TOWN BOARD Meeting Notes

Marion Municipal Room

Monday, June 10, 2019

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

Monday, June 10, 2019 in the Marion Municipal Room.

 

Supervisor Deming called the meeting to order at 6:30pm.

 

PRESENT:         Nick Deming, Supervisor

Joan Fisher, Councilwoman

Ronald Lonneville, Councilman

Debbie Smith, Councilwoman

Vern Bliek, Councilman

 

ABSENT:

OTHERS IN ATTENDANCE: Jody Bender; Perry Howland, Sun & Record; Jeff Cragg, Marion Waste Water Treatment Plant Operator; Kathy Cauwels, Town of Marion Principal Account Clerk; Tara & Jesse Rowe.

Supervisor Deming called the meeting to order at 6:32pm and asked for a roll call.

Councilman Bliek started the Pledge of Allegiance.

Town Business:

Supervisor Deming asked Town Clerk, Heidi Levan to speak about signage in the Marion Town Park.  Town Clerk Levan indicated that there has been some confusion at the Town Park as to which pavilion has been rented.  She would like to have signs put up each weekend on the pavilions indicating who the renter is.  The Town Board agreed to this process.

Regional WWTP: “Town of Marion $35,400,000 Regional WWTP Plant Wayne County Water & Sewer Authority -6/7/19 Draft” report passed out to Board Members.  Chuck Bastian from Bernard P. Donegan walked through current timeline, financing info, and costs as drafted at this point in time. A question was asked regarding when and who should be notified in order to add the additional tax amounts being levied toward the new joint waste water treatment facility.  Mr. Bastian stated that Town Attorney, Art Williams should already be working on that and talking to the County Assessor to define these decisions.  Supervisor Deming will check with Mr. Williams to make sure that this is happening with the county.

Mr. Bastian addressed handout “Town of Marion Debt Service By Chronological Maturity Date 2020”.

Supervisor Deming spoke next regarding the Mill Street project.  Letters should be going out in the next week or so to residents that will be affected by this year’s phase of the project.

Supervisor Deming also spoke regarding parking and safety issues around Maple Ave. and Union St.  Residents have complained about visibility.  The Town Board will talk more about this at the new Town Board meeting scheduled for June 24, 2049.

Citizen Comments:

Tara Rowe (with husband Jesse) spoke regarding their property on Huntley Rd Extension.  The Rowe’s are concerned for safety issues that the road they live on is unmarked.  Huntley Road Extension doesn’t show up on GPS.  Mrs. Rowe explained that she is disabled and is worried that in a health emergency, 911 would not be able to find their house.  Huntley Road Extension is a private Road and is not owned or maintained by the Town of Marion. Mail is only delivered to Walworth- Marion Rd.  The Marion Town Board suggested that the residents could add their own sign to the end of the private drive.  Supervisor Deming agreed to look into the history of the road however, the town will probably not be taking over ownership of the private drive. Supervisor Deming requested that Tara call him directly the next day.  Attendee, Jody Bender suggested that Tara could call 911 or the Sheriff’s Office and have details from her address put on file so it’s easier for emergency responders to find accurate information regarding their address.

Committee Reports:

 Supervisor Deming:  Water, Sewer, Town Clerk

Supervisor Deming stated he attended the Marion Elementary School Farm Club Community Garden groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, June 7.  Assemblyman Manktelow was also in attendance.  Town Clerk, Heidi Levan & Councilman Lonneville also attended.  Town Clerk, Heidi Levan took pictures and posted them to the Town of Marion Facebook page.

Supervisor Deming addressed a question that was given to him but Town Clerk, Heidi Levan.  The Town Clerk had received a request from local Jehovah Witnesses to set up a table in town for residents to approach them if they so choose.  The Town Board stated that there can be no soliciting on property owned by the Town of Marion.  These individuals can set up on the sidewalk in front of local businesses only with permission from those businesses.  If the Jehovah Witnesses wish to attend the local events sponsored by the Marion Events Organization, they should contact the Marion Event Organization directly.

