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1.10.2022 Town Board meeting minutes

TOWN BOARD Meeting Notes

Marion Municipal Building

Monday, January 10, 2022

A Town Board meeting of the Town of Marion, Wayne County, NY was held on Monday, January 10, 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:  Duane Smeatin, Code Enforcement Officer; Jeff Cragg, Chief Wastewater Plant Operator; Caryn Devlin, Marion Historian; John Lonneville.

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

Citizens Comments:

No one signed up to speak.

Town Business

Supervisor Bender spoke first in regard to the Town Hall renovations.  J & L Renovations have been doing an amazing job.  Electrical work by Leno Electric is starting in the next few days.  Councilman Lonneville thanked Duane Smeatin for helping to oversee the project.  Supervisor Bender also thanked Kathy Cauwels for her hard work on this project as well.

Councilwoman Herman next asked who is responsible for clearing snow and ice on sidewalks in front of businesses on Main Street.  Councilman Lonneville stated that land/business owners are responsible.  A discussion then started as to what can and should be done for businesses and/or individuals who don’t maintain their part of the sidewalk.  Counciwoman Herman stated if you wish for people to do business in town, they must have the ability to walk down a cleared sidewalk.  The Town Board asked Heidi Levan to contact other towns in Wayne County to see who maintains their sidewalks.  Ms. Levan also offered to look into Local Laws regarding snow removal.  The Town Board also advised Ms. Levan to make a post on social media reminding homeowners to clear their sidewalks.

Councilwoman Herman next asked who owns the burnt-out building on North Main Street next to the municipal parking lot.  Mr. Smeatin stated it’s now owned by Planet Homes of Rochester.  Mr. Smeatin reached out to the new owners but has not been able to contact them.

Jeff Cragg spoke next regarding the old spring house located on Newark Road.  The water from this location is used at the Marion Wastewater Treatment facility.  The roof is in need of repair.   The Town Board discussed this with Mr. Cragg and stated they suggest this building no longer be used and to shut down the well.  Mr. Cragg will contact Dale Bartlett for advice.  Mr. Cragg also asked about getting a bid for a new driveway on Sunset Drive that is for the WWTP pump station.  The Town Board stated that 3 estimates were needed for this project.

Supervisor Bender spoke next regarding the Town of Marion Supervisor position term.  The Town of Marion has a 2 year term for Supervisor.  Supervisor Bender would like to make this a 4 year term to help encourage more people to run for office. Supervisor Bender has spoken to Art Williams and if this is something the Town Board would like to see changed, a resolution will need to be passed in the next month or so.

Committee Reports:                   

Supervisor Bender:  Assessor, Zoning, Planning

Supervisor Bender stated that Assessor, Dawn VanPatten has been very busy taking phone calls.  Town Clerk Heidi Levan thanked Dawn VanPatten for her assistance with the 2022 tax bills that needed apportionments.   Supervisor Bender stated that Planning & Zoning meeting minutes are included in the Town Board information tonight.  Heidi Levan spoke up and stated the new law requiring meeting minutes to be posted online also includes Planning & Zoning board meeting minutes.

Councilman Bliek: Deputy Supervisor, Highway, Drainage, Water, Sewer

Councilman Bliek stated the new Water Storage Tank is complete however it is not able to be used until an agitator can be installed.  Plans for the new Regional Wastewater Treatment facility have been submitted to NYS DEC for approval.  Jeff Cragg spoke and stated that the flow meter at the Marion WWTP is not working.  Mr. Cragg needs to complete a non compliant form for the NYS DEC while he waits for a replacement meter.  The replacement meter will cost approximately $3,000.

Councilman Bliek spoke next regarding the Highway Department.  The Marion Highway Department has been busy clearing roads. The Highway Department also took down the holiday decorations.

Councilman Lonneville:  Historian, Public Safety, Code Enforcement

Councilman Lonneville stated he and Supervisor Bender will be attending a webinar regarding Clean Energy Act.  Councilman Lonneville and Supervisor Bender will use the municipal room on Wednesday, January 12 for this meeting.

