TOWN BOARD Meeting Notes

Marion Municipal Building

Monday, February 22, 2021

 

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

Monday, February 22, 2021 at the Marion Municipal Room and via Zoom on-line conference.

Supervisor Bender called the meeting to order at 5:30pm and immediately went into an Executive session to discuss employment history of a specific employee.  The Executive session ended at 6:43pm.  The Town Board was called to order at 6:47pm with a roll call done by the Clerk of the Board.

PRESENT:         Joan Fisher, Councilwoman

LaVerne Bliek, Councilman

Ronald Lonneville, Councilman

Deborah Smith, Councilwoman

Jolene Bender, Supervisor

ABSENT:

OTHERS IN ATTENDANCE (via Zoom): Kathy Cauwels, Town of Marion Principal Account Clerk; Caryn Devlin, Town Historian; Ashley Tack; Heather Smeatin; Judy Casler; Zachary Bartlett; Jeff Cragg; Angela Patterson; John Lonneville; Grace LaClair.

Supervisor Bender asked everyone to stand and give the Pledge of Allegiance.  Supervisor Bender apologized for opening the public meeting later than scheduled.

Town Business: 

Councilwoman Fisher asked Ashley Tack to speak first.  Ashley is the Marion Recreation Baseball & Softball coordinator.  An announcement was made that the 2021 Marion Recreation Baseball & Softball programs will be open this year. Ashley has been working with Councilwoman Fisher to ensure a safe Baseball & Softball program.  Everyone who participates will need to sign a COVID-19 waver stating they will follow NYS COVID-19 safety guidelines.  If the parents do not sign the waver, their children will not be allowed to participate.  Medical wavers will not be allowed.  The program will look very different this year.  There will not be an opening day ceremony, no trip to the Rochester Red Wings Baseball game and if there is a parade for Memorial Day, the Baseball teams will not be participating this year.  The league will run from May 3rd through June 4th, 2021.  This will be a 5 week league.  Travel league will be determined by the Travel league organizers. A decision has not been made regarding food availability during the baseball & softball evenings.  Ashley will make a decision on this in April.  Registration forms will be available online on the Town’s website and Facebook page and at the Town Clerk’s Office.

Councilwoman Fisher next spoke about opening the Marion Town Park this year for rentals.  The Town Board discussed the best way to approach this for 2021 given the current COVID-19 pandemic.  The decision was made to open the park for rentals.  Only the outdoor pavilions will be available for rent.  The indoor pavilion will not be available this year.  Each renter will need to follow the current NYS Covid-19 guidelines.  As of February 22, 2021, only 50 people may gather at one time.  Renters are asked to follow the guidelines at the time of their rental.  Reservations will start to be accepted on Monday, March 1, 2021 at 9am.  First date to rent the Town Park will be May 1, 2021.  Each renter will have access to the indoor restrooms.  The Town Board will hire someone to clean the restrooms after each rental.

Supervisor Bender spoke next regarding the restroom located at the top of the stairs in the Town Hall.  The restroom is used by the Wayne County Sheriff’s office, Town Historian, and other Town employees.   A complaint was made by Caryn Devlin that the restroom had not been cleaned.  Supervisor Bender spoke to the staff member responsible for cleaning.  The restroom is now being cleaned more often.  The Wayne County Sheriffs have never complained and are very happy with how the restroom has been maintained.

Town Clerk Heidi Levan spoke next regarding first aid at the Town Hall.  The Town Hall has no first aid supplies.   Ms. Levan recommends the Town of Marion purchase an AED (automated external defibrillator) as well as a first aid kit.  The Town Board made no decision on AED’s at this time.  The Board did suggest purchasing a First Aid kit for the office.

Judy Casler spoke next regarding the Marion Events Organization.  The Marion Events Organization is moving forward planning their 2021 events.  Events are as follows:

  • Marion Community Easter Egg Hunt – Currently
  • Spring Market – May 8, 2021
  • Garage Sale Days – June 5, 2021
  • Music in the Park – July 8, 15, 22, & 29, 2021
  • Fall Festival – September 11, 2021
  • Holiday Market – December 4, 2021

All of these events are subject to NYS COVID-19 regulations.

Resolution #2112021 Accept Resignation of Kristina Braell Deputy Town Clerk

On a motion by Councilwoman Smith and seconded by Councilwoman Fisher

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, Kristina Braell has submitted her resignation as Deputy Town Clerk 2/17/21; now

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Marion Town Board regretfully accepts the resignation of Kristina Braell effective immediately; and

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

Resolution # 2122021 Authorize Hiring Temporary Part Time Deputy Town Clerk

On a motion by Councilman Lonneville 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 a need for a temporary part time deputy town clerk is needed in the Town Clerk’s Office ; and

WHEREAS, Heidi Levan, Town Clerk, has requested a temporary part time deputy town clerk; and

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Marion Town Board approves the hiring of Kimberly Williams as a temporary part time deputy town clerk, effective Monday, February 22, 2021 until further notice, at remuneration of $16.73 up to 20 hours per week to be appropriated from account# 14101.1.0.0.36; and

BE IT FURTHER 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.

On a motion from Councilman Lonneville and seconded by Councilman Bliek, the Town Board went back into Executive Session at 7:48pm to discuss employment history of a specific employee.  The Executive Session closed at 8:54pm

With no further business, on a motion by Councilman Bliek and seconded by Councilwoman Smith, Supervisor Bender closed the meeting at 8:55pm.

Next meetings are scheduled for:

Meeting:             Monday, March 8, 2021 @ 6:30pm

Meeting/Workshop:                   Monday, March 22, 2021 @ 6:30pm

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