Supervisor Deming spoke regarding a letter that was received at the Marion Town Hall from the Marion Republican committee.  The Marion Republican committee will no longer be having a caucus every two year.  This process will not be a primary.  The impact to the Town of Marion is that the Town of Marion will be responsible for paying the election workers for this process.  The Primary will only be held every two years.  The first time a primary will take place will be in 2021.

Councilman Lonneville:  Deputy Supervisor, Historian, Zoning & Planning

Councilman Lonneville talked about the Marion Historic Association meeting, which was held on Monday, June 3, 2019. Surprise guest Peter Evans (Wayne Co Historian) got a tour of the building and said it was “going to be one of the most beautiful museums around.”  Councilman Lonneville will look a different options for finishing the projects at Jennie’s House.

Councilwoman Smith:  Public Safety, Judicial, Library

Councilwoman Smith mentioned that the Marion Court heard 26 cases. The Marion Municipal Building has a new table.  The new table was made possible by a grant.

The Marion Library just had the Air Conditioning unit cleaned.

Councilwoman Fisher: Parks, Recreation, Assessor

Councilwoman Fisher presented survey results from last year.  Marion Recreation is trying to get co-ed softball teams going.  Softball practices will start on Sunday, June 16, 2019. 10 people showed up last Sunday for the first practice. Each person playing will be charged enough to cover additional insurance costs to town. Councilwoman Fisher talked to Steve a couple weekends now and reminded him that he should be putting this in for hours. A discussion was held regarding who should be taking care of park maintenance.  A suggestion was made that we should have a park maintenance person to take care of all of this. The Town Board will discuss this again during budget talks.

Councilwoman Fisher reported that the Assessors office is quiet at the moment.

Councilwoman Fisher spoke next regarding Leah Leno.  Leah is currently getting paid to work as park supervisor Monday through Thursday.  Leah hasn’t always been able to find an umpire for the softball games so Leah umpired herself.  A question was raised, should Leah get paid to umpire? Councilman Fisher stated that she feels that Leah wasn’t being paid as the supervisor during that time so she should get paid to umpire.

Councilwoman Fisher spoke next regarding a situation where someone had rented Pavilion A at the Town Park on a night that baseball was taking place.  Councilwoman Fisher was concerned that the renter was not aware about the baseball schedule.  Deputy Town Clerk, Kristina Braell informed Councilwoman Fisher that the renters were informed about the baseball practice prior to making the reservation.

Jeff Cragg spoke next regarding the office space in the Pavilion A.  Mr. Cragg suggested that the Marion Summer Recreation program should stay two extra days at the end of the summer program to clean up the office space, put away equipment and make sure the Pavilion is ready for renters.  Councilwoman Fisher stated she will speak to Summer Recreation coordinator, McKayla Gordon about this.

Town Board members suggested that the griddle be removed from Pavilion A.  Jeff Cragg stated he will make sure this is removed.

Councilman Bliek: Highway, Drainage

Councilman Bliek reported that the Highway Department has been busy.  Councilman Bliek also spoke about a possible new Highway Truck.  No decisions were made at this time regarding the truck.

Correspondence:

  1. Marion Republican Party Notice of Change
  2. Resolution for Christina Nelson – Park Inspector
  3. Letter from Planning Board re: 4017 North Main Street
  4. Board of Assessment Review

Resolutions:

  1. Approve May 13th and 28th, 2019 Town Board Meeting Minutes
  2. Receive and File all Correspondence/Reports for June 10, 2019
  3. Authorize Park Rental Fee
  4. Authorize Closing of Streets within the Hamlet for the 2019 Fall Festival
  5. Payment of Claims

Resolution #1 Approve May  13th and 28th, 2019 Town Board Meeting Minutes

On a motion by Councilman Lonneville and seconded by Councilwoman Fisher

ADOPTED:       Ayes:    5          Fisher, Smith, Lonneville, Bliek, Deming

Nays:   0

The following resolution was adopted

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Marion Town Board approves the May 13th and 28th, 2019, Town Board meeting minutes.

