Town of Walworth – November 15, 2012
Supervisor Plant called to order a meeting of the board at 7:30 PM in the Walworth Town Hall. The board then recessed the public meeting to meet in Executive Session for a litigation issue. The public meeting was then called back to order at 7:51. Upon their return Councilman Yale made a motion to authorize Supervisor Plant to have the Town’s Attorney pursue the town’s interest with a current contract with Paychex and Excellus. Meeting minutes from the November 1, 2012 board meeting was approved with corrections, and the Supervisor’s Report for December, 2012 was approved and will be made available to the public. Reported correspondence included a letter from the Water Authority notifying the town that while the water rates will remain the same in 2013, the quarterly basic service charge will increase from $15.00 to $17.00.
The board was then approached by Mr. Jeff Davington, who came forward to request permission to relocate an electrical outlet in order to bring the East wall of the library up to NEC, which states an outlet must be placed every 21 feet. He also explained that the change will additionally help to open up more space in the library.This was approved by the board.
The board then conducted a discussion regarding the proposed 2013 Budget. The board then proposed changes to the proposed 2013 Budget. Increases were for the following line items, reserves, and revenues: Park Equipment Reserve, Recreation Fees, Part-Time Town Clerk Typist, Employee Health Care Benefits, Assessor’s Postage, Highway Department Line Item, Highway Department Office Expenses, Highway Maintenance, Cemetery Mowing and Repair, Town Hall Capital Reserve, State Aid, Mortgage Tax, Building Maintenance and Repair, and Employee Benefits/Healthcare. Decreased line items were listed as follows: Employee Benefit Reserve, Highway Revenue Employee Benefit Account, Sale of Real Property (removing the Town Basketball Court from sale), and Sewer Maintenance. Lastly two line items were created as follows: Expense Line for Administration Payroll & Benefits, and Part-Time Clerk Typist. The board then approved the listed amendments to the budget, and Supervisor Plant explained that these changes were made due to an increase in health care and loss of revenues. He also noted that with the proposed changes the 2013 budget will remain under the New York State 2% Tax Cap, by $2.00.
Under Committee Reports, Councilman Yale reported that the Highway Department has been busy cleaning up the edges of the roads, which will facilitate better drainage and less heaving of the roads, noting this will bring significant improvement to the town’s roads.
Councilwoman Marini requested pre-payment for the Town Clerk to attend the NYS Association of Clerks Seminar in an amount not to exceed $35.00, with mileage reimbursement not to exceed $29.40, a budgeted expense, which was approved by the board. She also made a motion to make a budget transfer due to a schedule change of the Deputy Town Clerk, in order to provide better office coverage.
Councilman Pembroke reported that the Sewer Department made a budgeted purchase through the Homeland Security Department of two generators at a total cost of $2,600.00, which is significantly less that the original budgeted amount.
Councilman Ruth noted that the cemetery improvements to Lusk Cemetery on Finley Road will not only bring no tax increase to the taxpayers, but will bring the cemetery up to par in order for people to once again visit loved ones or do historical research. He also reported that the town board will have a joint meeting witht he library board on December 13th.
In other business the board approved the advertising of annual positions which will be opening at the start of the calendar year, and accepted and filed a letter from the Town of Marion notifying the town of a public hearing which has been scheduled.
Under Resolutions the board approved the following:
• Resolution #105-12; Financial Transfers
• Resolution #100-12; Changes to Preliminary 2013 Budget
• Resolution #101-12; Payroll Processing Company, for which the town must file a report with State Comptroller.
• Resolution #102-12; Adoption of the 2013 Budget
• Resolution #103-12; Approval to pre-pay the annual New York State Retirement Bill (An increase of $42,000.00)
• Resolution #104-12; To establish a Brookside Repair Reserve, subject to Permissive Referrendum
No other business came before the board and the meeting was adjourned at 8:25 PM. The next regular meeting of the Walworth Town Board will be held on Thursday, December 6th, at 7:30 PM in the Walworth Town Hall.
By Becky Block