Town of Butler – January 14, 2013
A regular scheduled meeting of the Butler Town Board was held on January 14, 2013 at the Butler Town Hall.
Mike Saeli came before the town board to present an anti-fracking presentation. Mr. Saeli said he appreciates the board taking time to hear the concerns from Butler residents about hydro-fracking in Butler. He said he knows the economic difficulty in Butler. He is personally not against responsible energy exploration. In his opinion, the video that will be shown shows his concerns on fracking. Mr. Saeli introduced Nancy Kasper who will be explaining the video. Nancy Kasper would like to defer to the Butler residents to speak their opinions and then show the video. Mike Saeli would like the town board to have a moratorium on fracking for one year to learn more about fracking. Queeno VanAuken would like a moratorium for a year also. She has concerns about what fracking could do to the drinking water. Steve Gile would like a ban on fracking because of concerns about drinking water and the affect of high traffic from fracking on local roads. He also had concerns if a fracking accident occurred does the local fire departments have the training to contain it. He also spoke about the noise factor from fracking and where are they going to pipe it. Rozanne Stewart is really concerned about the legacy we are going to leave for our children if there is fracking and would like a one year moratorium on fracking. Barbara Briscese had concerns about health issues from fracking and would like a one year moratorium on fracking. Mary Lou Bower would like a one year moratorium also and agrees with everyone else who has spoken. Mike Carpenter would like a one year moratorium also. Tim Nye is in favor with a one year moratorium and feels the town does not have to be the guinea pig for fracking and should learn from other towns’ mistakes before allowing fracking in our area. Maria Saeli agrees with waiting for a better process of fracking. Stephen Gile said the information he has read on fracking is that fracking companies do not have to use water if they drill deeper. He feels they should do the fracking process correctly without damaging the environment.
Nancy Kasper played the video testimonial on the abuse of fracking companies to residents that have fracking in their area. Mike Saeli thanked the board for allowing them to share their thoughts and listening to the video.
A copy of the minutes from December 10, 2012 were given to each board member to review. Councilman Wagner moved to accept the minutes as given, seconded by Councilman Everhart. All were in favor. Carried.
A copy of the organizational minutes from January 7, 2013 were given to each board member to review. Councilman Wagner moved to accept the minutes as given, seconded by Councilman VanGelder. All were in favor. Carried.
The following departments submitted their monthly reports for review: the supervisor, town clerk, justices, code enforcement officer and animal control officer. The following departments read their reports aloud: the highway superintendent and historian. Councilman VanDeusen moved to accept the monthly reports as given, seconded by Councilman VanGelder. All were in favor. Carried.
The following board member had an advisory committee report:
Councilman VanGelder informed the rest of the board members the new loader and pick up truck for the highway department has been delivered.
The comptroller’s office sent an email confirming the town of Butler was within the two percent budget cap.
Councilman VanGelder moved to receive and file the correspondence, seconded by Councilman Everhart. All were in favor. Carried.
Supervisor Spickerman mentioned to the town board the highway men removed the excess material from the attic.
Supervisor Spickerman contacted Cavallaro-Neubauer to get a Kelly Blue Book value for the 1998 pick up truck from the highway department. The value is $3700 to $4500. Supervisor Spickerman asked the town clerk to read the legal notice for the 1998 pick up truck bids. The town clerk read the legal notice and read aloud the sealed bids.
Horace and Becky Burghdurf – $3200.00
Jeremy Vanderlinde – $1900.00
Randy Watkins – $1020.00
Kyle Paylor – $2498.69
The town board discussed the bids. Councilman VanGelder feels the truck should have gone to the municipal auction. Ed Reitz, Highway Superintendent, feels it shouldn’t go to the municipal auction because the truck is not registered and doesn’t have insurance on it. The town board discussed what price it would get at the municipal auction. Councilman Wagner feels it should go to the highest bid. Councilman VanDeusen moved to accept Horace and Becky Burghdurf’s bid for $3200.00 for the 1998 Chevy ¾ ton, four wheel drive, heavy duty pick up, seconded by Councilman VanGelder. Motion Carried.
Supervisor Spickerman gave each board member a copy of the cash control ledger for review. Supervisor Spickerman explained the process to the board.