At the Regular Meeting of the Mayfield Town Board, Town of Mayfield, Fulton County, New York held at the Mayfield Fire House at 6:30 p.m., there were
PRESENT: Carol Hart, Supervisor
Lois Montanye, Councilwoman
Walter Ryan, Councilman
Douglas Hill, Councilman
Katherine Sieg, Councilwoman
OTHERS PRESENT: Jon Stead; Fulton County Administrative Clerk of the Board, Kathi Hillock; Assessor, Michael Stewart; CEO, Betty Tabor; Historian, Dave Galarneau, Richard Bumpus, Jr., Jean Dunham, Alan McLain, Rick Argotsinger, John Blackman, David Edwards, Alan Mikucki, Michael Buyce, Bruce Becker, David Huckans, Paul Huckans, S. Diefendorf, Gary Sprung, Karen Sprung, Jim Rulison, Karen Rulison, Laura Nasadoski, Thomas O’Donnell, Ann Mallin, Todd Montanye, Eldon Montanye, Jan Lander, Joan Klohe, Sandy Marshall, Ron Marshall, Jack Putman, Dave Handy, Barbara Handy, Thorax Blackwood, Laura Bellinger, Linda Sammons, Nancy Hampton, Barrie Hampton, Myrna Hallenbeck, Nancy Reynolds, Marian Lachanski, Donna Gendron, Bruce Miller, Robin Miller, Christopher Ford, Michael Furman, Deb Jones, Michael Anich; Leader Herald
The Regular Meeting was called to by the Supervisor and opened with the Pledge of Allegiance at 6:30 p.m. It was noted that due to a family emergency, the clerk was not present and the Supervisor would record the meeting.
The Supervisor introduces and welcomed Jon Stead, Administrative Clerk of the Board for the Fulton County Board of Supervisors. A presentation on the upcoming proposition on the ballot for County Wide Assessing was given at this time. A handout was distributed and it was noted that one of the handouts was not from the County but from an individual(s) attending the meeting. Barrie Hampton questioned where the location of the new department would be located at the County? Mr. Stead noted that it would most likely be located in the County building located in Johnstown. A discussion was held on whether non-lake front properties would be assessed at the same value as lakefront properties. It was noted that Tompkins County was used as a comparison as a county wide assessing department due to its close size of Fulton County. It was questioned how long Tompkins County had been doing county wide assessing and where it was located. Bruce Miller asked if it was possible to return to town assessing if the proposition was approved. Dave Huckans questioned how much of the County budget the state controlled at this time and what the status of a bill that move school tax to income tax? Mr. Stead noted that the County tax rate was going to decrease due to the! % sales tax increase and the capping of Medicaid by the state. A discussion followed on the burden that Medicaid Medicare was creating on the county.
The Board thanked Mr. Stead for the presentation and recessed for five minutes at 8:20 p.m.
Highway – The Highway Superintendent was not present and committee member Kathy Sieg updated the Board. It was noted that Highway Superintendent Ruliffson requested that an additional $10,000.00 be transferred for paving. A discussion was held and the Board agreed to the transfer.
RESOLUTION # 145
APPROVE TRANSFER OF FUNDS
On motion of Councilman Ryan, seconded by Councilwoman Sieg, the following resolution was ADOPTED 5 AYES 0 NAYS (Hart, Montanye, Ryan, Hill, Sieg)
RESOLVED that the Town Board of the Town of Mayfield authorize the following transfer of $10,000.00 from appropriated revenue to Account DB 5112.2 for additional paving.
Cranberry Creek Bridge – A discussion was held on the bridge noting that three engineer firms were submitting quotes on possible work to the structure. Supervisor Hart reported that one of the firms had made suggestions to route the water away from the culvert and the highway department has restored ditches to do so. Councilman Ryan noted that Superintendent Ruliffson was not in favor of closing the road indefinitely.
Assessor – Kathy Hillock, Assessor submitted and reviewed her monthly report with the Board. A request to purchase a printer/scanner was approved by the Board. A discussion was held on the process of assessing for the town in the future. The Board requested that the assessor submit various choices the Town has for moving forward with assessing without the six year plan. It was further requested that she attend the upcoming budget workshop.
RESOLUTION # 146
SET BUDGET WORKSHOP
On motion of Councilwoman Sieg, seconded by Councilman Ryan, the following resolution was ADOPTED 5 AYES 0 NAYS (Hart, Montanye, Ryan, Hill, Sieg)
RESOLVED that the Mayfield Town Board schedule a budget workshop/special meeting for October 26, 2005 at 5:00 p.m. at the Village Hall, North School Street.
Municipal Building – Supervisor Hart updated the Board on the progress of the Municipal Building. It was noted that the contract has been distributed to the Town Board for review from the Fire District. The Board agreed to enter into executive at the end of the meeting to review. An engineer firm would be completing the site plan for next week which would include drainage, paving and egress/ingress roads. Mike Stewart would be reviewing the RFP’s for work to be performed once the contract has been signed. Supervisor Hart met noted that the phone system would be able to accommodate the fire district if the Town chose to include them and that the building was already wired to accept the system. Supervisor Hart thanked Mike Stewart for all the extra time and effort he has put in preparing for the consolidation at the Fire District. The Board thanked him also.
