A regular meeting of the Mayfield Town Board was held on Thursday, July 20, 2006 at the Mayfield Municipal Complex 28 North School Street, Village of Mayfield.
The meeting was called to order by Supervisor McLain at 7:00 PM and opened with the Pledge of Allegiance led by Councilman Walt Ryan.
Alan McLain, Supervisor
Walt Ryan, Councilman
Kathy Sieg, Councilwoman
Richard Argotsinger, Councilman
Jack Putman, Councilman
OTHERS PRESENT: Kathi Hillock Assessor, Betty Tabor Historian, Tom Ruliffson Highway Superintendent, Mike Stewart CEO, Jason Subik Leader- Herald, Leslie Havens, Jessica Cichy, Megan Olds, Sara Brand, Greg Dietch.
PUBLIC- Leslie Havens requested that the Board considers a pass for non residents that live in the Mayfield school district. She felt that $10.00 per day is rather high.
Res#110 APPROVE PASS FOR FAMILIES IN SCHOOL DISTRICT
On motion by Councilman Ryan and seconded by Supervisor McLain the following resolution was ADOPTED 4AYES ( McLain, Ryan, Argotsinger, Putman) 1 NAYS (Sieg)
RESOLVED that the Mayfield Town Board approves Non-Resident Season Passes at $50.00 for Families that live in the Mayfield School District but not in the Town of Mayfield.
Sara Brand, a Head Lifeguard at the Mayfield Beach requested that the lifeguards be paid for the eleven days the beach was closed due to flooding. A discussion followed with all board members. Supervisor McLain stated the board would discuss the request further in an executive session due to this being a personnel matter, and the board would notify the beach employees of their decision as soon as one is reached.
Councilman Argotsinger reported that he had attended the open house at the Wildlife Museum in Vail Mills at the former Grand Union and feels Mr. Kasmerski had done a wonderful job.
Mayfield Mayor Greg Dietch spoke about the request for a resolution regarding real estate signs in the town. A discussion followed with Councilman Ryan making a motion to approve the resolution but no one seconded the motion.
HIGHWAY REPORT-Tom Ruliffson, Highway Superintendent reported he had received a call regarding cleaning a ditch between two properties just outside the village. A small discussion followed with the decision that the highway department does not have the right to go on private property and perform work.
A discussion was held on the width of the road behind Driftwood Park and having the road measured. Superintendent Ruliffson says the road is hard to maintain because of the width. The Supervisor will contact Attorney Greco to have this researched.
Superintendent Ruliffson reported Christie Road has been paved and came out very nice.
Councilman Ryan will contact the company for the curbing work at the Municipal Building and schedule a day to have it done.
There is a FEMA meeting to advise municipalities how to apply for aid from the recent flooding at Nathan Littauer Hospital July 27th. Tom Ruliffson and Herb McLain will attend.
Councilman Putman reported that he had met with Tom and had suggested some of the equipment to be sold. They will come up with a complete list and present it to the board.
BUILDING INSPECTOR REPORT- Mike Stewart CEO submitted his monthly report with 57 permits being issued in May – June.
ASSESSOR REPORT- Kathi Hillock Assessor reported that there are approximately 13 properties that were not on the tentative tax roll. Therefore the assessment review board will be meeting on August 1st from 10-12 for these parcels. Also requested to attend a conference in September in Lake Placid.
RES#111 APPROVE ASSESSOR TO ATTEND CONFERENCE
On motion by Councilwoman Sieg and Councilman Ryan the following resolution was ADOPTED 5 AYES (McLain, Ryan, Sieg, Argotsinger, Putman) 0 NAYS
RESOLVED that the Mayfield Town Board approves for Assessor Kathi Hillock to attend a conference in September in Lake Placid.
Attorney Greco will be on vacation from August 13-28.
Supervisor McLain reported that he had spoken with the Postal Service and they would be contacting him next week to set up a meeting to review the building with their environmental company.
Supervisor McLain told Mayor Dietch he was very surprised by the Village board passing a resolution in favor of the Post Office going up on Rte 30 since both he and the Mayor, representing the Town and Village, sent several letters to State and Federal Officials in February asking for help in securing the post office location in the village.
The Town Justice advised the board she will be having court starting August 1st at 12:30 P.M. instead of 6pm, as has been the time. Supervisor McLain stated he thought it was a huge imposition to people having to take time off from work for a traffic ticket, and Dog Control Officer Jane Potts has told him she can not make court that early because of her job, however there is nothing the board can do about the switch.
The County Planning Board asked if the town would be contracting any more services or an increase in hours for next years contract. The board directed the Supervisor to respond with the same hours as 2006.
Dog Control Report was submitted.
Councilman Argotsinger reported that he had contacted the Leader herald and they will be publishing an ad for anyone wishing to serve on the sewer/ water committee. They should send the Town Clerk a letter of interest by August 15th.
Councilman Putman reported that he had spoken with Attorney Greco regarding the Right to Farm draft law with some suggestions.
