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9.26.22 Town Board Meeting

TOWN BOARD Meeting Notes

Marion Municipal Building

Monday September 26, 2022

A Town Board meeting of the Town of Marion, Wayne County, NY was held on  Monday September 26, 2022 at the Marion Municipal Room.

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

PRESENT:                     Jolene Bender, Supervisor

LaVerne Bliek, Councilman

Ronald Lonneville, Councilman

Julie Herman, Councilwoman

Michael Cramer, Councilman – via cell phone

Absent:

IN PERSON ATTENDANCE:  Marty Aman, Executive Director WCWSA; Caryn Devlin, Town Historian; Tim Boerman, Highway Superintendent; Kathy Cauwels, Account Clerk; Jeff Cragg, Chief Wastewater Plant Operator; John Lonneville; Liam McKay; Alec Sedore; Lexi Anderson; Noriel Felix

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 26Section 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.

Citizens Comments:  John Lonneville asked when a copy of the budget will be available to residents. He wants to make sure there is time to review before the public hearing on October 24th. Account Clerk, Kathy Cauwels stated a copy of the preliminary budget will be available after October 11th.

Town Business: 

Marty Aman, Executive Director for the Wayne County Water & Sewer Authority, gave an update on the Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant. Bids came in much higher than the original estimate. They have reconfigured a funding package and are working on obtaining an additional grant. Mr. Aman encourages residents to go the wcwsa.org website and click on the link to learn more about the cost updates and scheduling of this project.

ARPA Funds: Supervisor Bender stated that the approximate $400,000.00 the Town received in ARPA Funds will need to be used by 2024. At that time, an audit will incur. Current unfinished projects using ARPA Funds are the North Main Street sidewalks, tree removal and driveway repair at the United Church, Main Street traffic light upgrade and also a new metal roof on the cemetery storage building.  The roof should be completed at the end of October.

Councilman Lonneville gave an update on Town of Marion projects being worked on. The Library door needed further adjustment, but it is finally installed properly. The municipal and library parking lots have been sealed. The exterior door on the new bathroom at the Town Park is hung now. Ruffalo Appliance inspected the refrigerator and freezer in the kitchen and stated they were still in acceptable working order. Councilman Lonneville would like to have all appliance manuals available if needed. He thanked Councilman Bliek for his handling of getting the overhead doors fixed in the main pavilion, just in time for the fall tractor show. The updated schedule for the exterior finish at the Town Hall is now: April for stucco, May for painting and June for awnings. The chimney is down, and the roof is done at the Marion Museum (Jennie’s House). Councilman Lonneville thanked Jeff Cragg for his continual help on these projects. It is very appreciated.

Fiscal Stress Score: The New York State Comptroller’s Office posts a report each year on the fiscal stress of municipalities. The Town of Marion had no issues and is in good standing.

The Town Board has started working on the 2023 budget. A budget workshop is scheduled for Monday October 3rd at 6:30 PM in the Marion Municipal Room.

Discussion:

Supervisor Bender is on the Wayne County Healthcare Trust Committee. She stated that Excellus rates will increase 8.5% for 2023. Currently, the Town pays $1025.00 for a single policy. More discussion will need to take place for what portion the Town will pay going forward.  Councilman Cramer asked if the County has ever looked into insurance companies other than Excellus. Account Clerk Kathy Cauwels answered every 2-3 years, the County asks for bids from other health insurance companies. Being with the county consortium is still cheaper than when the Town of Marion had their own policy.

A question was asked previously if a newsletter can be mailed out with tax bills. Account Clerk Kathy Cauwels stated the answer is NO, per the NYS Association of Towns.

Councilman Bliek asked about combining the job positions of soccer coordinator and night park supervisor into one position. The Board discussed advertising soon and then again in February/March if needed.

