TOWN OF NORTH HARMONY
SPECIAL TOWN BOARD MEETING
TUESDAY, 9/2/2014, 7:00 PM
SALLY P. CARLSON, SUPERVISOR PRESENT
RALPH WHITNEY, COUNCILMAN PRESENT (arrival 7:15)
FRANK STOW, COUNCILMAN ABSENT (ILLNESS)
DICK SENA, COUNCILMAN PRESENT
DUNCAN MCNEILL, COUNCILMAN PRESENT
OTHERS PRESENT: Craig Butler, CLA; David Stapleton, Attorney; Nancy Thomas, Town Clerk Mrs. Carlson opened the meeting and introduced Craig Butler, President of the Chautauqua Lake Association (CLA).
Mr. Butler said with the creation of the Chautauqua Lake & Watershed Management Alliance (CLWMA) as an entity that can seek grant funding from local foundations, the CLA does not want to compete with that organization for that funding. He said it is the position of the CLA that they will continue to gather funds that are non-local; grants from non-local governments, etc. to inject into our watershed. He said at the meeting at the Casino Mrs. Carlson had asked a question about the dues that townships will be paying to the CLWMA so that they could be budgeted for and there had been no answer for that question.
He said during the transition period of towns, villages, county, state and foundation funding preparing to go to the CLWMA, the CLA will continue to stay in business so that there is no interruption in stewardship of the lake and watershed.
Mrs. Carlson said she understands that the dues will be $1,000.00.
Mr. Butler thanked the board for their past support of the CLA and expressed the hope that those funds would still be available during the transition period.
Mr. Sena asked if the Alliance will funnel some of their funds to the CLA.
Mr. Butler said he feels the next 2-3 years will be key in determining how this transition will affect the CLA. He said the CLA budget this year was $635,000.00.
Mr. Sena asked if there was a surplus of funds in the CLA this year due to the lack of weeds.
Mr. Butler said no because they have to budget, hire, repair equipment, for the summer without knowing what will happen. He said this year the extremely cold winter appears to have lowered the tonnage of weeds collected as compared to the previous 3 years. He said you cannot close up shop just because of this. There was further general discussion of operations this year.
Mr. Butler said the full report of operations of the CLA can be found on their website for those interested at chautauqualakeassociation.org .
• MOTION # 103 OF 2014
AT 7:08 PM, MR. MCNEILL MOTIONED THAT THE BOARD ENTER INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION TO DISCUSS PERSONNEL MATTERS. MR. SENA SECONDED. AYE (3): SENA, MCNEILL, CARLSON. NO (0). THE MOTION WAS CARRIED.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:30 PM.
Nancy M. Thomas