Franklin Town Board – May 3, 2016

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The meeting for the Public Hearing regarding the adoption of the 20l6 Flood Damage Prevention Law was called to order at 7:30 P.M. by Supervisor Jeff Taggart. Present were Garret Sitts, David Grant , Dwight Bruno, Donnie Smith, Highway Superintendant Mark Laing and Paul Warner. Also present were Brian Brock, Tony Breuer, John Alessi, Louise Corsover, Betty Fischer, Mike Wallace, Bill Young, Abby Butler, Ken Walter, Cheryl Petersen, Pete Bevilacqua, Linda Bevilacqua, Don Hebbard, Pete Nero and Roger Reed.

There are slight changes in the flood maps. The SEQR form was filled out to indicate that there would not be any significant adverse environmental impacts. David Grant a motion made to adopt the Flood Damage Prevention Law. Dwight Bruno seconded the motion and all agreed. The Public Hearing was closed at 7:40 P.M.

Ken Walter gave the Kellogg Franklin Trust minutes and agenda. The clerk was provided with the financial report from Morgan Stanley for 2015.

Verizon would like to be added to the cell tower at the Town Shed. Mike Wallace would like to see better cell service in the area. Garret Sitts made a motion to accept the amendment for the cell tower. David Grant seconded the motion and all agreed.

Jeff Taggart wanted to let Mark know that someone from Jackson Hill Road had called and thanked them for the job they had done on that road.

Mark Laing informed the bidders who won the bids from last month. Mark will be working with Frontier for more high-speed internet. They have completed the eight hour safety training for the Town employees including highway safety. Henderson Truck Equipment has a price of $34,790 for a Muni-Bodybox for the truck. The Town has devised a better set-up for the spinner system. Garret Sitts made a motion to buy the box. Dwight Bruno seconded and all agreed.

Nothing new to report from the Rec. Comm.

Paul needs to get a new invoice from the Treadwell Water District for repairs. Dwight Bruno made a motion to allow Paul to pay this bill as soon as it is received. Garret Sitts seconded the motion and all agreed.

The county wants to be cautious regarding solar farms. Towns can opt out of the tax breaks for corporate solar farms. The Assessor doesn’t add additional assessment for residential solar panels.

Mike Wallace is concerned about the lack of senior housing in Franklin.

Jeff Taggart let Mark Laing know that the Town of Walton has a 2012 truck cab & chassis for sale. He is wondering if it would be something that the Town would be interested in. Mark is not interested at this time.

Don Hebbard wanted to be sure that everyone was aware that the pipeline has been stopped. He feels that the County should support renewable energy. Jeff Taggart was glad that DEC had done their job. He is also concerned that 70% of solar energy is funded by grant money.

Garret Sitts made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:45 P.M. Donnie Smith seconded and all agreed.

Video Recording of meeting: