Town of Williamson – November 13, 2013
The regular business meeting of the Town Board was opened at 7:30 by Supervisor Jim Hoffman; Councilman Gary Orbaker was excused.
– Public Comment – Joan Carey, President of the Williamson-Pultneyville Historical Society, presented a concern regarding the new proposed Zoning Ordinance. VP Ellen Wozniak was also a representative at the meeting. Ms. Carey stated that the Society represents over 100 homes and businesses, and its mission is to preserve and nurture the heritage of the community through its historical resources. The WPHS would like to establish a Preservation Overlay District in Pultneyville, and would name a liason to the Town Board to represent them. Supervisor Hoffman responded that the consensus of the Board is to first get through the zoning code and then establish a connection.
- Consent Agenda – The Board accepted the agenda, which included the minutes of the 10/23/12 meeting, the Town Clerk’s report as well as the monthly departmental reports (Highway, Town Park, & Wastewater Treatment Facility), and authorized the payment of the Library bills in the amount of $9,911.13.
– Economic Development – There was a discussion at the County level regarding a moratorium on the issue of hydrofracking. Williamson has no desirable shale stratas so it is not a relevant issue for the Town; however, Savannah has Utica shale, which is a target for hydrofracking success. Another topic in this category was the proposed solar panel project at the site of the closed landfill. Larsen Engineers is working on providing a Power Purchase Agreement, and Requests for Proposals (RFP’s) are due by December 5th. The deadline for submission to NYSERDA was extended.
– Facilities – Councilman Mike Bixby moved to authorize the Town Clerk to advertise for quotes for cleaning of the Town Hall and Court facilities. Cleaning requirements can be obtained from the Town Clerk’s office. The advertisement will appear in the designated Town papers the week of November 18th, and quotes will be accepted until 12/5/12 at 4:00p.m. Also approved was the authorization for the Town Supervisor to sign a service agreement with Postler & Jaeckle Corp. for maintenance of the Aerco boiler system. The cost for this service will remain the same as last year at $856.00.
– Finance – Supervisor Hoffman made a motion to authorize the Town Clerk to sign an agreement with Alicia A. Jettner for consultant and grant writing services for Records Management. This will include preparation of Microfilm and Imaging worksheets for the RFQ’s as well as the grant application for archiving and microfiche records. The total cost for these services will be $1200.00.
- Parks & Recreation – The Town Clerk was approved to advertise for the upcoming opening on the Park Committee. The term to be filled (due to the expiration of Peter Shumski’s term on 12/31/12) will begin on January 1, 2013 until December 31, 2015. The ad will appear in the Town papers the week of November 18th, with applications accepted until December 4th at 4:00 p.m.
- Personnel – Councilman Tony Verno made 2 motions to authorize the Senior Account Clerk to attend 2 seminars. One concerns Health Benefits, presented by Excellus on Monday, 11/19, at Locust Hill Country Club from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. There is no fee for this seminar. The other approval authorized attendance at the NYS Government Finance Officers’ Association Western Holiday Seminar, to be held Thursday, December 6th, again at Locust Hill C.C. from 10:00 a.m – 2:15 p.m. The registration fee for this seminar is $65.00. All necessary expenses for these two events are to be a Town charge. The last motion approved in this section authorized the Assessing/Building Department Clerk to attend an RPS V4 Custom Reports Training Class, which was held on Thursday, November 1st, at the Office of Real Property Tax Services Training Room in Batavia, N.Y. There was no fee for this class. (Note: The information for this class was received by the Town on 10/29/12).
- Public Safety – Councilman Tom Watson made a motion for the Town Clerk to advertise an upcoming opening on the Drainage Council due to the expiration of Randy Peck’s term in 2012. The term to be filled will begin on January 1, 2013 until December 31, 2015, and will be advertised in the designated Town papers the week of November 18th, with applications to be accepted until December 4th at 4:00 p.m.
– Public Services – Councilman Verno moved to authorize the Town Supervisor to sign a maintenance agreement with Badger Meter, Inc. for the Water Department. This agreement is for software support at a cost of $939.96, and $2,575.04 for hardware support. Last year the Town only paid for software support at a cost of $989.04 and then bought a new hardware system which included hardware support. It is now being billed as agreed upon. The last motion authorized the Town Clerk to advertise in the Town-appointed papers for Request for Proposals for the screw press project at the Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Before the close of the meeting, Councilman Watson questioned the status of the Zoning Committee’s proposed ordinance. In particular, he wanted to know if the demolition ordinance was “in or out?”. The response was that the members couldn’t get a consensus on the issue; the wording is complete but this is the only issue that can’t be resolved. The Councilman would like to have the Town Attorney review the proposal that has been completed to date.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:45 p.m. The next meeting of the Town Board will be held at the Town Hall on November 27th at 7:30 p.m., preceded by a workshop at 7:00 p.m.
Submitted by Monica Deyo