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Town Board Meeting Minutes 10.25.21

TOWN BOARD Meeting Notes

Marion Municipal Building

Monday October 25, 2021

A Town Board meeting of the Town of Marion, Wayne County, NY was held on Monday October 25, 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; Caryn Devlin; Margo Borgart; Sage Butler; Jesus Santacruz; Alex Kuelling; Liam Morgan; Tyler VanDerMeere; Paul Bender; Hanna O’Neill; Mike Cramer.

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

Supervisor Bender next asked the Clerk of the Board to read the legal notice for the public hearing.  Town Clerk, Heidi Levan read the following:




 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the tentative budget for the Town of Marion, New York, for the fiscal year beginning January 1, 2022, has been completed and filed in the Office of the Town Clerk of the Town of Marion, where it is available for inspection by any interested persons at all reasonable hours; and

FURTHER NOTICE is hereby given that the Town Board of the Town of Marion will meet, and review said budget and hold a Public Hearing on Monday, October 25, 2021 @ 6:30pm at the Marion Municipal Room, at which time and place any persons may be heard in favor or against any items therein contained; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to Town Law, the proposed salaries of the following officers are hereby specified as follows:

Highway Superintendent   $63,661.

Town Clerk    $41,998.

Registrar of Vital Statistics $615.

Town Justice 2 each @  $15,379.

Councilman 4 each @  $5,050.75

Supervisor   $27,920.

Budget Officer   $688.

Deputy Supervisor   $1,061.

By order of the Marion Town Board

Heidi M Levan, Town Clerk

Dated: October 15, 2021

Supervisor Bender next thanked the department heads for doing a good job on their budget.  Our current preliminary budget is at 1.9% increase which is under the 2% tax cap.  As of this meeting the tax rate is $5.18 per thousand for 2022.  The rate for 2021 was $5.07 per thousand.

Supervisor Bender next presented the preliminary budget line by line.

Councilman Lonneville spoke about the community calendar.  He would like to see all organization utilize this calendar for the betterment of the community.  Councilman Lonneville stated the pumpkin stroll and haunted events were both well attended, and it was nice to see both organizations working together.

Councilman Lonneville also spoke about the Planning & Zoning Boards.  Councilman Lonneville stated he feels the Planning Board should be working on updating the Comp. plan and the Zoning Board should be updating the zoning laws for 2022.

Caryn Devlin spoke next regarding the abandoned cemetery on the corner of Hall Center Rd and Goosen Rd.  The retaining wall needs repair. Ms. Devlin is currently looking into grants for this project.

John Lonneville asked if the library internet could run off the Town of Marion internet to help reduce cost to both the library and the town hall.

After reviewing the budget, the public hearing was opened for comments.

Jennifer Williams spoke first and stated that she is the chairperson for the Marion Conservative party, and she found it very difficult to find people to run for elected positions due to the poor salaries that the Town of Marion pays not only the elected staff but all positions.  Ms. Williams next stated she works with ‘Mom’s for Liberty’ and she was looking for a place to host a meeting.  Ms. Williams had wanted to rent the Town Park indoor pavilion however the Town of Marion doesn’t rent this pavilion after Columbus Day.  Ms. Williams would like the Town of Marion to be forward thinking and build infrastructure within the Town Park.  The Park is used by many different people and is vital to our town.

Sage Butler spoke next and asked why the ‘Mom’s of Liberty’ couldn’t use the old Masonic Lodge now called Diamonds and a Dream.  Ms. Williams stated it was a private organization and she was looking for a public area.

Supervisor Bender spoke next in regard to the town museum, Jennie’s House.  In the 2022 budget, there is a line item of $10,000 for new siding at Jennie’s House.  Supervisor Bender stated she spoke to both Duane Smeatin and Tim Boerman about the Town Highway Department helping to install the siding.  Supervisor Bender next stated if this could be done with in-kind service, does this need to stay in the budget.

Margo Bogart asked if the Town of Marion had the siding or if this needs to be purchased.  Supervisor Bender stated the siding has been purchased and is being stored at the Town Highway Department currently.

Mike Cramer asked if the $10,000 stays in the budget and we stay under the tax cap, is it necessary to remove it?  If the $10,000 isn’t used, it goes back to the general fund.

Councilwoman Smith asked Duane Smeatin what his timeline was for completing the soffits so the siding can begin. Mr. Smeatin stated he’s working on it whenever he has a free moment.

With no further discussions, the public hearing was closed at 8:24pm on a motion from Councilwoman Smith and seconded by Councilman Lonneville.

With no further business, on a motion by Councilwoman Smith and seconded by Councilwoman Fisher, Supervisor Bender closed the meeting at 8:25pm.

Next meetings are scheduled for:

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

Meeting/workshop:           Monday, November 22, 2021 @ 6:30pm


Heidi M. Levan, Clerk of the Board


Marion Town Board