Williamson Town Board – Sept 24, 2013

The business meeting of the Williamson Town Board was called to order at 7:30 by Supervisor Jim Hoffman; all Board members were present. The first order of business was a presentation by Bob Zeman, the chairman of the Waterfront Preservation and Development Committee.  The committee was established in February and has been meeting twice a month since March. The other members include Roger Battaglia, William Dougherty, Peter Evans, Peter Shumski, Chip Stevens, and Jayme Breschard of the Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council. This group has formulated several recommendations to the Town Board: no new laws/ordinances; create something that is not onerous but will help maintain the look and feel of the current waterfront properties; the requirements of the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program grant issued to the Town of Williamson will be met. The committee would like boundaries established which outline the areas that are covered and to tie the proposal to the existing building permit process. The goal is the completion of a ready-to-use planning program along with the identification and preparation of best management practices. This would involve a Community Character Checklist and Response cover letter for projects that affect a principal building and/or accessory structure built on or before 1902 or on a lot adjacent to the principal building and is located in the Lakefront Residential (L-R), Residential (R-1) north of New Road and Sheppard Road, or in the Pultneyville Mixed-Use (MU-2) zoning district. The data obtained from this checklist will be a part of the applicant’s documents to be submitted to the Planning Board and an Advisory Committee will need to be formed to assist in the implementation of the proposals.

The second presentation was an update by Kevin Schulte of Sustainable Energy Developments (SED) regarding the Solar Panel Project which is  proposed to be erected on the closed landfill site owned by the Town. Mr. Schulte is the one who is negotiating the terms of the project on behalf of the Town. The entire agreement between the Town and SED has been sent to Town Attorney Art Williams for his review and approval of the project. The Town is in line for a NY SUN grant in the amount of $1,233,000; the contract needs to be signed by October 4th, which is NYSERDA’s deadline for submission. Distributed Sun would own, build and operate the solar system; they currently have about 16 similar projects and would contract with SED to do the work. At the end of the warranted 25 years, Williamson will own the system. If it is purchased in year 6 for $1.9 million and bonds over the next 15 years, the Town would save $2.4 million. If the Town never purchases the solar project and the power remains the same, then the savings would be in excess of $1.6 million. The risks in this process include a decrease in the cost of electricity, required utility upgrades, and other project unknowns which could cause major installation cost increases.  Mr. Schulte noted that the Town will never pay more for its electricity’s unit charge than it does currently.

– Consent Agenda – The Board approved the minutes of the meeting on 9/10, accepted the monthly report submitted by Bill Dobie of the Water Department, and paid the Library bills in the amount of $4,553.73.

– Economic Development – Councilman Gary Orbaker moved to authorize the Supervisor to sign a snow removal agreement with the Business Improvement District. The terms are the same as during the previous year, which contracts the sum of $70.00 each time the Town deploys labor and equipment.

– Facilities – Councilman Mike Bixby made a motion to authorize the Town Clerk to advertise the week of 9/29 to receive applications for a seasonal employee for snow and ice removal from the sidewalks at the Town Complex. Job descriptions may be obtained from the Town Clerk’s office and applications will be received until 10/11 at 4:00 p.m. The rate of pay will be $10.35 per hour. The next resolution directed the Town Clerk to advertise the week of 10/6 in the Help Wanted section of the NYS Assessors’ website for applications for a Sole Assessor for the Town. Councilman Bixby moved to reappoint Maynard Bixby to the Board of Assessment Review for a term of 5 years from 10/1/13 to 9/30/18. Mr. Bixby abstained from the vote and it was noted that no one else applied for the position.  A motion was approved to change the Town’s third party provider for natural gas consumption from Direct Energy to Hess through the MEGA Participation program.

– Finance – Supervisor Hoffman moved to make amendments to the 2014 Tentative Budget in several of the funds. The next motion authorized the Town Clerk to advertise the weeks of 10/6 and 10/20 for the Public Hearing on the proposed 2014 budget, to be held on Tuesday, 10/22, at 7:30 in the Town Hall meeting room. The 2014 Salary Schedule for Elected Officials is as follows: Town Supervisor – $32,692; Town Council

(4 each) – $5693; Town Clerk – $48,977; Town Justice (2 each) – $15,751; Superintendent of Highways – $58,023. The Supervisor made a motion to declare as surplus 2 Detroit diesel generators from the WWTP and to advertise them in the legal papers the week of 9/29 and online at govdeals. The 1999 International Utility Truck from the Water Department will be sold at the Municipal Auction. The last resolution in Finance amended the General Fund to reflect the receipt of monies awarded through a grant for the Historic Watershed Planning Program. The State Aid line item will increase from $5689.53 to $8968.27, and the Economic Development line item will increase from $10,689.53 to $13,968.27.

– Public Services – Councilman Gary Orbaker made a motion to authorize the Town Clerk to advertise in the designated papers the weeks of 10/6 and 10/20 for a leaf drop-off program. Residents may take leaves to the former landfill site on Pound Road on 10/26, 11/2, and 11/9 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Also presented was a resolution to authorize the Town Clerk to submit the proper forms to the Wayne County Highway Department of Transportation to request the DOT to establish a lower maximum speed at which vehicles may proceed on East Townline Road and a warning of a blind drive in the vicinity of 6820 East Townline Road.

– Parks & Recreation – Councilman Bixby suggested that there be recognition for George Harland by naming the road going to the Town Park Lodge “George Harland Way/Avenue/Parkway” to memorialize the many years of volunteering by Mr. Harland and his dedication to the establishment of the Town Park. It was also suggested that another option might be to name the Lodge after him. The Board will check with the Town Attorney as to the legality of this proposal and will discuss the proposition at a future date.

The meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m. The next meeting of the Williamson Town Board will be on October 8th at 7:30, preceded by a workshop at 7:00 p.m.

Submitted by Monica Deyo

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