Town Of Mayfield
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February 21, 2008: minutes

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A regular meeting of the Mayfield Town Board was held on Thursday, February 21, 2008 at the Mayfield Municipal Complex 28 N School St. The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by Supervisor Alan McLain and opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

PRESENT: Alan McLain, Supervisor

                   Richard Argotsinger, Councilman

                   Shawn Humphrey, Councilman

                    Jack Putman, Councilman

                    Thomas  Ruliffson, Councilman

 

OTHERS PRESESNT; Kathi Hillock Assessor, Myrna Hallenbeck, Mike Stewart CEO, Mel Dopp Highway Superintendent, Bob Dugan, Joe Landers

 

PUBLIC- No one spoke at this time.

 

DEPARTMENT  REPORTS

 

BUILDING INSPECTOR- Mike Stewart CEO submitted his monthly report which included 3 permits that need to be issued. And has just received his new computer.

 

ASSESSOR REPORT- Kathi Hillock, Assessor, submitted her monthly report which included the bill that Congress is looking at which includes doing away with elected assessors and making them all appointed assessors, also having centralized tax collection instead of having town collectors in each town.

 

HIGHWAY SUPERINTENDENT REPORT- Mel Dopp Highway Superintendent submitted his monthly report which included moving Carl Avery from the sanitation truck to the Highway department. A proposed refuge policy was discussed.

 

RES# 37 ADOPTION OF REFUGE POLICY

On motion by Councilman Putman and Councilman Argotsinger the following resolution was ADOPTED 5 AYES (McLain, Argotsinger, Putman, Humphrey, Ruliffson) 0 NAY

RESOLVED that the Mayfield Town Board adopts the following refuge policy for the Town of Mayfield Highway refuge department.

  1. All employees must wear safety orange or green at all times.
  2. There will be no driving into on- coming traffic or crossing the center line.
  3. No picking through garbage to take items for personal use.
  4. Whenever possible, place garbage cans in upright position or upside down, no throwing them.
  5. When employees are riding on the back of the truck the driver must drive at a minimum and safe speed.
  6. This policy will take effective February 22, 2008

 

 

 

 

RES# 38 ADVERTISE FOR BIDS FOR ARM MOWER

On motion by Councilman Putman and Councilman Argotsinger the following resolution was ADOPTED 5 AYES (McLain, Argotsinger, Putman, Humphrey, Ruliffson) 0 NAYS.

RESOLVED that the Mayfield Town Board approves to advertise for an ARM Mower and accept bids until March 18th at 2PM., at which time bids will be opened.

 

SUPERVISOR REPORT- Supervisor McLain reported that Cheryl Gifford has been busy working on the census daily. The county Social Services committee approved the cold war exemption and will be sending the recommendation to the full board, and the Supervisor expressed support to have the town adopt it also when it is presented. He reported no progress on the Huckans easement request from Mr. Huckans, and has no new news on the post office.  A discussion was held on the proposed elimination of 3 election districts in the town, and the Supervisor asked for support to eliminate only 2, which would leave the town with 3 districts.

 

RES# 39 SUPPORTING 3 ELECTION DISTRICTS IN THE TOWN OF MAYFIELD

On motion by Councilman Argotsinger and Councilman Humphrey the following resolution was ADOPTED 5 AYES (McLain, Argotsinger, Humphrey, Putman, Ruliffson) 0 NAYS

WHEREAS, the Town of Mayfield currently has five election districts, and the county is recommending the elimination of three of those districts, the Mayfield Town Board recognizes the need for three election districts in the Town of Mayfield, and strongly urges the Fulton County Board of Supervisors and the Fulton County Board of Elections to reconsider the elimination of three of the five districts currently in the Town of Mayfield, and support the elimination of only two of those districts.

