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Town Board meeting minutes 8-23-2021

TOWN BOARD Meeting Notes

Marion Municipal Room

Monday, August 23, 2021

A Town Board meeting of the Town of Marion, Wayne County, NY was held on Monday, August 23, 2021 at the Marion Municipal Room.

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

ABSENT:

IN PERSON ATTENDANCE: IN PERSON ATTENDANCE:  Gene Bavis,
Wayne County Bicentennial Committee; Theresa Keyser; Duane Smeatin, Code Enforcement Officer.

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

Supervisor Bender introduced Gene Bavis, Co-Chair of the Wayne County Bicentennial Committee.  Mr. Bavis gave a 30-minute presentation on the 2023 Wayne County Bicentennial celebrations.  More information can be found the Bicentennial website at: www.waynecounty200.com

Supervisor Bender next asked for the two residents who had signed up speak during citizen comments.

  1. John Lonneville signed up to speak but was not in attendance.
  2. Theresa Keyser spoke next about the Marion NY Community Betterment Organization. The organization is planning a painted pumpkin walk on Saturday, October 23, 2021.  Pumpkins will be lined up on the sidewalk on both North and South Main Streets.  Small gifts will be handed out to children (non-edible gifts in case someone has a food allergy).  The Organization is also hosting a Micro Business Saturday which will be held on Saturday, November 27, 2021 (Saturday after Thanksgiving). This event is being sponsored by Wayne County Tourism and the Western Wayne Chamber of Commerce.  More events are being planned for the winter months.

Councilwoman Fisher spoke next regarding improvement to the Marion Town Park.  Councilwoman Fisher and Code Enforcement Officer, Duane Smeatin reviewed potential projects at the Town Park.  One project is to make a unisex handicap accessible restroom by remodeling the current men’s restroom.  This new restroom would be accessible through a new door that would face the playground.  Councilwoman Fisher provided the Town Board with a list of repairs and improvements that she would recommend for the Town Park.

Councilwoman Fisher spoke next regarding a girls fall softball league that will take place at the Marion Town Park for 6 weeks in the fall of 2021.  Registration fee paid by participants will cover all fees.

Councilman Lonneville spoke next regarding the clerk position.  Councilman Lonneville provided a job description for the position of Zoning Board Secretary.  Councilman Lonneville asked the Clerk of the Board to make copies and place a copy in each board members folders.

Councilman Lonneville next spoke about Seneca Foods.  Councilman Lonneville spoke about the history of Seneca Foods in Marion and asked Supervisor Bender to write a letter of appreciation to Seneca Foods for keeping their headquarters in Marion.

Councilman Lonneville stated that he has been approached by many residents asking why so many tractor trailers are traveling in and out of the center of town.  Councilman Lonneville contacted Brad Persons who owns SpaceMaker.  SpaceMaker utilizes the old Seneca Foods storage units.  Constellation Brands and Mott’s both store product in these buildings.  All buildings are being fully used.

Supervisor Bender spoke next regarding the 2022 budget.  Supervisor Bender has spoken to most Town of Marion Department Heads and hopes to have the preliminary budget ready for the Town Board by the meeting on September 13, 2021.

Town Business Discussion:

  1. Gene Bavis – Wayne County Bicentennial
  2. Town Park – Renovations – J. Fisher
  3. Fall Girls Softball – J. Fisher
  4. Planning Board applications
  5. Budget meeting – J. Bender
  6. Clerk Position – R. Lonneville
  7. Seneca Foods – R. Lonneville

Resolutions

  1. Resolution to donate $300 to the Marion NY Community Betterment Organization
  2. Authorize Public Hearing for Tax Cap Levy
  3. Authorize Road Closure
  4. Authorize RFP for Town Park renovations

Resolution #8142021 Authorize a donation of $300 to the Marion NY Community Betterment Organization

On a motion by Councilwoman Smith and seconded by Councilwoman Fisher

ADOPTED:       Ayes:  4

Long Roll:

Councilwoman Fisher – Aye

Counilman Bliek –  Aye

Councilman Lonneville  – Nay

Councilwoman Smith – Aye

Supevisor Bender – Aye

Nays: 1

The following resolution was adopted

WHEREAS, the Marion Town Board authorizes the donation of three hundred dollars to the Marion NY Community Betterment Organization for 2021; and

BE IT FURTURE resolved that this donation be taken from the Contingency fund.

