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Town Board Wraps Up The Year

By Caitlin Croft

During the December 2017 meeting of the Town Board (TB), Brooke Szpaicher was ratified to the Joint Fire Commission. This was the last in the approval process as Szpaicher was ratified by the Village Board during their December meeting.

The meeting opened with a Public Hearing on Local Law #2 of 2017 – “Code of Ethics.” There was no one from the public to speak so the hearing was left open for most of the meeting.

Next, the TB made a motion to approve the minutes from the November 2017 meeting; there was a second and they were approved.

During the Privilege of the Floor, Mary O’Leary the Director of Cattaraugus County Community Services, spoke regarding mental health services. The department serves 1,800 people in clinics, which vary depending on needs. Her goal is to collaborate to get the best emotional and physical health needed for an individual. If you need more information, contact the Town Clerk’s Office or go to their website http://www.cattco.org/community-services.

Following the presentation, the TB made a motion to pay the bills on Distribution Report #11-17; there was a second and motion was passed.

During the Supervisor’s Reports, first on the table was the 2017 Financial Report. There was a motion to accept it, second and accepted. Discussion on the Four Flushers meeting entailed the meter pit on E. Washington along with the pit by the Town Center. Booster #1 is working well, leaks are much more stable and production has gone down.

There was discussion on the Town/Village Public Works Position and the IMA Agreement. The Town Supervisor, Matt McAndrew, would like to change the pay scale to just state $115,000 per year instead of $110,000 per year for the first six months and $115,000 per year for the second six months of employment. He will speak with the mayor of the Village to re-work the agreement and this will have to go back in front of the Village Board and then back to the TB for approval. There was a motion to table this matter; second and tabled.

The evidence/locker room project has been completed.

Next, the supervisor asked John Zerfas to make his nomination to the TB on his appointment for the Town Planning Board. Zerfas nominated Caitlin Croft and spoke about the Town Planning Board’s reasoning for the appointment. There was a motion to appoint Croft to the Town Planning Board; a second and Croft was appointed.

Next was the recognition of Rick Jackson as his time on the TB comes to an end.  McAndrew thanked Jackson for all his hard work during his time on the TB.

There was a motion to accept the clerk’s, justices’, building inspector’s, planner’s and police reports; there was a second and they were approved.

Don Auge spoke about his report. He requested of the TB to allow night differential and time and a half on Holiday’s for part time officers. The TB made a motion to approve this pay change; there was a second and it was approved. Auge also advised on the acquisition of a new police vehicle, a 2018 Ford Explorer, as it is ready for pick up after the new year. Auge requested the TB allow him to take a check and pick up the car after the first of the year. The TB made a motion; there was a second and it was approved.

Tom Scharf spoke on the Highway Department Position that is now available, there will be notices for applications to fill the newly vacant position. Next, he spoke about the Culvert Costs on Poverty Hill and Witch Hollow. There was a motion to allow Scharf to purchase the concrete needed to make repairs; there was a second and the purchase of the concrete was approved.

There was discussion regarding a study on the Highway Building. The TB made a motion to have Gerwitz & McNeil to do a full thermal study of the electrical work in the building. This way, the TB will be made aware of all the issues and can plan the repairs accordingly; there was a second and the study was approved.

Mark Alianello discussed the Federal Surplus Program which is free to be a part of. Essentially, it is a marketplace for goods such as generators and plows that other Highway Departments would be selling. There was a motion to file an application putting McAndrew, Scharf and newly hired T/V Engineer Niles Pierson as contacts and users of the platform; there was a second and it was approved to submit the application.

Research and Design needs to be done on the Bryant Hill Creek. There was a motion not to exceed $6,500 on research and design; there was a second and it was approved.

The Reorganizational Meeting has been set for Jan. 3rd at 4 p.m. at the Town Hall.

A contract with Emma Phillips has been proposed. She will assist the T/V grant writer doing research that will aid in the grant processes. She will be sending out surveys to the town and analyzing the data. There was a motion to enter into the contract but not to exceed $4,000; there was a second and it was approved.

There was a motion to establish a repair reserve fund for the East Tank that will be in conjunction with Great Valley, Mansfield and the Village of Ellicottville. There was a motion, second and approved. The East Tank Project has come to completion.

The T/V Hall HVAC project is now complete and there was a motion to send the last payment owed; there was a second and it was passed.

Due to the purchase of the new truck and plow, there needed to be a budget modification to the Highway Fund. There was a motion to make the modification, a second and it was approved.

The AECOM Consulting Services Agreement with Gary Palumbo will be discussed at the 2018 organizational meeting.

The Public Hearing on Local Law #2 of 2017 – “Code of Ethics” was closed. There was a motion to adopt the local law, a second and it was adopted.

There was correspondence from the Great Valley Seniors thanking the TB for their support on bus trips and meals.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Town Board will be Jan. 17, 2018 at 6 p.m. at the Town Hall.

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