Town of Walworth – November 1, 2012
Supervisor Plant called to order a meeting of the board at 7:30 PM in the Walworth Town Hall. Meeting minutes from the October 18, 2012 board meeting was approved as presented, and no public comments were offered.
Daniel Botsford, of Optima Benefits & Payroll, came before the board regarding his company’s services, versus the town’s current payroll company, Paychex. Mr. Botsford explained that he is an Insurance Broker for health insurance and noted that he would offer his services at no expense to the town, and will offer consistency and will work for the best value to the town. The board then approved Resolution #99-12; authorizing Supervisor Plant to sign a letter appointing Optima Benefits Group as the Consultant Agency for medical and dental plans for the Town of Walworth.
At 7:50 PM, a Public Hearing was held for the Lincoln Volunteer Fire Department 2013 Budget. No public comments were offered and the hearing was closed. The board then approved Resolution #96-12, for Supervisor Plant to sign a contract with Lincoln Volunteer Fire Department in the amount of $171,145.00.
At 7:55 PM, a Public Hearing was held for the West Walworth Volunteer Fire Department 2013 Budget. No public comments were offered and the hearing was closed. The board then approved Resolution #97-12, for Supervisor Plant to sign a contract with West Walworth Volunteer Fire Department in the amount of $185,322.00.
At 8:00 PM the board held a public hearing for the proposed 2013 Town of Walworth Budget of $5,442,965.00. Public comment was offered by Mr. Dennis Landry who questioned line items, and also made a suggestion for a more user-friendly budget presentation to make it easier for the public to view in the future. The hearing was then closed at 8:05.
Supervisor Plant reported that December 10th a Tri-Board Meeting will be held with the Towns of Walworth and Ontario, as well as the Wayne Central School District. He also noted that he has received notification from ASCAP, The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, is a membership association of more than 435,000 U.S. composers, songwriters, lyricists, and music publishers of every kind of music. According to the group’s Mission Statement, “ASCAP protects the rights of its members by licensing and distributing royalties for the non-dramatic public performances of their copyrighted works. ASCAP’s licensees encompass all who want to perform copyrighted music publicly. ASCAP makes giving and obtaining permission to perform music simple for both creators and users of music.” To that end, the group notified the town that they will be, in the future, charging a Municipality fee for items such as music played in festivals and on telephone hold lines.
In other business the board approved training and mileage expenses for two Planning Board members in the amount of $120.00. A discussion also ensued regarding a recommendation from the Code Enforcement Officer, citing a building which is not currently up to code. The board agreed that the owner of the property should be notified that the dwelling needs to be secured for safety issues.
Under Resolutions the board approved the following:
• Resolution #95-12; NYS Retirement Standard Work Day/Reporting Policy
• Resolution #93-12; Authorizing Supervisor Plant to sign the Inter-Municipal Agreement for MS4
• Resolution #98-12; Authorizing Supervisor Plant to pay the Cablevision Franchise Tax and 2012 Tax Roll Excess and Deficit to the Wayne County Treasurer, in an amount not to exceed $2,636.34
The board then recessed the public meeting to meet in Executive Session regarding Contract Negotiations at 8:10 PM. The board then returned at 8:35, and called the public meeting back to order.
No other business came before the board and the meeting was adjourned. The next regular meeting of the Walworth Town Board will be held on Thursday, November 15th, at 7:30 PM in the Walworth Town Hall.
By Becky Block