TOWN BOARD Meeting Notes

Marion Municipal Room

Tuesday, March 5, 2019


A Special Town Board meeting of the Town of Marion, Wayne County, NY was held on

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 in the Marion Town Hall.

Supervisor Deming called the meeting to order at 4pm.

PRESENT:         Joan Fisher, Councilwoman

                            Debbie Smith, Councilwoman

                            Ronald Lonneville, Councilman

                           Vern Bliek, Councilman

                           Nick Deming, Supervisor




Supervisor Deming started the meeting explaining they were all meeting today to discuss proposed changes to the Town of Marion employee handbook.  Supervisor Deming had asked the Town Board to review the Town of Marion holiday schedule for 2019.  The Town of Marion is not closed for Federal holidays.  The Marion Town Clerk’s office is.  The hope was to have the Town Hall and the Town Clerk’s office on the same schedule.  The Town Board decided not to make any changes regarding the holiday schedule off until 2020, if at all.

Supervisor Deming next spoke about the proposal to give part time town employees paid holiday’s, vacation time, sick time and personal time.  Principal Account Clerk, Kathy Cauwels did question all Wayne County towns to see who paid benefits to part time employees.  Each Town Board member was given a copy of the results.  Most Wayne County towns do not give part time employee benefits.  There are some towns within Wayne County that give benefits on a prorated basis.  This proposal was introduced do to the recent hiring of the Marion Town Assessor.  The Marion Town Assessor will receive paid holiday’s and vacation time.  The Marion Town Assessor works one day a week.  A discussion was started if this was considered part time or contract.

Councilwoman Fisher stated that she felt that the Assessor’s position was more important because the Assessor needed to have certifications for the position.  Other town employees who work part time do not have the same requirements.  Councilwoman Fisher also stated that the other person who would benefit from paid holiday’s is just a clerical position which she feels is very different from the Assessor.  All other Town Board members agreed.  The Town Board also felt that because paid holiday’s for a part time employee is not in the budget for 2019, they would not consider it at this time.

Councilwoman Fisher offered to look over the Town Employee Handbook and make proposed changes to the board in late August.  Supervisor Deming offered to help with this process.

Councilman Lonneville spoke next regarding Marion’s abandoned cemeteries.  For many years past, Wade Ryan has been maintaining the lawn in these cemeteries.  Mr. Ryan cuts these lawns 6 times a year.  The Town Board only budgeted enough money for 2019 to cover 4 mowing’s a year.   This amount is $2600.  Another $1300 is needed to have theses cemeteries maintained 6 times for 2019.  The Board agreed to his proposal.

Councilman Smith spoke next regarding closing the Marion Town Festival account and moving those funds to the Marion Event Organization committee.  Supervisor Deming left the meeting and spoke to Principal Account Clerk, Kathy Cauwels and returned stating the town is waiting on the Marion Event Organization to receive their non-profit 501c4 before this account can be closed and transferred.  Councilman Smith stated that Judy Casler is currently working on securing this new non-profit status.

Councilman Fisher spoke next regarding the Marion Recreation Youth Baseball program.  The former Baseball coordinator has been reaching out to parents of players recommending their children move to older teams for 2019.  Councilman Fisher stated that children will be placed on teams by age and grade.  Children will not be allowed to move up to older teams.  An example was given, a second-grade student can not move up to a fourth-grade team based on their skill level.  The new coordinator, Leah Leno has been active getting forms out to students in the elementary school.  Town Clerk, Heidi Levan will work with Leah Leno to get this information posted on the Town of Marion website and Facebook page.  Councilwoman Fisher and Supervisor Deming will work together to create a new Town of Marion Recreation Facebook page that can be used for different Recreation events.  A question was raised regarding concessions during the baseball season.  Councilwoman Fisher has reached out to Toppings Pizzeria to ask if they would be interested in providing this service.  At this time, Toppings has not agreed to provide this service.  Councilwoman Fisher will speak to them again and give them a deadline of Friday, March 8th to make a decision.

Councilman Bliek spoke next regarding property that Seneca Food’s currently owns.  Councilman Bliek asked Councilwoman Fisher to reach out to the owner of Seneca Food’s to see if they would consider donating this property to the Town of Marion.  Councilwoman Fisher agreed to do this and will report back to the Town Board at a later time.

With no other business brought before the board, the meeting was closed on a motion from Supervisor Deming and seconded by Councilwoman Smith at 4:31pm.

Next meetings are scheduled for:

Meeting:                     Monday, March 11, 2019 @ 6:30pm

Meeting:                     Monday, March 25, 2019 @ 6:30pm             


Heidi M. Levan, Town Clerk/Clerk of the Board