 Resolutions:

  1. Authorize Closing of Streets within Hamlet for the 2022 Haunting in the Hamlet
  2. Authorize Kocher Surveying to Provide a Survey
  3. Authorize Mark Neal Painting to Prep & Paint 3 Porches, Prep & Paint 3 Doors and Prep & Paint all New Aztek Trim on the Eastside of the Museum
  4. Authorize advertising for Soccer Coordinator and Night Park Supervisors for Baseball/Softball & Soccer.
  5. Authorize hiring of Kayci Nevelizer for Town Hall Cleaning

Resolution: Authorize Closing of Streets within Hamlet for the 2022 Haunting in the Hamlet

The following resolution was tabled on a motion from Councilman Lonneville and seconded by Councilman Bliek.

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Marion Town Board hereby requests the following streets to be fully closed to all traffic on Saturday October 15, 2022 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Maple Ave from Union Street to Main Street.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Marion Town Board directs the Clerk of the Board to send a copy of this resolution to E911, Marion Fire Department, Marion Ambulance, Marion Fire District, Seneca Foods, Marion Post Office, Wayne County Highway Department, Wayne County Sheriff, NYS Police Substation, Williamson, Chief Operator WWTP, Marion School District and Marion Highway Department.

Resolution: Authorize Kocher Surveying to Provide a Survey 

The following resolution was tabled on a motion from Councilwoman Herman and seconded by Councilman Bliek.

WHEREAS, the Town of Marion received an estimate from Kocher Surveying; and

WHEREAS, the Town of Marion has interest in obtaining a sliver of property from Nutrien to be added to the Town Park; and

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Marion Town Board authorizes Kocher Surveying to provide a survey of the property with an amount not to exceed $1500 to be expensed from the contingent account; and

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

Resolution #09162022 Authorize Mark Neal Painting to Prep & Paint 3 Porches, Prep & Paint 3 Doors and Prep & Paint all New Aztek Trim on the Eastside of the Museum

On a motion by Councilman Bliek and seconded by Councilman Lonneville

Adopted:          Long Roll:

Councilman Lonneville – Aye

Councilman Bliek – Aye

Councilwoman Herman – Aye

Councilman Cramer – Aye

Supervisor Bender – Aye

Aye- 5

Abstained: 0

Nays: 0

The following resolution was adopted

WHEREAS, the Town of Marion sent an RFP for the Painting at the Marion Museum; and

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Marion Town Board awards the bid to Mark Neal Painting to Prep & Paint 3 Porches, Prep & Paint 3 Doors and Prep & Paint all New Aztek Trim on the Eastside of the Museum with an amount not to exceed $5200.00; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Town of Marion directs the Clerk of the Board to give a copy of this resolution to Ron Lonneville, Mark Neal Painting and the Principal Account Clerk.

Resolution #09172022 Authorize Advertising for Soccer Coordinator and Baseball/Softball & Soccer Night Park Supervisors

 On a motion by Councilwoman Herman and seconded by Councilman Bliek

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

Nays:  0

The following resolution was adopted

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Marion Town Board authorizes advertising for soccer coordinator and

Baseball/softball & soccer night park supervisors.

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

Resolution #09182022 Authorize the hiring of Kayci Nevelizer for Town Hall Cleaning

 On a motion by Councilwoman Herman and seconded by Councilman Lonneville

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

Nays:  0

The following resolution was adopted

WHEREAS, the Marion Town Board authorizes the hiring of Kayci Nevelizer for cleaning at the Town Hall and;

BE IT RESOLVED, that Kayci Nevelizer will be paid an hourly wage of $16.02 and will work 3 hours per week and;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the salary will be taken from account #16201.01.000.041 and;

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

 The Board went into executive session to discuss the employment history of a particular person on a motion by Councilwoman Herman and seconded by Councilman Bliek at 7:45 pm.

With no further business, on a motion by Councilwomen Herman and seconded by Councilman Bliek, Supervisor Bender closed the meeting at 8:45 pm.

 Next meetings are scheduled for:

Budget Workshop:                      Monday October 3, 2022 @ 6:30 pm

Meeting/Workshop:                    Tuesday October 11, 2022 @ 6:30 pm

Meeting/Workshop:                     Monday, October 24, 2022 @ 6:30pm

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Kimberly A. Williams, Deputy Clerk of the Board