 

RES# 40 SUPPORTING TAX PAYMENTS FOR STATE OWNED LAND

On motion by Supervisor McLain and Councilman Putman the following resolution was ADOPTED 5 AYES (McLain, Argotsinger, Humphrey, Putman, Ruliffson) 0 NAYS

WHEREAS, the state Legislature first authorized New York State in 1886 to make payments to local governments for property taxes on state- owned land, and

WHEREAS, since 1894, when the Adirondack Park Forest Preserve was established by Article 7 of the state Constitution, the state has been purchasing private lands in the Adirondack Park for inclusion in the Forest Preserve, and

WHEREAS, the state's designation of millions of acres of land as Forest preserve has sharply reduced and in some places eliminated opportunities for most economic activity in Adirondack Park communities, in contrast with the broad opportunities for growth available in other communities across the state, and

WHEREAS, state- owned  Forest Preserve comprises a majority of all property- as much as 96 percent- in some communities in the Adirondacks, and

WHEREAS, the state Legislature authorized acquisition of private lands in the Adirondacks as a benefit to all state residents, and as such, bears the responsibility for sharing in the continuing costs associated with those properties, such as road maintenance and local emergency response protection, rather than imposing these costs on the declining number of local property taxpayers in Adirondack communities whose ability to pay taxes has been sharply restricted by the loss of economic growth associated with the acquisitions, and

WHEREAS, Adirondack Park Agency regulations have further reduced economic opportunities on the land that remains in private ownership, thereby further restricting job growth and economic opportunity in the region, and

WHEREAS, the combination of vast state land ownership and heavy state regulation of  private land has helped to create an economy in many Adirondack communities that is largely dependent on local and state government and school districts as the major employer and economic force, and

WHEREAS, New York State's determination to continue to convert more private land into Forest Preserve in the Adirondack Park, combined with increasing APA regulation, sets up a perpetual cycle of slow economic decline that has been only minimally leavened by the state's payment of property taxes to local  communities, which if withdrawn, as a consequence of a recent court decision, would cause a catastrophic collapse of essential local government services in some Adirondack communities, THEREFORE

 

BE IT RESOLVED, the Town of Mayfield hereby calls on Gov. Spitzer and the state Legislature to defer all future state acquisition of private land in the Adirondacks until such time as Governor and Legislature provide an irrevocable guarantee that there will be no interruption, reduction or loss in tax payments to local governments on Forest Preserve and other state-owned land and property on which the state holds conservation easements in the Adirondack Park, and that these payments continue in perpetuity, and be it further

 

RESOLVED, That certified copies of this Resolution be forwarded to the County Treasurer, Governor Elliot Spitzer, Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Senator Hugh Farley, Assemblyman Marc Butler, Adirondack Park Local Government Review Board, Administrative Officer/Clerk of the Board, and to each and every other person, institution or agency who will further the purport of this Resolution.

 

 

 

HIGHWAY COMMITTEE-

Councilman Putman reported that 6 bids had been received for the 1990 pickup with plow and 3 bids were received for the 1973 Ford with cherry picker.

 

RES# 41 ACCEPT SEALED BIDS FOR SURPLUS EQUIPMENT

On motion by Councilman Putman and Councilman Argotsinger the following resolution was ADOPTED 5 AYES (McLain, Argotsinger, Humphrey, Putman, Ruliffson) 0 NAYS

RESOLVED that the Town Board approves to accept the sealed bid from Harold Earley in the amount of $901.00 for the 1990 pick up with plow and Pat Lavery in the amount of $351.00 for the 1973 Ford with cherry picker.

 

RES# 42 REJECT BIDS FOR 1 TON PICK UP

On motion by Councilman Putman and Councilman Argotsinger the following resolution was ADOPTED 5 AYES (McLain, Argotsinger, Humphrey, Putman, Ruliffson) 0 NAYS

RESOLVED that the Mayfield Town Board approves to reject all bids submitted for the 3/4 ton pick up truck that was advertised.

