Franklin Town Board – May 5, 2015

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The public hearing for proposed Local Law #1, Governing the Sale, Application, and Disposal of Waste Associated With Oil and Natural Gas Exploration, Extraction and Storage Activities was opened at 7:00 p.m. Present were Garret Sitts, David Grant, Supervisor Jeff Taggart, Highway Superintendent Mark Laing and Paul Warner. Also present were Eugene Marner, Carole Marner, Brian Brock, William Young, William Degenhardt, Elwood Weerheim, Ken Walter, Dawn Ritz, Liz Serrao, Glen Gaetano, Rachel Phillip Gaetano, John Alessi, Sylvie Lecompte, Wendy Swears, Jamie Archibald, Kaima Nelson-Bowne, Jan Mulroy, Rose Cleaveland, Jane Couch, Jason Starr, Pete Bevilacqua, Eric Huneke, Michael Wallace, Cheryl Petersen, Donald Hebbard, Shirley Ferguson , Dwight Bruno and Patricia Coyle.

William Young wanted to add the word “potentially” to the first sentence in Section 1. Also he felt that Franklin would probably not be found to be a suitable site to have a dump.

Brian Brock thought there were other issues that should have been addressed first. He provided a list of changes he thought should be made to the proposed law.

Kaima Nelson-Bowne wanted the language of the law to be expanded to include pipelines and compressor stations.

Supervisor Jeff Taggart closed the hearing at 7:10 p.m.

The regular monthly meeting of the Franklin Town Board was called to order by Supervisor Jeff Taggart at 7:10 p.m. Also attending was Lisa Huyck and Don Smith.

The minutes from the April 7, 2015 meeting were read. Garret Sitts made a motion to accept the minutes as read. David Grant seconded the motion and all J present agreed.

Ken Walter reported for the Kellogg-Franklin Trust. Any expense that the Town pays for insurance costs associated with the Kellogg-Franklin Trust will be reimbursed to the Town.

Carole Marner asked the Board to order a comprehensive health impact assessment. No action was taken.

Donald Hebbard asked the Board to adopt a resolution of unconditional opposition to a compressor station in the town of Franklin. No action was taken.

Mark Laing reported for the Highway Department. He would like to sell at auction the motor from the truck that was purchased from the County for parts. Garret Sitts made a motion to sell the motor at auction. David Grant seconded the motion and all agreed.

Chemung Supply Corporation did send a bid on time for the April opening for pipe. They bid the same prices as Steel Sales Inc. for all of the various size pipes. Don Smith made a motion to accept Chemung Supply’s bids and to purchase pipe for the most reasonable price. David Grant seconded the motion and all agreed.

Mark received quotes for an excavator. To rent a machine it would cost $3,490/month. Also there is a program to rent with the option to buy the machine. The 2007 machine would cost approximately $72,200.00 and the 2010 machine would cost approximately $115,000.00. Garret Sitts made a motion to rent the 2007 machine for 2 months. David Grant seconded the motion and all agreed.

Garret Sitts reported for the Recreation Committee. They still need to hire 2 life guards for the summer.

Vouchers were submitted for audit and payment.

With no further business to come before the Board, Garret Sitts moved for adjournment. Lisa Huyck seconded the motion and all agreed.

Video Recording of meeting: