TOWN OF NORTH HARMONY
TOWN BOARD MEETING
MONDAY 6/8/2015 7:00 PM
SALLY P. CARLSON, SUPERVISOR PRESENT
RALPH WHITNEY, COUNCILMAN PRESENT
FRANK STOW, COUNCILMAN PRESENT
DICK SENA, COUNCILMAN PRESENT
DUNCAN MCNEILL, COUNCILMAN PRESENT
OTHERS PRESENT: Pierre Chagnon, Legislator; Dave Stapleton, Attorney; Dan Strickland, Highway Superintendent; Howard Peacock, Justice; Robin Miller, Bookkeeper; Brad Lawson, Zoning CEO; Louis Rieg; Lynn Smith; Blair Smoulder; Kristy Vaillancourt, Deputy Town Clerk
• MINUTES: 5/11/15 & 5/19/15
• MOTION #72 OF 2015
MR. STOW MOTIONED TO ACCEPT THE MINUTES OF THE 5/11/15 &5/19/15 TOWN BOARD MEETING AS PRESENTED BY THE TOWN CLERK. MR. SENA SECONDED. YES (5): WHITNEY,STOW, SENA, MCNEILL, CARLSON. NO (0). THE MOTION WAS CARRIED.
• PUBLIC COMMENT:
Lynn Smith thanked the highway department for fixing the drainage problem on her property and complimented them on a nice job.
1. WORKER’S COMPENSATION will increase $4, 594.81, to $71,038.31
2. TIME WARNER CABLE is going with Charter Communications. The board agreed no need to review
3. REAL PROPERTY- equalization rate 100%
4. AG & MARKET have competed inspection and everything is satisfactory.
5. BRET EMICK has suggested a camera down by the ferry so people can check on weather conditions.
6. MONTE KENNEDY sent a letter to the Highway Department for outstanding work on Bly Hill.
7. TEITS WORTH- sale of equipment, $75,000
8. NYMIR- received a check for $225.00 for a refund of deductable
9. CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY FINANCE- Mortgage tax, $17, 199.24. Decreased $796.22 from last year.
• OLD BUSINESS:
Nancy Thomas sent over $5,000 to the Community Foundation between dinner and donations.
MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCE
Mrs. Carlson would like to thank everyone who helped and thought the day turned out to be wonderful.
Mrs. Carlson asked Mr. Sena to check in on the park to make sure all is ok. Mr. Sena agreed to do this.
Will meet and discuss at the Planning Board meeting for a better definition on 6/9/2015.
STREAM BANK BEHIND WATER GARDEN
Dave Wilson has applied for a grant for stabilization of the bank.
RAISE FOR RYAN HINSDALE
• MOTION # 73 OF 2015
MR. STOW MOTIONED AT TO ACCEPT $1.00 PER HR. RAISE FOR RYAN HINSDALE. MR. SENA SECONDED. YES (5): WHITNEY, STOW, SENA, MCNEILL, CARLSON. NO (0). THE MOTION WAS CARRIED.
Mr. Strickland said that Ryan is doing a great job.
DAYYLILY DONATED BY BLAIR SMOULDER FOR VETS’ PARK
Mr. Smoulder would like to donate a daylily to the Veterans Memorial Park project. Mr. Smoulder hybridizes these lilies and has a specific lily that would look nice in front of the memorial project. Each lily will be formally registered with the American Daylily Society and a name will be provided for it. Mr. Smoulder would like to sell seedlings for $100.00 a piece and have checks made out to the Town of North Harmony for the Veterans Memorial Park. People that purchase these lilies will get the opportunity to name them and they will be registered. Mr. Smoulder said that as years go by the flower will multiply and can be split with friends or family if desired. Mr. Smoulder will sell as many as capable until he runs out. Mr. Smoulder said that these are hardy perennials that need reasonable care. Mr. Smoulder takes a great deal of pride in his daylilies and will only sell quality plants.
Mr. Sena suggested advertising in the Post Journal and the Town of North Harmony website. Mrs. Carlson suggested making notice in the town minutes and the town news letter. Mr. Stow suggested posting a notice at the Chautauqua Institution bookstore for the summer. If you would like to contact Mr. Smoulder, he can be reached at 763-6414.
Mrs. Carlson reported receiving two phone calls with complaints of ATV noise. Mr. Sena added that neighbors complained that Dr. Fritz had his helicopter out all weekend and all hours of the day. Mr. Lawson said he would talk to Dr. Fritz and look into any further noise issues.
