Franklin Town Board – March 1, 2016

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The regular monthly meeting of the Franklin Town Board was called to order at 7:35p.m. by Supervisor Jeff Taggart. Present were Dwight Bruno, Donnie Smith, Garret Sitts, David Grant, Paul Warner, Mark Laing and Jeff Taggart. Also present were Bill Young, Jamie Archibald, Pete Nero, Roger Reed, Elwood Weerheim, Ralph Barlow, Mel Ogden, R.A. Cairns, Tony Breuer, Don Hebbard, John Alessi and Cheryl Sacco Esq.

The minutes were read from the February 2, 2016 meeting. Donnie Smith made a motion to accept the minutes as read. Dwight Bruno Seconded the motion and all agreed.

At 7:40 p.m. Garret Sitts made a motion to go into executive session with Mark Laing and Cheryl Sacco for legal consultation. David Grant seconded and all agreed. At 7:55 p.m. Garret Sitts made a motion to come out of executive session. David Grant seconded the motion and all agreed.

Cheryl Sacco gave an overview of the Road Use Agreement. She encouraged the Town Board to approve this RUA tonight. Cheryl stated that the threat of pulling the Bond from a company will usually scare them enough to keep/repair the roads fairly promptly. The Town Board wanted to go with a RUA not a law. They will be adding Rod & Gun Club Road also to the RUA. Cheryl Sacco went over the Short Environmental Assessment Form with the Town Board stating that the RUA will have little to no impact on the environment.

The sale of the Kellogg School has fallen through.

Jamie Archibald stated that next month will be the bids for the town. They are going to see if they can get three bid for pre-paying fuel. The town will also need to get bids for a new box with auger on the new truck next month. We will hold off on ordering the three new doors from Action Garage Doors until the other two have been repaired. The town will need to rent the broom from Abele for one month at a cost of $2250.00/ month. Garret Sitts made a motion to rent the broom for one month. David Grant seconded the motion and all agreed. The town will need to rent an excavator again this year the cost will be &3500.00/ month. Can the work be better planned? Some of this work can be put into the CHIPS program.

Garret Sitts made a motion to use Action Garage Doors to replace three doors if the R-Value is equivalent to the other two bids. David Grant seconded the motion and all agreed.

Mark reported that DEC inspected the gravel bank. They need to rent a dozer to do reclamation work. Mark has two bids from Abele @ $1870.00 per week and Bisler for $2000.00 per week. The Bisler bid includes trucking charge. Garret made a motion to go with Bisler. David seconded the motion and all agreed.

There is a tentative Road Use Agreement ready. Mark is going to ride around with Allen to determine if more roads will be used than they originally agreed to.

Can we pre-pay for fuel next year? Will open bids for this.

The county has passed a 2% Bed Tax on B&B lodging to help pay for Tourism Advertising.

Senator Seward is looking into naming part of State Highway 357 in honor of Nicholas Uzenski.

Bob Miller is concerned about food and energy security. He is also filing a lawsuit against Tennessee regarding falling real estate prices with-in the “kill zone”.

Our current Health Officer has moved out of the area. Jeff will contact Gregg Kujawski to see if he would be interested.

Mark Miller will shovel the front and back sidewalks at the Clerk’s Office.

Dawn Ritz will call the Daily Star to see if they will give the Town Historian a free copy of the paper.

There were concerns expressed over the activities related to the pipeline without proper signage. Will residents be informed if there will be blasting done? Will there be air quality testing and pre-testing done before work starts?

Don Hebbard gave the Town a copy of a hand-out regarding air quality. Would like to see the Town do air quality pre-testing.

Mike Wallace still has questions about getting cell service in Treadwell.

With no other business to come before the Board, David Grant made a motion to adjourn at 9:35 p.m. Garret Sitts seconded the motion and all agreed.

Video Recording of meeting: