Marion Town Board – Tuesday, July 9, 2012
New Restaurant in Town Progressing, Sidewalk reopened
Town of Marion Supervisor, Mrs. Jody Bender called to order a Town Board meeting at 7:00 PM.
To begin, Supervisor Bender reported that the Town Clerk’s office has been keeping busy with the new software program, and making steady progress with it. She also reported on the progress of the water project, adding Extension #2 onto Water District #1 Huntley Road is nearly complete and the clean-up is progressing nicely. Lastly Supervisor Bender noted that the Sewer Department is looking into Waste Water Treatment Plant options, and will possibly be applying for a grant to help offset costs for the project.
Councilman Fonte reported that the Main Street sidewalk has reopened. He also noted that the restaurant constructing is continuing despite having run into a few hiccups along the way, which the owners have rectified. The project is slated to be complete in August.
Councilwoman Lee reported that the summer soccer season is now underway in the Parks and Recreation Department. She also noted that an applicant for the concession stand coordinator came forward who is well qualified, experienced, and also possesses excellent references. The board agreed to keep her in mind to fill the position next year.
Councilman Kauffman reported that the Summer Reading Programs for all ages are underway, and further noted that the library just learned they will be receiving a $10,000.00 grant.
Highway Superintendent, Mr. Tim Boerman, reported the Highway Department has been keeping bust mowing, putting down oil and stone on several roadways, completing sign inspection, and making road and equipment repairs.
A presentation was given by Father Jesus Bernard Grizzard, Juab Carvajal, and Howard Bartlett, of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church to alert the town board of a current project the church has undertaken. After thanking the town for being so welcoming to their church, they reported that many new young families have been joining the parish, and as a result the church has decided to utilize the 30 acres behind the parish as a recreation area with a soccer field, and eventually pavilions, as well. They also added they hope to share this space with other churches and the town in an effort to give back to the community that has been most welcoming. It was noted the church hopes to have the project completed by the end of summer. The board thanked them for sharing their news, and was enthusiastic for the parish’s growth and plans.
Under correspondence a letter was received from the New York State Department of Public Service regarding the Lifeline Program, which is being overhauled by the FCC and will now have new regulations in order to reduce waste, fraud, and abuse of the program. Lifeline is a government program which helps eligible consumers maintain telephone services and also save money on their monthly telephone bills. The service is offered by many telephone companies, as well as some wireless phone providers. The new regulations will require consumers to be approved through an annual recertification process, and will now limit the discount to a single discount per household. Additional information can be accessed at www.AskPSC.com, or by calling the FCC’s Consumer Center at 1-888-225-5322.
Other reported correspondence included a letter if support for the volunteer ambulance service from Ms. Kimberly Salisbury. A letter from MRB Group was also reported, notifying the town that Maple Avenue is now ready for water hook-ups, and also a second letter from the MRB Group noting that as of June 1, 2012 the town had 13,946 linear feet of water lines installed within town borders. Lastly, a notice of violations was received from the NYS Department of Labor, noting that the town failed to comply with the audit in covering fluorescent light bulbs, needing 2 “exit” signs for the town hall, and also for not having a “Violence in the Workplace Policy” in place for town employees. The board reported the issues will be rectified before fines will be issued.
Approved resolutions were as follows:
•Approval of the June 11thTown Board Meeting Minutes
•Received and Filed all Correspondence and Reports for July 9, 2012
•Deletion of Claim #544, which was accidentally submitted twice via two separate department heads
•Acceptance of a Proposal for Services for 2012 CWSRF Engineering Planning Grant
•Acceptance of Resignation of Ms. Sharon Dean, as Secretary to the Code enforcement Officer, effective August 31, 2012. It was further noted that Ms. Dean has served the town for 25 years and her resignation was accepted with regret.
•Authorization for Highway Superintendent, Tim Boerman, to attend the 83rd Annual NYS Association of Highway Superintendents Conference to be held in Rochester, NY from September 25th through September 28th, with expenses not to exceed the budgeted amount.
•Authorization for a park rental refund to Ms. Jackie Brown for her rental on June 16th, 2012 due to the act that the promised electricity was not turned on for her use, as was stated in the rental contract.
•Payment of Claims
No other business came before the board, and the public meeting was adjourned at 8:00 PM for the board to meet in Executive Session for a Personnel issue. The next regular meeting of the board will be a Work Session, to be held on Monday, August 6th, at 7:00 PM, in the Town of Marion Municipal Building.
By Becky Block