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2.27.2023 Town Board Meeting

TOWN BOARD Meeting Notes

Marion Municipal Building

Monday, February 27, 2023

A Town Board meeting of the Town of Marion, Wayne County, NY was held on Monday, February 27, 2023 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:  Jeff Cragg, Marion WWTP Chief Operator; Cassidy Loveless; Abby Conover; Hayley Wurster; Samantha Starkes; Lucas Monroe; Michael Phillips.

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

Supervisor Bender read the following statement:

If you are attending a Town Board Meeting and 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.

If after the Town Board has finished their business, each person in attendance who wishes to speak will be given 3 minutes at the end of the meeting to speak on only topics discussed at the evenings meeting.

Town Business:

Councilman Lonneville gave a recap on the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.  The security system at the Town Hall and Municipal Room (Court) are being installed this week.  The Town Hall still needs to have the ceiling installed, second handrail on the stairs, finish painting and install new carpeting.

Councilman Lonneville also stated that principal accountant, Kathy Cauwels is working with him to complete an RFP for a new heating system for the Town Hall.  In the Town Park, new toilets and sinks are being installed in the women’s restroom.  Kitchen floor is painted.  New microwave and hot plate have been ordered and have arrived.  The town is still waiting on the Department of Health to come in and discuss what needs to be done in the kitchen to allow concessions to be done.

Councilman Lonneville also asked to have the Town Board review the Procurement Policy.  Councilman Lonneville reminded all staff that everyone must follow the procurement policy before making purchases.


Supervisor Bender discussed Wayne County is considering giving Firefighters and Ambulance residents for volunteer a 10% exemption on their Town & County taxes.  The idea behind this is to get more volunteers.  Supervisor Bender will talk to Assessor, Dawn VanPatten about this topic.

Town Clerk, Heidi Levan spoke next regarding a group of individuals called ‘Long Island Audit’.  Supervisor Bender stated she was aware of this group.  A discussion took place as to what areas of the town should have ‘no public access’ signs.  Town Clerk, Heidi Levan will order new signs.

Supervisor Bender spoke next regarding flowers for the Town of Marion.  In the past, The Town of Marion has purchased flowers from SpringValley Greenhouse. Supervisor Bender has a new vendor she would like to try for 2023. SpringValley is now located in Ontario County.  The new vendor Supervisor Bender is looking to purchase from is located in Wayne County.

The Town Board started to discuss the Town of Marion Employee handbook.  They will continue this discussion at the 2nd Monday Board meeting each month.  Once they have completed their suggested changes, the Town Attorney will look over all proposed changes before a resolution is presented.

Citizens Comments:

Samantha Starks spoke regarding the Marion Town Park concessions.  Ms. Starks would like to sell food from the Town Park however, the Town Park kitchen needs to be renovated before the Department of Health will issue a permit.

Correspondence:  None

Reports:  None


  1. Audit of 2022 Town Clerk Cash Books and Accounting
  2. Set Public Hearing to Expense Library Reserve Funds

 Resolution #209-23 Audit 2022 Town Clerk Cash Books and Accounting

On a motion by Councilman Lonneville and seconded by Councilman Cramer

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

Nays:  0

The following resolution was adopted

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Marion Town Board did duly audit the cash books of the following departments of

the Town of Marion on February 27, 2023:

Town Clerk


BE IT FURTHER 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 #210-23 Authorize Public Hearing for Appropriation from Library Equipment Reserve to Purchase Security Camera Equipment

On a motion by Councilman Cramer and seconded by Councilwoman Herman

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

Nays:  0

The following resolution was adopted.

BE IT RESOLVED, the Marion Town Board Authorizes a public hearing for appropriation from Library equipment reserve on March 13, 2023 @ 6:30 pm; and

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

With no further business, on a motion by Councilwoman Herman and seconded by Councilman Lonneville, Supervisor Bender closed the meeting at 7:45pm.

Next meetings are scheduled for:

Meeting/Workshop:               Monday, March 13, 2023 @ 6:30pm

Meeting/Workshop:             Monday, March 27, 2023 @ 6:30pm


Heidi M. Levan, Clerk of the Board