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

Resolution #8152021 Authorize Public Hearing for a Local Law Entitled “Real Property Tax Levy Limit”

On a motion by Councilwoman Smith and seconded by Councilman Lonneville

ADOPTED:  Ayes:  5 Smith, Lonneville, Bender, Fisher, Bliek

Nays:  0

The following resolution was adopted

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Marion Town Board authorizes the Clerk of the Board to advertise in the legal newspaper for the Town of Marion as follows:

The Marion Town Board will hold a Public Hearing on September 13, 2021, @ 6:30 PM, at the Marion Municipal Room, for a proposed Local Law #1 – 2021 regarding the “Real Property Tax Levy Limit” as follows:

Local Law #1 – 2021 “Real Property Tax Levy Limit”

Section 1.  Legislative Intent

It is the intent of this Local Law to override the limit on the amount of real property taxes that may be levied by the Town of Marion pursuant to General Municipal Law §3-c, and to allow the Town of Marion to adopt a budget for the fiscal year 2022 that requires a real property tax levy in excess of the “tax levy limit” as defined by General Municipal Law §3-c.

Section 2. Authority

This Local Law is adopted pursuant to subdivision 5 of General Municipal Law §3-c, which expressly authorizes the town board to override the tax levy limit by the adoption of a local law approved by the vote of sixty percent (60%) of the town board.

Section 3. Tax Levy Limit Override

The Town Board of the Town of Marion, County of Wayne, is hereby authorized to adopt a budget for the fiscal year 2022 that requires a real property levy in excess of the amount otherwise proscribed in General Municipal Law, §3-c.

Section 4. Severability

If any clause, sentence, paragraph, subdivision, or part of this Local Law or the application thereof to any person firm or corporation, or circumstance, shall be adjusted by any court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid or unconstitutional, such order or judgment shall not affect, impair or invalidate the remainder thereof, but shall be confined in its operation to the clause, sentence, paragraph, subdivision, or part of this Local Law or in its application to the person,  individual, firm or corporation or circumstance, directly involved in the controversy in which such judgment or order shall be rendered.

Section 5. Effective Date. This Local Law

Resolution #8162021 Authorize Closing of Streets within the Hamlet for the 2021 Micro Business Saturday

On a motion by Councilwoman Smith and seconded by Councilwoman Fisher

ADOPTED:       Ayes:  4

Long Roll:

Councilwoman Fisher – Aye

Counilman Bliek –  Aye

Councilman Lonneville  – Nay

Councilwoman Smith – Aye

Supevisor Bender – Aye

Nays: 1

The following resolution was adopted

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Marion Town Board hereby requests the following streets to be fully closed to all traffic on Saturday November 27, 2021 from 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

North Main Street from the South side of the Elementary School driveway

To the South side of the Marion Municipal Parking lot.

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Marion Town Board hereby request the following streets to be closed but open to local and festival traffic only on Saturday November 27, 2021 from 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

North Main Street from the South side of the Elementary School driveway

To the South side of the Marion Municipal Parking lot.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Marion Town Board directs the Clerk of the Board to send a copy of this resolution to E911, Marion Fire Department, Western Wayne Ambulance, Marion Fire District, Seneca Foods, Marion Post Office, Wayne County Highway Department, Wayne County Sheriff, NYS Police Substation, Williamson, Marion NY Community Betterment Organization, Chief Operator WWTP and Marion Highway Department.

Resolution #8172021 Authorize Duane Smeatin to Send out an RFP to modify restrooms at the Marion Town Park

On a motion by Councilwoman Fisher and seconded by Councilwoman Smith

ADOPTED:  Ayes:  5 Smith, Lonneville, Bender, Fisher, Bliek

Nays:  0

The following resolution was adopted

WHEREAS, the restroom at the Town Park is in need of modification, and;

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Marion Town Board authorizes Duane Smeatin to send out an RFP to modify restrooms at the Marion Town Park;

BE IT FURTHER 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 8:22pm.

Next meetings are scheduled for:

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

Meeting/Workshop:       Monday, September 27, 2021 @ 6:30pm

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Heidi M. Levan, Clerk of the Board

 

Marion Town Board