewhere between Richfield Springs and Schuyler Lake; Keith has been meeting with Sandy Mathis, economic development; the Manor sale is ongoing; county roads are in rough shape.


Old Business


Lani King sent a report that there is nothing new on Bakers Beach.

Board member Bond – IDA will come to our April meeting to speak to the board.  Congressman Gibson is interested in becoming involved.

Board member Palumbo – he has looked into web site development, two local people and two commercial businesses.  The locals estimate for the first year would cost around $800.00 to $900.00 for the first year, all fees included; the commercial cost estimate is from $1,200.00 to $1,500.00 the first year, thereafter a monthly maintenance of $80.00 to $100.00 per month.  Paul will get more information.


New Business


Dan Sullivan has been researching business opportunities for our area.  There are two developers interested in locating meat packing plants in the central New York area.  Supervisor Enjem is contacting potential developers.  More information will be coming. 

The beach manager from last year is interested in the position again.  Board member Eckler suggested that the town advertise the job in the Pennysaver and possibly get a qualified town resident.  The clerk was asked to send notices to the Pennysaver for both the beach manager position and seasonal lifeguards.  The ads will run for two weeks, letters of interest to be received by April 14, 2014.


The Village of Richfield Springs sent a letter requesting that the town look into replacing the Ann Street Bridge.  A reply to the letter was sent to the village by the supervisor.  Highway Superintendent Kress reminded the board that the highway superintendent has control over all bridges and roads in the town, not the supervisor or town board.  He was not included in any discussions and/or correspondence between the village and town on this matter.  The reason the bridge has not been replaced is the cost.  It is not the lack of a comprehensive plan that prevents us from getting grant money; there simply is no grant money available for small local bridges.  There is a provision in village law that allows the village to contribute a portion of the replacement cost. The state ordered the closure of the bridge to vehicular traffic, but as a courtesy the bridge has remained open for pedestrian traffic. If there are any future talks on the bridge the highway superintendent needs to be included in those discussions. 



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Board members were asked to think of citizens for a comprehensive plan committee. 


Board member Eckler: asked Dan Sullivan if there is a page 1 to the report the board received last month.  No, there is not.  Has the clerk received a copy of the 2013 AUD?  No.  He would like the board to have the financial reports the Thursday before the meeting.  Meeting, travel, and training expenses are getting expensive – board members agreed to discuss this at the April meeting.  There is a disaster workshop coming up – Highway Superintendent Kress said that is for him, not board members.  Do people want privilege of the floor before or after the meeting?  Some people want it both times.


Highway Superintendent Kress asked why nothing has come out of the DA5142.1 (Snow Removal Personal Services) in the first two months of the year.


Motion to adjourn at 7:50 PM by Eckler, second by Bond.  Bond – yes, Eckler – yes, Palumbo - yes.





Monica Harris, Clerk



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