Walworth Town Board – January 3, 2013
A regular meeting and Organizational meeting for the Town of Walworth was held on 1/3/13 at the Walworth Town Hall.
Under Town Board Appointments, Pam Knapp was appointed to the Zoning Board of Appeals (til 12/31/17), Denise Munson was appointed as Zoning Board counsel, Planning Board Counsel and Attorney for the Town, Karel Ambroz was appointed as Planning Board member (til 12/31/17), Steve Gallaher was appointed to the Parks Committee (til 12/31/15), Gene Bavis was reappointed as Walworth Town Historian (til 12/31/13), Lea Dill will remain as Dog Control Officer (til 12/31/13), LaBella Associates was appointed as Engineer for the Town (til 12/31/13), Robbie Burns will remain as Sewer Superintendent (til 12/31/13), Bob Plant will be Budgett Officers, Norm Druschel was appointed as Fire Marshall (til 12/31/13), and Phil Williamson was appointed as Code Enforcement Officer (til 12/31/13).
Town Supervisor Bob Plant appointed Patti Marini as Deputy Supervisor, and left the current town board members on the same committees as last year.
Hours for Justice Court for 2013 will be 1st & 3rd Wednesdays at 7:30 pm (regular court) and the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays at 7:30 pm (regular court); ADA Court will be on the 1st Tuesdays at 6 pm, and 4th Tuesday at 1 pm. No court on the 5th Tuesday.
The Times of Wayne County was designated as the legal newspaper for the Town of Walworth.
Town Board meetings for 2013 will be held on the 1st and 3rd thursdays of each month at 7:30 pm with the exceptionof July and August, where they will only meet on the 3rd Thursdays.
The following Department Heads were approved to spend up to these amounts, without furthter authorization from the Town Board: $2,000 for Supervisor; $2,000 for Town Clerk, $2,000 for Recreation Director; $4,000 for Highway Superintendent, and $4,000 for Sewer Superintendent.
A Resolution for requiring that a notice may be served upon owners ordering them to cut, trim or removed brush, grass, rubbish or weeds from their property was approved. However, prior authorization to mow a property (which must be paid by the Town Board until collected with tax payment from the property owner) must be given by the Town Supervisor to the Code Enforcement officer).
A Resolution allowing fireworks to be displayed at Carey Lake Restaurant/Party House for the year 2013 was approved. Carey Lake must notify the Town Clerk in advance of the date for such occurrences.
A date of 1/17/13 at 7:45 pm was set for a public hearing on the Local Law to add an alternate member of the Planning Board, in cases where a regular member could not attend.
A Reserve Fund was established and funds set aside in the Town Budget for an Employee Benefit Accrued Liability Reserve fund in the Amount of $4,000.00
The Town board voted to approve the combining of the Parks and Recreation Committees. The committee will be made up of 7 members. One board seat that was open on the Recreation Committee was open and will not be filled.
Under business for the Library Board of Trustees, Wendy Coleman was appointed and approved for a one year term to fill a vacancy. The Board also moved to appoint two other Trustees. Mr. Karel Ambroz and Mr. Ken Cigna to two open 5 year term trustee seats. The Library Board recommendation for the appointment of Ms. Christie LoTempio was not approved.
Ms. Beth Hart was appointed by Town Clerk Susie Jacobs as her Deputy Clerk #1 for 2013.
Councilman Tom Yale complimented the Highway Department for their handling of last week’s heavy snowfall, removal and cleaning of the roads.
A recommendation to sign a yearly contract with ASCAP for a license to play “hold” music from radio stations on the town phone lines, and possibly during town events where music is played by bands, was voted down. The cost would have been $327/year.
Supervisor Plant noted that the Master Plan Committee was being reestablished to deal with many issues of resident concerns. Tom Yale will be committee head and is seeking members who can commit about 6 months to the committee work ahead. Deadline to submit request to be considered for the committee will be February 1, 2013.
A request to place boxes for people to drop clothing donations for a Wayne Central Student’s project to help the Open Door Mission was denied, as the board felt the boxes could not be properly supervised, and would not be the appropriate place for donations.
There was a discussion of an offer from the Town’s IT (Information Technology) provider to monitor all town IT devices (servers, cameras, etc) for possible downtime or failure. The cost would be $1,500 per year, but would prevent the town from security issues, such as surveillance cameras failing, or main computer servers failing. The topic will be discussed at the next board meeting.
Next meeting will be held on January 17th at 7:30 pm at the Walworth Town Hall meeting room