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Download PDF copy of Franklin NY Town Board Minutes – October 2013
The regular monthly meeting of the Franklin Town Board was called to order at 7:30 p.m. by Supervisor Don Smith. Present were Jeff Taggart, Susan Fairbairn, Arthur Swenson, Garret Sitts, Supervisor Don Smith, Highway Superintendent Mark Laing and Paul Warner. Also present were Jamie Archibald, David Grant, David Brownell, Brian Brock, William Young, Ken Walter and Cheryl Petersen.
The minutes from the September 3, 2013 meeting were read. Arthur Swenson made a motion to accept the minutes as read. Garret Sitts seconded the motion and all agreed.
Ken Walter reported for the Kellogg-Franklin Trust. The Kellogg- Franklin Trust will reimburse the Town in the amount of $105.00 for the Community/Education Center insurance. It was suggested that some of the money held in the checking account be moved to some type of savings account. Ken asked that the Franklin Town Board pass a resolution authorizing the Trust to manage the Trust funds and properties. Arthur Swenson made a motion to officially designate and authorize the Kellogg- Franklin Trust Board of Directors to administer the Kellogg-Franklin Trust investment portfolio and checking account and administer and operate all the Kellogg-Franklin Trust properties which include the athletic fields, Kellogg Commons and Kellogg Community/Education Center. Jeff Taggart seconded the motion and all agreed.
Paul Warner reviewed the preliminary budget for the 2014 year. There is an increase in the General A fund of $4,319.00, an increase in the General B fund of $11,700.00 and a decrease of $2,300.00 in the Highway DB fund. The budget for the fire department is still unknown. Garret Sitts made a motion to approve the preliminary budget as presented. Susan Fairbairn seconded the motion and all agreed. The public hearing for the proposed budget was scheduled for November 12, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. The regular meeting would begin immediately following the public hearing.
David Brownell informed the Board that a 5K Turkey Trot was being planned for November 30, 2013. The format would be the same as the prior year with a 5K run or walk and also a one mile stroll. Any money remaining after expenses are paid would be given to the school athletic program. The Rotary is sponsoring the event. Susan Fairbairn made a motion in favor of the event. Arthur Swenson seconded the motion and all agreed.
A resolution was presented regarding the adoption of the Delaware County Multi-Jurisdictional All-Hazards Mitigation Plan Update. Jeff Taggart made a motion to approve the adoption of the Plan and resolved to execute the actions in the Plan. Arthur Swenson seconded the motion and all agreed.
Supervisor Don Smith reported that information regarding any proposals for the power lines will be at the Town Clerk’s office.
Susan Fairbairn reported for the Recreation Committee. The pool is closed and the parking lot by the pool has been resurfaced. A chicken and biscuit dinner will be held on November 9th at the Franklin school.
Arthur Swenson reported for the Treadwell Water District. The repairs have been completed on the pipe in Roaring Brook. The water samples sent to the state were found good.
Jeff Taggart reported for the Planning Board. The subdivision requested by Patricia Taggart was completed.
Mark Laing reported for the Highway Department. Due to the recent rain storms, repair work was needed on Dunk Hill, Chamberlain Hill and Westcott Road. An excavator was rented from Beisler. The procedures for road preservation are still being reviewed by the County.
Mark is looking at a used tractor with a broom. In regards to the damaged chipper the insurance company will pay $11,000.00 plus an additional $7,000.00 after the chipper is replaced.
Don Smith made a motion to go into executive session regarding contract negotiations at 8:45 p.m. Jeff Taggart seconded the motion and all agreed. Jeff Taggart made a motion to go out of executive session at 10:00 p.m. Arthur Swenson seconded the motion and all agreed.
A brief discussion was had regarding applying for Justice Court Assistance Program funds. Jeff Taggart made a motion to apply to the Justice Court Assistance Program for a door bell for the back door, an air conditioner, chairs, and an application to SEI to become a multi-user of their Court Room Program. Garret Sitts seconded the motion and all agreed.
Vouchers were submitted for audit and payment.
With no further business to come before the Board, Jeff Taggart moved for adjournment at 10:05 p.m. Garret Sitts seconded the motion and all agreed.