Franklin Town Board – January 5, 2016

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Download PDF copy of  Franklin NY Town Board Minutes – January 5, 2016


The regular monthly meeting of the Franklin Town Board was called to order at 7:35 p.m. by Supervisor Jeff Taggart. Present were Garret Sitts, David Grant, Donnie Smith, Dwight Bruno, Paul Warner, Mark Laing and Supervisor Jeff Taggart. Also present were Jamie Archibald, Don Hebbard, Pete Bevilacqua, Bill Young, Tony Breuer, Cheryl Petersen, Katrina Worden, Jane Couch, Roger Reed, Gloria Banks, Derek McWeeney, Mike Howland, Paul DeAndrea, Dustin McNeilly and Jessica Reed.

The minutes were read from the December 1, 2015 meeting. David Grant made a motion to accept the minutes as read. Dwight Bruno seconded the motion and all agreed.

The following appointments were made by Jeff Taggart:

  • Fiscal Officer – Jeffrey Taggart
  • Deputy Fiscal Officer – Paul Warner
  • Deputy Town Supervisor – Garret Sitts
  • Deputy Highway Superintendant – Jamie Archibald
  • Registrar – Dawn Ritz
  • Deputy Town Clerk – Jan Schafer
  • Records Management Officer – Dawn Ritz
  • Code Enforcement Officer – Mark Jacobs
  • Dog Control Officer – Julia Lockwood
  • Court Clerk – Jan Schläfer
  • Planning Board Member – Leonarda Storey
  • Town Historian – Lora Foster-Cave
  • Town Board Rep. on Planning Board – Jeff Taggart
  • Town Board Reps. on Recreation Committee – David Grant, Garret Sitts
  • Official Newspaper – Walton Reporter
  • Official Bank – National Bank of Delaware County, Franklin Branch

There was discussion by the Town Board to re-name part of State Highway 357 in honor of fallen Marine Nicholas Uzenski. Garret Sitts made a motion to re-name part of State Highway 357 in his honor. David Grant seconded the motion and all agreed.

The Kellogg Franklin Trust report was read by Jeff Taggart.

Mike Howland read a letter to the Board expressing concern about the proposed roundabout with by-pass. Garret Sitts made a motion to rescind the previous resolution of a roundabout with by-pass and adopt a resolution of a roundabout with no by-pass. Dwight Bruno seconded the motion and all agreed.

Mark Laing presented the Board with a shared services agreement with surrounding towns and villages. Garret Sitts madea motion to accept the agreement as written. David Grant seconded the motion and all agreed.

Mark also presented the Board with the agreement for the expenditure of highway monies. Donald Smith made a motion to accept the agreement. Garret Sitts seconded the motion and all agreed.

The pick-up has been built and Mark has been given a VIN number. Mark will also list a truck, doors and 2 motors on the internet. The town shed will need three more doors in shop. Mark will get bids on new doors. The town will need to rent a dozer for the gravel bank, to re- claim area and get the crusher in there.

Coughlin & Gerhart will meet with Constitution and five other towns on January 6, 2016.

Meeting times and dates were discussed. All meetings will be held at 7:30 p.m. the lst Tuesday of the month at the Franklin Town Shed. The March, June, September and December meetings will be held in Treadwell at the Fire House. The November meeting will be held on Thursday the 10th.

Katrina Worden spoke regarding her concerns with the assessment process. The Chairman was changed, Jeff hopes that this will fix the problem. Jeff is going to try to set up a meeting with Jim Basile, Bill Young, Katrina Worden and himself.

Don Hebbard was wondering if are getting closer to having a road use agreement in place. Has the Town considered becoming an intervener for NED.

Paul DeAndrea wanted to let the Town know that the two new power lines are out of consideration for this area as of December 17, 2015.

With no other business to come before the Board, Garret Sitts made a motion to adjourn at 8:35 p.m. Dwight Bruno seconded the motion and all agreed.

Video Recording of meeting: