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Town Board meeting minutes 7-26-2021

TOWN BOARD Meeting Notes

Marion Town Park

Monday, July 26, 2021

A Town Board meeting of the Town of Marion, Wayne County, NY was held on Monday, July 26, 2021 at the Marion Town Park.

Supervisor Bender called the meeting to order at 6:30pm with a roll call done by the Clerk of the Board.

PRESENT:         Joan Fisher, Councilwoman

LaVerne Bliek, Councilman

Ronald Lonneville, Councilman

Deborah Smith, Councilwoman

Jolene Bender, Supervisor


IN PERSON ATTENDANCE: IN PERSON ATTENDANCE:  Theresa Keyser; Fred Walker; Dan Brooks; David Vinke; Mike Fonte; John Lonneville; Sean Meyer; Aaron Meyer; Angela Patterson and 6 others.

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

 Town Business Discussion:

  1. Tour Town Park and Discuss
  2. Marion New York Community Betterment Organization – Theresa Keyser
  3. Events Procedure – Forms
  4. Recognition
  5. Federal Recovery Funds
  6. Consolidating ZBA and Planning Boards
  7. Meeting Minutes – Inclusion of Attendees

Supervisor Bender mentioned the tour of Town Park and discussion would take place at the end of the meeting.

Supervisor Bender next asked Theresa Keyser from the Marion New York Community Betterment Organization to present her information to the Town Board.

Ms. Keyser stated by giving a brief overview of the Marion New York Community Betterment Organization.  This organization is “good neighbors doing good for their neighbors. It exists to make deeper/more meaningful connections between community member/neighbors easier.”  Ms. Keyser went on to explain more about the organization, she stated that this is a 100% volunteer organization, and no one will be receiving financial support for their work.  Councilman Lonneville asked how many volunteers Ms. Keyser has working for the new organization.  Ms. Keyser stated there are 5 officers and 1 community member.  Councilwoman Smith asked if they had by-laws written and the answer was yes.  Ms. Keyser asked if the Marion Town Board would consider making a donation to this organization for 2021 & 2022.  Supervisor Bender stated money had not been set aside for 2021. Ms. Keyser stated this organization will be hosting an event on Small Business Saturday, November 27th at Diamond & a Dream, which is the old masonic temple in Marion.  Ms. Keyser asked if the Town of Marion would consider closing North Main Street from Union Street to Maple Ave. on November 27th.  Councilman Lonneville stated he felt the street should remain open.  Ms. Keyser explained why she felt it should be closed.  Supervisor Bender stated she will be talking to Ms. Keyser when the Town Board starts their 2022 budget process.

Councilman Lonneville spoke next regarding ‘Event Procedure’ forms.  He asked if forms were available if someone wanted to use something other than the Town Park.  Town Clerk, Heidi Levan stated that the Town Board had approved a new ‘Facility’ form and it is available at the Town Clerk’s office.

Councilman Lonneville next wanted to recognize the Marion Events Committee for their Music in the park that is taking place at the Marion Fire Department.  The event has been bringing in lots of people including former Town Supervisor Monica Deyo and former Principal Account Clerk Cindy Ikewood.  The Marion Fire Department Auxiliary has been selling “Hydrant Cups” which are garbage plates in a cup as a fundraiser.  It’s the biggest fundraiser they have ever done.

Councilman Lonneville next wanted to recognize the Marion Farmer’s Market and Pioneer Gas Engine Show.  Both events have been bringing in large amount of people.  The Pioneer Gas Engine Show brought in over 500 people each day they were open.

Supervisor Bender spoke next regarding the Federal Recovery Funds.  The Town of Marion is expected to receive $466,000.  $230,000 has been received and the next $236,000 will be received in late spring 2022.  Supervisor Bender stated that these funds can only be used for infrastructure.  Councilman Lonneville asked if Broadband was a project these funds could be used for.  Supervisor Bender stated yes and that Wayne County is currently working on this project.  As more information becomes available, Supervisor Bender will share with the Town Board.

Supervisor Bender spoke next regarding the proposed consolidation of the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Planning Board.  Supervisor Bender asked Planning Board chairman, Fred Walker if he wanted to speak.  Mr. Walker stated that he was very disappointed with Councilman Lonneville for not sharing this idea with the Planning Board.  The Planning Board was made aware of these discussions after the last Town Board meeting.  Mr. Walker stated he feels that dissolving the Marion Planning Board would be “cutting off one of the Town Board arms”.  Mr. Walker stated the Town Planning Board has 4 members and has been operating just fine without a 5th member.  Mr. Walker has been speaking with Bret DeRoo from the Wayne County Planning Board.  Mr. Walker feels the Town Board should speak with Mr. DeRoo as well.  Planning Board member David Vinke asked Councilman Lonneville why he had not spoken to the Planning Board given the fact that Councilman Lonneville is the Liaison to the Planning and Zoning Boards.  Zoning Board member John Lonneville spoke up and stated this topic of dissolving the Planning Board came up in a ‘Town Topics’ magazine (published by Association of Towns).   Councilman Lonneville stated other towns in the area have dissolved their Planning Board and have been working along just fine.   Planning Board member Dan Brooks spoke next and asked Councilman Lonneville directly “Where has the planning board failed in their duties?”  Councilman Lonneville stated the Planning Board has not failed.  Mr. Brooks then asked “why would you try and fix something that isn’t broken?”.  Planning Board member Mike Fonte spoke next and stated by thanking Councilman Lonneville for his desire to improve the Town of Marion.  Mr. Fonte next asked “Why was the planning board not informed before being presented to the Town Board?”  Mr. Fonte asked if the Planning Board does get dissolved, who would be the leader of the Zoning Board?  Councilman Lonneville stated that the Zoning Board would not change in any way.  Mr. Vinke spoke next and asked how many towns in New York State have dissolved their Planning Board.  Councilman Lonneville stated the Village of Holley, Town of Cato and a few others have done so and are working just fine.  Supervisor Bender stated she would ask Bret DeRoo from Wayne County to come and speak to the Town Board at a joint Planning & Zoning Board meeting.

Supervisor Bender next welcomed two Boy Scouts who were attending the meeting and asked them to introduce themselves.  They were Aaron Meyer and Sean Meyer.  Supervisor Bender and the Town Board wanted to say Thank you to the Marion Boy Scouts who have been working hard at making improvements at the Town Park.  This thank you was also extended to Tim Holahan who is the Boy Scout leader.

Supervisor Bender thanked Councilwoman Fisher for all of her hard work cleaning the main pavilion at the Town Park as well as painting the restrooms.

Councilwoman Fisher thanked whoever has been going to the Town Park and weeding the flower beds, they look amazing.

The Town Board next toured the Town Park and made a list of improvements they feel should be done.  The list of improvements are as follows:

Finish painting the restrooms

Paint or replace wood in the hallway by the restrooms

Remove overhead doors by restrooms and replace with doors that can be locked and unlocked from the outside

Installing windows

Paint floor and ceiling (not wooden beams)

Install new heating and central air conditioning

Councilwoman Smith stated she felt the Town should hire an individual to keep the Town Park maintained.  Councilwoman Fisher asked, who would oversee this maintenance person?

With no further business, on a motion by Councilwoman Smith and seconded by Councilwoman Fisher, Supervisor Bender closed the meeting at 8:22pm.

Next meetings are scheduled for:

Meeting/Workshop:                Monday, August 9, 2021 @ 6:30pm at the Marion Town Park

Meeting:                                     Monday, August 23, 2021 @ 6:30pm


Heidi M. Levan, Clerk of the Board


Marion Town Board