 

RES# 43 ACCEPT STATE BID FOR ONE TON PICK UP

On motion by Councilman Putman and Councilman Humphrey the following resolution was ADOPTED 5 AYES (McLain, Argotsinger, Humphrey, Putman, Ruliffson) 0 NAYS

RESOLVED that the Mayfield town Board approves to go to state bid for a one ton pick up to be delivered in approximately 6 months and will go out to bid for the plow at a later date.

 

INVENTORY COMMITTEE- Councilman Putman thanked all the department heads who promptly completed there inventory sheets.

 

RES# 44 APPROVAL OF VOUCHERS

On motion by Councilman Argotsinger and Councilman Putman the following resolution was ADOPTED 5 AYES (McLain, Argotsinger, Humphrey, Putman, Ruliffson) 0 NAYS

RESOLVED that the Mayfield Town Board approves the payment of vouchers in the following accounts

General Townwide A      vouchers 22-62                $17,973.39

General Outside B             vouchers 8-11               $1,184.17

Highway Townwide        vouchers 5-13                  $31,561.39

Highway Outside               vouchers 15-31             $74,734.37

 

The Town Clerk's monthly report was submitted with fees collected in the A account 847.67 B account 685.91

 

RES# 45 APPROVE  PETTY  CASH FOR PLANNING BOARD & BOA CLERK

On motion by Councilman Putman and Councilman Argotsinger the following resolution was ADOPTED 5 AYES (McLain, Argotsinger, Humphrey, Putman, Ruliffson) 0 NAYS

RESOLVED that the Mayfield Town Board approves to set up a petty cash in the amount of $50.00 for the Planning Board and Board of Appeals.

 

 

 

 

RES# 46 TO AMEND RESOLUTION #27, #28 AND #29 OF JANUARY 3, 2008

On motion by Councilman Humphrey and Councilman Ruliffson the following resolution was ADOPTED 5 AYES (McLain, Argotsinger, Humphrey, Putman, Ruliffson) 0 NAYS

 

RESOLVED that the Mayfield Town Board approves to amend resolution #27, of the January 3, 2008 meeting to increase the pay from $40.00 per month as previously requested, to $550.00 per month for the supervisor which is budgeted for $1250.00 per month, effective immediately, amend resolution #28 to reduce the $410.00 monthly reimbursement for health insurance to $333.00 monthly beginning in March, and resolution #29 to transfer funds in the amount of $4,150.00 from A1220.1 (Supervisor's Personal Services) to A9060.8 (Health Insurance) and $4350.00 from A1220.1 (Supervisor's Personal Services) to A1220.4 (Supervisor's C.E.).

 

 

RES# 47 SET ACCOUNDING OF RECORDS MEETING

On motion by Councilman Putman and Councilman Argotsinger the following resolution was ADOPTED 5 AYES (McLain, Argotsinger, Humphrey, Putman, Ruliffson) 0 NAYS

 

RESOLVED that the Mayfield Town Board set March 6, 2008 at 7PM for the annual accounting of records.

 

Councilman Putman reported on the recent meeting of the LA Group.

 

RES# 48 MOVE INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION

On motion by Councilman Argotsinger and Councilman Humphrey the following resolution was ADOPTED 5 AYES (McLain, Argotsinger, Humphrey, Putman, Ruliffson) 0 NAYS

 

RESOLVED that the Mayfield Town Board approves to move into executive session for the purpose of work history of an employee at 8PM.

 

RES# 49 MOVE OUT OF EXECUTIVE SESSION

On motion by Councilman Ruliffson aand Councilman Humphrey the following resolution was ADOPTED 5 AYES (McLain, Argotsinger, Humphrey, Putman, Ruliffson) 0 NAYS

RESOLVED that the Mayfield Town Board approves to move out of executive session and back into regular session at 8:40PM. with no action taken in executive session.

 

On motion by Councilman Ruliffson and Councilman Putman the meeting was adjourned at 8:41 PM 5 AYES (McLain, Argotsinger, Humphrey, Putman, Ruliffson) 0 NAYS

 

Respectfully Submitted:

 

Dorothy Hart, Town Clerk RM