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Town Board Meeting minute 9-28-2020

TOWN BOARD Meeting Notes

Marion Town Park

Monday, September 28, 2020

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

Monday, September 28, 2020 at the Marion Town Park.

Supervisor Bender called the meeting to order at 6:30pm.  This meeting was conducted using social distancing at the Marion Town Park due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

PRESENT:         Deborah Smith, Councilwoman

Joan Fisher, Councilwoman

LaVerne Bliek, Councilman

Ronald Lonneville, Councilman

Jolene Bender, Supervisor


OTHERS IN ATTENDANCE: Kathy Cauwels, Marion Principal Account Clerk; Paul Bender, Town Justice.

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

Town Business: 

Councilwoman Smith stated that the quote for repairing the door at the Marion Library was expensive.  Councilwoman Smith has asked Library Director, Tracy Whitney to get more quotes before the Town Board would decide who would be repairing the door.

Councilwoman Smith next stated that she had received an invoice from E-Waste for the electronic recycling event that Town of Marion held on September 19, 2020.  The invoice is for $1457.75.  The Town collected $1200.00 at the event from residents.  This leaves a difference of $257.75 that will need to be paid out of the 2020 budget.   Councilwoman Smith suggested again that this project be done every other year.    Councilwoman Smith next asked if the Town should consider holding a ‘household’ collection in 2021.  No decision was made for this suggestion.

Supervisor Bender presented the 2021 Tentative Budget to the Marion Town Clerk.  The Town Clerk in turn presented it to the Town Board.  The Town Board then discussed the 2021 budget.

Councilwoman Fisher would like funds added to the 2021 budget for a Town wide newsletter.  This letter would be mailed to all residents in the Spring of 2021.

Supervisor Bender received a complaint from a resident on Mill Street.  The complaint is that the grass planted by the Wayne County Highway Department is not growing properly.  Supervisor Bender will contact the Wayne County Highway Department for them to review this matter.

Councilwoman Smith asked how the completion of the CDBG Grant is coming along.  Councilman Lonneville stated that Duane has been busy, and no work had been done the previous week.  Councilman Lonneville went onto explain there are still 4 projects that need to be completed.  They are:  1.  Install actuators on the Town Hall & Court room doors for handicap accessibility. 2.  Remove and install new wall in Town Hall 3.  Install handrails on new ramp at the Town Museum (Jennie’s House) 4.  Install unisex bathroom at Town Museum.

Work should be completed on the Handrails the week of October 12th.  Actuators should be installed in the next week.  The unisex bathroom will be completed based on availability of in-kind service provided by Code Enforcement Officer, Duane Smeatin.

Town Clerk, Heidi Levan spoke next.  The question was asked where will the October meetings be held?  The Town Board decided to go back to the Marion Municipal Room as well as have the meeting available to residents via Zoom conferencing.  The Town Board has decided to purchase a subscription to Zoom for the remainder of 2020.

Citizens Comments:


Resolution #9132020 Authorize Public Hearing 2021 Budget

On a motion by Councilman Bliek and seconded by Councilwoman Smith

ADOPTED:       Long Roll:

Councilman Bliek – Aye

Councilman Lonneville – Aye

Councilwoman Fisher – Aye

Councilwoman Smith – Aye

Supervisor Bender – Aye

Ayes:  5

Abstained:  0

Nayes:  0

The following resolution was adopted

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Marion Town Board directs the Clerk of the Board to advertise the following in the legal newspaper for the Town of Marion.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Tentative budget for the Town of Marion, New York for the fiscal year beginning January 1, 2021 has been completed and filed in the Town Clerk’s Office of the Town of Marion, where it is available for inspection by any interested persons at all reasonable hours; and

FURTHER NOTICE IS GIVEN that the Town Board of the Town of Marion will meet and review said budget and hold a public hearing on October 26, 2020 @6:30pm at the Marion Municipal Room, 3825 N. Main Street, Marion, New York, and via Zoom video conference service, at which time and place any persons may be heard in favor or against any items;

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

Highway Superintendent:                   $62,108.00

Town Clerk                                          $40,974.00

Registrar of Vital Statistics      $     600.00

Town Justice – (2) each                      $15,004.00

Supervisor                                           $27,231.00

Budget Officer                        $     671.00

Councilman- (4) each                          $ 4,927.50

Deputy Supervisor                              $ 1,035.00

AND BE IT RESOLVED, that the Marion Town Board directs the Clerk of the Board to give a copy of this resolution to all Department Heads.

With no further business, on a motion by Councilwoman Smith and seconded by Councilwoman Fisher, Supervisor Bender closed the meeting at 7:10pm.

Next meetings are scheduled for:

Meeting:                         Tuesday, October 13, 2020 @ 4:30pm

Meeting/Workshop:             Monday, October 26, 2020 @ 6:30pm


Heidi M. Levan, Town Clerk/Clerk of the Board