Councilman Ryan reported that Sue Warner Beach Director is doing a fine job running the beach. Councilwoman Sieg reported that she has received many compliments from residents regarding the beach.
Supervisor McLain reported he has received some complaints regarding truck traffic on Progress Road that are working at a Gloversville Elementary School. A discussion followed, and the board requested Assessor Hillock, who is president of the Gloversville Board of Education, ask if the trucks could possibly use another, more commercial highway. She said she would ask.
Supervisor McLain reported he has the new contract for snow and ice control with the county for the county roads we take care of in the winter. He argued in both committee and at the general county meeting that the rate has not been raised in four or five years, and felt with the town’s costs rising each year, the contract price should be raised, but was turned down. A discussion followed.
RES# 112 APPROVE SAND & ICE CONTRACT
On motion by Councilman Ryan and seconded by Councilman Putman the following resolution was ADOPTED 3 AYES (Ryan, Sieg, Putman) 2 NAY (McLain, Argotsinger)
RESOLVED that the Mayfield Town Board authorizes Supervisor McLain to sign the 2006-2007 snow and ice control contract with Fulton County.
The Town Clerk’s report was submitted with fees collected in the A account $1575.97, B account $2486.71, Decals $4.20
RES# 113 APPROVAL OF VOUCHERS
On motion by Councilman Putman and seconded by Councilwoman Sieg the following resolution was ADOPTED 5 AYES (McLain, Ryan, Sieg, Argotsinger, Putman) 0 NAYS
RESOLVED that the Mayfield Town Board approves the payment of vouchers in the following accounts.
General Townwide vouchers 186-225 $13,404.62
General Outside vouchers 46-56 $6,719.81
Highway Outside DB vouchers 90-106 $2,525.33
RES# 114 APPROVAL OF MINUTES
On motion by Councilman Argotsinger and seconded by Councilman Putman the following resolution was ADOPTED 5 AYES (McLain, Ryan, Sieg, Argotsinger, Putman) 0 NAYS
RESOLVED that the Mayfield Town Board approves the minutes of June 1st and June 15th as submitted.
RES# 115 MOVE TO EXECUTIVE SESSION
On motion by Councilman Ryan and seconded by Councilman Putman the following resolution was ADOPTED 5 AYES (McLain, Ryan, Sieg, Argotsinger, Putman) 0 NAYS
RESOLVED that the Mayfield Town Board approves to move into executive session for the purpose of personnel at 8:25PM.
RES# 116 MOVE OUT OF EXECUTIVE SESSION
On motion by Councilwoman Sieg and seconded by Councilman Putman the following resolution was ADOPTED 5 AYES (McLain, Ryan, Sieg, Argotsinger, Putman) 0 NAYS
RESOLVED that the Mayfield Town Board moves out of executive session and back into regular session at 8:54 PM.
RES# 117 APPOINTMENT OF TEMPORARY JUSTICE
On motion by Councilwoman Sieg and seconded by Councilman Putman the following resolution was ADOPTED 5 AYES (McLain, Ryan, Sieg, Argotsinger, Putman) 0NAYS
RESOLVED that WHEREAS There exists a vacancy for Mayfield Town Justice due to the resignation on July 5, 2006 of Sherrill L. Gallup Sr.
WHEREAS The vacancy exists until December 31, 2006
WHEREAS The Town of Broadalbin has agreed to provide their Town Justice Gilston to the Town of Mayfield on a monthly basis as long as needed, not to exceed December 31, 2006 at a rate of $957.04 per month.
The Mayfield Town Board resolves to formally request that the District Administrative Judge temporarily assign Broadalbin Town Justice Joseph Gilston to this vacancy pursuant to UJCA 106
RES# 118 REDUCE DEPUTY CLERK HOURS
On motion by Councilman Ryan and seconded by Councilwoman Sieg the following resolution was ADOPTED 5 AYES (McLain, Ryan, Sieg, Argotsinger, Putman) 0 NAYS
RESOLVED that due to the lack of work for this position, the Town Board reduces the deputy clerk hours from 35 per week to 10 hours per week to include Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals clerk work in this time frame.
Supervisor McLain reminded the board members that the August 17th meeting would be at the Town Court Building at 7PM, with a reception and coffee hour for retiring Judge Sherrill L.Gallup Sr. and Court Clerk Caroline Jolly will be held from 4 PM to 6:30 PM.
The Zoning law changes were discussed one by one, with one minor change.
Councilman Putman made a suggestion regarding the safeguarding of agriculture.
Supervisor McLain will send the changes to the Attorney.
Councilwoman Sieg reported that the YMCA had requested use of the beach, but she unable to talk to them before the meeting due to their late request. She has left messages with no response as of yet. A discussion followed.
On motion by Councilwoman Sieg and seconded by Councilman Ryan the meeting was adjourned at 10:00 PM. 5 AYES (McLain, Ryan, Sieg, Argotsinger, Putman) 0 NAYS.