Town Of Mayfield

September 06, 2007: minutes


A regular meeting of the Mayfield Town Board was held on Thursday, September 6, 2007 at 28 N School Street. The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM and opened with the Pledge of Allegiance led by Supervisor Alan McLain.



Alan McLain, Supervisor

Richard Argotsinger, Councilman

Jack Putman, Councilman

Walter Ryan, Councilman

Kathy Sieg, Councilwoman


OTHERS PRESENT: Melvyn Dopp, Charles Morrison, JohnVadney, Mike Stewart CEO



John Vadney Chairman of the Planning Board spoke on the training requirements that have been mandated.



On motion by Councilwoman Sieg and seconded by Councilman Ryan the following resolution was ADOPTED 5 AYES ( McLain, Argotsinger, Putman, Ryan, Sieg) 0 NAY


WHEREAS General Town Law Sections 267 and 271 provide that effective January 1, 2007, all planning board and zoning board of appeals members in New York State, as well as alternate members of those boards, must complete a minimum of four hours of training each year; and

WHEREAS the above section of state law provides that a planning board or zoning board of appeals member shall not be eligible for reappointment to such board if they have not completed the training required by law; and

WHEREAS the above section of state law provides that the legislative body of the Town specifies which activities qualify as training to satisfy the state requirements; and


RESOLVED, that the following list of agencies, commissions, association, universities, and any other organizations are approved to provide training to meet the state requirements when the training they provide pertains to municipal planning, zoning, community design, environmental issues, economic development, and local government functions and practices:

            1) The NYS Department of State, Department of Agriculture and Markets; Office of the State Comptroller; Department of Health; Department of Transportation; Department of Environmental Conservation; Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation; and Hudson River Valley Greenway.


            2) The New York State Association of Towns, the New York Conference of Mayors, the New York State Association of Counties, the New York Planning Federation, the American Planning Association, the Upstate New York Chapter of the American Planning Association and it sections.


            3) The Capital District Regional Planning Commission, Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board, Herkimer- Oneida Counties Comprehensive Planning Program, Lake Champlain- Lake George Regional Planning Board, Hudson Valley Regional Council, Tug Hill Commission, and Adirondack Park Agency.


            4) The Fulton County Planning Department and the Fulton County Soil and Water Conservation districts.


            5) The Albany Law School Governmental Law Center and Institute for Legal Studies, Pace Law School, Cornell University and its cooperative extension.


            6) On- line planning and zoning training programs offered by the New York Municipal Insurance Reciprocal, Pace University and land Use Law Center, and the Lincoln Institute of Land Use Policy;




RESOLVED, that other training activities may be approved on a case by- case basis by the Town Board upon the request of a planning board or zoning board of appeals member; and be it further


RESOLVED, that any new member appointed to fill the last six (6) months of a term shall not be required to have attended training to be reappointed to a first full term, but must thereafter comply with the municipal training policy as provided elsewhere herein; and be it further


RESOLVED, that training received by a planning board member or zoning board of appeals member in excess of four hours in any one year may be carried over by the member into the succeeding year; and be it further


RESOLVED, that the Town Clerk shall create and maintain a system of tracking the training individual members complete annually; and such information shall be presented to the Town Board prior to considering a member for reappointment.


A discussion was held on the route 30 corridor study recommendation of alternate 3.



On motion by Councilman Ryan and seconded by Councilman Argotsinger the following resolution was ADOPTED 4 AYES (McLain, Argotsinger, Ryan, Sieg) 1 NAY (Putman)


RESOLVED that the Mayfield Town Board approves to endorse the concept of the State Highway 30 corridor study  alternate # 3.


John Vadney explained some concerns over zoning law and suggested some changes. A discussion followed with a committee of Councilman Ryan and Councilman Putman to serve as representatives for the town board along with Mike Stewart CEO, the planning board and ZBA. They will discuss needed changes and make recommendations to the board at a later date.



CONTAMINATED SOIL- Councilman Argotsinger reported that the soil at the town board will be tested next week as has been in the past.


BUSHNELL ROAD BRIDGE- Supervisor McLain reported that the town would need a change order for engineering services for $11,500 for Wilbur Smith Associates, our engineering firm for the project, and explained why.



On motion by Councilman Ryan and seconded by Councilwoman Sieg the following resolution was ADOPTED 5 AYES (McLain, Argotsinger, Putman, Ryan, Sieg) 0 NAY


RESOLVED that the Mayfield Town Board approves to accept change order with Wilbur Smith Associates engineering in the amount of $11,500.


POST OFFICE LEASE- Supervisor McLain reported that the town had received the lease and had forwarded it to Attorney Greco for review. Attorney Greco reviewed the lease and contingent with the post office filing the deed with the county clerk it was ready to be signed.


BUDGET WORKSHOP- There will be a budget workshop September 27th at 7:00 PM


Supervisor McLain reported on a recent meeting he had attended regarding the rules and regulations advisory committee of the Hudson River Black River Regulating District, as well as the lake level on the Sacandaga with Assemblywoman Sayward, a representative from Assemblyman Butler's office, and Town supervisors from Northampton, Broadalbin, Edinburgh, and Day.

Supervisor McLain reported he had contacted the county on getting a speed limit reduction for Woods Hollow Road.

A suggestion from Councilman Argotsinger to have the white line on each side of Woods Hollow road be painted professionally was agreed upon and the Supervisor will contact the highway superintendent.



Fall Clean Up Days- September 13-15



Councilman Ryan questioned who should be contacted regarding a political sign being attached to a state sign.


On motion by Councilwoman Sieg and seconded by Councilman Putman the meeting was adjourned at 7:45 PM 5 AYES (McLain, Argotsinger, Putman, Ryan, Sieg) 0 NAY


Respectfully Submitted:



Dorothy Hart, Town Clerk RMC.