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The regular monthly meeting of the Franklin Town Board was called to order at 7:30 P.M. by Supervisor Jeff Taggart. Present were Garret Sitts, David Grant, Dwight Bruno, Paul Warner and Jamie Archibald. Donnie Smith was absent. Also present were Bill Young, David Tuthill, Roger Reed, Pete Nero, Mike Wallace, Tony Breuer and Don Hebbard.
The minutes from the February 7, 2017 meeting were read. Garret Sitts made a motion to accept the minutes as read. David Grant seconded and all present agreed. Continue reading…
The regular meeting of the Franklin Town Board was called to order at 7:35 P.M. by Supervisor Jeff Taggart. Present were Garret Sitts, David Grant, Dwight Bruno, Donnie Smith, Paul Warner and Mark Laing. Also present were Jamie Archibald, Roger Reed, Pete Nero, Paul DeAndrea, Bill Young, Don Hebbard, Tony Breuer, Betty Fischer, Jan Mulroy, Abby Butler ( Walton Reporter), Adam Flint and Evan Bixby (Southern Tier Solar Works).
The minutes were read from the January 3, 2017 meeting. Garret Sitts made a motion to accept the minutes as read. David Grant seconded and all agreed.
Southern Tier Solar Works gave a slide presentation about Community Shared Solar. There is a copy of the presentation in the town clerk’s office. They believe that the location would be ideal for a small solar farm. The main concern is the overall cost, which they estimate around 1.5 million dollars. Another issue, is if it would really save money for the consumers. Continue reading…
The regular monthly meeting of the Franklin Town Board was called to order at 7:35 P.M. by Supervisor Jeff Taggart. Present were Garret Sitts, David Grant, Donnie Smith, Dwight Bruno, Paul Warner and Mark Laing. Also present were Jamie Archibald, Roger Reed, Pete Nero, Stacey Sickler, Emily Chaloupka, Malorie Jordan, Sheldon Robinson, Macy Jordan, Alexis Eichler, Logan Young, Alex Hanley, Joe Nowhitney, Sky Monosson, Don Hebbard, Bill Young and Tony Breuer.
The minutes were read from the December 6, 2016 meeting. David Grant made a motion to accept the minutes as read. Dwight Bruno seconded the motion and all agreed.
Mark Jacobs has resigned effective December 29, 2016.
David Tuthill reported for the Kellogg Trust that they will be meeting with the new owners of the Kellogg School regarding rent for the space they occupy.
Planning Board meeting on Thursday January 5, 2017 at 7:30 P.M. regarding the new owners of the school.
The Recreation Committee is looking for new members. There will be a meeting on February 6, 2017 at 7:00 P.M.
There is a new four year contract for the highway employees that has been agreed upon. David Grant made a motion to accept the new contract. Dwight Bruno seconded the motion and all agreed. Jeff thanked Mark Laing for their work on our Town roads.
The appointments for 2017 were made as follows: Continue reading…
The regular monthly meeting of the Franklin Town Board was called to order at 7:30 P.M. by Supervisor Jeff Taggart. Present were David Grant, Donnie Smith, Dwight Bruno and Mark Laing. Garret Sitts was absent from the meeting. Also present were Pete Nero, Roger Reed, Tony Breuer, Stuart Anderson, David Tuthill and Bill Young.
The minutes were read from the November 9, 2016 meeting. David Grant made a motion to accept the minutes as read. Donnie Smith seconded and all present agreed.
