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Town Board Meeting Minutes 10.18.21

TOWN BOARD Meeting Notes

Marion Municipal Building

Monday October 18, 2021

A Town Board meeting of the Town of Marion, Wayne County, NY was held on Monday October 18, 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

Ronald Lonneville, Councilman

Deborah Smith, Councilwoman

Jolene Bender, Supervisor

Absent:                        None

IN PERSON ATTENDANCE:  Duane Smeatin, Code Enforcement Officer; Jeff Cragg, Chief Wastewater Plant Operator; Kathy Cauwels, Principal Account Clerk; Tim Boerman, Highway Superintendent; Julie Herman; Keith Mrzywka; John Lonneville; Jennifer Williams; Jarred Savory.

Supervisor Bender asked everyone to stand and give the Pledge of Allegiance.  Supervisor Bender called for a roll call by the Clerk of the Board.

Supervisor Bender stated the following: “This is a Town Board workshop. We do not allow citizen comments at this meeting.  The next meeting Monday, October 25th is the public hearing for the budget.  You are welcome to comment then, and you don’t need to sign up ahead of time”.

Supervisor Bender started with page 7 of the budget.  The budget was also presented on the 55” monitor for attendees to be able to follow along.

Councilman Lonneville asked if a job description is available for the park maintenance and park cleaner positions.  Mr. Boerman provided a list of jobs that the highway department performs for park maintenance.  Councilwoman Fisher stated that she does have a job description for the new park cleaner position.  The position will be for cleaning the bathroom that will be open to the public.

Councilman Lonneville next stated he feels that lighting the path around the town park is a priority as well as dug outs for the softball fields.  Principal Account Clerk, Kathy Cauwels stated that federal funds could be used for both.  Julie Herman from the Marion Cemetery Association will look into the lease of the town park to see if this is even an option.

Councilman Lonneville next discussed the siding on Jennie’s House.  The siding has been purchased and quotes are coming in to install the siding.  Councilman Lonneville would like the siding installed before winter so the building can be weather tight.  Supervisor Bender stated it was her understanding that the highway department staff, and Duane Smeatin were going to install the siding before winter.  This discussion went back and forth and ended with putting $10,000 in the budget for Jennie’s House.

Councilman Lonneville gave praise to both Duane Smeatin, Jeff Cragg and Kathy Cauwels for their continued hard work on different projects.

Councilwoman Smith spoke about putting money in the budget to have an e-waste collection for 2022.  Councilwoman Smith also stated that many residents are looking for a household clean up event as well.  Councilman Bliek stated that a household cleanup is a very expensive project.

Councilman Lonneville stated that the Marion Event Organization is now a self-sustaining organization and no longer needs funds from the Town of Marion.  Councilman Lonneville provided the Town Board with a list of events for 2022 that the Marion Events Organization will be sponsoring.  Councilman Lonneville questioned account # 75504.014.0.244 “Grass Roots organization”.  Kathy Cauwels stated the name was wrong, but it was put in the budget for the new Marion, NY Betterment Organization.  Councilman Lonneville asked what programs this new group has scheduled for 2022.

The budget was discussed, and many changes made.  Principal Account Clerk, Kathy Cauwels will update the budget and send it out to all Town Board members in the next few days.

With no further business, on a motion by Councilwoman Smith and seconded by Councilman Bliek, Supervisor Bender closed the meeting at 8:26pm.

Next meetings are scheduled for:

Meeting/Workshop:             Monday, October 25, 2021 @ 6:30pm

Meeting:                                Monday, November 8, 2021 @ 6:30pm


Heidi M. Levan, Clerk of the Board




Marion Town Board