RANDY HOLCOMB, ASSESSOR
North Harmony Grievance Results 5/27/2015, Total Reductions-$45,700
PIERRE CHAGNON, Legislator
After a public hearing regarding improvement of the treatment plant of the North Chautauqua Lake Sewer District to enhance the removal of phosphorous from the effluent of the District by multi-point chemical addition and filtration using continuous backwash sand filters, the Legislature was authorized to apply to the Comptroller of the State of New York for consent for the District to expend up to $2.8 million. Prior to process changes implemented in February 2014, the treatment plant was averaging 35% removal of phosphorus. The current DEC permit requires the treatment plant to have 75% removal of phosphorus, which they are achieving. They are mandated by June 2018 to have 95% removal, which is why the plant upgrades are required.
Established the Chautauqua County Sewer Agency consisting of seven (7) members to serve without compensation, including two County Legislators appointed by the Chairman of the County Legislature; the Supervisors of the Towns of Chautauqua, Ellery, and North Harmony, and their successors in office; and two members appointed by the County Executive.
Distributed Mortgage taxes for the period October 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015 in the amount of $17,199.24 for North Harmony.
Requested the State increase the County’s portion of the Sales Tax by .5%, increasing the total Sales tax to 8%, while committing to adopt County budgets for 2016 and 2017 with a real property tax levy which is a minimum of 3% less than the 2015 real property tax levy and striving for a 5% reduction.
DAN STRICKLAND, HIGHWAY SUPERINTENDENT
Mr. Strickland said that the highway department has been working on a lot of rusted pipes. He said that the project at Cheney’s Pt. and Quigley Pk .is getting close to finishing. Mr. Strickland said there is a lot of drainage left to, and added that he will be using Soil and Waters hydro seed.
Mr. Strickland said the truck from Milwaukee ran good without any problems. He said the salt shed will get done after all the roads are finished.
HOWARD PEACOCK, JUSTICE (Copy of Report in Minute Book)
Mr. Peacock read the report for those present.
Mr. Peacock mentioned that calendar call finished by 6:36 p.m. this month.
Mr. Peacock added that Roger Vaillancourt was pleased that a ramp was put in at the ferry dock so he could enjoy fishing.
BRAD LAWSON, ZONING C.E.O. (Copy of Report in Minute Book)
Mr. Lawson gave an overview of his report. He said a home on Open Meadows has started. The garage in Woodlawn is down. He spoke with the bank, and was told the yard would be maintained. Both violations have been returned with wrong address. Mr. Lawson will talk to neighbors for a forwarding address.
Mr. Lawson said the Z.B.A. approved the Amish discount grocery store with some conditions in Ashville. The meeting went well and he received plans for the interior. The discount store has plans to open soon.
JOHN STOW, D.C.O.
A report was submitted by the D.C.O. and Mrs. Carlson reviewed it for those present.
KRISTY VAILLANCOURT, DEPUTY TOWN CLERK (Copy of Report in Minute Book)
Ms. Vaillancourt said she had nothing further to add to her written report.
• MOTION # 74 OF 2015
MR. STOW MOTIONED TO ACCEPT THE TOWN CLERKS REPORT AS PRESENTED. MR. SENA SECONDED. YES (5); WHITNEY,STOW, SENA, MCNEILL, CARLSON; NO:(0),
SALLY P. CARLSON, SUPERVISOR (Copy of Report in Minute Book)
Mrs. Carlson said David Lloyd will meet with Jack Knowlton 6/9/15 to do fencing behind rain garden. She said that Jackie Francis would like to plant a tree along the bank, near the rain garden with a plaque in memory of a customer.
• MOTION # 75 OF 2015
MR. STOW MOTIONED TO ACCEPT THE SUPERVISORS REPORT AS PRESENTED. MR.
SENA SECONDED. YES (5); WHITNEY,STOW, SENA, MCNEILL, CARLSON; NO:(0),
• MOTION # 76 OF 2015
MR. WHITNEY MOTIONED TO APPROVE THE GENERAL FUND VOUCHERS IN THE
AMOUNT OF $35,983 AS REVIEWED AND AUDITED EARLIER. MR.MCNEILL
SECONDED. YES (5): WHITNEY,STOW, SENA, MCNEILL, CARLSON; NO:(0).CARRIED.
• MOTION #77 OF 2015
MR. WHITNEY MOTIONED TO APPROVE THE HIGHWAY FUND VOUCHERS IN THE
AMOUNT OF $50,721.35 AS REVIEWED AND AUDITED EARLIER. MR. MCNEILL
SECONDED. YES (5); WHITNEY,STOW, SENA, MCNEILL, CARLSON; NO(0). CARRIED.
• MOTION # 78 OF 2015
ON A MOTION MADE BY MR. SENA AND SECONDED BY MR. STOW, THE MEETING WAS ADJOURNED AT 7:40 PM.
Kristy D. Vaillancourt
Deputy Town Clerk