Beautification Grant Program – The program has three approved participants and it was noted that one property owner requested a second dumpster. It was agreed by the Board that upon recommendation from the Building Inspector, the committee would have approval to grant additional dumpsters.
Insurance – Supervisor Hart requested that the Insurance committee question the additional premium that was being submitted by voucher for a truck added to the policy.
Hudson River Black River Regulating District – A letter was received from the District in regard to the issue on back lot permits. A discussion was held on a moratorium that has been placed on permits for lake front work requests.
Senator Farley – Senator Farley wrote the Board in regard to the Cranberry Creek Bridge. He has been contacted by a resident in regard to the repairs. The Board noted that the Brown family addressing the Board at the last meeting is the only correspondence that has been received by the Board in regard to the bridge and its repairs.
Village Tree Lighting – A letter was received from the Village of Mayfield in regard to the Town participating in the Tree Lighting ceremony. The Board agreed to a donation of $400.00 to the program.
RESOLUTION # 147
APPROVE DONATION TO HOLIDAY PROGRAM
On motion of Councilman Ryan, seconded by Councilman Hill, the following resolution was ADOPTED 5 AYES 0 NAYS (Hart, Montanye, Ryan, Hill, Sieg)
RESOLVED that the Mayfield Town Board approve the donation of $400.00 from Account A 8989.41 to the Village of Mayfield for the tree lighting and holiday program.
The vouchers were submitted to the Board for review.
RESOLUTION # 148
APPROVAL OF VOUCHERS
On motion of Councilman Hill, seconded by Councilwoman Montanye, the following resolution was ADOPTED 5 AYES 0 NAYS (Hart, Montanye, Ryan, Hill, Sieg)
RESOLVED to pay vouchers on Abstract # 10 in the following amounts:
General Outside Vouchers # 87-96 $928.32 General Townwide Vouchers # 286-313 $23,509.10 Highway Outside Vouchers # 171-188 $49,132.51
Prepaid Vouchers #22-23 $1,050.16
RESOLUTION # 149
APPROVAL OF MINUTES 09/21, 10/05 & 1012/2005
On motion of Councilwoman Sieg, seconded by Councilwoman Montanye, the following resolution was ADOPTED 5 AYES 0 NAYS (Hart, Montanye, Ryan, Hill, Sieg)
RESOLVED that the Mayfield Town Board accepts the minutes of September 21, October 5 and October 12, 2005 as submitted.
RESOLUTION # 150
SET PUBLIC HEARING - FIRE DISTRICT # 1
On motion of Councilwoman Sieg, seconded by Councilman Hill, the following resolution was ADOPTED 5 AYES 0 NAYS (Hart, Montanye, Ryan, Hill, Sieg)
RESOLVED that the Mayfield Town Board set a Public Hearing for the contract with Broadalbin-Kenyetto Fire Department for Fire District # 1 on November 2, 2005 at 7:00 p.m.
Zoning Law Update – It was reported that Attorney Greco was completing a proposed local law that would include updates to the zoning law. It would include the areas that have been brought to question by the Board of Appeals and Planning Board that include fee schedules and previous laws.
The Friends of the Mayfield Library will host a presentation by Betty Tabor on the 75th Anniversary of the Sacandaga Lake on October 20, 2005 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.
Real Property Grant – Kathy Hillock noted that she has not received anything to date on the grant from Real Property Services. Kathy Sieg noted that it is mentioned in the issue of the Association of Town’s magazine, “Talk of the Towns”.
There was no further public comment.
RESOLUTION # 151
MOVE TO EXECUTIVE SESSION
On motion of Councilwoman Montanye, seconded by Councilman Hill, the following resolution was ADOPTED 5 AYES 0 NAYS (Hart, Montanye, Ryan, Hill, Sieg)
RESOLVED that this Board moves into Executive session to discuss contract negotiations and work history on an employee. Time 9:14 p.m.
RESOLUTION # 152
CLOSE EXECUTIVE SESSION
On motion of Councilman Hill, seconded by Councilwoman Sieg, the following resolution was ADOPTED 5 AYES 0 NAYS (Hart, Montanye, Ryan, Hill, Sieg)
RESOLVED that the Executive Session is closed and this Board resumes to Regular Meeting. Time 9:40 p.m.
The Board reviewed the remainder of the preliminary budget. A discussion was held on salaries and the Board agreed to be uniform with a three percent cost of living increase. A discussion was held on the deputy clerk position. The Board agreed to leave the position in the budget due to the request that the Clerk operate the hours of Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings once offices are located in the Municipal Complex.
Rick Argotsinger, State Hwy 29 questioned the authority of the Town Board in regard to elected offcials. A discussion followed.
A motion was made by Councilwoman Montanye, seconded by Councilwoman Sieg and the meeting was adjourned at 10:20 p.m.
Carol Hart, Town Supervisor