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9.5.2023 Town Board Meeting

TOWN BOARD Meeting Notes

Marion Municipal Building

Tuesday, September 5, 2023

A Special Town Board meeting of the Town of Marion, Wayne County, NY was held on Tuesday, September 5, 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:                     LaVerne Bliek, Councilman

Ronald Lonneville, Councilman

Julie Herman, Councilwoman

Michael Cramer, Councilman

Jolene Bender, Supervisor


IN PERSON ATTENDANCE: Jeff Cragg, Chief Wastewater Treatment Officer; Caryn Devlin, Town Historian; Tim Boerman, Highway Superintendent; Adam Hoffman, Union Representative; Heath Smith; Mark Vanderbrook; Marcia Lonneville; Summer Johnson.

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 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.


Union Representative Adam Hoffman spoke on behalf of the Marion Highway Staff.  The Highway workers are in need of a new 3-year contract.  The workers are asking for a 6% cost of living increase to the salary for the first year and 5% for the next two years.  They would like an increase to their uniform/clothing allowance, as well as an increase in the longevity pay.  Councilman Bliek and Councilman Cramer will make arrangements to speak to Mr. Hoffman privately to negotiate the new Union contract.

ARPA Update

Councilman Lonneville gave a quick update on ARPA funds for the Town of Marion.  The Parking lot at the Highway Department has been sealed.  The walking path around the Town Park still needs to be completed.

Councilman Lonneville also stated that furnace work at the Town Hall will be begin next week due to the heat advisory.

Code Officer Space

Principal Account Clerk, Kathy Cauwels asked if any decisions have been made regarding the Code Enforcement Officer space?  Councilman Cramer asked that measurements be taken of the space and they he will consult with Code Enforcement Officer, Daren Arrington.


The Town Board had a lengthy discussion regarding the 2024 budget.

Citizens Comments:   None


  1. Authorize Town Clerk Advertise Public Hearing to Utilize Funds to Fix the Elevator at the Library
  2. Payment of Claims

Resolution #901-23 Authorize Town Clerk to Advertise Public Hearing to Utilize Funds to Fix Elevator at the Library

On a motion by Councilman Bliek and seconded by Councilman Lonneville

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

Nays:  0

The following resolution was adopted

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Marion Town Board authorizes the Town Clerk to advertise for a public hearing to utilize funds to fix the elevator at the Library to be held on September 11, 2023 at 6:30 pm in the Marion Municipal Room; and

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

Resolution #902-23 Payment of Claims

On a motion by Councilman Cramer and seconded by Councilwoman Herman

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

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                                                  8,985.70

Highway                                                      14.72                                                                   

Total                                                       9,000.42

 Additional Citizen Comments– none

 The Board went into executive session to discuss the employment history of a particular person on a motion by Councilman Bliek and seconded by Councilman Cramer at 8:45 pm.

With no further business, on a motion by Councilman Lonneville and seconded by Councilwoman Herman, Supervisor Bender closed the meeting at 9:30pm.

Next meetings are scheduled for:

Meeting/Workshop:             Monday, September 11, 2023 @ 6:30pm

Meeting/Workshop:           Monday, September 18, 2023 @ 6:30pm


Heidi M. Levan, Clerk of the Board