TOWN BOARD Meeting Notes

Marion Municipal Building

Monday, October 26, 2020

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

Monday, October 26, 2020 at the Marion Municipal Room and via Zoom on-line conference.

Supervisor Bender called the meeting to order at 6:40pm.  This meeting was held at the Marion Municipal Room and via Zoom on-line conference service.

PRESENT:         Joan Fisher, Councilwoman

LaVerne Bliek, Councilman

Ronald Lonneville, Councilman

Jolene Bender, Supervisor

ABSENT:          Deborah Smith, Councilwoman

OTHERS IN ATTENDANCE: Kathy Cauwels, Marion Principal Account Clerk (via Zoom); Jeff Cragg, Marion Wastewater Treatment Chief Operator; Tim Boerman, Marion Highway Superintendent; Caryn Devlin, Marion Historian; Kerry Sargent, Marion Public Library Board Member.

Supervisor Bender asked for a roll call after asking everyone to stand and give the Pledge of Allegiance.

Town Business: 

Supervisor Bender thanked everyone for their patience due to the meeting starting 10 minutes late.  Supervisor Bender was unable to start the meeting until the Zoom online conference could be up and running for anyone who wished to attend remotely.

Supervisor Bender opened the Public Hearing regarding the 2021 Budget at 6:41pm.  Supervisor Bender stated that Library Director, Tracy Whitney asked to have her budget decreased by $6,150 due to an employee who is retiring, and health insurance would no longer be needed.

Councilman Bliek asked about the budget line for abandoned cemeteries.  This line was reduced due to a new maintenance quote the town received for the 2021 year.

Attendees were asked if they had any questions regarding the 2021 budget, with no one having additional questions, the Public Hearing was closed on a motion from Councilman Bliek and seconded by Councilwoman Fisher at 6:50pm.

Supervisor Bender next stated that a resident on Smith Road is unhappy with drainage work that was performed on his property a few years ago.  The resident would like to meet with the drainage committee in the near future.  The Town of Marion will need to provide a sign language interpreter for this meeting.

Supervisor Bender next stated that she has received complaints from residents regarding the Marion Municipal Parking Lot located next to the Marion Elementary School.  The parking lot seems to be used by Marion Elementary Staff which leave very little parking spaces available for residents to use during the day.  Supervisor Bender will contact the Marion Elementary School and request that employees of the school please use the school parking lot.

Marion Code Enforcement Officer, Duane Smeatin spoke next regarding two pieces of property within Marion that have been severely damaged by fire.  Mr. Smeatin has sent both property owners a letter stating their properties need to be cleaned up within 30 days.  Councilwoman Fisher asked to discuss these properties again at the December 14th, 2020 Town Board meeting.

Supervisor Bender spoke next regarding the resident on Mill Street who complained several times to the Town Board that her grass is not growing.  This has been discussed at several previous Town Board meetings.  New grass had been planted due to the work that was completed by the Wayne County Highway Department for improvements on Mill Street.  Supervisor Bender will contact Brian Frey (Wayne County Highway Department) again and asked Mr. Frey to contact the resident again.

Marion Highway Superintendent, Tim Boerman spoke next.  He has reviewed all the job applications that were submitted for the full-time highway position.  A resolution will be presented to the Town Board this evening to fill that position.  Supervisor Bender asked Mr. Boerman whether the trees that were donated by Wayne County Soil & Water have been planted yet.  Mr. Boerman stated they have not been.  Mr. Boerman hopes to get this done in the next few days.

Jeff Cragg, Marion Wastewater Treatment Chief Operator, spoke next regarding the Marion Town Park.  Mr. Cragg met John Cornell from Cornell Heating LLC at the Town Park to repair the furnace in the Main Pavilion.  The furnace is now repaired.

Marion Town Clerk, Heidi Levan spoke next.  One of the residents in Marion, Bobby Freeland on North Main Street has a scarecrow outside of this home.  The scarecrow is of Marion Highway Department employee Steve Taber.  Ms. Levan encouraged everyone to go and see the scarecrow.

