Ontario Town Board Mon., March 24, 2014

A regular meeting of the Ontario Town Board was called to order by Supervisor John Smith at 7:00 p.m. in the Ontario Town Hall. 32 residents and visitors were present at portions of the meeting.

Charles Steinman, Attorney for Justice Paul Sucher, delivered an Article 78 proceeding against the town and the town board regarding unequal compensation between the two justices.

Comments from the Public – Mr. Jim Switzer thanked the Supervisor for hanging pictures of Heritage Square in the hall outside the meeting room. He also stated he attended the first event of a series of four “Ontario Memories” co-sponsored by the Ontario Library and the Landmark Society. The theme was the history of the public library.

Under: New Business –

The Town Board:

–  authorized the Superintendent of Water Utilities to purchase 4,200 gallons (44,100 lbs.) of PCH-180 @ $0.218 per lb. from Holland Company (sole source vendor) for an amount not to exceed $9,613.80 from budget .

– approved  the purchase of one HP desktop computer from CDW-G for an amount not to exceed $642.38 from budget

– approved the purchase of VLA Office Pro Plus 2013 from Dell for an amount not to exceed $314.84 from budget

– authorized the Supervisor to sign the annual Inter-Municipal Agreement with the county for the repair/improvement of local roads

–  adopted the  Bonacci Tax Settlement Resolution  for his property (“Property”) at 1999 Ridge Road  on the 2013 Assessment Roll

– adopt the amended 2014 non-union wage schedule dated 3/24/2014, effective April 1, 2014. Mr. Melino gave a brief summary on the increases and why elected officials are not getting a raise.

There was board discussion regarding the budget amendment for the purchase of a 2015 Mack 10 wheel dump truck to replace the truck that burned up in a fire on January 1, 2014. The board would like a motion at the next board meeting asking for permission to buy the truck.  A motion was made by Mr. Smith, seconded by Mr. Catalano, to table the motion for the truck budget amendment pending final clarification on the truck purchase at the next business meeting

Reports by Town Board Members

Mr. Smith stated that the Ontario Midland Railroad is going to repair three crossings in Ontario – Ontario Center Road, Knickerbocker Road and Furnace Road.

Mr. Ruffell reminded everyone about the Complete Streets Workshop scheduled for Wednesday, March 26th from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Town Hall.

Mr. Robusto thanked everyone involved with the February and March events held at the Parks and Recreation Department. Both events were well attended.

Comments from the Public – Mr. Richard VanHoover asked if stipends were going to be cut from the 2015 budget. Mr. Smith feels everything is up for discussion for the 2015 budget.

The April 21st workshop meeting of the board will be a budget workshop to seek input from the residents.

Mrs. Laurie Clocksin asked if anything has been done to move the Watershed meetings to the evening. They are currently held at 2 p.m. Mr. Smith replied there has been discussion but no action has been taken at this time.

Mr. Smith also announced that the town received the last outstanding state grant for the community center in the amount of $250,000.

Mr. Switzer noted that in the past there were funds available to assist the town to make improvements to those railroad crossings. The railroad is an important marketing feature for properties in Ontario and the railroad can create sidings at numerous locations.

Workshop – Spring clean-up – bid results

Supervisor Smith stated the town received one bid from Alpco recycling that was triple the price from last year. The Highway Superintendent spoke to Alton Plumb, owner of Alpco Recycling, and Mr. Plumb offered the town a flat fee bid not to exceed $8,000.00 according to the Town of Ontario bid specifications.

There was a discussion among the board members regarding holding the town clean-up. Several options were discussed: holding it later in the year or maybe charging a fee per vehicle.  Several board members feel 2015 is going to be a very difficult budget year and they can’t support a town clean up at this time. Several residents shared their thoughts, both pro and con.

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