Franklin Town Board – September 6, 2016

A video recording of this meeting is below.

The regular monthly meeting of the Franklin Town Board was called to order at 7:35 P.M. by Supervisor Jeff Taggart. Present were Jeff Taggart, Garret Sitts, David Grant, Donnie Smith, Dwight Bruno, Highway Superintendant Mark Laing and Paul Warner. Also present were Mariane Kiraly, Nancy Masucci, Don Hebbard, Brian Brock, Tony Breuer, Fr. John Parr, Abby Butler, Pete Nero, Roger Reed, Bill Young, David Brownell and Pete Bevilacqua.

The minutes from the August 2,2016 were read. David Grant made a motion to accept the minutes as read. Donnie Smith seconded and all agreed.

Dwight Bruno read the minutes from the Kellogg Franklin Trust. They are looking into purchasing new benches and security cameras for the park/playground areas. They now have a dog station so people can pick up after their dogs and properly dispose of the waste. The Education Commission would like to purchase a TV. They purchased a $100.00 gift card for Bruce Shaw, he picks up the trash at the park free of charge. Ken Walter will be stepping down in October. There will be an election on October 11,2016 to replace him.

Mariane Kiraly and Nancy Masucci raised concerns about the slow turnaround time for Frontier to repair telephone service. The Town Board has agreed to send a letter expressing our concerns about the slow repair times to Frontier Communications with copies sent to NYS PSC, Gov. Cuomo, Senator Schumer, Senator Gillibrand, State Senators Seward and Bonacic, Assemblyman Crouch and Sharon Bowers from the FCC.

David Brownell is planning a 5K road race on Sunday October 9, 2016. The monies raised will be donated to the Franklin Central School athletics program.

The Town Board was given a letter regarding the potential use of the old dump to put in solar panels to benefit the school. Would this be something the Board would be interested in doing? Who would buy the system? How would the power get to the school? We will forward the information to the school.

Father John Parr raised a concern about the speed limit on County Highway 16. He would like the Town to consider lowering the speed limit to 30 miles per hour for one mile out of the Hamlet of Treadwell. Garret Sitts made a motion to change the speed limit to 30 MPH one mile from the intersection of County Highway 14. David Grant seconded the motion and all agreed.

Under the advice of our Attorney, the Town needs to pass Local Law #2-2016 to opt-out of Section 487 of the New York State Real Property Law. Garret Sitts made the motion to pass Local Law #2-2016. Donnie Smith seconded the motion and all agreed.

The muni- box showed up today for the new truck. Stockman Street is torn up and they are putting the drain tubing in due to the springs. Mark is hoping to have it done by the end of the week. The 2006 pick-up has a broken frame. Mark will be looking at a new pick-up, maybe a Ford F-150 4×4. Mark will be checking the OGS pricing and bring the prices with to the next meeting. Garret Sitts made a motion to list the 2006 pick-up for auction. David Grant seconded the motion and all agreed.

The Town has found a generator for the Town Sheds. It is a Ford Industrial 35KW, 6-cylander, propane generator with 174 hours on it for $4000.00. David Grant made a motion to purchase the generator. Donnie Smith seconded the motion and all agreed.

Planning Board met on September 1, 2016. The operators of Dutch’s Deli in Meridale would like to open a bottle redemption center at the intersection of Route 357 and Route 28S. They will have to hold a public meeting and get approval from DOT. John Shaw plans on opening a motorcycle repair shop on State Highway 357 next spring.

Pete Nero will take the position on the Board of Assessment Review. Garret Sitts made a motion to approve his position on the Board. David Grant seconded the motion and all agreed.

The Town Board will take no action at this time to change the Code of Ethics.

With no other business to come before the Board at this time, Garret Sitts made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:15 P.M. David Grant seconded and all agreed.

Video Recording of meeting: