Town of Ontario Oct. 28, 2013

Budget Hearing, Greenway Public Hearing set for Dec. 3

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 by Supervisor Bob Kelsch; all members were present. The first order of business was a Public Hearing on the 2014 Town Budget, which included the proposed 2014 contracts for Emergency Services as follows:  Ontario Volunteer Emergency Squad – from $20,000 in 2013 to $15,000 in 2014

Northeast Quadrant Advanced Life Support, Inc. – from $8,000 in 2013 to $10,000 in 2014

Fire & Ambulance Service with the Union Hill Volunteer Firemen’s Assoc. – $110,000 in 2013 and $110,000 in 2014

Ontario Fire District – $256,618 in 2013 to $258,296 in 2014

Ontario Rural Fire Protection District – $61,295 in 2013 to $62,149 in 2014. PILOT funding for the Ontario Fire Protection went from $164,972 in 2013 to $166,031 in 2014.

The proposed 2014 contract with Mercy Flight Central is the same as in 2013 – $1,000.

Public comments included a resident’s concern that the west side of Town has poor service and feels the entire side should be served by one department. Union Hill is going to be billing customers in the near future; the department needs funds for training, education, and equipment and their budget includes a paid staff. Supervisor Kelsch stated that it is a good situation that the Town now has fire protection on both sides of Route 104 with the addition of the new fire house on Brick Church Road.

The next proposed 2014 Budget amount was for the Business Improvement District in the amount of $1494, followed by the major department budgets as follows:

General Fund – Appropriations – $3,075,338, less revenues of $1,820,960 and a fund balance/reserve addition of $400,000. The amount then needed to be raised by taxes is $854,378.

Highway Fund – Appropriations – $1,418,337, less revenues of $669,837 and a fund balance/reserve addition of $75,000. The amount needed to be raised by taxes is $673,500.

Library Fund – Appropriations – $366,704 (no revenues applied), leaving $366,704 to be raised by taxes.

Water, Sewer 1 and Sewer 2, and Lighting 1 and 2 – Total of these budgets’ appropriations are $9,336,230.

Since any changes to this Preliminary Budget must be done by resolution, later in the meeting the Board amended the Highway General Repairs fund to $122,000, to include $80,000 for General Repairs, $36,000 for Surface Treating, and $6,000 for Culvert Pipe. This amendment will be considered at the Town Board meeting on November 4th.

As the Preliminary Budget stood following the Public Hearing, the common tax rate for 2014 will be $2.949682 ($2.95). If the Highway amendment is passed on 11/4, the common tax rate will be $3.019743 ($3.02). This is the rate that all residents will pay, excluding the additional charges some properties will pay if benefitted with water, sewer, and/or lighting in their districts.

– New Business – Councilman Mike Melino moved to authorize the Supervisor to enter into a written agreement with the Wayne Central School District for the salting and sanding of driveways and parking lots for the 2013-2014 snow removal season in the estimated amount of $3,500.

Councilman Frank Robusto presented a resolution setting a Special Election for Parkland to consider the following proposition: “Should a public park known as the Ontario Center Greenway be established on land where the former town landfill was located?”This election will be held on December 3rd, 2013 at the Town Hall and the Recreation Building at Casey Park between the hours of 12:00p.m. and 9:00p.m.

The next motion was to change the language in the plan highlights of the Town-provided HRA. This would indicate that employees who participate in a “group”as opposed to individual coverage, whether it is through the Town or not are compliant with the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, and to allow employees to opt out of the Town-provided plan in lieu of an individual plan.

– Appointments – A motion was passed to appoint Melisa Halstead to the position of Sole Assessor commencing 11/1/13 and ending 9/30/19 at an annual salary of $35,000 with benefits. The Board then authorized the Supervisor to post internally for a 2-week period for the position of Part-Time Hourly Clerk to the Sole Assessor. The position is non-competitive as determined by Wayne County Civil Service, and the rate of pay is $11.22/hour without benefits. If the posting is not successful, it will be extended outside. Highway Superintendent Jerry Santangelo informed the Board in Memo #13-09 that he has hired Michael Doyle as the 2013 seasonal employee for the Highway Department. His employment will be from 10/22/13 – 4/15/14; the rate of pay is $12.00/hour without benefits, and he will be on call/as needed.

– Announcements – Supervisor Kelsch informed the attendees that on November 11th, the American Legion on Knickerbocker Road will have a program at 11:00a.m. to honor our Veterans. Councilman Robusto commented that the Halloween in the Park celebration on 10/26 was a huge success, with almost 650 children in attendance. Hundreds of hours were spent on the planning, done mostly by volunteers and at almost no cost to the taxpayers since most of the necessities were donated. Councilman Jason Ruffell informed the Board that the BID will be hosting a “Meet & Greet” program at 2000 Ridge Road on November 4th at 7:00p.m. Also, there has been ongoing interest in the Big Lots plaza by Save-a-Lot and Dollar General; the owners of the plaza will do the re-paving of the parking lot in preparation for the additional businesses.

The Board adjourned into Executive Session at 8:55 for the purpose of discussing contract negotiations. The next Business Meeting of the Town Board will be on 11/4/13 at 7:00p.m. in the Library of the Town Hall (change of location due to the election set-ups for voting on 11/5). November 18th will be the next scheduled Board Workshop at 7:00p.m.

Submitted by Monica Deyo

 

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