Franklin Town Board – June 4, 2019

A video recording of this meeting is below.

The regular meeting of the Franklin Town Board was called to order by Supervisor Jeff Taggart at 7:32 PM. Present were Jeff Taggart, Garret Sitts, Donnie Smith, Dwight Bruno, Mark Laing and Paul Warner. Absent was David Grant. Also present were Heather Warner, Peter Nero, Don Hebbard, Brian Brock, Dave Tuthill, Chris Downin, Roger Reed, Tony Breuer, Pete Bevilacqua, Shawn Doherty and Sebastian Swift.

The minutes were read from the May 7, 2019 meeting. Garret Sitts made a motion to approve the minutes as read. Dwight Bruno seconded the motion. All present agreed.

Dave Tuthill reported for the Franklin Kellogg Trust.

Heather Warner presented the Complete Streets Program. NYS adopted a policy to ask municipalities to adopt this program. Complete Streets is a program to make roads and streets walkable and usable for people of all ages and abilities. She and others would help if we want to adopt the program.

Mark Laing reported that the guard rails on Jackson Hill are complete. That was paid from CHIPS program. Chip sealing many roads has been done. A lady from the gravel bank inspection had called to say how nice and well kept our gravel banks are. Mark has completed the sign-up with the federal surplus program. He said there are a few trucks that will need to be replaced. Dwight Bruno made the motion to start sending trucks to auction , two at a time, that need to be replaced. Donnie Smith seconded the motion. All present agreed.

Jeff reported there was nothing on the agenda for the planning board. The next meeting will be June 6, 2019 at 7:30.

Jeff went over the SEQRA assessment form for T-Mobile Lease. Donnie Smith made the motion to accept the SEQRA assessment form. Dwight Bruno seconded the motion. All present agreed.

Garret Sitts made the motion to authorize Jeff to execute a license with T-Mobile Northeast LLC to install, operate and maintain equipment at the existing cell tower located on the Town’s property at 124801 County Hwy 21, Franklin, NY, subject to Permissive Referendum. Donnie Smith seconded the motion. All present agreed. The building project is still being worked on with some different options.

Pete Bevilacqua said there is a $2000.00 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who killed their lamb in 2015.

Donnie reported on the cemetery sidewalk. He has gotten in touch with the people with quarry and hope to have project finished by the end of summer. He said they have received almost $800.00 in donations toward sidewalk and that his family is planning a bake sale at Wayne Bank on June 28 to donate to sidewalk project.

Vouchers # 229-268 were presented for payment.

With nothing more to come before the board Garret Sitts made a motion to adjourn at 8:38 PM. Donnie Smith seconded the motion.

Respectfully submitted,

Sonja Johns
Town of Franklin
Town Clerk

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