Franklin Town Board – September 1, 2015

The text version of the minutes in this post was created with optical character recognition (OCR) software. While every attempt has been made to verify the text, accuracy is not guaranteed. Please refer to the PDF version of the minutes in the link below to see an exact version as received from the Town of Franklin. A video recording of this meeting is below.

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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, Lisa Huyck, Supervisor Jeff Taggart, Highway Superintendent Mark Laing and Paul Warner. Don Smith arrived 5 minutes later. Also present were Lori Walter, Bill Young, Ken Walter, Eugene Marner, Carole Marner, Tony Breuer, Elwood Weerheim, Don Hebbard, Jan Mulroy, Betty Fischer, Jane Hebbard, Jerry Hebbard, Rose Cleaveland, Mary Ellen Collier, Jason Starr, John Alessi, Tim Robinson, James Ray, Lois Brandow, Roger Reed, Robert Caims, Jill Carmody, Liz Serrao, Don Smith, Shirley Ferguson, Jessica Reed, Dwight Bruno, Epifano Bevilaqua And Linda Bevilaqua.

The minutes from the August 4th and August 12th meetings were read. David Grant made a motion to accept the minutes as read. Garret Sitts seconded the motion and all present agreed.

Ken Walter read the report for The Kellogg Franklin Trust Board of Director’s meeting. The playground inspection went well and he is waiting for the report from Gates- Cole Insurance to arrive. Enclosed will be a monthly inspection checklist for the playground.

There was nothing to report from the Recreation Committee. The Planning Board had a public hearing on August 6th, for a conditional pennit to allow a Russian Orthodox Church to establish a cemetery in Treadwell. They will meet on Thursday September 3, 2015 to vote on the permit. It was asked that they tell in their deed where the Grave sites will be located.

Mark Laing sent in paperwork for CHIPS Program. There is $50,00.00 left in the budget, they would like to chip/ seal six miles of road this year still. He would like to keep the excavator for one more month, at a cost of $3,500.00. Garret Sitts made the motion to keep it for another month. David Grant seconded the motion and all present agreed. The pick- up truck is on schedule to arrive in four weeks. Updated everyone on the usual road work progress for this season, they just finished them today, about two months behind normal. They are waiting for more calcium chloride to arrive, will finish the remaining roads when available.

Jeff has received the proposed Road Use Law. Copies will be ready for pick-up in the Town Clerks office after 4:00 PM on September 2nd. Jeff also talked with Delta Engineering today, they will stick to the price of $6400.00 as presented in June. Garret Sitts made a motion to use Delta at a cost of $6400.00. David Grant seconded the motion and all present agreed. Delta will want to meet with Mark Laing to assess the roads and do the videotaping. Mark would like to see this done before November 1st.

Constitution has made an offer of $45,00.00 up front to cover engineering and lawyer fees.

William Young wanted to know when a public hearing will be held on the Road Use Law. No date has been set yet.

Tim Robinson is concerned that we will have to live with any laws passed even after this project is done.

Mike Wallace was wondering about a potential cell tower on his property. Needs Jeff Staley’s phone number again.

Liz Serrao was wondering how many miles of roads are going to be used. Mark Laing does not know the answer currently. Delta Engineering will train town personal to monitor the roads. Liz asked if Jeff had heard from Kinder- Morgan about public meetings in Franklin.

Lori Walters and Jane Hebbard thanked the Board for their action on this matter.

Gene Marner and Jason Starr would like the Board to have health impact studies done prior to the commencement of this project.

Jan Mulroy presented the Board with more petitions against the pipeline and compressor station.

Don Hebbard thanked the Board for their hard work. He is wondering if Franklin could get natural gas for the village.

Linda Bevilaqua reminded everyone that the air and water are very important.

With no further business to come before the Board, Garret Sitts made a motion to adjourn the meeting. David Grant seconded the motion and all agreed. Meeting adjourned at 9:00 P.M.

Video Recording of meeting: