Town of Williamson – December 27, 2012
The year-end meeting of the Town Board was called to order at 7:30 p.m. by Supervisor Jim Hoffman; Councilman Tony Verno was excused from the meeting. Prior to the business meeting, there was a workshop discussion regarding the proposal to install a solar panel project at the site of the Town’s closed landfill on Pound Road. The installation of these panels could result in a savings in the Town’s costs for electrical energy; NYSERDA would be involved in the expenses of this type of project. The Board decided that it would set a goal of holding an informational Public Hearing towards the end of January, at which time the public would have the opportunity to be presented with the information regarding the installation.
– Consent Agenda – The minutes of the 12/12/12 meeting were accepted, as well as the audited Library bills in the amount of $1,133.89 and the budgetary transfers withing the General, Highway, Water, and Sewer Funds.
– Facilities – Councilman Mike Bixby led a discussion regarding a Power Purchase Agreement and suggested putting out RFP’s (Request for Proposals) for the installation of solar panels or windmills to supply the Town with all of its power needs. There is definitely grant funding available through various sources. The Board agreed to move forward with this idea.
– Finance – Supervisor Hoffman moved to adopt a resolution regarding the award of a grant to the Town of Williamson along with the Genesee Finger Lakes Regional Historic Waterfront Planning Program for the Historic Watershed Planning Program. The Town budget needs to be amended to reflect the receipt of monies for this grant; the General Fund was amended with an increase from $0 to $9,655.28 in the State Aid line item and Publicity was increased from $1,500.00 to $11,155.28.
– Parks & Recreation – Councilman Bixby moved to accept the resignation of George Harland from the position of Clerk of the Works for the Williamson Town Park, effective as of 12/31/12. The Board members praised Mr. Harland’s contributions to the Park Department, and agreed that he has done a tremendous job in this position, which he has held since 1999. He has agreed to make himself available for specific projects on a volunteer basis.
– Personnel – Councilman Bixby made a motion to authorize the Town Supervisor to sign an agreement with Arthur Williams, Esq., Nesbitt & Williams, to provide legal services to the Town of Williamson from January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013. The charge to the Town will be $165.00 per hour as per agreement.
– Public Services – The Board determined that a bid be awarded to STS Trailer & Truck Equipment in the amount of $37,500.00 for a new Custom Service Body for the Water Department’s International 4300 truck. The bid met all of the specifications of the bid requirements and was in the best interest of the Town.
Councilman Gary Orbaker moved to authorize Superintendent of Highways Kurt Allman to sign an agreement with Cayuga County Soil & Water Conservation District for brush pile chipping of packed brush, leaves, and miscellaneous wood debris at the Town’s property adjacent to the landfill on Pound Road. The cost for this service is not to exceed $3,597.50 as per agreement. Mr. Allman informed the Board that the Cayuga County SWCD owns an excavator that has hydraulic snips which can cut through big stumps of trees and reduce them to ground level. This procedure is much safer than the use of a chainsaw. The Board agreed to amend the agreement to include the use of this piece of equipment at a final cost not to exceed $4500.00.
Councilman Orbaker then presented a resolution regarding the discounted water rate for Cadbury Schweppes for all water used over 36 million gallons per quarter by their industry. Cadbury Schweppes continues to expand their operation in Williamson, providing positive support to the economy of the Town and Wayne County, and the discounted rate was established in April of 1995. Beginning with the April billing of 2013, the company will be charged the rate of $3.00 per thousand gallons for the guaranteed purchase amount of 36 million gallons per quarter, and will receive a discount of $.80 per thousand gallons for water used over that amount in the quarter, resulting in a rate of $2.20 per thousand gallons. Any late charges will be assessed in the amount of 10% on any bill not paid before the penalty period of 30 days after bill date. These rates will be in place through the billing of January 1, 2014 unless there is a major emergency affecting the ability of the Town of Williamson to provide water to the plant.
The Board meeting adjourned to executive session at 7:45 to discuss a personnel issue; it reconvened with no further business conducted. The next business meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. on January 8, 2013, preceded by a workshop session at 7:00.
Submitted by Monica Deyo