Correspondence

Public Hearing:

  1. 2021 Budget – 6:30

Resolutions:

  1. Amend the 2021 Budget
  2. Adopt 2021 Budget
  3. Authorize Highway Superintendent to hire Christopher Lawson at the Highway Department as an MEO
  4. Authorize Supervisor to Sign Out-of-District Northwest Phase II Contract with Paul & Dawn Young

Resolution #10102020 Amend 2021 Preliminary Budget

On a motion by Councilman Lonneville and seconded by Councilwoman Fisher

ADOPTED:       Long Roll:

Councilman Bliek – Aye

Councilman Lonneville – Aye

Councilwoman Fisher – Aye

Supervisor Bender – Aye

Ayes:  4

Abstained:  0

Nayes:  0

The following resolution was adopted

WHEREAS the Marion Town Board amends the 2021 Preliminary Budget as follows:

Decrease expense account 14204.01.000.238 – General Code from $3195 to $2010 – Total decrease of $1185

Decrease expense account 90608.05.000.000 – Hospital Insurance from $18450 to $12300 Total decrease of $6150: and

Increase expense account 19904.01.000.000 – Contingency Account from $12000 – to $18500 – Total increase of $6500; and

BE IT RESOLVED that the Marion Town Board amends the 2021 Preliminary budget

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 #10112020 Adopt 2021 Town Budget

On a motion by Councilman Lonneville and seconded by Councilwoman Fisher

ADOPTED:       Long Roll:

Councilman Bliek – Aye

Councilman Lonneville – Aye

Councilwoman Fisher – Aye

Supervisor Bender – Aye

Ayes:  4

Abstained:  0

Nayes:  0

The following resolution was adopted

WHEREAS, the Marion Town Board has received the 2021 Tentative Budget for the Town of Marion: and

WHEREAS the Marion Town Board prepared the 2021 Preliminary Budget for the Town of Marion: and

WHEREAS a Public Hearing on the 2021 Budget was held on October 26, 2020: now

BE IT RESOLVED that the Marion Town Board adopts the 2021 budget as attached: and

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 #10122020 Authorize Hiring MEO Full Time Employee at the Marion Highway Department

On a motion by Councilman Bliek and seconded by Councilman Lonneville

ADOPTED:       Long Roll:

Councilman Bliek – Aye

Councilman Lonneville – Aye

Councilwoman Fisher – Aye

Supervisor Bender – Aye

Ayes:  4

Abstained:  0

Nayes:  0

The following resolution was adopted

WHEREAS, Timothy Boerman, Highway Superintendent for the Town of Marion has recommended hiring a MEO full time employee; now

BE IT RESOLVED that the Marion Town Board accepts said recommendations and authorizes hiring Christopher Lawson, 3777 Warner Road, Marion, NY 14505 effective November 2, 2020, at remuneration of $21.81 per hour: and

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

Resolution #10132020 Authorize Supervisor to Sign Out-of-District Northwest Phase II Contract with Paul & Dawn Young

On a motion by Councilman Lonneville and seconded by Councilwoman Fisher

ADOPTED:       Long Roll:

Councilman Bliek – Aye

Councilman Lonneville – Aye

Councilwoman Fisher – Aye

Supervisor Bender – Aye

Ayes:  4

Abstained:  0

Nayes:  0

The following resolution was adopted

BE IT RESOLVED that the Marion Town Board authorizes the Supervisor to sign the Out-of-District (Northwest Phase II) contract with Paul & Dawn Young, 3080 Engelson Rd, Marion, NY 14505; and

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

With no further business, on a motion by Councilwoman Smith and seconded by Councilwoman Fisher, Supervisor Bender closed the meeting at 7:15pm.

Next meetings are scheduled for:

Meeting:                       Monday, November 9, 2020 @ 6:30pm

Meeting/Workshop:             Monday, November 23, 2020 @ 6:30pm

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