Councilman Lonneville next stated that Leno Electric will set up the installation of electric for the security camera at the Town Park.  Councilman Lonneville also stated that Highway Superintendent, Tim Boerman still needs to get quotes to oil & stone the walking/driving path around the town park.  Mr. Boerman also need to check on the elevation for the drainage project and get quotes for new parking at the Town Park.

Councilman Lonneville stated that Code Enforcement Officer Duane Smeatin has been busy doing his own work as well as helping at Jennie’s House (museum) and with the Town Hall renovations.

Councilman Lonneville stated a storage unit is now located at the museum.  This unit is being used to store building materials.  Councilman Lonneville next asked Historian Caryn Devlin to speak.  Ms. Devlin held up a $10 bill that was donated by Dr. Barry Thorne.  The $10 bill is a bill from the First National Bank of Marion, NY.  Its value is approximately $700 to $1,000.  The bill will be displayed at the museum on the second floor and will be secured in the wall with lights.  Thank you very much Dr. Thorne for the donation.  A suggestion was made to have the bill insured for $2,000.  Ms. Devlin stated the kid’s activity book is complete for the bicentennial.

Councilwoman Herman: Parks, Recreation, Town Clerk, Library

Councilwoman Herman stated she did not have a report for the Marion Library.  Councilwoman Herman next asked Town Clerk Heidi Levan to give a report.  Ms. Levan stated the Town Clerk’s Office has been busy collecting Town & County taxes, water & sewer bills as well as handing out KN95 masks.

Councilwoman Herman asked Councilman Cramer if he had contact with Emily Dasson in regard to new playground equipment.  Councilman Cramer will ask Emily to attend the next Town Board meeting.

Councilman Cramer:  Drainage, Judicial, Cemetery

Councilman Cramer stated that the Marion Town Court saw very few cases in December.  Councilman Cramer stated drainage still needs to be addressed at the Town Park.  Councilman Bliek stated that the drainage committee is waiting on permits from the DEC to have some ditches cleaned out.

Next Councilman Cramer thanked the Marion Cemetery Association for allowing the Town of Marion to use part of the cemetery for the Town Park.  Councilwoman Herman stated the Marion Cemetery Association will meet in the spring for their annual meeting.  Councilman Lonneville asked for a list of Marion Cemetery Association members.  Councilwoman Herman will provide this at the next Town Board meeting.

  Correspondence:    NONE


  1. Town Clerk                   December 2021
  2. Account Reports:
  3. Money Market                December 2021
  4. Operating Statement            December 2021
  5. Trial Balance             December 2021
  6. Marion Fire District             December 2021
  7. Assessor                              December 2021
  8. Code Officer          December 2021
  9. Library          NA
  10. Dog Control NA – Quarantine
  11. Town Justice      Reports:Bonafede                       December 2021
  12.                                   Bender                 December 2021
  13. Planning Board              December 2021
  14. Historian            Oct. – Dec. 2021


  1.  Payment of Claims

Resolution #1102022 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                         10908.24

Highway                           4357.16

Library                               88.70

Sewer                              418.84

Street Lighting                    0.00

Federal Stimulus Money        0.00

Trust & Agency                   773.56

Total                               $16546.50      

The last order of business was presented by Councilman Cramer.  Councilman Cramer stated that at the January 3, 2022 meeting that the Town Board made a decision to allow additional comments at the end of the meeting for anyone in attendance who would like to comment on topics that were discussed at that evenings board meeting.  This is being done to help clear things up for residents and allow topics to be completed.  Residents do not need to sign up in advance however, they will only be given 3 minutes to speak.

John Lonneville stated he likes this new idea and thanked Councilman Cramer for helping to implement it.

 With no further business, on a motion by Councilman Bliek and seconded by Councilman Cramer, Supervisor Bender closed the meeting at 7:35pm.

Next meetings are scheduled for:

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

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



Heidi M. Levan, Clerk of the Board


Marion Town Board