TOWN BOARD Meeting Notes

Marion Municipal Room

Monday, June 22, 2020

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

Monday, June 22, 2020 at the Marion Town Park.

Supervisor Bender called the meeting to order at 6:32pm.  This meeting was conducted using social distancing at the Marion Town Park due to the COVID-19 social distancing restrictions.

PRESENT:         Debbie Smith, Councilwoman

Joan Fisher, Councilwoman

LaVerne Bliek, Councilman

Ronald Lonneville, Councilman

Jolene Bender, Supervisor

ABSENT:

OTHERS IN ATTENDANCE: Caryn Devlin, Town of Marion Historian; Caroline Grasso, Times of Wayne County newspaper; Judy Casler, Spanky Cramer, John Lonneville, Jill Buyek, Duane Smeatin, Town of Marion Code Enforcement Officer,

Supervisor Bender asked for a roll call.  Supervisor Bender asked everyone who could stand to please do so and recite the pledge of allegiance to the American flag.  Supervisor Bender next welcomed everyone to the meeting.

Town Business: 

 Councilman Lonneville discussed the Mill Street project.  This project has come in under budget.  With the expenses coming in under budget, Councilman Lonneville suggested replacing the sidewalks on South Main Street to connect the new sidewalk on Maple Ave. to the new side walks on Mill Street.  A public hearing will be set for July 13th for these funds.  One resident in attendance expressed his concerns regarding new sidewalks on South Main Street and not on Union Street.  This resident lives on Union Street and feels the section Councilman Lonneville would like to replace is for renters and not for residents who own property in Marion.

Code Enforcement Officer, Duane Smeatin spoke next regarding the building on Main Street that burned June 7, 2020.  The owner of the building did not have insurance on the building.  The building needs to be torn down.  If the owner decides to give the land and structure to the Town of Marion, would the Marion Town Board be interested.  If the Town of Marion takes it over, the Town would be responsible for the removal and of the structure.  Supervisor Bender suggested she and Mr. Smeatin call Town Attorney, Art Williams to get legal advice on this property.  Supervisor Bender also asked about the burned out property on Daansen Road.  Mr. Smeatin and Ms. Bender will also discuss this property with the Town Attorney.

Citizens Comments:

Judy Casler spoke on behalf of the Marion Events Organization.  The Marion Events Organization would like to hold their July music activities at the Marion Town Park.  Ms. Casler has been in contact with Wayne County Public Health regarding large gatherings.  After a lengthy discussion, a decision was made by the Town Board to allow the Events Committee to host live music July 9th, 16th. 23rd and 30th from 6pm – 8:30pm.  All attendees must maintain social distancing and wear a mask if they are unable to do so.  The Events committee will also use caulk paint on the Town Park grounds to indicate 6’ apart would mean for chairs.  The Events committee would also like to allow Food Trucks to attend these events to provide refreshments.  Again, after a lengthy discussion, the Town Board will allow this to happen, if, the food truck operators can also ensure social distancing while patronizing their business.  Due to this new decision, Food trucks will be allowed within the park for other people who are using the park for private events.  The Town Board did want to remind everyone that alcohol is not allowing in the Marion Town Park.

Committee Reports:

Supervisor Bender:  Town Clerk

Supervisor Bender wanted to remind all Town employees that no unnecessary spending is still in effect.

Supervisor Bender shared that FoodLink and Emergency management will be hosting a food drive on Tuesday, June 30th from 3pm to 5pm.  If you are interested in receiving food, you must pre-register with Wayne County Emergency management.

Supervisor Bender also wanted to publicly thank Kim Williams for helping in the Marion Town Clerk’s office while regular staff was out on medical leave.  Kim has been doing an amazing job.

Councilman Bliek: Deputy Supervisor, Highway, Drainage, Water, Sewer

Councilman Bliek had nothing to report at this time.

Councilwoman Fisher: Parks, Recreation, Assessor

Councilwoman Fisher talked about the Town Park.  The Marion Town Park playground has been closed since early March.  A discussion was held regarding the opening of the playground.  The Town Board decided to open the playground with the following statement : The playground is open however the equipment is not be sterilized.  Social distancing is still required.

Councilwoman Fisher spoke next regarding the Marion travel soccer league.  This group has asked if they can hold practice on the fields.  The Town Board decided that practice could take place at this time.

Councilwoman Smith:  Public Safety, Judicial, Library, Cemetery

Councilwoman Smith stated that the Marion Public Library is getting ready to re-open with limited service.

Councilman Lonneville:  Historian, Zoning & Planning

Councilman Lonneville spoke next regarding CDBG funding.  All CDBG funds need to be spent in July so checks can be cut and paid out before the end of August.

Councilman Lonneville also mentioned that the Town of Marion received a letter from Amy D’Angelo stating she is retiring and will no longer be working for Sterling Planning Services.  Amy has been a great help to the Town of Marion in regards to writing NYS Grant applications.

 Town Business: 

  1. Maple Ave/Mill Street Updates
  2. Judy Casler – Marion Events Committee
  3. Opening Town Park Playground
  4. Burned Out Structure Main Street
  5. CDBG Funds – Jennie’s House – Town Hall
  6. No Un-necessary Spending

Correspondence

  1. Sterling Planning Services
  2. Library Opening
  3. Recreation Guidelines

Resolutions:

  1. Authorize Subsidiary Transfer

Resolution #6092020 Authorize Subsidiary Transfer

On a motion by Councilman Lonneville and seconded by Councilwoman Smith

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

Nays:  0

The following resolution was adopted

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Marion Town Board authorizes the following subsidiary transfer:

Move Expense for Sterling Properties – Restore NY

 Account #                    Description                                          Increase          Decrease

80204.01.000.016       Seminars/Education                                                     $175.00

80204.01.000.207       Restore NY                                           $175.00

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

 Resolution #6102020 Public Hearing for Sidewalks

On a motion by Councilman Bliek and seconded by Councilwoman Smith

ADOPTED:       Long Roll:

Councilman Bliek – Aye

Councilman Lonneville – Aye

Councilwoman Fisher – Aye

Councilwoman Smith – Aye

Supervisor Bender – Aye

Ayes:  5

Abstained:  0

Nayes:  0

The following resolution was adopted

WHEREAS, the Marion Town Board received an estimate from Wayne County Highway for sidewalks on South Main Street between Maple Ave. and Mill Street; and

BE IT RESOLVED, the Marion Town Board sets a public hearing for Monday, July 13th at 6:30pm at the Marion Town Park; and

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Marion Town Board directs the Clerk of the Board to advertise for said public hearing in the legal newspaper.

With no further business, on a motion by Councilwoman Smith and seconded by Councilwoman Fisher, Supervisor Bender closed the meeting at 7:32pm.

Next meetings are scheduled for:

Meeting:                                Monday, July 13, 2020 @ 6:30pm

Meeting/workshop:              Monday, July 27, 2020 @ 6:30pm

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