Resolution #2 Receive and File all Correspondence/Reports for June 10th, 2019

On a motion by Councilman Bliek and seconded by Councilwoman Smith

ADOPTED:       Ayes:    5          Fisher, Smith, Lonneville, Bliek, Deming

Nays:   0

The following resolution was adopted

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Marion Town Board directs the Clerk of the Board to receive and file all correspondence and reports for June 10th, 2019.

Resolution #3 Authorize Park Rental Refund

On a motion by Councilwoman Fisher and seconded by Councilman Lonneville

ADOPTED:       Ayes:    5          Fisher, Smith, Lonneville, Bliek, Deming

Nays:   0

The following resolution was adopted

WHEREAS, Mike McOrmund booked the Town Park on Sunday, May 19, 2019, and was unable to use the pavilion booked;

WHEREAS, a Town Park renter used the wrong pavilion and Mr. McOrmund was unable to use the pavilion and;

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Marion Town Board authorizes a refund in the amount of $90 to Mike McOrmund, $40.00 from Account #37.99 and $50.00 from Account #2001, and

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Marion Town Board directs the Clerk of the Board to give a copy of this resolution to the Town Clerk and the Principal Account Clerk.

Resolution #4 Authorize Closing of Streets within the Hamlet for the 2019 Fall Festival

On a motion by Councilwoman Fisher and seconded by Councilwoman Smith

ADOPTED:       Ayes:    5          Fisher, Smith, Lonneville, Bliek, Deming

Nays:   0

The following resolution was adopted

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Marion Town Board hereby requests the following streets to be fully closed to all traffic on Saturday September 7, 2019 from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

North Main Street from the South side of the Elementary School driveway

Buffalo Street across from the Town Hall

South Main Street, North of Mill Street

Maple Ave from the Marion Library to Main Street.

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Marion Town Board hereby request the following streets to be closed but open to local and festival traffic only on Saturday September 7, 2019 from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Buffalo Street at Route 21

Maple Ave at Union Street

Mill Street at Union Street

Cemetery Lane to Union Street

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Marion Town Board directs the Clerk of the Board to send a copy of this resolution to E911, Marion Fire Department, Marion Ambulance, Marion Fire District, Seneca Foods, Marion Post Office, Wayne County Highway Department, Wayne County Sheriff, NYS Police Substation, Williamson, Chief Operator WWTP and Marion Highway Department.

Resolution #5 Payment of Claims

On a motion by Councilman Lonneville and seconded by Councilwoman Smith

ADOPTED:       Ayes:    5          Fisher, Smith, Lonneville, Bliek, Deming

Nays:   0

The following resolution was adopted

WHEREAS, the Marion Town Board has received and audited the following claims; now

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Supervisor is hereby authorized to pay said claims upon receipt of the signed abstracts of audited claims from the Town Clerk.

Abstract                     

General                                                 32753.00

Highway                                                  8266.68

Library                                                     1263.20

Water                                                        166.00

Sewer                                                      2308.65

Street Lighting                                            0.00

Drainage                                                    361.59

NW Quadrant Phase I                                   0.00

NE Quadrant Phase I                                     0.00

NW Quadrant Phase II                                  0.00

NW Quadrant Phase III                                 0.00

Ext #2 to Water #1                                        0.00

NE Quadrant III                                             0.00

Ext #1 to NE #1                                             0.00

SE Water                                                       0.00

Trust & Agency                                           2481.99

Total                                                      $47601.11

 Prepay Abstract 5/17/19  

General                                                     323.07

Library                                                         99.98

Total                                                          $423.05

 Prepay Abstract 5/31/19  

General                                                     770.03

Library                                                         27.53

Sewer                                                        724.95

Total                                                        $1522.51

 With no further business, on a motion by Councilwoman Fisher and seconded by Councilwoman Smith, Supervisor Deming closed the meeting at 7:54 pm.

Next meetings are scheduled for:

Meeting:                     Monday, June 24, 2019 @ 6:30pm

Meeting:                     Monday, July 8, 2019 @ 6:30pm      

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Kristina Braell, Deputy Town Clerk