David Tuthill reporting for the Franklin Kellogg Trust that the benches are in at The Pine Shop. The school building has been sold. They are negotiating the rental of the space with the new owners where the Kellogg Educational and Community Center is currently located. The Board positions for 2017 are Chairperson- David Tuthill, Vice Chair- Jim Carey, Treasurer- Joanna Jones, Secretary- Lisa Huyck. Members- Dwight Bruno, Cecil Davis and Deborah Tuthill. Possible considerations for the future include grounds work on the baseball field, a pavilion on the Kellogg field and possibly a youth soccer field. There was a LEGO Winter Wonderland Village building event. They had 44 students and 22 adults participating. The display is at Bright Hill Press until December 17th. Continue reading…
The Special Meeting regarding the 2017 budget was called to order at 7:30 P.M. by Supervisor Jeff Taggart. Present were Garret Sitts, David Grant, Donnie Smith, Dwight Bruno, Jamie Archibald and Paul Warner. Also present were Jessie Davis, Jetta Day, Roger Reed, Mike Ritz, Jon Ackley, Kyle Ackley, Dave Tuthill, Phylis Sitts, Ralph Sitts, Mary Ellen Collier, Sigmund Barckhaus, Wendy Barckhaus, Carol Jensen, Bill Young, Brian Brock, Don Hebbard, Tony Breuer, Abby Butler and Patricia Coyle.
Patricia Coyle, and Wendy Barckhaus read letters asking the Town Board to restore the $500.00 for the Library budget. Mary Ellen Collier read a letter about the project to make the Library handicap accessible. They are working to get a grant to off-set a portion of the cost. Ralph Sitts had some questions for the Library trustees. He asked if the Wi-Fi was a necessary item for the Library to offer. Don Hebbard believes that the Wi-Fi can help with tourism. Continue reading…
By Don Hebbard
New York State Real Property Tax Law [RPTL] Section 487, adopted in 1977, provides a 15-year real property taxation exemption for solar, wind, and farm waste energy systems. These energy generating systems are considered to be capital improvements to the real property, and received this exemption from taxation to encourage their construction. The Franklin Town Board has passed Local Law 2-2016, opting out of Section 487. This allows all residential, municipal, and commercial systems to be added to the real property tax base.
This idea to remove the NYS tax exemption was first proposed to the Delaware County Board of Supervisors. Every municipal entity (county, town, village) and all school districts will have to make a decision to continue the NYS exemption, or choose to “opt out.” For forty years, NYS has been offering incentives for residences, small businesses, schools, and municipalities to install solar and wind systems to reduce their energy bills, and often as a personal action to reduce greenhouse gas creation from burning fossil fuels. Continue reading…
By Alexis Greene
Entering Franklin Durable Goods, the antiques shop on Main Street, is a bit like walking into a sea of enticing objects, as waves of alluring – if sometimes odd – items wash over you, drawing you deeper into this unique emporium.
Here a metal statue of a tiger, there glass bottles from some long-ago pharmacy. Here a spear for snaring eels, there steel hooks to lift ton-bags of grain. All this and more, artfully displayed on a pool table or a staircase or even (upstairs) on a coffin, to catch your attention and make you want to touch, pick up or marvel.
The proprietor of this adventure in collecting is Neil Rochmis, who runs the business with Franklin’s village mayor, Tom Briggs. And it is Rochmis who can usually be found sitting behind a counter, Friday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., playing scrabble on his laptop, talking to his dog, Sidney, or explaining the provenance of an unusual item to a potential customer. Continue reading…
By Mary Ellen Collier
People around town may notice that the Franklin Free Library has removed a large old maple tree on the west lawn. By the time you read this, the second old maple may be gone as well.
This is the exciting beginning of a major upgrade to the Library. Plans are being implemented to create a cellar entryway into the Library, with a wide level walkway from the village sidewalk. Patrons will be able to use wheelchairs, scooters or walkers to get easily to the new entryway. Once inside, a personal wheelchair elevator will provide access to the Main Floor, for programs and the book collections. A new Reading Room is being planned in an area inside the new entryway. The current bathroom will be enlarged and new fixtures will make it accessible for people in wheelchairs. The emergency exit at the rear of the Library will be enlarged and ramped for accessible, safer exiting.
Library Board members applied for and have been awarded a generous grant from The O’Connor Foundation to begin the rehabilitation of the bathroom and rear exit. The Library has also applied for a substantial grant from the New York State Library Construction Grant Program. Although results of our application won’t be known until next June, it has passed several hurdles and hopefully will be successful. Continue reading…