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Town Board Meeting Minutes 11.22.2021

TOWN BOARD Meeting Notes

Marion Municipal Building

Monday November 22, 2021

A Town Board meeting of the Town of Marion, Wayne County, NY was held on Monday November 22, 2021, 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:                     Joan Fisher, Councilwoman

LaVerne Bliek, Councilman

Deborah Smith, Councilwoman

Jolene Bender, Supervisor

Absent:                        Ronald Lonneville, Councilman

IN PERSON ATTENDANCE:  Duane Smeatin, Code Enforcement Officer; Julie Herman; John Lonneville; Mike Cramer; Daniel Luckman; Emily Dasson; Noah Mattison; Roen Buanaccorso; Megan McKeyser; Gabe Gruttataro; Logan Karpp.

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

Supervisor Bender started the meeting by reading the following:

If you are attending a Town Board Meeting and have not signed up for Public Participation Section of the Town Board Meeting (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.

Town Business Discussion:

  1. Playground Presentation – Emily Foster Dasson
  2. Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act

Supervisor Bender asked Emily Dasson to give her presentation regarding playground equipment at the Marion Town Park.  Ms. Dasson has been working with Councilman Fisher to help redesign the Marion Town Park playground area.  Ms. Dasson presented paperwork showing the current playground layout and paperwork with a layout of new inclusive playground equipment.  Playground equipment can be purchased using the Federal Stimulus Funds.  The Town Board thanked Ms. Dasson for her hard work with this project.  The Town Board will make a decision on Playground Equipment in the next few weeks.

Councilwoman Fisher spoke next regarding lighting at the Town Park.  Councilwoman Fisher asked Julie Herman if the Marion Cemetery Association would allow lighting to be installed on the Marion Cemetery property that the Town leases.  Ms. Herman stated that the Marion Cemetery Association would like to see lights installed and if in the future the Marion Cemetery Association needed the land for burial plots, the lighting would be removed.  Ms. Herman next stated the Marion Cemetery Association was not in favor of any drainage work on the leased property. Councilwoman Fisher next stated she had received one estimate from Marlock electric to installs lights at the Town Park.  Duane Smeatin spoke up and stated that he hopes to receive more estimates in the next few days.

Town Clerk Heidi Levan spoke next regarding new legislation signed by Governor Kathy Hochul.  The new legislation pertains to Open Meeting law.  Ms. Levan will look into this further and get back to the board.  Ms. Levan also stated that the copier in the Town Clerk’s office was starting to fail.  Ms. Levan will provide more information to the Town Board at the December 13th meeting.

Councilwoman Smith spoke next regarding a few different topics.

  1. Political inappropriate signs.  Councilwoman Smith has received complaints regarding signs on both North & South Main Street and on the corner of Rt. 21 and Walworth/Marion Road.  Code Enforcement Officer, Duane Smeatin stated that signs/flags are located on private property and are covered under the US constitution freedom of speech.
  2. Organizational meetings – Councilwoman Smith wants to make sure policies are re-adopted each year at the organizational meeting.
  3. Policies – Does the Town of Marion have the following policies –  Whistle Blower, Conflict of Interest and Expense Reimbursement Policy.

Supervisor Bender spoke next regarding Marijuana legislation and taxation act.  New York State has stated that a town can adopt a local law opting out of allowing retail dispensaries and/or on-site consumption sites.  If a town opts out of allowing marijuana, they are not eligible of receiving sales tax.  If the Town of Marion would like to opt out, a public hearing and local law must be passed by December 31, 2021.  At this time, the Town Board has not scheduled a public hearing.

Resolutions

  1. Award of Contract to Install Security Cameras at the Town Park  
  2. Award of Contract to Finish Upgrades at the Town Hall
  3. Authorize Town Clerk to advertise for Meetings in January 2022

Resolution #11102021 Award of Contract to Install Security Cameras at the Town Park

On a motion by Councilwoman Fisher and seconded by Councilwoman Smith

ADOPTED:  Ayes:  4 Smith, Bender, Fisher, Bliek

Nays:  0

The following resolution was adopted

WHEREAS, an RFP was sent out to obtain bids for security cameras at the Town Park; and

WHEREAS, the Town received 3 bids to install security cameras at the Town Park; and

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Marion Town Board awards the contract to Superior Solutions to be expended from ARPA funds not to exceed $8000.00; and

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

 

Resolution #11122021 Award of Contract to Finish Upgrades at the Town Hall

On a motion by Councilwoman Fisher and seconded by Councilman Bliek

ADOPTED:  Ayes:  4 Smith, Bender, Fisher, Bliek

Nays:  0

The following resolution was adopted

WHEREAS, the Town of Marion held a public hearing for the appropriation of Town Hall reserve funds to make improvements/repairs to the Marion Town Hall; and

WHEREAS, the Town of Marion sent out an RFP to obtain bids to make improvements/repairs at the Town Hall; and

WHEREAS, the Town of Marion received 1 bid; and

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Marion Town Board awards the contract to L&J Smith Home Improvements, to complete all of the projects according to the RFP except for any electrical additions and drywall finishing not to exceed $13,200.00 to be transferred from Town Hall Reserve to account building repairs 16204.01.000.042; and.

ALSO BE IT RESOLVED, should any unforeseen issues after demolition be discovered they will be fixed at a cost of $80 per hour; and

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

Resolution #11132021 Authorize Town Clerk to advertise for Meetings in January 2022

On a motion by Councilwoman Smith and seconded by Councilwoman Fisher

ADOPTED:  Ayes:  4 Smith, Bender, Fisher, Bliek

Nays:  0

The following resolution was adopted

BE IT RESOLVED, the Marion Town Board authorizes the Town Clerk to advertise for the Organizational meeting to be held January 3, 2022 and also a meeting on January 10, 2022 meeting.  There will not be a meeting on January the fourth Monday of January 24th, 2022; and

BE IT 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 #11142021 Authorize Town Clerk to advertise for December 27, 2021 meeting

On a motion by Councilman Bliek and seconded by Councilwoman Smith

ADOPTED:  Ayes:  4 Smith, Bender, Fisher, Bliek

Nays:  0

The following resolution was adopted

BE IT RESOLVED, the Marion Town Board authorizes the Town Clerk to advertise for the last meeting of the year to Monday, December 27, 2021 at 3pm; and

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

 With no further business, on a motion by Councilwoman Smith and seconded by Councilwoman Fisher, Supervisor Bender closed the meeting at 7:40pm.

Next meetings are scheduled for:

Meeting:                              Monday, December 13, 2021 @ 6:30pm

Meeting/workshop:           Monday, December 27, 2021 @ 3pm

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Heidi M. Levan, Clerk of the Board

 

Marion Town Board