Franklin Town Board – October 1, 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 7:28 p.m. Present were Jeff Taggart, Garret Sitts, David Grant, Donnie Smith , Dwight Bruno, Mark Laing and Paul Warner. Also present were Earnie Cawley, Amanda Groff, Brian Brock, Tony Breuer, Carl Lobdell, Lynda Elderkin, Roger Reed, Pete Nero, Chris Downin, Sara Andros, Carol Jensen, Johnny Davis, Gabe Smith, Nick McWeeney, Brock Warner, Molly McLaughlin, Maddie Ackley and Sumer Golinski.

The minutes were read from the September 3, 2019 meeting. Dwight Bruno made the motion to approve the minutes as read. Garret Sitts seconded the motion. All present agreed.

Deputy Fiscal Officer Paul Warner presented the preliminary budget for 2020. The increase is 1.96%. Garret Sitts made the motion to accept preliminary budget. Dwight Bruno seconded the motion. All present agreed. Copies will be in Town Clerks office.

Amanda Groff presented the budget for Recreation Commission which is staying the same.

Carol Jensen presented the Franklin Free Library budget which is also staying the same.

Mark Laing reported that they were buying a 2004 Mack with plow and sander plus some other extras for $20,000.00 from Unadilla. Donnie Smith made the motion to pay the Town of Unadilla the $20,000.00. David Grant seconded the motion. All present agreed.

Mark also said they were going to look at a 2009 Freightliner. The board agreed to go up to approximately $50,000.00 for it.

The town garage needs a new garage door. They can get one from Hayes for $5950.00 with everything included and installed. David Grant made the motion to purchase door. Donnie Smith seconded the motion. All present agreed.

Chips bills will be in for December payment.

Jeff reported the only thing before the planning board last month was the proposed Dollar General.

The papers were signed for the land for Town Offices on September 24, 2019.

Some of the board members have met with engineers to discuss plans for the offices.

There will be a public hearing for the preliminary budget on Wed. Nov. 6 at 6:00 with regular meeting to follow.

Patty Taggart made a request to change the name of Sanly Road Spur to Eagles Way Rd. Dwight Bruno made the motion to change the name and Donnie Smith seconded the motion. All present agreed.

At 8:17 Garret Sitts made the motion to go into executive session to discuss litigation.

At 9:05 Garret Sitts made the motion to return from executive session.

The town clerk is in need of a new computer. Garret Sitts made the motion to buy new computer for town clerk. Donnie Smith seconded the motion. All present agreed.

With nothing further to come before the board Garret Sitts made the motion to adjourn at 9:15 pm. David Grant seconded the motion.

Vouchers # 397-444 were presented for payment.

Respectfully submitted,

Sonja Johns
Franklin Town Clerk

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