February 8, 2017 Regular Town Board Meeting Minutes
REGULAR MEETING of the Town Board of the Town of Pomfret held at 6:30 P.M. February 08, 2017 at the Pomfret Town Hall, 9 Day Street, Fredonia, N.Y.
Supervisor Donald Steger
PRESENT: Town Clerk Allison Dispense
Highway Superintendent Daniel Bigelow
Town Counsel Jeffrey Passafaro
COUNCILPERSONS: Christopher Schaeffer
Supervisor Steger led the Pledge of Allegiance of the Flag.
DULY MOVED by Supervisor Steger to accept the minutes of the January 11, 2017 Public Hearing Minutes on purposed local law No. 1 of 2017-exemption from taxation. The motion was seconded by Councilman Schaeffer and carried.
DULY MOVED by Supervisor Steger to accept the minutes of the January 11, 2017 Town Board Meeting. The motion was seconded by Councilman Christy and the motion carried.
DULY MOVED by Supervisor Steger and seconded by Councilman Schaeffer to approve the payment of bills as presented by the Town Clerk on Abstract # 2 of 2017. The motion was carried unanimously by a roll call vote.
General Fund Town Wide $19,945.85
General Fund Part Town $157.46
Highway Fund Town Wide $496.71
Highway Fund Part Town $23,674.56
Berry Road Water District $7,489.30
Chestnut Road Water District $2,013.89
North End Water District $36,067.28
Lakeview Sewer $122.98
Lily Dale Sewer District $474.99
Rt. 20 Water District $148.41
Rt. 20 Sewer District $87.42
Rt. 60 Water District $6,252.90
Rt. 60 Sewer District $8,848.26
Sewer 1 $2,847.11
Sewer 2 $1,620.16
Capital Projects $176.00
Lily Dale Fire Protection $30,008.00
Pomfret Fire Protection $337,067.00
TOWN CLERK REPORTS
- Pomfret Town Justices reports for January 2017 are as follows:
Total Fines & Surcharges: $12,775.00
Justice Dietzen Total Cases: 171
Total Fine & Surcharges: $16,384.00
- The Historian report for February 2017 is on file with the Clerk’s office and has been distributed to the Town Board.
- The Fredonia Fire Department submitted the December 2016 report. There were a total of 185 calls with 49 being within the town.
- The Fredonia Fire Department submitted the annual report for 2016. There were a total of 2,048 calls with 373 being within the town.
- Town Clerk Dispense has asked for permission to attend the annual New York State Town Clerks Association conference in Rochester, New York. The conference runs from April 23, 2017 to April 26, 2017. A motion made by Supervisor Steger, seconded by Councilman Christy, to authorize Town Clerk Dispense to attend the annual conference at a reasonable cost to the town. The motion carried.
- Melinda McGuinn, Pomfret resident, addressed the board requesting information regarding Phase II of the North End Water Project. Mr. Steger addressed her questions and concerns. Town Clerk Dispense addressed Mrs. McGuinn stating the town was just approved to apply for a grant through the USDA (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture) only using the town’s population (not including the Village of Fredonia). This opens up more funding opportunity’s to help with the project. To do the project without any funding would be an astronomical amount put on to the residents within the Phase II of the project.
- Supervisor Steger made the following motion, seconded by Councilman Christy and carried.
WHEREAS, the Town Board has been advised by the Building Inspector that after a review of existing fees, the attached fee schedule is recommended to the Town Board for adoption, and
WHEREAS, the schedule of fees may be amended from time to time by the Town Board resolution pursuant to Section 300-90 of the Town of Pomfret Zoning and Building Code, and
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the attached fee schedule for permits and applications under the Town Building and Zoning Code is hereby adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Pomfret effective immediately upon adoption, and it is further
RESOLVED, that pursuant to the Town of Pomfret Code, the new fee schedule shall be posted by the Town Clerk on the Town bulletin board and filed in her office and in the office of the Code Enforcement and Zoning Enforcement office.
- Supervisor Steger as received a request from Mrs. Anne Fearman, SUNY Fredonia, asking permission to use the Forest Hill Cemetery on April 5, 2017 for her ‘Mourning Poetry’ class. Mr. Steger has acknowledged the receipt of the request from Anne Fearman that her class will be on the grounds of the Forest Hill Cemetery along with Town Historian, Todd Langworthy, on April 5, 2017.
- Councilman Schaeffer made a motion to authorize Supervisor Steger to submit a grant application to the USDA (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture) for the new highway plow truck and authorizing the Town Supervisor and Town Clerk as signature persons with regard to getting a grant for the purchase of the new highway truck. The motion was seconded by Councilman Christy and carried.
- Supervisor Steger updated the board on the status of the vacant property at 4627 West Main St. The board is waiting to hear from the Habitat for Humanity on their interest of the property. The board has authorized the Supervisor to move forward in receiving a quote on whether the property needs to be torn down. The board has already reached out to the Land Bank of Chautauqua County. They have declined interest of the property.
- Supervisor Steger has received information regarding the Cassadaga Wind Project. The Town is not involved with the project but are considered a stake holder as it is a neighboring community.
- Supervisor Steger has received a list of all delinquent tax properties in the Town of Pomfret. The list is on file in the Town Clerk’s office and available for review during regular business hours.
- There will be a meeting on February 17, 2017 with the Department of Transportation regarding the purposed round-a-bout at the intersection of Rt. 60 and Rt.20. The Town of Pomfret Board has raised concerns regarding the potential installation of medians and also how this round-a-bout will affect the local businesses. Supervisor Steger, along with Councilwoman Eckman, will be attending the meeting on behalf of the Town.
- Supervisor Steger updated the board regarding the North County water project. There is a meeting on February 9, 2017. The group is ready to receive proposals for the project and residents have been notified with property easements where necessary.
- Mr. Christy asked the Supervisor what the status is of the cell tower application for Chautauqua Road. Mr. Steger stated the company has yet to submit a new application with a change of location to the board. Once that is submitted the town can take the necessary actions to approve or decline.
- Mr. Bigelow asked permission from the board to attend ‘Advocacy Day’ in Alban, New York on March 7th and 8th, 2017. Supervisor Steger made a motion to authorize the Highway Superintendent to attend the ‘Advocacy Day’ at a reasonable cost to the town. The motion was seconded by Councilman Christy and carried.
- Mr. Bigelow is in search of two more quotes for the fire alarm system at the town barns on Chautauqua Road. He received word from the Fredonia Fire Department they will no longer be hosting the alarm system. He has already collected a quote from DFT. He will present the three quotes to the board at the next meeting for a decision.