Lewis County, NY
TOWN OF GREIG
GREIG TOWN BOARD
FEBRUARY 16, 2008
The 2nd regular meeting of the Greig Town Board was called to order by Supervisor Patterson at 6PM with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Roll Call: Present Councilmen Knapp, Gunn, Woolschlager and Mayhew, Supt. Csizsmar and Supervisor Patterson.
The minutes of the January 16th meeting were read a motion to accept was made by Councilman Gunn seconded by Councilman Mayhew and carried.
It was determined that three members from the planning Board and one member from the ZBA would be attending the training session at JCC. Mr. Gebo indicated that there will be several more throughout the year, some available on line, but a certificate must be obtained. Mr. Charles Drake, Chairman of Planning Board gave his monthly report, he informed the Board that they are working on revisions to the zoning laws and a master plan. Ms. Susan Hammacker gave some recommendations to the Supervisor and would like to form a working committee. Also they would like to suggest some fee increases that they will present to the Board at the next meeting. A discussion was held on Moratoriums. Mr. Gebo explained that they are a good planning tool, however, he indicated that they should be narrowly written, the subject matter and duration should be specific and clearly defined, and applies to everyone. It should be no more that six months in duration, but can be extended if during the study steady progress is made. A discussion was held on forming committees to work on master plan and Moratorium.
Mr. David Meade, Code Officer gave his monthly report.
A discussion was held on the Brantingham Dam, Supervisor questioned ownership, Mr. Gebo indicated that much more research needed to be done to determine actual ownership, he indicated that the Town should continue status quo, since the Town has established functional control, the State will look to the Town for any repairs. He also advised the Board to start the process of to determine the fate of the Brantingham Water District. He feels now would be a good time to contact people and have some educational meetings prior to the public hearing so they will be more informed. It was decided to have work session on Wednesday March 5, 2008 at 6:30PM to determine correspondence.
Supervisor Patterson indicated that Alicia Arthur would be interested in taking the vacant
Position on the BAR. A motion to appoint Ms. Arthur was made by Councilman Mayhew seconded by Councilman Knapp and carried.
Councilman Gunn informed the Board of the recent meeting in the Town of Webb, they are attempting to form a committee to study the loss of private lands within the Adirondack Park, its impact, and to support the ability for towns within the park to purchase up to 500 aces back annually.
The Supervisor request permission to purchase a new time clock for the Town Barn, that would distinguish between AM and PM, after discussion it was determined that the Supt. has a time clock at the Barn which records in Military time. He will try and see how it works. Supervisor also indicated that she has been in touch with Time Warner to place internet service and digital phones into the Town Barn, Town Hall and Clerks Office. The cost would be $44.00 for the internet service at $35.00 with unlimited long distance. A motion to accept the contract was made by Councilman Knapp seconded by Councilman Mayhew and carried.
A motion to sign the resolution for Cooperation for the National Affordable Housing Act was made by Councilman Knapp seconded by Councilman Mayhew and carried.
Ms. Erin Gratch asked the Board if they want her to go ahead with bringing the assessments up to 100% or to take the equalization rate.
A discussion was held on the advisability of each, Mr. John Braun and Mr. Pepper expressed their concern from the audience that the state is being unfair and that the Town of Greig is paying an unfair portion of School and County taxes. Ms. Gratch explains that if the Town does not keep their 100% value it will lose the reimbursement, and all assessments will be increased by 15%.
A motion to have the assessor proceed with the 100% value was made by Councilman Knapp: Councilman Mayhew Nye
Supervisor Patterson Nye
Councilman Woolschlager Aye
Councilman Gunn Aye
Councilman Knapp Aye
A motion to sign the contract for the Black River Watershed project with the Tug Hill commission was made by Councilman Gunn seconded by Councilman Woolschlager and carried.
Mr. Gebo informed the Board that the Longo Case has been withdrawn; he has received a brief from the Smokes and must respond by the second week of March, he predicts it will be argued during the summer.
Councilman Gunn reported that he has been working on the census reports; presently there are no 911 addresses, which he is reporting as well as putting the roads onto the maps.
A motion by Councilman Knapp to convene into executive session to discuss collective bargaining was seconded by Councilman Gunn session convenes at 8:10PM.
The regular meeting is called back to order at 8:15 PM.
Supervisors report presented, motion to accept made by Councilman Gunn seconded by Councilman Woolschlager and carried.
Voucher #2-08 presented motion to accept made by Councilman Gunn seconded by Councilman Woolschlager and carried.
The Supt. presented a list of Town equipment along with condition, Also he reported that he calculated that if the Town does not contract with the county for plowing, it could eliminate one employee and the cost of plowing it would save money.
Clerks report presented motion to accept made by Councilman Gunn seconded by Councilman Knapp and carried.
Being no further business before the Board, meeting is adjourned.
Karin Fayle, Clerk