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1.24.2022 Town Board Meeting Minutes

TOWN BOARD Meeting Notes

Marion Municipal Building

Monday, January 24, 2022

A Town Board meeting of the Town of Marion, Wayne County, NY was held on  Monday, January 24, 2022 at the Marion Municipal Room.

Supervisor Bender called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm with a roll call done by Heidi Levan, Clerk of the Board.

PRESENT:                     Jolene Bender, Supervisor

LaVerne Bliek, Councilman

Ronald Lonneville, Councilman

Julie Herman, Councilwoman

Michael Cramer, Councilman


IN PERSON ATTENDANCE:  Caryn Devlin, Marion Historian; Eden Godsey.

Supervisor Bender asked everyone to stand and give the Pledge of Allegiance.

Councilman Lonneville stated that before the following information was read by Supervisor Bender, he suggested an additional line be added for the 3 minutes that will be allowed at the end of the meeting.  Town Clerk Heidi Levan stated that she will be sure and have this added for the next meeting.

Supervisor Bender read the following statement:

If you are attending a Town Board Meeting have not signed up for Public Participation Section of the Town Board Meeting pursuant to the rules which have been established (24 hours prior to start of meeting), then you will not be able to express your opinion. As a courtesy to those who attend the Board Meeting, you are requested not to interrupt the meeting, and refrain from conversation that would interfere with those attending being able to hear the Board transact its business. If in fact someone interferes with the meeting or the conversation with other spectators should require a warning and it is ignored, the person could be charged with Disorderly Conduct. For public hearings, speaking will be limited to topics on the agenda.

Citizens Comments:

No one signed up to speak.

Town Business: 

 Supervisor Bender stated that she and Councilman Lonneville spoke with Assessor, Dawn VanPatten.  Ms. VanPatten will be resigning from the Town of Marion in early April 2022.

  1. Update Town Hall Renovations- Councilman Bliek stated that the new drywall in the Assessor office will be taped and finished sometime this week. The renovations are coming along nicely.  Supervisor Bender stated she is very impressed with the work being done by J & L Contracting.
  2. Sidewalk Snow Removal/ Main Street Businesses – Councilman Lonneville stated he thought at the last Town Board meeting that a decision was made to send letters to businesses on Main Street from the Municipal Parking lot by the Elementary School to the Accounting business located next to the post office that all sidewalks needed to be cleared of snow. Councilman Lonneville asked if this had been done.  Supervisor Bender stated it has not.  Town Clerk Heidi Levan did state that a notice was placed on social media about clearing sidewalks.  The Town Board all agreed that a letter needs to be written.  Supervisor Bender stated she would work with Code Enforcement Officer, Duane Smeatin to write the letter.
  3. Park –
  4. Oil & Stone Walking Path – Supervisor Bender stated that Highway Superintendent, Tim Boerman has not gotten this quote done as of yet.
  5. Parking Area – Supervisor Bender stated that Highway Superintendent, Tim Boerman has not gotten this quote done as of yet.
  6. Playground – Emily Foster Dasson – Supervisor Bender stated she had spoken to Ms. Dasson about attending tonight’s meeting to discuss playground equipment. Dasson text messaged Councilman Cramer and stated there was a misunderstanding.  Ms. Dasson will be attending the February 14, 2022 meeting to discuss equipment.
  7. Restroom – Councilman Lonneville stated one quote has been received for updating the restrooms at the Town Park. Councilman Lonneville will work with Code Enforcement Officer Duane Smeatin to secure another quote.
  8. Electrical Installation Security Cameras – Councilman Lonneville asked if anyone knew when the electrical would be installed at the Town Park for the security cameras. At this time, no new information is available.
  9. Library Door – Status of Installation – Supervisor Bender stated that the Library Board is very frustrated with that fact the new library door has yet to be installed. The bid was awarded to Walters Renovations on May 10, 2021 and is not complete.  Councilman Cramer stated he would be happy to work with Duane Smeatin and contact a different contractor to get the work done.
  10. Terms of Office Elected Officials – Supervisor Bender stated that she strongly feels that the Supervisor position should be a 4 year term and not a 2 year term. Town Clerk Heidi Levan provided the Town Board with information she received from the Wayne County Board of Elections.  The information provided states how many towns in Wayne County have a 2 year term or a 4 year term for Supervisors.  The Town Board has decided to move forward with a permissive referendum and will have a resolution on the next Town Board meeting to move this forward.

Historian Caryn Devlin spoke next in regard to the Wayne County Bicentennial.  The Kids Activity book is complete and will be given to elementary students in the near future.  Ms. Devlin also stated that she will be applying for the 2nd round of Genesee Valley Revitalization Grant.  She will keep the Town Board updated with any news she hears.

Councilman Lonneville provided the Town Board with a list of events scheduled by the Marion Events Committee for 2022 as well as an invitation to the Marion Museum (Jennie’s House) Open House which will take place on Monday, February 28th at 5:30pm.

Councilman Cramer talked about options for the Marion Wastewater Treatment Plant once the new Regional facility is complete.  Does the Town repurpose it to a 2nd Town Park?  Does the Town make it into a Dog Park?  What ideas does the Town Board have for this facility.  Councilman Cramer would like to discuss this more in the future.

Citizens Comments:


  1. Marion Events Organization
  2. Invitation Jennie’s House Showing
  3. Marion Cemetery Association – List of Board members


  1.  Payment of Claims

Resolution #1 Payment of Claims

On a motion by Councilman Lonneville and seconded by Councilman Cramer

ADOPTED:  Ayes:  5 Bender, Bliek, Lonneville, Herman, Cramer

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.


General                                              247,871.00




Street Lighting

Federal Stimulus Money

Trust & Agency

Total                                                 $247,871.00      

 With no further business, on a motion by Councilman Bliek and seconded by Councilman Cramer, Supervisor Bender closed the meeting at 7:15pm.

Next meetings are scheduled for:

Meeting/Workshop:             Monday, February 14, 2022 @ 6:30pm

Meeting/Workshop:             Monday, February 28, 2022 @ 6:30pm


Heidi M. Levan, Clerk of the Board


Marion Town Board